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Cubs Star Addison Russell Denies Domestic Violence Claims

6/8/2017 2:10 PM PDT
Breaking News

Chicago Cubs star Addison Russell is strongly denying accusations of domestic violence against his wife ... calling the claims "false and hurtful" in a statement Thursday.

Melisa -- Russell's wife of 1 year -- posted a pic on Instagram Wednesday hinting the couple had split due to infidelity. Melisa's close friend went one step further, commenting Russell had "mentally and physically" abused his wife ... sparking an MLB investigation, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

But Russell is adamant he's done nothing wrong, saying “Any allegation I have abused my wife is false and hurtful. For the well-being of my family, I’ll have no no further comment.”

The Cubs have also addressed the allegations, saying they are following the league's protocol and will fully cooperate as they gather all the facts. Russell will be benched for Thursday's game against the Rockies to "allow him to work through this matter."

John McCain Blames Diamondbacks for Weird Comey Questioning

6/8/2017 12:15 PM PDT
Breaking News

John McCain says he has a perfectly good excuse for that bizarre line of questioning during the Comey hearing Thursday ... he watched too much baseball the night before.

Twitter has been exploding with people mocking the 80-year-old AZ senator for strangely bringing up the Hillary Clinton investigation while everyone else wanted answers on Russia and Trump

McCain accused Comey of applying a double standard by closing the Clinton investigation while leaving the Trump inquiry open. Comey's explanation was that the Clinton investigation ran its course while the Trump investigation had barely started when Trump fired him.

This seemed a rational explanation for everyone in the room, except for McCain who seemed baffled.

Now, McCain has issued a statement trying to explain (and also poking fun at himself) ... saying:

"I get the sense from Twitter that my line of questioning today went over people's heads. Maybe going forward I shouldn't stay up late watching the Diamondbacks night games."

For the record, the D-Backs played the Padres Wednesday night ... and won 7-4. 

MLB's Luis Gonzalez On Saving Woman from Burning Car 'We Jumped Into Action'

6/6/2017 4:00 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

World Series hero Luis Gonzalez became a REAL-LIFE hero when he pulled a woman out of a burning car last week -- and now he's telling his story to TMZ Sports.

Gonzo -- who famously got the winning hit in the 2001 World Series for the Diamondbacks -- was driving to dinner in Paradise Valley, AZ on Friday when he saw a head-on collision. 

The ex-MLB star says he jumped out of his car and right into action -- pulling a disoriented and injured elderly woman from her car as one of the vehicles burst into flames. 

"I told her the car behind me was starting to catch on fire, that we needed to get her out."

The story is incredible. Props to Gonzo and all of the emergency responders. 

Yankees Stud Aaron Judge Secret Broadway Superfan

6/6/2017 6:12 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

NY Yankees mega-slugger Aaron Judge ... loves musicals!!! 

The power-hitting rookie was at CC & Amber Sabathia's PitCCh In Foundation charity event in NYC Monday night when we asked the one thing NY newbies should do when they get to the Big Apple.

His answer -- BROADWAY!!!

The 6'7" superstar even has a favorite play ... and says he keeps some of the songs on his playlist. 

See, Meryl Streep -- sports and the arts CAN co-exist!

New York Mets Mr. Met Fired After Flipping Off Fans

6/1/2017 6:35 AM PDT
Breaking News

The New York Mets have FIRED Mr. Met and apologized after their beloved mascot was caught giving fans the one-finger salute during Wednesday's game.

A fan captured the encounter as Mr. Met headed into the tunnel during the 7th inning -- claiming he was just trying to get a high 5 -- but got only 1 digit in return.

The Mets called it an "inappropriate action," and issued an apology saying "we do not condone this type of behavior. We are dealing with this matter internally."

The team later confirmed that the person wearing the costume Wednesday night has been canned from the position.

One thing to note: Mr. Met -- who only has 4 digits on each hand -- doesn't actually have a middle finger. But yeah ... we get the point.

Blue Jays' Kevin Pillar Apologizes For Gay Slur 'Not Who I Am'

5/18/2017 11:58 AM PDT
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1:42 PM PT -- The MLB and Blue Jays have suspended Pillar for two games. Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Kevin Pillar is apologizing for using the homophobic f-word in a verbal attack on a Braves pitcher during Wednesday's game ... saying, "This is not who I am."

Pillar mouthed the word to Jason Motte after he struck out during the 7th inning. Both teams stormed the field but miraculously, it didn't get violent.

Now, Pillar is owning up to hurling the horrible slur -- "[By using that word], I had just helped extend the use of a word that has no place in baseball, in sports or anywhere in society today."

"I'm completely and utterly embarrassed and feel horrible to have put the fans, my teammates and the Blue Jays organization in this position."

Pillar says he personally apologized to Motte -- but wants to reach out to the LBGTQ community and express his regrets for the "lack of respect" he displayed during the game.

"This is not who I am and will use this as an opportunity to better myself."

The MLB is investigating the incident to determine any possible punishment.

David Ortiz 'Hopefully' I'll Get Ceremony ... Like Derek Jeter

5/15/2017 9:08 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Big props from Big Papi ... who says Derek Jeter's jersey retirement ceremony at Yankee Stadium this weekend was so incredible, he hopes to have one just like it at Fenway Park.

David Ortiz was out in NYC when he told us #2's ceremony was "perfect" -- adding, "He deserve it, man."

We also asked the Red Sox legend if Jeter will go down as the greatest Yankee of all time. Papi seemed to sign off on that. 

And if baseball's not your thing -- Ortiz also gave us some recommendations on the Dominican food we HAVE to try. 

Bon appetit. 

A-Rod Skips Derek Jeter Night ... Does Dinner with J Lo

5/15/2017 7:07 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

Alex Rodriguez was in NYC doing dinner with Jennifer Lopez ... while most of his old Yankees teammates were at Yankee Stadium honoring Derek Jeter.

A-Rod and J Lo stepped out Sunday evening heading to Nobu. They were dressed to the nines, but make no mistake ... this is a bad look for Alex.

Yankee greats gathered at the Stadium where Jeter's number 2 was retired. Alex was invited, but his publicist had said he wouldn't be able to make it because he was going to be in Miami celebrating Mother's Day.

The photo shows he was really just ... oh, about 8 miles south of Derek. We've reached out A-Rod's rep, but no word back yet.

First time in history choosing J Lo backfires?

7:30 AM PT -- A-Rod was indeed in Miami on Sunday. His rep says he spent the morning with family, including Mom. We're told he arrived in NYC after 6 PM -- he has to work there Monday -- and went straight to Jennifer's for the dinner.

For what it's worth ... the Jeter event went down around 7 PM. 

Casper Smart Praises A-Rod No Jealousy for Dating J Lo

5/10/2017 7:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

How's this for maturity?!? 

Casper Smart tells TMZ Sports there's ZERO jealousy or animosity or bitterness at Alex Rodriguez for dating his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Lopez ... and actually praised A-Rod as a "legend."

Of course, Casper and J Lo dated for years before finally calling it quits in 2016. She's now dating A-Rod ... and it appears he has Casper's full blessing.

In fact, Casper says he's only heard great things about the ex-Yankees star and says when it comes to his feelings toward the baseball player -- "It's all respect and love."

MLB Star Andrew McCutchen Boston Fans are Cool ... Not Racist

5/9/2017 6:07 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Pittsburgh Pirates superstar Andrew McCutchen says his experience in Boston was simply different than Adam Jones -- telling TMZ Sports he was NOT showered with racial taunts. 

In fact, Andrew -- one of the 62 black players in the MLB -- says the fans at Fenway Park were actually really cool with him when the Pirates went to Beantown earlier this season.

McCutchen also commented on CC Sabathia's claim that black players "expect" racism in Boston -- saying it may be true for CC, but "everyone has different experiences."

Charles Barkley If I Saw Racist Fan ... 'I Would Put an End to That Sh*t'

5/3/2017 1:44 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Charles Barkley says he's very disappointed in the people AROUND the racist fan who hurled the N-word at Adam Jones ... saying he if saw anyone being racist, "I would put an end to that sh*t."

Barkley was out in NYC when we asked about the situation in Boston -- where a fan at Fenway Park hurled racial taunts at the Baltimore Orioles star. 

"It should never happen," Barkley says ... "but I'm disappointed in the fans who were around those people saying those things."

Barkley essentially says it's up to others to stand up for what's right -- and that's what he would do. 

By the way, this is just the beginning of Barkley's foray into racial issues --  he's launching a new show on TNT called "American Race" later this month ... and he's not holding back. 

In fact, Barkley gave us a teaser and said one of the issues he's most passionate about is the mistreatment of Muslims in the United States. 

Michael Rapaport 'Racist Fans In Boston Are Disgusting'

5/3/2017 9:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Rapaport says the scumbag who hurled racist taunts at Orioles star Adam Jones should be banned from all MLB games for life ... period. 

Rapaport is really pissed off about the situation -- with Jones claiming Red Sox fans yelled the n-word at him during the Monday night game at Fenway Park. 

Rap -- a huge Yankees fan -- said the fans behind the taunts are disgusting and should never step foot inside an MLB stadium ever again. 

We also spoke with Judd Nelson who's also upset -- and says he's shocked the other people in the stands didn't "take care of that guy."  

Translation -- non-racists shoulda beat the racist's ass. 

For what it's worth, Jones received a very warm ovation from the fans in Beantown before his first at-bat Tuesday night. Pretty awesome.

Jay Z Sued You Can't Use 'ROC NATION' Logo!!

5/1/2017 2:36 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Yes, you read that right ... Jay Z is getting sued for slapping the logo for "ROC NATION" -- his company -- on a bunch of Major League Baseball apparel.

Sounds bizarre, but Iconix Brand Group says Jay does NOT own the logo anymore. In docs obtained by TMZ, Iconix says it paid a whopping $204 million for it, and therefore has control over where the logo pops up ... especially when it comes to merchandise.

Iconix has beef with the ROC logo appearing on MLB hats, shirts, hoodies, etc -- a deal it says it never approved. It's not only suing Jay, but also MLB, Roc NationNew EraLids and the San Francisco Giants

The company is suing all of the above for at least $10 million and other damages. We've reached out to Jay Z, so far no word back.

Iconix also owns and manages the Ed Hardy, Joe Boxer and Marc Ecko logos. 

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