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Artest unburdens self to Tiger

If you were having marital problems and your life was being turned upside down, who would you turn to for advice?

A priest? Maybe. Marriage counselor? Very likely. Family? Maybe.

At last check, Ron Artest didn’t fit any of those categories. Yet here was the Los Angeles Lakers forward, dispensing advice to Tiger Woods. In his blog, Artest offers some ways for Woods to cope with his problems.

“You made a mistake and you admitted your infidelity. I have made the same mistakes,” Artest writes in his blog entry. “My wife is a much better wife than I am a husband. We still argue and disagree after being together 16 years. And I still cope with the fact that there are so many women out there and I choose to stay loyal to my wife.

“I want to be home every night, but with traveling I can’t, and sometimes I might want to go to a bar or club and be one of the fellas. Most of the time I stay in, because I have my kids and wife.

“I cannot sit here and say the thought to have many women has never crossed my mind. If I were Jesus, I could. You have been the perfect role model for me and my sons for longer than anyone I have known, with the exception of a few legends.”

Woods should heed this advice at his own risk.

• DIVA DUEL — Call it the “Battle of the Diva Wide Receivers.”

The New England Patriots meet the Bills on Sunday at Buffalo, which means Terrell Owens will be vying for attention with Randy Moss, who is getting most of the scrutiny in the wake of his less-than-successful week.

There’s no love between the talented yet temperamental receivers. Go back to 2007 when Owens, then with the Cowboys, self-imposed a media blackout with a sign at his locker saying, “Due to the magnitude of this week’s game and the high volume of questions for the Original 81 and the other 81, I will be taking all questions immediately following Sunday’s game.”

Owens has not posted a similar sign for this week. However, he did spice things up with this Twitter entry: “And I made it 2 my 8am mtg this am!! Lol!” He was referencing Moss being sent home from practice last week after being late to an 8 a.m. team meeting.

• LOCK CITY — Since when did Roy Williams become Joe Namath?

The Cowboys wide receiver said his team will make the playoffs, even though Dallas can’t seem to win in December. Williams took aim at pundits who already have declared the Saints winners of Saturday’s game at New Orleans.

“Might as well crown them, right?” Williams told ESPN. “They’re undefeated. It’s December. We don’t have a chance.”

The Cowboys, 8-5 after two straight losses, will be facing their toughest foe of the season in the Saints (13-0) in a game that’s crucial to Dallas playoff hopes.

Williams dismissed the team’s 0-2 start to December, a month that has plagued the Cowboys for years. And he vowed that Dallas will recover in its remaining three games and gain a playoff spot.

“I don’t know about everybody else,” he said, “but I think we’re going to see this team in the playoffs down the road.”

Dallas is one game behind Philadelphia in the NFC East.

COMPILED BY STEVE CARP LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL

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