Just because he's now the governor of the country's largest state
doesn't mean Arnold Schwarzenegger has forgotten his roots. Last
weekend he traveled to Columbus, Ohio, for the Arnold Classic, a
bodybuilding competition and fitness exposition that attracted
11,000 competitors and 80,000 people--including Victor Conte, the
embattled BALCO founder who had to ask permission from U.S.
district court judge Susan Illston to attend. Conte didn't set up
a booth. He paid $10 for a ticket and made the rounds, handing
out samples of his zinc and magnesium supplement, ZMA. "Basically
all he talked about was his ZMA product," says Chuck Rudolph, a
patron who met with Conte. "He came to me and said, 'All the
stuff you've been hearing, don't believe it.'" But there was no
doubt who the biggest newsmaker at the competition was:
Schwarzenegger, who announced he will take over as executive
editor of both Flex and Muscle & Fitness magazines. "Whether it's
sports, whether it's business or whether it's politics," the
Governator told the cheering crowd, "I will always be involved in
the sport of bodybuilding."
--Solange Knowles (above), 17-year-old little sister of Beyonce,
married Daniel Smith, a wide receiver at Texas Southern. Smith
and Solange--who released her debut CD, Solo Star, last year and
who appears in the forthcoming Cedric the Entertainer flick,
Johnson Family Vacation--tied the knot in the Bahamas earlier
this month. Beyonce was on hand, as was Destiny's Child member
--The first transsexual to play in a pro golf tournament, Mianne
Bagger (SI, Feb. 23, 2004), shot an 84 and a 74 to finish 14 over
par and miss the cut at the Women's Australian Open. Bagger, 37,
who began golfing when she was eight and underwent a sex change
operation in 1995, was outdriven by 100 yards by a few of the
other players. "I was pretty numb the first seven holes," she
said after finishing her first round. "I couldn't really feel
much below my shoulders."
--Washington might have had a little divine intervention last
Saturday in its win over Stanford. Jim Caviezel, who stars as
you-know-who in The Passion of the Christ, is a basketball
fanatic from Conway who attended Washington for a year before
dropping out to pursue his acting career. His younger brother,
Tim, was a reserve guard for the Huskies in the early '90s. And
Jim played ball at Bellevue Community College, where his
specialty was mimicking his coach's halftime talks--which led to
a suggestion that he give acting a shot. Caviezel's next role is
golfer Bobby Jones in Stroke of Genius, which opens April 30....
We would've liked to have been in the room when Devil Rays
outfield prospect Joey Gathright, 21, negotiated his deal with
the club. Gathright, a speedy outfielder who had 69 steals in the
minors last year, promised that he would forgo one of his
favorite pastimes--leaping over cars in a single bound, front to
back. "It's in my contract," he says. "I'm not allowed to jump
over cars anymore. Can't jump fences, either."
March 15, 2004
THIS WEEK'S SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Pete Rose will be inducted into the World Wrestling
Entertainment Hall of Fame.
THEY SAID IT
Raptors guard, after being surrounded by 10 reporters covering
his first practice with the team after he was waived by the
Hawks: "This is like our crowds in Atlanta."