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Ronda Rousey 'Absolutely Wants to Fight Cyborg' ... Says Dana White

9/27/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The biggest fight in women's MMA could actually happen -- because Dana White tells TMZ Sports ... Ronda Rousey "absolutely, positively" wants to fight Cris "Cyborg" Justino.

With Cyborg coming off ANOTHER dominating performance this weekend, we had to ask White if UFC's fastest rising superstar will finally get her wish ... a shot at Rousey.

Check out the clip ... White -- who was outside Stand Up NY -- says he's still gunning to get Ronda back in the Octagon this year -- and then focus on setting up the superfight with Cyborg.

The good news for Rousey fans -- "She's getting nasty again and her head's in the right place."

BONUS -- White is also a HUUUUUGE New England Patriots fan ... and gave his team all sorts of dap for crushing people without the use of Tom Brady.

Tom Brady & Gisele Jet to Italy Because ... Best Suspension Ever!!

9/24/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0923_tom_brady_gisele_bundchen_dinner_Capri_launch_3Tom Brady might wanna extend his NFL suspension -- his Patriots keep winning, and he's free to fly off to Italy on a whim with his supermodel wife ... the ultimate win-win.

TMZ Sports got these photos of Gisele and TB enjoying a romantic dinner Friday night on the island of Capri. The couple got all cozy at a restaurant called Aurora -- we're told he had pasta, she had a salad (typical model).

The Pats' future QB fought this 4-game suspension for Deflategate for more than a year, but check the pics -- Tom doesn't look too pissed about his newfound free time.

It's back to the salt mines in less than 2 weeks, but for now Brady's 100% the GOAT ... at being exiled.

#ThanksGoodell

Mark Wahlberg Tom Brady Or Not ... The Pats Are #1!!

9/22/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Wahlberg just put the ENTIRE NFL on notice ... the Patriots are SO GOOD, they'll whoop your team's ass ... with or without Tom Brady.

TMZ Sports got Mark in NYC Wednesday ... and quizzed him on the highly anticipated return of Brady.

FYI -- the Patriots have 2 games left without T.B. ... before the Golden Boy returns.

Check out the clip ... Wahlberg breaks down the rest of the season ... and even predicts the outcome of the next 3 games.

Better luck next time, Houston, Buffalo and Cleveland.

Julian Edelman Still in Adriana's Starting Lineup After Seacrest Date

9/21/2016 8:31 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0921-edleman-lima-getty-01Adriana Lima's still going strong with New England Patriots star Julian Edelman ... who doesn't seem the least bit phased by her "date" with Ryan Seacrest.

Sources close to the Pat and the supermodel tell us EdeLima is still very much a thing. In fact ... the Victoria's Secret Angel was in Boston visiting the NFL star just a couple weeks ago. We're told she hung out with him and his friends, which is always a big deal. 

We're told the visit was one week before Adriana was seen at an NYC restaurant with Seacrest, but Julian's not the jealous type ... and he believes she's just friends with the host. 

Julian's focused on a different kinda victory right now -- he's busy prepping to be the backup QB for Thursday's game against the Texans.

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Jacoby Brissett's H.S. Coach Don't Worry, Patriots Fans 'He's Done This Before'

9/20/2016 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0919_Jacoby-Brissett_gettyNo Brady or Garoppolo? No problem ... 'cause backup Patriots QB Jacoby Brissett's no stranger to filling in on short notice. 

With Tom Brady (suspended) and Jimmy Garoppolo (injured) sidelined, 23-year-old Brissett will take over under center against the Texans this Thursday.

TMZ Sports spoke with Jack Daniels -- Brissett's football coach at Dwyer High School in Florida -- who tells us the rookie signal caller started showing his insane game preparation when he was a freshman.

"He's been through this before," Daniels says. "We were facing one of the best teams in the country and our starter went down. Jacoby came in as a 15-year-old and went 12 for 12." 

“I talked to him after the game. He’s excited for the opportunity to play. He’s going to do whatever he can to help this team win. I think he’s going to be a little nervous.”

“He’ll be ready to play. He loves to win. He loves football. He’s a super kid and there’s something about him. He’s a winner and he always finds a way to come out on top.”

Wes Welker Reunites with Bob Kraft ... Over Martinis

9/19/2016 9:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0919-Wes-Welker-and-Bob-Kraft-capoNew England Pats owner Bob Kraft came face-to-face with one of his most famous ex-WRs this weekend, Wes Welker ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Turns out, the two both happened to be dining at Capo Restaurant in Boston (a pro athlete hot spot) on Saturday night -- before the Patriots took on the Dolphins at Gillette Stadium. 

We're told the owner of the place told Wes that Bob was dining in another section of the restaurant -- and Wes decided to go pay his old boss a visit. 

A restaurant spokesperson tells us both Wes and Kraft left their parties and sat down at their own table -- where they talked by themselves for roughly 30 minutes and drank martinis. 

Unclear what they talked about -- but Welker was telling staffers that he was in town to throw with Tom Brady ... which he did

The next day, Welker went to the game ... dressed in a Tom Brady mask ... and the fans LOVED it. 

John Krasinski I Believe In Garoppolo Pats Will Go 4-0 Without Brady

8/17/2016 12:25 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

No Brady? No Problem. 

At least, Patriots superfan John Krasinski doesn't seem worried ... telling TMZ Sports his team will go 4-0 with Jimmy Garoppolo at the helm. 

Jimmy had a pretty decent showing in the 1st pre-season game last weekend -- going 11-18 for 168 yards against the Saints. 

Can he keep it up against the Cardinals, Dolphins, Texans and Bills??

We'll see ... 

Aaron Hernandez Court Hearing In Double Murder Case

8/16/2016 6:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0816-aaron-hernandez-GETTY-01Convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez is expected to appear in court Tuesday -- where a judge is hoping to set a trial date for the double murder the ex-NFL star is accused of carrying out in 2012. 

Hernandez is currently serving a life sentence for the 2013 slaying of Odin Lloyd -- but he's also accused of gunning down 2 men in a drive-by shooting after leaving a nightclub in Boston. 

Prosecutors say Hernandez killed the men because one of them spilled a drink on him inside the club. 

The 26-year-old ex-New England Patriots star is scheduled to appear in Suffolk Superior Court for a status hearing and the judge has said he hopes to set a start date for the trial. 

Hernandez is now armed with a brand new lawyer -- Jose Baez, who famously led Casey Anthony's defense when she was accused of murdering her daughter. 

Robert Kraft Optimistic About Jimmy Garoppolo

8/3/2016 6:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft was in NYC Tuesday night -- so, we had to ask the question everyone wants to know ... "How's Jimmy Garoppolo doing?"

Kraft answered the question positively -- but when we asked if Tom Brady was mentoring his backup QB, Bob just smiled.

Jimmy is all set to start the first 4 games of the season while Tom serves his suspension -- and while Kraft wasn't exactly Mr. Chatty ... Rob Gronkowski recently praised the kid. 

"He’s taken a big step over the past two years," Gronk told SiriusXM's "Movin' the Chains."

"You see him this year and come in at the line, switching the play call, seeing the coverage’s well, reading the linebackers, who is who and what coverage it is. He’s doing a great job this camp so far and it’s still early."

New England Patriots Lineman DEVOURS 2 Pound Steak ... Wins $5k for Charity!

7/28/2016 11:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0728_Tynsboro-Jabaal-Sheard-Ribeye-Challenge_launch_2File Under: EXTREME MEAT SWEATS!! 

Here's New England Patriots defensive end Jabaal Sheard lining up in front of a 2 POUND monster steak Tuesday -- in what may have been the most delicious charity challenge of his career. 

Sheard hit up Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill in Tyngsboro, Massachusetts (about an hour from Gillette Stadium) -- where owners offered to give $4,000 to charity if he could finish the whole thing! 

We're told people in the restaurant were so pumped -- several customers added to the pot ... which totaled $5,200!  

The good news? SHEARD CRUSHED IT ... devouring the entire Flintston chop in 50 minutes! 

#BadToTheBone 

NFL's Julian Edelman Model Files Paternity Docs ... I'm Preggo with Your Kid!

7/27/2016 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0727-julian-edelman-gettyNew England Patriots star Julian Edelman may have pulled a Tom Brady ... allegedly knocking up a smokin' hot lady ... and then moving on to date a world-famous supermodel. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... a Swedish model, named Ella Rose, has filed paternity docs in L.A. County Superior Court naming Edelman as the father of her unborn child. 

Multiple sources tell us ... Edelman and Rose have had a casual relationship for about 2 years -- but nothing was ever official between the two of them.

Sources connected to the situation tell us Rose is 5 and a half months pregnant -- and she's very confident Edelman's the daddy. 

We reached out to Edelman's agent -- who was very nice, but said he wouldn't comment on Edelman's personal life.

As we previously reported, Edelman is getting close with Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima

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Pats Owner Robert Kraft BLASTS NFL League Screwed Tom Brady

7/15/2016 12:21 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0715-tom-brady-robert-kraft-GETTY-01New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft just unloaded on the NFL -- claiming its treatment of Tom Brady has been horrible, unjust and unfair. 

Kraft just issued a statement blasting Tom's upcoming 4-game suspension for his role in Deflategate.

"The penalty imposed by the NFL was unprecedented, unjust and unreasonable, especially given that no empirical or direct evidence of any kind showed Tom did anything to violate League rules prior to, during or after the 2015 AFC Championship Game."

He added, "I am most frustrated that Tom was denied his right to a fair and impartial process."

Kraft also took another shot at the investigation -- calling it "flawed and biased from the start" and noting it "has been discredited nearly unanimously by accredited academics and scientists. "

"What Tom has had to endure throughout this 18-month ordeal has been, in my opinion, as far removed from due process as you could ever expect in this country."

"From day one, I have believed in Tom and given him my unwavering support in his pursuit to rightfully clear his name of any wrongdoing. That support extends throughout our organization and has only grown more steadfast as the preponderance of scientific evidence has exonerated Tom. Unfortunately, this stopped being about air pressure a long time ago." 

"This entire process has indelibly taken a toll on our organization, our fans and most importantly, Tom Brady."

"His reluctant decision to stop pursuing further action and to put this situation behind him is what he feels is best for the team in preparation for this season and is fully supported by me and our entire organization."

"Our full focus now is on making the upcoming season a memorable one for all of our fans."

Tom Brady Throws In Towel On Deflategate

7/15/2016 9:59 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

071516-tom-brady-gettyIt's over. Finally. 

Tom Brady has announced he's ending his Deflategate fight ... saying, "I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process."

Translation -- I'll take my 4-game suspension.

In a Facebook post, Brady wrote, "It has been a challenging 18 months and I have made the difficult decision to no longer proceed with the legal process."

"I'm going to work hard to be the best player I can be for the New England Patriots and I look forward to having the opportunity to return to the field this fall."

Brady has always maintained he did NOT illegally order team equipment guys to deflate several game balls before the AFC Championship game in 2015.

Earlier this week, an appeals court rejected Brady's request for a rehearing -- and if Brady wanted to continue the fight, he'd have to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court. He cried "Uncle" instead.

Your ball, Jimmy G. ... 

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