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Kate Upton and Justin Verlander started dating in late 2012. Most would congratulate the Detroit Tigers ace for landing the ultimate WAG - the trophy girlfriend to end all trophy girlfriends.

If you care more about baseball than boobs, however, you might be screaming for Verlander to drop Kate like a hot rock.

The Cy Young winner has been struggling this season and many believe Upton is proving to be a distraction that Verlander simply can't handle.

If that's the case, at least Justin can take comfort in the fact that he's not the first athlete to fall victim to the curse of Kate:

Justin Verlander
Kate and Justin have been on and off for years. They split in 2013, leading to an epic post-season performance by the Tigers ace. Now that they're back together, Verlander is carrying a career-high ERA.

Yes, despite the fact that Upton just turned 22 earlier this month, she's already, um...rounded the bases with a number of athletes, kinda-athletes, and...mascots?

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Kate Upton is back on the market. After six months together, the Sports Illustrated model and DWTS pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy have broken up.

Fellas (and ladies), try not to celebrate too vocally at the news at work.

  • Kate Upton in Black
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"They are really good friends still and speak all the time, but their schedules just made it too difficult and it fell apart," an insider says of the split.

"[Maks] has a lot of respect for her, but it just wasn't working anymore."

The twosome went public with their romance in September, holding hands during a walk in New York City, months after they started dating on the DL.

"We enjoy each other's company very much," said Maks of Kate Upton. "She's a great girl that I never thought anything romantic like this could have happened."

"She's just an amazing person. We have an incredible time together, and, you know, I definitely didn't see that coming and I think neither did she."

We're sorry they split up ... but now you too can have an incredible time, watching the selected Kate Upton videos we put together after the jump:

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Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are not only dating but serious, according to an insider close to the cover girl and Dancing With the Stars alum.

But the pair, who met through a mutual friend about six months ago and were the subject of a round of romance rumors before, started off as friends.

"Along the way," the source says, "it turned into something else."

Moreover, the source adds that "They are very serious."

Specifically, their love bloomed and rumors of Kate Upton dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy first surfaced when he took Upton out to dinner on her birthday.

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Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are dating, sources confirm. And by sources, we mean our own eyes, as the couple was spotted holding hands!

Here's the model and former DWTS legend in the West Village in New York City:

Amid rumors going around this summer that Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were an item, the pair were spotted in July on a secretive dinner date.

Looks like that date turned into something more. Or at least some more dates!

Upton, 21, was just named 2013 Model of the Year (yes, that's a thing) and covers this month's special 100th-year anniversary Vanity Fair issue.

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Kate Upton and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were spotted out and about again this week, this time at the HBO premiere of documentary Casting By in NYC.

"The two did not want to be photographed together," a source tells E! News.

The duo, who tried to avoid cameras, "left the event around midnight and went to Catch sushi bar, that turns into a club. The two partied until the early hours."

Despite their best efforts, the pair was nevertheless snapped in the back seat of a car, rekindling rumors that Upton is dating Maksim Chmerkovskiy.

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Hope Solo claims in her new memoir, Solo: A Memoir of Hope, that Maksim Chmerkovskiy slapped her across the face on Dancing With the Stars in 2011.

Maksim is reportedly adamant that this did NOT occur and shocked that the slap story somehow made it into the U.S. women's soccer team goaltender's book.

In it, she says Chmerkovskiy slapped her hard during a tense rehearsal while trying to put her head in the correct position for a dancing move. You buy it?

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy Pic

The two were partners who famously clashed on the show, but this was mostly attributed at the time to them each being intense competitors and athletes.

They've had dinner several times since the show, and she tweeted to Maks before the Olympics, offering him free tickets (Hope led the U.S. to gold, as usual).

Maks says he has no idea why Hope would publish such a false, defamatory statement and posted a statement on Twitter Thursday without naming names:

“Always hated hypocrites and liars… but when someone is both AND an opportunist, I just feel bad for them. Can’t win at someone’s expense,” he wrote.

Is it possible that she exaggerated an incident for her book just to make splashy headlines? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

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Dancing With the Stars pro Maksim Chmerkovskiy has identified his dream partner for the upcoming season of the hit ABC competition series:

U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo!

After giving Hope's name immediately when asked who he'd love to partner with this fall, the Ukrainian hunk added, "Let's do it! I want somebody hot, I want somebody exciting, somebody passionate, and I'll do the rest."

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maksim took Kirstie Alley to the finals last season. He believes he could repeat that success with Hope Solo ... provided her athletic footwork translates to dancing.

Solo led the Americans into the World Cup final against Japan, where they fell just short of the championship, losing on penalty shots.

Despite the heartbreak, Maks would offer Solo a chance for redemption, should ABC decide to give her a Dancing With the Stars whirl.

"I'm waiting," he says. "And please don't hurt your legs."

Maksim Chmerkovskiy Biography

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