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Adrian Peterson I'm Gunning for Rushing Record ... 'That's My Goal'

6/28/2016 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Adrian Peterson says he ain't ready to retire anytime soon -- telling TMZ Sports he's got his sights set on breaking the rushing record in 2016.  

The Minnesota Vikings running back was leaving The Argyle with a buddy when we asked about a recent interview in which 31-year-old AP discussed how much longer he'd like to play in the NFL. 

When our guy asked if there was a chance he'd hang it up before the season starts, Peterson quickly shut him down -- and told us he expects nothing short of another spectacular season. 

Moral of the story -- get Peterson on your fantasy team ... even if it's a keeper league. 

NFL Legend Buddy Ryan Dead at 82

6/28/2016 6:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0628_Buddy-Ryan_remembering_launchEx-NFL coach Buddy Ryan -- one of the great defensive masterminds of all time -- has died after a long battle with cancer ... his agent confirmed. He was 82. 

Buddy was a key part of the '85 Bears coaching staff -- and was carried off the field when Chicago won the Super Bowl. He was also a coach on the '68 Jets -- the team that won Super Bowl III. 

His sons followed in dad's footsteps -- Rex Ryan is the head coach of the Buffalo Bills and his twin brother, Rob Ryan, is one of Rex's asst. coaches. 

Mike Ditka -- head coach of the '85 Bears -- issued a statement saying, "We lost a good one. There will never be another guy like Buddy, believe me." 

FYI, Buddy is an Army veteran and served during the Korean war. 

RIP. 

NFL's Dan Skuta I Didn't Hit That Woman ... But She Hit Me

6/27/2016 2:53 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0627-dan-skuta-GETTY-01Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta is adamant he never laid a finger on a woman outside of an Orlando bar last weekend ... but says SHE struck HIM ... and he can prove it. 

As we previously reported, Skuta was arrested for battery on June 19th after a woman told police Skuta shoved her head against a glass window after she refused to give him her phone number. 

But Skuta's lawyer says the woman is lying through her teeth -- and the NFL player has multiple witnesses who can back him up.

We spoke with Skuta's lawyer, Mark NeJame, who tells us straight up -- "Dan is innocent."

"Eye witnesses who we have already received statements from in our initial investigation will attest that Dan was alongside his girlfriend when this fabricated event supposedly took place."

NeJame says the female accuser and another woman were harassing Skuta and his friends -- so the NFL player verbally instructed them to leave his group alone. 

"Dan was then struck in the face by one of the women, as is evidenced by his mugshot which clearly shows where he was struck."

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Skuta's attorney says the NFL player and his girlfriend then turned and walked away from the women "as to avoid further trouble from his attacker."

"Dan never placed his hands on anyone."

NeJame says Skuta has an outstanding reputation in the community and he's been hurt by the allegations ... but he's confident "the full truth will soon be determined."

Colin Kaepernick Cornered Over Cam Newton 'We Ain't the Same Person'

6/27/2016 9:09 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Bizarre video of Colin Kaepernick ... who was cornered at an L.A. hotel on Friday and interrogated by some overzealous fans -- who forced the 49ers QB to compare himself to Cam Newton.

Kaep was strollin' through the Ritz-Carlton in shorts and a t-shirt when he was stopped by fans asking for some selfies. One of the fans launched into a quasi-pep talk -- it turned weird. 

The fans INSIST Kaep is as great as Cam. Colin's response -- "We ain't the same person."

It gets weirder from there ... but Kaep handles the situation like a pro.  

NFL Linebacker Allegedly Strikes Woman ... After Phone Number Diss

6/27/2016 9:44 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Dan Skuta allegedly shoved a woman in the face -- sending her into a glass window -- after she refused to give him her number ... this according to the police report. 

Skuta -- 6'3", 250 lbs -- was arrested in Orlando on June 19th around 2 AM for misdemeanor battery. 

Now, we've learned the alleged victim is a woman who claims all she did was turn down his advances. 

According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports ... Skuta allegedly approached the woman and began flirting with her. 

"When Skuta asked for [victim's] phone number where she told him no, a verbal altercation ensued between the two."

"The altercation turned physical when Skuta pushed victim's face with an open hand which caused the back of her head to hit a glass window."

The victim refused medical treatment. 

Cops say they believe Skuta was intoxicated at the time of the incident. 

He has since pled not guilty -- and is due back in court in July. 

NFL's Pouncey Bros Miami Strippers CRUSH Pittsburgh ... Here's Why

6/25/2016 12:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Anyone debating the quality of booty clubs in Miami & Pittsburgh LISTEN UP ... the NFL's Pouncey Twins are about to tell you why ass shakers in south Florida SLAY the girls in Steel City.

We got Maurkice and Mike out at LAX and asked the pair which city had a leg up (or two) as far as the beautiful ladies of the pole & and stage are concerned.

Remember ... Maurkice plays in Pittsburgh, and Mike balls down in Miami -- so we're thinking these two might have a little insight on how things go down.

The twins don't hesitate in tapping Miami as the go-to spot for twerk art ... but the reason why will leave you saying "Hey, that makes a lot of sense."

BTW -- The guys say they weren't aware they'd flown into L.A. on the greatest strip club weekend of the year ... but when we told them they had ... they didn't complain about it.

Von Miller, Draymond Green Rage with Huge Stars ... At L.A. Nightclub

6/24/2016 9:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

There was A LOT of money at Playhouse nightclub in L.A. last night -- with some of the biggest stars in the NFL, NBA and music colliding to turn up on a Thursday. 

Von Miller, Ndamukong Suh and Draymond Green rolled into the club ... to party with stars like Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Meek Mill and Nicki Minaj

Von tried to keep a low profile -- rocking his hoodie on the way in ... but everyone else was pretty friendly ... waving at fans on the way in and out. 

How was your Thursday night? 

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NFL, Bucs, Jaguars & Dolphins Donate $400k To Orlando Shooting Victims

6/24/2016 9:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The NFL and its 3 Florida-based teams are opening their wallets to help those affected by the Orlando shooting -- donating $400k to help recovering survivors and families of victims.

The Dolphins, Jaguars, and Buccaneers -- along with NFL commish Roger Goodell -- announced they came together to contribute the money to the OneOrlando Fund, which was formed by Orlando mayor Buddy Dyer. 

The fund was specifically created to provide support to the victims of the Pulse tragedy and their families. 

Dolphins owner Stephen Ross issued a statement saying, "We are united with the NFL, the Jaguars, and the Buccaneers in making this commitment to the OneOrlando Fund."

"We give our heartfelt condolences to those impacted by this horrific act and are hopeful that these donations help in their time of need.”

John Elway Responds to Von Miller Photo Diss ... 'That's Too Bad'

6/24/2016 6:12 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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John Elway is finally responding to Von Miller's Instagram diss -- and he seems disappointed in the NFL superstar. 

Elway -- the Exec. VP and GM for the Broncos -- was leaving Craig's in L.A. Thursday night when we asked how he felt about Von cutting him out of a pic he took with Elway and other teammates at the White House earlier this month. 

Miller cut Elway out of the pic to show his displeasure with the Broncos 6-year, $114 million contract offer ($40 mil guaranteed) ... an offer Miller feels is WAY too low.  

Elway responded to the slight last night -- and it seems obvious their relationship is still icy as ever. 

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Ben Affleck Slurring, Ranting On HBO Talk Show

6/22/2016 8:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Ben Affleck appeared on the series premiere of Bill Simmons' "Any Given Wednesday" and it was extremely bizarre ... to say the least.

A red-faced Affleck ranted about "Deflategate" on the HBO show and even though we can't say for sure what was up with him ... social media was quick to call Affleck out for his slurred speech and angry tone.

Sources close to Affleck tell us he's stone-cold sober, and the slurring is just how passionate he is about Tom Brady. We're told he and Simmons got into a heated, loud debate before cameras started rolling. So when the taping started at 11 AM, Ben was already fired up.

Watch the clip -- this is one way to get a buzz ... for Simmons' show.

Dez Bryant Sued Allegedly Trashed Texas Mansion ... 'Trash, Feces, Odors'

6/22/2016 11:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0622-dez-bryant-tmz-02Dez Bryant has been sued for allegedly causing more than $60,000 in damage to a Texas home owned by a state senator ... a man who claims Bryant left the home littered in "trash and feces."

The man behind the lawsuit is Royce West -- a member of the Texas senate -- who says he rented out his 6,400 square foot 6 bed, 7.5 bath mansion to the Dallas Cowboys WR from 2013 to 2016. 

In the suit, West says Bryant was paying $4,720 per month ... and agreed to leave the home in good condition. 

0622_dez_bryant_house_launchBut West says ... when Bryant left the home in January, the place was a disaster ... "a state of serious disrepair."

In fact, West says the place was covered in "animal feces, trash, missing blinds and shutters, with cracked windows and blackened carpeting."

He says there were also "distinct and pervasive odors throughout" the home.

West says he was forced to undergo a MASSIVE cleanup to restore the home including: 

-- removing trash and furniture

-- repainting the entire residence 

-- cleaning, removing and replacing flooring and carpeting 

-- replacing the lighting and ceiling fans 

-- replacing windows and screens

-- replacing the home security system 

In the end, the repairs cost $61,546.77. 

BTW, this is the home where Dez famously lived with his pet monkey last year. Unclear if that explains the animal feces. 

West says he approached Bryant and his team and demanded the money for the repairs -- but Bryant threw up the X ... and never forked over the dough. 

West says he's been unable to rent the place out due to the damage and repair work -- and wants a TON of cash from Bryant ... somewhere between $100k and $200k. 

We reached out to Bryant's reps -- so far, no word back. 

Philadelphia Eagles Player Crushes 'America's Got Talent' ... Watch Me Blow Minds!

6/22/2016 6:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Philadelphia Eagles long snapper Jon Dorenbos KILLED IT on "America's Got Talent" on Tuesday -- pulling off a magic trick that left Simon Cowell's jaw thiiiis close to the floor. 

Turns out the 14 year NFL veteran -- and 2 time Pro Bowler -- dabbles in magic in his off time ... and put his skills on display on the NBC show this week. 

You gotta watch the 35-year-old in action -- dude got a "Yes" from all 4 judges!!!! 

Johnny Manziel Another Mysterious Car Wreck

6/22/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0621_johnny_manziel_crash_car_launchMore troubling photos involving Johnny Manziel -- a car owned by the ex-NFL star was clearly involved in a bad accident in Dallas ... with the driver's side completely smashed in. 

TMZ Sports obtained pics of Manziel's 2015 Nissan GTR -- the same car he was driving during his alleged domestic incident with his ex-GF, Colleen Crowley, last year in Ohio. 

Multiple sources tell us the car appeared Monday night at a Dallas apartment complex where Manziel is supposedly staying ... looking like it had been T-boned. You can see in the pics the driver's side airbag was deployed. We've confirmed the car is still registered to Manziel.

We don't know how it happened, who was driving, or if Manziel was even in the car at the time. Cops tell us they have no record of a crash involving Manziel. We're trying to find answers. 

We've reached out to Johnny's rep and Johnny himself -- but so far, no word back from either. 

Just a few months ago, Manziel was involved in another bad accident on the Sunset Strip -- when a Mercedes he was in crashed into a pole. He was unscathed in the wreck. 

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