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Adam Duerson
October 02, 2006
Spanish golfer Sergio Garc�a has found a girlfriend with everything he could want in a woman: She's smart and pretty, and her father can offer expert advice if Garc�a's swing gets out of whack. Garc�a and Morgan Leigh Norman, the daughter of former world No. 1 Greg Norman, appeared as a couple for the first time at the Ryder Cup, confirming weeks of rumors that they are dating. Garc�a, 26, the ninth-ranked player in the world, hit it off with the 23-year-old Norman, a recent Boston College graduate, when she accompanied her father to a tournament in Denver in August. The pair (above) were inseparable in Ireland. "We'll see where it goes, but she's definitely very nice," said Garc�a, who won four points in the Europeans' Cup thrashing of the Americans (page 54). "I can't say anything bad about her."
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October 02, 2006

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Spanish golfer Sergio Garc�a has found a girlfriend with everything he could want in a woman: She's smart and pretty, and her father can offer expert advice if Garc�a's swing gets out of whack. Garc�a and Morgan Leigh Norman, the daughter of former world No. 1 Greg Norman, appeared as a couple for the first time at the Ryder Cup, confirming weeks of rumors that they are dating. Garc�a, 26, the ninth-ranked player in the world, hit it off with the 23-year-old Norman, a recent Boston College graduate, when she accompanied her father to a tournament in Denver in August. The pair (above) were inseparable in Ireland. "We'll see where it goes, but she's definitely very nice," said Garc�a, who won four points in the Europeans' Cup thrashing of the Americans (page 54). "I can't say anything bad about her."

Mack Brown has been waiting for this chance since 2003, when disgruntled Texas fans launched firemackbrown.com. The Longhorns' coach has a cameo in the first episode of NBC's Friday Night Lights (Oct. 3 at 8 p.m.) as a Texas high school football booster who tells his team's coach, "I'm a little worried about you steppin' up to the plate here.... We don't want you to go out there and be soft and scared." Lights writer-producer Peter Berg tells SI the idea came to him after Texas won the national championship in January, and he wanted to give Brown a way to "unload on a coach the way he's been unloaded on." Adds Berg, "It was a joy to watch."

If you're going to enter baseball's 40-40 club, there's really only one way to celebrate--by entering The 40-40 Club, the New York City sports bar owned by Jay-Z. Last Thursday, Nationals slugger Alfonso Soriano, the fourth player to hit 40 homers and steal 40 bases in a season, was honored with a bash attended by Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, actor Nick Cannon and most of Soriano's teammates. Soriano's jersey was mounted alongside those of fellow 40-40 men Barry Bonds, Alex Rodriguez and Jose Canseco, but Soriano wasn't able to receive congratulations from the owner of the joint in person. Jay-Z, who was on tour in London, apologized for his absence with a late-night phone call.

It looks like the Raiders will get tattooed on a regular basis this season, but safety Jarrod Cooper has found a way to lighten things up. Cooper--who has tattoos running up his left arm, across his back and around his waist--is looking for the most unusual ink job in Raider nation. Fans can e-mail photographs of their tatts to coopercontest@gmail.com; the winner will earn $1,000--Cooper will pay it out of his own pocket and deliver it personally--and two tickets to the Raiders-Steelers game at McAfee Coliseum on Oct. 29. The most impressive art he has seen so far? The portrait of Al Davis one fan has on his back.

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