As a member of the Green Party, German parliament member Margareta Wolf is no stranger to campaigning for au naturel causes. So after she and fellow MP Evelin Sch�enhut-Keil saw Portuguese midfielder Cristiano Ronaldo receive a yellow card for removing his shirt following a goal in a Euro 2004 game, they introduced a motion in parliament urging the country's soccer association to lobby FIFA to rescind its rule mandating a booking for players who go shirtless to celebrate. "We can't understand how the voluntary showing of a gorgeous male chest can be objectionable," Sch�enhut-Keil said. The motion has been tabled.
?High jumper Amy Acuff, who competed in fur-trimmed and sequined track outfits, is now making news for a complete lack of clothes. Acuff (left), 29, posed nude for the September issue of Playboy, as did Canadian 1,500-meter runner Katie Vermeulen. While Vermeulen tripped during her trials and won't be going to Athens, Acuff secured her third Olympic berth by clearing 6'4" in last week's U.S. trials. "It's not about boobs and butts," said Vermeulen of the upcoming issue. "It's about strength and beauty and women who are posing to represent their strength and courage in their sport."
?It's an age-old question: Would you rather have a free car or be cremated gratis? Will Campbell, 19, a fan of the Class A Brevard County ( Fla.) Manatees, found himself facing that very conundrum last Thursday. Campbell was competing in the Manatees' Car Survivor contest—trying to win a 1995 Geo Metro by outlasting four other contestants crammed into the vehicle—when his name was called during a between the-innings raffle sponsored by a local funeral home. Campbell first thought it was a ruse designed by one of his opponents to lure him from the car. When he was assured it wasn't, Campbell disinterred himself from the vehicle in which he'd spent three days and claimed a certificate entitling him to one free cremation. "I may not be able to use what I won for 70 years," says Campbell, who will be a freshman at Elon College this fall, "but at least I didn't leave empty-handed."
?Before he became a sitcom star, Bill Cosby worked cheap. In 1972 he signed a lifetime contract with the Harlem Globetrotters for one dollar (they gave him a five-cent raise in 1986) and made several appearances with the team. To recognize his work, the Basketball Hall of Fame on July 8 unveiled an exhibit re-creating his Globetrotters locker, complete with his number 66 jersey....
Even if Oakland doesn't make it to the NFL's big game next February, Warren Sapp will still figure prominently on Super Bowl Sunday. He will be part of an all-star guest cast on the episode of The Simpsons that will follow the game. LeBron James and Yao Ming will join the new Raider, who says he learned a lot doing the show: "Did you know a girl does Milhouse's voice? That blew my mind, man."
...Looks like Ben Affleck turned down Glory Road for the road to the White House. Affleck was slated to play Don Haskins, the Texas Western basketball coach who won the national championship with five African-American starters in 1966. But Affleck reportedly backed out of the film because he plans to stump for his home state's junior senator, John Kerry, until November.