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Darius Rucker Hardcore Gamecocks Fan We WILL Make Final Four!

3/24/2017 10:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Xavier's got Bill Murray ... South Carolina's got Darius Rucker!

The Gamecocks' superfan -- and proud USC alum -- says he's fired up about Friday's big game against Baylor ... and says he's very confident the squad will roll on to the Final Four. 

Rucker isn't a casual fan ... he's one of the team's biggest supporters and breaks down why the Gamecocks have an edge over the Baylor Bears. 

We had to ask if the team plays any Rucker music in the locker room -- his answer's pretty funny. 

Ron Harper Derrick Rose Will NEVER Get a Ring

3/24/2017 9:34 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Doesn't matter where Derrick Rose ends up in free agency ... he'll NEVER win a championship -- so says Ron Harper

Earlier this week, Rose says finding a winning team is more important than a big contract when he searches for a new team this summer. 

"Not even thinking money," Rose said ... "I'm not going to negotiate with people where money is the number one thing I'm asking for. I want to win."

So, we went to Harper -- a 5-time NBA champ -- and asked which team could be the right fit. 

Harper says it won't matter -- he ain't gonna win. 

So. Carolina Coach Frank Martin Duke Was No Fluke ... We Can Win This Thing

3/24/2017 8:18 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

South Carolina head coach Frank Martin is putting the entire NCAA tournament ON NOTICE ... saying his Gamecocks squad is capable, and ready to win the whole thing.

The 'Cocks upset Duke in the 2nd round -- and when TMZ Sports talked with Martin he assured us one thing ... the carnage isn't over.

"We have a lotta confidence. We've put in the time. We can beat anybody."

As far as the Duke win, Martin says he's not surprised at all his squad tripped up the Blue Devils, 'cause he doesn't think anyone is better than his guys.

The Gamecocks take on Baylor Friday. The Bears better be ready.

Kris Jenner Move Over, Homer Animated Kardashian TV on the Way!!!

3/24/2017 1:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0323-kardashian-family-sketch-wm-4-swipeKris Jenner is pitching an animated television series featuring cartoonie Kim, KhloeKylie and the rest of the fam.

We've learned Kris had a meeting with Harvey Weinstein's company in L.A. earlier this month to pitch the show.  

We're told "the entire family" will be featured ... we're told it will not include Caitlyn.

Our sources say this is a primetime pitch ... and not for kids.  

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Charles Oakley Pissed at Patrick Ewing You Shoulda Called After MSG Fight!

3/24/2017 7:14 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Oakley says he's "hurting" that ex-teammate Patrick Ewing didn't call him after he was forcefully removed from Madison Square Garden last month ... saying, "You should have been the first!"

"I'm hurting because he didn't call in and show love because I had his back for 10 years," Oakley told TMZ Sports.

Oakley points out that his longtime friend, Michael Jordan, got involved and helped out -- and since NYC is Patrick's city, he REALLY felt Ewing should've done SOMETHING.

"You should have been the first one who said something about what happened in The Garden. Should have been the FIRST ONE."

By the way, Oakley was out at HeadQuarters Gentlemen's Club in NYC Thursday night -- where their strippers brought out a cardboard cutout of James Dolan and actually showed him some love!

Taraji P. Henson & Nia Long Beef Started with Bloody Joke

3/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0324-taraji-henson-nia-long-tmzTaraji P. Henson jokingly asked Nia Long if she was on her period after she went nuts on a fellow cast member ... and that's what set off their raging feud on the set of "Empire."

Production sources tell TMZ ... Nia showed up late shortly after beginning her stint on the show, prompting one of the male actors to joke, "Damn, why are you on black people time?"

We're told that sent Nia into a rage ... chewing the guy out. The actor told her it was just a joke but she continued berating him ... and that's when Taraji fired back -- "What are you, on your period? Is it that time, girlfriend?"

Things got super heated ... and it set the tone for a relationship that was barely civil. Taraji has always been super protective of the cast and crew and everyone was in her corner.

TMZ broke the story ... the hair and makeup crew filed a complaint against Nia for mistreating them. She maintains the allegations are bogus.

Katherine Jackson Tells Judge, Trent's So Bad I'm Hiding Out in London

3/24/2017 6:59 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0324-katherine-jackson-GETTY-03Katherine Jackson -- or someone claiming to be Katherine Jackson -- has doubled down in the family war, claiming again Michael's cousin, Trent, has been stealing from and bullying the matriarch. 

Katherine has been MIA for months after allegedly leveling claims Trent has pilfered $40k out of her bank account and manipulated her into buying him a Cadillac. She's also claimed elder abuse.

Trent has said it's all BS ... that Katherine isn't really driving this, but rather it's Jermaine and some of her other kids in order to get control of MJ's Estate.

In the new declaration -- obtained by TMZ -- Katherine says she's in London because she's scared to come home for fear Trent will now seek revenge on her. She says she's now filled with stress and anxiety, and she's now taking new meds to cope.

Katherine also says she's had meeting with social workers from Adult Protective Services and they will vouch for the authenticity of her claims.

The judge in the case is deciding whether he'll require Katherine's presence in court for the case against Trent to go forward.

Andy Cohen Donald Trump ... The Perfect 'Real Housewife of D.C.'

3/24/2017 7:00 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Donald Trump has got what it takes to helm the 'Real Housewives' franchise in Washington D.C. including a tagline like all the other 'Real Housewives' out there ... according to Andy Cohen.

We got Andy at LAX on his way to film the "Love Connection" reboot and asked him about the shade he threw Trump's way over Twitter. 

Apparently Trump's not the only one checking off the 'RHODC' requirements.

Chrissy Teigen I Want Trump Out Pence Would Be Better

3/24/2017 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chrissy Teigen would take President Mike Pence over President Trump if push came to shove.

We got the model leaving LAX Thursday with her new baby, Luna, and she tells us she'd like both impeached, but still, Pence would be less difficult to swallow.

Tracee Ellis Ross Best Part About Chris Brown Cameo Was ...

3/24/2017 7:02 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Tracee Ellis Ross got a little R&R ... and she can thank Chris Brown for that!

Tracee was leaving Mastro's Ocean Club in Malibu when we asked her about Chris' cameo on an upcoming episode of "Black-ish." Our guy tries to get the lowdown on working with Chris. Thing is ... Tracee wouldn't know.

But she still benefited. 

Arianny Celeste Topless in Tulum

3/23/2017 5:37 PM PDT
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0323_Arianny-Celeste-Topless_launchArianny Celeste is vacationing in Mexico ... and it looks like tops are optional at her beach of choice.

The UFC Octagon Girl and model let her girls free while enjoying the sunshine in Tulum ... and one of her friends even joined her.

And yes ... the buns were also out.

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Bachelorette Rachel Lindsay Bev Hills Horse Date Urban Cowboys!

3/23/2017 3:56 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

0323_the-bachelorette_horseback_tmz_wm-PRIMARY'Bachelorette' Rachel Lindsay went on a horse date in Beverly Hills of all places.

Rachel was shooting a segment of her show Thursday at Beverly Gardens Park with one of her 25 suitors. It's pretty hilarious ... check out the tudor-style mansions in the background.

It is, after all, the wild wild West in them thar hills ... and just a stone's throw from the Polo Lounge.

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Michael Pena I Got One Question For LaVar Ball

3/23/2017 4:18 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Movie star and UCLA basketball fan Michael Pena has a question for LaVar Ball ... and he's using TMZ Sports to ask.

Pena was out in NYC promoting his new movie, "CHiPs," when we talked to him about the NCAA tourney, and specifically his UCLA Bruins who are rollin' right now.

Any conversation about UCLA, of course, turns to Lonzo Ball and his father, LaVar ... the man who just keeps making headlines with his outrageous statements.

We asked Pena -- who said he loves the family -- what he'd ask LaVar if he got one question, and he takes his shot.

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