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June 15, 2003

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Peck memorial service set

Los Angeles -- A public memorial service for the late Gregory Peck is set for Monday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels.

Peck, 87, died Thursday. He won the best-actor Oscar for playing the noble Atticus in 1962's "To Kill a Mockingbird" and also appeared in "Twelve O'Clock High," "The Boys From Brazil," "Gentleman's Agreement" and "Moby Dick."

Cardinal Roger Mahony planned to preside over the memorial, and Peck's longtime friend Brock Peters, who played the black man Atticus Finch defended in "To Kill a Mockingbird," agreed to deliver the eulogy.

Fans to choose sports icons

New York -- Serena Williams and Annika Sorenstam head the list of nominees for the 11th annual ESPY Awards.

For the first time, fans on ESPN.com will determine winners in 17 sport-specific categories including best NHL player, best female tennis player and best NBA player.

Williams, who won her fourth consecutive Grand Slam event earlier this year at the Australian Open, is nominated for best female tennis player. Last year, the honor went to her sister, Venus, who is nominated again.

Sorenstam goes for her second straight win in the best female golfer category. Others nominated include Tiger Woods for best male golfer, San Francisco's Barry Bonds for best MLB player, Oakland's Rich Gannon for best NFL player and Anaheim's Jean-Sebastien Giguere for best NHL player.

The awards show will be broadcast July 16 on ESPN, Sunflower Broadband Channel 48.

Fonda back on his bike

Hooksett, N.H. -- Peter Fonda, who played Captain America in the 1969 biker film "Easy Rider," is in New Hampshire for Bike Week in Laconia and will be the grand marshal for today's parade.

The 63-year-old Fonda said that although it was liberating to head out on the highway on a motorcycle, the rider must be focused on the task at hand.

"When I'm on my bike ... I'm 100 to 200 yards ahead of myself," he said this past week. "You don't have a chance for your mind to wander, or else your bike will and you might hit a tree or something."

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