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November 20, 2006

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Emmitt Smith's next steps

New York - Emmitt Smith has no illusions about being the winner of ABC's "Dancing with the Stars."

"I'm not going to Disneyland. I don't think I'm going to be on the cover a Wheaties box," the three-time Super Bowl champion told Newsweek magazine in editions arriving on newsstands today.

The former Dallas Cowboys running back and the NFL's all-time leading rusher beat out actor Mario Lopez, and won a glittering disco ball trophy. He said he and his wife would display it on fireplace mantel.

When asked whether he or former "Dancing with the Stars" contestant and former NFL wide receiver Jerry Rice had the better dance moves, Smith said, "I'd like to think that I do. I won the championship, right?"

He added, "I got some calluses on my toes, achy feet and a trophy."

Smith said his professional dance partner, Cheryl Burke, wanted to wear green sequins, and that he wanted to try and coordinate his outfit. He said, "I may put it up for a charitable auction."

Romance rumors refuted

Los Angeles - Heather Mills McCartney says rumors that she has a romantic relationship with her personal trainer are false, and that she'll never remarry after her four-year union with Paul McCartney fell apart.

Mills McCartney, 38, and ex-Beatle McCartney, 64, announced their separation in May and began divorce proceedings in July. They have a 3-year-old daughter, Beatrice.

"I haven't got a lover," Mills McCartney told "Extra" in an interview to be aired today and Tuesday. "At the moment, I'm focusing on my daughter."

Tabloid newspapers and celebrity-gossip Web sites have speculated that Mills McCartney had become romantic with trainer Ben Amigoni.

Mills McCartney didn't comment on her divorce. But she said public perceptions that she was a "gold digger" were misguided. She said 85 percent of her income went to her charity. She said, "I fell in love for the right reason. I fell in love unconditionally."

Mills McCartney touted her vegan diet, which she said was behind her recent weight loss. When asked what projects she had been working on recently, she said: "What I've been developing is a vegan fast food chain and vegan food markets."

Stallone backs casinos

Harrisburg, Pa. - Sylvester Stallone winked and brought his fist to his chest as if to say, "I know you'll do the right thing." Who could say no to that?

Appearing in a recorded video message, Stallone, famous for his movie role as hard-luck Philadelphia boxer Rocky Balboa, was part of a parade of celebrities and gambling executives who asked Pennsylvania state regulators last week for a casino license in Rocky's hometown.

For three days last week, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board heard testimony from the applicants in advance of a Dec. 20 licensing vote.

Most of the testimony revolved around topics like business plans, financial backing and traffic studies, leavened by occasional celebrity cameos. Actor Bruce Willis recorded a video message, and other celebrities, including music producer Quincy Jones and Donald Trump, showed up in person.

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