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Sauce Twinz

We Got Steve Francis' Chain Back!

3/4/2015 4:03 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Great news for Steve Francis ... his chain has been recovered -- this according to the Sauce Twinz, who tell TMZ Sports they're planning on giving it back to the NBA star in the next few hours. 

We broke the story ... Francis was at a Sauce Twinz show in Houston when someone NOT AFFILIATED with the rap duo ran up on Steve and snatched the gold chain off his neck.

Now, the group's manager, Sauce Diddy, confirms the chain is currently with Big Sosa -- one of his artists who made a video (above) to prove he successfully recovered the necklace. 

So, how'd Diddy get the chain? He won't get into specifics ... but police were definitely not involved. 

Diddy says he's already been in contact with Steve's camp -- and plans to return the jewelry to its rightful owner by the end of the day. 

Lil Boosie

Fan Learns the Hard Way

Don't Try to Jump on the Stage!

3/4/2015 12:12 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0304-lil-boosie-tmz-launch-01This public service message about trying to jump up onstage at a Lil Boosie concert is brought to you by his security team and the letters G, T, F and O.

An excited fan hell-bent on getting onstage with rapper Lil Boosie finally got his wish, but it only lasted a few seconds ... because the guy was quickly smacked back into the crowd.

The beatdown was delivered during a recent show in St. Paul, Minnesota. According to our sources, the fan was acting drunk and repeatedly tried to climb onstage. We're told Boosie ignored him, but security didn't ... and quickly sent the guy packing once he finally crawled onstage.  

We're told the fan was eventually kicked out of the show ... maybe literally. 

Prince

Basketball Career Plagued By

Height and Turnovers

3/4/2015 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0304_prince_afro_basketball_twitterA lack of height and an abundance of turnovers ... that's what ultimately led to Prince becoming a musician and not an NBA player ... so says his junior high school coach.  

Prince is a well-known lover of hoops, but his playing days are once again on everyone's mind after a school photo of him from way back in the day surfaced online Tuesday. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Richard Robinson, who coached Prince Rogers Nelson back at Bryant Junior High in Minneapolis. Besides the fact he's just 5'2" on a good day, Coach Robinson says Prince would toss the ball away like Apollonia tossed off her clothes to jump into Lake Minnetonka.

Robinson told us, "He was quite a good basketball player, but I gave him less playing time because he always threw the ball away. The more turnovers he got, the less time he played." 

Just think where J.R. Smith would be today if he had Robinson for a coach ...

Chris Brown

Baby Mama Partied with Karrueche!

3/4/2015 9:29 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0306-karrueche-nia-instagramChris Brown had his cake and banged it too -- because months before he knocked up his baby mama ... he was partying with her AND Karrueche Tran at the same time.

Karrueche, who was Chris' gf at the time, actually had her arm around Nia in a photo they took -- with Christina Milian too -- during a Las Vegas party back in May 2013. Chris was also there.

0304-SUB-nia-karruche-chris-instagram-01Nia got pregnant with Chris' baby later that summer. We're guessing the ladies won't be having a reunion anytime soon.

We've also learned Nia was very popular on the video vixen scene ... appearing in several music videos, including a half-naked role in Phill Wade's "Dreams of You" video.

Steve Francis

'The Chain Is In Our Possession'

3/4/2015 11:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0304_steve_francis_chain_3_wmSteve Francis is adamant that his gold chain is NOT missing in action -- with his rep telling TMZ Sports, "It's in our possession in Houston."

We broke the story ... some thief tried to rip the chain off the NBA star's neck during a rap show in Houston this past weekend.  

Now, Steve's publicist Dre Johnson tells us ... "The situation is being resolved as we speak and we will provide physical verification that we have the chain in our possession upon our return to Houston later this week."

Johnson says Francis and his business team have been traveling ever since the incident -- "We had to fly to Boston yesterday to do a deal with Reebok to re-release the classic Steve Francis shoes."

Johnson says the chain-jacker clearly didn't know who he was messin' with -- "When you touch somebody you don't know who you touching. You got to be more careful out here. These young guys don't think, they react and then apologize and backtrack quickly."

As for the fate of the person who yanked the chain, Johnson says Steve will appear on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" in the next few days to explain everything. 

Stay tuned ... 

Karrueche Tran

Peace Out, Chris Brown ...

I'm Not Raising Your Baby

3/4/2015 7:37 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0303_karrueche_TMZKarrueche Tran slept on it, and she's decided -- Chris Brown and his baby are not going to be part of her life because she can't take any more drama. 

Chris' now ex-GF just reacted to the story TMZ broke -- that Chris has a 9-month-old baby girl -- tweeting, "Listen. One can only take so much. The best of luck to Chris and his family."

As we reported ... the baby's mother is a 31-year-old woman named Nia ... who's been friends with Chris for several years. 

Karrueche ended her tweet with a very definitive ... "No baby drama for me."

BTW -- props to KT for the brown baby emoji. 



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Chris Brown

His Baby's Got ...

A Model Mother

3/4/2015 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0304_chris_brown_baby_mama_nia_amey_launch_2If nothing else ... Chris Brown was swimming in the right end of the gene pool when he knocked up his baby mama -- as evidenced by these pics.

As we told you ... the mother's name is Nia -- a 31-year-old from Texas who used to do some modeling, and she also appeared in music videos. We're guessing that's how she first hooked up with Chris years ago.

Check out the photo gallery of her from back in the day. Chris' baby is blessed.

Chris Brown

Surprise ...

I'm a Father!

3/3/2015 6:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Chris Brown is the proud father of a 9-month-old baby girl ... TMZ has learned.

The baby's mother is a 31-year-old former model named Nia -- who we're told has known Chris for several years. 

Sources connected to both Nia and Chris tell us they are on very good terms -- however they're not together romantically. We're told 25-year-old Chris is happy about being a father.

It does not appear there is a formal child support order in place -- and we do not know the nature of any informal terms of support.

One thing's for sure ... baby girl looks a lot like daddy.

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Khloe Kardashian

Wet and Wooed

By French on Vacay

3/4/2015 12:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Khloe Kardashian is in the midst of a very wet reunion with French Montana ... and there's a good chance banging is in the forecast.

The exes are in Key West this week ... with her BFF Malika and French's homie, Chinx ... doing typical Keys stuff like jet skiing.

However, our sources tell us French greeted Khloe with a bouquet of red roses when she arrived at the resort over the weekend.

No one's saying they're totally back on yet -- but as one source put it, "I wouldn't be surprised if they fall back into old habits" while they're down there. 

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Karrueche

At Least One of Her Dogs

Is On Its Leash

3/4/2015 6:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0304-karrueche-tran-splashWith the news that her boyfriend Chris Brown fathered a now 9-month-old baby girl, Karrueche Tran decided to blow off a little steam Tuesday afternoon by taking her dog Athena for a walk in L.A.

Karrueche got the pup as a Christmas gift from Chris and we're guessing if she had her way ... he'd be fixed too. 

As TMZ first reported, CB and the baby mama, a model named Nia, are on good terms, but there does not appear to be a formal custody agreement in place.

Giants' Steve Weatherford

NFL Rookies Are Powerless

In Locker Room Music War

3/3/2015 4:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Looks like Jamies Winston and Marcus Mariota, better invest in a good pair of headphones ...

That's 'cause Giants punter Steve Weatherford tells TMZ Sports they'll need them in the locker room, where NFL rookies have absolutely NO SAY in what music bumps.

Weatherford was out in NYC (looking impeccable as always) when we asked him about the sonic dynamic of an NFL locker room ... basically what gets played and by who.

Check out the clip -- Steve says NOTHING gets played by the young guys. He goes on to say that if you want some jam time in the locker room you better have major time logged in the league.

He also let it slip that he loves to listen to Taylor Swift ... we heard that Steve.

Drake

Loving Life Down Under ...

A Hot Chick's Bikini

3/3/2015 7:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0303-drake-girl-perth-poolside-SPLASH-01Drake did a little importing for his Australian tour -- flying in a hot chick -- from NY to keep him company.  

The "If You're Reading This It's Too Late" rapper was chilling at his hotel pool in Perth, Australia, wearing a smoking babe in a bikini, named Bernice Burgos. We're told they met back in NYC, and they've been "knowing" each other since 2012. Drizzy immortalized her in his verse for the song, "Odio."

She's clearly hot enough to warrant a plane ticket half way around the world. 

By the way, rare shots of Drake shirtless. He ain't hardcore, but he's looking ... fit.

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Steve Francis

Rappers Vow to Get Chain Back

... From 'Stupid Ass' Thief

3/3/2015 11:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0303-stevie-launch-07Steve Francis can rest easy about his missing chain -- 'cause the rappers who were performing on the night he got jacked tell TMZ Sports they're on MISSION to get the necklace back to the NBA star. 

We broke the story ... Francis was on the stage at a Sauce Twinz concert in Houston this weekend when some guy snatched the chain right off his neck

Now Sauce Diddy -- who manages the Sauce Twinz (and was wearing the red backpack at the concert) -- tells us the guys feel terrible that it happened at their show ... and want to do everything in their power to make it right. 

"Steve is good people," Sauce Diddy tells us ... "He's going to get his chain back. I'm going to make sure of it. One way or another."

Diddy is adamant the crook is NOT affiliated with the Sauce Twinz -- he's just a "random stupid ass" -- but says Steve didn't exactly do the best job of protecting himself that night. 

"He must have been drunk. He was mumbling on the mic and bumping into people. At one point, one of my artists tried to get Steve to leave the stage."

When asked if cops were involved in the chain-hunt, Sauce Diddy told us ... "Nobody's calling the police. We're gonna find it. We're gonna get it back."

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