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Monday Mix: Camilo Villegas Charity Appearance, Ian Poulter-ized Me, Team Chelsea Versus AC Milan, C-Webbs Bada Bling

CAMILO VILLEGAS TO PLAY CHARITY EVENT
All you Camilo Villegas hungry fans, mark your calendars, because our kitten is gonna be crawling across the greens for charity…August 26, at Turning Stone Resort’s Atunyote Golf Club for the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge.

The Aug. 26 event will feature Vijay Singh, Mike Weir, Stewart Cink, Camilo Villegas, and Notah Begay III, in a skins format exhibition game. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Notah Begay III Foundation, which supports Native American youth sports programs. Tickets are $35. I repeat-tickets are $35.00 If you’ve been paying attention to what I’ve been trying to shove down your throats for the last few years-this is it. For $35 bucks, you can go to this event and get up close and personal with Camilo or Singh or Cink or Begay. The reason athletes participate in these type of events are two fold: One, they’re using their ‘fame’ to sell tickets to benefit charity. Second: They appear at these events to meet the fans- so why would you wanna fight the crowds at the US Open or any other major event, in hopes of catching a glimpse of someone and maybe-if you’re-lucky-nab an autograph or two? Seriously, I wouldn’t send you in the wrong direction. There isnt one athlete on the face of the earth that I’ve met at a charity event who wasn’t eager to meet the fans who came out to support the cause. Its pretty much a no-brainer, so hit me up after taking my advice and let me know how it goes…otherwise, you can sit in front of your computer all day and repeatedly watch this double-de-licious video of Camilo Villegas balancing on one leg atop of a ball while pumping up his biceps…

POULTERIZED
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“I’ve known that I can perform well and play good,” he said. “I guess I am just trying to let that come out in me. There is plenty more in me and I know I can go better. It is all about winning so I won’t feel like this is my best result. I’m not going to hold a second place as high as some of my wins. You don’t strive to finish second, you strive to win, and that is what will make me practice harder and harder.”

Thank you Ian Poulter for giving this girl a sporntastic British Open and hitting your way to a magnificent second-place finish. My sexy flashkat teased us for nearly an hour with a possible victory, and eventually carded a (oh!) 69 to finish seven-over. “I don’t need to ride the storm of comments that get made and get taken out of context,” he said. “I’m just pleased I went out today and put a good show on. It wasn’t quite good enough because Padraig put in a hell of a performance and really did his stuff on the back nine.”

KAKA CHELSEA RUMORS?
As Elvis Costello’s ‘I Don’t Wanna Go To Chelsea’ runs through my brain I have to pray that it’s not becoming the theme song of the team. The rumor mill is churning out some fantastic dish on team Chelsea…Chief executive Peter Kenyon shot-down reports of a $238M bid for Kaka (the Brazilian World Player of the Year) and said negotiations with the Italian club had come to a head. “There was no offer made. I have read the same articles. They have made it clear that he is not for sale and we will make it clear we have not made an offer,” Kenyon said after arriving in southern China. “There is no reason to negotiate over something they don’t want to do and we have not made an offer.” AC Milan vice-president Adriano Galliano also laughed at the rumor, “There has been no offer of 150 million euros for Kaka from anyone, even less so Chelsea,” he said. “These are urban legends that nourish themselves. Tomorrow someone will write 200 million and hopefully by September we’ll reach 300 million. I met with (Chelsea owner Roman) Abramovich, we asked about Sheva (Andrei Shevchenko) and he asked about Kaka but we talked about numbers and it ended 0-0. Real Madrid have also called about Kaka but he is staying with us.”

So, with Kaka firmly planted with AC Milan, the Chelsea babes have kicked off their pre-season Asian tour with the focus on raising money for the victims of the May 12 earthquake. Notably absent from the roster is Didier Drogba, who is nursing an injury that I wish he would have called me to help him heal. “Didier is injured. The doctor and our medical staff made a plan to have him training and playing in maybe three or four weeks,” new coach Felipe Scolari said. “But at this moment it’s impossible for Didier to come with us.” Thankfully, not everyone has bailed on Chelsea- we still got Frank Lampard doing his part as he dodges offers from AC Milan and of course, captain fantastic John Terry is doing his best to hold his squad together. “The players all want him to stay, but it’s down to Frank and the club to sort it out. We are here to focus on the football, but hopefully while he’s here the club can sort it out,” Terry said.

TOMKAT
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Not really sure why this made me chuckle today…I don’t mind Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes or Baby Suri. And I could care less about what ‘religion’ they follow, to me, they’re not hurting anyone and they seem like a regular couple (aside from the millions of dollars, paparazzi magnetism or creepy rumors about Baby Suri being the reincarnation of L. Ron Hubbard)… but I do like seeing them pop-up on the sports circuit once in a while (as long as its not R-Fed related)…the happy couple are apparently in love with Australian MotoGP rider Casey Stoner, his sexy Ducati, and his questionable jumpsuit. The Tomkats met with Stoner before the Red Bull US Grand Prix in Laguna Seca. Valentino Rossi won the race, Casey Stoner took the second place and Chris Vermeulen placed third.

CHRIS WEBBER

Chris Webber took in the Detroit Shock/ Sacramento Monarchs game over the weekend at the Palace of Auburn Hills in Auburn Hills, Michigan…and remember if you need something fun to do this upcoming weekend, get yourself to Vegas for C-Webbs Third Annual Bada Bling. More info check out my celebrity athlete charity events page or at www.cwebbsbadabling.com.


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Captain Fabio Cannavaro Injured for EURO, Jose Mourinho Goes Italian, Max Mosley Keeps His Job, Greg Oden is a Rose, How to Spell Dikembe and NBA Names

THE BEAUTIFUL GAME INJURY

Italian defender Alessandro Gamberini, midfielders Andrea Pirlo and Daniele De Rossi made my mouth water as they arrived for a training session in Maria Enzersdorf, near Vienna, on June 03 ahead of the EURO 2008 Championship…but one precious morsel who wont be kicking it during the game is Italy team captain Fabio Cannavaro.


Cannavaro has been ruled outta the game with an ankle injury. “I have a lot of confidence in this team. We’ve got some very experienced players and I’m sure we will do well”. Cannavaro has been replaced by 26-year-old defensive beast Alessandro Gamberini.

I AM JOSE MOURINHO

Mr. Sultry himself, Jose Mourinho, has been named the new coach of Inter Milan. Jose was officially presented at the Milanese team’s training center near Como Lake today. “I am Jose Mourinho, nothing else. It’s Inter that are special,” said the sexy coach in Italian. “I think I’m a good coach, but I don’t want to be special,” he said. “I’m still me, I don’t change. I’ve always thought that it would please me greatly to coach a big club in Italy. I like the players (that we have). They’re a beautiful team. I don’t need a dramatic change in the team. I think we need two or three players to improve and be more competitive.” And who might those two or three players be? Lampard, Essien, Carvalho, Drogba, Deco and Eto’o? “I think it’s normal that, as a consequence of the relationship I have with the Chelsea players, that almost all of them want to work with me in the future and it’s the same for me,” he said. Bring it on Jose!

MAX MOSLEY GIVEN A PASS

Disgusting…F.I.A President Max Mosley has been allowed to stay as the head of motorsport’s governing body FIA, as two thirds of its delegates backed him in the wake of allegations (and video proof) that he had participated in a “Nazi-style” encounter with prostitutes. More than one team has expressed disgust and outrage at the verdict, and some may even drop their affiliation with F1. Too bad Mosley isnt man enough to re-consider his position in the view of such widespread outrage and the number of public appearances that have had to be cancelled since the story broke. At this point, its gone beyond a moral issue and is simply common sense to yank Mosley and his Nazi-connotations out before he soils the sport even further.

GREG ODEN IS A ROSE

Trail Blazer Greg Oden is giving some love to the kids tomorrow (June 4) where he’ll be participating in the Jr. Rose Festival Parade with mentors and youth who represent mentoring programs around the community. Start time is 1 p.m. in the Hollywood District…(rosefestival)

D-I-K-E-M-B-E

Thirteen-year-old Sameer Mishra just won the national spelling-bee, but Jimmy Kimmel decided to put him through a tougher challenge… spelling the names of NBA stars. Sameer went head-to-head yesterday with Rockets’ Dikembe Mutombo for the segment airing Thursday on Kimmel…”Don’t ask me how to spell his first name,” Sameer said, “I don’t know.” Sameer said he got a list of possible names they might ask, but he’s been too busy doing media interviews to study it…my best guesses at the names on the list: Andre Iguodala, Andrei Kirilenko, Jamaal Magloire, Bostin Nachbar, Didier IIunga-Mbenga, Kelenna Azubike, Yakhouba Diawara and Zydrunas IIguaskas…the NBA finals begin Thursday.


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Man-U Over Chelsea, Spike Lee Filming Jordan Bio, Artest Interviews Kobe, Phil Mickelson on Entourage, Cooking with Cowboy Jason Witten

MAN-U RUINED MY DAY

The first time two English clubs competed in the Champions League final…and Manchester United had to beat my Chelsea. Congrats to Man-U for taking home the trophy from a match riddled with rain, riots, yellow cards (8), the ejection of my Didier Drogba, a broken nose for United’s Paul Scholes, and the 42nd goal of the season for Cristiano Ronaldo. “I feel very proud for lads,” Ronaldo said. “This is everything for me. It’s a magnificent season for me.”

Maybe it was their shoes? Drogba and Ronaldo both wore Nike’s Mercurial SL boots-which claim to be the “most lightweight and innovative football boot ever produced.” Drogba, pre-eviction- on his kicks: “The new Mercurial SL defines the next level of football boots – it is like nothing I have ever seen before and I’m very excited to be one of the first players to wear this boot in the Champions League Final.” His United rival Ronaldo added: “Speed and acceleration are essential to my game; one second can be the difference between winning or losing the Champions League Final. This Mercurial SL boot is designed to provide the next level of speed.”

SPIKE THIS

Spike Lee is ready to shoot a feature-length documentary about Michael Jordan. The NBA will kick in the cash needed to finance the movie, while Lee’s 40 Acres & a Mule Film works will produce it. The documentary will include extensive unseen footage shot by NBA cameras during the final two years in Jordan’s career, the ’01-02 and ’02-03 seasons…and Kobe continues his trend of good PR this week during an interview with Ron Artest. Artests interview with Kobe will air on FSN’s BDSSP, Friday, May 23 at 11:00 pm. Artest and Bryant discuss hoops, fatherhood, Bryant’s MVP Award, his Nike commercial and whether he really did jump over the speeding Aston Martin…the interview was conducted earlier this week at the Laker’s practice facility…if you wanna read a fantastic interview with Ron Artest-and get to know who he really is-check out Michael Tillery’s interview with Ron Artest on the Starting Five- and you’ll undertsand why I will never speak ill-will of Ron-Ron again.


And David Beckham eating caramel apples with his son Brooklyn, courtside at the Lakers, will never get old.

MICKELSON ON ENTOURAGE

There have been some pretty great appearances on HBO’s Entourage, Kanye West’s two-minute cameo still remains the best, but perhaps the next great bit might come from Phil Mickelson? Big Phil spent two days this week taping an episode of the show, set to air in September, in which Mickelson is featured in a golf scene. Mickelson said of the show, “It’s edgy; the language is a little rough. But I just love watching that show.”

COOKING WITH THE PROS?

Rumor has it that Cowboys TE Jason Witten has agreed to ask his teammates and former Cowboys playa’s to appear on a new reality show entitled “Cooking with the All Pros.” Allegedly, the show will pair fans with players, and pit them against each other in cooking competitions. It is set to begin filming in late June. Five half-hour episodes will air in August on Dallas-based WFAA-ABC. The competition is expected to begin with nine contestants. The only upside I can see from the show is the fact that Witten’s charity, the S.C.O.R.E. Foundation, also stands to benefit as preliminary plans call for the public to be invited to bid on tax-deductible contributions toward the charity…and the top bidders will be on the show.

I’m taking the next few days off to enjoy the long weekend, the Monaco Grand prix and some much needed sunshine.

As always, thanks for reading.
delinda@athlebrities.com

Juventus-Parma Postponed Due to Death, Sixers Walk for Autism, Carmelo Anthony Cake-Gate, Beach Soccer World Cup, Chelsea Putting Pressure on Man-U.

JUVENTUS V PARMA POSTPONED
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If you wanna dodge your chances of becoming Italian roadkill, I suggest you avoid soccer games and rest stops.The Juventus VS Parma match was postponed Sunday after a Parma fan was run over and killed by a bus at a highway rest stop. The 28-year-old fan, Matteo Bagnaresi, was run over by a bus apparently carrying Juve fans to the match. Both teams released the following statement: “Juventus and Parma, with the approval of the appropriate authorities, have decided to postpone the game as a sign of mourning for the incident involving the Parma fan that was traveling to the Turin stadium,” the statement said. “Since it was a tragic fatality, the two clubs decided that the conditions were not right to send the teams out on the field.” Hmm, not sure what’s going on with the rest stops in Italy, but remember last November? A Lazio fan was shot and killed by a cop at a highway rest stop, sparking riots throughout the country.

WHO KNEW?
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April is Austism awareness month? If it weren’t for Sixers ambassador World B. Free or sexy beast Andre Iguodala stretching and talking to kids, I may have missed this beautiful tidbit buried under scores and stats…the Philadelphia 76ers are going to participate the first annual Autism Speaks Walk Night fundraiser (Walk Now for Autism) on Wednesday, April 9…and HeARTs for Autism is promoting the 76ERs game on Saturday April 5, 2008 for an awareness, resource and fundraising event. Today, all the hotties wore specially designed practice jerseys that will be signed, donated and later auctioned off for Autism Speaks as part of the event on April 9.

MELO OUT
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So another mouthwatering event went down on the 28th. My beautiful Melo…Carmelt-in-my-mouth…Sweet Melon…Carmelo Anthony…coached a team of kids belonging to servicemen currently deployed in Iraq…and once again it leads me to beg the question: Anyone got a kid I can borrow? At least maybe I could have finagled my way into Melo’s sons birthday party? Baby Kiyan turned 1 on March 7th…but looks as if daddy Melo might need a new chef? Daniel Paul Young was en route to baby K’s bday party on March 15, when the po-po pulled him over for running a stop sign. He had a suspended license, no proof of insurance and was behind on child support-so obviously, Young was taken to jail. But in the back of his car was baby K’s bday cake: Officer Michael Broadhead recounted to tragic event: “He said, ‘Can I have someone come by and pick up the cake?’ ” Broadhead said. ” ‘It’s supposed to go to Carmelo Anthony’s son’s birthday.’ “The officer said, ‘sure.’ ” Someone made a phone call, a friend stopped by “and we released the cake to the guy,” Broadhead said. Young was released on $1,000 bond the next day. And oddly enough, this bozo has been credited with improving Melo’s diet? ‘He has prepared foods that fit nicely into Baltimore-reared Anthony’s routine, lower-fat higher-protein versions of crab cakes, stuffed chicken breasts and the like. The goal is to keep Anthony at about 8 percent body fat as he grinds through the long basketball season.’ Pa-leeze, I got your 8-percent-high-protein-low-fat-version of a crab cake right here Melo.

FIFA BEACH SOCCER WORLD CUP
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Anyone catch the action as Senegal beat Cameroon in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup 2008 Qualifier Final at the Bay of Plenty Beach in Durban? (Didn’t think so) Finalists will represent their respective countries in the upcoming World Cup tournament in France later this year…my money is on Senegal who crushed Cameroon 12-6 while being crowned the new African champions.

IT AIN’T OVER YET
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Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 1-0 to cut Manchester United’s lead at the top of the Barclays Premier League table to five points…

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