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Hunter Pence’s New Girlfriend is Playboy Playmate Shannon James (Pictures)

Hunter Pence is just absolutely killing life right now.  One of the better young outfielders in the game, Pence spent the first four seasons of his career with the Astros — a team that quickly became one of the worst in all of baseball.  After a season in which he belted 25 homers and knocked in 91 runs, it was clear Pence was outgrowing his potential in Houston.  Then, Hunter got the phone call every MLB player dreams of when he found out he was being traded from one of the worst franchises in the MLB to one of the best.

Now, Pence plays for the Phillies.  His starting pitching staff is one of the best in the game and the lineup he has been inserted into is stacked.  In 54 games after being traded to Philadelphia, he hit .324.  As Crossing Broad has informed us, he also started dating a Playboy Playmate named Shannon Jones somewhere along the line, who recently tweeted that she is on her way to Cabo with her man.  Simply put: it’s good to be Hunter Pence.

I’ve done my due diligence in adding her to our tremendous list of Steve’s smokin’ hot sports girlfriends, while also rounding up the somewhat SFW photos of the Playboy model.  If you want to venture around the internet for the NSFW pictures, well, she is a Playmate.  Enjoy, because we all know Hunter is.

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Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki Are Now No. 1 and No. 2 in the World

Caption: Rory McIlroy and Caroline Wozniacki tell fans their preferred bathroom activity

Rory McIlroy moved up to second in the world rankings after finishing tied for fourth in Shanghai this weekend. The young golfer took a picture with girlfriend Caroline Wozniacki, who’s ranked No. 1 in the WTA rankings, to celebrate the occasion.

I know they’re proud of their accomplishments, but between this lameness, and the whole “Wozzilroy” business, Rory is losing some serious bro points. I really don’t know how much more of this I can handle before I jump off the band wagon for good.

Hey Rory, remember Holly Sweeney? You know, the girl who helped keep you grounded? Yeah, we’d like to see you grovel to get her back again. We can’t take any more of this cheesiness.

Pic via Graeme McDowell

Ana Ivanovic and Adam Scott Dating Again

There was a time when Ana Ivanovic was the hottest thing on the women’s tennis tour. That was back in 2007 and 2008 when she reached the semifinals of four of five majors. Since then, she hasn’t made it past the round of 16 in grand slams and she’s become mostly forgotten. Well, she’s been forgotten by everyone except Adam Scott.

The golfer told a Norwegiean site that he and Ivanovic are starting to date again after breaking up last year. Here’s a Google translation of his comments:

Scott has just taken up the relationship with the Serbian tennis star Ana Ivanovic. The pair broke each other a year ago.

“Ana and I have just begun to see each other again,” reveals Scott. “We have found a way to get it working well on. The past has taught me is that if you want anything to work, you’ll get it to work. Without problems.

“Ana is an amazing person. She is the most caring I have ever met. It is rare to meet such people, especially when they are in the position she is.”

Scott reveals that Ana Ivanovic is very down to earth and pleasant to be around. At the same time, she has a great sense of humor and is great fun. “Sometimes it’s hard for me to keep up with her.”

Well good luck to both of them. Let’s hope this is a winning formula for Ana who is still trying to regain her form. The good news is she’s at least 20th in the rankings. The bad news is she’s still far from looking like an elite player.

via Busted Racquet

Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries Already Having Marriage Problems?

Stop me if this comes across as a surprise: Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries reportedly are already having marriage problems. The National Enquirer says the unemployed basketball player is unhappy with his wife’s spending habits, and that he’s uncomfortable with all the attention from the reality show.

“Kris thought he could handle living with his every move followed by a reality TV camera crew – but now he is having second thoughts,” an insider told the Enquirer.

“He believed Kim’s hunger for the spotlight would tail off after the wedding, but it’s just gotten worse. He thinks she is more obsessed with being famous than having a happy marriage.”

The pro basketball player is starting to believe “he is nothing more than a prop for Kim’s photo ops,” noted the source.

Humphries reportedly is also upset that Kim spends so much money on her appearance, and that she won’t wear the same outfit more than once. Humphries’ position makes sense, but there’s a contradiction: Kardashian’s livelihood depends on her appearance, so it actually pays off to waste money on different outfits each day.

Humphries also isn’t the only basketball player in the Humphries family who got tired of the reality show; if he listened to Lamar Odom, he would have avoided these problems.

But seriously, what do you think you’re getting yourself into when you marry Kim Kardashian? There’s no room for regrets, or sympathy, Kris.

Chest bump to Black Sports Online

Derek Jeter-Minka Kelly May Not be Over

Like any relationship involving true love, the Derek Jeter-Minka Kelly couple may not be over. The two broke up in August, but no clear reason was presented. Some reports said Minka was getting cozy with one of her television co-stars. Other reports suggested Jeter was unhappy Minka had so much work. We don’t know what happened, but we do know they may be working things out.

The New York Post says Jeter flew to Miami Sunday to be with Kelly and that the two are trying to figure things out. A source told them the two may eventually get back together.

It’s nice for Jeter to try and fix his love life, but I’m not sure if this is the sort of breakthrough Yankees fans should be hoping for. Jeter’s best month of the season was in August, and he had continued success in September. Now many not be the time to mess with what worked.

Brady Quinn Flies Overnight to be with Girlfriend Alicia Sacramone for Her Surgery

Brady Quinn may have been surpassed by Tim Tebow on the quarterback depth chart for the Broncos, but he’s still excelling in another realm. Following his team’s home loss to the Chargers Sunday, Quinn took a red eye flight to be with girlfriend Alicia Sacramone, who had surgery Monday on her ruptured Achilles’ tendon.

The extra effort earned him bonus points with his gymnast girlfriend.

“Best boyfriend award goes to Brady Quinn for taking the red eye from Denver to be here for my surgery today…just another reason why I love him,” she tweeted Monday.

The two have been dating since 2009. Maybe Quinn was just returning the favor to Sacramone who used to fly to Cleveland to support Brady when he was the quarterback for the Browns.

Either way, it’s pretty clear they’re extremely supportive of one another.

Say what you want about Quinn’s ability as a quarterback, but you can’t say he’s not a good boyfriend. He went out of his way to ensure he was by his girlfriend’s side at a difficult time.

The London Olympics begin in 10 months, so Sacramone’s status for the Summer Games is in question. But the good news is that Brady appears to have found a girl who appreciates him, unlike his last girlfriend.

Fist pound to Shutdown Corner for the story.

Note: This post also appeared on the Yardbarker Olympics blog

P. Diddy Joins Jelena Ristic in Novak Djokovic’s Box (Pictures)

Novak Djokovic put together an impressive comeback in the semifinals of the U.S. Open Saturday. The top overall seed came back from down two sets to none against Roger Federer to win in five sets. He fought off two match points after being down in the fifth set and won 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 7-5. But watching Djokovic come back to win the match wasn’t nearly as bizarre as seeing rapper/producer/actor P. Diddy sitting in Novak’s box along with Jelena Ristic:

Diddy has been in sports headlines recently because his son is being recruited by colleges to play football. I knew he hosted a Hamptons party each year, but who knew he was a tennis fan? Is this not the oddest relationship in sports? Definitely the weirdest since this.

Diddy was all about the tennis. He was watching, cheering intensely, and … texting?

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