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July 21, 2006

Mr. Flip is sad to report a celebrity sports couple breakup. Olympic swimmer Amanda Beard and NASCAR driver Carl Edwards have split.

"I'm a really laid-back, chilled-out person," Beard told FHM. "I'm a surfer girl from Southern California, and when you date a racecar driver, there's so much stress.

"Racecar drivers are too intense for me. There's no way you could get me to jump in a car and go 200 mph around the track slamming into people. You have to be an intense person to handle those racecars, and I'm not."

Beard helped reduce her stress level by posing for a photo spread in FHM.

Whatever happened to eating a carton of ice cream?

Gimme an A!

In the wake of Auburn's reported misdeed of setting up "directed reading" courses for athletes that were designed mainly to help keep them eligible to play, ESPN.com offered up a syllabus for one such Sociology class. One of the assigned readings: "Girls of the SEC" from the October 2001 edition of Playboy.

Compiled from wire and Web reports by Mr. Flip, who doesn't read Playboy for the articles or any other reason if he knows what's good for him.

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