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Destinee Hooker's unusual name receives a lot of attention, but the 25-year-old U.S. Olympic volleyball standout wants to be known for her play.

She's succeeding. Hooker scored 22 points and the U.S. women's team improved to 3-0 with a three-set preliminary round victory over China.

The top-ranked U.S., led by Hooker, toughed out a 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 win against the third-seeded Chinese in a possible medal round preview.

The Americans may be a team of ... wait for it ... Destinee.

Destinee Hooker Photo

Hooker isn’t surprised that her name is getting a lot of press at the London Olympics; she's been dealing with the remarks since she was a child.

She says it doesn't faze her, though, as she's proud of it.

Destinee’s name was a result of severe complications at birth; she nearly died then, but pulled through, inspiring her dad to call his baby girl “Destinee.”

As for the double E? “Since I was such a blessing, [my father] decided he wanted to spell it uniquely,” she explained to celebrity gossip website TMZ.

“So I am thankful to be here and glad my Dad gave me the name.”

We're thankful as well. The Chinese team? Maybe a little less so.

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Welcome, readers, to a special Olympic edition of THG's Caption Contest!

We just came across this picture, and well, it speaks for itself. At least we think it should. U.S. gymnast Alicia Sacramone is looking intense!

What is she thinking or saying during the floor exercise this week?

You tell us! Just leave comment(s) below with the best caption(s) for the photo! Go to it! We will announce a winner tomorrow. Best of luck!

UPDATE: Your winner is Sheldon, with honorable mentions going to Becca O., Letty leones, Margaret Yoder. See winning entry below!

Alicia Sacramone Pic

"I feel like you're eyeballin' me, dawg! What! What! I don't like punk bitches eyeballin' me! You got beef? You got beef? You want some of this?"

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Montee Ball, a rising senior at the University of Wisconsin who set the all-time NCAA record for touchdowns in a season last year, was attacked in Madison this morning.

RB Photo

According to initial reports, the Heisman Trophy finalist was knocked to the ground and repeatedly kicked by five men. No reason for the beatdown has been made public, but Ball was taken to a hospital and has since been released.

"We will continue to evaluate him as we approach the start of fall camp this weekend," said Wisconsin Football Coach Bret Bielema.

Even those of us in the THG office who are Michigan State fans wish Ball a full and speedy recovery.

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U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva is making headlines this week, and not for his performance in the London Olympics, but for his antics with an iPhone.

Deadspin claims a woman came forward and asked if she could "submit some risque photos of Danell Leyva," asking for nothing in return. Why?

She says she had "some in underwear and some nudes" of the Miami native, who she says "sorta played" her on a promised photo exchange.

What that means is an open question, but here's one:

Danell Leyva Photo

NOTE: The rest of the Danell Leyva photos are more NSFW.

Before long, the woman the images to the sports/gossip site, adding that he has "done this to other women" as well, and potentially teasing more to come.

Whether she leaks more or they're any racier than the first batch remains to be seen, but if this is any indication, she is not a fan of Danell Leyva. At all.

Check out more of the risque shots - along with two others from ESPN the Magazine's Body Issue, which also featured Hope Solo nude - after the jump:

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Former Cincinnati Bengals cheerleader Sarah Jones, a.k.a. the female Sandusky, is firing back at her at critics and the rumors about her personal life despite a request by prosecutors for a gag order in her sexual assault case.

Once a captain of the Cincinnati Ben-Gals (get it?!) and a former high school teacher, Sarah Jones is accused of sexually abusing a student and unlawful use of electronic means to induce a minor to engage in sexual activity.

Sarah Jones Picture

"I read on blogs that I'm the female Jerry Sandusky ... to read those things and not be able to comment, not be able to stick up for myself is not fair," said the Kenton County, Ky., resident in an interview with ABC News.

"There's blogs and postings out there that I have slept with numerous people. I married my high school sweetheart," said Jones.

"People don't know the real me. I just asked the general public to maybe hold their judgment a little bit longer until the truth comes out."

Prosecutors asked a judge for a gag order on Monday to stop Jones from talking after she went on her lawyer's radio show earlier this month.

She went on the show to refute the charges against her. Jones' lawyer, Eric Deters, filed a motion to dismiss all charges due to lack of evidence.

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Brandi Chastain has responded to Hope Solo's Twitter criticism of her recent commentary for ESPN, defending her comments as part of the job.

Chastain, who rose to fame during Team USA's 1999 World Cup win, pissed off Hope with her critique of America's performance at the Olympics.

Specifically, Chastain said defender Buehler actually needs to improve on her defense, a comment she stands by as both objective and honest.

Brandi and Hope

Chastain said in a statement: "My only comment is I am in London to cover women's soccer for NBC in an honest and objective fashion, and that is what I have done, and will continue to do for the rest of the tournament."

Solo, who turned 31 yesterday, said "it's too bad we can't have commentators who know more about the game" and told Brandi to "lay off commentating about defending and goalkeeping until you get more educated."

If Solo's comments have been any distraction to the team, you wouldn't know it. They're on the verge of beating North Korea to improve to 3-0.

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O.J. Murdock, a wide receiver on the Tennessee Titans, killed himself yesterday morning with an apparent gun shot blast to the head. He was 25.

Tampa police report that Murdock's body was found around 8:30 a.m. inside his car, which was parked in front of Middleton High School, at which the athlete starred as a football player and sprinter years ago.

O.J. Murdock Photo

Just a few hours prior to taking his own life, Murdock left a text message for Al McCray, the assistant head coach at Fort Hays State. It thanked him for all McCray did for Murdock and his family and it also included an apology.

Murdock had been a couple days late to Tennessee's training camp, but teammates weren't concerned because he had been recovering from an injury that caused him to miss all of last season.

"It's tough. He was always a happy guy who played around a lot and always had a smile on his face," said fellow wideout Damian Williams. "I definitely didn't see it coming."

Having signed with the Titans as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Murdock was taken to Tampa General Hospital after police made the discovery yesterday. Our thoughts go out to his loved ones.

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A Brazilian judo competitor broke his Olympic bronze medal after taking it into the shower and dropping it after his victory in a third-place match in London.

Felipe Kitadai, who beat Italy's Elio Verde to win bronze Saturday, was so excited about the result that he did not want to be parted from his prize.

Big mistake.

Felipe Kitadai

"He was taking a shower with the medal when he dropped it," a spokeswoman said. "He then slept with the medal and realized later that it was broken."

"It wasn't a very smart thing to do."

The medal was damaged at the top where the ribbon loops through a hoop, but after a few phone calls and apologies, Olympic officials agreed to replace it.

Hopefully the 23-year-old will be more careful with this one. Same with all medal winners, including America's own adorable Missy Franklin.

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Missy Franklin is a lot more than a new Olympic champion. She's a mature, grounded, very impressive 17-year old.

The Centennial, Colorado native captured her first Gold Medal yesterday, besting the field in the 100-Meter Backstroke. She then told reporters that each time she hit the pool in London, her thoughts were with the victims of the massacre in Aurora.

Champion Swimmer

"Every single race I'm going to have that Colorado incident back on my mind," Missy said. "It's such a terrible thing and I'm so shaken by it. They're in my thoughts this entire process."

Neither Franklin nor her parents knew any of the victims James Holmes allegedly shot on the morning of July 20, but...

"Aurora and Colorado in general is such a close state that when something like that happens we're all affected by it, no matter who it is. It's hitting very close to home," she said.

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Two-time softball Olympian Jennie Finch and her husband, Casey Daigle, are expecting their third child together, the former announced on Monday.

Finch, 31, who is sitting out the London Olympics after winning gold in Athens and silver in Beijing, is already mom to sons Ace, 6, and Diesel, 1.

"Casey and I are expecting our third little one in January!!" she confirmed.

Jenny Finch, Casey Daigle

"Diesel - yes, a unique name but it suits him perfectly! - is doing wonderfully and growing fast. He’s a big guy, cruising around as he just started walking."

"He’s after his big brother, Ace - who’s 6 now! - and making us smile every day."

In addition to softball, Finch is an active supporter of the Wounded Warrior Foundation and the author of Throw Like a Girl: How to Dream Big and Believe in Yourself.

Daigle currently pitches for AAA Fresno.

Congratultaions to the whole family!

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