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Keeping Tabs on A-Rod

June 11, 2007
June 11, 2007

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June 11, 2007

SI Players: LIFE ON AND OFF THE FIELD
NHL
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JAKE PEAVY

Keeping Tabs on A-Rod

A Yankees star spends a week in the grip of New York's ungentle journalism

BUSTED
The Post runs a photo of Alex Rodriguez with an alleged gal pal.

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Just as Britishwriter Christopher Hitchens hits best-seller list with book claiming there isno God, tabloid stumbles upon picture of A-Rod and friend outside Toronto stripclub.

BACKGROUND
Tabloids say that slugger has been with this woman before.

Apparently whathappens in Las Vegas stays on your hard drive. Post and Daily News runmonths-old stalkerish photos of A-Rod and friend in Vegas and Miami.

LIGHTNIN'-ROD
Everyone agrees the man has a knack for making news.

Trouble-prone starsunbathes in public, squabbles with Jeter, yells at third baseman. The guy'slike Paris Hilton, though she does better with men in scoring position.

PRESSURE
This just in: New York City is reportedly a tough place to play.

It stinks whenMichael Strahan's divorce and Carl Pavano's romantic problems crowd outimportant news—like Jason Kidd's divorce and Randy Johnson's love child.

GUESS WHAT
Boston isn't exactly an easy place to play, either.

To keep theirfaces warm on chilly night, Fenway fans wear masks that to some sick mindsresemble what Post calls "cornfed Catholic school girl" seen withA-Rod.

LAST LAUGH
A-Rod hits game-winning ninth-inning homer vs. Sox.

Not only does hehelp Yanks take series, the $6,000 necklace that News says he buys wife Cynthiain hotel gift shop costs $4 million less than ring Kobe got his missus in2003.

On the Road with ... MIKE TYSON

IRON MIKE'S something of a homebody these days, thoughnot by choice. Since his arrest last December on DUI and drug charges outsidePhoenix, Tyson needs an O.K. from prosecutors and the court to leave Arizona.(The trial is scheduled for August.) He did make a couple of approved tripsrecently. First he went to Las Vegas to film a promotional spot for theBollywood movie Fool N Final. "I was ... in that phase when I didn't mindtrying out something different," Tyson explained to The Times of India.Then he went to Washington, D.C., for his daughter Gina's high schoolgraduation. But Tyson didn't make it to Atlantic City for last Saturday'sShannon Briggs--Sultan Ibragimov fight. Tyson entertained the idea of workingas a second in Ibragimov's corner, but the application he sent to the NewJersey commission was incomplete. (Among the missing info: the name of thefighter he wanted to handle.) Tyson also never asked for permission to go toAtlantic City—which meant he missed seeing Ibragimov, whom he's advised in thepast, demolish Briggs and win the WBO belt.

 

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