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Better choices of words have been made.

Golf Channel announcer Kelly Tilghman is facing heavy criticism for saying that the world's up-and-coming golfers should "lynch Tiger Woods in a back alley" during a Friday broadcast of the PGA Tour's opening event of 2008.

Presumably, she meant that in a figurative sense, since Tiger Woods wins every tournament and is thus the bane of every other golfer's existence.

But still, not the smartest move by Kelly Tilghman, a 1991 Duke graduate and former college golf standout who made history in becoming the sport's first full-time female TV announcer. People are asking: Should she be fired over this?

Kelly Tilghman

Kelly Tilghman has since apologized to Tiger Woods publicly and personally.

Upset, the announcer said that "I used some poorly chosen words... "I have known Tiger Woods for 12 years and I have apologized directly to him."

Dumb as it was, maybe this incident can simply blow over. Just don't comment on the fake Elin Nordegren nude pics, Kelly. Take our advice on this one.

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Hillside Villas? So last season.

The New York Post reports that former Laguna Beach beauty Lauren Conrad is set to move out of her current home in (and on) The Hills for a $2 million mansion on the Hollywood flats just off Sunset Boulevard.

Lauren Conrad, Hilary Duff

Chances are, her hit MTV reality show won't be renamed The Flats.

The sexy reality babe turned fashion designer has been shopping for a new home for almost a year, sources close to the star say, and has finally found her dream pad - a gorgeous, four-bed, four-bath Spanish style Villa right in the heart of it all and just minutes from vaunted L.A. nightclubs like Hyde. Hell yeah!

The Hills' Lauren Conrad just bought this piece. Looks hot (we mean her)!

The Post quotes a local Realtor as saying the house "is beautiful inside and out .... Lauren found a gem. This area is so happening right now. Lauren fell in love with the place the minute she walked in the door and said, 'I want it!'"

Lauren Conrad is set to move into the luxury home in around six weeks time. All we have to say is a house party better be in order! On camera of course!

We also hope she rents out some bedrooms to Whitney Port and Audrina Patridge. Let's just turn this place into the Hills party pad already.

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The LAPD slapped Britney Spears with a temporary restraining order last Thursday during her custody standoff, celebrity news sources report.

Called an "emergency protective order," it is enforced for five business days. LAPD officers took this step to "stabilize the situation," Kevin Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, confirmed to People.

Mark Vincent Kaplan, who did not request the restraining order, declined to say whether he would seek to extend it beyond five days.

"Kevin doesn't want to keep his kids from being involved in [Spears'] life. But foremost is that the children be in an environment of structure [and] stability," he said. "The next goal in this process is to get things to a point where both parents are able to participate fully in their [children's] lives."

Spears, 26, was stripped of all custody and visitation rights with Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, pending her next hearing January 14.

Meanwhile, her family is now blasting Dr. Phil McGraw for "breaching their trust and misleading the public" in speaking out about his visit with her.

"He was not invited to make this a public display," Lou Taylor, spokesman for Brit's mom, Lynne Spears, said on Today this morning.

Taylor denied Dr. Phil's claims that Britney's parents planned to appear on his talk show following her stint in L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center last week, calling McGraw's plans to do a show on Britney "self-serving."

The day he visited Britney in the hospital �" Dr. Phil claimed Lynne called him to come intervene �" he released a statement saying Britney Spears that was "in dire need of both medical and psychological intervention" and that he planned to address her mental situation on an upcoming episode of Dr. Phil Now.

Of media criticism surrounding his association with Spears, Phil fired back in a statement released Monday, saying "they want to criticize me for trying to help her? Get real. She needs less publicity, not more!"

Regardless, the increasingly insane Britney has put her family in a tough spot. "She needs to be on suicide watch," her aunt, Chanda McGovern, said.

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Denying recent reports, Alli Sims, Britney Spears' possible cousin and former assistant, says her reality show (!?) has not been canned and her trip to New York over the weekend - which saw an insane Britney Spears hospitalized in L.A. - was not an affront to her relationship with the alleged singer.

"While Britney was being hospitalized in L.A., Alli Sims, her supposed best friend, was self-promoting in N.Y.C.," an "insider" told Life & Style.

Alli Sims says these claims are ridiculous.

"These claims are ridiculous," Sims told Us Weekly.

"I had plans for a girls weekend, and my friends had already flown to town to meet up with me. Yes, I continued with my plans that included going to dinner and a club. How was I to predict what would happen when I was gone?"

Alli Sims (pictured above with Brit) continued: "As far as having a falling out with anyone, that is simply not true. I love Britney Spears, and care way more about her well-being than any of these strangers making these claims."

Sims' proposed reality TV show has not been scrapped, as the report claimed, because it's still in the discussion stage. Sims asks, "How can it be pulled when it was never beyond discussion and experimental stages?"

On Friday, it was falsely (and humorously) reported that Alli Sims was not only with her cousin, but had broken down a door to reach Britney and stop her from hurting Jayden James before the singer was taken to Cedars-Sinai.

"Even if I was there I would not have banged down the door with a hammer, that's not my style," she said. "I would have knocked."

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Granted, we had never heard some of these rumors. But The Hills' Audrina Patridge is nonetheless working hard to clear them up and clear her name!

Witness the following clarifications from Audrina's MySpace:

Audrina Patridge Nude Pic

I have been getting alot of questions about the rumors in all the celebrity gossip and trash mags and on the internet ..............

  1. Lauren Conrad and I have never had plastic surgery!
  2. I am not ditching Lauren for [Heidi Montag] .... if i see her out we acknowledge each other but no were not besties! it is none of my business with what is going on between them and i stay out of it! --- i'm not focused on others business, i have enough of my own personal drama
  3. Lauren and i still live together and are friends
  4. No i never went to [Spencer Pratt's] condo... (LOL)
  5. And yes i go to OC alot to help my pregnant sister its not bc i'm sick of Lauren and she's difficult to live with!!! .....
  6. No Whitney Port is not leaving our show she is one of our main girls in show!

Lauren Conrad and Audrina Patridge are still close, Audrina says.

there are soooo many false rumors it makes us laugh!!!! ..... but thats what keeps everyone on their toes and interested!...... hope these cleared up a few things!

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Maybe breaking down in tears wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton shook off doubts that her campaign was on the verge of collapse by pulling out a somewhat surprising, narrow win over Barack Obama in yesterday's New Hampshire primary.

Not to worry, though. Hillary Clinton is still insane. See below.

  "OMG!!!! We won!!!!! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!"

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Try to contain yourself as you read this riveting Britney Spears news.

The photographer who gave Spears a lift home after she abandoned her car on the road with a flat tire Monday has detailed their brief ride together, saying the struggling pop star spent most of the ride sending text messages.

"She broke out her cell phone and was sending text messages the entire time," said the man, who works for celebrity photo / news agency X17.

He also says the singer put on Timbaland's hit album "Shock Value," but got awfully quiet when asked about spending time with Adnan Ghalib.

Britney also invited the photographer inside once they reached her house.


Britney Spears and her assistant, Carla, go cruisin' in Carla's Camry.

At one point during the ride, the photographer snapped his fingers and said to Britney Spears: "Hey, girl, are you alright?" then told her not to worry. Spears' reaction? She laughed, according to the dude's account.

Inside her (reportedly immaculately clean) home, she told the man "don't be lame" when he asked permission to snap some Britney Spears photos.

Later Monday night, Spears and her assistant, Carla, ventured back out in Carla's ride and had dinner in a room at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Then they stayed the night at the nearby Peninsula Hotel.

*Yawn* More meltdowns and no underwear pics, Britney!

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By their fruits - or at least their cahoots - ye shall know them as Tonica.

Tonica, as in Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson, according to a new Sporting News football column. Tonica, as in a more scrutinized and entertaining, if slightly less beautiful, couple than Tom Brady and Gisele Bundchen.

Tonica, as in the single organism that threatens to devour the Super Bowl dreams of the Dallas Cowboys. Perhaps you've heard that Romo and Simpson - with some of his Cowboys teammates - vacationed in Mexico last week.

If you're a Cowboys fan, that means you'll be subjected all week to deathly serious speculation that Tonica's powers of distraction are too potent for the QB to complete the task at hand - beating the rival Giants Sunday.

Is Jessica Simpson a distraction for Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo?

Dallas has been the better of the two teams all year, but lately, celebrity gossip mongers have hit the TV and radio airwaves and the blogosphere to forge a link between Simpson and Romo - and any of the Cowboys' imperfections.

The strains of angst rose up at Thanksgiving, New Year's Eve and now this week, resuscitating talk that Romo fumbled away last year's playoff game because of another celebrity girlfriend - Carrie Underwood - on hand.

Even star teammate Terrell Owens got in on the act after the Cowboys' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles last month - a game attended by Simpson that was, wouldn't you know it, the worst statistical game of Tony Romo's career.

"Right now, Jessica Simpson is not a fan favorite in this locker room," Terrell Owens joked. "I think a lot of people feel like she's taking his focus away."

Can Tony Romo keep his focus? Or is this oversexed QB destined to implode Sunday? Wouldn't it be good to be Matt Leinart and focus only on partying?

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Having gone off the deep end, Britney Spears spoke with a British accent during a meltdown and subsequent hospital stay at L.A.'s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Friday, according to a new report by Entertainment Tonight.

What does it mean?

"She's gone bat$h!t having some identity issues," a psychologist tells Us Weekly regarding the pop star, who recently lost custody of her mistakes children, Sean Preston Federline, 2, and Jayden James Federline, 1.

Driving Miss Crazy: Britney struggles at driving, life.

"What it definitely says is she doesn't really like being where she's at â€" there's a part of her that wants to escape who she is really is. Britney is in an adolescent mode of thinking ... [she's] trying on different personas to see what feels good."

Whatever dude.

In any case, Spears left the hospital Saturday after a strange meeting with Dr. Phil, and then somehow fled L.A. unnoticed with paparazzi beau Adnan Ghalib.

But not to fear. Last night, Britney was up to old tricks - driving around aimlessly, flashing a lot of skin, begging for attention and having car trouble.