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EAGLES RECEIVER Hank Baskett caught only one pass in a Nov. 2 game at Seattle, but that will still go down as the weekend of his big play. The day before the game he took his girlfriend and The Girls Next Door costar Kendra Wilkinson (right) to the top of the Seattle Space Needle, got on one knee and proposed. The shocked Playmate said yes. "I have given her my blessing," says Wilkinson's ex-boyfriend and Playboy founder Hugh Hefner. The 82-year-old publisher will host the wedding at his mansion in June.... Carmelo Anthony has ditched his signature cornrows for a clean-cut look after losing a bet to a pal while playing NBA Live. Video of the new haircut, with Anthony's fiancée, MTV veejay La La Vazquez, watching approvingly, is on YouTube, and the Nuggets forward shouldn't have a hard time keeping his coiffure in shape. He recently opened a barbershop, Studio 15, in Denver.... As Sharks center Jeremy Roenick plays in his 20th NHL season, he's weighing a career as an actor. He's appeared in Hack and Ghost Whisperer and shot a scene for the TNT series Leverage, which debuts on Dec. 7. Roenick plays a security guard who gets duped by a woman. "The camera and I seem to mix together very well," he says.


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