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Paulina Gretzky's Twitter account was once a wonderful place. A utopia where one could ogle the smoldering hot 22-year-old daughter of hockey god Wayne Gretzky.

No longer, as it's been shut down and oodles of sexy pics lost forever.

An aspiring model-singer-actress, Paulina Gretzky has modeled since her teens and acted in a few minor film roles. She had a song on the Laguna Beach soundtrack.

But recently, and more significantly, the beautiful blonde had garnered attention for her Twitter account, where she regularly posted racy photos of herself. Such as:

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Alas, despite amassing a huge following (we're guessing predominantly male) in recent months, Paulina's Twitter account has been deleted with zero explanation.

Canada (dot) com, the Montreal Gazette, and several non-Canadian sources hinted that The Great One might have played a role in shutting down The Great Buns.

Paulina tweeted "Having a nice sit down dinner with my dad about social media. haha," shortly before shuttering her account. We can see him being displeased.

Moreover, The Toronto Star speculates that the closing of Paulina's account could be connected to her father's bid to purchase the city's NHL franchise, Maple Leafs.

Fortunately, more than a few Paulina Gretzky pictures were yanked off the page and embedded into the online ether before the account's deletion. Click to enlarge!

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Olympic skiing gold medalist Lindsey Vonn is officially back on the market.

The 27-year-old has filed for divorce from Thomas Vonn, Yahoo! reports.

"This is an extremely difficult time in my personal life and I hope the media and my fans can respect my need for privacy on this matter," she said in a statement.

Thomas Vonn, a former Olympic skier himself, had been her chief adviser and scheduler. "[I will] continue to be coached by the U.S. ski team," Lindsey added.

Lindsey and Thomas Vonn

Their relationship caused a rift between Lindsey and her father Alan Kildow, due in part to their nine-year age difference. Kildow, who was replaced by Thomas as her coach and mentor, was not invited to the couple's 2007 wedding.

Lindsey is one of five women to have won World Cup races in all five disciplines of alpine skiing: Downhill, Super G, Giant Slalom, Slalom and Combined.

The Minnesotan won the gold medal in downhill at the 2010 Winter Olympics. Equally impressively, SI published these ludicrously hot Lindsey Vonn photos.

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Never one to let celebrity scandals pass without getting involved personally, attorney Gloria Allred is representing a woman that will be filing a sex trafficking lawsuit against former football star Lawrence Taylor, according to reports.

Allred and the alleged sexual trafficking victim, now 18, will formally announce the lawsuit at - what else - a news conference in New York City on Monday.

Lawrence Taylor's accuser said he paid $300 to have sex with her in 2010.

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Lawrence Taylor was indicted on charges of rape, a criminal sexual act, and sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child (she was 16 at the time); he eventually pleaded guilty to patronizing a prostitute and one count of sexual misconduct.

He was given probation and registered as a sex offender.

The lawsuit, according to sources, could be the first of its kind filed by an underage sex trafficking victim under the Trafficking Victims Protection Act against a man.

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The producers of Basketball Wives are doing more than re-signing Evelyn Lozada to up the ante for Season Four. There will be new cast members in the mix, as well.

Controversial ones at that.

Kenya Bell (below, right) will be joining the show this coming season, and has already "assumed the role of the villain" and gotten into a few fights with the girls.

Kesha Ni'cole Nichols and Kenya Bell

Bell is a former Miss Michigan USA who was arrested for allegedly trying to effing stab her husband, former Michigan State star Charlie Bell, with a box cutter.

Standard Basketball Wives procedure, really.

Interestingly, not only was Kenya with Charlie before he went pro, but she also has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA. So she's not a gold digger?

Weird. The other new cast member is Kesha Ni'cole Nichols (above, left). She planned to wed NBA All-Star Richard Jefferson back in 2009, but he bailed last minute.

Almost literally. They were set to tie the knot in $2 million wedding, but Jefferson called a 20-second time out, breaking up with Kesha Ni'Cole via email.

Nichols talks openly about the wedding that wasn't on the show and has, at least thus far, been well-liked by the rest of the cast. But just give it time.

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Basketball Wives star Evelyn Lozada has been convinced to come back for another season. She's so darn valuable, she was given an insane deal she couldn't pass up.

Evelyn was prepared to leave the VH1 "hit" before its fourth season, but she was given a package that allows her to work less, earn more, and get her own spinoff.

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Even a Basketball Wives cast member isn't dumb enough to reject that.

Earlier this fall, Evelyn had made up her mind that she was done with the show after a VH1 blog post suggested she cheated on her fiance, NFL star Chad Ochocinco.

(Cheated with Terrell Owens, to be exact).

However, once Evelyn Lozada let producers know she was out, they really made a push to keep her. Guess you gotta go all out to keep your prized "talent" in house.

Her new deal requires her to film half as often, with the flexibility to work around her daughter's school schedule and Chad's NFL games, all while getting a big raise.

The icing on the cake? The network promised to spin off Evelyn and Chad into their own show, documenting the months leading up to their wedding. Hallelujah.

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An official agreement must still be reached, but it's safe to celebrate, NBA fans: the lockout is over!

Commissioner David Stern and Player's Association leader Billy Hunter appeared at a joint press conference last night and announced that a tentative agreement had been reached, the results of which mean the following: training camps and free agency will begin on December 9. A 66-game season will kick off on Christmas Day.

What is the celebrity gossip spin to all this? Kris Humphries is a free agent, of course. Where will Kim's reality TV co-star play ball next season?!?

The bruising power forward averaged a double-double in 2010-2011, growing into one of the few bright spots for the New Jersey Nets. That team may attempt to re-sign him, but its priority will be locking up point guard Deron Williams to a long-term deal.

With no hard cap in place, the Knicks will have the deep pockets to a lure a few key free agents, and we all know how much Kris has embraced the big market lifestyle.

No matter where Humphries ends up playing, only one question really matters: With what cheer will NBA fans taunt him? We've offered a few possibilities below and we welcome any other suggestions:

 

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Happy Thanksgiving to all from The Hollywood Gossip!

What would this holiday be without family, food, football and reflection upon the things we appreciate most ... in the case of THG, that means some of the turkeys we have had the privilege, the honor and the burden of covering in the past year.

We are talking some fowl individuals here ... real bird brains.

Without further ado, THG's Top 10 Turkeys of 2011 ...

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Who will win the 5th Annual Spencer Pratt Thanksgiving Turkey Award!?

10. President Obama and GOP presidential candidates (tie). On a day when we share the blessings this nation has provided us, we'll also share the blame for a polarized electorate and a federal government destined for perennial gridlock.

9. Taylor Armstrong. Refining shamelessness, one episode at a time.

8. Gloria Allred. Loudmouth lawyer for accusers in seemingly every random celebrity scandal always wants to talk turkey ... and gobble up publicity.

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There's no question that Twitter has enhanced the entertainment value of sports, reality TV, award shows and much more. But this takes it to a new level.

The annual college football battle between Mississippi State and Mississippi will feature the first Twitter end zone hashtag in the history of college football.

MSU has painted #HAILSTATE (the school’s traditional rallying cry and fight song, in hashtag form) in its north end zone. Visitors beware. Fear the Twitter!

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College teams typically decorate end zones with school name, mascot nickname or color scheme, so Mississippi State’s Twitter-based variation has its critics.

It also has its proponents.

“It’s a phenomenal idea,” said Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who likely wishes he thought of it. “It’s a fun way to involve social media at the game, and to TV viewers it’s guaranteed to stir up some emotions between both teams.”

We just hope someone on either team scores a touchdown, whips out a smartphone and Tweets about it. That would be the most worthwhile 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty since T.O.'s infamous Sharpie autograph session.

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First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden, wife of the Vice President, served as grand marshals yesterday prior to a NASCAR race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. They were on hand to promote the military family-based project Joining Forces, starting the race along with a wounded veteran named Andrew Berry and his family.

And the famous wives were audibly booked upon being introduced to the crowd. Hear for yourself:

The sports governing body downplayed the response via a statement by Marcus Jadotte, NASCAR vice president of public affairs. It reads:

"The NASCAR community and the vast majority of those attending our race Sunday welcomed the first lady and Dr. Jill Biden and the military families in attendance. We are proud to support military families across the country and proud to support the Joining Forces initiative."

But, come on, we have ears. We can hear the negative reaction of many in attendance. Which leads us to ask: Booing the First Lady during a non-political appearance? Right or wrong?

 

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Greg Halman, a Dutch baseball player with the MLB's Seattle Mariners in 2010 and 2011, was stabbed to death in his native country of The Netherlands today.

His brother has been arrested in connection with the crime, according to reports.

"A 24-year-old was killed this morning in a stabbing and authorities have arrested the 22-year-old brother of the victim," a Rotterdam police spokesman said.

News organizations later identified the deceased as Greg Halman.

Greg Halman

Of the brother, a police spokesman told the AP: "He is under arrest and right now he is being questioned. It will take some time to figure out what exactly happened."

Police found Greg Halman bleeding from a stab wound at a home in Rotterdam after responding to a call early today. They were unable to revive the baseball player.

Halman hit .230 for the Mariners in 2011, with two home runs and six RBI. The outfielder appeared in 44 career games with the club in a reserve role.

R.I.P.

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