Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

T-U 2

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PAIGE SUED BY FORMER STYLIST

We just can't resist another opportunity to remind Jacksonville fans that Woody Paige is still around. The Denver Post columnist and part-time commentator on ESPN, who, 11 years ago, referred to the Jaguars as "Jagwads" on the eve of Jacksonville's stunning upset of the Broncos in a divisional playoff game, is named in a lawsuit that was filed against ESPN, Paige and announcer Jay Crawford by a makeup artist and hair stylist.

Rita Ragone said that when she worked on the set of the ESPN talk show Cold Pizza, Paige pinched and fondled her and repeatedly made vulgar remarks about her appearance.

Ragone said that Paige once grabbed her backside so forcefully that she was "propelled forward and into the air."

"It is not true," Paige said in an e-mail to the Associated Press. He declined further comment.

A DECADE SINCE 'THE BITE'

The 10-year anniversary of "The Bite" heard and seen around the world came and went Thursday.

On June 28, 1997, Mike Tyson attempted to start a new low-calorie diet when he bit off a chunk of Evander Holyfield's ear while the two were in a clench during their heavyweight title fight in Las Vegas.

The incident resurfaced this week on the eve of the 10th anniversary and with the return of the 44-year-old Holyfield to the ring this Saturday when he faces another 40-year-plus boxer, Lou Savarese.

The question of the day for Holyfield is a simple one: Why?

Why are you still fighting at 44? You've said you made $35 million in your fight with Tyson a decade ago. Are the millions of dollars you've made in your career gone?

Holyfield did show that he maintains a sense of humor about the great ear fiasco. He told the Associated Press, "People ask me if I was mad. Why be mad? I wish he had bitten the other one for another $35 million."

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Avis Commack of First Coast High School hasn't even finished his high school football career and already I'm pulling for him to be such a success on the gridiron that one day he receives the Most Valuable Player award in the Super Bowl. …

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