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Bengals safety George Iloka nurses concussion on South Beach

Cincinnati Bengals’ George Iloka in the South Beach surf with an unidentified woman.
Cincinnati Bengals’ George Iloka in the South Beach surf with an unidentified woman.
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While his teammates in chilly Cincinnati prepared for key end-of-season games, Bengals safety George Iloka frolicked in the surf off Miami Beach with an unidentified woman.

And there are widely distributed photos to prove it.

Iloka, 23, suffered a minor concussion and left last week’s game against the Indianapolis Colts and was listed as “probable” by the team for Sunday’s game against Minnesota.

But by Tuesday afternoon, concussion or not, Iloka was chatting up, and looking over, a bathing beauty in the ocean.

Officially, the Bengals aren’t fretting about one of their best defenders high-tailing it to South Beach during the Bengals’ hunt for a playoff spot.

“George was in Cincinnati Wednesday for a full day of practice,” said Bengals spokesman Jack Brennan.

Brennan didn’t comment on whether players are allowed to fly three hours for R&R during the season.

He did say: “Tuesdays are usually days off for the players. George was here when he was supposed to be.”

The Bengals could conceivably play the Dolphins in the NFL playoffs, if the stars line up just so.

new anchorman

WFOR-Channel 4 just got really, really diverse: Welcome the new native, a native of Hawaii.

The CBS affiliate named Walter Makaula as replacement for fired weekday morning anchor Josh Benson.

Makaula’s previous stop was at the Fox affiliate in San Diego. He says his cross-country move is not that radical.

“[San Diego and Miami] are beautiful multicultural cities that serve as gateways to international communities,” Makaula wrote in an email. “They have warm weather, great beaches, incredible food and beautiful people [inside and out]. When I think of Miami, I think of the exact same things.”

Here’s some Makaula trivia: He once won Mr. Hawaii USA and Mr. University International World contests, in which he had to pose in swim and evening wear, show talent and do well in an interview.

“I originally entered because of the large prize money,” Makaula told Gossip Extra about his days as beauty king. “My parents were happy that I didn’t have to pay my college tuition.”

Said CBS4 GM Adam Levy: “Walter is a multitalented broadcaster who is equally skilled as a breaking news anchor and as a storyteller who reports on captivating human interest stories. We’re thrilled to have him.”

Makaula starts Jan. 20.

jingle ball rock

More than 15,000 people packed the BB&T Center Friday night in Sunrise for the multisinger Y100 Jingle Ball.

The star attraction was Wrecking Ball singer Miley Cyrus, whose four-song set featured an inebriated Santa drinking from a bottle wrapped tightly in a brown bag, a seven-foot woman dressed as a Christmas tree and models pretending to be reindeer.

The four-hour holiday tradition also featured a slew of local singers, including up-and-comer North Broward Preparatory School grad Ariana Grande (whose last appearance at the venue was to sing the national anthem at a Panthers game when she was 8), and Miami’s Flo Rida and Enrique Iglesias.

You think it doesn’t matter to superstars to play close to home? Think again.

“I get to sleep in my house,” Iglesias said backstage. “I get to hang out with my dog. This area is my house, my home. It’s where my friends are.”

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