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Landon Donovan Has Love Child in U.K.?

It’s amazing the way things can change so quickly. Landon Donovan gained hero status in the U.S. with a late goal to beat Algeria 1-0 giving the U.S. the Group C win. Donovan also scored the lone goal in USA’s loss to Ghana, and the first of two U.S. goals against Slovenia. But you know the way things work — they can only stay golden for so long before the moment is ruined.

The U.S. soccer bandwagon came apart on Saturday with the loss to Ghana and Donovan said the team was “naive” going into the game. They seemed unfocused as they fell behind early on and were outplayed most of the match. Maybe “distracted” was the word Donovan should have used. Grant Wahl of SI found out that a U.K. tabloid was prepared to run a story that Donovan knocked up a woman while he was on loan from the Galaxy to Everton in England earlier this year.

Donovan told Wahl he was made aware of the report during the World Cup which I’m sure didn’t exactly put his mind at ease. I don’t know when he found out the information but he sure played well for a guy who just had a bomb dropped on him. As if this report wasn’t bad enough, it comes at a time when Donovan was optimistic that his failing marriage was on its way to being repaired. I guess you can never have it all.

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Donovan addresses imminent U.K. tabloid report [Grant Wahl/SI]

Erin Andrews and Aaron Rodgers Out Drinking Together Sparks Rumors

In our gossip hungry society, all it takes is one small item to get people buzzing. As a result, people like Kim Kardashian and Miles Austin reportedly took extensive steps to avoid being seen in public at Game 6 of the NBA Finals but the National Enquirer still got the scoop on them. The point is that when you’re a public figure, there’s a lot of interest in your daily activities. Our latest evidence comes from an extensive piece written by A.J. Daulerio at Deadspin regarding Erin Andrews’ status as a reporter for ESPN. Daulerio says ESPN is grooming Jenn Brown as a potential replacement for Andrews whose contract is expiring. Towards the end of his post, Daulerio added the following rumor about Erin Andrews and Aaron Rodgers:

Because the latest [Erin Andrews] romance gossip circulating around the Bristol cafeteria right now involves not Maks [Chmerkovskiy], but Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The two were spotted by other ESPN people last week drinking (closely) at the bar underneath Boston’s Liberty hotel.

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Brooke Hundley Roasts ESPN on the CBS Early Show

Brooke Hundley, the 23-year-old former ESPN employee who had an affair with Steve Phillips, appeared on the CBS Early Show on Thursday morning and had some not-so-nice things to say about the way ESPN does business behind the scenes.  Hundley has sued ESPN for more than $15,ooo in damages claiming that she was terminated as a result of complaints she filed about Steve Phillips’ conduct.  Whether the things she told the Early Show are true or not, ESPN’s big-wigs can’t be pleased that she’s claiming sexual harassment is a part of every day life as a female employee of ESPN and doing it on national television.  Check out the video of Brooke Hundley talking about ESPN and her affair with Steve Phillips on the CBS Early Show, courtesy of The Big Lead:

Pretty heavy stuff.  Disney/ESPN is such a major corporation that I doubt this will result in a huge scandal or PR hit, but if more women start coming forward and saying that Hundley is telling the truth about every day life working for ESPN they could find themselves in some pretty hot water.  On a seperate note, if you’d like to gain an appreciation for the power of an “I’m about to appear on TV” makeup job, check out these other pictures of Brooke Hundley:

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Brooke Hundley Hammers Away at ESPN’s Locker Room Culture on the CBS Early Show [The Big Lead]

Kim Kardashian and Miles Austin?

By now we all know that Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian are no more.  However, she apparently has enjoyed the NFL life enough that she wants to remain connected.  According to Sports by Brooks, the National Enquirer has a story that has not yet hit the internet which reveals that Kardashian could be dating Dallas Cowboys receiver Miles Austin.  The report claims she invited Austin to Game 6 of the NBA Finals on Tuesday night and, although they didn’t sit together, the two later had dinner together at a restaurant in LA.  Here’s an excerpt from the Enquirer, courtesy of Sports by Brooks:

Kim’s carving out more time in her schedule to be with Miles, and she’s telling those close to her that he’s ‘the one.’ Her mom, Kris, is hoping Miles is the right guy as well. Kim turns 30 in October, and her mother is pushing for her to get married and start a family before too long.”

Get out while you can, Miles.  This family loves the concept of marriage and loves rushing into it.  Kim and Reggie had talked about marriage a couple of times before, and look how that ended up.  Unless she was cheating on Bush for quite some time, she and Austin can’t have been dating for more than a couple months at most.  They probably need some new cast members for their obnoxious show.  Hey, at least the Cowboys receiver can rest assured that Giants, Eagles, and Redskins fans won’t be chanting “ugly sister” at him when he’s playing on the road.

***Athlete celebrity couples photo collection after the jump

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Tiger May Have Fathered Child With One of His Mistresses

Here we go again.  Is it ever going to stop?  Channel 4 in England is set to air a documentary on Thursday that will supposedly reveal yet another dark secret regarding the life of Tiger Woods.  We’ve already had a porn star claim that Woods impregnanted her twice while his wife, Elin Nordegren, was also pregnant.  While Joslyn James’ accusations are still difficult to believe, the documentary may make them a bit more credible if it can prove what the London Daily Mail reports it will prove — that Tiger Woods has a love child we didn’t know about.

The story alleges that the documentary will prove Woods paid Theresa Rogers two million Euros — the equivalent of about $2.44 million — to remain silent about their daughter after she chose to give birth in 2003.  The London Sun, via Sports by Brooks, reports the following about the Tiger Woods love child situation:

A journalist who helped the golfer hide affairs says he knows someone who has full details of the girl – and DNA evidence. Neal Boulton added: “There is a lot more to come out. Tiger will eventually admit to fathering a child.”

Sports by Brooks also reminds us that Boulton is the same man who says he quit as editor of Men’s Fitness magazine because their parent company, American Media, which also owns the National Enquirer, blackmailed Tiger into the cover story that broke the news that has ultimately led to the golfer’s demise.  Apparently Boulton is done sticking up for Tiger.  I’ll be curious to see if Bodog ups their $100 million endorsement offer to Woods if this story turns out to be true.

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Brit Documentary: ‘DNA’ Links Tiger To Love Child [Sports by Brooks]
Tiger in ‘love kid’ TV claim [London Sun]

Let The Ben Roethlisberger Photo Frenzy Begin…or Should I Say Continue?

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is releasing more than 50 tapes and DVDs today from the investigation of the Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault incident.  Although Roethlisberger was able to escape criminal charges, he has been suspended for six games by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  In addition to his suspension and a pretty significant hit to his reputation, Big Ben is also going to have to deal with a ton of heckling from the media.  Eminem has already let him hear it in one of his new songs, and pictures from the GBI’s release are starting to pop around the internet.

The Smoking Gun, who has covered the Roethlisberger fiasco extensively the entire way, has a bunch of the photos already — including one of “the bathroom.”  Big Ben’s facial expression in some of the others makes them worth looking at.  Here are some of the photos used during the Ben Roethlisberger sexual assault investigation, courtesy of The Smoking Gun:

BEN ROETHLISBERGER GBI RELEASED PICTURES

I’m sure there will be plenty more entertainment to come as the material from the tapes and DVDs continues to surface.  Doesn’t an NFL star have better places to be hanging out?  Is it just me or does this place look a little run down?  The Smoking Gun has a few more of Ben and a few of teammate Willie Colon as well.  I’ll try to stay on top of it and update if anything good comes up.

UPDATE: TMZ has some good videos from the night of the incident. One is of Roethlisberger taking a shot and dancing to Miley Cyrus’ Party in the U.S.A. (hopefully that’s okay with Cameron Maybin) and the other is an interview with his accuser, in which she tells the investigator that Big Ben walked over to her “with his penis already out of his pants.”

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Roethlisberger Evidence Photos Released [The Smoking Gun]

Ryan Howard: My New Favorite Philly

My list of favorites continues to grow this week.  The latest addition; Philadelphia Phillies slugger Ryan Howard.  Not long after inking a contract worth $125 million and becoming the second-highest paid player in the MLB, Howard is rumored to be dating Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks who, like Rory McIlroy’s girlfriend and Doug Wilson’s daughter, happens to be incredibly fun to look at.  If the rumors are indeed true, I’m happy for Ryan and glad he decided to take the Tom Brady approach to being a superstar athlete.

Howard’s resume is impressive, to say the least.  He’s gone from dating a Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader to a Victoria’s Secret model, who happens to have appeared in Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue which always helps a woman warm a sports fan’s heart.  I think the only logical thing to do here is have a competition.  We need to figure out who’s hotter — Ryan Howard’s old girlfriend or alleged new girlfriend.  Okay, we don’t need to, but it’s fun.  Here are some pictures of Ryan Howard’s girlfriends, Philadelphia Eagles cheerleader Krystle Campell and Victoria’s Secret model Selita Ebanks:

SELITA EBANKS PICTURES

KRYSTLE CAMPBELL PICTURES

Make that one vote for Ebanks.

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Ryan Howard Dating Model Selita Ebanks? [The Big Lead]
Ryan Howard’s Girlfriend is an Eagles’ Cheerleader [The Big Lead]
Photo Credit: SI Vault