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J.J. Barea and Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera Having a Baby

One of the greatest tricks the devil ever pulled was setting J.J. Barea up with Miss Universe Zuleyka Rivera. Barea is one of the most famous athletes from Puerto Rico, and Rivera is their other top natural resource. For Puerto Rico natives the couple makes sense. For everyone else, it’s about as normal as Freakshow and his wife.

Anyway, reports were published Wednesday saying Rivera is pregnant and the couple is having a baby. Rivera confirmed the news and even stopped taping a show because of it. The two have not made plans to marry and Barea has requested privacy on the matter. We’ll certainly leave the issue alone after this post but there is one key nugget that must be pointed out.

As Hoops Hype wrote on twitter and as El Diario reports, Rivera is seven weeks pregnant. Games 1 and 2 of the NBA Finals were played seven weeks ago. If that information is factual, the honorable thing for Barea to do is follow in this woman’s footsteps and name his child Dirk.

Dirk Barea, kinda catchy, no?

Phillies Prospect Jarred Cosart and Girlfriend Amber Hartman Have Public Break Up on Twitter

Twitter is a social media tool that can be quite useful for athletes. Many athletes get plenty of hate mail on there and sometimes have to close out their accounts to avoid the negativity, but it can be quite helpful for fan relations and building a brand. The UFC encourages all of its fighters to have a presence on there, and Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips uses it for community outreach. For all the positive uses twitter has, I’m pretty sure breaking up with your significant other is not one of the purposes for which it was designed.

That didn’t stop Amber Leigh Hartman and Jarred Cosart from doing just that.

On June 28th, Hartman, a writer and media personality in the Dallas-area, announced she and boyfriend Jarred Cosart, a Phillies pitching prospect, had broken up. Cosart replied on twitter saying “You shouldve written this correctly by saying the you and only you decided to go your separate way.”

At that point it appeared they had reconciled, but that wasn’t the end of the story. The Fightins kindly provides us with screen caps of what transpired next on twitter:

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Tony Parker’s New Girlfriend is French Beauty Queen Barbara Morel

The French press says Spurs point guard Tony Parker has a new girlfriend, and it’s beauty queen Barbara Morel. The first reports about Parker’s new girl emerged three weeks ago, but I didn’t see it until Spurs Nation reported it (via IamaGM.com).

According to their information, Morel is a 20-year-old girl who won Miss Nationale in France. She is also a trade and commerce student in Saint-Lambesc, Bouches du Rhône. The youth of Morel should be a nice change from Parker’s previous wife, Eva Longoria.

If you recall, Parker and ex-wife Eva Longoria divorced in November. Eva was suspicious about Tony’s relationship with Brent Barry’s ex, and Tony was suspicious of Eva and Lance Armstrong.

Given that Tony’s play seemed to improve after he broke up with Longoria, we can only imagine what sort of wonders Morel can work on his game. Check out some pics of Morel to see what we mean.

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Jimmer Fredette’s Girlfriend Whitney Wonnacott Will be the Real Draft Winner

BYU guard Jimmer Fredette is one of the highest-profile players in this year’s NBA draft. We say he’ll be a borderline starter in our NBA draft guide (a must-read), and it’s possible he could go in the top 10 now that Sacramento has moved up in the draft. Jimmer will be a popular player wherever he goes (or at least well known), and his girlfriend, Whitney Wonnacott, seems to be as psyched for the draft as any prospect out there.

On Monday she tweeted “Seriously can’t wait to get to New York.” The next day she wrote “Time to pack. 3:00 am wake up call. SO EXCITED! Thursday can’t come soon enough.” And of course on draft day she said “HAPPY DRAFT DAY!! Goodluck to my boy jimmerfredette such an exciting day!”

So why do we bring Whitney up? Beside every great draft pick is a woman (unless you’re a Pouncey twin), and how they act on draft day is critical. Remember when Brady Quinn’s girlfriend blew him off on a kiss because he slipped in the draft? Embarrass your man on national TV like that and you’ll end up dumped as she was. This is a time when you’re going to get the most television exposure in your life. Look good, keep it cool, and support your boyfriend. And don’t be afraid to play to the camera the way Greg McElroy’s sister did — at the least you’ll pick up a few hundred new followers on twitter.

via pic via FratHouse Sports

J.R. Smith’s New Girlfriend Britanie Girard Has More Tattoos Than Him

Nuggets guard J.R. Smith is one of the most tattooed players in the NBA. We’ve shown you a picture of his neck tattoo and wondered if it meant he was a Yankees fan. For as many tattoos as he has, he’s got nothing on his teammate, the Birdman, who has the craziest neck tat in the League. But the strangest thing of all is that J.R. managed to find a girl who’s more ink-obsessed than he is.

Jocks and Stiletto Jill pointed out that J.R. is now dating Britanie Girard, a woman from LA who works at a tattoo and piercing shop in Queens, New York. She calls herself a “model, exotic body piercer, brand representative, and event hostess” on her facebook group. She has said in an interview that she has over 300 tattoos and her goal is to have a full body suit. Can you hang J.R.? Here are more pictures of Britanie Girard where you can see her fully tatted:

I knew J.R. had some gang-tendencies, but I didn’t realize he was this into ink. That’s crazy.

Pictures via Britanie’s twitter account

Frank Lampard’s ex Elen Rivas Has Crush on Rafael Nadal

Elen Rivas is a Spanish model and the former fiance of Chelsea midfielder, Frank Lampard. The couple has two children together but they split in 2008, and Frank is now engaged to Christine Bleakley. Don’t worry about Elen though, she’s been messing with Peter Andre but actually has her sights set on someone else: tennis player Rafael Nadal.

Rivas recently divulged her crush on the Spanish tennis star, telling The Daily Star “There is only one man I have a crush on and that is Rafa Nadal. He is a fiery Spanish man with huge muscles. I’m going to Wimbledon to see him play and maybe I’ll get to meet him. He’s only 25 though, probably too young for me.”

Rivas is 36 years old, so the 11 year disparity may be too great. Additionally, Nadal is said to be dating Xisca Perello who is 23 years old, but if he ever grew curious, you could figure Rivas would be high on his list.

Tate Forcier’s Girlfriend (Ex?) Elizabeth Wertenberger Crowned Miss Michigan

Tate Forcier’s recent run of negative news finally came to an end this weekend when his girlfriend (or former girlfriend), Elizabeth Wertenberger, was crowned Miss Michigan this weekend. Since last college football season, Forcier lost his starting quarterback job to Denard Robinson, fell to third on the Michigan depth chart, was academically ineligible for the team’s bowl game, transferred to Miami, decided not to go to Miami, and was hospitalized for a bizarre incident at an apartment building. The incident at the apartment building reportedly took place at his girlfriend’s, so it’s possible that the woman in question was Wertenberger.

In the Detroit Free Press’ story on Werternberger winning, they called her Forcier’s one-time girlfriend. They also report that Forcier was celebrating with her, so we’re taking that to mean the two are still on good terms and potentially dating. Here are more pictures of Elizabeth Werternberger:

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