There will be tons of scoring OFF the football field in Arizona this weekend ... cause TMZ Sports has learned that the dating app Tinder is BLOWING UP with randy pigskin fans looking for some tight ends.
We spoke to our Tinder sources (we have them) and they tell us ... since Wednesday activity in the Phoenix area -- where the game is being played -- has "tremendously spiked."
We're also told ... with 300,000 people expected for the big game some type of upswing is normal -- with other sporting events like the World Cup and Olympics (hello Olympic village) seeing the same thing -- but that they can't explain why usage shot up so far ahead of the big event this time.
We might have an idea ...
Tiger Woods happens to be playing in the Phoenix Open this week. #JustAThought.
Arrested for Murder
In Hit and Run
1/29/2015 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
4:15 AM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... after interviewing Suge Knight, cops have formally arrested him on murder charges, and his bail has been set at $2 million.
We're told one of the critical factors is witnesses claim Suge threw his car in reverse once, and then a second time ... and they believe he intended to hit one of the people with whom he was fighting.
3:00 AM PT We're told Suge had turned himself in for questioning and is at the station now being interviewed. One of Suge's problems ... witnesses tell us one of the 3 men who were struck by Suge's vehicle was in the altercation with him before Suge ran him over ... which could be evidence it was intentional.
9:30 PM PT -- Cops found Suge's truck abandoned in a parking lot in the Westwood section of L.A.
8:15 PM PT -- Cops just had a press conference ... and say there were 2 fights, the seconding resulting in the fatality. They said the first fight went down on the movie set -- and the second at a nearby burger joint. Cops said witnesses claim the car backed up and ran over the victim twice before fleeing.
6:00 PM PT -- Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... The Sheriff's Dept. has issued a bulletin to all Southern California law enforcement saying "be on the lookout" for Suge Knight ... that he is wanted for questioning for 187 -- murder. They also say he should be considered armed and dangerous.
Suge Knight got into a fight on the set of a film project in Compton, ran over a man who later died, and then fled the scene.
Multiple witnesses tell us a movie shoot -- involving Ice Cube and Dr. Dre -- was going down when Suge pulled up in his car. We're told security told Suge to leave and that's when trouble began.
A fight broke out between Suge and 2 men. Suge got back into his car, took the wheel and threw the vehicle in reverse ... and ran over a man who suffered fatal injuries.
It's unclear at this point if the victim was connected to the movie. A source close to Cube tells us production had wrapped when the fight went down ... and he and Dre were not on set.
Sources connected with Suge tell TMZ ... the 2 men who fought Suge were the instigators. Our sources say Suge was scared because he's in frail health -- in addition to being shot 6 times last summer, he recently almost died from a blood clot.
The victim is Terry Carter, who we're told is a friend of Suge's who arrived with him at the scene. Our sources say Carter was in the process of walking to the passenger door of Suge's vehicle, but happened to be in the rear when Suge gunned it.
Two other men were also hit ... including Cle "Bone" Sloane -- who's appeared in "Training Day" and "End of Watch" -- and suffered non-life threatening injuries. Both men are in the hospital.
Droppin' Epic Bachelor Pad
1/30/2015 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Scooter Braun kissed bachelorhood goodbye last year ... and now he's ready to cash out on his ultimate bachelor pad to the tune of nearly $12 million.
Braun's 5,300 sq. ft. former man palace is cavernous ... no doubt Justin Bieber crashed more than once in the 4-bed, 5-bath digs Scooter bought in 2011 for $5.7 million.
The testosterdome has a pool, a cabana (for babes), a koi pond (for the koi), and massive floor to ceiling glass walls -- which possibly inspired Biebs to score a glass house too.
Scooter's wife Yael is about to have their first kid ... so the timing's right to scrub all traces of his single days. Last year they dropped $13 mill on a more family-friendly 11,137 sq. ft. mansion in Brentwood.
The baby's definitely going home to a huge crib.
'Harry Potter' Star
Hagrid Rushed to Hospital After Flight
1/29/2015 5:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Harry Potter" star Robbie Coltrane got off a plane Thursday and was immediately hospitalized after suffering severe flu-like symptoms during the flight ... TMZ has learned.
A rep for Coltrane -- who played Rubeus Hagrid -- tells us the actor fell ill during a British Airways flight from London to Orlando.
We're told paramedics met Coltrane at the gate, and took him to the hospital ... where he'll remain overnight for treatment.
Coltrane went to Orlando for a Harry Potter convention ... and we're told Michael Gambon -- who played Dumbledore -- was on the same flight.
Someone on Twitter claims Coltrane was drinking heavily in a London airport lounge before the flight. If it's true, we don't know yet if that contributed to his illness.
Ty Dolla $ign & YG
They 86'd Me with a Kick to the Head
... Fan Claims
1/30/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Ty Dolla $ign and YG allegedly beat down a guy for cramping their VIP style inside an Australian nightclub Sunday night.
The rappers performed at Eve Nightclub in Melbourne ... where police say a clubgoer is accusing them of punching and kicking him in the head in a dispute over their turf.
The alleged victim claims he was hanging in the VIP area when the rappers and their crew rolled in and tried to shove everyone else out. The victim says when he refused to bolt ... they unloaded on him and then chased him outside.
Cops eventually arrived and shut down the club. No one got arrested, but we're told they are now investigating the alleged assault.
Sources close to the rappers tell us they never touched the man, and they claim club security guards tossed him.
Attacks Hit Flick
Our Main Accuser's a Liar!
1/29/2015 2:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The Church of Scientology is on the attack against the director of a documentary eviscerating the org., claiming the guy who made the most indicting claims is a known liar.
A rep from Scientology tells TMZ ... the man featured in the movie who claims Church officials illegally wiretapped Nicole Kidman cannot be believed because he has admitted under oath in a court case he's lied about the Church before.
The rep says in December Marty Rathbun -- a former Scientology exec featured in the documentary -- was under oath in a deposition late last year and admitted he lied about Scientology practices. He also admitted to obstruction of justice.
We've confirmed Rathbun did indeed lie, but his position -- which he discussed in the deposition -- is that he lied to protect the Church and cover up its misdeeds. Rathbun says he was an executive in the Church at the time and did not want to squeal on alleged misdeeds of Church leaders.
Rathbun claims in the documentary that he was tasked with facilitating the breakup of Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman, because her dad was a psychologist and the Church felt he was influencing the actor into distancing himself from Scientology.
The Scientology rep expressed frustration at the flick, saying, "These people personify the famous quote by Winston Churchill, 'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to put its pants on.'"
STL Rams' Jared Cook
I Don't Regret 'Hands Up'
... The People Needed Us
1/29/2015 1:09 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
St. Louis Rams tight end Jared Cook says he has NO REGRETS about the "Hands Up, Don't Shoot" gesture he did while coming out of the tunnel before a NFL game this season ... telling TMZ Sports he was sending a message from the entire STL community.
The images made headlines across the country in November -- and drew criticism from some people who felt the gesture was disrespectful to police officers ... especially in the wake of the Ferguson/Mike Brown incident.
But Cook -- who's in AZ for the Super Bowl -- tells TMZ Sports he and his teammates were NOT trying to disrespect ANYONE ... and merely wanted to make a statement on behalf of the people of STL.
"We were simply trying to be an outreach of our community of the things that we had going on in our community," Cook says ... "because we are voices of the people of St. Louis no matter who it is ... black, white, brown, whatever."
"So in times when people need us, we gotta stand up and say something about that."
We also asked Cook if the Rams organization spoke with them about the gesture -- check out his reaction ... it says just about everything you need to know.
Not Again ...
Kids Get Swatted
1/29/2015 1:01 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
LAPD rushed to the home of Diddy's kids in response to a death threat and gunfire call ... but it may just be a bad comeback for "swatting."
Law enforcement sources tell us ... cops got a call early Thursday AM that a disturbing letter threatening to kill everybody in the house was left on the doorstep of baby mama Kim Porter's L.A. area home.
Officers rushed to the scene, but no one was home ... nor was there a letter.
Six minutes after cops left ... another call came in reporting multiple shots were fired, and the house was engulfed in flames. Police rushed back, but again ... nothing.
We're told cops are investigating to see if the calls are connected to a rash of "swatting" back in 2013 ... when celebs like Diddy, Magic Johnson, Khloe Kardashian, Clint Eastwood, and Rihanna were victimized.
NFL's Mike Evans
MANZIEL SHOULD START NEXT YEAR
... Don't Give Up On Him
1/29/2015 12:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tampa Bay Bucs superstar Mike Evans has a message for the Cleveland Browns -- stop messing around and give Johnny Manziel the starting QB job already.
Evans -- who played with Johnny at Texas A&M -- touched down in Phoenix moments ago ... and told us he still STRONGLY believes the Heisman winner can still tear it up in the NFL ... despite a rough rookie season.
There's just one catch ... Evans clearly believes the Browns should commit to #2 as the starter from the very beginning of the season -- unlike they did this past season, when Brian Hoyer got the nod.
"When he starts the season off, he'll be good," Evans said.
So far, the Browns have not decided on their QB situation for next season -- but it'll be interesting to see what happens during the off-season.
I Don't Fly Loaded ...
Carry-On Gun Was an Accident
1/29/2015 11:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
It may be difficult to mistake a MAC-10 for a MacBook Pro ... but former "Love and Hip Hop" star Benzino says his recent airport arrest was just a tech inspired accident.
Benzino tells us he stores his gun at home in a laptop bag -- unsafe, we know -- and when he left for the airport Tuesday night, the producer forgot to take his 9 millimeter out of the luggage.
The reality star says he bought the gun last year after he was shot on the way to his mom's funeral procession ... but he doesn't carry it around at all times.
Benzino adds, "This is an unfortunate situation that was a huge honest mistake and I will always check from now on exactly where it is."
Maybe he should take a gun safety class as well.
I'm Riding With the Hells Angels Now
... Travis, Beware
1/29/2015 9:59 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Travis Barker has good reason to be worried about a run-in with Shanna Moakler's biker boyfriend ... turns out he's a Hells Angel.
TMZ has learned the boyfriend Moakler allegedly threatened to let loose on Barker ... is in the club's San Fernando Valley Chapter. Shanna and Travis were both arrested a couple of weeks ago for slinging death threats.
Sources close to Shanna believe Barker will try to use her bf's Angel ties against her in their custody battle, but we're told Shanna's insisting he's a nonviolent pussy cat with no rap sheet.
Despite her concerns ... Shanna posts pics of her man on the reg, but always blurs the Hells Angel patches on his cut. We're told Shanna's reminding friends the Angels do a lot of good charity rides and fundraisers.
Just don't ever touch his hog ... unless you're Shanna.
NFL's Odell Beckham Jr.
I'm a Model Now
Hits Runway With NFL Stars
1/29/2015 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Odell Beckham Jr. wants to bring plaid pants back -- and Wednesday night, he rocked 'em out on the runway at a NFL fashion show packed with huge stars.
The NY Giants wide receiver rounded up guys like Browns superstar Joe Haden, Patrick Peterson from the Cardinals and Broncos stars Von Miller and Demaryius Thomas for the Elevee Lifestyle fashion show in Arizona.
The crowd loved it -- screaming and yelling as the guys did their little turns on the catwalk ... and we got the footage! Check it out.
I'm in Control of My TV Docuseries
1/29/2015 1:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Bruce Jenner is calling ALL the shots in the production of his upcoming docuseries which chronicles a journey that will produce some fundamental changes in his life ... TMZ has learned.
Sources familiar with the production tell TMZ ... the docuseries will begin airing in either May or June on E!.
We're told a significant portion of the docuseries will involve Bruce's interaction with doctors, discussing procedures and goals. It will also deal with psychological implications.
As we reported, Bruce's family, including his daughters, sons and Kris, will all appear on the show but they are not the central part.
Our sources say Bruce is at the center of production. Kris is not calling any of the shots. And we're told it's a "completely separate project" from "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" and Bruce does NOT want it to air until the "Kardashians" finale is over and out.