RUSSELL CROWE FIGHTS OFF PACK OF COYOTES TO SAVE POOCH

OH, MY GLADIATOR!

Is it just me -- or am I writing a "Russell-Crowe-rescues-damsel-in-distress" item EVERY BLOODY WEEK?? Where does this guy find the TIME? Anyway -- a young woman in LA's brushy Runyon Canyon screamed for help when three coyotes cornered her dog! Crowe -- who was out jogging -- raced to the spot, grabbed two big sticks, banged them together and charged, growling like . . . well, like an Australian! The terrified coyotes split, Crowe handed the shivering mutt back to the sobbing damsel -- and jogged into the sunset as she chorused a thousand thank-yous!