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Genie Bouchard scrubs Mason Rudolph from Instagram amid breakup

Genie Bouchard waves

Genie Bouchard and Mason Rudolph have broken up, and the tennis player has scrubbed the quarterback from her social media profile.

TMZ Sports reported on Thursday that Bouchard and Rudolph had broken up. There was no reason reported for the breakup, but the two were said to have had an amicable split.

A check of Bouchard’s Instagram account shows Rudolph does not appear anywhere on it. Bouchard is likewise absent from Rudolph’s page.

We first learned of rumors about them dating in Oct. 2020. In Feb. 2021, Rudolph went Instagram official with Bouchard in a Valentine’s Day post. Rudolph has since deleted that post.

Bouchard, 28, was ranked as high as No. 5 in the world during her career. The tennis player burst onto the scene in 2014 when she reached the finals of Wimbledon and semis of the Australian Open and French Open. It’s been all downhill since then though, as she’s failed to advance past the third round of a major since 2015.

Rudolph, 26, was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018 and has played in 17 games for the team. He will be competing with Mitch Trubisky for the team’s starting quarterback job this season.

Photo: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes, Brittany Matthews get married in Hawaii

Patrick Mahomes with his girlfriend Brittany Matthews

Patrick Mahomes and Brittany Matthews are officially married.

The high school sweethearts got married on Saturday in Hawaii. Mahomes shared a photo of himself with his bride via social media:

The two appeared to get married at the Four Seasons Resort in Maui, which is the location Jackson Mahomes tagged in his photos from Hawaii. Jackson served as the best man for his brother.

Patrick and Brittany have been together since high school. Their wedding comes a little over a year after their daughter Sterling was born. Sterling served as a flower girl for the wedding.

Robert Kraft reportedly engaged to longtime girlfriend Dana Blumberg

Robert Kraft

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft turned 80 back in June, but an exciting new chapter of his life is just beginning.

Kraft recently got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Dr. Dana Blumberg. Kraft and Blumberg served as chairs at the amfAR Gala Palm Beach event on Saturday night, which honored fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger. A source who attended the gala told Page Six that Hilfiger congratulated Kraft and Blumberg on their recent engagement while on stage.

“Tommy Hilfiger was the honoree and Robert and Dana were both chairs of the event for Tommy,” the source said. “[Hilfiger] said his ‘good friend Bob Kraft got engaged to Dr. Dana Blumberg’ at the event on stage, speaking to the whole audience.”

A different source told Page Six that Blumberg was wearing “a giant rock” on her finger.

Blumberg, 47, is one of the top ophthalmologists in the country and is based at New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia. She and Kraft began dating in 2019.

Kraft has four sons with his late wife Myra, who died in 2011. The billionaire had to publicly respond to some drama with a previous girlfriend a few years back.

Photo: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Joaquin Niemann gets big hug from girlfriend Christina Hillema Puga upon win

Joaquin Niemann and his girlfriend

Joaquin Niemann put together a monster performance at The Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Pacific Palisades, Calif. all week, and his girlfriend was there to witness it.

Niemann, 23, set the 36 and 54 record at The Genesis Invitational with his spectacular week. He ended up going wire-to-wire as the leader to win the event at 19 under for his second career PGA Tour victory.

Joining the Chilean golfer at the event was his girlfriend Christina Hillema Puga. What was notable was seeing her hanging out with Sergio Garcia while watching Niemann bring home the title.

Garcia, Niemann, Mito Pereira and Carlos Ortiz all formed a big hug on the final hole. The four Spanish-speaking golfers spend time together while at events.

Christina often joins Niemann traveling to events with him. Last year she was at Augusta National with him.

She also was at The Players with him last year too.

And she was there for his big win. This win will help put Niemann on the map and show golf fans what he is capable of.

Zach Wilson scrubs girlfriend from Instagram profile amid breakup rumors

Zach Wilson girlfriend Abbey Gile

Zach Wilson and his longtime girlfriend Abbey Gile are going through a rough time, if their social media profiles are any indication.

The New York Post noted on Thursday that that Gile and Wilson have scrubbed each other from their social media profiles. Gile has made her Twitter and Instagram private. A check of Wilson’s page shows no trace of Gile.

That is bizarre considering the two had been dating since high school. Gile had photos on her profile of Wilson dating back to 2017. Now there are no signs of her anywhere on his pages.

Gile had even attended a Jets-Dolphins game as recently as last month.

Wilson was the No. 2 overall pick by the Jets in last year’s draft. The former BYU quarterback passed for 2,334 yards, 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He also rushed for four touchdowns while leading the Jets to three wins.

Paulina Gretzky broke her dating policy for Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson Paulina Gretzky

Paulina Gretzky, daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky, long adhered to a very specific set of dating rules. Having grown up around athletes, she refused to date them. She believed they viewed her as little more than a trophy and that any interest they had in her was insincere.

But things changed in 2011. Gretzky broke her own set of rules when she began dating golfer Dustin Johnson.

During an appearance on the “Pillows and Beer” podcast this past Thursday, the 32-year-old Gretzky explained how her anti-athlete wall had been torn down.

“How I looked at it was like, I don’t ever want to date somebody that’s an athlete because, whether or not it was me or not, I felt like it was like a achievement for them. Being with me, dating me, whatever it was, it just didn’t feel authentic,” Gretzky explained. “I truly stayed away from athletes, I really did.”

Then she met Johnson, the world’s No. 3-ranked golfer.

“Dustin was the first person, I won’t talk about the other one before … I didn’t like that, really,” Gretzky said, denying that she was ever a cleat-chaser.

Gretzky and Johnson became engaged in 2013 and have two sons together — Tatum, 6, and River, 4. More than sports and entertainment, family life has become their top priority.

“For me, golf was always the most important thing. And now, it’s Paulina and the kids. And they’ll always be the most important,” Johnson told Golfweek last September. “Obviously, I love the game of golf, competing and playing. But they’re the most important thing.”

By all accounts, Gretzky made the right decision when breaking her own rules. And now, she and Johnson will be wed at Blackberry Farm in Tennessee.

Johnny Manziel, ex-wife Bre Tiesi finalize divorce

Bre Tiesi Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel and Bre Tiesi seem like they have been broken up forever, but their divorce was only recently finalized.

TMZ Sports reported on Tuesday that Manziel and Tiesi’s divorce was finalized earlier this month.

Manziel and Tiesi began dating in 2016 and got engaged in early 2017. They were married as of early 2018. However, things began to fall apart and they had broken up a year later.

Tiesi hinted in 2019 at the reason she broke up with Manziel.

She has long since moved on from him and has dated other people. Manziel meanwhile says that despite their marriage ending in a divorce, his relationship and experience with Tiesi helped him grow.

Manziel, 28, saw his NFL career end after the 2015 season. He tried to continue his professional football career in the CFL and AAF, but both of those runs were short-lived. He has since fooled around with a newer league and has also entertained trying out professional golf.

Mike Zimmer confirmed to be dating model Katarina Miketin

Mike Zimmer

The Minnesota Vikings are coming off a huge win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, so now is as good a time as any to point out that head coach Mike Zimmer is winning off the field as well.

There have been rumors dating back quite some time that Zimmer is in a relationship with model Katarina Miketin. While the two have been photographed together on several occasions, there was never any public confirmation. Until now.

Egotastic Sports reached out to Miketin on Instagram to ask if she is dating “a certain head coach.” While the message did not mention Zimmer by name, Miketin replied “yes.”

That seemingly confirms the obvious.

Miketin, who will appear on the cover of the December issue of Maxim Australia, often attends Vikings games. She was in a luxury box at Sunday’s game and shared some clips on her Instagram Story. She was also on the sideline for a Vikings game earlier this season and has been a huge fan of the team for quite some time.

Miketin has not shared any photos of her and Zimmer together on social media, but a few exist. You can see some more of her shots below:

Zimmer, 65, had been married for 27 years when his wife Vikki died unexpectedly in 2009. The coach has three children, including a daughter who has been known to enthusiastically defend him against criticism.

Zimmer has been the head coach of the Vikings since 2014. It seems clear that his girlfriend is one of his biggest supporters. He’s a lucky guy.

Tiger Woods’ niece Cheyenne gets engaged to Yankees OF

Cheyenne Woods with her golf bag

Cheyenne Woods, the niece of famous golfer Tiger Woods, shared some big news on her Instagram account on Wednesday.

Cheyenne shared that she and her boyfriend (now fiance) Aaron Hicks have become engaged.

“YESSS to forever with my bestfriend and my [heart] 10.21.21,” she wrote.

Hicks wrote back “you will forever have my [heart].”

Hicks, 32, is from Southern California and was a 1st-round pick by the Minnesota Twins in 2008. He played three MLB seasons with the Twins before being traded to the Yankees. A career .233 hitter, Hicks’ best season came in 2018 when he hit 27 home runs.

Cheyenne, 31, is a pro golfer and has two career pro wins.

The two met in early 2020 and have now gotten engaged.

H/T Egotastic Sports

Olivia Culpo has tribute to ‘hot boyfriend’ Christian McCaffrey

Olivia Culpo Christian McCaffrey

Olivia Culpo showed her appreciation for Christian McCaffrey via Instagram on Wednesday.

Culpo is a model and active on social media. She regularly posts to her Instagram Stories, which is where she paid tribute to him. Culpo posted a photo of the Carolina Panthers running back and captioned it “hot boyfriend appreciation story.”

That’s pretty nice.

Culpo, 29, is a beauty queen and won Miss Rhode Island, Miss USA and later Miss Universe. She is familiar to sports fans for all the relationships she has had with athletes.

In 2012, Culpo was seen hanging out with Ryan Lochte. In 2015, she dated Tim Tebow until reportedly dumping him. Next she was on-and-off with former New England Patriots receiver Danny Amendola.

Since about 2019, Culpo has dated McCaffrey. They have been together at least two years, and Culpo is very clearly “hot” for the Panthers star.