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Derek Jeter & Jordana Brewster

The Yankee shortstop has brought a roster of beauties to Manhattan eatery Nino’s Positano, but owner Nino Selimaj thinks Yale undergrad Brewster, 22, is major league: “With this one, he has more of a serious connection.” The star of 2001’s The Fast and the Furious (and ex-squeeze of Mark Wahlberg) boogied with her beau of a few months at his 28th-birthday bash June 30. “She was by his side when the cake came out,” says nightclub manager Gordon Adams. “They looked like a typical happy couple.”

Anna Kournikova & Enrique Iglesias

Advantage Iglesias: The tennis pinup, 21, has been spotted smooching her Miami Beach neighbor, 27, since starring in his video “Escape” in December. “Guys around her have a tendency to go gaga,” says her coach Harold Solomon.

Jennifer Capriati & Matthew Perry

The tennis ace, 26, and the Friends star, 32, met via II satellite when he remotely presented her with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED WOMEN’s Sportswoman of the Year award in December. He later cheered her on in Miami and Paris. “It’s just a strong friendship,” says Capriati’s mother, Denise—but that ranking could easily rise. Says Mom: “I told him the other day, ‘Matthew, you’re No. 1 on my list.’ ”

Tiger Woods & Elin Nordegren

Is Tiger sharing his lair? When a young fan recently asked if he had any pets, the famously private tee titan replied, “A golden Lab named Joey, and we have a chow named Penny that belongs to, uh…” then glanced sheepishly at his Swedish sweetheart of six months. For Woods, 26, wooing the ex-nanny, 22, was tougher than making birdie at last month’s rain-soaked British Open. “When she first met Tiger, she realized this could be a lot of turbulence, so it took a very long time for him to convince her,” says her friend Bingo Rimer. “He had to court her; he called her a lot. Now she’s very happy and excited.” And Woods? “He’s never going to get a better deal.”

Sergio Garcia & Martina Hingis

“My tennis game is better than her golf game,” boasts PGA prince Garcia, 22, who met the volley girl, 21, shortly before January’s Australian Open. The Swiss Hingis has visited his kin in Spain. “With Sergio, I know I can be myself,” she has said. Says Garcia: “She knows what I’m going through.” Plus, when he talks golf, she doesn’t give him “a boring face. That’s not easy to get from a girl.”

Chris Webber & Tyra Banks
“She’s my closest female friend,” the NBA star said in May. Close indeed: The slam-dunker, 29, and the model, 28, have been inseparable lately. Their snuggling at June’s Mike Tyson/Lennox Lewis fight led Chris Rock to crack, “If I were [dating] Tyra Banks, I would knock Lennox Lewis out.”

Mia Hamm & Nomar Garciaparra

The soccer star, 30, and the Red Soxer, 29, first faced off in a penalty-kick contest in ’98 (Hamm won). The pals turned romantic last fall after she and Marine pilot Christiaan Corry divorced. Hamm, says friend Tisha Venturini-Hoch, “seems very happy.”