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June 04, 2001
Steve Nash has been bedazzled. The Mavericks guard, last seen squiring English bad girl Geri (Ginger Spice) Halliwell, is now dating Elizabeth Hurley, former companion of English bad boy Hugh Grant. Nash (below) and Hurley have been spotted out and about in Dallas recently, where Hurley is filming the comedy Servicing Sara, with Matthew Perry. "They just vibed," says Nash's agent, Bill Duffy. "They ended up hanging out, and there was some chemistry. The relationship is authentic." So why is Nash such a babe magnet? "Everyone underestimates him," says Duffy, "both on the court and in his appeal to females."...
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June 04, 2001

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Steve Nash has been bedazzled. The Mavericks guard, last seen squiring English bad girl Geri (Ginger Spice) Halliwell, is now dating Elizabeth Hurley, former companion of English bad boy Hugh Grant. Nash (below) and Hurley have been spotted out and about in Dallas recently, where Hurley is filming the comedy Servicing Sara, with Matthew Perry. "They just vibed," says Nash's agent, Bill Duffy. "They ended up hanging out, and there was some chemistry. The relationship is authentic." So why is Nash such a babe magnet? "Everyone underestimates him," says Duffy, "both on the court and in his appeal to females."...

You never know where you'll get discovered. Jenn Cristy, who as a senior at Indiana last year was an All-America swimmer, has sung the national anthem twice at Hoosiers home basketball games. Rocker John Mellencamp, an avid Indiana fan, heard her and was impressed enough to invite her to sing backup vocals on his new album, Cuttin' Heads. Cristy, who was the outstanding swimmer in this year's Big Ten women's championships, will tour with Mellencamp this summer....

When the producers of HBO's Arli$$ wrote an episode that called for a big, colorful athlete to go on a Who Wants to Be a Millionaire-type game show, they knew they needed a jock who could do more than the usual cameo. They found their man in Tony Siragusa. While most sports stars on the series get a line or two, the Ravens' defensive tackle has one of the biggest roles yet written for an athlete on Arli$$. "Tony's a natural," says executive producer Jonny Fink. "He'd be perfect for The Sopranos." The episode airs June 17....

Foley Is Good, the second volume of memoirs from WWF wrestler Mankind, a.k.a. Mick Foley, hit No. 1 on The New York Times nonfiction list last week. Now Foley is at work on a novel. "Wrestling is fiction too," he says. "You establish your character and get sympathy for him." As for whether wrestling or writing has been more satisfying, the man who used to work wearing a leather bondage mask says, "I get the same type of rush from writing a good line as I do from executing a good move."

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