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December 01, 2003
He's a bachelor No-Mah. Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and his longtime sweetheart, soccer star Mia Hamm, were married last Saturday in Santa Barbara in front of nearly 400 attendees on the grounds of a private estate overlooking the Pacific. Guests included U.S. national team members Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, Red Sox players Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek, and actor-comedian Jay Mohr. Said Victor Garciaparra, Nomar's uncle and one of his two best men, to the Boston Herald, "Nomar said the only thing that could make the day any better was if he knew he was going to stay in Boston." The shortstop is in the final year of his contract and has been the subject of trade rumors.
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December 01, 2003

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He's a bachelor No-Mah. Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra and his longtime sweetheart, soccer star Mia Hamm, were married last Saturday in Santa Barbara in front of nearly 400 attendees on the grounds of a private estate overlooking the Pacific. Guests included U.S. national team members Brandi Chastain and Julie Foudy, Red Sox players Trot Nixon and Jason Varitek, and actor-comedian Jay Mohr. Said Victor Garciaparra, Nomar's uncle and one of his two best men, to the Boston Herald, "Nomar said the only thing that could make the day any better was if he knew he was going to stay in Boston." The shortstop is in the final year of his contract and has been the subject of trade rumors.

?She can't get by using just one name yet, like Gisele and Tyra, but 16-year-old Russian tennis prodigy Maria Sharapova—she of the impressive service grunt and the No. 32 world ranking—has taken the first step toward supermodel status by signing with IMG Models. The 6-foot blonde, who won her second career title last month (putting her two ahead of fellow Russian knockout Anna Kournikova), will work in cosmetics and fashion. Says Ligia Brickus, an IMG Models account executive, "She has a Grace Kelly elegance."

?No, Jim McKay didn't work it, but The First Olympics, a movie set in ancient Greece, is on its way from Columbia Pictures. The studio has hired Robert Rodat. who wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay for Saving Private Ryan, to write the script. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film will tell the story of an "Athenian warrior and athlete who earns the right to leave the battlefield to go to Olympia to compete against a Spartan nemesis in the pentathlon." Mmm...maybe we'll wait till it comes out on discus....

It's Wayne-ing Gretzkys. After the Great One finished playing in the NHL's outdoor alumni game in Edmonton last Saturday (page 58), his 14-year-old daughter, Paulina, took the stage in the subzero chill to warm up the crowd of more than 57,000 before the main event of the Oilers versus the Canadiens. Paulina, who bears a close resemblance to her mother, actress Janet Jones, delivered Sarah McLachlan's I Will Remember You and received a huge ovation....

ABC Sports has tabbed Justin Timberlake to write the theme music for its NBA coverage and star in the network's NBA promotional campaign, called Can't Get Enough. In one of the spots Timberlake offers to play one-on-one against a cardboard cutout of LeBron James....

The recording artist Ashanti was sitting next to Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter at the Lakers- Knicks game at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 19—but she wasn't his date. Nor is it clear whether that distinction could be applied to MTV veejay and former Miss Teen USA Vanessa Minnillo, who was sitting on his other side. Jeter told the New York Post that Minnillo was "just a friend."

...It was easy to pick out the celebrities at last week's dinner for the Dr. Theodore A. Atlas Foundation on Staten Island—they all wore name-plates marked CELEBRITY. Named for the late father of boxing trainer and ESPN2 analyst Teddy Atlas (he once trained Mike Tyson), the foundation gives scholarships to people in need. John Franco, Thomas (Hitman) Hearns, Bobby Thomson and Chuck Wepner were among the athletes who turned up, as did actor Chris Noth and longtime comedian Uncle Floyd.

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