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As more and more athletes step off the playing field and into the celebrity gossip spotlight, our staff is taking a look at those that have become immune to the demands of their coaches.

The reason?

These ballers are so whipped by their famous girlfriends that a red-faced Bill Parcells is nothing compared to a displeased Kim Kardashian. With that in mind, The Hollywood Gossip presents...

The All-Whipped Team.

Running back: Reggie Bush. The Saints star may claim he doesn't like being photographed next to Kardashian, but we could find an example, or several dozen, of times that he's joined her in front of the paparazzi. And it's not like he couldn't avoid reporters if he wanted to.

We've seen the guy in the open field.

Reggie Bush and Kim Kardashian

Quarterback: Tony Romo. You'd think his girlfriend putting a jinx on his team would be enough of a reason for Romo to dump Jessica Simpson, but the pair was recently spotted out together. Again. We can only think of three reasons why:

Simpson's left boob, her right boob and her fatherly boob.

Third base: Alex Rodriguez. We know, he cheated on his wife, Cynthia Rodriguez. But A-Rod is whipped by society. Every action is choreographed and every word is politically correct because the man is afraid to be himself.

The man is more stiff in public than he was with Joslyn Noel Morse.

Back-up quarterback: If Tom Brady is seen holding Gisele's purse a few more times, perhaps he can supplant Romo as the club's starter.

Manager: Tiger Woods. He doesn't seem whipped at all. We just wanted an excuse to mention Elin Nordegren.

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New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez took leave from his fellow Bronx Bombers this week for a very good reason: A-Rod became a dad again.

The 32-year-old Alex and wife Cynthia Rodriguez, 34, welcomed their second daughter, born Monday night in Miami, his team announced.

"We are thrilled with the birth of our second daughter and the blessing of having two beautiful, healthy children in our lives," the happy father said.

Alex Rodriguez, a future Hall of Famer and two-time American League MVP, and his wife of five years already have a daughter, Natasha, 3.

A-Rod has something to smile about despite his team's so-so start.

They revealed this second pregnancy last October, not long after a scandal involving Alex and Joslyn Noel Morse hit celebrity news sites.

"We're thrilled. We can't wait," Cynthia Rodriguez said.

"It's almost more exciting [than the first child] in a way, because you can anticipate what you already know is so amazing."

Alex Rodriguez, who had been undergoing treatment on his strained right quadriceps, is expected to rejoin the Yanks on Thursday.

In other New York area sports / celeb news, Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning
got married to Abby McGrew over the weekend. Hooray!

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The Hollywood Gossip staff is proud to bring you Tale of the Tape, in which we break down prospective matchups within the celebrity world you probably never considered. Because they are pointless, and above all, not real.

Two of our favorite athletes, Yankees slugger A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) and tennis star A-Rodd (Andy Roddick) are no stranger to media attention - but it's their lovely significant others who have been getting equal exposure of late.

Let's see how Roddick's fiancee, model Brooklyn Decker, stacks up against Alex's better half, Cynthia Rodriguez, in a grueling 10-round bout. Ding, ding!

1. AGE

Brooklyn Decker: 20
Cynthia Rodriguez: 34
Edge: Brooklyn

2. FREQUENTLY WEARS ...

Brooklyn Decker: Bikini
Cynthia Rodriguez: Scowl
Edge: Brooklyn

3. NICKNAME

Brooklyn Decker: B-Deck
Cynthia Rodriguez: F-Rod
Edge: Cynthia

4. SPORTS ILLUSTATED SWIMSUIT ISSUES

Brooklyn Decker: 3 (2006-2008)
Cynthia Rodriguez: 1 (2004)
Edge: Brooklyn

5. HANGS WITH ...

Brooklyn Decker: SI's Dr. Z
Cynthia Rodriguez: Daughter Natasha
Edge: Cynthia

6. KNOCK ON FIANCE/HUSBAND

Brooklyn Decker: Can't win the big one; Return game, backhand and volleys are suspect for top ten player
Cynthia Rodriguez: Greedy, self-centered, bad teammate, not clutch
Edge: Cynthia

7. LIPS

Brooklyn Decker: Quite possibly the most perfect thing ever created
Cynthia Rodriguez: Umm... not purple like her husband's, at least
Edge: Brooklyn

8. HER MAN PREVIOUSLY PINED FOR ...

Brooklyn Decker: Mandy Moore
Cynthia Rodriguez: Jessica Canseco
Edge: Brooklyn

9. WHATEVER YOU DO, DON'T MENTION ...

Brooklyn Decker: Roger Federer
Cynthia Rodriguez: Joslyn Noel Morse
Edge: Cynthia

10. SPORTS TERM THAT MAY ALSO APPLY TO SEX LIFE

Brooklyn Decker: Love-love
Cynthia Rodriguez: Getting to third base
Edge: Brooklyn

THE VERDICT: A strong fight all the way to the end by both competitors, but like her husband, Cynthia just couldn't come through when it matters most. It's Decker, the Sports Illustrated hottie, dispatching Mrs. Rodriguez, 6-4!

Brooklyn Decker Topless

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Having been raked over the coals by unforgiving fans for the way he handled his contract negotiations, as well as for some general douchebag-like qualities, Alex Rodriguez doesn't want to bobble the ball again in the clutch, so to speak.

As a result, the star Yankees slugger has hired Madonna's manager to improve his image. Which, in The Hollywood Gossip's opinion, only goes to show he is a politician who cares about his image more than being genuine. But we digress.

"As I embark on this new chapter in my career," A-Rod tells Variety, "I know I have found someone... who has earned a lot of respect in the entertainment industry."

Alex may have forgotten that he plays baseball. But, we digress again. On the flip side, of course, professional sports are indeed entertainment, as the national fan and media fascination with the Mitchell Report showed over the past week.

Alex Rodriguez smiles... possibly because Guy Oseary told him to do so.

The makeover consultant for A-Rod, who this week denied taking steroids, is Guy Oseary, whose star clients also include David Blaine and Lenny Kravitz.

So what's this Guy's game plan for the superstar third baseman?

"To help [Alex Rodriguez] have more control of his image and brand" and explore the "endless possibilities" for baseball's highest-paid player.

Could one of those "possibilities" include a World Series ring? We doubt it! Could one be Cynthia Rodriguez bikini photos? We sure hope so!

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Alex Rodriguez has denied using performance-enhancing drugs, telling CBS' 60 Minutes in an interview Sunday that he's never needed steroids to compete.

The controversial Yankees slugger also said he "isn't sure he's worth" his record contract, and described being "white like a ghost" when news of his opting out of his deal with New York broke during Game 4 of the World Series.

A-Rod Photo

Alex Rodriguez's interview with the news program aired just three days after the Mitchell Report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball - in which dozens of current and former ballplayers were individually named - was released.

A-Rod wasn't in it, but Jose Canseco, a former Oakland slugger who was one of the first to admit using steroids, said he couldn't believe Alex Rodriguez wasn't included in the former Senate majority leader's findings.

Alex Rodriguez answered "No" when asked whether he's ever used steroids, human growth hormone or any other performance-enhancing substance.

Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez are all smiles these days.

"I've never felt overmatched at any point on the baseball field," Rodriguez said. "... I felt that if I did my ... my work as I've done since I was, you know, a rookie back in Seattle, I didn't have a problem competing at any level."

The 32-year-old superstar won his third AL Most Valuable Player award last month after hitting .314 with 54 homers and 156 RBIs. He finalized a new, $275 million, 10-year contract after opting out of his past deal with the Yankees.

Alex Rodriguez said the way the opt out was handled was a nightmare, and he understood why baseball fans and officials were upset with how it was handled.

As a result of that debacle, his agent, Scott Boras, is reportedly out of favor with the baseball great, leaving wife Cynthia Rodriguez as his de facto agent.

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CNN has leaked the names of current and former baseball players who were identified by the Mitchell Report as being users of steroids... at some point.

Of course, by "identified," the Mitchell Report means simply that the named players are rumored to have used steroids based on unconfirmed testimony from "various sources" including reputable clubhouse attendants personal trainers.

The Hollywood Gossip is shaken by this news, since a large part of its net worth is tied to its prized complete, mint condition 1989 Topps baseball card set.

Now that Wally Joyner, Lenny Dykstra and other stars of yore have been exposed as frauds by the Mitchell Report, that set is likely to plummet in value. It is a sad day.

Not surprisingly, the biggest name on this steroids list is Barry Bonds. One can only wonder if those hot Kimberly Bell nude pictures were also steroid-enhanced.

No word on whether Barry Bonds supplied mistress Kimberly Bell with HgH.

Also not surprisingly, Alex Rodriguez was not named on the Mitchell Report, but tried to upstage Major League Baseball by singing a new contract hours before the report's release. At least a few hundred million should keep Cynthia Rodriguez happy.

Follow the jump for the full list of alleged steroid users in Major League Baseball, past and present, as named in the Mitchell Report ...

Continue Reading...

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As New York Magazine observes, hubris rarely bites people in the ass like you want it to. Karl Rove left the White House before being brought down, people still read Perez Hilton, and Donald Trump retains the power of speech.

But it looks like uber-agent Scott Boras, the egomaniac blowhard who thought he was bigger than the World Series, is finally getting thrown off his high horse.

Nose Picking By Alex Rodriguez

After all, Alex Rodriguez and Cynthia Rodriguez have crawled back to the Yankees' negotiating table â€" alone â€" just three weeks after A-Rod opted out of his deal with New York and left the city (and the rest of the country) cursing his name.

As Scott Boras has clearly fallen out of favor with the superstar, does that make wife Cynthia Rodriguez A-Rod's de facto agent now? That would be spectacular for all.

She was at the Yankees' meeting with A-Rod and is the biggest influence on him right now - it's obvious Cynthia Rodriguez wears the pants in this relationship.

Could she be the boss now? Unlike Boras, she's actually got balls (remember the F-Rod t-shirt). In any case, Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez, who recently announced they're expecting baby #2, are almost certainly going ink a new deal with New York soon, potentially giving us another decade of celebrity gossip fodder.

Awesome.

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New York Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez, 32, and his wife, Cynthia Rodriguez, 34, are expecting their second child next spring.

Hooray! That will make two more kids than he has World Series rings!

Alex Rodriguez Details Cover

"Cynthia and I are overjoyed to announce this addition to our family," says the future Hall of Famer, who may have to take out a second mortgage in order to feed the growing brood.

"We realize already what a special gift children are, and feel extremely blessed to welcome our second child next year."

This is great news for Alex Rodriguez as he prepares to face the Cleveland Indians in the American League Division Series beginning tonight.

But most excited member of the family might be Natasha, 2.

"I feel great!" Cynthia Rodriguez says, adding that they don't yet know the sex of the baby, but will find out soon. "My daughter wants to know more than we do!"

"We're just real excited," added Cynthia Rodriguez, a.k.a. "F-Rod," who earned some headlines earlier this year by wearing an offensive t-shirt, presumably a response to scandalous allegations against her husband.

"It's almost more exciting [than the first child] in a way, because you can anticipate what you already know is so amazing. We're thrilled. We can't wait."

Congratulations! If it's a girl, we expect the couple won't be naming it Joslyn Noel Morse Rodriguez. Although stranger things have happened.

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Apologies to Derek Jeter for lumping him in with these two. It was just for laughs. Derek Jeter has dated the likes of Jordanna Brewster, Mariah Carey and Jessica Biel - and won four World Series rings. He is in a (hunky) league of his own.

To be most fair, we should just say that three of the richest, handsomest, most talked about men in sports got together yesterday.

Becks at the TCAs

L.A. Galaxy "star" David Beckham posed for photos with New York Yankees greats Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez - just before the Yanks faced the Toronto Blue Jays.

Rumor has it that David Beckham's L.A. Galaxy teammates were there too, but who knows. Or cares. No one gives a rat's behind about soccer here anyway.

For some reason, David Beckham was on hand before the game and chatted it up with Alex Rodriguez, Derek Jeter, manager Joe Torre, and hitting coach Don Mattingly.

No word on whether Beckham discussed strip clubs with A-Rod or shared the fact that he may have had his own, well-publicized Joslyn Noel Morse style affair years ago.

Mr. Victoria Beckham and the Galaxy stuck around for the game - the Yanks won, 5-4. As he's gotten accustomed to, David was nothing more than a spectator.

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Where have you gone, Joslyn Noel Morse?

Probably to a pricey gentlemen's club somewhere in Las Vegas. She is a stripper, after all. Although we meant that more as a rhetorical question.

Alex Rodriguez Details Cover

In any case, embattled New York Yankees star Alex Rodriguez was in good spirits Friday, reading from his new children's book entitled "Out of the Ballpark" at FAO Schwarz.

With Alex Rodriguez was wife Cynthia Rodriguez, who stayed by his side despite recent revelations of his extramarital liaisons, and their two-year-old daughter, Natasha.

Despite a turbulent two months, Alex and Cynthia Rodriguez are all smiles.

In late May, Stray-Rod was spotted at a Toronto strip club with stripper Joslyn Noel Morse. He was heckled later that week at Boston's Fenway Park by fans in Morse masks.

With the exception of an explicit tank top (leading to the F-Rod headlines), Cynthia Rodriguez never seemed to make a big deal of it, and Alex has continued to hit home runs (on the field, that is) for the mediocre Yankees at a torrid pace.

FAO Schwarz donated 15 percent of all sales during the event to Alex's charity, the A-Rod Family Foundation. Okay, so maybe he isn't entirely a jerk. Just don't start hanging with Michael Vick, Alex. Please, don't.

Alex Rodriguez Biography

Cynthia Rodriguez: F-Rod! Alex Rodriguez is the New York Yankees third baseman. He is by all accounts a superstar slugger. He is also very rich. And he is... More »
Born
Birthplace
New York, New York
Full Name
Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez

Alex Rodriguez Quotes

Times are a bit difficult. But I've been through tougher times. I'll get through them. And the support of the New York fans is incredible.

Alex Rodriguez

She's my f--king soulmate, dude.

Alex Rodriguez [on Madonna, allegedly]
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