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Shawn Johnson has mounted her final set of parallel bars.

The four-time Olympic medalist and 2009 Dancing with the Stars champion announced over the weekend that a knee injury has forced her to retire from the sport she loves, just a few weeks prior to the London Olympics.

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"I still have the heart, drive, and desire to compete and help the USA at the London Olympics," Johnson said in a statement. "Unfortunately, it has become obvious that my left knee is not able to sustain the demands of gymnastics any longer. All I can do now is gracefully retire and thank everyone who has believed in me and my journey."

Johnson suffered the injury while skiing in 2010.

Only 20, the athlete says she is unsure what's next - aside from a trip to England to cheer on her teammates - but she's excited for new challenges.

"I'm scared to death to know what the future holds because it's kind of a blinded road I've never thought about, but I'm excited as well. I'm ready to start the journey," Johnson told ESPN.

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Pablo Sandoval, the San Francisco Giants third baseman and a 2011 All-Star, is under investigation for sexual assault.

Santa Cruz County Deputy Sheriff April Skalland said yesterday that "no charges have been filed" and Sandovol "was not arrested," but he and his attorney did meet with authorities following an incident late Friday night regarding the ball player and a woman.

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Sandoval was a guest last week at Seascape Beach Resort in Monterey Bay and had what his lawyer, Eric Geffon, claims in a statement was a "consensual personal relationship of a sexual nature" and "cooperated with the Sheriff's Department" in regard to allegations made against him.

No other details regarding the accusations have been made available at this time.

Sandoval has been on the Disabled List since May 4 with a broken hand and was batting .316 at the time of the injury.

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After the Oklahoma City Thunder denied Lil Wayne entry to Game 3 of the NBA's Western Conference Finals the other night, the rapper was left out in the cold.

And reeling emotionally. Despite the seemingly fair and straightforward reason for his denial - he had no ticket - he says he feels "unwelcome and unwanted."

The rapper said two Thunder players - Kevin Durant and James Harden - reached out to offer him tickets to last night's Game 4, but "that's not the point."

'That's the players stepping up but of course the players aren't white," Weezy lamented.

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"I don't want to be sitting there next to a (person) that's like 'I don't want this (guy) sitting next to me.' (Forget) you ... I'm in Forbes,'' he laughed.

Lil Wayne Tweeted on Thursday night that he had been ''denied by the team to be in their arena.'' The team responded by saying the game was sold out.

But the Grammy-winner described a more complicated scenario later.

He said he typically procures tickets for such games ''from this guy named Mike'' who had requested special security, parking and entrance for LW.

According to Mike, whoever the heck that is, the team responded that they would only sell the courtside seats he requested for Mike's personal use.

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Memo to Lil Wayne: You need "tickets" to get into an "event."

If the tickets are sold out, then you usually can't go. Sometimes there are exceptions, but usually not for a game that has already been sold out for weeks, and generally not for seats better than 99.9 percent of the people who bought them already.

Lil Wayne learned this the hard way last night.

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Weezy felt like going to Thursday's NBA playoff tilt between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the visiting San Antonio Spurs. The Thunder, with no seats to spare (least of all any courtside seats, which he insisted on sitting in), politely declined.

Thunder spokesman Dan Mahoney says Lil Wayne's reps did contact the team requesting tickets, but insisted he sit on the front row, and no seats were available.

Oklahoma City sold out every game during the regular season and playoffs this year. Mahoney says: "We'd love to have him, but like anyone else, he needs a ticket."

Makes sense to us. But apparently not LW, who Tweeted this:

Weezy Tweeting

That's right, denied by the team, as if they were making some kind of statement. What a douche. Also, no way he was rooting for the Spurs last night. None.

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On Friday, boxing champion Floyd Mayweather Jr. begins a three-month jail sentence in Las Vegas, Nev., for his recent domestic violence conviction.

The undefeated boxer's legal and ring advisers weren't immediately commenting about Mayweather's scheduled Friday morning surrender in court.

Mayweather's conviction stems from a hair-pulling, arm-twisting attack on Josie Harris, the mother of three of his children, in September 2010.

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Mayweather, whose arrest wasn't his last, pleaded guilty last December to reduced charges in the altercation with Josie Harris while their two sons watched.

In January, Justice of the Peace Melissa Saragosa agreed to let Mayweather remain free long enough to fight Miguel Cotto on May 5 at the MGM Grand hotel.

Mayweather won the bout. Harris' lawyer isn't commenting on Mayweather's scheduled surrender. Harris and the children now live in Southern California.

Hopefully the time in jail gives Floyd time to reflect, allowing him to return with a renewed sense of purpose and fresh excuses for not fighting Manny Pacquiao.

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Unless you're the Miami Zombie, this video of a baby elephant playing soccer (or "football" as some call it) at a London zoo is guaranteed to make you smile.

A young Asian elephant named Donna recently showed off her dexterity with the ball and trunk-eye coordination at England's ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Not bad, especially for a two-year-old. She's got a bright future!

Baby elephants are "very similar to children," says Lee Sambrook, Whipsnade's assistant curator of elephants. "They like to play and run around and roughhouse."

"It gives us a great opportunity to just increase our bond with them, really."

No word if Donna has been offered a spot on England's 2012 Olympic squad.

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Dennis Rodman's ex is taking him to the HOLE ... or something.

The NBA Hall of Fame member just learned a hard lesson about not paying child support: You have to do so legally or a judge can punish you.

Rodman was just held in contempt for raking up a whopping $808,935 in unpaid child support for his 9- and 10-year-old children, reports say.

He owes an additional $51,441 in unpaid spousal support, too.

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Rodman was placed on probation for three years and ordered to perform 104 hours of community service as a result of the Orange County judge's ruling.

While he's on probation, Rodman is required to stay current with child support and cover alimony. Given his financial situation, that could be tough.

Dennis claims he's broke, in fact, which doesn't help matters.

According to Dennis, Michelle's six-figure bill is based on a $50,000-a-month order she obtained behind his back - and which he's fought since 2010.

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When U.S. Olympian Lolo Jones' virginity became the subject of a recent story on HBO's Real Sports, she was instantly linked to NFL star Tim Tebow.

Not negatively, just because of the obvious.

Both are high-profile, good-looking athletes who are in the minority in saving themselves for marriage. They should date, right? A lot of people think so ...

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Amazingly, when Tebow entered the New York Jets locker room last week, several of his fellow players immediately started chanting, "Lo-lo! Lo-lo!"

A dedicated Twitter user, Lolo Jones was among the many people who saw the New York Daily News' report on this and responded immediately:

Lolo tweet

Some memorable lyrics to that song:

"I've been alone with you / Inside my mind / And in my dreams I've kissed your lips / A thousand times / I sometimes see you / Pass outside my door."

"Hello! Is it me you're looking for?"

Right?! The 29-year-old Lolo Jones, who is of mixed-racial descent, then followed up with a second Tweet about her fellow athletic virgin:

Lolo Tweet 2

Hmm. Well, there you go. If Tebow does in fact enjoy chocolate milk, perhaps a phone call after the summer Olympics is in order ...

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Boxer Paul Williams has been seriously injured in a motorcycle accident near Atlanta, the fighter's promoter said, and is currently paralyzed from the waist down.

The 30-year-old Williams, who was set to fight world champion Saul "Canelo" Alvarez, on Sept. 15 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, cannot feel his legs.

Dan Goossen, his promoter, added that the left-handed fighter is scheduled to undergo surgery at an unidentified hospital. Williams resides in Aiken, S.C.

P. Williams

Goossen said he was told by Williams' manager and trainer that Williams swerved to avoid contact with a vehicle Sunday and lost control of his motorcycle.

"Riding a motorcycle can be treacherous," Goossen said of the tragedy. "I'm told Paul is in remarkably good spirits considering what has happened."

Asked if Goossen has been told Williams will never fight again, the promoter said, "Our thoughts aren't there right now. He's undergoing this procedure."

"We're hoping he can get back on his feet after that. That's all we're hoping for."

An Augusta, Ga., TV station, WRDW, reports that the boxer's surgery will aim to stabilize the healthy upper half of his spine by putting a protective wall around it.

The 6'1" Williams (41-2, 27 knockouts) defined himself as an active punching southpaw who could fight anywhere between welterweight and middleweight.

Here's wishing him the most complete and prompt recovery possible.

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Metta World Peace, the slightly-unhinged NBA player formerly known as Ron Artest, fired off what was clearly the best Memorial Day tweet ever yesterday:

Metta Tweet

Minutes later, he deleted this and replaced it with, "Happy memorial day ... I was still sleep :))) Bout to fire up the grill.. Shout out to the veterans!!!!!!!!!"

Hours later, with people still giving him a hard time, he wrote:

"Hey, it's not Labor Day... Enough... I partied like three rockstars yesterday.... Woke so twisted I thought I was labor day...Mistake.move on."

The coolest thing about all this? Metta spent the next few hours re-Tweeting messages from fans about what Memorial Day means to them.

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