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Johnny Damon Roger Clemens is a Hall of Famer ... Feds Tried to Screw Him!

1/21/2018 12:35 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Johnny Damon says there are 60 million reasons to let Roger Clemens into the Baseball Hall of Fame -- as in the dollars the feds spent trying (and failing) to prove he used steroids. 

"Our government tried to accuse him ... we had $60 million of our tax money go to trying to defame him," Damon told TMZ Sports.

Johnny says all that money was wasted 'cause Clemens was ultimately "proven innocent."

So, the former superstar outfielder is backing his ex-Yankees teammate for the Hall ... but at the same time, wants the voters to show him love, too, since he's always been clean.

MLB's Jeremy Jeffress Pleads Guilty In DWI Case

1/17/2018 8:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Jeremy Jeffress has plead guilty in his drunk driving case -- but he's NOT going back to jail, TMZ Sports has learned. 

As we previously reported, Jeffress was popped on August 26, 2016 -- and during the stop, cops say he admitted to drinking 3 to 4 cups of Hennessy and Coke before he got behind the wheel.

Jeffress was initially charged with misdemeanor DWI -- which carries a minimum 72 hours in jail in Texas (they REALLY don't like drunk driving there). The maximum is 180 days. 

A rep for the Dallas County District Court tells TMZ Sports ... Jeffress pled guilty to DWI on Tuesday and got the minimum 3 days in jail. We're told the court gave him credit for time served, so he won't have to go back behind bars. 

Jeffress went to rehab following the arrest and rejoined the team about a month later. Sources connected to Jeffress tell us he's taking the situation very seriously and is committed to sobriety moving forward. 

MLB Pitcher Danny Duffy Pleads Guilty to DUI From Burger King Bust

1/16/2018 5:22 PM PST
Breaking News

Kansas City Royals pitcher Danny Duffy has taken a plea deal after being busted for a DUI back in August, and he won't get any jail time ... TMZ has learned.

Duffy reportedly pled guilty last Thursday and will be placed on probation ... and had to pay a $1,220 fine. He can't do illegal drugs or drink for a year, and will be subjected to random breath, blood and urine tests as part of the probation.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Duffy was pulled over in Overland Park, Kansas last summer in a BURGER KING DRIVE-THRU after passing out in his vehicle while waiting for his order.

He was cited for DUI in the BK parking lot and sent home with a friend.

Kenley Jansen Dodgers World Series Return?? ... No Guarantees

1/12/2018 10:08 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The Dodgers are a lock to make back-to-back World Series trips, right??

Not so fast, says stud closer Kenley Jansen -- who told TMZ Sports a repeat trip to the Fall Classic is far from guaranteed even if the Boys in Blue bust their asses.

The Dodgers did just reunite with ex-superstar Matt Kemp, who was out with Kenley at Thursday night's Lakers game ... and you can bet they ain't done makin' moves.

But, whether or not they repeat as NL champs, one thing's clear -- the fans FREAKIN' LOVE 'EM.

Rod Carew I Have a Ferrari in My Body Thanks to My New Heart!!

1/9/2018 2:47 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Rod Carew says he feels like a "superman" with his new heart and kidney ... telling TMZ Sports he's only getting stronger since suffering a major health scare 2 years ago.

ICYMI -- Carew experienced a massive heart attack back in 2015. Just months later, he received a heart transplant from Baltimore Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland ... who died from a brain aneurysm when he was 29.

Carew -- who was a part of the '18 Rose Bowl Parade -- says he's forever grateful he received Reuland's organs and has kept in touch with his family ever since.

The 72-year-old -- who once made 18 straight All-Star games -- jokes that he's feeling better than ever ... and would LOVE to make a comeback after being away from the majors for 32 years!!

BONUS: We asked Carew who he thinks is the next Rod Carew ... and you gotta check out his answer.

Ryan Howard I'm Not Done Yet!! ... Gunning For MLB Return

1/9/2018 11:59 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

One of baseball's most dangerous power hitters ain't done swinging for the fences just yet ... 'cause 38-year-old Ryan Howard tells TMZ Sports he's gunning to return to the MLB this season!!

We spoke with the 2006 National League MVP about his future in baseball ... and the 3-time All-Star makes it very clear he's not ready to walk away just yet.

"I'm still active, so we'll see what happens. Right now, we're kinda in the belly of the beast," Howard says.

Howard blew up early in his career ... leading the league in homers 2 different seasons. He spent most of last season bouncing around the minor leagues, but wants to put any retirement talk to rest:

"Kill that noise."

J Lo, A-Rod, Drake & Blake We Know What We Like Sticking with It for the New Year

1/2/2018 7:39 AM PST

Sushi doesn't seem like a great NYE hangover cure, but a ton of celebs like J Lo and A-Rod had their first 2018 dinners at Nobu.

The famous Malibu celeb hot spot was also top dinner choice for DrakeKendall Jenner and her bf Blake Griffin

J Lo and A-Rod have been getting ready for the New Year with some super intense workouts, so an In-N-Out burger probably wasn't in the cards anyway.

Everyone has their go-to dinner spots -- and these guys made theirs clear.

Jennifer Lopez Is a Workout Beast ... A-Rod's Okay, Too

1/2/2018 6:33 AM PST

Jennifer Lopez is a MACHINE!!!!! 

Check out footage of J Lo and A-Rod during a couple's workout in L.A. the other day -- crushing burpees and medicine ball slams. 

Notice anything? Like how Jennifer Lopez is faster, more explosive and more energetic than the WORLD CLASS ATHLETE STANDING NEXT TO HER!! 

2018, here we come. @trufusion @niyamasol

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J LO!!!!!!!!

Of course, A-Rod's built more for power than speed ... but still, watching Jenny from the Block murder this workout is probably the motivation you need to actually get to the gym in 2018. 

Good luck ... 

Tom Glavine Buy My Catholic Antiques ... In the Name of Jesus!!

1/1/2018 12:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Betcha didn't know Tom Glavine was a huge Catholic antiques collector!!

Well ... he WAS a huge antiques collector, but the Hall of Famer is parting ways with some of his beloved historic items ... and now they're hitting the auction block!!

TMZ Sports spoke with Charles Pharr -- owner of Four Seasons Auction Gallery -- who says Glavine  and his wife are looking to move into a new house and wanna get rid of some extra stuff.

Some of the notable items include:

French cabinet -- estimated $1,600

Church offering podium -- est. $1,000

7 Gothic chairs previously owned by Cher (yes, you read that correctly) -- est. $3,000

Executive office chair -- est. $500

18th century door Jesus painting -- est. $800

Not only would the winning bidders get the cool stuff, Pharr took advantage of the opportunity to create some really unique sports memorabilia and had Glavine sign his autograph on each item.

The auction takes place on January 21, but you can already start placing bids online ... if religious sports memorabilia is your thing.

Miguel Sano Denies Assaulting Female Photog ...'It Never Happened'

12/28/2017 11:10 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Minnesota Twins star Miguel Sano is adamantly denying he ever assaulted a female photographer 2 years ago ... telling TMZ Sports "it never happened."

Betsy Bissen posted a statement on social media Thursday accusing Sano of attempting to drag her into a bathroom to hook up against her will while at an autograph signing in 2015.

She claims Sano tried kissing her several times and grabbed her wrist for 10 minutes before giving up. 

In a statement obtained by TMZ Sports, Sano says the story is completely false ... saying, "I unequivocally deny the allegation made against me today — it never happened.

"I have the utmost respect for women, especially those working in professional sports, and I deeply sympathize with anyone who has experienced sexual harassment. There is no place for it in our society."

The Twins have released a statement, saying they're aware of the allegations and taking them "very seriously."

We've reached out to Bissen for comment ... so far, no word back. 

Twins All-Star Miguel Sano Accused of Assaulting Female Photog ... Forcefully Tried to Kiss Me

12/28/2017 10:31 AM PST
Breaking News

A female photographer who covers the Minnesota Twins claims she was assaulted by All-Star Miguel Sano after an autograph signing in 2015 ... when he allegedly tried to drag her into a bathroom to hook up against her will. 

Important to note ... the woman behind the allegations has spoken out on social media -- but she has not said if she ever filed a police report. 

Here's the story ... Betsy Bissen just posted a detailed statement saying Sano had been flirting with her during the event at a store in Minnesota, but she was very clearly rejecting his advances.  

Things came to a head after the session had ended when Bissen showed Sano where the restrooms were located -- and he allegedly tried to grab her and drag her inside. 

"I pulled back as he held onto my wrist. It hurt, how badly he was grasping at my wrist but he wouldn't let go. I wasn't going to give up the fight though. He then leaned down and tried to kiss me, more than once."

Bissen says she fought Sano off for a solid 10 minutes before he finally backed off. 

"No, he didn't rape me, but he sure did assault me." 

Unclear if she plans to take any sort of legal action. We reached out to Sano and his camp for comment -- so far, no word back.

Josie Canseco Boozy and Butt-Flashing ... at Drake Party

12/28/2017 6:25 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Josie Canseco was TURNED UP on Wednesday ... with the model showing off her butt and talking about getting hammered on the way into a nightclub ... and it's all on video. 

Jose's daughter (who's dating rap star Mike Stud) was with some friends outside of Delilah in West Hollywood where Drake was hanging out and they planned on joining the fun. 

One problem ... the side door was locked.

Don't worry, the boozy bunch eventually figured out a Plan B and got into the party -- after telling TMZ Sports their NYE resolution is to get "f*cked up!"

Hey, she's 21. Like you were any better? 

Ex-Yanks Player Pat Kelly Off the Hook In Dom. Violence Case

12/27/2017 3:01 PM PST
Breaking News

Prosecutors have dropped the assault charges against ex-NY Yankees infielder Pat Kelly and his GF stemming from an October arrest, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Kelly and Marina Cernova were arrested at the London Hotel in NYC on Oct. 1 after Marina called cops to report Pat had attacked her.

When cops arrived, they believed Marina also socked Pat in the face -- so they were both arrested and booked for misdemeanor assault. 

Pat -- who played for the Yanks from '91 to '97 -- had denied all wrongdoing and claimed the incident was a giant misunderstanding

Now, we're told the charges have been officially dropped -- mainly because both sides stopped cooperating with prosecutors.

We're also told the temporary restraining orders that had been issued -- ordering both sides to stay away from each other -- have also been dismissed. 

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