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Kobe Says He Ain’t Divorcing (Will Stick With Hotel Clerks Instead)

The always reliable MediaTakeOut had a report last week that Kobe Bryant was preparing to file for divorce. I have no idea where they got the report from and I seriously doubted it from the moment I heard it. Who knows, maybe Kobe was thinking about divorce. And then maybe he saw what happened to Michael Strahan, and he thought twice. Because according to Entertainment Tonight, Kobe’s not getting a divorce:

Rumors have surfaced that basketball star KOBE BRYANT and his wife VANESSA’s six-year marriage is close to divorce. But the Lakers guard tells our KEVIN FRAZIER exclusively that the reports are 100 percent false.

The NBA player has been traveling in Europe with his family, which includes two young daughters, and has been working out with Team U.S.A. He tells Kevin he has no idea how the rumors got started because he and Vanessa are happily married. He goes on to tell Kevin that he initially wasn’t going to respond to the reports but then felt compelled to set the record straight.

Damn, six years? It’s been that long already? I’m so glad that Kobe felt compelled to set the record straight — wouldn’t want word that one of the world’s most eligible ass bandits bachelors would be available for the taking. Now, if we’ve learned anything from Kobe’s past, it’s that he’ll flip flop on this decision a few more times. Stay tuned…

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Getting Behind…Err, In Front of the Brian Urlacher Photo

The mystery behind the infamous Brian Urlacher photo has finally been solved. The chick from the picture with the incredibly … large … eyelashes, happens to be Erin from the VH1 show Rock of Love.

Brian Urlacher Boob Grab

According to her bio, she is from Bloomington, Illinois, and was Miss Hooters of Illinois 2002 — which her small town police chief father should be proud of.

Urlacher dated Paris Hilton in the past, and now he’s dating Jenny McCarthy.

He’s not the only athlete to score a Playboy bunny. Let’s take a look at the list:

Alex Rodriguez dating ex-Playmate Torrie Wilson
Tyler Seguin getting cozy with Playmate Ciara Price
Evan Longoria dating Playmate Jaime Edmondson
Hunter Pence dating Playmate Shannon James

Brynn’s Digging for Matt Leinart’s Gold

First we had the news drop in earlier in the week that Matt Leinart was a deadbeat dad — if you can believe his former girlfriend and baby’s mother, Brynn Cameron. But then again, after hearing what this chick reportedly wants, she just might be out to make him look bad. Because this report is just insane. From the always reliable TMZ:

TMZ has learned that the NFL pretty boy is locked in a raging legal fight with his ex-girlfriend, Brynn Cameron, over the couple’s 9-month-old son Cole. According to sources close to the case, Brynn wants Matt to hand over more than $30,000 per month! That’s a ton of jack for a 21-year-old living with her parents! According to sources close to the case, Leinart’s pissed — having already bought her a car, as well as voluntarily giving her around six grand a month.

Sources tell TMZ that the former USC star already “comes back to L.A. once a week, every week, to see the baby,” but he wants a schedule where he can see the kid in Arizona as well. Unlike most pro athlete dads who have kids out of wedlock, we’re told Matt is an engaged father who wants to be in his son’s life.

Hey, I’ll be first to say that Leinart screwed up big time by letting one slip past the goalie, but $30,000/month is just highway robbery. Think about it. 30 grand a month? That’s 360,000 bucks a year just to be some kids mom. And she was in college eating top ramen and dorm food when they were dating; the argument that she grew accustomed to a lifestyle would be a joke. Like my buddy Andy says, if this chick is trying to make a comeback to the basketball courts, collegiate athletics shouldn’t allow it based on the type of income she’ll be pulling. This could be absolute robbery.

Other Matt Leinart Recent Problems:
Matt Leinart … Menace to Society?

Are You Excited About Serena Williams Posing Nude?

Serena Williams decided to bare all in a 2007 edition of Jane Magazine. Standing with her self-proclaimed “bootylicious” backside turned towards the camera, Serena is posing with nothing but a flower covering her behind, and some silver pumps on her feet.

I’ve heard this met with conflicting opinion. Some people feel Serena is the sexiest being on Earth (see this for proof). They say she’s pretty, athletic, curvy, and toned. Others feel she is way too bulky, muscular to the point of having a man’s body.

You know, I could see the argument from both sides. I think Serena definitely has a cultural flavor to her — especially if you like her “massive” booty.

Go here for all Serena Williams stories on LBS

Uh-oh! Did an NBA Ref Bet on Games?

Jimmy the GreekThis is deep doodoo for the NBA — really bad news. Apparently the ref in question got himself into the trouble by wagering on games with the wrong people to begin with. From the New York Post:

THE FBI is investigating an NBA referee who allegedly was betting on basketball games – including ones he was officiating during the past two seasons – as part of an organized-crime probe in the Big Apple, The Post has learned.

The sources indicated the referee apparently had a gambling problem, slipped into debt and fell prey to mob thugs.

“That’s how he got himself into this predicament” by wagering with mob-connected bookies, one source said.

Now that is some messed up stuff if I’ve ever seen anything. You know, wouldn’t be the first time people had suspicions that games were fixed and that the refs had something to do with it. This would give us second thoughts every single time we saw a questionable foul called towards the end of a game. This is incredible. This is insane. This will positively blow the lid off of sports.

Big Ups to SPORTSbyBROOKS who was all over this story

Check Out Nick Lachey’s Oh Face

There was all kinds of buzz going around recently saying that Nick Lachey and Vanessa Manillo had a sex tape coming out. Both were in fear that such a tape would emerge — obviously they learned nothing from the career successes of Paris and Kardashian. So not that this has anything to really do with sports, aside from the fact that Lachey has commentated on a few ESPN sporting events — college football I think — but I still will present the pictures. Why? Because they’re freaking hilarious.

Look at him working it, homeboy had his Oh Face on. Courtesy Just Jared.

Venus Williams Is Hank Kuehne’s Sugar Momma

Venus Williams and Hank Kuehne

UPDATE: Rumors say Venus Williams and Hank Kuehne might be engaged!

Something tells me that I’ve seen this news somewhere before, but now that she’s at Wimbledon (and advancing to the 4th round), the pics are all over. Bossip tells me that Venus is going with this Hank Kuehne character who pocketed just over 10k on the Nationwide Tour as a golfer (and $2.6 mil on the PGA Tour as Curt in the comments points out). Now he has the pleasure (?) of traveling first class around the world and nailing Venus Williams at night. Yikes. He’s also reportedly divorced, carrying some baggage. So where and how did these two get together? There are some questions that just may never go answered. This might be one of them.

Other Venus Williams Stories:
Venus Williams Graduates from Fashion School!

Serena Williams Stories:
Serena Williams Posing Nude!
Serena Williams Is Yoked