Athlete name changes

Associated Press
Atlanta Braves' Melvin Upton Jr., left, wearing a jersey with his new name after having it changed on the Braves' roster from B.J. Upton to Melvin Upton Jr., talks with John Hart, president of baseball operations, center, and third base coach Bo Porter during a spring training baseball workout, Monday, Feb. 23, 2015, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

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Some athletes have changed their names because of religion, some just had a nickname that stuck with them, and others just do whatever they want and we can’t explain why. Here are some of the notable name changes and aliases in the world of sports.

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