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Mike Piazza Rare $25k Watch Hall of Fame Election Gift

2/4/2016 11:58 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0204_Mike-Piazza-attends-Haute-Living-Celebrates_gettyMike Piazza's timepiece game just got stronger ... courtesy of a SWEET GIFT worth $25k from the CEO of a luxury watchmaker ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

The gift giving went down in Miami at a party thrown by Swiss watchmaker Ulysse Nardin and luxury lifestyle magazine Haute Living ... and the soon-to-be Hall of Famer was in attendance.

Piazza -- who's a friend of U.N.'s CEO -- was given a Ulysse Nardin Midnight Express Special Edition watch -- 1 of only 100 in existence -- to celebrate his election into Cooperstown.

It's good to be one of the greatest baseball players of all time.

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Kate del Castillo Mexican Gov. Wants Her for Questioning In El Chapo Case

2/4/2016 10:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0204-kate-del-castillo-TMZ-02Kate del Castillo is now wanted for questioning by the Mexican government, and TMZ has learned the case involves tequila and alleged money laundering.

Kate -- who interviewed El Chapo while he was on the run -- is an investor in Tequila Honor, and our sources say the government wants to know if El Chapo secretly invested in the company and the money he put in was laundered.

The government wants to question Kate and if she returns to Mexico they could detain her for that purpose. Sources connected with Kate tell us, although she'd like to go back to Mexico to visit family, she will not return until the investigation is closed. She lives in L.A.

Our Kate sources also say she had no financial involvement with El Chapo and if the government does fully investigate they will find nothing.

'Sharknado' Famous Prop Priced to Move ... Meaning, It's FREE!!!

2/4/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0203_sharknado_rv_free_craigslist_launchIf you're a 'Sharknado' fan with access to a tow truck or flatbed ... that cool RV used to blow up the latest windstorm of flesh-eating great whites is up for grabs! 

The Asylum, the production company responsible for the franchise, listed the battle worn ride from 'Sharknado 3' on Craigslist. Asylum's landlord gave them 24 hours to move it or lose it -- so, we're told it's going to the first person who can get it off their lot in Burbank, CA.

The reason it's so trashed has nothing to do with flying sharks, and everything to do with a transient who recently set fire to the thing. Hence, the steal of a price. Asylum thinks the engine's still salvageable though.

C'mon, Ian Ziering ... think of it as a cool DIY project!

Lil Wayne's SB Commercial Nothing Racist About Me Grilling for George Washington

2/3/2016 9:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020316_lil_wayne_primaryLil Wayne and George Washington co-star in a Super Bowl commercial this year -- but some people are taking issue, since it shows Wayne cooking for George ... who famously owned slaves.

The ad for Apartments.com features Jeff Goldblum and a gospel choir singing 'Jeffersons' theme "Moving On Up." Eventually you see George and Weezy (get the reference?) all chummy next to a rooftop barbecue grill.

The criticism? The ad is low-key racist due to Washington's history as a slaver, but Wayne's camp doesn't see it that way ... at all. A source very close to him says the commercial is "meant to be funny and silly and not the least bit offensive."

The source added it's supposed to be comedy, and "people need to calm down." 

We've also reached out to Apartments.com, but no word back yet. Either way, their ad's getting way more attention now.

Raiders Owner Mark Davis Yep, I Own LasVegasRaiders.com ... Here's Why

2/2/2016 3:26 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0202_mark-davis-raiders_vegas-gettyThe owner of the Oakland Raiders tells TMZ Sports ... he does in fact own the domain LasVegasRaiders.com -- and has for years -- "just in case" the Silver and Black move to Sin City.

We spoke with Mark Davis who confirmed he personally bought the domain back in the '90s "in case the team ever wound up in Vegas."

"I think it's only $8 per year ... so, it's worth it in case we end up there."

When asked why he liked Vegas as a possible destination, Davis said -- "It's close to where we are now. It would be a close trip for our fans and there are a lot of sports fans who visit Vegas."

One other interesting thing ... Davis told us he believes the Raiders are the only NFL team that could "exist" out in Vegas. 

So far, it seems Vegas could still be in the cards for the team -- especially with Las Vegas Sands honcho Sheldon Adelson gunning to build a $1 billion stadium on the UNLV campus.

Good luck! 

Kanye West White Flag Is Waving In War with Wiz

2/2/2016 1:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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020216-kanye-wiz-tmzKanye West now has peace on all fronts after hashing things out with Wiz Khalifa.

Kanye says he and Wiz chatted on Monday and it was a "Great convo." He didn't reveal much more about their discussion ... other than to say it was "All positive."

We've learned the peace summit was two-pronged. Our sources tell us Wiz and 'Ye's convo went down Monday morning -- and a few hours later Kim Kardashian and Amber Rose spoke to each other ... then decided to have their meeting at Kris Jenner's house.

Ever since their feud exploded on Twitter last week, Wiz has been blasting Yeezy almost every night during his South American tour -- but in an interview with Bootleg Kev on Tampa's Wild 94.1 ... Wiz said it's all squashed.

Meek Mill I Got $68,000 on My Wrist But I May Not Be Allowed to Wear It

2/2/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0201-meek-mill-rolex-MAIN-INSTAGRAM-01Meek Mill dropped $68,000 over the weekend on a Rolex ... which might become an antique before he's able to wear it, because they don't allow fancy watches in the slammer.

Meek bought the piece from Joe the Jeweler aka "Shyne." It's a custom-made Presidential Rolex with 23 carats of white round diamonds. 

Here's the problem ... Meek has a hearing Friday in his probation violation case. You'll recall he left the state of Pennsylvania without permission. There are also allegations he tried to cheat a drug test. The judge could send Meek to prison for the violation.

Meek might need a fortified safety deposit box for his collection. 

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'RHOA' Star Peter Thomas Wanted by Cops ... To Chat About Bar Fight

2/1/2016 3:13 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0201-peter-thomas-tmzPeter Thomas isn't in the clear for an alleged bar brawl in his Charlotte sports bar -- investigators want to have a sit down with him to get his side of the story.

Cops issued a criminal summons on Monday for the "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star. As we first reported, Brandon Link claimed Peter attacked him during a business meeting at Sports One, which Peter and Cynthia Bailey own.

Link claims Peter threw him into a table ... but Peter claims Brandon was belligerent and only injured himself by slipping on ice outside the bar. Cops responded, and made no arrests but they continue to investigate. 

Peter has not been charged with any crime. We're told he will be served the summons in the next few days.

Denver Broncos Team Bus Clips CHP Motorcycle Escort

2/1/2016 2:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0201-broncos-bus-accident-TWITTER-01Scary moment for the Denver Broncos moments ago ... when a team bus clipped a member of its police escort ... but miraculously, no one was harmed ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We're told a caravan of buses were heading southbound on the 101 Freeway at Route 237 (about 10 mins from the stadium) with an escort of several California Highway Patrol motorcycle officers.  

A witness at the scene says a car that was in front of the caravan stopped as the buses approached (the witness thinks the driver mistakenly thought he was being pulled over due the cop presence). 

The witness says the 1st bus slammed on the brakes -- but the 2nd bus had to swerve to avoid hitting bus #1 ... and clipped a CHP motorcycle cop.  

Somehow, the cop emerged from the wreck unscathed -- and several people who looked like athletic trainers ran to the guy to help out. 

Law enforcement confirms ... the officer was taken to a nearby hospital to be checked out -- but doesn't appear to have any major injuries. 

We're told there didn't appear to be any injuries to any of the players -- and the cop appears to be okay, considering the circumstances. 

DeMarcus Ware tweeted about the accident -- saying, "To keep the day interesting, we have a small wreck. Looks like everyone is ok though. #SB50." 

Blake Griffin Drinking Before Fight ... Witnesses Say

1/27/2016 12:34 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0127-blake-griffin-TMZ-01Blake Griffin -- along with at least one teammate and the team's equipment assistant -- had been drinking in the hours leading up to the fight in Toronto ... multiple witnesses tell TMZ Sports.

According to several witnesses, Griffin and the equipment manager were seen fighting outside of Sotto Sotto restaurant in Toronto  on January 23rd. 

Before the fight, witnesses say Griffin's crew was spotted at Coco Lezzone -- across the street from Sotto Sotto -- where the group ordered a couple rounds of drinks. 

We're told the guys left Coco and went to Sotto ... where they spent roughly 2 hours before witnesses saw the men fighting in the street. 

Clippers president Doc Rivers has said he does NOT believe alcohol was a factor -- though he did point out the guys are old enough to drink ... and drinking alone is not a crime. 

We spoke with a rep for the Toronto PD who tells us there is no record of an incident involving Griffin -- however, "It is highly possible that police were in the area at the time and may have dropped in. In Toronto it is very likely and possible."

As we previously reported, cops say there is no investigation into Griffin -- and won't be unless someone files a formal complaint, which has not happened. 

When reached for comment, a rep for Sotto Sotto had no comment. 

We also spoke with the Clippers and reached out to Blake's rep -- but they have all declined comment as well. 

Def Leppard Cruise from Hell ... Host Announces Famous Rocker's Death

1/27/2016 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's video of the moment Def Leppard had to think their cruise was cursed -- when the host broke the news one of the rockers on board had died.

The deceased was Jimmy Bain, the famed bassist for classic metal groups Dio and Rainbow. He was on the cruise to perform with his new group, Last in Line ... but they never took the stage.

Bain's rumored to have died from pneumonia, but his official cause of death has not been determined.

The whole cruise was filled with mishaps -- including Def Leppard singer Joe Elliott losing his voice! We got Brian Forsythe from the band Kix, also on the cruise, and he explained how the rock show turned into a memorial at sea.  

Future Cops Need His Help ... In Ex-Bodyguard's Slaying

1/26/2016 10:13 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0126-future-tmzPolice in Georgia want to talk to Future to see if he can help them find whoever killed his former bodyguard.

Michael Phillips was shot and killed Monday at his home in Jonesboro, Georgia ... outside Atlanta. Cops say they don't have any suspects in custody yet, but they have several leads. They're interested in talking to all of Phillips' friends, including Future, to see if they have info that could narrow the search for the gunman.

Investigators tell us they don't think it was gang-related, and Phillips wasn't shot in a high crime area. 

Freebandz paid his respects on Twitter, after the news broke: 

Harry Styles Rande Gerber's Fueling My Birthday Party With Tequila!!!

1/23/2016 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Harry Styles walked away from his lunch with Rande Gerber with the greatest doggy bag in history ... 20 cases of really good tequila!

Turns out it was an awesome pre-birthday gift for Harry, who turns 22 February 1st. The tequila is Casamigos -- the brand Rande owns with best bud George Clooney.

We're told Harry will make good use of the booze ... he's throwing himself a birthday shindig this weekend at an L.A. estate. 

Why the gesture, you ask? Rande and Harry have been friends for a while ... and tequila is what you get from Rande, which is way better than having a best friend who's a stamp collector. 

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