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Metta World Peace Balls In Lithuania?! LaVar's a Genius!!!

12/12/2017 2:34 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Metta World Peace thinks LaVar Ball's move to ship his kids to Lithuania is "extremely brilliant" -- telling TMZ Sports he's putting the boys in the BEST possible position to succeed. 

And yeah, he'd dead serious. 

Metta played in both China and Italy during his pro career -- and told us going overseas will help LaMelo and LiAngelo Ball develop their game faster than they would have in the U.S.

"If it wasn't for a lack of fundamentals in the AAU system, then yeah, I would say just stay here. But overseas, the coaches are way more advanced. They give you a bit more freedom to play."

Metta also says the league in Lithuania is top-notch -- and will force the Balls to step up their game in a big way.

Prince William & Prince Harry Come Stormin' In To 'Star Wars' Premiere

12/12/2017 12:05 PM PST

Prince William and Prince Harry were royal guests on the red carpet of Europe's premiere of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi" ... and the force looks very strong with these 2.

The princes suited up for the London event Tuesday night and cruised past a line of Stormtroopers before being greeted by one of the film's stars -- BB-8.

The Royal bros are more than just your typical 'Star Wars' fans, too ... they actually filmed cameos for the movie last year. Word is, they play Stormtroopers who appear alongside Tom Hardy's character while guarding John Boyega's character, Finn.

So keep a lookout for a couple 'troopers who look just a tad out of place.

Devin Hester Retirement Plans?! My Wife's Preggo!

12/12/2017 7:59 AM PST
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Don't worry about how Devin Hester will stay busy in retirement ... the NFL legend tells TMZ Sports his wife is pregnant with a baby boy! 

After Hester announced his retirement from the NFL early Tuesday morning -- capping off a career as arguably the greatest return man of all time -- we reached out to see what his post-NFL plans are.

"Family time!!!!!!" Hester said ... "A lovely wife with 2 boys and one more boy on the way!!" 

Congrats!! 

As for Hester's football future, the 4-time Pro Bowler says he plans on coaching his sons -- who are already killing it in flag leagues!!!

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Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson Here's My Girl ... With Our New Girl!

12/12/2017 7:07 AM PST

Dwayne Johnson is celebrating a huge debut, and it ain't on a movie screen ... it's in his longtime girlfriend's womb.

The Rock and Lauren Hashian proudly showed off her baby bump in Hollywood Monday night at the 'Jumanji' premiere event. The photo op came just a few hours after they announced they're expecting their 2nd child together. The couple's first -- 2-year-old Jasmine Lia -- helped reveal they're having a girl. Again.

Dwayne also has an older daughter from his previous relationship.

Three girls. As the proud daddy put it ... #tequilatime.

Al Sharpton Feel Bad for Keaton But Tell His Mom to Cut Confederate BS

12/12/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rev. Al Sharpton says support for Keaton Jones should come with a big string attached ... now that it appears Keaton's mother has strong views about racism and the confederate flag.

Sharpton was outside NBC Studios in NYC when he told us the celebs who offered support, or even trips, to Keaton and his mom ... should demand Keaton teach his mother, Kimberly Jones, a thing or 2 about compassion.

The way Sharpton sees it, Kimberly wants the world to show her 11-year-old son sympathy for dealing with school bullies -- even though her confederate flag pics show support for slavery ... or as he puts it, "institutional state bullying."  

To be clear, the civil rights leader isn't calling for celebs and non-celebs to abandon Keaton -- but he IS saying Keaton's mother needs to learn a lesson as much as the kids who bullied her son do.

Chris Brown Chill Out ... Monkey Is Mine, Not Royalty's!!!

12/12/2017 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Brown knows better than to give Royalty a pet monkey ... which is why he didn't.

Sources close to CB tell TMZ ... the baby capuchin monkey everyone saw his 3-year-old daughter cradling actually belongs to Chris. We're told he bought the exotic pet about 2 months ago ... and her name's Fiji.

As we reported ... Chris got skewered online for appearing to have bought Royalty the monkey ... with scores of fans saying the monkey posed a danger to Royalty, and belongs in the wild.

We're told Fiji's permanent address will be CB's crib, and that's the only place Royalty will get to see her. The monkey's not allowed to go to her mom, Nia Guzman's house. While that might ease safety concern's for Royalty, Fiji still won't be in the wild.

Our sources say Chris really wanted her because his idol Michael Jackson had Bubbles, the chimp. It was pretty obvious he was heading down this path when Chris flipped over one of Mally Mall's pet primates.

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball 'It's Not About the Money' in Lithuania

12/11/2017 5:34 PM PST
Breaking News

LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball are breaking their silence about their new venture -- signing with a Lithuanian pro basketball team -- and they insist the money has nothing to do with it.

The Big Baller Brand tweeted photos Monday of LiAngelo and Lamelo signing contracts, saying "It's not about the money for the Ball Brothers."

BBB goes on to say ... "They have a passion to play Basketball and to experience playing as pros was the Goal. They have accomplished this mission and are excited to be playing on the same team to top it off. The Big Baller way!"

LiAngleo and LaMelo each signed a 1-year contract with a first division Lithuanian team. According to reports, they're not expected to make more than $500 a game. 

LaVar has previously said the ultimate goal is getting the boys to the NBA ... and he's hoping Lithuania is the right path.

The Balls are expected to report to camp in Janaury. 

Chris Bosh's Mom: I'm No Drug Trafficker ... But Chris Is Evicting Me

12/11/2017 1:30 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Chris Bosh's mom tells TMZ Sports allegations she's trafficking drugs out of the Texas home owned by her NBA star son are ridiculous and untrue ... but acknowledges there is a rift with Chris. 

We spoke with Freida Bosh and her son, Joel Bosh, about the police raid on the home where she lives in DeSoto, Texas ... in which cops claim they found evidence connecting Freida's house with a drug trafficking operation

Freida says she "built" the home with Chris roughly 12 years ago -- but since then, their relationship has deteriorated and he's been trying to evict her. Freida says the two haven't spoken in 5 years. 

To combat the eviction, Freida says she's had to hire lawyers -- and has been forced to rent out the home to various tenants to cover the pricey legal bills. 

Long story short ... Freida says the person who brought trouble to the home is a former short-term tenant -- and she had NOTHING to do with his alleged illegal activity. 

FYI, cops believe crack cocaine and heroin were being trafficked out of the home. No arrests have been made, but we're told that could happen soon.

Joel Bosh says he's been trying to help his mom work things out with Chris -- but his priority is helping her clear her name in the drug trafficking case because he believes she's 100% innocent. 

Despite the family drama, both Freida and Joel say they love Chris and hope they can reconcile soon.

Bill Clinton How's Hillary, You Say? Check My Digit!

12/11/2017 12:33 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Bill Clinton was on the move in D.C. Monday morning -- but for as fast as he was going ... he didn't hesitate to give a status update on Hillary.

We got 42 leaving Reagan National Airport, and asked how the missus was doing on her national book tour. He wasn't all that chatty ... but was happy to flash a nonverbal response.

His security detail kept our photog at a distance -- one of the perks of being a former Prez -- but Bubba definitely seemed to be in high spirits here.

Who's got two thumbs (but only uses one) and likes to cheese a lot ... this guy!

Anna Faris Leader of the Pack But Jack's Got A Better View

12/11/2017 8:48 AM PST

Anna Faris' posse is back to a party of 3.

Anna was out Sunday in L.A. taking a stroll with her boyfriend, Michael Barrett, and her son, Jack

Jack looks pretty chill up on Barrett's shoulders and it shouldn't come as a surprise since Anna and Michael have been spending plenty of time together. The two were spotted just a couple weeks ago when they went house hunting together.

As for things with estranged hubby Chris Pratt, the two filed for divorce simultaneously Dec. 1 ... and they're asking for joint custody of Jack.

Eli Manning's Brother: He's Got Another Super Bowl In Him!

12/11/2017 6:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Don't stick a fork in Eli Manning just yet ... his brother, Cooper, says the NY Giants QB still has another Super Bowl run left in him.

Of course, the G-Men suffered another brutal loss this weekend -- losing 30-10 to the Cowboys at MetLife Stadium ... but Cooper says there's a legit explanation.

"They're a little understaffed," the 43-year-old "NFL on FOX" star told us at LAX. 

Despite the team woes, Cooper says he expects Eli to start the rest of the season -- and clearly believes Eli is one of the elite QBs in the league.

We'll see ...

Carrie Fisher Beloved Dog, Gary Caught in Emotional Tug of War

12/10/2017 1:00 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Carrie Fisher's French bulldog, Gary, is one of the most popular pooches on the planet, but his public appearances have upset Carrie's family ... TMZ has learned.

As you'll recall ... when Fisher died, Gary went to her assistant, Corby McCoin. There have been numerous stories out that Carrie's daughter, Billie Lourd has the pooch, but it's not true. Corby has had the dog since Carrie died.

Now here's the conflict -- Corby wants to take Gary to various functions, including ComicCons, where people can interact with Gary and somehow feel closer to Carrie. We're told people over at Lucasfilm contacted the folks at ComicCon and asked them to block the appearance, which they did.

There was another event last April in Orlando which held a "Star Wars" celebration. We're told Mark Hamill wanted Gary to come out on stage with him. We're told the P.R. Dept. for "Star Wars" shut it down because Billie didn't want it ... and there have been other failed attempts as well.

Sources connected to Billie tell TMZ ... she and her dad, CAA head Bryan Lourd, fully understand how much Gary meant to Carrie, but when she died Gary was really nothing more than a dog, and they didn't want the animal to define the memory of Carrie ... they felt it cheapened it.

We're also told Bryan asked Corby to delete Gary's Instagram, which has more than 160,000 followers ... again, because he feels it cheapens Carrie's legacy.

We're even told Bryan offered Corby $250 a month in return for not parading Gary around, possibly for money, but Corby declined.

We broke the story ... 'Last Jedi' director Rian Johnson says the upcoming film will pay homage to Fisher's beloved dog, so no matter what -- he's still got some time left in the limelight.

Janet Jackson My Kid's Ridiculously Cute

12/10/2017 7:29 AM PST

Janet Jackson makes adorable kids.

Check out 11-month old Eissa Al Mana, chillin' on the beaches of Miami Beach.  The 51-year-old mama looks fantastic, and you can sorta tell she knows she's carrying something irresistible for the paparazzi.

The kid wore a shirt with the word "Equality" emblazoned on the front and the obligatory Nike hat to make him look baller. 

Janet's in Miami for the latest stop on her "Unbreakable" tour.

Janet has had a rough year, fighting husband Wissam Al Mana over custody. 

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