Just because he's now the governor of the country's largest state doesn't mean Arnold Schwarzenegger has forgotten his roots. Last weekend he traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for the Arnold Classic, a bodybuilding competition and fitness exposition that attracted 11,000 competitors and 80,000 people—including Victor Conte, the embattled BALCO founder who had to ask permission from U.S. district court judge Susan Illston to attend. Conte didn't set up a boom. He paid $10 for a ticket and made the rounds, handing out samples of his zinc and magnesium supplement, ZMA. "Basically all he talked about was his ZMA product," says Chuck Rudolph, a patron who met with Conte. "He came to me and said, 'All the stuff you've been hearing, don't believe it.' " But there was no doubt who the biggest newsmaker at the competition was: Schwarzenegger, who announced he will take over as executive editor of both Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazines. "Whether it's sports, whether it's business or whether it's politics," the Governator told the cheering crowd, "I will always be involved in the sport of bodybuilding."
?Solange Knowles (above), 17-year-old little sister of Beyonc�, married Daniel Smith, a wide receiver at Texas Southern. Smith and Solange—who released her debut CD, Solo Star, last year and who appears in the forthcoming Cedric the Entertainer flick, Johnson Family Vacation—tied the knot in the Bahamas earlier this month. Beyonc� was on hand, as was Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland.
?The first transsexual to play in a pro golf tournament, Mianne Bagger (SI, Feb. 23, 2004), shot an 84 and a 74 to finish 14 over par and miss the cut at the Women's Australian Open. Bagger, 37, who began golfing when she was eight and underwent a sex change operation in 1995, was out-driven by 100 yards by a few of the other players. "I was pretty numb the first seven holes," she said after finishing her first round. "I couldn't really feel much below my shoulders."
? Washington might have had a little divine intervention last Saturday in its win over Stanford. Jim Caviezel, who stars as you-know-who in The Passion of the Christ, is a basketball fanatic from Conway who attended Washington for a year before dropping out to pursue his acting career. His younger brother, Tim, was a reserve guard for the Huskies in the early '90s. And Jim played ball at Bellevue Community College, where his specialty was mimicking his coach's halftime talks—which led to a suggestion that he give acting a shot. Caviezel's next role is golfer Bobby Jones in Stroke of Genius, which opens April 30.... We would've liked to have been in the room when Devil Rays outfield prospect Joey Gathright, 21, negotiated his deal with the club. Gathright, a speedy outfielder who had 69 steals in the minors last year, promised that he would forgo one of his favorite pastimes—leaping over cars in a single bound, front to back. "It's in my contract," he says. "I'm not allowed to jump over cars anymore. Can't jump fences, either."