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Deontay Wilder

I'll Fight Shannon Briggs

... But He Needs Practice!

4/25/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0424-deontay-wilder-shannon-briggs-TMZ-GETTY-01Boxing stud Deontay Wilder -- the reigning WBC heavyweight champion -- says he's ready and willing to fight Shannon Briggs ... but says the guy needs to PROVE himself before he steps in the ring. 

Wilder and Briggs -- a FORMER 2-time heavyweight champ -- went ballistic on each other during a boxing event in NYC on Friday. And now, Wilder says he's ready to back up his smack talk. 

"If he wants to fight me, I'll fight. Enough talking," Wilder tells TMZ Sports ... "But he needs to get some fights under his belt first and get back into the top 15."

Briggs has been gunning for a fight with Wladimir Klitschko ... but now it seems he may have a new target. 

Stay tuned ... 

Diddy

$250,000 Bet with Mark Wahlberg

Over Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

4/24/2015 5:28 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wanna see a couple of rich guys demonstrate their richness in ridiculous fashion? 

Well, here's Diddy and Mark Wahlberg making a $250,000 bet on the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight ... like it ain't no thing. 

Diddy's got Floyd. Mark's got PacMan.

The best part of the video is how casually these guys throw around their dough. In fact, the bet started at $100,000 ... but Mark wanted to know, "Why so little?"

For the record, the man who's wagering the MOST on the fight isn't even in the video ... it's 50 Cent -- who says he'll be plunking down $1.6 MILLION on Floyd. 

#EvenIfHeLosesHesStillRich

Brittney Griner & Fiancee

WE'RE NOT BREAKING UP ...

After Dom. Violence Arrests

4/23/2015 3:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0423_Brittney-Griner_glory_johnson_gettyWNBA superstar Brittney Griner says her engagement to Glory Johnson is STILL ON ... despite their domestic violence arrests this morning ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Griner's attorney Michael Cantor tells us ... "The last few months have been an extremely stressful time for Brittney and Glory. They will continue to work through these hardships together."

As we previously reported, both Griner and Johnson -- who's also in the WNBA -- were arrested for assault in Arizona this week after cops say they attacked each other during a heated argument. 

The couple has been engaged since last year and are scheduled to get married on May 8th. 

Griner's attorney did not say if the two will be pushing back the wedding date in light of the arrests -- but says the two are determined to "handle this family matter."

Cantor adds, "Glory and Brittney sincerely apologize for the distraction this has caused their families, respective teams, the WNBA, sponsors and fans."

WNBA's Brittney Griner & Fiancee

Arrested for Assault

Allegedly Attacked Each Other [Update]

4/23/2015 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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update_graphic_red_bar9:06 AM PT -- According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Brittney told cops the two had been fighting for days and were having serious "relationship issues."

As for the specific incident, cops say there were several people at the home when Brit and Glory began to argue -- and the fight turned physical. 

Cops say Brittney admitted to throwing a dog bowl at the wall -- and then the two began fighting.

Glory's sister eventually called police because people "couldn't get them pulled apart" and she didn't want anyone to get hurt.

When cops arrived, officers say Brittney had several cuts -- and a bite wound. Glory was bleeding from the lip.

The WNBA says it's actively investigating the incident. update-grey-gray-barWNBA superstar Brittney Griner -- and her WNBA star fiancee Glory Johnson -- were both arrested for allegedly attacking each other in Phoenix yesterday ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Law enforcement sources tell us cops were called to Griner's home around 4:30 PM on Wednesday -- after receiving a call about a domestic dispute between the two women. 

When cops arrived, we're told officers observed "minor physical injuries" on both Brittney and Glory. 

Both women were arrested and booked by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for assault and disorderly conduct. Griner and Johnson were released around 4 AM on Thursday. 

Griner plays for the Phoenix Mercury.

The two got engaged last August and had been planning to get married next month in Phoenix. No word if the wedding is still on. 

Glory and Brittney had been gushing about each other on social media in the days before the arrest.

In fact, Brit posted a pic of the two kissing on Tuesday with the caption: "EveryDay Every Second! I fall for you like I fell way back before I had the nerves to even approach you! My Queen My Rock My Universe!"

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The Game

Cops and I Don't Mix Well

4/19/2015 7:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The Game is in chill mode, temporarily hanging up his basketball jersey and definitely staying clear of cops on the court.

Game's had his troubles lately on the hardwood ... he punched an off-duty cop during a game last month after the 2 got into it.  The cop sued, and Game allegedly attacked a member of the team that served him with the lawsuit.  Police are also investigating the incident.

He makes it clear he's had his problems with cops ... not all of them, but certainly some.  Game acknowledges some cops are good, but he has a game plan when he gets close to those who aren't.

Team Mayweather

Disses Pacquiao

Over Mayweather Punching Bag

4/19/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0416_mayweather_speed_bag_insatgramFloyd Mayweather's camp has a message for Manny Pacquiao -- enjoy your "Mayweather" punching bag while you can ... 'cause it's the ONLY way you're gonna beat up on Floyd's face. 

The bag was a gift from boxing super fan and legendary attorney Robert Shapiro (from O.J. Simpson fame) ... who commissioned the piece from a popular artist. 

We spoke with a bunch of guys from The Money Team who tell us Floyd got a good laugh out of the bag -- but made one thing clear, it's only fueling Floyd's anti-Pacquiao fire. 

As for the artist ... Gena Milanesi tells TMZ Sports the bag's not just for show -- the artwork has been coated with a special varnish so it can take whatever beating. 

UFC's Luke Rockhold

Steven Seagal Wrecked Me

... w/ Famed 'Death Touch'

4/18/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Steven Seagal nearly ended Luke Rockhold's fighting career earlier this year -- when he executed his legendary "death touch" on the UFC fighter ... who admits, "He put me on notice!!!"

Rockhold -- who's fighting Lyoto Machida at "UFC Fight Night" Saturday -- told us all about the run in with Seagal in Vegas back in January ... where he got straight up OWNED! 

FYI -- Seagal is no joke, the guy is a real life martial arts expert -- a 7th-dan black belt in Aikido. 

Check out the pic below -- you can tell by Luke's face, he wasn't messin' around!!! 

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Michael Lohan

Desperate 911 Call

I'm Being Attacked ... By My Wife!

4/17/2015 3:09 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Lohan hysterically called 911 as his infant and toddler screamed in the background ... pleading for cops to come and arrest his wife. 

TMZ broke the story ... Kate Major Lohan allegedly pummeled Michael after she came home drunk Thursday. When cops arrived, she claimed Michael also hit her, and when cops couldn't see any injuries on her body, they say she began scratching herself. Kate was arrested

During the 911 call Michael ticks off Kate's rap sheet and her choice of drugs.  

The audio speaks for itself. It's like a soap opera.

Kate Major Lohan

Arrested for Attacking Michael Lohan

in Drunken Rage

4/17/2015 5:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kate Major Lohan had an alcohol relapse and then drunkenly attacked husband Michael Lohan ... so say cops who cuffed and arrested her. 

Law enforcement tells us Michael called Boca Raton police at 7:02 PM Thursday, claiming Kate had struck him. He told cops Kate came home after picking up some dinner and was visibly drunk. 

Michael says they squabbled, and it eventually turned physical. He told cops he wasn't wearing a shirt and she scratched him down his back. 

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According to the report, when police arrived Kate was visibly intoxicated and smelled of alcohol. The officer described her speech as slurred, her eyes blood shot and glossy, and her face red and flushed.  

The officer says Kate admitted she'd been drinking, then ranted about nonsense. Kate then claimed Michael accused her of cheating and provoked her into a fight.

Kate also claimed Michael grabbed her by the throat. But according to the officer, she had no visible injuries. And get this ... she then "scratched her throat area in an attempt to create red marks."

Officers hauled Kate in to the Palm Beach County Jail and booked her for battery.

She's currently in custody and is scheduled to go before a judge at 9:00 AM ET. 

Michael Lohan is actually blaming ex-wife Dina and their ongoing child custody dispute. Michael tells TMZ, "At the end of the day, this is all because of what Dina is doing in court ... It affects Kate too, and like anyone with a drug or alcohol problem, when they can't handle the stress, they resort to drinking."

Kate and Michael got married in November and have two kids together. She recently served a few months behind bars after a DUI arrest (following a fight with Michael) triggered a probation violation stemming from a battery case in 2012 in which she allegedly attacked a police officer.

Police were also called to the couple's home in February of last year for an alleged domestic incident.

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Britt McHenry

Tow Truck Company Fires Back

'It's Your Own Damn Fault'

4/16/2015 4:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0416_britt-mchenry_advanced_twitterThe woman on the receiving end of Britt McHenry's impound lot tirade is praised by her bosses -- who say they're PROUD of the way the employee kept her cool amid the ESPN reporter's attacks. 

As we previously reported, McHenry exploded on the impound lot attendant -- calling her an unattractive, uneducated loser. It was nasty evil stuff. 

TMZ Sports spoke with the manager of Advanced Towing in Arlington, Virginia who says ... "It's unfortunate that [our employee] had to withstand that."

"It wasn't [our employee's fault] that Britt's car was towed. It's her own fault. She was in the wrong. That's why she was towed."

"Now people can see what really happened. Sometimes you have to own up to your own actions."

As for the employee, the manager says -- "She's the kind of person we try to employ here. She handled this the right way. She kept her cool the whole time."

Britt has since apologized and ESPN has suspended her for a week. 

So, how did the tow company feel about her punishment? 

"Honestly, it doesn't matter what happens to her. It's irrelevant to us."

'Love & Hip Hop' Star Jhonni Blaze

Co-Star Throws Shade ...

Helps Spread Stripper Fight Vid

4/16/2015 12:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

What do you think "Love & Hip Hop: New York" star Jhonni Blaze is more pissed about -- the fact a video of her catching an ass whupping is going viral ... or the fact one of her co-stars helped spread it?

The video is from Jhonni's stripper days back in Houston ... a few years ago, and shows her in an epic fight with another stripper. All you need to know is Jhonni (who used to bang Drake) is the one on the ground ... so the clip is far from flattering to her.

As for why the video just surfaced ... Jhonni recently talked smack about being a badass on the 'LHHNY' reunion show -- so a fan of Moniece Slaughter (Jhonni's nemesis) dug up the clip to shame JB. Moniece was delighted and even reposted the clip ... though she eventually deleted it.

In the end, it doesn't really matter why -- it's a great video. Watch and enjoy.

Chanel West Coast

Throws Epic Tantrum

After Coachella Denial

4/15/2015 12:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Chanel West Coast pulled a Justin Bieber at Coachella -- minus the chokehold -- and flipped out on camera when security guards turned her away from a VIP area.

According to our sources, the rapper and "Ridiculousness" star was with her boyfriend and another friend Saturday when they tried to get into the "artist's entrance" area, which of course requires a special wristband.

Problem was ... she had the wristband, her boyfriend had the wristband, but the friend did not. Security wouldn't give in, despite Chanel dropping Drake's name and Young Money (that's her label).  

She stormed off, but Chanel tells us she and her friends did make it through the proper entrance a short time later, and partied the night away.

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BRUTAL VIDEO

Police Club Suspected DUI Motorist

4/14/2015 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

A man charged with drunk driving was brutally clubbed by Chico, CA cops ... and some of it was caught on video.

Sean Reardon claims he was driving on February 18th at around 9:40 PM when he was pulled over for a broken tail light and expired tags. Reardon, who has filed a claim against the city, claims he was tackled to the pavement without provocation on his part and then struck "multiple times with extreme violence, with a baton, club or stick without provocation."

Reardon, who is white, says in the claim he was "hog-tied," thrown into a van and taken to the hospital. He says he suffered acute respiratory failure when he arrived and was put on a ventilator. He was in ICU for 4 days. He says he also suffered multiple broken bones, including ribs, nose and sternum.  

Speaking on behalf of police, the Butte County Chief Deputy D.A. tells us ... Reardon had a warrant for failing to appear on a gun charge -- and attempted to flee when he was pulled over. He says when officers caught up to him, Reardon refused to show his hands and kept them at his waist band. A police incident log says, "Blue vehicle westbound. The subject foot bailed from vehicle. Resisting."

The chief deputy D.A. says the officers used force to get Reardon to cooperate. He adds Reardon's BAC was .14 -- almost twice the legal limit -- and also had methamphetamine and cocaine in his blood.

Reardon, who is repped by Ashley Amerio, was charged with evading a peace officer, DUI, DUI with alcohol or drugs within 10 years of a prior, and resisting an executive officer -- all felonies.

Reardon pled not guilty and is on a no bail hold, because he's on probation for the prior DUI.

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