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For a kid who first made his name by disrupting a New York City mayoral inauguration, Andrew Giuliani could be doing worse for himself. The 19-year-old, whose antics during his father Rudy's 1994 speech led to a Saturday Night Live sketch in which he was portrayed by Chris Farley, will join the Duke golf team this fall. And he recently walked the red carpet at the Los Angeles premiere of The Island with 2002 Olympic gold medal figure skater Sarah Hughes on his arm (left). Hughes, 20, who gave up competitive skating in 2003 to attend Yale, told reporters, "We wanted to go see the movie together, and maybe we'll go to another premiere in the future. Maybe he'll watch me skate or I'll watch him play golf."

‚ñ† Lance Armstrong (page 42) hasn't ridden in his last Tour after all. On Sept. 29 the Texan will lead 24 cancer survivors--all clad in yellow jerseys--on the Tour of Hope, a 3,300-mile ride from San Diego to Washington, D.C. Armstrong won't make the entire nine-day trip, but he'll meet up with the riders at various points on the nine-day journey when they stop to raise awareness of the disease. "We don't take the biking itself too seriously," says Meg Berté, 33, an investor-relations manager who has battled Hodgkin's disease. "But you need something of this magnitude to draw attention. It has to be big because our message is big."

■ Who needs an iPod when you can have the real thing? Nike kicked off its annual Run Hit Wonder race series last week in Central Park, where runners traversed a five-mile course while live bands such as Fountains of Wayne and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts serenaded them from stages. For Fountains drummer Brian Young it is likely the closest he will ever come to a physical workout. "I tried picking up jogging awhile back," he said after the New York City race, "but the ice kept falling out of my cocktail."

■ There's another flip-flop controversy in Washington: Last week six members of Northwestern's national champion women's lacrosse team were criticized by the Chicago Tribune for wearing the casual footwear on their White House visit. The players turned the attention they received into a chance to help one of their biggest fans, 10-year-old brain cancer patient Jaclyn Murphy of Hopewell Junction, N.Y. The players auctioned off the sandals on eBay to help with Jaclyn's medical bills.... If Red Sox fans are wondering who that guy was who reached over the visitors' dugout and kept a Boston player from catching a foul ball against the Yankees a few weeks ago, it was none other than Peter Farrelly, the co-director of the movie Fever Pitch. Farrelly has been taking heat from his friends ever since. Farrelly's defense: The Sox won anyway--17--1. "Peter wouldn't have dared do something like that in a closer game," says his rep, Ken Sunshine. "Still, he apologizes profusely and knows he may have to make another Red Sox movie to make up for it."


Five teams were denied entry to Scotland for Homeless World Cup of soccer because they were too poor.


Mets outfielder, dismissing the problems caused by the sun at Shea Stadium: "The sun has been there for 500, 600 years."






To paraphrase The Rock, can you smell what The Skirt is cooking? Leave the tights and boas to pansies like Hulk Hogan: Real women wrestle in bowler hats, layered skirts and pumps. In El Alto, Bolivia, fans flock to lucha libre (freestyle wrestling) bouts between cholitas, women dressed in indigenous Bolivian garb. The top cholita? Carmen Rosa, who could teach The Rock a thing or two about fighting and cooking.