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Pete Rose

Gambles On Vegas Restaurant

... My Chicken's a Hit!

10/2/2015 1:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1002-pete-rose-bar-and-grill-sandwich-GETTY-01Pete Rose is betting on himself again ... opening the Pete Rose Bar & Grill in Las Vegas -- where you can definitely watch sports ... but can't bet on them. 

Charlie Hustle says the Pete Rose Bar & Grill will open on Las Vegas Blvd. in mid-October ... and says the place will be chock full of TVs so sports fans can booze and eat and watch ANY sporting event they want. 

As for the menu ... Rose says it's essentially a love letter to the cities where he played with items like:

-- Cincinnati Chili on Spaghetti for the Cincinnati Reds
-- A classic Philly Cheese Steak for the Philadelphia Phillies
-- And a spin on Poutine for the Montreal Expos, topped with brown gravy and cheese curds. 

As for gambling, we're told there will be NONE -- not even those video poker machines at the bar -- because Rose says he really wants to focus on the food and the atmosphere. 

Good luck! 

Keira Knightley

Cops Remove Fan

During Broadway Debut

10/2/2015 7:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1002-keira-knightly-instagram-01Here's how Keira Knightley's Broadway debut went -- the curtain came up, and then the cops came down on a fan who lost it ... screaming at her and throwing stuff onto the stage.

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... cops detained the man outside Studio 54, where Keira is starring in "Therese Raquin." The man was seated in the mezzanine of the theater and just a few minutes into the play, he started shouting at Keira.

He demanded she reply to him, yelling ... "Five seconds is too long to wait for a response!" When ushers ran to remove him, the man threw a bouquet of flowers down onto the stage.

1002-keira-knightly-getty-02Knightley and her co-stars ignored his shouts, and even kicked the flowers off the stage.

We're told the man was taken to a hospital for mental evaluation. The theater says it will be adding extra security measures starting Friday night.

UCF Knights Football

Yeah, We Suck ...

But Our Fans Get Free Beer!!

9/29/2015 4:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0929_ucf_football_compositeHere's a horrible way to motivate your fanbase -- University of Central Florida's football team is winless, and if the streak continues its fans will enjoy FREE BEER!!

A sports bar near the UCF campus called The Basement Orlando is offering free brews during UCF's game this weekend against Tulane. The team is currently 0-4, and the bar's marketing honcho Jake Whitcare says they thought this would boost fan morale.

Whitcare tells us, they'll be serving up domestic kegs totally gratis until the UCF Knights win a game. He says they're in this for the long haul -- as in 0-12, if it comes to that.

Here's the thing ... we have no doubt the giveaway will boost morale TO DRINK! We're just not sure how it encourages fans to cheer for a win.

Go Green Wave?

Stephanie Pratt

Rushed To Hospital for ...

Serious Spider Bite

9/25/2015 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0925-sub-stephanie-pratt-instagram-01Stephanie Pratt had a medical emergency on Thursday -- a spider bite that was so bad, she couldn't feel part of her face ... and not in that fun Weeknd kinda way.  

The former 'Hills' star tells us she woke up in London -- where she now lives -- with a nasty bite under her eye, and her face was so swollen it looked like she had a tumor. She immediately went to a hospital to get antibiotics for the swelling, and to drain the puss.

She says doctors determined it was a spider bite, and they believe it could have been a black widow. Stephanie says she was temporarily blinded in her left eye, and lost feeling in her face.

Everything is back to normal now and she is at home resting.


Tries to Reverse Curse ...

Cubs Bars Run for Cover

9/22/2015 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0922-kobi-goat-getty-01Listen up Cubs fans, the Curse of the dreaded Billy Goat's about to end, courtesy of some famed competitive eaters -- including the legendary Kobayashi -- and a 40 lb. spit roasted goat.

Pro eaters Tim Brown and L.A. Beast tell TMZ Sports they came up with a genius plot while boozing in Chi town Monday night ... "We said, 'lets eat a f**king goat! We can reverse the curse!!'"

So, L.A. and Tim called Kobayashi and "Deep Dish" Bertoletti to tag team the goat. Their only problem was ... WHERE to do the deed? Naturally, they wanted a spot as close to Wrigley, but Brown says, "This morning we called bars around Wrigleyville, but no one would have us."

After 70-years under the curse, superstition runs deep ... so Brown kinda gets it. "If we don't finish the goat, they don't wanna be associated with re-cursing the Cubs."

The guys are still going for it.  They'll begin chowing down at 7:30 PM local time at "Deep Dish" and Tim's restaurant called Taco in a Bag. It's not near Wrigley, but it could work.

Then again, the Cubs are already a virtual lock for the playoffs (as a wild card team). One might say, why rock the boat?


Bills' Aaron Williams

Teammate Delivers Home Cooked Meal

... After Neck Injury

9/22/2015 6:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0922-aaron-williams-getty-01This is pretty cool ... Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams received an outpouring of love from teammates and Patriots players after suffering a neck injury on Sunday -- with one teammate bringing over a home cooked meal ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Williams was hospitalized after a nasty collision with Julian Edelman on Sunday -- but was released a short time later.  

We spoke with Aaron's mom, Val Williams, who tells us she was "terrified" during the incident -- especially because she was at the game and tried to get to her son while he was down on the field.  

"I was at the 28th row and ran all the way down to the 1st row when I saw he wasn’t moving ... people were just praying with me."

The next day, Val says Aaron's teammates went above and beyond to show their support. 

"Corey Graham (safety) came over to his house and his wife made some food for Aaron, and the whole team has just been coming in bunches checking on him just seeing what he needs offered him rides to work."

Aaron's dad, Anthony, says his son's even getting love from the enemy -- Patriots players and fans ... including Pats DT Malcolm Brown, who called to check in. 

As for Aaron's health, Anthony says he's "doing a lot better" -- and can't wait to get back on the field. 

Ex-KC Chief

I Might Be Hurtin' ...

But My Socks Are 24k Gold!

9/20/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL safety Sanders Commings is taking swag to a new level -- the ex-Kansas City Chief is slangin' socks with friggin' 24k gold stitched right into 'em.

Sanders is a free agent right now, on the mend from a knee injury, but his pimped out plan B is his company Young Hearted Socks -- and the brand's most unique design has to be the Honeycomb.

Commings tells TMZ Sports each sock has a 1/2 gram of gold, and a pair will set you back $150.

The best part? Commings and his partner, Kyle Green, say they're donating 10% of Honeycomb profits to the Atlanta Children's Shelter.

Swag for a cause ... darn genius.


Rick Ross

11ct Engagement Ring for Galore!!!

9/18/2015 10:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0918-ross-galore-tmz-instagram-01It pays to be Rick Ross' ride or die chick -- the Boss just iced up his GF Lira Mercer with an enormous diamond engagement ring that set him back $350,000.

Rick and Lira Galore have only been together for a few months. She was by his side during his Georgia arrest for kidnapping and assault, and the commitment has paid off.  

We're told the centerpiece of the 11 carat sparkler is a whopping 5ct emerald-cut diamond. Ross didn't hold back on the wedding band either ... it's 6 carats and all diamonds. 

Ross slipped the ring on Lira's finger in NYC, in the Rafaello & Co. jewelry store. We're told he did NOT get on one knee.  

The newly engaged couple celebrated with a chicken satay dinner at Red Stixs.



'Game Of Thrones' Star

Never Had a Chance ...

Crushed by Arm Wrestling Legend

9/17/2015 12:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The massive "Game of Thrones" star who popped the Viper's eyes out of his head, didn't do so well in the arm wrestling arena, and shockingly went down HARD to champ Devon Larratt.

Yeah, hard to imagine 6'9" 419 pound Thor Bjornsson losing any test of strength, but "The Mountain" met his match in Larratt ... who gives up 200 lbs. to Thor!

2-time champ Larratt joined us on TMZ Hollywood Sports to talk about how he took down Thor ... who, by the way, has been a finalist in the last 4 World's Strongest Man competitions.

Check it out.

'Star Trek: Voyager' Actress

Arrested for Exposing Breasts, Butt To Young Kids

9/15/2015 1:57 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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"Star Trek: Voyager" actress Jennifer Lien is behind bars after cops arrested her for allegedly exposing herself to 3 kids under 13.

We've learned 2 weeks ago Lien was at her Tennessee home when she got in an argument with her neighbor outside her house. She was angry that a small child was crying over a cut foot.  

Lien allegedly exposed her breasts and rear end to the 3 neighbor kids. Cops took a report and Lien denied exposing herself. But they didn't believe her and got a warrant for her arrest. 

When cops went to Lien's house to arrest her she didn't go down without a fight. Cops say she refused to put clothes on, was carried to the police car and threatened to have them shot and killed.

Lien, who played Kes during the first three seasons of "Star Trek: Voyager" has been in jail since her arrest Sept. 3. Her bond is set at $2,500.


49ers/Vikings Fans Brawl

Security Guard to the Rescue

... Hero to Be Honored

9/15/2015 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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A pack of vicious and cowardly 49ers fans bashed in a Vikings fan's face during a chaotic melee outside the Monday night game, and if not for one brave security guard ... the Vikes fan might be dead.

The video of the brawl is heinous ... the Vikings fan is already down on the ground outside Levi Stadium when the Niners backers continue unloading on him -- kicking and punching him in the head and body. It's brutal.

But you also see the guard run into the middle of the fray -- even though he's way undersized -- and scramble around the victim. He eventually succeeded in breaking up the fight.

Honchos at the security company tell TMZ Sports their staffer, who was Johnny-on-the-spot, is one of their star employees ... so they're not shocked he stepped up. They also say they're planning to honor his heroism.

As for the parking lot attackers ... Santa Clara PD says they're still trying to ID the suspects, based on the video and witnesses. 

'Hobbit' Star

Busted for Drunken Knockout

At Comic-Con After-Party

9/15/2015 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0913-manu-bennet-booking-photo-mug-shot-SAPD-01One of the 'Hobbit' villains got drunk, and knocked a guy out cold during a Comic-Con after-party, and ended the night in handcuffs ... according to cops and witnesses.

According to police docs, obtained by TMZ, Manu Bennett was hanging with a bunch of people in a San Antonio hotel room ... drinking and having a good time ... until he was asked to leave. Witnesses told police that Bennett -- who played Azog in the 'Hobbit' -- had too much to drink.

Before Bennett left the room he stared down the other guests, and when one of them dared to ask, "What?" ... witnesses say the actor unloaded a knockout punch to the guy's face.

The victim's nose was broken and bleeding. Cops showed up and went to Bennett's hotel room. At first he didn't remember the fight, but then claimed he was defending himself.

Bennett -- who also stars in "Arrow" and the "Spartacus" TV series -- was arrested and booked for assault. 



Kim Kardashian

My Website Is Totally Worth Every Penny

9/14/2015 12:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kim Kardashian is shrugging off criticism over the $2.99 monthly fee she charges for access to her website ... she says it's actually a great deal.

Kim's taking heat from blogs and users who think she's already made enough money on consumers. But our sources close to Kim say she's cutting her fans a break for her makeup tutorials.

There's big business with makeup lectures ... people paying upwards of $500 to see Kim and her makeup artist Mario Dedivanovic live, so Kim thinks a $3 monthly fee is a steal.

And Kim says she's offering a lot more ... a style section where you can copy her everyday looks. 

If that's not your thing ... there's always Khloe's new app where $2.99 buys you unlimited access to her workout videos. 

Capitalism rules.


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