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Brangelina sightings come few and far between, but Mr. Pitt and Ms. Jolie showed up for the opening of the $80 million Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville last Saturday, as did an eclectic mix of celebrities including former president Bill Clinton, Jim Carrey and James Taylor, who sang You've Got a Friend at the event. The six-story center, says Ali's wife, Lonnie, will serve not only as a museum, housing memorabilia such as a robe Ali received from Elvis Presley, but also as an educational institute. (Work continues on an archival library.) On view now: a collection of drawings from children in 141 countries that Jolie sponsored. "This has been [Muhammad's] dream for the last 12 or 13 years," Lonnie (right, with Ali) told SI. "It's two days after the opening, and he's still giddy."

■ The Super Bowl is more than two months away, but a couple of hopefuls have already started shuffling. Members of the undefeated Colts and the 7-3 Bengals have produced rap songs. Go Colts, which features linebacker Cato June and recently released cornerback Donald Strickland rhyming alongside Indianapolis rapper Jim-E-Mac, was recorded this summer and is now playing on Indy radio stations. And a video of Fear Da Tiger, with a melody written by funk legend and Cincinnati native Bootsy Collins and lyrics by Bengals defensive end Duane Clemons and a few other players, was shown on Sunday on the scoreboard at Paul Brown Stadium. The song will be available on a CD with another Collins (right) number, BigKats, with the proceeds going to charity. Says Clemons, "I grew up on Bootsy Collins. I feel like I was born in the wrong era."

■ Jake Delhomme credits the comedy Wedding Crashers with helping him get through this summer's grueling training camp, and after a Nov. 13 game against the Jets the Carolina quarterback had a chance to thank Will Ferrell, who had a cameo in the movie. After the Panthers' 30-3 win, Ferrell--who was in Charlotte filming a NASCAR comedy tentatively titled High, Wide and Handsome--talked college football with fellow USC alum Keary Colbert, a Panthers receiver, in the locker room. Asked which team he liked in the big matchup between Clemson and that other USC, South Carolina, Ferrell decided to stick with what he knew. "I think I'll pick the USC in Los Angeles," he said.... Ferrell may have another sports role on the horizon. He is reportedly the favorite to team with Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) as a pair of brawling Olympic figure skaters in the comedy Blades of Glory.


This is what would have happened if M.C. Escher had gone into ice dancing instead of art. At the ISU's Grand Prix event in Paris, Italian pair Federica Faiella and Massimo Scali tangled for the event's top spot. They settled for third place.


After spending more than 1,000 hours completing one of the world's largest jigsaw puzzles, an upstate New York man believes the 18,000th and last piece was eaten by his beagle.

They Said It


Clemson football coach, on wishing a happy birthday to his father, 76-year-old Florida State coach Bobby Bowden:

"I decided to cover all angles. I sent him chocolate-covered prunes and a box of Depends."