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Updated: January 5, 2013 6:19AM



Lo lo Jones has survived her first bobsled crash.

The Olympic hurdler and first-year bobsled push athlete was in a sled that tipped over during a training run Monday for this weekend’s World Cup stop in Winterberg, Germany. Jones and driver Elana Meyers were not hurt.

Jones said on Twitter that going through the crash made her realize ‘‘God is real. I saw him today and he said come back later.’’

Jones handled it with humor. When people at the track asked how she was, Jones said she asked them to bring her a mirror so she could check her face.

Jones wrote, ‘‘Forget my legs and arms. I’m still single!’’

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When LeBron James learned he was Sports Illustrated’s Sportsman of the Year, the Miami Heat star was surprised — not because he thought his achievements in 2012 weren’t worthy but because he figured what happened in 2010 was still holding him back.

Apparently, that’s no longer the case. The magazine announced its annual choice Monday, with James becoming the first NBA player to win the award since Heat teammate Dwyane Wade in 2006.

‘‘I remember just like yesterday when I signed here and basically, like, the roof caved in,” James told the AP, referring to the fallout from his infamous decision to leave Cleveland for Miami in 2010. ‘‘To see that I and my team and everyone around me was able to patch that roof up, to come to this point, to come to this point and receive such a prestigious award, it’s huge.’’

James won essentially all he could win in 2012: He became an NBA champion for the first time, was the MVP of the league and of the NBA Finals and helped the U.S. win Olympic gold for the second time.

James was the choice not only for his play but also because of his charitable work, especially involving schoolchildren in his native Akron, Ohio.

“I do think there has been some sort of closure — maybe not entirely in Cleveland, but across the nation,” Time Inc. Sports Group editor Paul Fichtenbaum said. ‘‘LeBron’s jerseys are now the No. 1-selling jerseys. I think there’s a reason for that. I think people really appreciate him for everything he can do.’’

AP

It’s not the first time Mike Tyson has recalled this story in some form, but it seems to get better with each telling. The former heavyweight champ recently told Graham Bensinger of Yahoo! Sports that he witnessed actor Brad Pitt in bed with ex-wife Robin Givens.

Tyson said that during divorce proceedings with Givens in 1988, the two would still hook up.

‘‘This particular day, someone beat me to the punch,” he said. “I guess Brad got there earlier than I did. I was mad as hell. You should’ve saw his face when he saw me.’’



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