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Alberto Del Rio Tapping Out on MMA Day Job Amid Dom. Violence Probe

7/20/2017 3:36 PM PDT
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Alberto Del Rio is tappin' out on his day job as president of the MMA org. Combate Americas after an alleged domestic incident last week involving his WWE superstar fiancee Paige

A rep for C.A. -- an MMA promotion featuring Latin fighters -- confirms to TMZ Sports that ADR is "stepping down" from the helm of the company. 

We broke the story ... Alberto and Paige got into an altercation at an Orlando airport last Sunday. Police investigated, and have recommended that Paige face charges. Del Rio is still under investigation.

As for Combate Americas ... Del Rio joined the organization in October 2016 -- and once described himself as the Dana White of the promotion.

Alberto's out of a job ... but won't have to hit the unemployment line. He's still employed by Global Force wrestling -- though he's currently suspended amid the investigation.

O.J. Simpson Granted Parole

7/20/2017 11:55 AM PDT
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O.J. Simpson was just granted parole and he'll be released from prison as early as October.

The NFL Hall of Famer learned his fate Thursday after Nevada's Board of Parole Commissioners deliberated for a half hour and made the determination. The earliest O.J. can be released from Lovelock Correctional Center is October 1.

The panel included the chairman and 3 commissioners. The board brought up O.J.'s 1995 acquittal, but only to say it did NOT factor into their decision.

No one testified against O.J. at the hearing ... and Bruce Fromong, one of the victims in the armed robbery, testified supporting O.J.'s release. O.J. said Bruce has already accepted his apology.

O.J. has served 9 years of a maximum 33-year prison sentence after he was convicted of armed robbery in 2008. You'll recall he was attempting to retrieve some of his memorabilia in Las Vegas but said he had no clue the crew he was rolling with was armed.

The 70-year-old apologized for the role he played in the robbery. He said he offered no excuses during his 9-year stay behind bars and would have no problem with any parole conditions imposed on him.

In 1995, O.J. was acquitted of murder charges in the killing of his ex-wife, Nicole Brown Simpson, and her friend, Ron Goldman, in the so-called "Trial of the Century."

WNBA Star Sue Bird I'm Gay & Dating Megan Rapinoe!!

7/20/2017 10:14 AM PDT
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WNBA star Sue Bird is going public with her sexuality for the first time ... revealing she's dating U.S. women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe!!

The 36-year-old All-Star opened up about her relationship with Rapinoe ... saying she's never purposely kept her relationship with the 32-year-old Seattle Reign star a secret to her close friends, but explains why it was time to finally go public.

"It's happening when it's happening because that's what feels right," Bird told ESPNW.

"So even though I understand there are people who think I should have done it sooner, it wasn't right for me at the time. I have to be true to that. It's my journey."

Bird -- who's played in the WNBA for 14 years -- says she realized she was gay while playing at UConn, but considered it a "non-issue."

Cecil the Lion's Son Xanda Killed by Trophy Hunters

7/20/2017 7:24 AM PDT
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Another one of Cecil the Lion's sons has died the same way his father did -- shot and killed by trophy hunters in Zimbabwe.

Xanda -- a 6-year-old in his prime and himself the father of several young cubs -- was reportedly killed by professional hunter Richard Cooke ... the same guy who killed Xanda's brother.

Cecil was killed 2 years ago and his death -- at the hands of American dentist Walter Palmer -- sparked international outrage. Xanda was found dead still wearing an electronic collar just outside the Hwange National Park.

The park released a statement saying, "We can't believe that now, 2 years since Cecil was killed, that his oldest Cub #Xanda has met the same fate. When will the Lions of Hwange National Park be left to live out their years as wild born free lions should?"

Sen. John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

7/19/2017 5:20 PM PDT
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John McCain has been diagnosed with brain cancer.

Pathology was performed following McCain's surgery Friday to remove a blood clot, and tests showed the presence of a "primary brain tumor" known as glioblastoma.

The family is now considering treatment options with his Mayo Clinic team of doctors. 

The 80-year-old Senator was resting at home following the removal of the blood clot last week. His absence from Congress led Republicans to defer the vote on the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

His office did not reveal a prognosis. 

Ezekiel Elliott Incident Cops Suspend Investigation ... Can't Find Victim

7/19/2017 2:46 PM PDT
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Dallas PD has suspended the assault investigation stemming from an incident where a man was allegedly knocked out by Ezekiel Elliott ... TMZ Sports has confirmed.

The incident went down at Clutch Bar in Dallas Sunday night. Multiple witnesses have told us they observed Elliott punch a man in the face after a heated discussion.

A rep for Dallas PD confirms they've suspended their investigation 'cause they haven't been able to get a hold of the victim.

"Dallas detectives made several attempts to contact the victim through various ways but at this time have not been able to make contact. To date no witnesses have come forward to provide any additional information about this incident."

For Zeke's part, his reps have said he wasn't arrested or charged with any crime.

Ex-NFL Player James Hardy Death Ruled Suicide

7/19/2017 11:06 AM PDT
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Ex-NFL player James Hardy III's death has been ruled a suicide by officials in Indiana ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, Hardy -- who spent 4 years in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens -- was found dead in a Fort Wayne river on June 7.

Officials said his family had reported him missing a week earlier and that it appeared his body had been in the water for several days.

The Allen County Coroner said the cause of death is "Asphyxia due to drowning."

Hardy was a 2nd round pick to the Bills in 2008 after a successful career at Indiana.

Madonna My Tupac Letter Was Jacked! Files Order to Block Auction

7/18/2017 2:18 PM PDT
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5:35 PM PT -- According to a report, a judge in NYC just ordered the auction site to remove the items.

4:07 PM PT -- A spokesperson for Gotta Have Rock and Roll website and Lutz tells TMZ, "Madonna and her legal army have taken what we believe to be a completely baseless and meritless action to temporarily halt the sale of Ms. Lutz’s legal property. We believe that her intent is nothing more than to besmirch the good reputations of the auction house and Ms. Lutz. Madonna's allegations will be vigorously challenged and refuted in a court of law in due course."Madonna isn't gonna sit back and watch her jailhouse letter from Tupac get sold in an auction ... because she says it was jacked from her home.

Madge filed an emergency court order Tuesday in NYC to block the website gottahaverockandroll.com from hawking the letter and a ton of other personal memorabilia -- including personally worn panties.

In docs, obtained by TMZ, Madonna says she was blindsided by the auction, and says she never knew some of these items were no longer in her possession. Madonna believes a former friend and art consultant, Darlene Lutz, betrayed her by taking the loot. 

We broke the story ... Pac wrote an extremely revealing letter from prison explaining why he had to end his relationship with Madonna -- because she was white and continuing the relationship would hurt his image.

According to the docs -- first reported by the Daily News -- the Tupac letter, a pair of her "personally worn panties," letters from her pal, Rosie O'Donnell, and several other handwritten notes to family members were never sold or gifted to anyone.

Bottom line -- it's a material world, she's a material girl ... and she wants her stuff.

Jerry Jones on Zeke: 'Rock Star' Life Ain't Easy ... Media's Always on You

7/18/2017 1:17 PM PDT
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Jerry Jones has spoken out following Ezekiel Elliott's alleged bar fight ... saying Zeke's got to do a better job dealing with the "rock star" lifestyle.

The Dallas Cowboys owner didn't address the incident ... but made it clear the superstar RB needs to be more careful cause the cameras are always rollin'.

"Because of his style and personality, it’s like a rock star wherever he goes in terms of attention,” Jones told reporters.

"Certainly Zeke is evolving and being subject to needing to learn how to deal with the media and social media the way it is today. ... We want to continue (to) educate ourselves as to how behavior, how it can be portrayed."

Basically, ya gotta watch every step you take.

FYI, the Dallas PD's still investigating the incident ... but hasn't named any suspects.

TMZ Sports obtained two videos of the victim from witnesses who told us Zeke threw a punch -- injuring another bar patron.

Cristiano Ronaldo My Hot Girlfriend's Pregnant!! ... CR7 Confirms Kid #4

7/18/2017 9:04 AM PDT
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It's been kinda obvious for awhile, but now we know for sure -- Cristiano Ronaldo's hot model girlfriend is preggers!!

The soccer superstar confirmed the news in an interview with El Mundo Tuesday ... when he was asked if he was happy about his GF Georgina Rodriguez's pregnancy.

His answer: "Yes, very much." 

Georgina's been sporting a baby bump for months, FYI. 

It's gonna be kid #4 for Ronaldo ... who introduced his surrogate twin babiesEva and Mateo, last month. CR7's also got a 7-year-old boy from a previous relationship.

Congrats, Cristiano!

Andre the Giant Scary (Good) Sculpture ... Pays Tribute to Icon

7/18/2017 7:24 AM PDT
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What's more badass than an Andre the Giant statue?

This silicone sculpture of the pro wrestling icon ... which looks so much like Andre we can't believe it ... ain't really him.

It took special effects artist Trent Taft months to put this thing together ... but we gotta say, dude NAILED it.

Down to every last hair (which Taft put in strand by strand, BTW), this epic tribute to the WWE Hall of Famer puts Madame Tussauds' wax celebs to shame.

Here's a couple more shots of Andre the Sculpture -- including one of the original head cast that will haunt your dreams.

Ex-Kermit Puppeteer Played a Bitter, Depressed Frog ... Says Cheryl Henson

7/18/2017 7:57 AM PDT
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Kermit the Frog always said it wasn't easy being green, but it's the blues that got his longtime puppeteer, Steve Whitmire, fired ... according to Jim Henson's daughter.

Cheryl Henson ripped Whitmire's on-the-job performance, saying he was making Kermit a "bitter, angry, depressed, victim. Worst of all, in the past few years he had not been funny or fun."

She says it was high time to make a change, and implored Whitmire ... "Stop with the pity party!"

Whitmire was canned last week, and bitched that Disney let him go over the phone.

The Muppets Studio issued a statement Monday, saying the official reason they pulled the trigger was "unacceptable business conduct" -- which is pretty much what Cheryl said ... with bigger words.

Mike Vick Kaepernick Should Cut Afro ... If He Wants NFL Job

7/17/2017 5:01 PM PDT
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Mike Vick says Colin Kaepernick should chop off his afro and go with a more "clean cut" hairstyle if he really wants a shot at playing in the NFL again. 

Vick laid out his strategy for the QB during an appearance on FS1's "Speak for Yourself" -- saying Kaepernick needs to change his appearance to something more "presentable."

Vick says he loves Kaep to death and says he wants the guy to rehab his image so he can play in the NFL again. 

He also believes Colin is mainly unemployed due to poor play and not because of his National Anthem protest. 

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