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February 02, 2004
TEXAS NATIVE Jessica Simpson will play David Clyde's girlfriend in Walk On, a movie about the 18-year-old pitcher who broke into the majors with the Rangers in 1973 three weeks after graduating from high school. Simpson and Clyde's former real-life sweetheart, Cheryl Crawford, share a penchant for false eyelashes, but the way Clyde sees it, the singer has more in common with his 13-year-old daughter, Lauren. "Lauren had the same confusion that I understand Ms. Simpson had over whether Chicken of the Sea is actually chicken or tuna," says Clyde, referring to Simpson's memorable gaffe on her MTV show, Newlyweds. The male lead has not been cast, but the 48-year-old Clyde, who won 18 games in a five-year major league career and now gives private baseball lessons near his suburban Houston home, says he would prefer a "young Harrison Ford" to fill the role of the boy who didn't quite make it among men.
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February 02, 2004

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TEXAS NATIVE Jessica Simpson will play David Clyde's girlfriend in Walk On, a movie about the 18-year-old pitcher who broke into the majors with the Rangers in 1973 three weeks after graduating from high school. Simpson and Clyde's former real-life sweetheart, Cheryl Crawford, share a penchant for false eyelashes, but the way Clyde sees it, the singer has more in common with his 13-year-old daughter, Lauren. "Lauren had the same confusion that I understand Ms. Simpson had over whether Chicken of the Sea is actually chicken or tuna," says Clyde, referring to Simpson's memorable gaffe on her MTV show, Newlyweds. The male lead has not been cast, but the 48-year-old Clyde, who won 18 games in a five-year major league career and now gives private baseball lessons near his suburban Houston home, says he would prefer a "young Harrison Ford" to fill the role of the boy who didn't quite make it among men.

•The Derek Jeter Celebrity Golf Classic, held on Jan. 19 at Avila Golf and Country Club in Tampa, drew an impressive field, including Michael Jordan, Jay-Z, Roy Jones Jr., Warren Sapp, Jorge Posada and Don Zimmer. On the 18th green Jordan missed a short putt, prompting Sapp, who was standing nearby, to blurt out, "Does your husband play golf, too?" After turning his stare on Sapp, His Airness shot back, "Aren't you supposed to be in the playoffs?"

•Zoo Weekly, a new British laddie mag, was looking to make a splash to coincide with its debut. In what editor Paul Merrill called "the mother of all moonies," the magazine took out ad space on the back of the spandex undershorts of 10 players on the English soccer team Scarborough. The tiny club's fourth-round FA cup game against superpower Chelsea last Saturday was aired live in England. After Scarborough's first goal, the players were to line up and pull down their shorts, spelling the magazine's name. Said captain Jimmy Kelly before the match, "I'm just hoping that in the heat of the moment, we all will line up in the right order to get the spelling of Zoo Weekly spot on. The lads are much more confident in their scoring ability than their spelling ability." Alas, they proved to be overconfident. Chelsea eked out a 1-0 win, and the cheeky players kept their shorts on.

•January 21 was a very bad day for Keyshawn Johnson. First John Mahannah Jr., who recently dated Johnson's ex-wife, Shikiri Hightower-Johnson, filed suit against Johnson, claiming that the wide receiver left him harassing messages. (One, left after Johnson was deactivated by Tampa Bay in November for "disruptive behavior," said, "I got a lot of free time on my hands now, and I'm going to hunt you down and beat you to a pulp.") Then after being hit with the suit, Johnson was mugged at gunpoint outside a barbershop in Berkeley, Calif., by two men who took $1,000, his watch and some jewelry.... The U.S. Postal Service cycling team's training camp in Solvang, Calif., has become the hot place for rock stars to hang out. Well, at least one. Sheryl Crow has been dropping in frequently to see her beau, Lance Armstrong, whom she has been dating since his divorce became final in December. On a visit last weekend Armstrong gave Crow, whose birthday is Feb. 11, an early present: a mountain bike. "She's not a cyclist, but she'll pick it up," Armstrong told USA Today. Although their relationship is still in the training-wheels stage, the five-time Tour de France champ said, "I've never been happier."

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