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Aaron Rodgers and Destiny Newton Hit the Beach in Hawaii

It’s getting hard to keep up with Aaron Rodgers and all the women to whom he’s been linked. There have been rumors of him hooking up with Erin Andrews, then we heard he was dating actress Jessica Szohr, and then he was hanging with Stacy Keibler and Mila Kunis at a party. Well it looks like we can add another girl to the list — Destiny Newton.

On Friday, TMZ ran a picture of Green Bay Packers Super Bowl MVP Aaron Rodgers at beach in Hawaii with an unnamed blonde. Splash News Online added many more pictures and a video but they were unable to identify her. But on Tuesday, both Black Sports Online and Terez Owens said the girl in question is Destiny Newton, who we’ve come to find out is from Chico — Rodgers’ hometown in California.

As of last year, Newton was bartending in Pacific Beach in San Diego claiming she had moved there about three years earlier. In her interview with Pacific San Diego Magazine, she said she was going to school for communications in addition to bartending. Destiny also has a sister named Shawntel who competed on Season 15 of The Bachelor. So whatta you think?

DESTINY NEWTON PICTURES

Rays Manager Joe Maddon: It’s Unfair to Boo Manny Ramirez

Tampa Bay Rays new DH Manny Ramirez has been hearing it from fans after starting the season 1-for-16. The offseason acquisition was booed Tuesday during Tampa’s 5-3 loss to the Angels and didn’t help matters by striking out three times and leaving three men on. After the loss, manager Joe Maddon defended Manny saying it was “very unfair” of fans to boo him over his poor start, according to Marc Topkin of the St. Petersburg Times.

Topkin says Maddon wanted to make it clear that Ramirez works really hard and that it’s too early to get down on him. Outfielder B.J. Upton, who’s no stranger to slumps, said it was “unbelievable” that Ramirez was hearing it.

I completely understand why Maddon defended his player, and I agree it’s too early to get down on a proven slugger like Manny after just four games. But here’s where I’ll disagree.

If fans are booing Manny because they don’t like how he acts or the way he cheated the game, that’s completely within reason, and I might do the same. But if they’re booing because he’s not performing and they’ll start to cheer when he does, then I think it’s far too capricious on their behalf and will side with Joe and B.J. It all depends on the fan motivation for the boos.

Steve Nash Wears Wrong Shorts to Start Suns-Bulls Game (Video)

Suns point guard Steve Nash likes to dress casually and acts the same way on the court. He must have been wearing the wrong shorts to start the game between Phoenix and Chicago Tuesday evening because his teammates had to form a wall around him as he changed. A few seconds later, he was all set and he went out for 16 assists in a 97-94 loss. Seeing Nash strip down like that is no surprise — we know from his past actions he’ll do anything on the court shamelessly.

Thanks to J.E. Skeets for the video

Northern Arizona Coach Mike Adras Voted Ohio State Number 1 Over UConn

Northern Arizona coach Mike Adras was the only voter in the ESPN/USA Today poll not to vote tournament champion UConn the number one team in the final poll of the season. Instead, Adras voted Ohio State number one and Kansas second in his ballot, followed by UConn.

Explaining his decision, Adras said “I voted for who I thought was the best team in the country based on the entire body of work during the season. I believe it is Ohio State. I want to congratulate Connecticut for winning the NCAA tournament. They deserved it.”

The 30 other voters in the coaches’ poll put UConn first followed by Butler, and Kentucky. The other Final Four participant, VCU, ended up sixth in the final poll, with Ohio State and Kansas ahead of them.

Adras must be reading LBS because we wrote the exact same thing a week ago saying none of the Final Four teams deserved to be the national champion. Was UConn the best team in the country? I still say no. Was Butler the second best team? Far from it. And was Kentucky the third best? Were all these teams better than Ohio State or Kansas? Not in my eyes, and I’m glad at least one person was thinking outside the box and voted accordingly.

Brian Giles’ Ex-Girlfriend Cheri Olvera Cusses at him in Abusive Voicemail

The former baseball player’s trial getting most of the media attention has been the Barry Bonds perjury case, but in San Diego, another former All-Star is involved with a lawsuit of his own. Brian Giles is in court to settle the suit his ex-girlfriend Cheri Olvera brought against him.

Olvera is suing Giles for breach of an oral and/or implied contract she says they had while they were together. She’s also seeking damages for alleged domestic violence that occurred during their relationship.

The defense team from James D. Scott’s law office is arguing, amongst other things, that Olvera targets wealthy professional athletes for relationships, as evidenced by her current engagement to Chuck Knoblauch. They also have proof that Olvera was verbally abusive towards Giles. Just listen to this voicemail Olvera left for Giles after she found out he stopped paying her cell phone service. Keep in mind Giles stopped paying AFTER Olvera sued him for over $10 million.

Beware, almost every other word is an F-bomb making this audio 100% NSFW:

Alright, that b**** is certifiably crazy. It was probably a bad idea to tell Giles to save the voice message for anyone to hear it, because it was used in court on Monday. I know it’s not really my place, but let me just say beware Chuck, beware.

Miss USA Rima Fakih and Ricky Romero Are Dating

Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Ricky Romero is a former first-round pick out of Cal State Fullerton in 2005, and after several years in the minors he finally was brought up to pitch with the big club in 2009. He had a breakout season last year going 14-9 with a 3.73 ERA and was rewarded with a 5-year $30 million contract extension. With big money comes more exposure, and Romero is taking advantage of his celebrity status.

We got word from Jimmy Traina on Hot Clicks Monday that Romero and Miss USA 2010 Rima Fakih are dating. The Blue Jays announcers apparently passed on the news on Opening Day after Fakih was in attendance to watch Ricky pitch. A friend did confirm to LBS that the two are dating after spending time with them in Toronto recently. The news makes them a welcome addition to the always popular athlete-celebrity couple category here at LBS.

Fakih is a contestant on the WWE show Tough Enough while the East LA native continues to pitch for the Blue Jays. Congrats to Ricky on the pull, and let’s celebrate with some pictures.

RIMA FAKIH PICTURES

Bullpen Catcher: Baseballs Are Juiced to Aid Attendance

A bullpen catcher told Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter David O’Brien he believes baseballs are juiced this year to help create excitement and aid attendance. The comment came in this exact tweet:

Attendance seems to be strong to start the year, but it generally is the first week of the season because fans are amped up about Opening Day. As for the claim that balls are being juiced, there have been 119 home runs hit in 52 games, yielding an average of 2.29 homers per game. If you compare it to this chart, that is a higher average than we’ve since 2000, but not by a large margin.

Most teams have only played three or four games thus far, so the sample size is too small to make any sweeping conclusions. I won’t discount what the catcher has said, especially considering he’s not the only one to make such a claim recently, but it’s too early to say if the data supports his feelings.