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After two seasons with the Miami Heat's dance team, Trista Rehn
is abandoning the court in favor of courtship on network TV. The
29-year-old pediatric physical therapist will star in ABC's The
Bachelorette, a six-episode series expected to begin in January.
She'll meet 25 single men--and go on dates with several of
them--with the goal of finding true love. "Where else does a
girl get the chance to meet 25 guys who've been background
checked and medically cleared?" says Rhen. "I think I've got
pretty good odds." Even if you're not a Heat fan, you might
remember Rhen: She was the runner-up suitor on The Bachelor, the
progenitor of her show that aired earlier this year. "It's not
like a dancing audition," she says. "On The Bachelor, I was just
being myself. In an audition you're trying to prove something."

--Andre Agassi's wisecracks are nearly as sharp as his ground
strokes. The tennis champ was participating in a charity event
at the Los Angeles Tennis Center last week, leading Dennis
Miller, Kelsey Grammer and former NYPD Blue star James McDaniel
in a battle against the Gustavo Kuerten-led team of Matthew
Perry, Michael Bolton and television psychologist Phil McGraw.
Before serving to Perry, Agassi cracked, "I bet I serve harder
than your girlfriend," a reference to Jennifer Capriati, whom
the Friends star has been spotted with at the French Open and
elsewhere over the past several months. A sheepish Perry--who
says he and Capriati are just pals--didn't even try to return
the volley.

--Shaquille O'Neal has played his share of superheroes--Steel,
Kazaam and center for a three-time NBA champion; now the Laker
is playing the heavy for a good cause. In a new CD-ROM game
designed to educate children about asthma, Shaq provides the
voice for a vaporous villain by the name of the Fuminator, who
engages players in asthma-themed trivia games. Quest for the
Code was created by the Starbright Foundation and is available
at no charge to children ages seven to 15 with asthma
( Glenn Close, Minnie Driver, Whoopi
Goldberg, Gwyneth Paltrow and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf also did
voice-overs for asthma "villains" such as mold or smoke.

--Former heavyweight champ Joe Frazier is bouncing back swiftly
from June surgery to repair a herniated disk. "That thing
whupped my ass harder than anyone I fought," said the
58-year-old, who, looking strong but less bulky than in his
fighting days, recently showed off his surgical scar at a
75th-birthday party for legendary publicist Joe Goldstein at
Patsy's restaurant in Manhattan.

--Now even ice princesses can turn pro. The NHL's Dallas Stars
are looking for a 10-woman crew to clean up ice shavings around
the goals and player benches during timeouts and to assist in
on-ice promos. Tryouts for the Dallas Stars Ice Girls begin Aug.
10--if you're 18 or older you're eligible--and the team's
website offers advice: "We suggest a 2 piece outfit. Dance pants
or shorts. Half-top to compliment.... Skates may be rented for
$1 at the audition.... Please arrive hair and make-up ready."


A youth soccer team in Australia has issued a public apology
after several players and the coach repeatedly kicked balls at a
homeless man who was unconscious on the field.


COLOR PHOTO: BILL GREENBLATT/UPI (OZZIE SMITH) PICTURE THIS We'd like to tell you that Ozzie Smith is doing a one-man show called An Evening with Diana Ross, but we honestly can't. The Wizard of Oz made fun of his own big-hair days during his Hall of Fame induction speech on Sunday while comparing his 19-year career to Dorothy's adventures over the rainbow.



NHL defenseman, after the Maple Leafs traded him to the
Panthers: "The most honest person in [Toronto's] organization is
Carlton the Bear. He never says anything."