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Olympian Michael Phelps hit the 2013 ESPY Awards red carpet with Golf Channel reporter Win McMurry, their first public appearance as a couple.

He picked up wins for Best Male US Olympic Athlete and  Best Record-Breaking Performance - a nod to his amazing accomplishments at the 2012 London Games.

NASCAR couple Danica Patrick and Ricky Stenhouse Jr. were also on hand for the sporting awards ceremony.

Tiger Woods was named Best Male Golfer but he and his girlfriend Lindsay Vonn were in Scotland.  She tweeted several hours ago, "One hour until tee time.  Lets go!! #goTW #britishopen"

'GMA' host Robin Roberts was ravishing in red.   She picked up the coveted Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Roberts posted a photo on Twitter that she captioned, "Cinderella about to head to the Ball, (#ESPY's) In case I forget to tell you...I had a great time tonight."

Our gallery suggests that most of last nights attendees at the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles were rocking short dresses for the occasion.

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Posted by Meg
michael phelps and megan rossee are history

What started out as a summer romance for Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and model Megan Rossee has apparently run its course and ended in a split.

It was during the 2012 London Games in late July that the world first learned about Phelps' new love interest.

Rossee posted a Twitter photo that showed her leaning affectionately on his shoulder with her arm entwined in his as he clutched a slew of Olympic swimming medals.

Though they have not publicly acknowledged the split, they each tweeted messages that strongly suggest they have gone their separate ways.

The 27-year-old uber-athlete wrote, "Things happen for a reason #notme."

She tweeted an image of a quote by an unidentified source, "A woman's loyalty is tested when her man has nothing.  A man's loyalty is tested when he has everything."

Along with the sage words of wisdom she tweeted, "Yep."

Phelps didn't reveal on Twitter how he rang in 2013 but its no secret that he loves Sin City.   The breakup didn't spoil his ex-girlfriend's New Year's Eve celebration.

She posted what appeared to be a Girls Night Out photo that she captioned, "The love of my life is the love between friends.  Happy New Year! #truelove #bffs."

the love of my life poses

Photos:  Twitter-Megan Rossee

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Posted by Meg
not a big winner

It looks like TMZ got it wrong when they reported earlier this weekend that Olympic swimming champ Michael Phelps won big in Sin City.

Word spread quickly that Phelps cashed in at Caesar's Palace after winning $100k during a cash poker game.

Phelps hit Twitter Sunday night to set the record straight with this response:

tmz got it wrong

Everybody loves a winner.... unfortunately this particular claim turned out to be nothing more than one of those crazy rumors that we all latched onto with a vengeance.


Photos:  Twitter-Michael Phelps, Video Screen Grab


 
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Posted by Andrea
michael phelps latest obsession is high stakes poker

What does one do after winning 6 Olympic medals in London? If one happens to be Michael Phelps, he gallivants around the globe with his buddies playing high stakes poker, culminating in a $100,000 win in a single Vegas game.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals (18 of those gold), reportedly plunged into poker much like he does the pool -- he's all in.

The 27-year-old swimmer, who has been touring the world with his buddies since his retirement, started out in Maldives, and ended up in Las Vegas last weekend, walking away with $100,000 at a cash poker game at Caesar's Palace.

"I've met some of my best friends at a poker table. Some of the kids I'm always with, who I talk to every day," Phelps recently told another card player.

Starting out dabbling at the $1 to $2 level, Phelps reportedly now buys in to a weekly $25,000 game.

Phelps, who has a $45 million bankroll to play with, apparently approaches poker with the same determination he did swimming, and has been tutored by a number of poker mentors, including Doyle Brunson.

“I love to play, it’s fun, it’s exciting. It was more something so that I could have time to myself. I could relax, I could be myself, and I could have fun.  It’s a place where I can be me."

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Posted by Meg
megan rossee says yay michael

Michael Phelps, the most-decorated Olympian of all time, has secretly been dating Megan Rossee for the past six months.

The pair reportedly hooked up in January at the Hollywood nightclub where she works and Phelps has been quietly dating the Los Angeles based aspiring model and actress.

She accompanied him to the trials in Omaha and was on hand to witness his historic feat at the London Games.  They finally went public with their relationship while partying Sunday night at a London nightclub.

In a Twitter shout-out to acknowledge her boyfriend's record-breaking performance and prove to the world that she's with him, Rossee, 25, posted a photo and tweeted, "Yay Michael."

The athlete, 27, decided to keep the relationship a secret until after he had finished competing.  She went out on a limb with a Twitter tease before one of his London race events, "@MichaelPhelps this probably will get lost in your tweets but since I can't text you I miss you and can't wait to spend time with you for real xo."

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Posted by Meg
michael phelps suv courtesy baltimore sun

Olympic swimming champion Michael Phelps, driving a late model Cadillac Escalade, was involved in a traffic accident in Baltimore last night at the intersection of Calvert and Biddle Street.  One of the vehicles reportedly went through a red light, causing the two car collision.

The other vehicle involved in the crash was a Honda Accord.  The female driver, Amanda E. Virkus, was taken to Maryland Shock Trauma Center with neck and arm injuries.  She was treated and later released.  Police charged her with failure to obey a red light.

Police questioned Phelps following the crash and allowed him and his two passengers to leave the scene.  Phelps was not given a breathalyzer test, though he did admit that he had consumed a beer approximately one hour prior to the accident.  According to police official Anthony Guglielemi,"There was no need.  He was completely coherent.  He was cooperating with police.  He gave a witness statement as to what occurred."

Phelps pleaded guilty in 2004 to driving while impaired by alcohol in Wicomico County.  He will be required to go before a judge once again to explain why he was driving with a suspended Michigan drivers license.  According to police officials, his license is no longer valid because he failed to pay an earlier fine - the result of having no proof of insurance.

View video coverage of the crash scene below.

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Posted by Meg
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Michael Phelps has issued a second apology for his recent bad behavior.  First he released a written statement, apologizing to his fans throughout the world for the "regrettable" bong incident.  Now he has filmed a formal apology to the people of China.

It appears it isn't so much about his continued remorse as it is an opportunity to cement a new $1 million deal with Mazda that prompted the video apology.  The automaker is solidly behind the 23 year old athlete and corporate executives are moving forward with their decision to have him promote their products, with one proviso.   They felt a taped message to Phelps' Chinese fans was the right move for the athlete and good for the brand.

Mazda released the following statement:  "His expression of remorse and his determination to make amends, and especially his video apology and expression of thanks to the Chinese people, give us confidence that Phelps can make a healthy return to the pool and have even more brilliant achievements."

Check out the new apology video below.

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The recent firestorm surrounding Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps continues to have fallout for the hero athlete.  He admitted over the weekend that he had smoked marijuana at a party in November 2008.

Phelps found out yesterday that he has been suspended for three months from competitive swimming by its governing body, USA Swimming.  They have also withdrawn their financial support for the athlete.

In a statement yesterday, they said:

"This is not a situation where any anti-doping rule was violated, but we decided to send a strong message to Michael because he disappointed so many people, particularly the hundreds of thousands of USA Swimming member kids who look up to him as a role model and a hero.  Michael has voluntarily accepted this reprimand and has committed to earn back our trust."

Earlier  in the day Thursday, the Kellogg Company said it will not renew Phelps' advertising contract.  "Michael's recent behavior is not consistent with the image of Kellogg.  His contract expires at the end of February, and we have made a decision not to extend it."

To add further to Phelps' woes, the Richland County South Carolina sheriff's department is looking into whether Phelps smoked marijuana on the University of South Carolina campus.  They plan to file criminal charges if it is determined that he did.

Phelps has endorsement contracts with a significant number of top branded companies.  No word yet on whether they will follow Kellogg's lead and sever ties with the winner of 14 Olympic gold medals.

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michael phelps in hot water

Michael Phelps landed in some very hot water earlier this week after controversial photos of the Olympic phenom smoking a marijuana pipe ended up on the front pages of a British tabloid.

The champion of the Beijing Olympic Summer Games, with 8 gold medals, has acknowledged that the shot is the real deal.  He released a statement on Sunday saying, "I'm 23 years old, and despite the successes I have had in the pool, I acted in a youthful and inappropriate way, not in a manner that people have come to expect of me.  For this, I am sorry.  I promise my fans and the public - it won't happen again."  Check it out on his Facebook page here.

The US Olympic Committee, in their own statement, expressed disappointment but seemed to cut Phelps some slack.  "Michael has acknowledged that he made a mistake and apologized for his actions.  We are confident that, going forward, Michael will consistently set the type of example we all expect from a great Olympic champion."

There has been no word yet on whether any of his endorsement contracts will be terminated by disgruntled corporations.

Check out the photo that caused the firestorm in a CNN video below.

See pics of his girlfriend Caroline 'Caz' Pal here.

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Posted by Andrea
michael phelps las vegas

Caroline "Caz" Pal, Michael Phelps' girlfriend, spent Thanksgiving in Baltimore with the Olympic champ and his family.

Caroline Pal is a 26-year-old cocktail waitress at the Moon Nightclub in the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

"She's there meeting his family for the first time," a source close to Pal told People magazine.

Phelps has been spending time in Las Vegas working on his poker game and hopes to participate in the 2009 World Series of Poker.

Some people think Caz is the cocktail waitress Phelps was groping in the infamous photos that made the rounds on the net a few months ago.  'Memba those?

I haven't been able to dig up much on Caz, however, I did note that there was an event at Moon Nightclub on October 16, titled "Champagne Seduction - A Birthday Celebration for Caz," which was touted with the promo below.

caz moon nightclub

I also found a Facebook profile for a Caz Pal in Los Angeles.  Not being on her friend's list, I was only able to see the thumbnail picture, but after enlarging it a bit, I have to say, I still can't tell much.


caz pal facebook

Could the Caz in the birthday celebration photos be the same as one of the girls in the Facebook pic?  And if so, then it definitely doesn't look like the same girl in the aforementioned groping photos...


UPDATE: Seems I was right.  Photos of Caz have now hit the net, and she is definitely the girl in the pics above.  (see many more pictures below)


One thing I have learned is that cocktail waitresses at Moon Nightclub apparently have one up on the rest of us in meeting and dating celebs.  George Clooney's ex-gal pal, Sarah Larson, also worked at the club when the two met.


More photos of Caroline Pal below.


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