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Dan Gross: Canseco entering the ring

BASEBALL STAR Jose Canseco recently revealed that the mortgage on his home had been foreclosed, and he blamed two costly divorces for his financial woes.


Jose Canseco

recently revealed that the mortgage on his home had been foreclosed, and he blamed two costly divorces for his financial woes.

Because the dude has to pay the bills, he has turned to celebrity boxing.

Canseco and promoter Damon Feldman are seeking a challenger to fight the Oakland Athletics veteran on July 12 at the Bernie Robbins Stadium in Atlantic City.

The chosen opponent will be paid $5,000. Brave souls should e-mail Canseco's opponent will be revealed in this column next week.

No word on whether Canseco, who admitted to having used steroids throughout his baseball career, will be juiced for the fight.

Tickets will be available through Center Stage, 800-677-8499.

Tom Lamaine retires Thursday

CBS 3 meteorologist Tom Lamaine's last day at the station will be Thursday, a station spokeswoman confirmed.

He has worked there for nearly 39 years. We reported last month that the meteorologist, beloved by viewers, was among staffers offered early-retirement incentives as the station seeks to cut costs. Lamaine, also a former Sixers and Flyers broadcaster, previously was a radio host at local stations.

Out and about

Jennifer Aniston was too focused on escaping lunch at El Vez (13th & Sansom) without being photographed Saturday afternoon to notice her meathead bodyguards spitting on and pushing photographer HughE Dillon as he tried to take her picture.

She's shooting "Marley & Me" in West Chester and Pocopson with Owen Wilson, who ordered three vodka and sodas with lime during a visit Friday night to Pearl (1904 Chestnut), where comedian Nick Swardson was also in the house. DJ Suss One, Mariah Carey's tour DJ, was spinning.

_ Fox 29's John Bolaris was spied making out with a hot, early 20s-ish blonde in the front-window table at Rouge (205 S. 18th). "It was really flagrant, obvious and kinda seemed staged," says our spy. "Who goes to Rouge to make out unless they want to end up in your column?"

Good question.

Bolaris denies there was any tonsil-hockey going on that night.

_ St. Joe's basketball coach Phil Martelli played $10 roulette Friday night at Resorts in Atlantic City, where he was celebrating the bachelor party of his son, Phil Jr. The groom-to-be is an assistant coach at Niagara University and will be married May 30. The party dined earlier at Capriccio, where Phil Sr. went for a swordfish dish.

_ Everclear hung out at the hotel bar at the Hyatt Regency Penn's Landing late Sunday night after playing the 'MMR-BQ at the Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden. The rockers hung out with local DJs Philly K-Rock, from Oasis Gentleman's Club (6800 Essington), and Jason O.C., from Rick's Cabaret (2908 S. Columbus). Comedian Jeffrey Ross was also seen at the hotel Sunday.

_ Charles Barkley and wife, Maureen, dined at a cocktail table in the bar area at Chops (401 City Ave.) in Bala Cynwyd over the weekend, where Sir Charles had a filet, tipped well and was gracious to fans who approached.

_ Phillies slugger Ryan Howard and New Jersey Devils winger Dainius Zubrus were among those partying at 32° (16 S. 2nd) Friday. Separately.

Phillies rally for a good cause

Phillies slugger Chase Utley and wife Jennifer are expecting teammates - including Howard, Jimmy Rollins, Pat Burrell, Cole Hamels and Jayson Werth - at their May 29 All-Star Casino Night and Silent Auction to benefit the Pennsylvania SPCA. Comcast SportsNet's Michael Barkann will emcee the private party at F.U.E.L. (249 Arch). Shane Victorino and Brett Myers are also expected to join the Utleys for the party to benefit the animal-welfare agency.

News duo in 'Happening' trailer

Former NBC 10 reporter Alicia Taylor, now a spokeswoman for the city Department of Human Services, and CBS 3 anchor Ukee Washington can be seen in a trailer for M. Night Shyamalan's "The Happening." It's Washington's third Shyamalan movie; he was previously heard in "Signs" and "Unbreakable." *

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