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Batter Up! Country Stars Take the Field to Fight Cancer

Jamie Lynn Spears, Lauren Alaina and More Team Up Against Florida Georgia Line, Sara Evans to Fight Cancer

Originally posted 06/08/2014 12:30PM

Country stars went to bat for a good cause Saturday at Greer Stadium in Nashville, raising over $200,000 for cancer research at the 24th annual City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game during CMA Music Fest.

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Luke Bryan Loses to Justin Moore in Desert Archery Showdown | Luke Bryan

Luke Bryan Loses to Justin Moore in Desert Archery Showdown

Originally posted 04/06/2014 04:55PM

Luke Bryan is the leading man of this year's Academy of Country Music Awards – nominated for entertainer of the year, male vocalist of the year, album of the year and he's also co-hosting the show – but thanks to Justin Moore and his teammates, Bryan can't add bow and arrow champion to his list of credits this time around.

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Derek Hough Blames Busy Careers for Julianne and Chuck's Split

Derek Hough Blames Busy Careers for Julianne and Chuck's Split

Originally posted 11/20/2009 03:10PM

If big brothers excel at one thing, it's protecting their little sisters. But Dancing with the Stars pro Derek Hough says his sister, Julianne Hough, is doing just fine after her breakup with Chuck Wicks.

"She's 21 years old and her career is skyrocketing right now and it's tough to sustain a relationship, especially with somebody who's so much older than her," Derek, 24, told PEOPLE Thursday at Diddy's 40th birthday bash at New York's Plaza Hotel.

As for how Julianne, 21, and Wicks, 30, are each handling the split, Derek says, "They're both good. He's a great guy – he's cool."

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Julianne Hough Still 'Good Friends' with Chuck Wicks

Julianne Hough Still 'Good Friends' with Chuck Wicks

Originally posted 11/13/2009 10:25AM

Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks may have shown a united front by attending the Country Music Association Awards together on Wednesday, but one night later, Hough confirmed to PEOPLE that the couple has indeed parted ways.

"We're both just really, really busy with our careers, and we spend a lot of time apart from each other – so we're just taking a little break right now," Hough, 21, told PEOPLE Thursday night as she walked the red carpet in Nashville for the premiere of Tim McGraw's film The Blind Side.

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Julianne Hough & Chuck Wicks Attend CMAs – Together!

Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks Attend CMAs Together!

Originally posted 11/12/2009 01:10PM

Despite their recent split, Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks made the rounds together at Wednesday's Country Music Association Awards in Nashville.

"Julianne is actually my date tonight, so it's all good man," Wicks told ET. (He was working for them as a special correspondent.) "We're going to have a good time and we will address [the breakup] together, but right now we're going to have a lot of fun."

But when the pair (along with two of Hough's sisters and some friends) arrived in the backstage media area, it was clear Wicks, 30, had a broken heart. At one point, the country singer sat with his head down, shoulders slumped, and didn't crack a smile.

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Inside Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks's Breakup

Inside Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks's Breakup

Originally posted 11/11/2009 05:20PM

Julianne Hough fans who saw her perform at the 22nd annual Pineapple Festival in Jensen Beach, Fla., on Nov. 7 likely had no inkling she and boyfriend Chuck Wicks were on the verge of a split: When Hough came down with the flu, it was Wicks who took her place.

"I talked to her this morning and she sounded like she was on her death bed," he said at the time, according to TCPalm.com. "She tried to hang in there as long as she could."

Added Wicks, 30, who had been planning to visit the Florida Keys with Hough, 21, after the festival, "I'm about the closest person you can get to Julianne. I probably know all of her jokes and can sing all of her songs."

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Source: Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks Split

Source: Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks Split

Originally posted 11/10/2009 07:25PM

Julianne Hough and Chuck Wicks have decided to call it quits, a source tells PEOPLE. "This was mutual. They needed some time apart," says the source.

Hough, 21, and Wicks, 30, both are still expected to attend the Country Music Association Awards on Wednesday – Wicks is covering the red carpet for Entertainment Tonight and Hough is a presenter.

The two walked the red carpet together for the first time at last year's CMA Awards after getting to know each other while touring with Brad Paisley. Within weeks, they already had marriage on the mind, with Hough telling PEOPLE they "definitely" wanted to go to the altar someday.

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