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Samantha Steele gives Christian Ponder ‘bragging rights’

If life is a competition, then Christian Ponder thinks he is winning.

The second-year quarterback has led the Vikings to a 4-2 record, and he also is doing well in the girlfriend department.

Ponder confirmed over Twitter that he is dating ESPN reporter Samantha Steele, whom he met on the set of ESPN College GameDay. He is pretty proud of himself for the nice pull.

“I’m proud of the relationship,” Ponder said, smiling, per 1500 ESPN Twin Cities. “I can brag. I’ve got bragging rights, I believe.”

The crowd around Ponder’s locker on Friday reportedly was much larger than usual.

Ponder is not only boasting about his relationship with Steele, but he is also defending himself against his teammates. 1500 ESPN’s Tom Pelissero says the Vikings offensive linemen have been calling Ponder “Mr. Steele,” and that tight end Kyle Rudolph joked that Steele wouldn’t be interested if Minnesota weren’t winning.

Maybe the team’s hot start played a role in Ponder appearing more desirable to Steele. We won’t hold it against them. Good luck to the new sports couple. And let’s see how well they start doing when the Vikings finish 7-9.

H/T Hot Clicks

Lamar Odom, Khloe Kardashian to divorce?

Are Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian headed for a divorce? That’s what one media outlet is reporting.

Star Magazine has a cover story saying Odom met with a divorce attorney because he wants to end his marriage with Khloe. From the magazine (via Hollywood Life):

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Bryce Harper’s girlfriend appears to be BYU soccer player Kayla Varner

Bryce Harper may only be 19 years old, but it looks like the Nats superstar is already taken.

Busted Coverage did some outstanding sleuthing and discovered that Harper appears to be dating Kayla Varner, a BYU soccer player who is from Nevada.

Varner is a sophomore forward at BYU. She played for Green Valley (Nev.) High School and was a three-time team MVP.

Varner’s tweets are mostly about BYU soccer and the Nats, and she frequently interacts with Bryce and Bryce’s sister on the social networking service. She’s even been retweeted by Bryce on a few occasions.

Plus, there’s this indisputable evidence: Varner talking about a long-distance date with Bryce, and flying to DC “to see my boo”:

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Reggie Bush’s girlfriends all look alike (Picture)

Ever since breaking up with Kim Kardashian, it has been established that Reggie Bush has a type. The Dolphins running back likes brunettes with curvy bodies, just like Kim K.

In the photo above, you’re looking at Bush’s three most recent (publicized) girlfriends. From left-to-right, it’s Kim Kardashian, Melissa Molinaro, and Lilit Avagyan.

Bush and Kardashian had an on-again, off-again relationship from about 2007-2010. Despite seeing or being with other people, there have always been rumors that they were possibly getting back together.

Bush began dating model/actress Melissa Molinaro (middle) in June 2011. Her resemblance to Kardashian was considered so strong that Old Navy was sued by Kim K. for violating her rights and attempting to cause confusion in the marketplace.

Bush’s latest girlfriend is Lilit Avagyan, who began receiving attention this week after it was reported that she was pregnant with Reggie’s baby. Avagyan is Armenian like Kardashian, and looks similar to the reality TV star.

There must be some sort of Kim Kardashian power that sticks with guys after they date her. Even her ex-husband, Kris Humphries, began dating a girl with curvy features similar to Kim after the two divorced.

Jose Lima’s ex-wife Melissa engaged to Roberto Clemente Jr.

In case you don’t remember Melissa Lima, allow us to refresh your memory. Melissa is the young woman seen above with whom the Internet first became acquainted several years ago. At the time, Melissa was big news. I’m sure you can’t figure out why.

Melissa was the second wife of the late Jose Lima, and the two were married from 1996-2005. They have a child together, Jose Jr., who was born in 1999. They were divorced in 2005, and Jose later died in 2010, leaving behind six children by six women.

The photo you see above that went viral on the ‘net back in the early days of blogs was taken in 2004 when Jose, then with the Dodgers, sang the national anthem before a May game. I was working for the Dodgers that season and can tell you from personal experience that both Jose and Melissa were extremely nice and friendly. Very friendly.

The reason we bring up Melissa Lima’s name now is because she reportedly is engaged to be married to Roberto Clemente Jr. Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that the two were together at PNC Park on Sunday and that they’re set to be married in Houston soon. Congratulations to the two.

Forearm bash to Eye on Baseball

Mark Sanchez and Eva Longoria appear to be seriously dating

That Eva Longoria sure loves her pro athletes, doesn’t she? Divorced from Tony Parker and reportedly spotted with Matt Kemp earlier this year, the actress seems to have been dating Mark Sanchez for a few months.

We first passed along a report in July that said the two had been on secret dates together, and now the New York Post caught a picture of the two together. They reportedly were having dinner at Sanchez’s home in Bedminster, NJ, when the photo was snapped.

The New York Post reports that Sanchez has had plenty of women over throughout the summer, but Longoria has been around plenty recently. This can’t be good news for Mark. Had he read the breakdown of Tony Parker’s stats, he’d know this could be a curse.

MARK SANCHEZ GIRLFRIENDS

Photo credits: Presse Sports-US PRESSWIRE, Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE, Witters Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Maria Sharapova, Sasha Vujacic have broken up

Maria Sharapova and Sasha Vujacic have called off their engagement and broken up.

Italian publication La Gazetta dello Sport first reported the news that the star tennis player and struggling basketball player have separated. The two began dating in 2010 and got engaged later that year, but they have been broken up for a few months, Sharapova confirmed on Friday.

“It’s been since the end of spring actually,” Sharapova told reporters. “I was waiting for someone to actually ask me that question, but nobody did directly.”

Vujacic also confirmed the news today from training camp with his Turkish team Anadolu Efes Istanbul.

Vujacic hasn’t played in the NBA since the 2010-2011 season. He played six seasons with the Lakers after being drafted by the team in 2004. He was traded to the Nets in December 2010 and finished the season with the club. He played last year in Turkey, and this will be his second season abroad. His time out of the country contributed to problems between the couple; Sharapova says he wasn’t home for 10 months.

While Vujacic’s career is struggling, Sharapova’s is thriving. The Russian tennis player has reached the finals in three of the last five grand slam events, and she won at the French Open to give her the career grand slam. She’s been raking in the endorsement deals, and even got into the candy business last week.

Now that the two are over, you know there will be plenty of men eager to step in with attempts to woo Sharapova. No word if Novak Djokovic would be interested given all the flirting they’ve done.

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