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Just ask Vanessa Hudgens. Or the guys he hoops it up with.

A hot and sweaty Zac Efron spent another hour playing basketball with his pals in Los Angeles on Thursday, presumably brushing up on his mad b-ball skillz for his newest movie role in the upcoming film, Seventeen.

After his latest court session, the sexy 20-year-old High School Musical star was greeted with bunches of white roses, presented to him not by ladies (phew) but by shameless, brown-nosing peeps from celebrity news agencies.

The paparazzi said that the flowers were from his "fans in America" and "fans in Europe." Ever the gentleman, Zac Efron graciously accepted the gifts.

Zac Efron: Flower child and basketballer extraordinaire.

Readers may recall that last Friday's edition of The Hollywood Gossip Caption Contest centered on Zac's balling. Follow the link to play if you haven't already - time is running out! A new Caption Contest will be posted later this afternoon.

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You'd think being able to see would be critical to one's ability to drive once the sun has gone down, but you'd also think a lot of things a certain train wreck wouldn't necessarily agree with. This picture of Britney Spears speaks for itself. 

Where the Heck Am I Right Now?

Britney Spears wears sunglasses in the dark as Sean Preston Federline sleeps, blissfully unaware of the mortal danger he faces every day of his life.

Hopefully Britney Spears did not hit anyone from any celebrity photo agencies at the time this picture was taken. We suggest she just let the court appointed monitor drive next time. Or Jayden James. He'd probably be better at driving.

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As New York Magazine observes, hubris rarely bites people in the ass like you want it to. Karl Rove left the White House before being brought down, people still read Perez Hilton, and Donald Trump retains the power of speech.

But it looks like uber-agent Scott Boras, the egomaniac blowhard who thought he was bigger than the World Series, is finally getting thrown off his high horse.

Nose Picking By Alex Rodriguez

After all, Alex Rodriguez and Cynthia Rodriguez have crawled back to the Yankees' negotiating table â€" alone â€" just three weeks after A-Rod opted out of his deal with New York and left the city (and the rest of the country) cursing his name.

As Scott Boras has clearly fallen out of favor with the superstar, does that make wife Cynthia Rodriguez A-Rod's de facto agent now? That would be spectacular for all.

She was at the Yankees' meeting with A-Rod and is the biggest influence on him right now - it's obvious Cynthia Rodriguez wears the pants in this relationship.

Could she be the boss now? Unlike Boras, she's actually got balls (remember the F-Rod t-shirt). In any case, Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez, who recently announced they're expecting baby #2, are almost certainly going ink a new deal with New York soon, potentially giving us another decade of celebrity gossip fodder.

Awesome.

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We first reported that beautiful American Idol runner-up Katharine McPhee got engaged to actor beau Nick Cokas back on September 29. But this blissful piece of celebrity gossip was not widely confirmed until now.

Katharine McPhee, 23, recently has been showing off a ring from Nick Cokas, 42, reports People magazine. They have been dating for quite some time.

"Katharine is bubbling over with excitement for their upcoming wedding," a source close to the couple says. "She is all smiles when she talks about the planning. It sounds like everything is going very smoothly."

Nick Cokas: Lucky longtime Katharine McPhee boyfriend turned fiance.

The couple met in 2005 when they performed in a L.A. theater production of The Ghost and Mrs. Muir. Their union began as a friendship, McPhee said.

"He took me up to my San Francisco (American Idol) audition," McPhee said. That's when a relationship blossomed. "We totally fell in love," she said.

As for the 19-year age gap between Nick Cokas and herself, McPhee says it "was never a concern." They connect because "he just makes things really fun" and "we love business. We love going to meetings together and create things together."

Case in point: the two will join forces on an upcoming independent film titled The Last Caller. Katharine McPhee will star in the dark romantic comedy and Nick Cokas will reportedly be producing the work.

Katharine McPhee, whose debut CD came out earlier this year, is currently filming an Anna Faris comedy called I Know What Boys Like, as well.

We're happy for this seemingly nice couple, who have been together since way back before anyone knew who Kat McPhee was. Congratulations again to Nick Cokas - who likely gets to see Katharine McPhee in this position fairly often. Damn.

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The stripper-model who first claimed she had racy snapshots of sexy boxer Oscar De La Hoya wearing lingerie - then quickly recanted her own tale on national TV - is now suing him for $100 million for smearing her reputation.

In the suit, filed this week in Manhattan Supreme Court, Milana Dravnel alleges that Oscar De La Hoya's management team coerced her into taking back her story - where she allegedly took racy drag photos of Oscar De La Hoya in fishnet stockings, and what appears to be ballerina outfit in a Philly hotel room.

Oscar De La Hoya made what turned out to be "false promises" based on Milana Dravnel recanting what she told the media, the lawsuit claims.

Milana Dravnel also claims she was the champ's mistress from January 2006 to May 2007, and that she was paid $70,000 by celebrity photo agency X17 for the pictures (see below), a price her lawyer says was "below market value."

Milana Dravnel, Oscar De La Hoya

Drag photos of Oscar De La Hoya, allegedly taken by Milana Dravnel.

Dravnel is suing the champ for "fraud, defamation, and infliction of emotional distress." There was no response from Oscar De La Hoya or his camp.

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Lindsay Lohan was behind bars for 84 minutes Thursday, beating Nicole Richie's mark by two minutes and becoming the latest star to serve under a day for DUI.

Lohan turned herself in to the good ol' Los Angeles County women's detention center in Lynwood at 10:30 a.m. She was searched, fingerprinted and placed in a holding cell in the inmate reception area but got to keep her street clothes on.

That's a welcome change of pace for our girl.

Lohan was released quietly at 11:54 a.m. All in a day's work for LiLo! Her original sentence was reduced because she met certain criteria that took into account overcrowding at the lockup and the fact that her crime was nonviolent.

  • Lindsay Lohan Mug Shot: Reloaded!
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A Lindsay Lohan mug shot breakdown: November 2007 (left, at yesterday's booking) and back in July 2007 (right, taken just after her second ridiculous DUI arrest).

Do celebrities like Lohan receive special treatment?

"Absolutely not," sheriff's spokesman Steve Whitmore said adamantly. "This is what we do for most everybody in this position. In fact, 30 to 50 women are granted early releases from the facility every day."

Back in May, the train wreck was arrested after crashing her Mercedes into a tree in Beverly Hills. She was arrested in July again after the mother of Lindsay's former personal assistant called 911 to report her car being chased by an SUV. The chase ended in Santa Monica, where police arrested Lohan.

In both cases, Lindsay Lohan was found in possession of cocaine.

In August, she reached a plea on misdemeanor DUI and cocaine charges from the arrests. The judge sentenced her to four days in jail - the mandatory minimum for a second DUI offense - but gave her credit for 24 hours served. Lohan then elected to complete 10 days' community service instead of 48 hours in jail.

The total deal called for her to enter rehab (which she has done, and Riley Giles has subsequently entered her many times), spend one day in jail and her perform community service. Lohan had until January 18 to serve jail time.

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Lauren Conrad and BFF roommate Audrina Patridge hit up the "black carpet" at the launch of the "Blackjack II by Samsung" in Hollywood Wednesday.

Looking stunning as usual at the event, Lauren Conrad, 21, has just released a statement defending the integrity of her MTV reality series, The Hills:

"There have been some rumors in the press about The Hills being fake. Many of you have been asking me if the rumors are true. There are false rumors every week and I can't address every rumor out there, but I feel like this is important for me to respond to. The show is not fake and really is my life. I have addressed these rumors in an interview with InTouch Magazine's November 26th issue."

You know what's not fake? Our celebrity crush on Lauren Conrad!

Needless to say, we'll be checking out that article on LC and continuing to watch our beloved episodes of The Hills. Fake or not, or somewhere in between, do we really care? Who doesn't love watching the non-stop Lauren Conrad friend / boyfriend drama, plus Heidi-Spencer scheming and Whitney Port at work?

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Trying to quell the recent rash of hot, strange dating rumors surrounding him, Lance Armstrong is now denying that he and Ashley Olsen are an item.

"Ashley Olsen and I are strictly friends," he told the New York Post. "We have hung out amongst other friends, and she strikes me as a nice, smart lady."

Olsen Twins Look On

The actions of Lance and Ashley paint a different picture, however.

As we reported last week, the odd pair â€" 36 and 21, respectively â€" both booked rooms at the luxe NYC hotel SoHo House and dined a deux at NYC's Waverly Hill after taking in the Broadway play Young Frankenstein October 29.

Meanwhile, Lance Armstrong's ex, Sheryl Crow is trying to debunk Life & Style's claim that she was disgusted by the May-December romance.

The tabloid said that when asked about the Ashley Olsen-Lance Armstrong fling, "Sheryl rolled her eyes and said, 'That's pathetic. Ashley's a kid.'"

But Sheryl Crow, 45, blogged: "Lance and I are friends. I have a lot of respect for him and what he does in the world of cancer. What he does in his personal life ... it is none of my business. Nor would I ever comment on it."

Does this mean Ashley Olsen and Lance really aren't hittin' it? Sad. Here's hoping Mary-Kate Olsen and Stavros Niarchos are still hot and heavy.

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If this sullen, devoted Britney Spears fan thought she had Craziest Protester of the Day honors locked up, well, she'd better think again. And go on a diet.

This guy is giving her a run for her money. Holding up a sign in support of Spears is one thing - but ... O.J. Simpson? Set up? What is this, 1994? Wrong trial, man! What possesses a person to believe - let alone make a sign expressing that!?

Then there's the hundreds of people marching around Hollywood demanding better online royalty rates and whatnot. The Writers Guild of America is on strike, and the future of most non-reality shows is very much in doubt as a result.

Hopefully, Tina Fey and her clever cohorts get their money soon so they can get back to work writing the shows we know and love. As for the O.J. Simpson fan here, well, he'd better not hold his breath waiting for an acquittal.

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