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December 18, 2000
Boris Becker has split from his wife of seven years, Barbara (below, left). According to German press reports, the breakup was caused by an affair Becker was having with German rap star Sabrina Setlur. In an interview with Bild, Germany's best-selling daily, Becker denied that another woman was in the picture. "We fought for our marriage for a very long time," said Becker, adding, "There was no concrete reason, it was just...building for sometime."...
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December 18, 2000

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Boris Becker has split from his wife of seven years, Barbara (below, left). According to German press reports, the breakup was caused by an affair Becker was having with German rap star Sabrina Setlur. In an interview with Bild, Germany's best-selling daily, Becker denied that another woman was in the picture. "We fought for our marriage for a very long time," said Becker, adding, "There was no concrete reason, it was just...building for sometime."...

Actor Mykelti Williamson ( Forrest Gump), just landed the role of Don King in director Michael Mann's biopic of Muhammad AM. Williamson shadowed King at the Felix Trinidad-Fernando Vargas bout on Dec. 2 in Las Vegas. What nuggets did the actor glean? Says Williamson, "Well, he enjoys being the center of attention." Hmmm, you think?...

Citing insiders on George W. Bush's transition team, the Washington Times reports Roger Staubach is under consideration to be Bush's Secretary of the Navy. Staubach, who runs a Dallas real estate firm, would only say through a spokesperson, "At this time, [I] have not been contacted to serve in the Bush administration." A Bush spokesman says, "We are not speculating on any appointments."...

Not too long after Will Smith finished filming The Legend of Bagger Vance, he told an assistant to find an African-American golfer he could help out. The assistant discovered Tim O'Neal, 27, who has been pursuing his PGA Tour card for three years. Since then Smith has been O'Neal's sole sponsor, picking up the tab for his expenses and arranging for coaches and a sports psychologist. At this year's Q school, O'Neal missed qualifying for the Tour by two shots after triple-bogeying the final hole. If only he'd had Bagger Vance as a caddie.

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