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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.

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Cameron Diaz Denies Plan for Movie with A-Rod

Cameron Diaz took a time out from her busy popcorn feeding schedule to promote her upcoming movie, Bad Teacher. Extra was there to quiz her about the movie, and also asked if the rumors she wanted to make a romantic MLB comedy movie with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez were true.

“I don’t know where these things come from,” Diaz laughed. “It’s absolutely not true. I don’t write. Wow, when did I become a writer?”

The rumor came from a British tabloid, which is about as reliable as a rock star on a tight schedule. It’s no surprise that she denied the rumor, not only because most people don’t divulge their future plans, but also because the rumor sounded pretty ridiculous to begin with. Though the way A-Rod’s ego is, I’m sure he’s trying to talk his way into a supporting actor role. That wouldn’t be surprising.

RELATED: Compare all the girls A-Rod has hooked up with

Alyse Lahti Johnson Used to Make Tiger Woods Crayon Drawings?

We already knew that Tiger Woods had a couple of creepasaurus bones in his body, but this latest development is disgusting enough to make me hurl. Last week we told you about Alyse Lahti Johnson, the 22-year-old gossip outlets were calling Tiger’s new girlfriend. We said she’s probably messing around with Tiger but not actually his girlfriend. Seriously, you really think Tiger is monogamous? That’s a bigger joke than this embarrassing mugshot.

Anyhow, getting back to the creepy aspects of this hookup for Tiger, it’s bad enough that he is nailing a 22-year-old girl who also is a former neighbor. What makes it even more disgusting is that apparently Tiger has known her for quite some time to the point that The Daily Mail says Johnson “drew the golfing star crayon drawings before his tournaments to wish him luck.”

Gross.

This dude should be ashamed of himself if that is the case. The whole scenario kinda reminds me of the scene from About a Boy when Hugh Grant is asked to be the Godfather of his friends’ new child. He says he’s a terrible choice because he’ll forget all her birthdays until her 18th when he’ll take her out, get her drunk, and let’s face it, probably try to shag her. Yup, that’s who Tiger is. The Godfather who will take your kid out and try to shag her. C’mon man.

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Brian Giles’ Ex-Girlfriend Cheri Olvera Engaged to Chuck Knoblauch

Talk about a strange MLB love triangle … Brian Giles‘ ex-girlfriend Cheri Olvera is now engaged to former Twins and Yankees second baseman Chuck Knoblauch. Giles is a former two-time All-Star who had four straight godly seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates. The San Diego native dated Olvera from 2002-2008 and the two were engaged but never got married.

Olvera is suing Giles for breach of an oral and/or implied agreement she says the two had while they were together that they would divide their property if their relationship were to dissolve. Olvera is also seeking damages for domestic violence she alleges took place while they were together.

The crazy twist is that the ballplayer-chasing Olvera has found a new man.

She and Chuck Knoblauch are now engaged. Making matters more complicated is that Knoblauch pleaded guilty to misdemeanor assault last year for choking his former common-law wife, but that obviously isn’t a concern for Cheri.

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Alyse Lahti Johnson Is Tiger Woods’ New Girlfriend? We Doubt it

It really is funny the way stories can run their course depending on how publishing outlets present them. For instance, all it takes is one sports site to throw out a blurb on Tiger having a “new girlfriend” and then all the other gossip sites jump on it. The original report says 22-year-old Alyse Lanti Johnson, who attends Northwood University and appeared to have played volleyball at the University of New Hampshire, has been dating Tiger for a few months. None of their information indicates that is Tiger’s girlfriend, and from what we know about the man, he’d be extremely unlikely to have an exclusive girlfriend. Plus, their info alone says the two are only dating.

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On top of that, a nugget from Radar Online denies that Johnson and Tiger are dating. They write that Alyse “sent a BBM to a mutual friend … saying she didn’t consider herself Tiger’s girlfriend. They were just having a good time hooking up.” That’s about what I would expect.

So Tiger getting with some 22-year-old girl means that’s his girlfriend? Not in my book. Now if we’re going to start playing the game of naming everyone he’s photographed with as his girlfriend, then I’m not really interested in playing. After all, if we qualified anyone who had a fling with Tiger as his girlfriend, we’d have to include this long list too:

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Michelle Beadle and Matthew Barnaby Dating

I’m not going to lie, I was starting to develop a thing for Michelle Beadle. It took me a while to get on board, but I was definitely getting there.  She may not be the hottest sports media talent going (see Kristina Akra and Jenn Brown), but she does a better job of making me think she knows her stuff and cares about sports.  That has to give her at least one point, right?  If you can ignore how annoying Colin Cowherd is, you actually start to enjoy watching Beadle.

Anyway, it turns out none of that matters at the moment because Michelle is off the market.  One of The Big Lead’s readers did some top-notch investigative journalism — using what else but Twitter — and figured out that Beadle and Barnaby were at the same youth hockey tournament in Buffalo on Monday.  The tournament was for Barnaby’s son.

In case the Twitter connection isn’t enough for you, Beadle admitted to the Big Lead that the two are dating, have been for six months, and ESPN has known about it since last Fall.  If that’s the case, they’ve done a great job of keeping their business under wraps for quite some time.  I think I speak for a lot of people when I say good for you, Matt Barnaby — you found yourself an attractive girl who actually likes and is knowledgeable about sports. They’re out there, but very difficult to find.

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Matt Barnes, Snoop Dogg, and a Bong

Lakers forward Matt Barnes has been out nearly two months with a knee injury. On Thursday, he tweeted that he was hoping to be back on the court soon for the Lakers. He even shared a picture of himself with Snoop Dogg because he plans to wear Snoop’s Adidas shoes (which we previously profiled). Here’s the picture, and take notice of the tall, narrow glass item on the left:

I’m sure there’s a thousand good reasons why a water pipe is in the room, just like there was a good reason for the water pipe in Michael Phelps’ hands. I’m just saying it’s not the look you want, particularly coming from your own twitter account. Oh wait, I get it — Barnes’ account was hacked and the bong was photoshopped into the picture. Has to be it!