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Dancing With the Stars Backstage Report: Drew Lachey and Warren Sapp Handicap the Finale

Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke

Now that the Disney Kid has beaten the Karate Kid, all bets are off. With Tuesday night's elimination of Ralph Macchio, it'll be Chelsea Kane, Kirstie Alley and Hines Ward in next week's Dancing With the Stars finale. But even show insiders are at a loss, trying to figure out who will ultimately sashay home with the prize.

"I gotta believe it's gonna be either Chelsea or Hines," says second season champ Drew Lachey, one of those rare birds who maintains the physical conditioning required to come back to this show and do what he did Tuesday night: Reunite with his pro partner, Cheryl Burke, and dance. "Chelsea and Hines are the strongest ...
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Retired NFL/Dancing Star Warren Sapp Arrested On Domestic Battery Charge

Warren Sapp

Warren Sapp, a former NFL defensive lineman and Dancing with the Stars' Season 7 runner-up, has been arrested on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge.

Sapp is accused of attacking his girlfriend about 5 a.m. Saturday at the Shore Club Hotel in Miami, the Miami Beach Police Department said.

According to an arrest affidavit, the victim had a... read more

Backstage: Smiles, Tears and Reflections from the Winners and More

Dancing with the Stars, Derek Hough, Brooke Burke

"Thanksgiving is going to be just a lot of relaxing and quality family time," Brooke Burke said just moments after being named this season's Dancing with the Stars celebrity champ. "My family gave up a lot for me to do this. They gave up so much mommy time." Burke's pro partner, Derek Hough, similarly was happy to be a winner, yet just as thankful to get a deserved (if brief) time-out. "Dude, Thanksgiving is going to be rest," he declared. "Epson salt bath ... maybe a massage.  I have to start rehearsing for the tour on Friday."

Comedian Jeffrey Ross, who as part of Tuesday night's results show pointedly "roasted" his former cast mates, pondered what Burke and Hough could have done better. "Maybe if they had ... read more

Backstage: Inside Warren and Kym's First Fight

Kym Johnson and Warren Sapp, Dancing with the Stars

If timing is everything, then Warren Sapp may be peaking on Dancing with the Stars at just the right moment. He came in a strong second on Monday night, and he did so despite the fact that he's been dancing with a huge disadvantage: He loses a full day of training every week. Read on to see how Warren's disadvantage led to his first big fight with Kym...

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Cheers: He's Dancing as Fast as He Can

Dancing with the Stars, Warren Sapp with Kym Johnson

Cheers to Warren Sapp for throwing his weight around on Dancing with the Stars. Athletes have often excelled in the ballroom competition, but it's usually petite types like Apolo Anton Ohno, Helio Castroneves or Kristi Yamaguchi. Even Sapp's fellow gridiron vets Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice were slender by NFL standards. At 300-plus pounds, the ex-defensive lineman should clomp around like Penn Jillette, but he's surprisingly light on his feet (and hugely charming); his Viennese waltz was downright dainty. Plus, it takes a real man to wear a pink shirt with such aplomb: Do you want to tell Sapp he looks silly?

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Backstage: Warren and Cloris Connect with the Audience

Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas by Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Here's what we know after the seventh season premiere of Dancing with the Stars: It's going to be a wild ride.
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Will Warren Sapp Tackle Dancing?

Warren Sapp by Arnold Turner/ WireImage.com

Dan Marino may not be joining Dancing with the Stars, but have no fear: You may still get your football fix on the dance floor next season.Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Warren Sapp is next on ABC's most wanted list, according to Season 2 runner-up Jerry Rice."They're really going after a big one this time. I think it's Warren Sapp," Rice revealed to Access Hollywood.If it's true, Sapp, who retired in 2007, will fulfill the "Big, Lumbering Athlete" quota for the series. Our wish list had Shaquille O'Neal, but Sapp will definitely do. "You're probably going to see him trim down, lose some weight," Rice said. "I know Warren, Warren is very competitive so he's going to give it 100 percent."Sapp, 35, would be the fourth football star DWTS recruits, following Rice, Season 3 winner Emmitt Smith and Season 6 runner-up Jason Taylor. So if history holds, he should at least make the final two.ABC will announce the full cast on Good Morning America on Monday. ... read more

Warren Sapp Tackles New Gig on Showtime's Inside the NFL

Warren Sapp courtesy Showtime

Inside the NFL has finalized its roster. Warren Sapp, who recently retired after 13 seasons as a defensive lineman with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders, has been signed as an analyst for the veteran series, which moves to Showtime this fall.

Sapp joins the previously announced trio of James Brown, Phil Simms and Cris Collinsworth (a holdover from the show's HBO days). read more

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