Andre Agassi is happily married to Steffi Graf. Pete Sampras and
actress-wife Bridgette Wilson are expecting. And now another
American tennis star has found herself in a love match. Last
month, former U.S. Open champ Lindsay Davenport, 26, got engaged
to Jon Leach, her boyfriend of more than two years. Leach, a
29-year-old investment banker, also has an impressive tennis
pedigree. He was a three-time All-America doubles player at USC
and is the brother of doubles specialist Rick Leach. "We're
thrilled. She really is a sweet girl," says Jon's mother, Sandy
Leach. No date has been set, though it's expected the wedding
will take place sometime in 2003.
--Former Steelers quarterback and current Fox football analyst
Terry Bradshaw, who has his own star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame, will appear next week on John Ritter's 8 Simple Rules for
Dating My Teenage Daughter. In an episode titled "Son-in-Law,"
Bradshaw plays Steve (Canned Heat) Smith, former ace pitcher for
the Tigers and father of a high school basketball star who is,
yes, dating one of Ritter's daughters. Bradshaw's also making the
TV rounds lately to promote his book Keep It Simple, in which he
discusses his three marriages and how he has dealt with
depression and attention deficit disorder.
--When Lisa Dergan isn't giving updates on Fox Sports Net's The
NFL Show, which she does each week, or posing for Playboy, which
she did as the July 1998 Playmate, she can often be found
practicing her golf swing at her home course, Riviera Country
Club in Los Angeles. Dergan started playing at age 12 when her
mom gave her a pair of sawed-off clubs, and she now has an 18
handicap. She writes a golf column on Foxsports.com and plays on
the Celebrity Players tour. Says Dergan, "Guys that start off
asking for mulligans make me laugh because that's not an option
in my game."
--Since Sept. 11, 2001, stadium flyovers by military jets have
become a pregame staple. But how do pilots time them perfectly?
According to Navy Lieut. P. Scott Miller, who led the four-plane
formation of F-18 Hornets that buzzed the Bronx before the AL
Division Series opener on Oct. 1, it's simple. "I [synchronized]
my watch to Yankee Stadium's clock," he says. "Then it's just
speed, distance and time. The airplane has a bunch of whiz-bang
stuff." When his arrival time at Yankee Stadium was pushed back
50 seconds, Miller swung his squadron wide around Manhattan, then
roared over centerfield at exactly the right moment. After
landing five miles away at LaGuardia Airport, where the Yankees
had a limo waiting, Miller and his squad attended the game. "We
got two standing O's during the seventh-inning stretch," he says.
"It was incredible."
--Bad news for Tiger VI, Auburn's 24-year-old golden eagle, who
for the first time since 1999 has missed football pregame
ceremonies. "Tiger is arthritic and having difficulty flying,"
says Joe Shelnutt of the Southeastern Raptor Rehabilitation
Center. The bird's been sidelined since Sept. 14, when instead of
landing at midfield before a game against Vanderbilt he flew off
course and landed behind the Auburn bench. A young bald eagle,
Spirit, has flown in Tiger VI's stead.
--The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center will
honor tennis legend Billie Jean King at an Oct. 19 dinner at the
Museum of the City of New York. The event celebrates the 30th
anniversary of Title IX.
COLOR PHOTO: JANET GOUGH/CELEBRITYPHOTO.COM (DERGAN) Fox-y Dergan
COLOR PHOTO: ZAINAL ABD HALIM/REUTERS (SEPAK TAKRAW) PICTURE THIS Thigh masters Yoo Dong Young of South Korea (in red) and Malaysia's Mohd Azman Nasaruddin go heels over head in a sepak takraw semifinal at the Asian Games. Sepak takraw is a soccer-volleyball hybrid played over a five-foot net. Malaysia won the match, but fell to powerhouse Thigh, er, Thailand in the final.
COLOR PHOTO: DONNA MCWILLIAM/AP (FASSEL)
THIS WEEK'S SIGN OF THE APOCALYPSE
Florida State canceled two days of classes because of concerns
about campus congestion brought on by a Thursday night home
football game against Clemson.
THEY SAID IT
New York Giants coach, analyzing the team's prospects for
success: "In my opinion if we are going to have a good season, we
have to put together more back-to-back wins."