Foxy sportscaster Lisa Guerrero figures to turn a few heads when
she takes over as ABC's Monday Night Football sideline reporter
this Monday, but she's on the verge of becoming officially taken.
Guerrero, 39, has been seeing Orioles pitcher Scott Erickson
since the fall, and last week said, "We'll probably have a ring
on my finger by the start of the season. We've been looking at
rings, and we just bought a house together in Malibu." The pair
was set up by a mutual friend, and their first date came after a
World Series bet. Because the Angels beat the Giants, Erickson,
35, who lives in Northern California, had to fly to Guerrero's
hometown of L.A. for their first date: dinner in West Hollywood.
Erickson, who is out all season after having surgery on his
pitching shoulder, has received Guerrero's father's blessing, and
the couple (left) hopes to get married in Hawaii around the Pro
Bowl, which Guerrero will cover for ABC.
--Hang on to your Matthew Modine baseball cards. The 44-year-old
actor (Full Metal Jacket, Any Given Sunday) has been cast to play
Honus Wagner in TNT's forthcoming The Winning Season, a flick
about the Hall of Fame shortstop. Modine is pals with Cal Ripken
Jr., who offered him the chance to prepare for his role by
suiting up with the Aberdeen IronBirds, the Class A New York-Penn
League affiliate of the Orioles that the Ironman co-owns. Modine
had a weeklong stint as a minor leaguer, taking infield and
batting practice and dressing for games (but not playing). The
toughest part was learning to field a ball with the kind of glove
Wagner used in 1909, with no webbing and the fingers not stitched
together. "In the beginning [my IronBirds teammates] thought it
was some celebrity b.s.," says Modine, "but they've seen me take
my bruises, take my shots in the cup, and they know I'm putting
in the work."
--Dan Duquette spent eight years cursing the damn Yankees as G.M.
of the Red Sox. Now he'll have musical accompaniment. Duquette
will play fictitious Washington Senators manager Benny Van Buren
in an outdoor production of Damn Yankees in Pittsfield, Mass.,
this week. To prepare, he's been taking acting and voice lessons.
"It's a challenge, but it's a lot of fun," said Duquette, 45, who
was fired by the Sox last year. "If George Steinbrenner can get
in a conga line with Derek Jeter, why can't I do this?"
--Last week Jamiko Sapp, wife of Buccaneers defensive tackle
Warren Sapp, filed for divorce after five years, citing the
marriage was "irretrievably broken." He's the second Bucs player
to be involved in a divorce recently. Receiver Keyshawn Johnson
split with his wife, former Tampa TV newscaster Shikiri
Hightower, last December. Since then Johnson has been coy about
his relationship with Serena Williams, but others haven't been.
At the ESPY Awards, host Jamie Foxx serenaded Williams--but only
after apologizing to Johnson. The song? A bawdy number called Can
I Be Your Tennis Ball?...Miami Heat boss Pat Riley's love for
the Boss, Bruce Springsteen, shows no signs of abating. Riley
attended five of Springsteen's first seven shows at Giants
Stadium. "He's the best motivator in the world," Riley said as he
mingled on the field before the fifth show. Riley plans to be
there when the Boss returns for three more gigs this month.
THIS WEEK'S SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
The Macau Jockey Club suspended a trainer after two of his horses
tested positive for Viagra.
Nets guard, after signing a $103 million contract, on why he
chose to stay in New Jersey: "[My son] T.J. also enjoys his golf
coach. You know it's hard to find a good golf instructor for a