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Odell Beckham Jr. Gives Walking Boot the Boot ... For Knicks Game

12/13/2017 8:49 AM PST

It's a beautiful sight for N.Y. Giants fans ... Odell Beckham Jr. makin' his way around the Big Apple without his walking boot!!

TMZ Sports spotted the NFL superstar heading into MSG for the Knicks vs. Lakers game Tuesday ... and although his boot was super swagged out, it's a great sign for his health to see him without it.

OBJ went down with a season-ending ankle injury in October ... but watching him sit courtside with Magic Johnson to cheer on the Knickerbockers sans boot should give fans hope.

Get well soon, OBJ!

'WWE Tough Enough' Winner Docs Say Brain Cancer Is Terminal ... Still Fighting Disease

12/12/2017 12:43 PM PST
Breaking News

"WWE Tough Enough 3" winner Matt Cappotelli has terminal brain cancer ... but is still doing everything he can to fight the disease 6 months after the painful diagnosis.

Back in June, TMZ Sports reported on Matt's second surgery to remove a brain tumor -- over 10 years after he had one removed ... and had his pro wrestling career cut short.

But this time, 10% of the Grade 4 tumor could not be operated on since it was too close to his brain stem ... which gives Cappotelli 5 more years to live, at best -- doctors told WDRB in Louisville.

But, Matt ain't goin' down without a fight -- staying physically active and wearing a special cap 18 hours a day to keep the cancer at bay.

“Though it seems unfortunate, I want it to be portrayed as a story of hope -- unending hope,” Cappotelli said.

For anyone who wants to help Capp, there's a GoFundMe page to help cover his medical bills. 

California Wildfires Burned Highway Bunny Recovering

12/12/2017 7:55 AM PST

The burned bunny rescued from one of California's wildfires -- seen in a viral video -- is recovering well and could be released back into the wild soon. Take that, 2017 bad news!

The female cottontail suffered burns to both her ears and feet and was taken to the California Wildlife Center in Malibu after hopping into the flames of the Thomas fire ... which has scorched about 230,000 acres in Southern California.

She was rescued by 21-year-old Caleb Wadman, the dude seen wearing a red sweatshirt in that video, and although the move was super risky, some say the furball wouldn't have survived if he hadn't intervened.

Rep. Steve Scalise Here's How I Roll ... I'm Getting Back On Baseball Field!!!

12/11/2017 4:30 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

GOP House Whip Steve Scalise's competitive juices are rivaling those of Astros superstar Jose Altuve ... vowing to return as the Congressional second baseman after surviving a bullet.

We got the congressman at Reagan National Airport in D.C. and asked how his recovery's coming along. You'll recall Scalise and the Congressional Baseball Team came under attack in June after James T. Hodgkinson fired as many as 50 rounds with an automatic rifle.

Check it out ... Scalise -- who fought for his life after being struck in the hip -- has a new goal. We'll just say this: whoever took his spot in the lineup ... watch your back.

Claudia Jordan on Meghan Markle Stuffing Bra, Weight Watching ... Part of the Job!!

12/11/2017 8:23 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Claudia Jordan said models are a lot like boxers -- making weight and looking the part is totally part of the job.

We got Claudia outside Delilah Sunday night in WeHo and asked her about claims her former "Deal or No Deal" co-star Tameka Jacobs made ... saying Meghan Markle was told to stuff her bra and watch her figure in her 1-year stint as a briefcase model.

Check it out ... Claudia gets brutally honest ... not only confirming Tameka's claims, but taking it a step further by saying the inspections didn't cross the line, because models have to look good.

Speaking of which ... here's Her Royal Highness rocking a Santa dress.

Happy Ho-Ho-Ho-lidays!!!

'Biggest Loser' Trainer Why Run Outside During Wildfires? Just Smoke 5 Packs o' Cigs

12/8/2017 4:09 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

'Biggest Loser' trainer Dolvett Quince is trying to scare every L.A. runner straight ... off the street or trail during the intense wildfires.

We got the super toned trainer at LAX, and asked if it's still safe to run, or exercise at all, with the fires smoking up much of the L.A. basin. Remember ... some of the hard hit areas -- in Bel-Air, Malibu and the San Fernando Valley -- are home to tons of celebs who enjoy training outdoors.

Dolvett's recommending everyone in health-conscious L.A. to adjust their fitness goals -- unless filling your lungs with smoke is your thing.

Ric Flair Admits Hardcore Drinking Binge Hours Before Intestines Ruptured

12/8/2017 8:30 AM PST
Breaking News

Ric Flair is now admitting he had been boozing HARD all day and night in the hours before his medical emergency in August ... and credits his fiancee with saving his life. 

"I had been drinking ... shocker, yeah," Flair said on WWE Hall of Famer Ricky Morton's podcast.

"A friend of mine came in town from Dallas and we had been out all day the day before (the emergency) and again in the morning before I flew back."

Hours later, Flair says ... "I got this really sharp pain in my stomach."

Flair says doctors told him his intestine had "broken open ... and that's the last thing I remember."

Flair had previously said that decades of heavy drinking led to the medical emergency -- but we had no idea he was on a binge earlier that day. 

The pro wrestling legend was put into a medically induced coma while doctors scrambled to save his life. Flair says he doesn't remember a single thing from the 11 days he was on life support ... "I just dreamt."

After he woke up, Flair says he was in such bad shape physically that he couldn't walk or twist the top off a Gatorade bottle ... and went to physical therapy to work on his motor skills. 

Now, Flair is pretty much back to his old self -- and thanks his fiancee, Wendy, for being by his side throughout the entire ordeal. 

Ralphie May Cause of Death High Blood Pressure, Unhealthy Heart

12/6/2017 1:35 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ralphie May died from hypertensive cardiovascular disease ... TMZ has learned.

In layman's terms, Ralphie had high blood pressure and an unhealthy heart. Someone who is morbidly obese has a propensity for high blood pressure and Clark County Coroner John Fudenberg tells TMZ his weight was a contributing factor in his death.

We're told drugs and alcohol did not contribute to his death.

The Coroner has classified the death as natural.

TMZ broke the story ... Ralphie died in early October from cardiac arrest and after 6 weeks of battling pneumonia. He had performed at Harrah's in Las Vegas ... and the last time anyone saw him was before he walked into his room to eat Jack in the Box.

As we reported ... Ralphie talked about his pneumonia battle and appeared to be in no condition to meet and greet fans after his show, but did anyway.

Ralphie was 45.

'Magnum, P.I.' Star Died from Heart Disease

12/6/2017 12:41 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Tom Selleck's Emmy-winning "Magnum, P.I." co-star, John Hillerman, died from heart disease ... TMZ has learned.

A spokesperson at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences in Texas tells us Hillerman had hypertensive arteriosclerotic cardiovascular disease which proved fatal. We're told he also had complications due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease as well as congestive heart failure.

John played Higgins -- Selleck's condescending, yet lovable, landlord on the '80s hit TV show.

As we reported, he died at his home in Houston last month. He was 84.

Blake Griffin Toughs Out Knee Injury ... For Date with Kendall

12/6/2017 12:11 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Sprained MCL be damned ... Blake Griffin fought through his knee pain Tuesday night to hang out with Kendall Jenner -- and he didn't even need crutches!

The L.A. Clippers superstar gimped over to the Improv comedy club -- where he met up with his rumored girlfriend. Blake tried to go incognito, but it's hard when you're a 6'10" black redhead.

Griffin suffered a sprained MCL during a collision with Austin Rivers last week -- and he's expected to miss around 2 months.

Good news ... he was moving around pretty good at the comedy club -- but jumping, sprinting and cutting is a whole other ball game.

Morgan Spurlock Trump's McDonald's Diet Fills a 'Sad Hole'

12/6/2017 6:47 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Morgan Spurlock thinks President Trump's obsession with McDonald's has psychological overtones ... proof he's an unhappy man looking for any form of fulfillment.

We got the "Super Size Me" star at LAX, and he weighed in on Trump's documented fast food campaign diet -- which at least once contained an estimated 2,500-plus calories full of junk food ... courtesy of good ol' Mickey D's.

According to Morgan, it's only a matter of time until Trump's heart explodes. Fifty four percent of Americans think that's impossible, because it presumes the existence of such an organ.

John Mayer Hospitalized for Emergency Appendectomy

12/5/2017 9:05 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

12/6/2017 -- Sources tell us the procedure was a success and John is recovering ... in addition to the NOLA show, the group's show in Orlando on Dec. 7 and in Sunrise, FL on Dec. 8 have been postponed, as well. 

John Mayer's been rushed to a New Orleans hospital for an emergency appendectomy.

John was hospitalized early Tuesday morning according to a rep for the singer. Sources tell us he's in surgery right now.

The guitarist is touring with The Dead and Company. They had a show scheduled for tonight in NOLA, but we're told that's been postponed now. 

40-year-old Mayer's also been touring with his own band. It's unclear when he'll be healthy enough to get back on the road to continue.

As for Tuesday's show -- we're told original tickets will be honored at the new date -- and if fans want a refund, they can return to point of purchase.

Zab Judah Working As Nurses Assistant Treating Dementia Patients

12/5/2017 12:40 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ex-boxing champ Zab Judah beat people up for a living ... but now he's got another job, assisting elderly patients with dementia, and helping teach a nursing class.

Judah -- a 4x boxing champ -- is working at an adult day care facility during the day, and helping teach a nurses assistant class by night ... all the while still training as a pro fighter.

Teberah Alexander -- the director at Excelling Nursing Academy who also runs the day care facility -- tells TMZ Sports that Judah recently graduated the nurses assistant class (he's now CPR certified, and First-Aid trained) ... and now actually helps teach a class of students studying to get certified.

Alexander says Zab primarily works with people with dementia and Alzheimer's ... and has developed a bond with the elderly patients.

She says Zab does everything from catheters to taking vitals.

it's no secret that Zab has had his fair share of trouble in the past ... but we're told that Judah has changed his life, and has been a favorite of patients, staff and students at the nursing facility.

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