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Adam Duerson
May 29, 2006
Nets guard Jason Kidd cleaned out his locker long before his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Heat. For an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that aired on Sunday, Kidd accommodated designers Tanya McQueen and Michael Moloney (below), who asked if they could take items from his stall to help with a remodeling project in Irvington, N.J., last month. The crew snatched his number 5 jersey for wall art. Later Kidd and singer Enrique Iglesias were on hand when the house was presented to Beverly Turner, a 54-year-old adoptive mother of 18 special-needs children whose previous home burned down last year. Asked how his own dream renovation might go, Kidd told SI, "I want to install a large restaurant-style kitchen. And on the day it's finished, I would like us to be welcomed with a catered meal by Emeril."
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May 29, 2006

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Nets guard Jason Kidd cleaned out his locker long before his team was eliminated from the playoffs by the Heat. For an episode of ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition that aired on Sunday, Kidd accommodated designers Tanya McQueen and Michael Moloney (below), who asked if they could take items from his stall to help with a remodeling project in Irvington, N.J., last month. The crew snatched his number 5 jersey for wall art. Later Kidd and singer Enrique Iglesias were on hand when the house was presented to Beverly Turner, a 54-year-old adoptive mother of 18 special-needs children whose previous home burned down last year. Asked how his own dream renovation might go, Kidd told SI, "I want to install a large restaurant-style kitchen. And on the day it's finished, I would like us to be welcomed with a catered meal by Emeril."

? Mike Tyson seems to be mellowing: The man who once said he wanted to do a film with porn star Jenna Jameson (it never happened) now fantasizes about recording with chart-topping Irish boy band Westlife. According to the ex-champ's friend and sparring partner, Irish boxer Joe Egan, Westlife's music makes Tyson "melt," and digital voice enhancement could compensate for the fact that Iron Mike is "not a Pavarotti or Domingo." A representative for the group-- Tyson reportedly sent Westlife a set of autographed boxing gloves earlier this month--told London's The Sun, "This sounds really interesting--the band are all fans of Tyson."

? Tuesday will be the new Friday on NBC this fall. The network announced it will air a one-hour drama series based on Friday Night Lights, H.G. (Buzz) Bissinger's 1990 best seller about a high-school-football-obsessed community in West Texas. The book also inspired a 2004 movie that was directed by Peter Berg and starred Billy Bob Thornton. Berg wrote and directed the NBC pilot, which introduces viewers to a rookie high school coach and the unrealistic expectations he faces in the fictitious town of Dillon, Texas. According to NBC, Lights will be "The O.C. with guts and intensity."

? In the May 14 episode of HBO's The Sopranos, Tony and his brother-in-law Bobby Baccalieri bonded while watching a Giants game on TV. But the scene probably left sharp-eared viewers saying, "Eh?" Tony and Bobby were actually watching a CFL telecast (the voice of CBC broadcaster Chris Cuthbert could be heard in the background). The northern league has been selling footage to production companies for less than the NFL, charging roughly $890 for a few seconds, according to the Toronto Globe and Mail. The league has had several high-profile cameos, filling in for NFL action in NBC's Las Vegas and The West Wing and in 2005 Best Picture nominee Brokeback Mountain. Chris McCracken, the CFL's senior director of broadcasting, says the league will continue the placements, "as long as it's not a scene where, say, someone is shot in the foreground."

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