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Charlie Villanueva of the Detroit Pistons was cut by the Dominican Republic national team because he's out of shape, head coach John Calipari said.

This is, needless to say, a rarity for an NBA player.

"Charlie was not in good form when we saw him," Calipari told Deportes en la Z. "He was overweight, and unfortunately, we could not slow down the entire team and this was a decision taken collectively ... the only problem was his weight."

Charlie Villanueva Cut

Villanueva was thus cut by the national team, which reportedly was not pleased with his conditioning months ago, despite an active role in recent years.

An ankle injury slowed his progress and any hopes of getting much playing time for the Pistons this season, but his release still comes as a surprise.

Villanueva fired back at Calipari by tweeting the above photo of his scale, which reads 243.5 pounds, or 11.5 under his "playing weight" of 255.

He also conspicuously holds his college championship ring from the University of Connecticut in 2004, in an apparent bid to ... prove something.

Since that was eight years ago, in college, and Calipari won his year's NCAA title with the Wildcats anyway, we're not sure what. But something.

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Amar'e Stoudemire may not be able to co-exist successfully with Carmelo Anthony on the basketball court, but the power forward hopes things are different between him and Alexis Welch.

Because the couple is now engaged!

Amar'e Stoudemire Picture

The Knicks star Tweeted confirmation this week that he proposed to Welch - who he met way back in 2002 and who is the mother of his three children - on June 3 during a vacation in Paris.

"There were rose petals leading to a balcony with a 365-degree view of Paris," Welch tells The New York Post. "He had an acoustic-guitar player. He had a saxophonist. This is another side of Amar'e that people don't get to see."

Added Stoudemire, who popped the major question with a 8.5 carat ring: "When she said yes, it was surreal. I'm still floating. #engaged."

The baller was linked in late 2010 to Amber Rose and has also been a rumored love interest of Ciara. But now that he's set to settle down, only one question remains: Will the Knicks ever contend for a title again?!?

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The first victim in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual molestation trial was gasping for breath as he detailed repeated acts of oral sex with the disgraced former Penn State University football team's defensive coordinator today.

Now 18, the witness sat with his hands clasped in his lap, leaned into a microphone and painfully shared disturbing memories of being an 11-year-old boy, alone with Jerry Sandusky on the waterbed in Sandusky's basement.

This story only gets more graphic from here, so be advised.

Tears flowed throughout the Centre County Courtroom as jurors looked on, a couple noticeably disturbed. A few grimaced and shook their heads.

Sandusky sat hunched over, often rubbing his chin. The 68-year-old is facing 52 counts based on using his charity and his stature within the Penn State football program to manipulate and sexually molest 10 children over a 15-year period.

He's maintained his innocence on all charges.

The witness was 10 when he first entered Sandusky's Second Mile charity, which worked with at-risk youth in Central Pennsylvania.

He never knew his dad and lived with his single mother in public housing. After a few years in the Second Mile program, he began spending time alone with Sandusky.

Tuesday morning in court, he told of the sexual abuse, including in 2005 when Sandusky's repeated petting and cuddling went to another level.

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Floyd Mayweather Jr. says jail is killing his boxing career ... after just 12 days. The poor woman-beater can't get the training or caloric intake he needs!

Mayweather says in legal papers - in which he begs a judge to release him from jail into house arrest - that he needs to get out or he'll lose everything.

Floyd must serve only 78 more days in lockup, mind you.

He says he spends 23 hours a day in isolation for his own safety, but he claims that it's taking a "cruel and inhuman" toll on his physique ... seriously.

Floyd Mayweather Mugshot

In the papers, Floyd, 35, estimates his career only has a few years ... his days of making excuses for not fighting Manny Pacquiao are dwindling!

Floyd's doctor told the court he's concerned about Floyd's diet - down from 3,000-4,000 calories a day to 800, supposedly - and lack of exercise.

Floyd says his doctor also "expressed deep concern for [Floyd's] health," predicting likely "irreversible damage to Mr. Mayweather's physique."

Mayweather claims doctors are deeply concerned about his "dehydrated appearance, his lack of muscle tone and his dry mucus membranes."

If only Floyd were concerned about the appearance of Josie Harris' face, he might not be in this position. Wrap your membrane around that.

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Dominique Moceanu, a member of the 1996 Olympic gold-medal-winning US women's gymnastics team, received the biggest bombshell of her life.

As her father was dying, and weeks before she gave birth to her first child, she got a letter fro, Jen Bricker, saying that she her biological sister.

As ABC's 20/20 reported last Friday, Bricker revealed that their parents gave her up for adoption when they found out that she had no legs.

The news was equally shocking to Bricker, who grew up idolizing Moceanu, the youngest member of the US Olympic teams "Magnificent Seven."

“I wouldn’t shut up about Dominique!" said Bricker, who incredibly had no idea at the time that the gymnastics champion was her sister.

"I knew she was Romanian. I knew we looked alike. Her biggest fan!”

Amazingly, Bricker, now 24, is a gymnast too. Having no legs didn't stop her from excelling in volleyball, basketball and softball in her youth.

But, just like her sister, 30, her true passion is gymnastics. Bricker even made it all the way to the Junior Olympics as a power tumbler.

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The Los Angeles Kings stormed to the first title in franchise history last night, defeating the New Jersey Devils 6-1.

And, in response, the Twitterverse, especially in Hollywood, was filled with congratulatory messages for the team that had gone 44 years without hoisting the Stanley Cup.

Among the most famous fans responding on that social network...

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Alyssa Milano: "#LAKings #StanleyCup  #WeAreTheF--kingChampions

Josh Duhamel: "History has been made. Lord Stanley's Cup now resides in LA. Congrats to the #KINGS on an amazing run!!"

Marlon Wayans: "Congrats to all the LA Kings, LA, all the Canadians that r illegally in la & love hockey and had to pick the kings by default"

D.L. Hughley: "The Kings win the Stanley Cup! It's weird for LA 2 win a Championship without riots! I guess Mexicans haven't figured out what 2 burn yet"

Matthew Perry: "We win the Stanley Cup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"

Kevin Connolly: "Me winning the Stanley Cup!!! Oh, no wait. I'm an out of work actor... Sorry!!! #maybenextyear http://yfrog.com/nzdhjabj"

Ryan Seacrest: "45 years in the making, the Kings have earned their crown."

Erin Andrews: "The Kings are kings"...great line by Doc...great story & moment..#congrats"

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In the most anticipated boxing match of the year, Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao by split decision last night - and almost everyone who watched it believes the fight was fixed.

Pacquiao landed 253 punches to 159 for Bradley, with Compubox statistics proving the former also connected on more punches in 10 of the 12 rounds.

The Associated Press had Pacquiao winning 117-111, but that service doesn't get a vote. Instead, Bradley was named the winner - by a score of 115-113 - on the scorecards of judges Duane Ford and C.J. Ross.

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"I've never been as ashamed of the sport of boxing as I am tonight," said Bob Arum, who promoted both fighters, soon after the outcome was announced. I went over to Bradley before the decision and he said, `I tried hard but I couldn't beat the guy.'"

Adding fuel to the allegations of foul play? Bradley had printed out a poster for a November 10 rematch prior to this bout, something that would only occur if he defeated Pacquiao.

A consensus is building that the judges/Powers That Be in boxing arranged a Bradley victory solely to ensure another big pay-per-view buy in five months.

"I'll make a lot of money off the rematch, but this was outrageous," Arum said.

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Horse racing fans will not have another Triple Crown this year.

I'll Have Another, the winner of The Kentucky Derby and The Preakness and a 4-5 favorite to take home the Belmont Stakes tomorrow and become the sport's first Triple Crown champion since 1977, has dropped out of the latter race due to a leg injury.

I'll Have Another Pic

"It's not tragic, but it's a huge disappointment," trainer Doug O'Neill said on The Dan Patrick Show.

He later confirmed at a press conference that I'll Have Another developed tendonitis in its left front leg and is officially retired. The animal will now be put out to stud, make his owner millions of dollars, sire a colt and continue the cycle of animal abuse that comprises professional horse racing.

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New York Giants fan Joseph Armento was dismayed to learn that his favorite team did not keep star running back Brandon Jacobs this offseason.

The six-year-old then decided to do what he could to help.

Joseph sent a letter to Jacobs, enclosing his personal savings from his actual piggybank, totaling $3.36, in an effort to "help" the athlete, who signed as a free agent with the San Francisco 49ers in March, return to New York.

Jacobs Letter

"When he asked me why you were going to SF, I explained that the Giants did not have enough money to keep you," Joseph's mother, Julie, wrote. "Joseph is just learning to read/write so I will help you by translating his letter."

Her son's note to the football player adorably reads: "Dear Brandon Jacobs, So you could go to the Giants, here is my money. Love, Joe."

Jacobs signed a one-year deal with the 49ers that could pay up to $2 million; the Giants reportedly offered $1.5 million for his services.

Clearly "not having the money" is all relative, but the NFL star, 29, was so touched by the letter that he posted it to his Twitter account.

"I almost cried, I am still trying to hold it in," Jacobs, who won two Super Bowls, ran for 4,849 yards and scored 56 TDs in seven seasons with NY, Tweeted.

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Charlie Sheen went freaking ballistic outside the Staples Center on Wednesday night after being kicked out of Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Finals, or more accurately not allowed to come back inside the arena after leaving to go have a smoke.

A female, no-nonsense security guard would not budge when the volatile actor tried to get back inside, prompting Sheen to unload on her:

"You know what? F*%king blow my balls, alright, you f*%king asshole."

As pals tried in vain to keep him away from cameras, he said, "Have common sense and common courtesy gone in society? That was what I was trying to impress upon her."

The guard, who was simply abiding by Staples Center's no re-entry policy, told a celebrity news photographer she told Sheen to "F**k off."

Charlie left the stadium without ever getting back in, ending the evening on a sour note. Not that it was without fireworks beforehand.

On his way in, a fan screamed, "You ever done bath salts?" Charlie's response: "Would you ask me that at a f*%king dinner party you moron? Go f*%k yourself."

After another fan screamed, "Charlie, f*%k all the hos tonight!!!!" Sheen replied, "I thought your mother and sister weren't available."

Sheen claims he was never winning ... but with that zinger, we disagree.

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