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Names in the News - May 4, 2007

Staff Report • May 3, 2007 at 11:27 AM

MILAN, Mich. - Kid Rock is lending a hand to a high school girls' golf team.

Six sets of golf clubs were stolen from coach Claire Neff's vehicle on Monday evening in Ypsilanti. Following reports of the theft, Neff said she got a call Wednesday from the country-rap-rock star offering to help.

"I was just stunned," Neff said.

Rock (real name: Robert Ritchie) said he would get new custom golf clubs to replace those belonging to Neff and five players from Milan High School, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit.

Rock talked to pro golfer John Daly, who suggested calling TaylorMade Golf, the Detroit Free Press and The Ann Arbor News reported Thursday. TaylorMade agreed to send the clubs by the end of the week.

FARMINGTON, Conn. - The 52-room mansion that rapper 50 Cent has called home for more than three years, an estate once owned by boxer Mike Tyson, is up for sale.

The rap artist (real name: Curtis James Jackson III) bought the 48,000-plus-square- foot house in September 2003 for $4.1 million.

Since buying the mansion, 50 Cent has reportedly spent up to $6 million renovating the house, including adding a helicopter pad.

Curt Clemens, owner of Century 21 Clemens & Sons in Hartford, told the Hartford Courant Wednesday that he toured the house a few months ago after being contacted by representatives of the rapper who said he wanted to sell the property.

Clemens, who was the listing agent on the house when it was owned by Tyson, said that he was notified a few weeks ago that another real estate agent would be handling the sale.

"I was surprised it hadn't come on the market because we were expecting it," Clemens said. "He's put a lot into it, and it's all very tasteful, except the stripper poles."

HONG KONG - Avril Lavigne recorded the chorus to her new single "Girlfriend" in eight languages, and Mandarin was the toughest to master.

Besides English, the Canadian pop star recorded in French, Portuguese, German, Italian, Spanish, Japanese and Mandarin.

"The hardest one was actually Mandarin. Japanese was easy, sort of. French was easy, but German was difficult," the 22-year-old Lavigne said at a news conference Thursday in Hong Kong promoting her album, "The Best Damn Thing."

"But it was cool to record it in different languages because I have so many fans worldwide that speak all these languages. So I'm glad I did it."

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