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December 25, 2000
We now know who'll be taking the field for Super Bowl XXXV. No, not the teams. We're talking about the important stuff: which entertainers will be headed to Tampa for the big show. Before the game, Clearasil-set crooners the Backstreet Boys will sing the national anthem and Bay Charles will perform America the Beautiful. As for the halftime show, Aerosmith and 'N Sync will be the main attractions. Originally, Madonna had been considering the halftime gig, but talks with MTV, which is producing the show, broke down after the network objected to her planned outfit: a T-shirt promoting the upcoming film Snatch, which is directed by Madonna's fianc�, Guy Ritchie....
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December 25, 2000

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We now know who'll be taking the field for Super Bowl XXXV. No, not the teams. We're talking about the important stuff: which entertainers will be headed to Tampa for the big show. Before the game, Clearasil-set crooners the Backstreet Boys will sing the national anthem and Bay Charles will perform America the Beautiful. As for the halftime show, Aerosmith and 'N Sync will be the main attractions. Originally, Madonna had been considering the halftime gig, but talks with MTV, which is producing the show, broke down after the network objected to her planned outfit: a T-shirt promoting the upcoming film Snatch, which is directed by Madonna's fianc�, Guy Ritchie....

Mike Piazza has broken up with his girlfriend, Playboy model Darlene Bemaola. It was only a few months ago that the two had each other's initials tattooed onto their ankles....

Lawrence Taylor (right) has signed a contract with Harper Collins, worth $200,000, to write his memoirs. The book, tentatively titled To Hell and Back, will focus on the end of the linebacker's career, including his recurring drug problems....

The new single Do My..., by rapper Memphis Bleek and featuring Jay-Z, is, according to a publicist for Bleek's label, Def Jam, "an ode to the ladies." So when it came time to film a video, the rappers asked some of their favorite ladies for help. Appearing in the clip are WNBA stars Chamique Holdsclaw, Lisa Leslie and Teresa Weatherspoon, who are shown playing hoops with Bleek and Jay-Z. Serena Williams has a cameo, playing tennis with the rappers....

Among the A-list crowd at the opening of the ultrachic Ocean Club on Paradise Island in the Bahamas earlier this month were Michael Jordan and his wife, Juanita. MJ skipped most of the entertainment, which included performances by Jos� Feliciano, Whitney Houston and Stevie Wonder, to hit the blackjack tables, where he lost big. Fortunately, Juanita cleaned up by winning $20,000 on two of her spins at the roulette table. Said Michael, "I'm glad someone in the family is winning."

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