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OMAHA, NE - JULY 01:  Ryan Lochte of the United States prepares to compete in a final heat for the Men's 200 Meter Individual Medley during Day Six of the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Swimming Trials at CenturyLink Center on July 1, 2016 in Omaha, Nebraska.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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Ryan Lochte’s idol pokes fun at him on ‘Ellen’

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Ryan Lochte has shown his admiration for Lil Wayne by naming his Doberman Pinscher after the rapper, walking out for races listening to “The Sky is the Limit” and reportedly sleeping with his lyrics posted above his bed when he lived in Florida.

In 2012, Lochte (with Miley Cyrus) introduced Lil Wayne on stage at an awards show, saying “I even got a grill, just like him.”

So what Lil Wayne did on “Ellen” on Thursday had to leave another mark on the swimmer since his gas-station incident at the Rio Olympics.

Lil Wayne altered lyrics in a performance on the show to include Lochte’s name:

“And if Cash Money try to stop me, I’m a let ’em rob me, yeah right, like Ryan Lochte.”

It came three days after Lochte appeared on “Ellen” to promote his turn on “Dancing with the Stars.”

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Chad le Clos leaves coach of 14 years

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 11:  Chad le Clos of South Africa reacts after finishing second in the second Semifinal of the Men's 100m Butterfly on Day 6 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 11, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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South African swimmer Chad le Clos has split from longtime coach Graham Hill.

“Graham Hill has done a great job as my coach for 14 years,” Le Clos said in a statement. “We have achieved a lot together at every level of the sport: The Olympics, The World Championships, The Commonwealth Games and The FINA World Cups.

However, having considered everything, I have decided to end our agreement and will now start looking to find a new structure for 2017.

For the rest of the 2016 season, I will work by myself. Every athlete has to take responsibility for his or her own career and I feel ready to try a different approach.”

Le Clos, 24, earned zero gold medals at the Rio Olympics after upsetting Michael Phelps for the London 2012 200m butterfly title.

Le Clos also swept the 100m and 200m butterflies at the 2013 Worlds and won the 100m butterfly at the 2015 Worlds, with Phelps absent from both meets but their rivalry only growing with verbal barbs.

In Rio, Le Clos took silver in the 200m freestyle and shared silver in the 100m butterfly with Phelps and Hungarian Laszlo Cseh. He was fourth in his trademark event, the 200m butterfly, with Phelps recapturing the Olympic crown.

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Katie Ledecky declines waffle maker on ‘Ellen’ to stay NCAA eligible

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  Katie Ledecky of the United States celebrates winning gold and setting a new world record in the time of 8:04.79sec in the Women's 800m Freestyle Final on Day 7 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Katie Ledecky was offered a waffle maker if she won a made-up game on The Ellen Show. Ever the student-athlete, she would not accept.

Show host Ellen DeGeneres proposed Ledecky could use the appliance in her dorm room at the Pac-12 school.

“Well I’m competing NCAA, so I can’t really accept things,” Ledecky quickly replied.

Ledecky appeared to end up beating Grant McCartney of American Ninja Warrior fame in a game DeGeneres called “Foot Flickers.”

Ledecky is starting her freshman year at Stanford this month. The first Stanford Cardinal swim meet is Oct. 14 at Oregon State.

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