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June 28, 2004
Stuck in Wimbledon whites for a fortnight, the Williams sisters are already planning their outrageous Olympics outfits. Serena, who has her own clothing line, called Aneres (Serena backward), will wear micro-mini shorts; Venus, meanwhile, is refusing to divulge any details of her Greek getup. "I'd rather you wait and see," she said. "I plan everything around my outfits." Venus is also planning the outfits of fast-food workers. She designed the oversized orange newsboy caps that will be required headwear for McDonald's employees in Athens during the Games.
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June 28, 2004

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Stuck in Wimbledon whites for a fortnight, the Williams sisters are already planning their outrageous Olympics outfits. Serena, who has her own clothing line, called Aneres ( Serena backward), will wear micro-mini shorts; Venus, meanwhile, is refusing to divulge any details of her Greek getup. "I'd rather you wait and see," she said. "I plan everything around my outfits." Venus is also planning the outfits of fast-food workers. She designed the oversized orange newsboy caps that will be required headwear for McDonald's employees in Athens during the Games.

?The WNBA is finally getting some exposure. Maybe too much. Lauren Jackson, the 6'5" Seattle Storm center and reigning league MVP recently bared all for a photo spread in an Australian art magazine. Jackson, a 23-year-old Aussie, appeared last week in Black + White along with 34 other nude Australian Olympians. (The pictures will later be auctioned off for charity.) Says Jackson, "I've worked so hard to develop my athletic body that it felt good to show off what I've accomplished and built. It's my temple." Jackson's coaches and teammates have been supportive of the project, but, she says, "I didn't expect anybody in America to find out about it. I guess that's just my naivet�."

?Call them the fandom of the opera. After the Tigers barred Charley Marcuse from belting out arias while peddling hot dogs at Comerica Park (SI, June 14), the Detroit faithful rose up, created a website and launched a campaign to let the team know that they relished the idea of a vocalizing vendor. The Tigers relented, allowing Marcuse to sing on the JumboTron during the second inning of each home game. Cliff Russell, the Tigers' senior director of communications, blames the whole thing on a misunderstanding; the team originally thought fans were bothered by Marcuse's singing. "Turns out fans were more upset that Charley berates them for wanting ketchup on their dog," Russell noted. "He likes his dogs with mustard and sometimes refuses to hand out ketchup. But that's a separate issue. Overall, people kind of missed the singing."

?When NASCAR driver Adam Petty died in 2000 at age 19 in a crash at the New Hampshire International Speedway, he had already raised thousands of dollars to build a camp in North Carolina for terminally and chronically ill kids. Last week his dream came true when the Victory Junction Gang Camp opened in Randelman. On hand for the kickoff gala were Adam's parents, Kyle and Pattie Petty, who took over the project after his death, as well as country singer Sara Evans, NASCAR vice chairman Bill France and actor Paul Newman. More than 50 NASCAR drivers have donated to the $24 million, 75-acre park, and three-time Winston Cup champion Darrell Waltrip is currently accepting bids on eBay for his personal Toyota truck to raise additional funds.

?Is this what Pistons cheerleaders meant by "Give me a P"? When the Detroit-L.A. series returned to the Palace of Auburn Hills for Game 3, mens' room patrons discovered the team had installed screens in the urinals that—when dampened—displayed me message BEAT L.A.... Giants quarterback Jesse Palmer has split with the woman he chose on The Bachelor, law student Jessica Bowlin. Palmer told Extra, "We simply realized that, individually, our next steps take us in different directions."

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