There seems to be no doubt that Rebecca Loos had David Beckham's personal cellphone number. The question is, Did Beckham have unlimited nights and weekends with his 26-year-old former personal assisant after he moved to Spain last fall, without his wife, Victoria, to play for Real Madrid? Loos had the undivided attention of the English press last week when she released what she claims are racy phone-text messages the pair exchanged during an affair she says ended only last month. The tabloids published several of the messages with much of the alleged juicy stuff replaced by asterisks. ("Sorry for the delay but just****so ****and****,"read one.) Shortly after Loos's story made the rounds, a 29-year-old model came forward and claimed she, too, had been involved with Becks. Sarah Marbeck said that after meeting him at a party in Singapore in 2001, she accepted an invitation to Beckham's hotel room. She went, she says, wearing her "just in case" lingerie. She claims to have spent the night with Beckham, beginning an affair that lasted over a year. Beckham called Loos's story "ludicrous" and has not commented on Marbeck's. Last week he and the former Posh Spice frolicked on the slopes in France. "We've been through a lot worse than this," Victoria said.
? New England fans worried about Tom Brady's throwing arm can take heart: The Patriots' quarterback, who underwent surgery on his right shoulder in February, received a blessing from Pope John Paul II last week. Clutching rosary beads—just like his grandmother does during his games—Brady knelt before the pontiff while his girlfriend, actress Bridget Moynahan, looked on. Brady said it was the highlight of his off-season. "It's the most nervous I've ever been meeting anyone in my life," he said. "I grew up Catholic, so being able to visit and meet him is an experience I'll never forget." Brady was back from Vatican City on Good Friday with several Patriots teammates for Opening Day at Fenway Park. While he said his shoulder feels better than it has in two years, Brady didn't have the opportunity to test it. His boss, Pats owner Bob Kraft, threw out the first pitch for the Red Sox.
?Now when you go to the Mavericks' website, you can procure tickets, Travis Best's stats and, perhaps, a soulmate. The Mavs have recently teamed up with match.com to help single Mavs fans find each other. "We think a shared passion for basketball and the Mavs can be a great foundation for a relationship," said Tim Sullivan, president of Dallas-based match.com. Singles who sign up before April 19 are eligible to win a date with Icelandic rookie Jon Stefansson or Mavs dancer Lindsay Shoulders. "It's just another way for our fans to have fun and for the Mavs to pay our luxury tax," Dallas owner Mark Cuban says....
All they need now are Pel� and Sylvester Stallone. Freeopera, a team made up entirely of prisoners—a la Sly's side in the 1981 film Victory—has been given permission to compete in Italy's amateur third division. The team is based at the Opera prison on the outskirts of Milan, and it will enjoy one significant advantage over its opponents: For security reasons all of Freeopera's games will be played on their home pitch, a regulation soccer field within the confines of the 1,400-inmate facility.