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July 12, 2004
With a work stoppage this fall looking ever more likely, what's a pro hockey player to do to fill the time? For Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Cale Hulse, the answer: Get married. Hulse, 30, recently proposed to former Bay-watch star Gena Lee Nolin, 32, and the couple plans to marry in September—a time usually reserved for preseason games. Hulse introduced his Coyotes teammates to Nolin (bellow) last fall by showing up at winger Shane Doan's Halloween party dressed as Baywatch star David Hasselhoff (he wore shorts and a whistle), with Nolin on his arm. The pair has invited a number of hockey players to the wedding. "There were a few locker room giggles at first," Hulse says. "But I would have been surprised if there weren't. These are men. She was on Baywatch. Come on."
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July 12, 2004

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With a work stoppage this fall looking ever more likely, what's a pro hockey player to do to fill the time? For Phoenix Coyotes defenseman Cale Hulse, the answer: Get married. Hulse, 30, recently proposed to former Bay-watch star Gena Lee Nolin, 32, and the couple plans to marry in September—a time usually reserved for preseason games. Hulse introduced his Coyotes teammates to Nolin (bellow) last fall by showing up at winger Shane Doan's Halloween party dressed as Baywatch star David Hasselhoff (he wore shorts and a whistle), with Nolin on his arm. The pair has invited a number of hockey players to the wedding. "There were a few locker room giggles at first," Hulse says. "But I would have been surprised if there weren't. These are men. She was on Baywatch. Come on."

?When Barry Bonds's publicists needed someone to lure him to a surprise 40th birthday party on June 28, they naturally reached out to...bestselling romance novelist Danielle Steel. Huh? Actually, the unlikely pals know each other through her bodyguard, Danny Molieri, who has been Bonds's best friend since high school. Steel, a master at plotting, had the perfect scheme on party night: She invited Bonds and his wife, Liz, to dinner and sent a limo to pick them up, then had the car swing by the Lucky Strike Lanes in Hollywood, where she told Bonds she'd be finishing up a few games with her daughter. Bonds, who doesn't turn 40 until July 24, walked in to see not only Steel, but also more than 300 family and friends who had gathered for the party. "They say I don't have any friends," said Bonds. "Look at all these people here."

? David Beckham's penalty-kick shootout miss in a loss to Portugal in the Euro 2004 soccer championships cost England a place in the semifinals and had other far-reaching consequences. Shortly afterward, vandals defaced a portrait of Becks in London's Royal Academy of Arts by writing YOU LOOSERS on it in red ink. (The spelling was intentional; it refers to Beckham's alleged affair with his former personal secretary Rebecca Loos.) Meanwhile, English fans lashed out at Swiss referee Urs Meier, who disallowed what would have been the game-winning goal: Meier went into hiding after receiving death threats. And in Greece three men believed to be English fans broke the arm of a woman who had the temerity to wear a Swiss soccer T-shirt. As for Beckham, he has just kept on doing the things international celebrities do: Last month he spent $1,700 for the pants Johnny Depp wore in Edward Scissorhands; they now hang in a glass case in his bedroom.

?Things have gotten a bit ugly with the NBA's best-looking couple. Lakers forward Rick Fox, 34, and his wife of five years, singer and actress Vanessa Williams, 41, confirmed last week that they're splitting up. (They didn't say whether tabloid pictures of Fox canoodling with an unidentified blonde played a part in the split.) Fox and Williams, who have a four-year-old daughter, spent the bulk of their marriage on opposite coasts—Williams in Westchester County, N.Y., and Fox in Los Angeles...X-Files star David Duchovny, surrounded by little green men, looked as if he had finally found the truth out there in the Hudson River on June 27. Actually, as one of the 1,800 participants in the fourth annual New York City Triathlon he was in a sea of swimmers wearing lime-colored caps. Duchovny finished 107th in his age group (40-44) in a time of three hours, four minutes and eighteen seconds.

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