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Verne Troyer I Was The Tiniest Linebacker Ever ... Here's My Football Glory Story

6/26/2016 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

TMZ Sports content quiz ... would you rather hear a harrowing story of sports glory from one of the most feared athletes of his generation?

Or ... do you wanna hear about the time Verne Troyer made a single tackle in a full-contact football game against a guy (obviously) three times his size.

We thought so ...

Verne was out at LAX when the subject of football came up and he broke the epic news to us that he's not just a fan of the game ... he used to be a player!!

Check out the clip -- and remember, dynamite comes in small packages.

Muhammad Ali's Grandson NCAA Won't Shut Down Modeling Career ... Football Loophole

6/18/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Muhammad Ali's grandson WILL be able to get PAID as a model and play college football at the same time ... and it's all because he was SMART enough to sign with an agency right now. 

As we previously reported, 17-year-old Biaggio Ali Walsh is one of the top high school running backs in the country and has been offered scholarships to several major universities.

He also just signed a modeling contract with the Wilhelmina agency, which has BIG plans for the athlete. Good move, here's why. 

It's against NCAA rules for college players to parlay their notoriety from college sports to profit -- and if Biaggio signed his modeling deal AFTER he was a college football star, it could be a conflict. 

But since Biaggio began his modeling career BEFORE college, it seems to be no problem with the NCAA. 

In fact, we reached out to the NCAA and, while they couldn't speak about Biaggo's specific situation, they explained a prospect can continue to model without impacting his eligibility provided these 3 things:

1) He started modeling prior to enrolling in college

2) His athletic ability is not considered as a factor in hiring him as a model

3) He is paid at a rate commensurate with his skill or experience as a performer/model.

Translation -- BIAGGIO FOUND THE LOOPHOLE!! 

BTW, UCLA football player Cordell Broadus has also signed with Wilhelmina models ... but, just like Biaggio, he was striking a pose BEFORE he became a college football player. 

Smart kids. 

Nate Robinson Seahawks Tryout Went Well ... Says Agent

6/14/2016 10:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0614_nate_robinson_seahawks_gettyEx-NBA star Nate Robinson was "impressive" in his tryout with the Seattle Seahawks on Monday ... this according to Nate's agent. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Aaron Goodwin who confirmed 32-year-old Nate worked out for the NFL team as a defensive back ... the same position he played back at the Univ. of Washington. 

"Nate's tryout with the Seahawks went well and was impressive," Goodwin says. 

The two sides have not struck any sort of a deal but we're told, "[Nate] may go back later. He's going to focus on being ready for that opportunity should it occur again or an NBA opportunity."

When asked which sport Nate would prefer if offered a shot in the NFL and NBA -- Goodwin replied, "He wants to play basketball but will play football if the opportunity presents itself."

"He's a world class athlete and just wants the opportunity to continue to play."

Ex-NFL RB Travis Minor Busted In Prostitution Sting ... That Hooker's a Cop!

6/13/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0609_travis_minor_mug_sports_wmEx-NFL running back Travis Minor tried to pay $40 for some lovin' in Florida ... but his plans were foiled when the hooker turned out to be an undercover cop ... this according to police.

 TMZ Sports obtained court docs which show the former Florida State football star unknowingly rolled up to a hooker sting operation in Broward County back in 2014 ... allegedly looking for some oral sex. 

Instead, Minor -- a 3rd round pick in the 2001 Draft -- got arrested and charged for soliciting a prostitute. 

But here's the rub ... Minor has yet to be punished because his case has been pushed and pushed and pushed for years. 

In fact, he had a hearing on Thursday -- but the case was yet again pushed back. His next court date is June 30th ... but don't hold your breath for anything to happen. 

We reached out to Minor for comment -- so far, no word back.

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Cam Newton Butchers 'Nice & Slow' ... For the Kids!

6/9/2016 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's Cam Newton doing a TERRIBLE rendition of Usher's "Nice and Slow" on a radio show Thursday morning ... but the good news -- it was all to help raise money for a good cause!!!

The Panthers QB appeared on Power 98 in Charlotte this morning for the "Maddhouse Sing-A-Long" with Ms. Jessica ... where Cam agreed to channel his inner Usher. 

Spoiler Alert -- he's no Usher. 

In fact, he had to CHEAT and read the lyrics off his notes!!! 

Still, gotta respect the guy ... he was there to push his big celebrity kickball tournament in N.C. Friday -- which raises money for the Cam Newton foundation. 

Now watch the clip ... and try to sing along with a cheat sheet!!! 

President Obama Impersonates Peyton Manning ... 'Omaha! Omaha!'

6/6/2016 2:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

The Denver Broncos hit up the White House moments ago ... and President Obama wasted no time doing his best Peyton Manning -- dropping a few "Omahas" for the squad. 

The clip's pretty funny ... Obama roasts everyone from Von Miller to kicker Brandon McManus ... and jokes that he might be able to play WR for the Broncos. 

Of course, there were a few players from the Super Bowl championship team who were noticeably absent -- including Brock Osweiler (who's with his new team) and Aqib Talib (who's nursing a gunshot wound). 

Baylor's Shawn Oakman '13 Domestic Violence Pics Show Minor Injuries

6/6/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0603_shawn_oakman_gettyHere are the pics from Shawn Oakman's 2013 domestic violence case -- which show the injuries he allegedly inflicted on his then-girlfriend ... while he was a member of the Baylor football team. 

The accuser filed a police report at the time claiming Oakman roughed her up inside an apartment in January 2013 -- causing bruises on her arms and lips.

0603_injury_photos_launch_sports_launch-2Despite brutal allegations that the 6'8" 275 pounder shoved her into a brick wall and cabinets and called her horrible names, she never pressed charged against Oakman. 

As for Baylor's role -- it's unclear if he was disciplined by the school ... but he did not miss a single game in the following season. 

Baylor has admitted it completely bungled the way it handled domestic violence allegations against football players over the years -- but has not specifically weighed in on this case. 

As for Oakman, he's currently facing rape charges stemming from an alleged incident in 2016 involving a different woman. 

Vegas Strip Club To Raiders Free Lap Dances & Limo Rides FOREVER If The Team Moves

6/5/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0602_saphire_gentelmans_club_raiders_logo_getty_tmz_compositeFootballs won't be the only thing bouncing for the Raiders if they move to Vegas ... 'cause one of the biggest strip clubs in Sin City is promising free lap dances FOREVER to any member of the team.

We talked to the good folks over at Sapphire ... a Vegas mega club where celebs like Rihanna, 50 Cent and Katy Perry all party ... and they told us they have some silicon-filled incentive for the team to move.

"Sapphire proposes that if the Raiders do indeed relocate to Las Vegas, all team members will receive free lap dances and limo transportation at the best-voted, world’s largest, and most iconic gentlemen’s club in Las Vegas."

#CommitmentToAsscellence #BlackHole #JustTwerkBaby

NFL's Cordarrelle Patterson My School Spirit Cost $15k!!!

6/4/2016 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Minnesota Vikings speedster Cordarrelle Patterson is showing love like all rich men do ... with diamonds ... blingin' out a custom neck piece to honor the two schools he loves.

TMZ Sports spoke to Albert Bekdas -- owner of Labelle Jewelry in New Jersey -- who tells us CP tasked him with combining his high school and college logos into one kick-ass piece.

That apparently entailed combining 10 carats of diamonds with 5 carats of sapphires into a shiny behemoth that set Patterson back over $15K.

And you thought showing up to the reunion was enough ... slacker.

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Baylor Football Top QB Recruit Decommits ... No Briles? No Deal.

6/1/2016 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0601_Kellen-Mond_baylor_getty_twitterAnother huge blow to the Baylor football program -- a top high school QB has decommitted from the school ... after head coach Art Briles got the chop. 

Kellen Mond -- a top rated duel threat QB from Florida -- had previously committed to attend Baylor after his senior season in 2017. 

But moments ago, he announced that the deal is off ... saying, "After further discussion with my family, I have made the decision to decommit from Baylor University."

"When I committed last summer, the primary basis was due to having the leadership of Art Briles and Kendall Briles as a great football foundation."

"Although this decision has been difficult, I would like to sincerely thank the TREMENDOUS Baylor fans and community for their support during this recruitment process."

Don't worry about Mond -- the 6'3", 200-pound junior has reportedly had offers from some of the top programs in the country ... including Auburn, Clemson, LSU, TCU, Texas A&M, Arizona State and more. 

Mike Singletary I'm Interested In Baylor Coaching Job

6/1/2016 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0601-mike-singletary-getty-01Mike Singletary tells TMZ Sports ... he's "absolutely" interested in the head coaching job at Baylor University ... and has even had some casual conversations with the powers that be. 

We spoke to the NFL legend (and ex-49ers head coach) moments ago ... who says he's still passionate about his alma mater -- and strongly believes it can rise from the ashes. 

“I believe in Baylor," Singletary says ... "I believe in the school. Right now they just have to put the right leadership in place. Baylor can do great things.”

And with Singletary's name being floated around as a possible candidate for head coach -- we asked straight up if he'd consider taking the job. 

"Absolutely," Singletary said ... noting that his son, John, is a freshman at Baylor and a walk-on football player. He thinks it would be cool for the two to be a part of the same team. 

Singletary says he's had "very casual conversations" with Baylor honchos about the job -- but not an official interview. 

So, can Baylor really bounce back from the biggest scandal in its history? 

"It can," Singletary says ... "There just have to be critical decisions made in the leadership that’s appointed. Make sure every step is a solid one. Put certain guys in place and move forward. But I know it can be a great institution."

Knowshon Moreno I Wanna Play for the Broncos Again ... I Feel Good, Healthy

5/27/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Knowshon Moreno says he's laser-focused on an NFL comeback -- with the running back telling TMZ Sports he's healthy and ready to go ... and would love to return to his old team in Denver. 

The 28-year-old -- who hasn't played since suffering an ACL injury in 2014 -- appeared on the "TMZ Sports" TV show on FS1 and discussed his comeback plans. 

"I still have a lot in the tank ... probably TOO MUCH in the tank! I have to let it out!"

Check out the clip ... especially you, Mr. Elway.

Baylor School Officials 'Retaliated' Against Sexual Assault Accuser

5/26/2016 10:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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This is disgusting ... 

Baylor University officials actively discouraged possible sexual assault victims from reporting incidents against athletes -- and in one case RETALIATED against a woman who did. 

It's all part of an investigation by a law firm hired by Baylor to look into alleged misconduct by school officials regarding SEVERAL violent allegations against student athletes, primarily football players. 

The report states clear as day ... investigators say University administrators directly discouraged complainants from reporting or participating in student conduct processes ... contributing to a hostile environment.

"In one instance, those actions constituted retaliation against a complainant for reporting sexual assault."

The report does not specify how they retaliated. 

Investigators also say school officials failed to "identify and respond to a pattern of sexual violence by a football player, to take action in response to reports of a sexual assault by multiple football players, and to take action in response to a report of dating violence."

As a result of the investigation, Baylor fired head football coach Art Briles, demoted Baylor president Ken Starr and axed several members of the administration and the athletic dept.

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