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Curt Schilling

I Have Mouth Cancer

... Blames Chewing Tobacco

8/20/2014 6:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Former MLB pitching great Curt Schilling says he was diagnosed with mouth cancer back in February ... and believes it was caused from his 30-year habit of chewing tobacco. 

The former Boston Red Sox pitcher says he stayed quiet about the diagnosis for months for two reasons -- he didn't want people to pity him and he didn't want to get into the chewing tobacco debate.

Still, 47-year-old Schilling says ... "I'll go to my grave believing that [chewing tobacco] was why I got what I got ... absolutely, no question in my mind about that."

Schilling says he learned about the cancer only after seeing a doctor about a dog bite wound on his finger -- and felt a lump in his neck. 

He got it checked out -- and it turned out to be squamous cell carcinoma ... aka mouth cancer. 

Schilling says he went through several weeks of chemotherapy and radiation treatments -- and says the whole thing hurt like hell. 

"The pain that I was in going through this treatment, the second or third day it was the only thing in my life that had that I wish I could go back and never have dipped. Not once. It was so painful."

Matt Kemp

Turns Two at Hollywood Nightclub

Smokin' Hot Chicks

8/19/2014 6:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

L.A. Dodgers star Matt Kemp took advantage of his day off yesterday and hit the Hollywood club scene -- only to drive off with two hot ladies ... one of which was an absolute smokeshow. 

TMZ Sports has the footage showing the Dodgers outfielder bee-lining to a waiting SUV outside of DBA nightclub ... followed by a modestly dressed woman who got into the passenger seat ... and another woman dressed in some Daisy Dukes and a tiny top who got into the back. 

Kemp and the Dodgers are set to take on the Padres in a few hours -- hopefully he's got some energy left.

Lucky Baseball Fan

I Offered Chris Carter His Balls Back ...

But He Said I Could Keep 'Em!!!

8/13/2014 11:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Fan Caught Chris Carter Home Run BallsThe lucky SOB who caught two Chris Carter home run balls in the same game Tuesday night was prepared to give them back to the slugger, but TMZ Sports has learned ... he got to keep them.

In case you missed it ... Tim Pinkard, in his first ever visit to Minute Maid Park in Houston ... snagged home run balls in the third and fifth innings. Even crazier ... both homers were hit by Carter.

Pinkard met Carter before Wednesday's game and he tells TMZ Sports he offered Carter back the baseballs. But Pinkard says Carter refused and autographed them instead ... and even posed for a few pics with Pinkard and his family. 

Pinkard won't be in the same seats for Wednesday's game ... the team got him primo seats right behind the dugout instead.

As for the balls, Pinkard has no intention of selling them, telling TMZ Sports, "The memory is more valuable."

Pinkard is from the Washington, D.C. area and said he plans to display them in his house when he gets home.

Alex Rodriguez

Half a Billion to Blow and

His Best Purchase Ever Was ...

8/12/2014 8:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Alex Rodriguez may not be playing baseball, but he's still got a crap ton of money to play with -- during his year-long suspension -- which makes this video of him totally shocking and, dare we say it ... sweet.

A-Rod's last 2 contracts alone give him more than half a BILLION dollars to spend (before taxes, of course) -- so when we got him yesterday in Venice, we had to know: What's the dumbest thing he ever bought?

Watch the vid ... he struggled to come up with an answer, but then dropped a surprising gem. Guarantee, it's the last thing you'd expect him to say.

Oh, and A-Rod was walking out of Gold's Gym with his gf Torrie Wilson -- so, at least he's staying in shape. Naturally.

Oakland A's

Rally Possum Can Stay As Long As It's Celibate

8/6/2014 12:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0806_OAKLAND_AS_POSSUM_COMPOSITEThe Oakland A's are so desperate to maintain their hold on the best record in baseball, they are willing to let a wild opossum run free in their stadium ... as long as it doesn't reproduce.

The new good luck charm -- which fans have nicknamed "RallyPossum" on Twitter -- showed up at the stadium last week, but made it's first TV appearance during an extra innings game on Monday. Since the little critter arrived ... the A's have yet to lose. 

Reps for the team tell TMZ Sports, "We're undefeated since he showed up, and have no intention of getting rid of him."  The rep says they won't call Animal Control on RP ... unless it starts procreating like crazy. 

FUN FACT: Opossum commonly give birth to more than 13 babies a pop. Now THAT'S a rally.

Chrissy Teigen

First Pitch for Dodgers ...

Practice & Booze Make Perfect!

8/6/2014 7:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Playing catch with John Legend paid off ... because Chrissy Teigen nailed her first pitch at Tuesday night's Los Angeles Dodgers game.

TMZ Sports posted the video over the weekend of Teigen warming up for her big day ... and she didn't let nerves get the best of her when she took the mound. Possibly because she tweeted, "Crap I'm pretty drunk" ... shortly before the game.

Teigen passed on the fancy gymnastics gold medalist McKayla Maroney used during her first pitch in Chicago over the weekend. 

And yes, they're both better than 50 Cent.

CC Sabathia

3 Years Crunch-Free

After Hardcore Cereal Addiction

8/1/2014 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He was powerless over the cravings ... consuming it like an junkie ... but NY Yankees star CC Sabathia says he's now 3 years clean and sober after a hardcore addiction to Captain Crunch. 

CC is very open about his obsession with the food (part of a complete breakfast) saying he would eat it by the boxload because it's so delicious. 

But when he was told to lose weight back in 2011, CC had to kick the Crunch from his diet ... one of the hardest things he's ever done. 

Despite the constant urge to fill up a bowl, CC told us he's staying strong ... and has essentially conquered his tiny, yellow demons.  Check out the clip ...

Man with No Arms


... Nails It!!!

8/1/2014 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is the most amazing thing we've ever seen!!!

A man born with no arms threw out the 1st pitch at the K.C. Royals game last night  -- using his feet -- and he absolutely CRUSHES IT.  

The guy's name is Tom Willis -- a motivational speaker who has a production company with the slogan, "No hands. No arms. No problem."

Willis used his feet to fire out the first pitch -- and put 50 Cent to shame!!!

The 54-year-old has thrown out the 1st pitch at 22 stadiums -- we're guessing he's trying to get to every single one. 

Watch the clip -- the guy is amazing.  

Evelyn Lozada


He Can't Compete With My New Man!

6/27/2014 10:54 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

SHOTS FIRED AT CHAD OCHOCINCO ... and the woman pulling the trigger is his ex-wife Evelyn Lozada!!!

The "Basketball Wives" star -- who happens to be engaged to L.A. Dodgers superstar Carl Crawford -- was hangin' at GNC at the Beverly Center ... when we asked to see the massive 14.5 carat diamond ring he gave her back in December. 

That's when Evelyn flashed the ring ... and a little bit of sass ... taking aim at the puny 10 carat rock Chad gave her back in 2010. 

Check out the clip ... enjoy the burn.


50 Cent


Before Disastrous First Pitch

5/28/2014 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here it is ... PROOF ... that 50 Cent's arm isn't as terrible as it seemed during his legendarily awful first pitch at Tuesday's Mets game. 

Just before he took the mound at Citi Field and threw a pitch so terrible, even Gary Dell'Abate had to laugh at it ... 50 was warming up the bullpen and displayed some pretty decent accuracy. 

Check out the clip ... sure, he could use some work on his mechanics ... but it's not really that terrible.

Unfortunately, it's not really what you do in practice that counts ...

50 Cent's First Pitch


5/27/2014 8:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

You can find him in the clubhouse ... humiliated on a national level -- because Tuesday night 50 Cent may have thrown out the worst first pitch in MLB history.

Fiddy was given the honor at the NY Mets game at Citi Field before the Mets took on the Pittsburgh Pirates.

There was a wind up. There was a pitch. There was a disaster.

Seriously, it was bad.

Donald Sterling

The Magic Picture

That Triggered Racial Rant

4/27/2014 10:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Donald Sterling Magic Johnson

This is the picture that triggered the conversation between L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling and his girlfriend ... the conversation in which he said he did not want her bringing Magic Johnson or any other African American to his games.

In the pic -- obtained by TMZ Sports -- V. Stiviano is on the right.  The woman on the left is V's friend, Rachel Rodriguez.  

Stiviano says on the audio -- and Sterling acknowledges -- he made her take the pic off Instagram because he didn't want her seen in public with an African American.


In another tape ... Sterling expressed similar disdain for posting this pic (above) -- also obtained by TMZ Sports -- of Stiviano with L.A. Dodger Matt Kemp.

Both pics were taken months ago -- apparently at Dodger Stadium -- but she posted them only recently and then took them down at Sterling's behest.

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