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Rob Gronkowski set the record for touchdowns by a tight end last season.

But the New England Patriots star is thinking about spiking a different kind of balls on the cover of ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue. That's right, he's naked!

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Gronkowski, who once said he would bang Tim Tebow, is one of many athletes who bare very nearly all within the pages of the publication. Others include: Brad Richards, Tyson Chandler and all members of the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team.

Take a close, long, hard look at the NFL All-Pro now and decide: Would you hit that?

 

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Star U.S. soccer goalie Hope Solo failed a drug test recently, but was let off with a warning after claiming she had no idea a prescription drug she took for "pre-menstrual purposes" contained a diuretic on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited list.

She will be eligible to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

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"Once informed of this fact, I immediately cooperated with USADA and shared with them everything they needed to properly conclude that I made an honest mistake, and the medication did not enhance my performance in any way," Solo said.

A sample of Solo's urine collected June 15 tested positive for canrenone, a prohibited diuretic. But when Hope's prescribed medication was found to contain canrenone in therapeutic doses, she was given a public warning, not a suspension.

"As someone who believes in clean sport, I'm glad to have worked with USADA to resolve this matter and I look forward to representing my country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London," the Dancing With the Stars alum said.

Solo is one of 14 American athletes to receive a sanction under United States Olympic Committee's anti-doping policies this year, according to the USADA.

She is one of only three athletes to avoid suspension as a result.

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Michael Phelps, the 27-year-old 14-time Olympic gold medalist, is shirtless on the cover of Details' August 2012 issue celebrating the London games.

Details interview excerpts and photos of the living swimming legend below!

On his 2012 Olympics game plan: “When you get to that big meet ... you’ve done all the training. You tune everything out and go up to the block and do everything that you’ve prepared to do. You can’t go back and fix anything."

"Whatever happens, happens. If you fail, you just get up and try again.”

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On gaining 25 pounds after the 2008 Olympics: “At that point, I just didn’t have anything. It was weird going from the highest of the high, the biggest point of your life - winning eight gold medals - and then saying, ‘All right, where do I go from here?’"

"I wasn’t motivated. I did nothing, literally nothing, for a long time."

"I gained 25 pounds. A friend of mine and I were playing football on the beach in Miami, and somebody got a picture of us and put it all over the place. And he was like, “Bro, you gotta start working out, man. You are fat.”

On the infamous bong photo: “It was a learning experience. I’m the kind of person who has to go through the learning experiences myself."

"Somebody could tell me, 'If you eat this much you’ll be fat,' and I’d be like, ‘Yeah, okay, let me try it.’ I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve made thousands of mistakes, but I’ve never made the same mistake twice.”

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San Diego Padres fan Travis Decker learned the hard way over the weekend that Facebook and baseball don't always mix. At least not live baseball.

He was struck hard by a foul ball in the upper deck of the right field stands at Petco Park while attempting to "check in" to the stadium on his phone.

Decker was too busy trying to update the universe that he was at Petco, he failed to pay attention to the exciting action at Petco. To his own detriment.

That's gotta hurt, but give Travis credit for being a good sport at least:

This is the second most embarrassing video to come out of America's Finest City in the past week, with the first being the epic San Diego fireworks fail.

Pull it together, SD!

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Roger Federer won his 17th Grand Slam title at Wimbledon Sunday, but it was the first in which the tennis legend's twin daughters joined in the celebration.

As if the trophy presentation wasn't emotional enough after Andy Murray's runner-up speech, the world got to see Myla and Charlene Federer, 2, cheer on dad.

Wearing identical black and white dresses and matching pigtails, the blonde cuties sat with their mom, Mirka, who has been married to Roger since 2009:

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Helping out with the twin toddlers: Federer's mother, Lynette.

The foursome were cheering and applauding in the stands as Federer, 30, bested Murray, 25, in his bid to become the UK's first homegrown winner since 1936.

Roger made a big deal out of his little girls during the last two weeks, taking them onto Centre Court with him to experience Wimbledon for the first time.

Myla and Charlene weren't the only stylish siblings in the stands. Pippa and Kate Middleton sat side by side while crossing their fingers for a Murray victory.

Unfortunately for the Duchess and her sister, it was not to be. But it's awfully hard not to like Federer, even before you see those adorable little kids.

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Andy Murray's Wimbledon runner-up speech left the tennis star in tears Sunday afternoon, and likely had more than a few onlookers welling up, too.

With girlfriend Kim Sears, along with Kate and Pippa Middleton, looking on, Murray wept in a post-match interview following his loss to Roger Federer.

When a BBC interviewer asked him about the emotions he felt over the fortnight, he (and Sears) broke down while the Centre Court crowd applauded ...

The interviewer's empathy was as powerful as Murray's sadness. Everyone, from Federer to Murray to the fans, truly felt for the 25-year-old Andy.

With the hopes of a nation riding on his shoulders, Murray looked poised to stun Federer and capture his first Grand Slam title. Didn't happen.

"I'm getting closer," he joked at the start, wounded but proud, defeated but respectful and classy, head sinking low while at the same time held high.

The Scotland native failed to deliver the UK its first homegrown champion of the famed tournament in 76 years, but is clearly a big winner at life.

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NFL star Adrian Peterson shoved an off-duty police officer in a Houston bar early Saturday morning, leading to his arrest, the Houston P.D. says.

An off-duty officer was working security for the nightclub Live! at Bayou Place when closing time came and he told patrons it was time to leave.

The officer had to tell Peterson a second time he had to leave and the Vikings running back shot back, "Hey man, we heard you the first time!"

He then pushed the officer in the back of his shoulder, causing him to stumble.

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The officer then told Peterson to turn around and put his arms behind his back because he was under arrest and Peterson began yelling at him.

The officer repeated himself and Peterson turned around to face the officer and got in "an aggressive stance," ignoring more verbal warnings.

A second and third officer then rushed over, according to the police, and they were finally able to arrest the all-star athlete and take him to jail.

He was booked on the charge of resisting arrest.

Adrian Peterson was heavily intoxicated at the time of his arrest, which was very out of character for him, according to the nightclub owner.

Peterson has been to the club before, but he has never known him to drink much. He was reportedly a difficult customer all night Friday, though.

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First, Anderson Cooper. Then, Frank Ocean. Now... Megan Rapinoe.

In the latest issue of Out, the U.S. soccer star says she's never hidden her sexuality, but she's never made it official, either. Until now. Simply put, Rapinoe tells the publication:

"For the record: I am gay."

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A midfielder for the Seattle Sounders Women, Rapinoe is preparing for the Summer Olympics in London and makes it clear she understands her responsibility now as a role model.

"I feel like sports in general are still homophobic, in the sense that not a lot of people are out. I feel everyone is really craving [for] people to come out. People want - they need - to see that there are people like me playing soccer for the good ol' U.S. of A."

Rapinoe has been dating an Australian soccer player for about three years.

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U.S. Olympic track legend Michael Johnson, who won gold medals in 1992 and 1996 and posted numerous world records, made an eye-opening comment recently.

In an interview with the UK's Daily Mail, the sprinter posited that hard work and determination were mostly responsible for his world class athletic talent.

That and one other historical factor.

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Michael Johnson explained, "All my life ... I believed I became an athlete through my own effort and determination, but it's impossible to think that being descended from slaves hasn't left an imprint through the generations."

"Difficult as it was to hear, slavery has benefited descendants like me ... I believe there is a superior athletic gene in us. Over the last few years, athletes of Afro-Caribbean and Afro-American descent have dominated athletics finals."

Johnson still holds the 400-meter world record. The all-time best 100- and 200-meter races were both run by Usain Bolt ... of Jamaica.

"It's a fact that hasn't been discussed openly before. It's a taboo subject in the States but it is what it is. Why shouldn't we discuss it?" Johnson adds.

Doesn't explain Michael Phelps, but it's an interesting theory.