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Newt Gingrich Hillary Shouldn't Spike the Football ... Just Ask Wisconsin!

10/24/2016 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

And now time for some DEEP COLLEGE FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE ... with Newt Gingrich

Here's the deal ... with Trump reportedly down in the polls, our photog asked Newt if it's too early for Team Hillary to be "spiking the football" ... aka going into victory mode too early.

That's when Newt hit us with the deep NCAA response -- "The University of Wisconsin tried that once and lost in overtime."

Okay, fact is ... we were a little perplexed at first -- but after some inner-office detective work, we THINK he's talking about a 2013 game between UW and ASU. 

Remember, the UW quarterback THOUGHT he spiked the ball with time running out to set up an easy game-winning field goal.

But the QB, Joel Stave, botched the play ... and ASU won (Go Devils!).

Look, Newt's trying to say it ain't over 'til it's over -- but this was way more fun.

Sorry for the reminder, Stave.

Ice Cube RAIDER NATION FOR LIFE ... Even In Vegas??

10/23/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He's one of the biggest Raider fans on the planet -- but if the Silver & Black move straight outta Cali and into Las Vegas, is that a deal breaker for Ice Cube???

That's what we asked the rapper at LAX -- you know, since Raiders owner Mark Davis announced he's dead set on taking his team to Sin City in the next few years. 

Check out the clip ... seems there's only one way the Raiders could melt Cube's fandom.

NY Giants Coach 'We're Not Gonna Turn Our Backs On Josh Brown'

10/21/2016 9:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1020_ben-mcadoo_josh_brown_gettyNY Giants head coach Ben McAdoo says the organization will NOT cut ties with Josh Brown -- despite disturbing new details in his domestic violence case.

"We’re not going to turn our back on Josh," McAdoo said ... "He’s a teammate and a guy we’re hoping makes strides."

McAdoo says he's had a "tough conversation" with Brown -- but wouldn't reveal the details. 

When asked if he felt Brown misled him about incidents in the past, McAdoo said, "My conversations one-on-one with Josh, I want to leave those personal. He’s working towards improving himself."

McAdoo says the Giants front office is still reviewing all of the new information -- which includes Brown admitting he abused his ex-wife.

He was also asked about an alleged domestic incident involving his ex-wife at the 2016 Pro Bowl -- and if it concerned him.

"Everything is concerning. We’re working to piece together all the pieces that we can to make a well informed decision."

Brown was pulled off the team trip to London for the game this weekend -- but he's currently still a member of the team.

Ray Lewis The Rock and I Smelled Greatness ... As College Teammates

10/21/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ray Lewis says he and The Rock were like jacked up Nostradamuses back in college -- predicting they would one day be WORLD FAMOUS MEGASTARS back when they were football teammates in Miami.

Ray co-hosted the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Friday on FS1) -- and told the guys how close he was with fellow Miami Hurricanes football teammate Dwayne Johnson back in the '90s.

In fact, Ray says the two would often plot out their post-college lives -- with The Rock putting together a game plan to become the biggest wrestling star in the world.

He succeeded ... and so did Ray, whose goal was to become one of the greatest NFL players of all time.

It's a pretty cool story -- and there's A LOT MORE with Ray on the "TMZ Sports" show. Don't miss it!


Washington State WR UCLA Players Were Douchey ... Trying to Act Tough

10/18/2016 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

UCLA ... or Douche-CLA??

A Washington State University football player put the Bruins on blast for a "douchey" pre-game move UCLA pulled before they squared off on Saturday ... saying they're a bunch of wannabe tough guys. 

The WSU player is Gabe Marks -- who was clearly bothered when UCLA players warmed up on the Wazzu side of the field before the game (which WSU won).

"I’m not coming back next year to be able to play them again but I don’t know what their deal is. They kind of come off as bad guys when they do things like that," Marks said.

"I don’t know if they do that to everybody. It’s kind of douchey."

"Is that like okay to say?" Marks asked ... "I mean, don't cut that. Let's be honest."

There's more ... Marks suggests the Bruins have to overcompensate when it comes to perceived toughness because they wear baby blue and live in Westwood.  

Jamie Foxx I'M STILL WILLIE BEAMEN ... Hits Half-Court Football Shot

10/18/2016 6:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Any Given Monday Night ... 

Here's Jamie Foxx -- channeling his inner QB -- and sinking a 3/4 court shot with a football ... like a boss! 

The Oscar winner rolled through the Sports Academy training center in Thousand Oaks, CA for a workout when someone handed him a football and challenged him to hit a shot. 

By the way, Foxx played QB back in high school ... and was pretty good too -- throwing for more than 1,000 yards for Terrell High School in Texas. 

Plus, he'll always be Willie Beamen, baby! 

Ex-NFL Receiver Hank Baskett Jordan Reed Needs To Hang It Up Think About Your Future

10/14/2016 12:46 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Former NFL receiver Hank Baskett says it's time Redskins TE Jordan Reed starts thinking about his future off the field ... saying "you gotta know when actually it's time to hang it up."

Reed's health became a hot topic this week after he suffered the 6th concussion of his short career during last weeks game against the Ravens. Baskett -- who played 5 years in the league -- thinks Reed should look at the bigger picture.

"If you keep pushing -- especially after 6 confirmed concussions -- I think you gotta think about that a little more," Baskett tells TMZ Sports.

"You gotta think about life. Life is bigger, there's so much after sports. If I was in that situation where I had 6 concussions, I would stop because my family and my health is more important."

Check out the clip.


Antonio Brown Honoring Jose Fernandez & Kimbo ... Awesome Custom Cleats

10/14/2016 7:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1014_antonio_brown_custom_cleats_launchAntonio Brown is continuing his tribute to fallen sports heroes with a pair of dope custom cleats honoring the late Kimbo Slice and Jose Fernandez this week.

After wearing Arnold Palmer and Muhammad Ali themed cleats, we're told AB wanted to do something special this week when the Steelers play his hometown Miami Dolphins.

Brown hit up longtime friend Corey Pane ... his go-to guy for customized cleats. Pane says "these are really important to him," given AB's strong Miami roots (Kimbo and Jose were staples in the MIA community).

We're told AB plans to wear the cleats for pre-game warm-ups. Considering his recent history of getting fined for cleats, it's unlikely he'll wear them during the game.

Regardless, kudos to Brown for honoring two sports legends.

Herschel Walker I Still Stand With Trump 'Everybody Does Stupid Things'

10/11/2016 1:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Herschel Walker says the unearthed Trump Tapes have NOT scared him away from his former 'Celebrity Apprentice' boss -- telling TMZ Sports he stands firmly with The Donald

Walker has been a staunch Trump supporter from the beginning -- but with G.O.P. heavyweights like Paul Ryan and John McCain running for the hills, we asked the ex-NFL star if his position has changed. 

In a word, no -- in fact, he seems even MORE passionate about Trump. 

"Okay, Donald says stupid stuff. He do stupid things. I've done stupid things. Everybody's done stupid things. But what are you gonna do right now? Where are you at right now? Hillary Clinton, where are you at right now?"

Antonio Brown 'The Greatest' Cleats Ever Tribute to Muhammad Ali

10/7/2016 2:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1007-antonio-brown-new-cleats-TWITTER-01He floats like a butterfly ...

He stings like a bee ...

Which is why Antonio Brown's new custom cleats are paying tribute ... to Muhammad Ali!!! 

The Pittsburgh Steelers superstar is planning to make another statement with his feet on Sunday -- with cleats featuring images of the legendary boxer. 

1007-antonio-brown-new-cleats-TWITTER-02They've even got images of a bee and a butterfly, thanks to artist Corey Pane -- the same guy who designed AB's Arnold Palmer cleats from last weekend. 

By the way, that's a lot of pressure to put Ali on your cleats -- make him proud! 

Buffalo's Marcell Dareus 'I Got the Help I Needed' ... I'm Ready to Kick Ass

10/7/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Buffalo Bills superstar Marcell Dareus says he's PUMPED to make his 2016 debut after serving his 4 game drug policy suspension -- explaining, "I sought out the help I need and I'm moving on."

Dareus joined the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 and told us about the impact his life coach, Bruce Smith, has had on him ... and why he's more motivated than ever to be a great person and player.

Oh, and he also dishes out some smack talk to the L.A. Rams -- telling us how he plans to celebrate in Los Angeles if/when they upset the NFC West leaders.

Check out "TMZ Sports" weekdays on FS1.

DeAndre Jordan Odell Would Be Better Off In Dallas ... I Talk to Him Every Day

10/6/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

DeAndre Jordan says Odell Beckham is one of his best friends -- they talk daily -- and he strongly believes the NY Giants star would be better off playing for the Dallas Cowboys. 

You know the backstory ... Odell has been having emotional outbursts on the field lately. He claims the refs are targeting him. Giants coaches (past and present) have called him a "distraction."

Jordan -- without naming names -- explained to us, "They're picking on him, giving him a hard time."

But the real statement is when DJ makes it clear he thinks his friend needs to LEAVE NEW YORK and play for the Dallas Cowboys. 

Of course, it could take a while for DJ's plan to come to fruition -- Odell doesn't become a free agent until 2018.

Univ. of Colorado Cops Shoot, Kill Armed Man ... In Sports Complex

10/5/2016 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

A machete-wielding man was shot and killed by police after entering the Champions Center sports facility at the University of Colorado at Boulder campus ... officials confirm.  

The situation began around 9:15 AM -- witnesses say two men were involved in an altercation in the parking lot ... with one of the men pulling out a machete. 

At one point, the suspect went inside the sports center. 

Cops say they confronted the suspect and ordered him to put down his weapon -- but he did not comply ... so police opened fire, killing the man. 

People inside the complex -- which houses the football locker room, a weight room and more -- reportedly locked themselves inside various rooms and offices for safety. 

No one besides the suspect was harmed during the incident. 

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