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Magic Johnson I have Come to Praise LaVar Ball ... Not to Bury Him

2/17/2018 6:55 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Magic Johnson is the consummate diplomat, turning LaVar Ball's threat to yank Lonzo from the Lakers into a testament on parenthood.

The beloved President of Basketball Operations for the Lakers was leaving Mastro's in Bev Hills Friday night with his wife Cookie, when our photog asked about LaVar's ultimatum -- put my 2 other sons on the team or say goodbye to Lonzo.

Magic doesn't miss a beat ... heaping praise on the elder Ball.

As for taking in a screening of "Black Panther" this weekend ... well, there's one thing more pressing.

Khabib Nurmagomedov Conor McGregor's UFC Career Is Over '100%' Getting Stripped!!

2/16/2018 12:20 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Conor McGregor hasn't stepped inside the Octagon in over 15 MONTHS ... and UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov says that's proof he ain't fighting EVER again.

At least, not in MMA.

"I don’t think he gonna come back," Khabib told TMZ Sports outside Jay Glazer's MMA gym in Hollywood.

"When is Conor compete last time in MMA? Long time. He's boxing guy."

Khabib says McGregor's team is focused on a rematch with Floyd Mayweather ... instead of a real fight against him or Tony Ferguson -- who he's facing at UFC 223 in April.

Khabib also told us his contract for the Ferguson scrap explicitly states they're fighting for the "real belt" -- which means the UFC is "100%" stripping Conor of his lightweight title.

FYI, Dana White still hasn't made an official decision on Conor's championship status or his future with the UFC.

Stay tuned ...

Tito Ortiz Calls BS on Chuck Liddell: I Asked to Fight You, UFC Said No!

2/15/2018 7:48 AM PST
Breaking News

If Chuck Liddell wants an opponent, it looks like he's got one -- 'cause Tito Ortiz says the Iceman's claim that he's ducking him is pure crap. 

"Funny thing is, I told UFC to put the fight together and they said you were incapable to fight again," Ortiz tweeted. "Maybe you can twist Dana White's arm." 

Remember -- TMZ Sports spoke with Chuck about his MMA comeback a few days ago ... and he told us his old rival was running scared. 

"Tito would be great if he'd even consider fighting me. I hear he doesn't wanna fight me at all," Liddell said.

Now, Tito's calling Iceman's bluff -- asking Chuck to hit up his old buddy, Dana, so they can complete their trilogy.

The problem -- Dana pushed Chuck into retirement back in 2010, saying he'd never let him fight in the UFC again 'cause he cared too much about his friend's health. FYI, Liddell had lost by KO in 3-straight fights.

Guessing the UFC prez still feels the same way, but ya never know ...

Chris Noth I'll Take the 'Big' Road, Thank You ... In SJP, Kim Cattrall Fight

2/13/2018 7:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Kim Cattrall and Sarah Jessica Parker might want to follow their old co-star Chris Noth's lead when it comes to the next step in their bitter feud.

We got Chris -- who played SJP's "Sex and the City" BF -- Monday night in NYC and asked how his character, Mr. Big, would squash the beef between the ladies. His response, we think, is spot-on. 

Kim Cattrall went nuclear over the weekend, saying Sarah was painting her as the villain for not wanting to do a third 'SATC' flick ... and claimed SJP was desperate to improve her "nice girl" image.

Let's be honest ... stepping into the middle of this fray would be a no-win sitch for any guy. Even Mr. Big, which explains why he took this approach to our question.

Kim Cattrall Attacks Sarah Jessica Parker 'You Are Not My Friend'

2/10/2018 8:00 AM PST

One thing in this crazy world is clear ... Kim Cattrall hates Sarah Jessica Parker's guts.

Kim just went on the attack against her "Sex and the City" co-star ... this after Parker went on social media and TV to offer condolences to her after the death of Kim's brother.  

Kim just posted this, "stop exploiting our tragedy in order to restore your 'nice girl' persona."

She went on ... "My Mom asked me today 'When will that @sarahjessicaparker, that hypocrite, leave you alone? Your continuous reaching out is a painful reminder of how cruel you really were then and now. Let me make this VERY clear (If I haven't already) You are not my family. You are not my friend."

It's pretty clear how much Kim dislikes Parker and it clearly irks her that Parker offered condolences for all the public to see, despite the bad blood.

Kim recently slammed the door shut on another "Sex and the City." Clearly ... it was not a very happy set back in the day.

Cardi B Clubs Call for Armed Backup ... Ready for Crips Threats

2/8/2018 12:50 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B's feud with the Crips is setting off a red alert, and the L.A. nightclubs where she's appearing for NBA All-Star Weekend will be rolling DEEP with armed security ... TMZ has learned.

Cardi has an exclusive deal to host at 3 clubs next weekend -- all under the same ownership -- and our sources say they're preparing for the worst ... as in, possible gang violence.

TMZ broke the story ... Cardi's been flooded with violent threats from Crips who feel she dissed them by captioning a pic of herself in a blue fur coat, "I hate wearing Flue."

We're told the clubs -- Murano, Penthouse and Ace of Diamonds -- are tripling the number of armed security guards they'd normally hire. They've also put off-duty cops on the payroll, who'll be in uniform at the clubs.

Our sources say club management held an emergency meeting Wednesday to discuss how to handle the crisis. Canceling was never an option -- we're told Cardi's getting around $250k for the Friday, Saturday and Sunday night gigs, and her team hasn't made a peep about pulling out.

Still, we're told club owners are taking the threats seriously, and want to make sure Cardi and all club patrons are safe.

Tyron Woodley Leaves Voicemail for Nate Diaz 'I Heard You're S**tting Yourself'

2/7/2018 2:34 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Forget calling him out, Tyron Woodley called Nate Diaz directly today -- and left him a voicemail telling him to sign a fight contract so they can get it on at UFC 226. 

It all went down on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Wednesday night on FS1) -- where the reigning UFC welterweight champ told the crew to get Nate on the phone, so they could talk things out on the air. 

But when the call went to voicemail, Tyron decided to talk some smack -- and it's pretty hilarious! 

Make sure to check out the entire interview tonight on FS1. 

Cardi B Gets Gang Threats For Crip-Dissing IG Post

2/6/2018 2:15 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Cardi B is dealing with a flood of threats from apparent gang members, thanks to a social media post that included a hardcore diss against the Crips.

On Monday, Cardi put up a shot of herself rocking a blue fur coat in Minneapolis. Her caption said, "I hate wearing Flue but this coat was too poppin." It's that word "Flue" that has her in serious hot water -- it's a way to knock Crips favorite color, blue, without using the actual word.

Cardi's publicly stated she is a Blood, so the post -- which has more than a million likes -- pissed off the rival Crips, who not only left angry comments ... some flat-out threatened her.

The rapper's scheduled to come to L.A. for NBA All-Star festivities in about 10 days ... and her new enemies know it. One comment said, "@iamcardib this will not be accepted #DONTCOMETOLA."

Another comment -- "Now why you go and do this f**k s**t Cardi. This is literally WestCoast Suicide .... bitch betta get #neutral."

For what it's worth -- within minutes of us reaching out to Cardi's people ... the "flue" caption was removed. Still no comment from Cardi though.

Blac Chyna Kim Mean Girl'd Me With Her Valentine 'Gift'

2/2/2018 4:07 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Blac Chyna's firing off a Valentine's Day message for her almost sister-in-law Kim Kardashian -- don't be cruel!

Sources close to Chyna tell TMZ ... she's pissed about the "gift" she received the other day from Kim. As we first reported, KK sent a bunch of giant chocolate hearts -- with her new perfume inside -- to dozens of friends, loved ones ... and haters.

We'll give you one guess which list Blac Chyna made.

While she was tight-lipped Thursday at LAX when we asked about Kim's chocolate heart ... we're told BC considers Kim a "very cruel, huge bully" who's using "Mean Girls" tactics to promote her product.

Our sources say she's surprised Kim would do this, since she's Dream's aunt. She also disagrees with the "hater" label because she says she's never tried to tarnish Kim's image.

There's that little matter of attempting to sue Kim for getting "Rob and Chyna" canceled -- but who's counting?

Charles Oakley Assault Case Dismissed ... Still Banned from MSG

2/2/2018 7:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Oakley is officially off the hook in his criminal assault case stemming from his altercation with NY Knicks owner Jimmy Dolan at Madison Square Garden last year ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Oakley was arrested back in February 2017 for getting physical with security who tried to remove him from MSG after a heated exchange with Dolan. It took an army of security to subdue Oakley. 

The ex-Knicks star was charged with assault, harassment and criminal trespass ... but accepted an ACD (Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal) -- which would expunge the arrest from his record if he agreed to keep his nose clean for 6 months.

If he didn't accept the ACD, Oak would've been facing a maximum of 1 year in city jail if convicted.

Now that time is up -- and Oak held up his end of the deal ... so his case has been thrown out.

We spoke with Oakley's attorney, Alex Spiro, who says "Mr. Oakley has been completely vindicated. The New York legend lives on."

Laila Ali Squashes Beef with Ronda Rousey ... Good Luck in WWE!

2/1/2018 2:30 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Looks like the feud between 2 of the baddest chicks on the planet has fizzled out -- 'cause Laila Ali is wishing Ronda Rousey "all the best" in WWE.

For real.

We got Laila at an event for her new 'Food for Life' book out in NYC ... and the former unified boxing champ did the unthinkable -- she gave her UFC rival PROPS for pursuing a new career.

"I think it's cool ... she can wrestle!" Ali told TMZ Sports.

Remember ... Laila famously criticized Ronda after she lost to Holly Holm -- and that's after they went back and forth for months, saying they'd smash each other in boxing.

Guess the feud's officially dead now ... unless Laila wants to get inside a pro-wrestling ring!

Paul Marciano to Kate Upton Take Me to Court ... I've Done Nothing Wrong!!!

2/1/2018 10:28 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Guess co-founder Paul Marciano is so confident there's been no misconduct by him against Kate Upton ... he's urging her to take him to court to set the record straight.

Marciano tells TMZ ... he's shocked by Upton's accusations of sexual harassment and can't figure out what she claims to have against him. He says he won't apologize because he's done nothing wrong.

Marciano insists he's never touched Upton, and has never even been alone with her. He adds ... "If she has a claim, there's one place to tell the truth and that’s in court or to the police."

The Guess honcho says there could be some bad blood with Kate ... he says after she became a superstar by way of 5 campaigns with the brand, she began showing up to set after late nights "looking terrible." Marciano claims the company decided to cut ties with her ... and he suggests this might be her motivation.

We talked to Kate Wednesday -- after she had tweeted that Marciano has been "using his power in the industry to sexually and emotionally harass women" -- and she told us she can't wait to tell her full side of the story ... and hints it's coming soon.

UFC's Khabib Nurmagomedov Probably Retiring After Conor Fight ... Says His Agent

1/27/2018 12:30 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

After he beats the living hell outta Tony Ferguson and Conor McGregor, there's a strong chance UFC star Khabib Nurmagomedov is DONE FIGHTING -- so says his agent.

"He's probably going to retire undefeated," Ali Abdelaziz told TMZ Sports. "He's gonna beat Conor and he's gonna beat Tony and he’s probably going to say, 'bye bye.'" 

FYI, Khabib's 29 years old and at the top of his game ... and he's just a few months away from his first UFC title fight with Tony, the interim lightweight champ. 

But Ali makes it clear Khabib could be done after that scrap and a super-fight with McGregor, who's the reigning 155-pound champ (for now) ... guessing 'cause of long-term health concerns.

Speaking of McGregor ... Ali goes NUCLEAR on Conor, calling him "a bitch" for ducking Khabib and questioning him as a fighter.  

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