Celebrity Gossip by Jose Lambiet

Rick Sanchez a college football player? Not so much

 Monday, August 01, 2011

“I played college football,” macho anchorman Rick Sanchez, 53, asserted to explain his new gig as Florida International University’s football color commentator.

Reality, however, isn’t as grand as life on Planet Rick! The former WSVN-Channel 7 star — fired from CNN for saying that Jews control the media — implies he went to Kentucky’s Morehead State.

Actually, he made the varsity roster as a wide receiver for the Division II Minnesota State Moorhead.

Seems, though, that the water boy got just as much action that year, 1977. “Rick didn’t catch a pass,” said Larry Scott, Moorhead’s ex-sports information director. “But he had a lot of swagger for a freshman.”

Sanchez’s contention he was on scholarship? “He may have had $200 off his tuition,” Scott said.

REJUVENATE THIS

WTVJ-NBC 6 and two of its reporters, Willard Shepard and Todd Wright, are being sued for libel by the owners of a Broward discount plastic-surgery clinic that saw three patients die since 2008.

The lawsuit, brought by Strax Rejuvenation, alleges that the station sensationalized its coverage of lipo patient Lidvian Zelaya’s death.

NBC 6 falsely reported that the doctor who sucked fat from Zelaya’s waist reinjected too much of it into her body, causing her lung to flood. A correction ran online five days later.

Not good enough for Peter Mineo, Strax’s attorney. “Strax has had it with inaccurate reporting,” he said.

NBC 6 issued this statement: “These allegations are completely baseless and we will defend ourselves vigorously."

NEW LAIR FOR TIGER EX

Golfer Tiger Woods’ ex-wife continues to transfer her wealth, an estimated $100 million from the divorce, into SoFla’s economy.

Just weeks after Elin Nordegren paid $12.2 million for a 17,000-square-foot mansion in North Palm Beach, the Swedish hottie is roughing it in her new 1,800-square-foot condo on Juno Beach. Price tag: a million bucks!

“She’s renovating the big house, so she had to find a smaller place to stay,” said local Realtor Rob Thomson.

Don’t people rent anymore?

TURCHIN TO WPLG

America’s Most Wanted reporter John Turchin rebounded fast after the show shut down July 1.

He just covered his first story for his new masters at WPLG-ABC 10, last week’s beatdown of an American Airlines pilot at MIA. But Turchin, 54, is still grieving AMW’s demise:

“I always felt good about what we were doing.”

Veteran South Florida columnist Jose Lambiet will write Sundays in this space for The Miami Herald.

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