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THE RUMBLE

AN OFF-THE-BALL LOOK AT YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS CELEBRITIES

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December 31, 2006 -- CONTINUED

The five Erasmus Hall of Fame legends include Raiders owner Al Davis, Bears quarterback Sid Luckman, Yankee pitching great Waite Hoyt, Billy Cunningham and Knicks founder Ned Irish. Other sports notables include Bulls/White Sox owner Jerry Reinsdorf, chess champion Bobby Fischer, ex-Browns head coach Sam Rutigliano, legendary NBA referee Norm Drucker and "Boys of Summer" author Roger Kahn. Erasmus also boasts Neil Diamond, Barbra Streisand, Mae West, Mickey Spillane, Barbara Stanwyck and Beverly Sills.

Come twins, come all

Fight fans at the Jan. 11 fight card at Roseland Ballroom may literally be experiencing "double vision" watching the pro debuts of the highly-touted fighting Velasquez twins from Puerto Rico in featherweight bouts on the "Winter Heat" fight card. Juan Carlos Velasquez takes on Daniel Loranzeng (1-0), while Carlos Ivan Velasquez faces Newark's Vineash Rungea (1-4-2). The brothers dress alike, are identical twins (although one is an inch taller than the other), and have almost 400 amateur wins between them.

Promoters Cedric Kushner of Gotham Boxing and Dan Wise, Luis DeCubas and the legendary Roberto Duran have come up with a unique promotion. All twins will be admitted to the show free of charge, and then the judges will select New York's number one, most beautiful (handsome), unique set of twins. To enter, contact Gotham Boxing at (212) 755-1944 or Cirillo World at (212) 972-5337.

Jolly ol' St. Peter

Reports out of Florida are that No. 1 heavyweight contender Samuel Peter is in the best shape of his life training for his Jan. 6 rematch against James Toney at Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Hollywood, Fla. His promoter, Dino Duva, says that "Sam is training twice a day, and all he has time for is the training regimen, three square meals and his rest." But the 6-1, 240-pounder did manage to find the time to play Santa to 100 less-fortunate kids in Deerfield Beach at the Broward County Boys and Girls Club. The "Nigerian Nightmare" was a dream come true for the youngsters, handing each of them a toy and candy cane.

Meat the Met

Mets GM Omar Minaya hosted a holiday-season dinner at Gallagher's Steak House for a group of friends including Bobby Valentine, in from Japan, where he manages the Chiba Lotte Marines, actor Tim Robbins, and fight promoter Lou DiBella, who is also managing partner of the Connecticut Defenders minor-league baseball team. Minaya regularly puts together these little dinner confabs with baseball and other sports types. The group enjoyed great steaks and great company, but missed the late, great Post political columnist Jack Newfield, who was a regular before his passing a couple of years ago.

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