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Caroline Wozniacki: Rory McIlroy breakup was a ‘shock’

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiCaroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy did not have a mutual split. It was clearly the 25-year-old Northern Irishman’s decision, and Wozniacki’s public comments about the breakup have confirmed that. Earlier this week, Wozniacki lost to Yanina Wickmayer at the French Open in her first match since the engagement was called off. She described herself as being in a state of “shock.”

“You’re not prepared for something like this, and it came as a bit of a shock,” Wozniacki said, according to The Independent. “I just tried to prepare the best that I could, and really tried to focus on my match and on what I had to do out there.”

After learning some of the details of the breakup, it’s easy to understand why Wozniacki was stunned. McIlroy decided to end the relationship just says after the couple’s wedding invitations went out. He said the sending of the invitations made him realize he “wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails.” McIlroy then supposedly broke up up Wozniacki in a very brief phone conversation.

Now, Wozniacki is just looking to move forward.

“The only thing I really have to say is that to thank everybody for their support and sweet messages,” she said. “That’s really nice. What happens in my personal life, I just want to really keep that between my closest people around me. I just have to move on.”

McIlroy has already moved on by winning a tournament. Hopefully Wozniacki is able to do the same.

Ex-stripper Daniela Rajic hits Paul George with paternity suit

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Former stripper Daniela Rajic filed a paternity suit against Paul George on Wednesday claiming that the Indiana Pacers baller is the father of a child to whom she gave birth on May 1, Page Six reports.

If this story sounds familiar, it’s because it’s a follow-up to an item that became public in February. You may recall that George addressed the rumor by saying that if it turned out that he was the father of the child, he would step up and handle business.

Now it looks like Rajic is trying to force his hand.

The New York Post’s Page Six says Rajic filed the suit in Manhattan Family Court. She and George met in Miami and dated last summer while she was supposedly working as a stripper at Tootsie’s Cabaret. Rajic has moved back to New York to be with her family while she raises her newborn daughter.

[Related: Paul George allegedly catfished, sent nude pictures to gay man]

As previously explained in an LBS post, George was dating Doc Rivers’ daughter, Callie, earlier this year. I’m sure this whole thing made for some uncomfortable conversations between them.

Whatever is going with George off the court didn’t seem to bother him in Game 5 of the Eastern Conference finals against the Miami Heat. He scored 37 points on 15-of-28 shooting and had six steals and six assists. He really took over late in the game, proving that he was pretty focused and mentally strong.

Here’s a photo Rajic posted to Instagram when she was pregnant:

Daniela Rajic

At least George has good taste.

H/T Black Sports Online

Rory McIlroy reportedly broke up with Caroline Wozniacki over the phone

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy made an abrupt decision to end his relationship with Caroline Wozniacki last week. He has implied that the calling off of their engagement was mutual, but it sure doesn’t seem that way. In fact, one report claims Wozniacki thought McIlroy was joking when he told her he wanted to end things.

According to Neil Harman of The Times in London, Wozniacki was still searching for answers about the sudden breakup after her loss at the French Open.

“The last time he called, less than a day after telling her how much he loved her, it was a three-minute conversation she thought was a joke,” Harman wrote, according to For the Win.

If that was indeed the last time McIlroy called Wozniacki, that would imply that the 25-year-old golfer broke up with his fiancee over the phone. Christopher Clarey of The New York Times heard a similar story.

McIlroy’s decision to dump Wozniacki came just a few days after their wedding invitations were sent out. I suppose that’s better than leaving her at the alter, but you would think he could wait until they got together to have “the talk” in person.

[Related: Rory McIlroy reportedly felt his relationship was taking away from golf]

It probably stings Wozniacki even more that McIlroy went on to win a tournament just days after breaking up with her.

Kids will be kids?

Rory McIlroy reportedly felt Caroline Wozniacki was hurting his golf game

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy has been criticized over the past year or so for not spending enough time working on his golf game. The 25-year-old Northern Irishman has fallen off a bit since he burst onto the scene by winning the US Open in 2011 and the PGA Championship the next year.

Was Caroline Wozniacki part of the problem?

McIlroy announced on Wednesday that he has called off his engagement with Wozniacki just days after their wedding invitations were sent out. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Rory felt that his personal life was affecting his golf game.

“Rory’s game hasn’t been as consistently good in the time he’s been with Caroline,” a source reportedly said. “He was a young guy in love and was flying around the world to see her play in tournaments or meet up with her. He was missing practice rounds. It was a distraction.”

Back in July, golf legend Nick Faldo accused McIlroy of not spending enough time on the course and worrying too much about his personal life. McIlroy later fired back and reminded his critics how difficult the game of golf can be. Gary Player made similar remarks when he said McIlroy needs to find the right woman.

Perhaps Wozniacki was losing focus, too.

“When you have two players focused on being No. 1, it’s a huge commitment to see each other, physically and emotionally,” the Post’s source added. “As tough as the decision to end the relationship might have been, it is wise to do it now rather than after they were married.”

I still think the love life excuse was overplayed, but you never know. We’ll see how McIlroy plays the rest of the way in 2014.

H/T SI Hot Clicks

Brandon Jennings’ girlfriend Lashontae Heckard switched teams

Brandon Jennings Lashontae Heckard

Brandon Jennings is together with a new girlfriend named Lashontae Heckard, and the two are rumored to be engaged. But TMZ says there is one obstacle blocking the two from getting married: a domestic partnership Heckard already is part of.

According to TMZ, Heckard and a woman named Monique Blanton got partnered in 2008. Lashontae even took Blanton’s name. The two separated in 2011, but Heckard needs to get the legal paperwork settled before she can marry Jennings.

You probably figure we’d credit Jennings with the assist for leading Tae to switch teams, but that might actually be due to Nelly. Yes, the same Nelly who is now with Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s ex-girlfriend Shantel Jackson and who was mentioned in the Greg Hardy issues. Between all the women he’s managing, how does he even have time to make new songs?

Rory McIlroy breaks up with Caroline Wozniacki, calls off engagement

Rory McIlroy Caroline WozniackiRory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki are not getting married, after all. In a shocking turn of events, McIlroy announced on Wednesday morning that he has called off the wedding and is ending his relationship with the tennis star. This time, word of the breakup came straight from the horse’s mouth.

“The problem is mine. The wedding invitations issued at the weekend made me realize that I wasn’t ready for all that marriage entails,” McIlroy said in a statement, via the NY Daily News. “I wish Caroline all the happiness she deserves and thank her for the great times we’ve had. I will not be saying anything more about our relationship in any setting.”

Wozniacki and McIlroy sent out their invitations just days ago, and the two-time major champion poked fun at a report last week that got the couple’s wedding date incorrect. McIlroy spoke a bit more about his personal life a few hours after making the announcement.

“It is quite a difficult time for Caroline and myself, and the statement really said it all this morning,” he added. “It was mutual and we both thought it was the best for us, the best for both of us. Time to move on, and I’ve said all that I need to say.

“Look, I’m no different than anyone else. Everyone has been through breakups, and it’s obviously very, very difficult. But look, I’m here to try and concentrate on this week and answer questions about golf, and that’s what I’m going to do.”

Wozniacki and McIlroy had grown used to false rumors about their relationship ending, and they seemed to laugh it off every time. He said earlier this year that Wozniacki is the “right girl for me,” despite analysts and former golfers constantly blaming his dating life for his struggles.

We certainly didn’t see this coming.

Thanks to LBS tipster David

Report: Matt Harvey ‘narrowly avoided’ bar fight over a girl

Matt Harvey MetsMatt Harvey still has some work to do if he wants to model his personal life after that of Derek Jeter. Early Thursday morning, a group of people Harvey was with supposedly got into a fight at a Manhattan nightclub.

According to the New York Post’s Page Six, Harvey “narrowly avoided” being drawn into the scrum after a brawl broke out over a girl. Harvey’s friend was supposedly involved in the fight, but the New York Mets pitcher wisely chose not to throw himself into the mix.

“Matt was there with friends when a fight broke out over a girl between someone in his group and another group at a nearby table,” a witness reportedly told the Post. “Matt was right there. Somebody lunged at him and his group, he stepped aside and left. Security broke things up.”

A Mets representative said Harvey was not involved in any altercation at the club, The Gilded Lily, and that those who were were escorted out. Harvey’s rep confirmed that he was at the club when the fight broke out.

“It was an unfortunate incident,” the rep said. “He was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Whether he “narrowly avoided” the brawl or not, it sounds like Harvey did the right thing. Still, we never heard about Derek Jeter’s crew getting involved with anything like that. Is that because the internet wasn’t as big at the start of the captain’s career? That probably has something to do with it. Hopefully the fight had nothing to do with Harvey’s new girlfriend.