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BMX Biker T.J. Lavin

Shreddin' With The Troops

... In The Middle East

4/12/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0407_tj_lavin_shredding_military_launch T.J. Lavin rides for America ... literally ... 'cause the BMX star and host of MTV's "The Challenge" is overseas putting on a two-wheeled show for the U.S.A.'s bravest warriors.

T.J. and a group of riders including Ron Kilmer, Morgan Wade, and "Catfish" Zack Yankush are tearing it up in the Middle East for their "Bikes Over Baghdad" stunt tour.

TMZ Sports spoke with T.J. and he says the tour -- which travels to top secret "undisclosed" locations -- is all about "bringing some joy to the men and women serving our country in harm's way."

Check out the pics ... and ask not what your country can do for you.

Webbie

I Made 50 Cent Rap For Me

... To Pay Off Boxing Bet

4/12/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It turns out songs about killing people sometimes prevent violence ... 'cause Webbie says his $1 million boxing bet with 50 Cent is settled ... and all it took was 50 spittin' some hot fire on the mic.

As we previously reported ... Webbie's been peeved at Fiddy over a $1 million dollar wager the two made on a fight between Terence Crawford and Yuriorkis Gamboa last May.

Webbie's guy Crawford KO'd Gamboa ... but he claims when it was time to pay up 50 pulled a PSY (remember Gangnam Style?) ... suddenly disappearing without a trace.

It seems like things were gonna go all Biggie and Pac for a second ... (with Webbie actually threatening 50 on a recent track) -- basically telling him to pay up or else.

Well according to Webbie ... 50 paid his debt ... but not in cash -- payback came in the form of a guest verse on a track for Webbie's friend and label mate Lil Boosie. 

"I told him we dont need no money man, we need some verses, get on my boy song."

Check out the video -- Webbie says 50 asked for a week to finish the song but Webbie demanded payment by that night or there was no deal ... and 50 acquiesced.

No rappers were harmed in the squashing of this beef.

Solange Knowles

Sitting Vigil With Friend

Injured in Stabbing

4/10/2015 1:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0410-solange-assistant-stabbing-instagram-getty-01Solange Knowles has dropped everything to fly home to New Orleans to be with a close friend who was stabbed 10 times ... and remains hospitalized in critical condition.

Sources close to Solange tell us the singer has been at Armina Mussa's bedside ever since she was allegedly attacked on Wednesday by her roommate's friend named Arronesia Christophe.

We're told Mussa got into an argument with Christophe ... who is accused of pulling a knife during the dispute, and stabbing Mussa repeatedly ... including in the neck. 

Solange was in court for Christophe's arraignment on charges of attempted second degree murder and aggravated battery. Her bail was set at $50k.

Mussa is a creative director on a compilation album featuring Solange -- and they co-own a clothing boutique in NOLA.

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Metta World Peace

My 15-Year-Old Can Dunk!!!

4/10/2015 8:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Metta World Peace has a son who can ball -- 15-year-old Ron Artest III -- who was throwing down some ferocious dunks in his high school gym ... and it was all caught on tape. 

Here's what we know ... RA3 is one of the stars of his high school basketball team in L.A. We're told the kid (a sophomore) is already 6'8" and is being recruited by several college programs. 

Plus, our high school basketball sources tell us Ron can dunk from the free throw line!! 

Clearly, Metta's impressed with his son's hops -- he tweeted, "Check out my 15 year old son jumping higher than his dad. This is really weird."

Jay Z

Hosting Mayweather - Pacquiao Party

... $50k for V.I.P. Table

4/10/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0409_manny-pacquiao_floyd_mayweather_jay_z_nighclub_tmzThe competition for the hottest Mayweather/Pacquiao post-fight party is over ... cause Jay Z just announced he's getting in the game ... with V.I.P. tables running up to $50k-a-pop.

It's all going down at Marquee nightclub at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Vegas -- just down the way from where Manny and Floyd will be facing off on May 2nd. 

We spoke with party honchos who tell us they expect this to be the biggest after-party on the strip -- despite fierce competition from stars like Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown and 2 Chainz

If you don't have $50k, don't worry ... there are cheaper options. 

General admission tickets are $100 -- if you have a penis. 

Tickets for females are significantly cheaper ... $30. 

Gender equality -- it ain't for everybody. 

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Dennis Rodman

HUGE PORN STAR PARTY

... For 54th Bday

4/9/2015 12:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Dennis Rodman -- unofficial ambassador to North Korea -- is celebrating his 54th birthday like a true dignitary ... with a MASSIVE PORN STAR BASH ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Three of the biggest porn stars in the biz -- Katie MorganTasha Reign, and Teagan Presley -- will help The Worm blow out his candles at Sapphire gentlemen's club in Vegas on May 1st. 

The club is gonna be insane that weekend -- not just because Rodman + porn stars = insanity ... but also because it's the weekend of the Mayweather/Pacquiao fight. 

We're told Rodman and the X-gang will be hanging out in a private area of the club -- and guests can buy tix to enter for $250-a-pop. 

As everyone knows ... Dennis loves birthdays -- just last year, he serenaded Kim Jong-un. No word if Mr. Supreme Leader plans to return the favor. 

Richard Dysart

'L.A. Law' Star

Dies from Cancer

4/9/2015 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0409-richard-dysart-getty-01Richard Dysart -- a veteran of stage and screen best known for his role on "L.A. Law" -- died Sunday after a long battle with cancer ... TMZ has learned. He was 86. 

According to Dysart's daughter-in-law, he passed away at his home in Santa Monica. His wife tells us he'd been diagnosed with cancer a few years ago.

Dysart had a penchant for playing famous figures -- he portrayed Dwight D. Eisenhower (twice), J. Edgar Hoover (twice) and Harry Truman (twice). He also famously played the villain against Clint Eastwood in "Pale Rider."

But he became a household name as Leland McKenzie on "L.A. Law," which ran from 1986-1994. He was nominated for four Emmys, winning once in 1992. 


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Brandy

Boxing with Angela Simmons

... Check Out This Hook

4/9/2015 10:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Brandy's still dishin' out the hits -- only this time, it's in a boxing ring ... 'cause the singer's working on getting her Mayweather on with her good friend Angela Simmons

Brandy and Rev. Run's daughter strapped on the leather and worked out at Supreme Team Boxing in NYC -- where they've been doing some hardcore pugilist training for a while. 

Coach Nelson at the training center tells us the ladies have some real talent -- "If they're really serious about it, they could compete at the amateur level. Especially Angela."

Who knew?

Odell Beckham Jr.

I Believe I Can Fly

... On Water!!

4/8/2015 2:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Odell Beckham Jr. already dominates on football fields, soccer pitches, and basketball courts -- and now he's making the ocean his bitch, too ... by mounting a flyboard down in Miami.

The NY Giants star tackled the extreme water sport on Tuesday -- and as you'd probably expect -- he's already a pro. Paul Stoeppelwerth from Indy Flight Academy tells us ... OBJ got up and running on the flyboard on his first try.

If you haven't seen one of these things ... they're freakin' awesome -- kinda like a wakeboard that uses hydro-powered jets to hover up to 50 feet above the water! We're told most people take several minutes just to get upright ... but, of course, most people aren't Odell.

Stoeppelwerth says OBJ's "lower body is like a trunk, all the muscle memory from his football regimen definitely helps."

So, there's the answer: There's officially nothing Beckham Jr. can't do.

Mischa Barton

My Mother's a Financial Vampire

... She's Sucking Me Dry

4/7/2015 3:37 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Mischa Barton's mother/manager pocketed a chunk of her daughter's salary from a movie -- and even kicked Mischa out of her own Beverly Hills mansion ... according to a new lawsuit.

Mischa filed the suit against her mom, Nuala Barton ... claiming she's a "greedy stage mother posing as a talent manager" ... and says she lied to Mischa about her income on a film called "The Hoarder." In the docs, Mischa says Nuala told her she was being paid a certain amount ... but eventually found out from the production company her salary was higher than that number. 

She says Nuala took the difference for herself ... and also took a 10% management fee. She doesn't mention specific numbers in the lawsuit. 

Mischa says mommie dearest also used her name to pimp out a handbag line and to open a Mischa Barton fashion boutique in London -- all of which might have been great if Mischa got a dime from any of it. She says Nuala kept all the profits for herself.

As for Mischa's home -- she says her mother rigged the paperwork to give herself co-ownership of the 8 bedroom, 11 bath mansion. According to the suit, Nuala even took out loans against the property -- and then kicked her out of her own home. She says her mom and dad are now "comfortably" entrenched in the mansion. 

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The suit gets particularly nasty ... with Mischa stating her parents "sit back expecting their daughter's hard work and dedication to her craft to support their lifestyle." She adds neither of them has had a job, outside of Mischa Inc., in over a decade.

Interestingly, Mischa didn't sue Dad, but that's probably only because he's not her manager.

Snoop Dogg's Wife

I'm Raising My Ass-Shaking Game

... And My Daughter's Too

4/7/2015 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Snoop Dogg 's wife is flashing her own skillz as a potential video vixen ... because Shante Broadus and Snoop's daughter Cori are twerking their asses off with L.A.'s best.

Despite reports of its death ... twerking is very much still a thing, and we got video of Snoop's ladies jumping on the bootywagon with premier ass-shaker, Lexy Panterra. Sources close to Lexy tell us Shante and Cori are burning calories with her every Monday.

Lexy's biz is taking off ... she even created a twerking app with singer Christina Milian -- which we're guessing is Lil' Wayne approved.

The Doggfather's so impressed, we're told he and Shante are flying Lexy to their home in Vegas for 2 weeks ... so they don't miss any classes.

We got Shante after class, and let's just say ... Snoop's gonna be a very happy man. 

Wisconsin Badgers

Crazy Fan Jumps Off Streetlight

... In Post Game Madness

4/7/2015 6:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Here's a video of an insane Wisconsin fan ... JUMPING OFF A STREETLIGHT ... in the middle of a "We Just Lost the NCAA Championship" party in Madison Monday night. 

You can see the crowd of people below sort of break the guy's fall -- and a bunch of people in bright vests (probably cops) rush in to handle the situation. 

We spoke with a rep for the Madison PD who tells us the jumping was really an isolated moment of stupidity -- and for the most part, the students and fans were pretty peaceful.  

As for the post-game party stats in Madison -- 5 arrests (but of those only 2 people were booked).

No property damage or injuries were reported ... so, we're guessing jumper guy is ok. 

One MPD officer told us, "Our arrest numbers were very minimal. It was more of an alcohol and testosterone fueled mosh pit."

Lynyrd Skynyrd Drummer

Dies in Car Crash

4/4/2015 10:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0404-bob-burns-getty-01Robert Lewis Burns, Jr., the original Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer died in single vehicle car crash.

The Georgia State Patrol confirms Burns veered his 95' Buick Roadmaster off the road as he approached a curb and hit a tree and a mailbox.  Cops say Burns was not wearing a seat belt.

We're told he was alive when paramedics arrived but died on scene. There is no indication that drugs or alcohol were involved.

Burns was in the group from it's inception in 1964 and stayed until 1974.  Three members of the group -- the lead singer, guitarist, and backup vocalist -- died in a 1977 plane crash.

Burns was most recently in a group called Artimus Pyle, a tribute band to Lynyrd Skynyrd.

Burns was 64.


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