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Press Box: Bruins' Thomas says he'll take some time off

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Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas announced on his Facebook page Sunday that he is taking time away from the game. Yet he didn't say how long.

"From the earliest age I can remember, I've wanted to be a hockey player. I've been blessed in my life to not only be able to live that dream, but to achieve more than I ever thought possible," he posted on his Facebook page. "The singleminded focus that is necessary to accomplish a dream of this magnitude entails (by necessity) sacrifice in other areas and relationships in life.

"At the age of 38, I believe it is time to put my time and energies into those areas and relationships that I have neglected. That is why at this time I feel the most important thing I can do in my life is to reconnect with the three F's. Friends, Family, and Faith. This is what I plan on doing over the course of the next year. "

Thomas said he will continue to train and stay in shape.

"What does this portend for the future?" Thomas wrote. "We'll see. ... God's will be done."

Bruins officials have yet to comment on Thomas' statement. General manager Peter Chiarelli said Friday during a conference call that he was aware Thomas may sit out next season for family reasons.

Thomas is due to make $3 million and will cost the Bruins $5 million against the salary cap.

Chiarelli also said that Thomas' potential decision to sit out the season and his age has diminished his trade value.

GYMNASTICS

---Gymnast Shawn Johnson, who won four Olympic medals, including a gold, and was the all-around world champion in 2007, announced on Sunday that she has retired, the Los Angeles Times reported.

The 20-year-old Johnson said an injured knee had prevented her from properly preparing for the London Olympics.

"Finally, time ran out," she told the Times.

After winning four medals at the 2008 Games, including a gold in the balance beam, Johnson took the next two years off. She won "Dancing with the Stars," and she considered competing in London until she injured her knee in January 2010 in a skiing accident.

TENNIS

---Top-seeded Victoria Azarenka lost in the fourth round of the French Open on Sunday, falling to 15th-seeded Dominika Cibulkova 6-2, 7-6 (4).

Azarenka, the 2012 Australian Open champ, showed her frustration in the second set during the change-over when she led 3-2.

She smashed her racket into the ground and received a warning for racket abuse.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

---The top rated linebacker in the 2013 football recruiting class announced Saturday he has committed to Notre Dame.

Rated the nation's No. 4 overall player by Rivals.com, Jaylon Smith, of Fort Wayne, Ind., on Saturday chose the Fighting Irish over Ohio State and USC.

"Honestly," Smith told the South Bend Tribune. "I believe I'm the No. 1 player in the country."

The Tribune reported he was Notre Dame's top rated recruit on defense since Lou Holtz left in 1997.

NBA

--- LeRoy Ellis, who played 14 seasons in the NBA, died Saturday in Portland, Ore., after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 72.

---Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said Saturday that Chris Bosh won't play Sunday against Boston, and he could not gauge if or when Bosh might return.

GOLF

----Mark E. Steinberg, who is Tiger Woods' agent, was arrested Saturday night in Ardsley, N.Y., and charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, according to the Journal News of Westchester County, N.Y.

Police told the paper Steinberg's blood-alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.,
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