CUE TYRA Banks: "America's next top model is . . . "

Terrell Owens?

Yeah, the catwalk better be able to accommodate cleats because T.O. has signed a deal with Wilhelmina Models, one of America's top agencies.

Not a bad idea, just in case this football thing doesn't work out. He's already launched his own reality show on VH-1 and a breakfast cereal. Why not modeling?

T.O., of course, was typically humble about his foray into the fashion world.

"Well, I'm always putting my hands in and feeding into something," Owens told the Associated Press yesterday, noting Wilhelmina approached him with the offer. "When you've got some good looks like myself, you've got to take full advantage of it."

Wilhelmina, in a statement, described the partnership as natural, given Owens' popularity.

"Owens has achieved what most athletes can only dream of: record books highlighting his name, fans sporting his jersey and a nickname of just two letters that is recognized by sports enthusiasts nationwide," the firm said.

Wilhelmina, by the way, represents boxer Roy Jones Jr. Can't wait until T.O. starts complaining that Roy always gets to model all the cutest cashmere jammies and a big fight erupts on the runway.

No medal for Tiger

California Democratic Rep. Joe Baca is dropping his effort to honor Tiger Woods with a Congressional Gold Medal. Baca proposed legislation in March that called for the golfer to be recognized for promoting good sportsmanship and breaking down barriers in the sport.

Baca said in a statement yesterday that, uh, "in light of recent developments surrounding Tiger Woods and his family" he will no longer pursue that legislation. The medal is the highest award Congress has to honor civilians for achievements and contributions to society.

Guess that's what happens when you take out more than just a fire hydrant.

- Joe Berkery

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