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Anthony Davis reportedly suffers ‘severely sprained ankle,’ out for the Olympics

If Team USA’s players continue to drop as the London Olympics draw nearer — particularly the big men — Mike Krzyzewski may have to put very little thought into picking the final roster. Just a few days after Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade officially announced they will not be making the trip to London, center Anthony Davis has reportedly also been crossed off the list.

According to Yahoo! Sports, Davis “suffered a severely sprained ankle in a Hornets workout and is almost assuredly unable to play for Team USA.” Davis may have already been considered a long shot to make the team because of his lack of experience at the professional level, but with a number of injuries already having piled up his chances were looking better every day.

With Bosh, Dwight Howard, and LaMarcus Aldridge already out with injuries, Team USA’s front court is starting to become a legitimate concern. Tyson Chandler is the only actual center remaining among the roster finalists, and unless someone like DeMarcus Cousins is a late add-on Coach K will be relying on guys like Kevin Love to fill in at that position.

Despite Derrick Rose being out, Team USA is still loaded with talent at the guard and small forward position. However, they could run into trouble against a team like Spain who has a good front court with Marc and Pau Gasol. Now that the opening ceremonies are less than a month away, Team USA can hardly afford to sustain anymore injuries to their big men.

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Lolo Jones thinks push-ups will give her an edge in photo finishes

Lolo Jones frequently jokes about being dissatisfied with the size of her chest, and Friday was no different.

Jones mentioned on Twitter that she was shopping for bras and someone played a cruel joke by placing a larger bra among the smaller ones, which she was looking through.

When asked by a Twitter follower why she’s focused on her chest, Jones came back with a humorous response:

Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a dead heat (picture here) for the final Olympic qualifying spot in the 100 meters last weekend and may do a run-off to break the tie. Photo finishes are determined by the placement of the sternum, so that’s why she made the joke.

For someone who is a world-class athlete and who seems to have everything going for her, Lolo Jones sure has the self-deprecating humor act down. If nothing else, maybe that can help her score a date with Tim Tebow.

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Dwyane Wade to undergo knee surgery, miss London Olympics

The Opening Ceremonies of the London Olympics are only a month away, and Team USA has lost yet another star. Dwyane Wade informed head coach Mike Krzyzewski and USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo on Thursday that he is officially out for the Olympic Games, as he will instead undergo surgery on his ailing right knee.

“I’ve decided to listen to my doctors and get the procedure I need on my knee,” Wade explained. “USA Basketball said I had to do what was best for me. They want me to be obviously as healthy as possible so I can continue to play this game at a high level. They were very supportive and told me if I ever want to come around the team, I’m welcome and that I’m part of the family.”

Back in May, Wade surprised some people when he said he had still not decided if he was going to participate in the Olympics. He mentioned health as a potential issue, so perhaps he foresaw that the knee could become an issue when the NBA season came to a close. He added that he will miss the “camaraderie” Team USA’s gold medal squad built in Beijing but that his top priority is being healthy at the start of the NBA season to help Miami defend their NBA title.

Despite missing nine playoff games, Chris Bosh said earlier this week that he is “all in — for now” and will consult doctors before making a decision about Team USA. Having already lost Derrick Rose and Dwight Howard to injuries, there are now 17 players vying for 12 spots on the Olympic roster. The team will still have plenty of talent with guys like LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, and Russell Westbrook leading the way, but a number of injuries have resulted in the London team having a different look than the one that dominated Beijing.

Shawn Johnson: Retirement has been blessing in disguise

Shawn Johnson won a gold medal and three silvers at the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing, but her inability to fully recover from a devastating knee injury forced her to retire earlier this month. Johnson spoke to LBS on Tuesday about her decision to retire, her experience at the 2008 Olympics, and what she plans on doing in the future.

Johnson spoke with LBS on behalf of Procter & Gamble, which is providing a $75,000 grant from the USOC’s P&G|Team USA Youth Sports Fund to benefit the USA Gymnastics Fitness Program. Procter & Gamble will also donate $1 to the USOC’s P&G|Team USA Youth Sports Fund for every follower the @thankyoumom Twitter account receives. Our interview is below.

LBS: What ultimately made you decide to retire earlier this month?

Johnson: It was kind of just sitting down and facing reality that we just ran out of time and my knee wasn’t allowing me to go any further. I knew the talent that was out there, and I knew that I wasn’t up to par. Giving my spot up to another girl that could potentially qualify at trials and make it was something I thought was best on both sides.

LBS: You said you ran out of time. Do you think things would have been different if there were more time to recover before the Olympics?

Johnson: Honestly, I don’t know. It’s hard to go through all the what-ifs, and I try not to do that because it can get you down on things. To say ‘What if I had another year?’ I don’t know what would happen. I don’t know if my knee would have healed better — I don’t know what would have happened. Everything happens for a reason, and not making the team and deciding to retire has been a blessing in disguise. It’s bittersweet, but things are working out for the best.

LBS: Has the time off been a break for you given how hard you’ve been working and training been all your life?

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Lolo Jones: When I’m looking for a date I’ll invite Tim Tebow to church (Video)

Now that the entire world knows Lolo Jones is a virgin, she can’t expect to ever appear on a talk show without being asked about her personal life. Jones’ virginity is a topic that everyone seems to enjoy discussing, although she is not quite the most famous virgin in America. That title, as we know, belongs to Tim Tebow. Jones has already made a few funny jokes about the suggestion that she should date Tebow, and she brought it up again when discussing her personal life on “The Tonight Show” with Jay Leno Monday night.

“I did E-Harmony and it didn’t work out,” Jones said. “I’ve tried it all. Right now I’m just seriously focused on the Olympics. I’m pretty sure I’m just going to invite Tim Tebow to church. It’s a 100% way to not get rejected. I’m totally just going to invite him to go to church.”

We know Nick Mangold certainly wants to see it happen as he showed us when he debuted this t-shirt. The truth of the matter is Jones is a very attractive young woman who is in tremendous shape and has a seemingly great personality. When she’s ready to find a date, she’ll have plenty of guys to choose from. Unless Tebow really does have a secret girlfriend, it sounds like she’s willing to keep him in mind.

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Justin Gatlin wants Jell-O wrestling match to break Allyson Felix-Jeneba Tarmoh tie

USA Track & Field decided that either a run-off or coin toss would break the dead heat that occurred between Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh in the 100 meter dash at the Olympic trials on Saturday, but Justin Gatlin has another idea.

“I’m voting for Jell-O wrestling match,” Gatlin told ESPN. “Red Jell-O. That’s my favorite.”

Unfortunately for Gatlin, who won the men’s 100-meter sprint to qualify for the Olympic team, officials have decided on a much less physical solution, though one that could be taxing.

Gatlin doesn’t like the idea of a run-off.

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Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh tie in 100m (Photo of finish)

Sprinters Allyson Felix and Jeneba Tarmoh finished in a dead heat for third place in the 100 meters at the Olympic trials on Saturday in Oregon, and they’re waiting to see how USA Track & Field decides to break the tie to determine the final member of the Olympic team.

Carmelita Jeter won the race in 10.92 seconds, and second-place went to Tianna Madison. Tarmoh was unofficially declared the third-place finisher, just .0001 seconds ahead of Felix, but a photo review determined that the two were tied.

USA Track & Field doesn’t have a rule to determine the final spot of an Olympic team in case of a tie.

A press release from USA Track & Field explains exactly what happened.

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