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Jerry Rice

My Daughter's the Next Lauryn Hill

2/18/2015 9:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jerry Rice ain't the only one in his family with some serious talent -- his daughter is a neo-soul singer ... and the girl's got pipes.  

Her name is Jaqui Rice ... aka Qui ... and she just dropped a new music video for her song, "Everything Is Roses."

Qui has been singing for years ... and has worked with some serious hip-hop heavyweights, including rap star David Banner

Check out the video ... Qui's new song kinda has an India.Arie, Lauryn Hill, Jill Scott vibe. 

Ex-Super Bowl MVP

Calls Out Diddy

You Won't Smoke Me In Footrace!

2/18/2015 7:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

021815_malcolm_smith_launchHe already burned one NFL star in a sprint, but now Diddy's being called out by an ex-Super Bowl MVP ... who says there's NO DOUBT he's faster than the rap mogul -- and he's willing to bet on it!

The man with the confidence is Seahawks linebacker Malcolm Smith -- who famously picked off Peyton Manning for a TD in Seattle's rout of the Denver Broncos last year. 

We told Smith about Diddy's recent victory over Tampa Bay Bucs safety Dashon Goldson in an uphill sprint ... and Malcolm told us there's ZERO CHANCE he'd be able to go 2-0. 

"I'll beat Diddy. I'm willing to bet on that," Smith says ... "I'll bet Diddy everything."

Your move, Mr. Combs. 

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'Bachelor' Host

I WANT DEZ BRYANT

... To Be Next 'Bachelor'

2/18/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021715_chris_harrison_launch"The Bachelor" host Chris Harrison tells TMZ Sports he has a job for Dez Bryant next year if the Cowboys don't pay up ... handing out roses to thirsty co-eds as the next "Bachelor"!!

Harrison was freezing his butt off in NYC (we love you, L.A.) when our camera guy asked if there was an ideal pro athlete who could take over the lead role for next season. 

It's not a crazy question ... considering the show has featured several athletes in prior seasons including football player Jesse Palmer, soccer stud Juan Pablo Galavis, and baseball pro Josh Murray. 

Check out the clip -- Chris has a fresh, new and slightly more chocolate idea for the show ... saying that Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant -- and his killer abs -- would be perfect for the next installment.

Jerry, dig deep into your wallet ... 'cause this isn't a half bad idea.

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Green Bay Packers Stars

WE SANG FOR REAL

... In 'Pitch Perfect 2'

2/17/2015 5:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Clay Matthews ain't no Milli Vanilli ... TMZ Sports has learned the Green Bay Packers star laid down REAL LEGIT VOCALS for his cameo in "Pitch Perfect 2" ... and apparently, it came out pretty good. 

In fact, all of the football players who have a cameo in the movie hit up a recording studio and flexed their god-given pipes for a scene in the upcoming movie ... at least, that's what Jordan Rodgers told us on "TMZ Hollywood Sports."

Jordan -- a QB in the Canadian Football League -- also happens to be the younger brother of Aaron Rodgers ... and says he got the role as a "honorary" member of the Packers.

"So the first day we were there, we recorded in the studio," Rodgers says ... "so this will be our real voices."

"They said they were gonna make us sound good ... but not too good. They don't want it to be unrealistic."

So, who was the best singer of the bunch? Check out the clip. 

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weekdays at 3PM ET, 6PM PT on Reelz. 

NY Giants Co-Owner

No MMA For My Players

'The Risk Is Too High'

2/17/2015 4:47 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021715_steve_tisch_launch_v5Think an NFL owner wants to see one of his players fight in an MMA match? HELL NO ... so says NY Giants honcho Steve Tisch who says there's NO WAY he'd let one of his stars get into the octagon. 

Of course, the topic came up thanks to New England Pats star Chandler Jones ... who says he wants to fight his big bro, UFC champ Jon Jones, in a 1-round charity match. 

But Tisch says ... if Jones was one of the G-Men, he'd shut those plans down in a New York minute. 

"I think the risk is too high," Tisch says ... "That wouldn't make me happy."

In fact, Tisch says he's always worried that when his players engage in off-the-field activities, he fears Murphy's Law ... that whatever can go wrong, will go wrong. 

Translation -- don't plan on seeing Victor Cruz go skydiving anytime soon. 

Tisch compares fighting to another ... maybe more dangerous activity ... and says if star WR Victor Cruz wanted to do this ... "that wouldn't make me happy."

Chris Pratt vs. Chris Evans

Super Bowl Wager ...

'Best Bet I Ever Lost'

2/17/2015 6:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

021715_chris_pratt_launchChoking to the New England Patriots wasn't so bad after all ... so says Seahawks mega-fan Chris Pratt who says his Super Bowl wager with Chris Evans was the "best bet I ever lost."

Of course, Pratt agreed to visit the kids at Evans' Boston-based charity after the defeat ... dressed as Star-Lord ... while the "Captain America" actor taunted him with a Tom Brady jersey. 

The kids loved it -- and clearly, so did Chris, who told us the whole experience was "beautiful."

The clip's pretty great ... especially the part where Pratt's famous friend (an actor who's been in a bunch of stuff) jockeys for camera time on the way into a bar ... hilarious stuff. 

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DeMarco Murray's Ex-Teammate

Arrested for Assault

Allegedly Brutalizes Wife

2/17/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Brennan Clay Arrested

Ex-Oklahoma RB Brennan Clay -- who famously accused ex-OU teammate DeMarco Murray of banging his wife -- was arrested for assault after allegedly terrorizing his spouse ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We've learned ... Clay was arrested in Dallas County, TX on January 27th after his estranged wife Gina told cops he kicked down her door and proceeded to beat the crap out of her. 

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Gina claimed Clay threw her on the kitchen counter, dragged her downstairs, dragged her through shrubbery and then began to choke her. 

Gina says he brought her back into the house and "began punching and throwing her around the residence."

Eventually, Gina was able to call police ... and when they arrived, officers noticed her right leg was bleeding with several cuts. They later located Clay in a nearby alley and arrested him for assault. 

Clay filed for divorce a few months ago after accusing Gina of sleeping with Murray ... an allegation that Murray adamantly denied. Clay eventually recanted his accusation and apologized

We reached out to Clay -- but he had no comment. 

Bears QB Jimmy Clausen

Marries Hot Volleyball Star

... NFL Stars Attend

2/16/2015 10:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0216_Jimmy_Clausen_wedding_photos_launchChicago Bears QB Jimmy Clausen tied the knot this weekend ... marrying pro volleyball star Jess Gysin ... and a bunch of NFL superstars were there to watch the whole thing go down. 

Jimmy and Gysin had been dating since 2012 ... despite the fact they attended rival colleges -- he went to Notre Dame, she played ball at USC. 

The two tied the knot in a ceremony in Palm Desert -- in front of some of Jimmy's old teammates ... including Golden Tate (who played with JC at ND) and Jonathan Stewart (who played with JC in Carolina). 

Congrats!! 

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NFL's Chandler Jones

Calls Out Jon Jones

... He's Scared to Fight!!!

2/16/2015 6:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

021615_chandler_jones_launchNew England Patriots star Chandler Jones is now TROLLING his UFC star brother -- claiming Jon Jones is SCARED to fight him ... and is running and hiding like a coward. 

We broke the story ... Chandler says he's 100% down to fight his big bro, who happens to be the reigning UFC light heavyweight champ, and wants to set up a match for charity. 

But in NYC this weekend, while waiting to hail a cab with teammate Rob Gronkowski, Chandler called out his brother right on the street ... literally ... he dialed Jon up on his cell.

As we previously reported, Chandler is dead serious about making the fight happen ... as long as he gets approval from the Pats. 

Stay tuned ... 

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Rob Gronkowski

Considering 'Dancing with the Stars'

... Spikes Dolphins Hat

2/16/2015 5:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Rob Gronkowski tells TMZ Sports he's definitely thinking about doing "Dancing with the Stars" one day ... but says he's worried that formal training will RUIN his trademark skills.  

Gronk was out in NYC this weekend ... where he broke SEVERAL pieces of big news, including:

-- Did he nail that hot local reporter on Valentine's Day? 
-- He's been training teammate Chandler Jones to fight his brother Jon "Bones" Jones
-- He NEVER wants to leave the New England Patriots.

Oh, he also notices our photog is wearing a Miami Dolphins hat ... SO HE SPIKES THE HELL OUT OF IT!!! 

Check out the clip -- amazingness. 

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Terrell Suggs

Sues Dead Agent

You Left Me Out In the Cold

2/15/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL stud Terrell Suggs is suing his former agent ... who died in 2011 ... claiming he shouldn't have to keep paying commission from his $62 million contract -- because he's been useless ever since he passed away.  

According to docs filed in federal court in Virginia and obtained by TMZ Sports, Suggs sued the estate of former super agent Gary Wichard ... the guy who negotiated Terrell's mega-contract with the Baltimore Ravens in 2009.   

Suggs says he was obligated to pay Wichard 3% of his salary for the entirety of his deal -- but in exchange, Wichard's agency would actively manage his career and take care of everything from seeking endorsement deals to booking doctor appointments. 

But when Wichard passed in 2011, Suggs says the agency kicked T-Sizzle to an "inexperienced and unqualified agent." 

Suggs says the new agent completely dropped the ball -- and when he had his best season in 2011, the agent failed to score him any major endorsement deals that usually result from "such outstanding on-field play."

There's more ... when Suggs tore his achilles in 2012, Terrell says he leaned on his agent to "take the lead on contacting doctors, setting up appointments, coordinating rehabilitation, and all other related matters" ... but got no help.  

Despite the allegations, Wichard's estate has demanded $192k from Suggs, which he refused to pay. The dispute went to an arbitrator -- who ultimately ruled against Suggs.

Now, Suggs is taking the matter to court -- hoping a federal judge will throw out the arbitrator's decision and wipe his balance to zero.  

We reached out to Wichard's estate for comment -- so far, no word back. 

NFL Lineman

Fights Off Home Intruder

... Gets Restraining Order

2/14/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0213-donald-penn-getty-01A frightening moment for Oakland Raiders lineman Donald Penn -- who fought off a home intruder who kicked in his front door and threatened his family earlier this month ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, Penn -- who's 6'4", 340 lbs. and a former Pro Bowler -- was at his L.A. home with his wife and kids when a large man hopped over his security gate, busted in his front door and began going crazy inside the home. 

That's when Penn -- who was with his wife and 2 young children at the time -- sprung into action ... physically restraining the man (who's 6'1", 220 lbs.) ... until cops showed up. 

Sources tell us ... Penn is adamant he has no connection to the man -- and doesn't know why he was targeted. 

Penn eventually filed for a restraining order against the guy, which was granted -- and now the suspect has been ordered to stay at least 100 yards away from Penn and his family. 

The case is scheduled to go before a judge later this month -- when Penn will ask for a more permanent protection order. 

49ers Star Antoine Bethea

Valentine's Day Do's And Don'ts

... From A Super Bowl Champ

2/14/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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021315_antoine_bethea_launchAll the fellas looking to get their ladies in the mood this Valentine's day, we at TMZ Sports got you covered ... 'cause 3-time NFL Pro Bowler Antoine Bethea is here to play "Love Doctor" to all of your questions.

You gotta hear Antoine break the game down ... he talks champagne, rose petals, hand made cards and even let's us in on what the ladies should be doing for the guys on V-Day.

FYI -- Seeing "Fifty Shades Of Grey" is not mentioned anywhere ... there's a reason for that.

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