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Rihanna 'growing close to athlete'

Rihanna has been "quietly" spending time with a basketball star.

The singer is believed to have fallen for New York Knicks player J.R. Smith. The pair have been spotted together several times in recent weeks, fuelling romance rumours.

"They have been quietly keeping time together for weeks, and one down-South source tells us that they were 'definitely hanging out' in Miami this weekend after Smith's run-in with cops there on Thursday," reports New York Daily News.

J.R. was arrested by police in South Beach, Miami, last week on an outstanding bench warrant for driving without a valid license.

Rihanna is believed to have spent Memorial Day weekend with the heavily-tattooed sports star.

The pair were reportedly spotted having fun at LIV nightclub in the Fontainebleau Hotel on Sunday night.

Rihanna and J.R. were first romantically linked earlier this month.

The Barbadian-born beauty was seen flirting with the athlete and sitting on his lap at a nightclub in New York.

This isn't the first time Rihanna has fallen for a sports star.

The 24-year-old dated Los Angeles Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp for a year before they split in 2010. She was also seen partying with Chelsea soccer star Didier Drogba in London recently and has been linked to Oakland Raiders star Darren McFadden.

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