Actor's eye on Yanks

GARY LOEWEN

, Last Updated: 10:08 AM ET

Is Kurt Russell truly a Yankees fan or is he just a suspicious chaperone, hovering over his stepdaughter, Kate Hudson?

Russell, wearing a Yankees jacket and cap, was omnipresent during New York's World Series run, seated alongside Hudson who is dating third baseman Alex Rodriguez.

The happy trio, along with members of Rodriguez's troupe, were seen partying together at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday.

Not many guys will go out on the town at that time of night with their potential future stepfather-in-law.

As for Russell's loyalty to the Yankees: Well, he was born in Massachusetts in 1951, has a son named Boston and was a ball player himself, in the California Angels system.

Doesn't sound like he should be cheering for the Yanks.

Beastly beauty

The traditional heptathlon events are: Hurdles, high jump, shot put, long jump, javelin, the 200 metres and the 800 metres.

Now we can add boxing.

A 21-year-old heptathlete got involved in a scrap in a London nightclub and was arrested on suspicion of assault.

Rachel Christie also happens to be the reigning Miss England. Her fellow combatant was Miss Manchester, Sara Beverley Jones.

As a result of the fight, Christie has given up her crown — and will focus on training for the 2012 Olympics.

Of course, imagine how much tougher she'll be with a shot put in her hand.

Hockey points

The Maple Leafs were nine points behind the Montreal Canadiens, entering last night. The Leafs were 1-7 in regulation time and 0-5 in OT/SO. The Canadiens were 1-8 in regulation and 7-0 in OT/SO. Just sayin' ...

To those who say Michael Liambas' check on Ben Fanelli was a clean hit: When did they take charging out of the rulebook?

Procedure scratched

Los Angeles and Beverly Hills councils have voted unanimously to ban the declawing of cats.

Football fans in Detroit are lobbying for a similar vote.

Eyeing Forsberg

The Rangers are scouting Peter Forsberg in Scandinavia, where the free agent is attempting, again, to overcome a nagging injury to his right foot, Larry Brooks of the New York Post reports.

The 36-year-old centre has played only 15 games the past three seasons.

"If I have made six or seven comebacks before, I suppose I can make another one,"

Forsberg said recently as he rejoined Swedish team Modo.

Forsberg is nothing if not persistent ... and he's four years younger than another comeback kid, Brett Favre.

Sorry story

The Los Angeles Times yesterday referred to the Dodgers — who last made it to the World Series in 1988 — as a "storied franchise."

That's a label that is applied far too often to the Maple Leafs.

Or maybe "storied franchise" has a new meaning: A team whose fans have long memories of the glory days.

gary.loewen@sunmedia.ca


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