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Sports Beat

Dec. 02, 2002
Dec. 02, 2002

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Dec. 2, 2002

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Tennis star Pete Sampras has added another title to his
impressive resume: dad. His wife, actress Bridgette Wilson
Sampras, gave birth last week in Los Angeles to a seven-pound,
two-ounce baby, Christian Charles Sampras. "The delivery was
smooth, and everything worked out," says Pete's sister Stella
Sampras, the coach of UCLA's women's tennis team. "The baby looks
great. He doesn't even have a conehead, he's so perfect." Father,
mother and son are back home in Beverly Hills, resting
comfortably. "I've never seen him so happy," says Stella of her
brother. "He's glowing."

This is an article from the Dec. 2, 2002 issue Original Layout

The coach and the crooner don't seem like natural best buds, but
Jim Fassel and Marc Anthony are so close that Anthony asked the
Giants' leader to be his sponsor when he was confirmed in the
Catholic faith last week at his home in Brookville, N.Y. Anthony,
33, and Fassel, 53, met last January at the Super Bowl in New
Orleans, and Fassel, who became a Catholic as an adult, says he
was honored to stand up for Anthony when asked, adding, "He's a
good guy, and I love hearing him sing." Anthony, meanwhile, will
renew his wedding vows on Dec. 7 in Puerto Rico with former Miss
Universe Dayanara Torres, 28. The couple, who married in May
2000, were separated for three months earlier this year.

In his frequent guest-star appearances on TV sitcoms, Shaquille
O'Neal usually plays himself. He reprised the role on Monday on
UPN's The Parkers. Along with L.A. teammates Brian Shaw and Tracy
Murray, O'Neal contended with a pair of autograph hounds, played
by series regulars Yvette Wilson and Mo'Nique, who infiltrated
the Lakers' locker room. The Big Thespian has had plenty of
experience with aggressive fans. "One time a girl came to my room
buck naked on my birthday," Shaq tells Scorecard. "My rookie
year, somebody sent a girl to my room with a trench coat, and she
opened it up and said, 'Happy Birthday.' I didn't know if it was
a setup or not, so I just closed the door."

From right wing to centerfield? White House press secretary Ari
Fleischer used the name Bernie Williams last month when he
checked into the Four Seasons Resort on the Caribbean island of
Nevis with his bride, Rebecca Davis, a staffer in the office of
Budget Director Mitch Daniels. Fleischer, a diehard Yankees fan,
told The Washington Post that he took security advice not to use
his real name while honeymooning. "Derek Jeter is too obvious,
and Alfonso Soriano is not credible, which is why I went for
Bernie Williams," he said. When the paper suggested another
pseudonym, George Steinbrenner, Fleischer said, "The whole
purpose is not to become a target."

David Beckham is not taking any chances following last month's
foiled plot to kidnap wife Victoria (a.k.a. Posh Spice) and sons
Brooklyn and Romeo. The Manchester United star is currently
test-driving two armor-plated BMWs. The "his" version is a
custom-made 540i that comes with bulletproof body, glass and
tires; Victoria's truly posh 750i, meanwhile, has been reinforced
enough to withstand a direct hit from a bazooka. Cost of the two
vehicles: $547,000.

COLOR PHOTO: COLIN BRALEY/REUTERS Torres and AnthonyCOLOR PHOTO: PAUL SAKUMA/AP PICTURE THIS It was a weekend when fans got carried away, some with broken bones. This celebrant was left hanging at Cal's Memorial Stadium after the Bears beat Stanford 30-7. Postgame festivities also got out of hand in South Carolina, North Carolina and Washington. In Columbus rioters burned cars, and police made 49 arrests for drunken and disorderly conduct after Ohio State beat Michigan 14-9.COLOR PHOTO: ANDY LYONS/GETTY IMAGES

THIS WEEK'S SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE

English snooker player Willie Thorne is launching his own line of
"Big Willie" underwear, which will be available in sizes ranging
from small to "Mr Maximum."

THEY SAID IT
JARED LORENZEN
Two-hundred-and-ninety-five-pound Kentucky quarterback, on his
duties as the father of a four-month-old girl: "Getting up in the
middle of the night for feedings at one o'clock, three o'clock
and five o'clock--kind of like I do for myself."