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Elisabeth Hasselbeck Set To Host
New ABC Ice Dancing Reality Series

BBC Worldwide Productions last week announced that it is "planning an ice dancing reality series for ABC." The company, which produces ABC's "Dancing With the Stars," is "planning a format that's very similar to its current ABC hit, with six celebrities paired with professional skaters" (HOLLYWOOD REPORTER, 3/5). ELISABETH HASSELBECK, co-host of "The View," reportedly is set to host the series, currently called "THIN ICE" (N.Y. DAILY NEWS, 3/6).

LEADING THE FIGHT: In N.Y., Richard Sandomir profiled New York State Athletic Commission Chair MELVINA LATHAN, who "appreciates mixed martial arts enough to want the State Legislature to legalize the sport." Legalization "may come soon," as New York Gov. DAVID PATERSON in his proposed '10-11 budget "included legislation to repeal the ban, a maneuver that is designed to accelerate approval and help raise tax revenue for the deficit-strapped state" (N.Y. TIMES, 3/6).

HEADED TO COURT: Cowboys scouting assistant RICH BEHM and special teams coach JOE DECAMILLIS, both injured in the collapse of the Cowboys' practice facility last May, "for the first time ... took legal aim" at team Owner JERRY JONES Friday. Behm and DeCamillis "did not target him personally or the Cowboys, but they did add three Jones businesses as defendants in lawsuits filed in August against the builder and related parties." The amended lawsuit alleges that three Jones businesses -- Blue Star Land LP, Blue Star Development Co. and Cowboys Center Ltd. -- "failed to have their collapse expert review final repair plans" for the facility (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 3/6).

NAMES: Pursuant to Heat Owner MICKY ARISON's request, Carnival Corporation donated the entire amount of his Non-Equity Incentive Plan Compensation ($2.2M) to the following relief organizations: UNICEF, the Univ. of Miami's Project Medishare, American Red Cross and Save the Children to aid in the relief efforts in Haiti (THE DAILY)....76ers G ALLEN IVERSON's home outside Philadelphia reportedly is "under agreement of sale." Iverson put the Villanova home on the market in '07 for $6.3M, before lowering it "several times, most recently" to $3.25M (PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER, 3/7)....Former tennis player PETE SAMPRAS and his wife, actress BRIDGETTE WILSON-SAMPRAS, have listed their home in Lake Sherwood, California, for $25M (LATIMES.com, 3/5)....Bears DE JULIUS PEPPERS after signing with the team on Friday "purchased 25 bottles of Perrier Jouet Fleur de Champagne ($350 per bottle) at the River North club" in Chicago and "had them distributed" to patrons at 2:30am Saturday morning (CHICAGOTRIBUNE.com, 3/7)....U.S. Gold Medal-winning snowboarder SHAUN WHITE appeared at Vanity Fair's post-Oscars party last night at the Sunset Towers Hotel in L.A. (N.Y. POST, 3/8).
 

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