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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.

ALYSE LAHTI JOHNSON PICTURES

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.

MICHELLE BEADLE PICTURES

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!

Brandon Davies May Have Impregnated Jayci Stephen, Not His Girlfriend

The Brandon Davies saga is now beginning to come together. The BYU center was kicked off the team for a violation of the school’s honor code. The Salt Lake Tribune reported he admitted to having pre-marital sex, and we had heard he impregnated his girlfriend. Well, it looks like he did impregnate a girl … but it wasn’t his girlfriend.

FratHouseSports says the girl he actually impregnated is Jayci Stephen, a student at Utah Valley University. FratHouseSports says they’ve been seeing each other for 2-3 months and are trying to handle things to the best of their ability.

If the report is accurate, we wish the two of them the best of luck as they try to make the most of a difficult and complicated situation. Hopefully Davies will be able to continue his college basketball career and hopefully everything will work out for the two of them. We’re awaiting confirmation on the story.

Jayci Stephen Pictures

Clay Matthews Jokes, Teases Aaron Rodgers About Becoming Hollywood Celeb

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers appears to have been living it up ever since leading his team to a Super Bowl victory over the Steelers and grabbing MVP honors with an outstanding game. First he went to Disneyworld, then he appeared with his celebrity crush Ellen for an interview, and most recently he was at an Oscars party taking pictures with Stacy Keibler and meeting Mila Kunis. Oh yeah, that was all before leaving the same party with “girlfriend” Jessica Szohr.

PICTURES: Aaron Rodgers with Stacy Keibler

We said Rodgers appeared to be doing what any Super Bowl MVP would do — leveraging the popularity into media appearances and meetings with hot girls. Teammate Clay Matthews took note and ribbed Rodgers for the exact same thing, as I learned via Adam Rank at NFL.com. Matthews joked with Rodgers on twitter saying “Is it true ur dating Mila Kunis!? Ur so Hollywood bro!!”

SEE: Clay Matthews gives Rodgers his championship belt

Rodgers responded by saying “if by dating u mean met for the first time the other night, then yes. Uve changed bro. Ur so socal now.” Maybe the socal jab was a reference to Matthews being like the Hollywood paparazzi and bringing up the Mila Kunis thing, but it’s clear they were just messing with one another.

Everything seems like it’s in good fun, and I trust that of all athletes Aaron Rodgers is one who can remain level-headed despite his surge in popularity; think about the type of character he has to have endured the Brett Favre drama and thrived. But much like Adam Rank pointed out at NFL.com, they need to remember what kind of focus it took to reach the Super Bowl. Somehow I don’t think partying it up was part of the recipe. (Or maybe they know there will be a lockout and they’re not concerned).

Shawne Merriman Unsuccessfully Hits on WWE Divas, CM Punk Says

I have no idea what WWE Superstars and Divas is, but apparently it was an event that took place in Costa Rica over the weekend. Buffalo Bills linebacker (man, it’s weird saying that) Shawne Merriman was in Costa Rica too, and he was trying to put the moves on the divas, according to wrestler CM Punk. What ensued was an amazing war of words on twitter as I learned in SI Hot Clicks. Luis Arroyave’s Leisure Blog summarizes the entire affair best:

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Aaron Rodgers Living it Up with Jessica Szohr, Stacy Keibler, and Mila Kunis

Word has it Aaron Rodgers spoke with Tom Brady recently, and Tom told him there’s much more to winning a Super Bowl MVP than some jewelry and hardware.  Okay, maybe they didn’t talk, but Rodgers certainly seems to be figuring that out on his own.  The Packers quarterback is already reportedly dating Jessica Szohr, but Jessica hasn’t exactly been able to keep the hotties off of No. 12.  Word has it he was a popular commodity at the Circa Hollywood Dominos Oscar party last Thursday.  Here are some pictures of Aaron Rodgers with Stacy Keibler from Keibler’s twitter:

Now that we know the recent star of the Ellen Show and Keibler were acting like 15-year-old girls updating their Myspace account, we should also note that the NY Post reported Rodgers was “flirting” with Mila Kunis at the same party and both seemed to be very into each other

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