Last month BenRoethlisberger told reporters that he preferred meeting women over theInternet. Consider Knicks rookie David Lee a bit more low-tech--he findsromance at bowling alleys. Two weeks ago Lee joined some teammates, snowboarderShaun White, model Petra Nemcova, actress Chloe Sevigny (Big Love) and singerMichelle Williams for Knicks Bowl 7, a charity kegling event in Manhattan. Theevening netted more than $200,000 for local after-school programs, but Leescored as well: He landed the digits of Sports Illustrated swimsuit model AnneV, with whom he shared a lane. A week later V sported Lee's jersey whilewatching him score seven points in a loss to the Nuggets at Madison SquareGarden, and the pair took in a Rangers home game together last Thursday.
‚ñ† No, CarmeloAnthony will not be sporting Kiss makeup. But the Nuggets' leading scorer isteaming up with the band's former frontman, Gene Simmons. The two are combiningwith IndyCar owner Ron Hemelgarn this season to put 27-year-old IRL rookie P.J.Chesson behind the wheel of a blue-and-white ride that they're dubbing CarMelo. Anthony says he won't be taking any laps behind the wheel. Says the6'8" NBA star, "I can't fit in no Indy car."
‚ñ† Pacers backuppoint guard Sarunas Jasikevicius, a native of Lithuania, became engaged toformer Miss World and Israeli national Linor Abergil (left), whom he met whileleading Maccabi Tel Aviv to back-to-back Euroleague championships in 2004 and2005. (The two haven't chosen a date yet.) The news made headlines in Israelipapers, but National Jewish Front chairman Baruch Marzel wasn't thinking mazeltov when he fired off a letter to the bride-to-be after the announcement.Marzel urged Abergil to dump her intended because he's not of the Jewish faith."I have nothing against [Jasikevicius], and he may well be a wonderful,charming man," he wrote. "But I urge you in the last minute not to makethis move." Jasikevicius's response to Marzel's suggestion: "It's justone guy."
‚ñ† The joke isgetting a bit old, but before it expires completely, the Las Vegas Wranglers ofthe ECHL had a Dick Cheney Hunting Vest Night, giving away 1,000 orange vestswith don't shoot, i'm human emblazoned on the back. That's almost as funny asthe Las Vegas Wranglers being in the East Coast Hockey League.
‚ñ† What's next: AStreetcar Named Minnie Minoso? A suburban Boston theater is reviving the 1955Broadway musical Damn Yankees with a twist--they've replaced the WashingtonSenators with the Red Sox. In the 1955 original a fan makes a deal with thedevil to help the now-extinct Senators defeat those damn Yanks. The updatedversion, which opens at the North Shore Music Theatre in Beverly, Mass., onApril 25, swaps in a Sox fan instead.
They Said It
STEPHON MARBURY, Knicks guard, on coach Larry Brown'sreminding him that coaches, not players, run the franchise:
"He flexed a real hard juice card, I knowthat."
Let it be known: "Ozzie Guillen can stillswing." So says pro wrestler Simon Diamond, who last week took a foldingchair to the back from the White Sox manager. Diamond came by Chicago's springtraining camp in Tucson to visit Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski. The former VCUplayer took BP and got into a faux fracas with Pierzynski. Guillen broke up the"fight," then rushed off before Diamond could retaliate. "Ozzie wasgone by the time I got up," says Diamond, who wants a rematch. "But hecertainly didn't walk away. And I didn't take too kindly to that."
SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
English soccer club Liverpool apologized to ManchesterUnited after its fans pelted United supporters with coins, food and humanexcrement.