Donald Sterling is finally expressing remorse about the racist comments that got him banned from the NBA ... this according to former L.A. Kings owner Bruce McNall who says Donald told him he feels "terrible" during a phone call a few days ago.
McNall was out in Malibu on Wednesday and told us he's been friends with Sterling for years -- and had a conversation with the disgraced L.A. Clippers owner just the other day.
"Oh man, when I talked to him ... he felt terrible," McNall says.
"I mean he was like 'What an idiot I am. I don't know what I was thinking or doing."
It's the first time Sterling has shown any regret about the substance of his comments. The last thing he had said was that he was only angry that he didn't pay off V. Stiviano when he had the chance.
Team USA Hockey
Auctioning Off Olympic Jerseys
From Slovak Annihilation
3/19/2014 12:10 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
T.J. Oshie's sweaty, smelly game-used jersey from the Olympics could be yours ... 'cause Team USA is auctioning off the unis from their destruction of Slovakia for charity ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Oshie, Patrick Kane and a bunch of other Team USA players have donated their jerseys to the USA Hockey Foundation ... in an effort to raise money for hockey programs for kids.
The site is offering game-used jerseys from a couple of the Team USA hockey games in Sochi ... including the February 13th prelim against Slovakia ... where Team USA emerged victorious 7-1.
For the record, the jersey Oshie wore during his insane shoot-out performance against Russia isn't on the site ... but the Slovakia one still has his sweat on it. So, next best thing?
CHOPS $3 MILLION
Off Insane Arizona Mega-Mansion
2/19/2014 12:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
NHL living god Jeremy Roenick is becoming one helluva slasher in his post-hockey career -- 'cause he just knocked $3 MILLION off the price of his INSANE Arizona mega-compound.
The future Hall-of-Famer is desperate to sell his 10,000 square foot palace in Scottsdale ... that comes complete with its own BASEBALL FIELD and GOLF COURSE.
Roenick originally put the place on the market in 2012 for $11.7 million, according to our friends at Realtor.com ... but didn't get the kind of bites he was hoping for.
So, Jer lowered the price to $8.5 million, hoping a $3 million discount will finally bring in the offers.
The place is absolutely sick ... with a man cave, poker room and a car-collectors garage.
Hockey players be ballin'.
Take a Hike, Ryan
I Got a New BF
2/17/2014 6:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Julianne caught some So. Cal. rays with Washington Capitals center Brooks Laich. With photogs in plain sight they clearly wanted to make a statement as they walked with her teeny tiny dogs.
It's not like Ryan Seacrest will be heartbroken. He's moved on with another hot chick, who apparently is cool that he sees other people as well. In other words, don't feel sorry for him.
Seacrest out. Hockey in.
and NHL Boyfriend
2/14/2014 6:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Erin Andrews took a break from being yelled at by NFL superstars to remind you ... she's actually in pretty good shape.
Andrews and L.A. Kings star Jarret Stoll are on a little couples retreat at the moment -- and decided to spice things up with a stand-up paddle board session.
Not as exciting as getting screamed at by Richard Sherman ... but still, impressive.
Ex-NHL Star Bill Guerin
Drops $500K on Backyard Hockey Rink
2/4/2014 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Retired Penguins star Bill Guerin is living every hockey players dream ... 'cause the guy just dropped HALF A MILLION DOLLARS on a full-size ice rink in his BACKYARD, TMZ Sports has learned.
The 2x-Stanley Cup winner -- who now oversees player development for the Penguins -- had the rink installed in the back of his new home in Sewickley, PA ... just a 25 min drive from the Penguins stadium.
We're told Guerin even ordered a personal ZAMBONI machine to keep the ice in tip top shape.
Also looks like there's a basketball net at the end of the rink ... so we're hoping Guerin's in the process of inventing some sort of hockey-basketball hybrid sport.
The real winners here -- every kid in that neighborhood.
& NHL Hubby SEPARATED
And Clearly Divorcing
1/10/2014 12:54 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Hilary Duff and ex-NHL star Mike Comrie have just announced they've separated ... and it's pretty obvious divorce is just a matter of time.
The couple says they "have mutually decided to an amicable separation" and will "remain best friends and will continue to be in each other's lives."
26-year-old Duff and 33-year-old Comrie were married in Aug. 2010 in Santa Barbara ... and Hilary gave birth to a baby boy, Luca, March 20, 2012.
Hilary's mom, Susan Duff, tells TMZ, the couple has already decided on joint custody of Luca. Susan says she loves Mike but sees the breakup this way, "They're better friends than a married couple."
A rep for the couple says they are dedicated to parenting their son together.
Hilary just tweeted saying, "Mike and I are sitting here, we are so appreciative for all of your kindness & well wishes."
She continued, "Not an easy day but we're getting thru it together."
Hilary and Mike were most recently spotted together on New Year's Eve.
Allegedly Stomped GF's Chest
Dragged Her By the Hair
10/31/2013 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Colorado Avalanche goalie Semyon Varlamov showed no mercy during his alleged attack on his girlfriend this week -- his GF not only told police he kicked her ... she says he stomped her, dragged her around by the hair ... then said he'd beat her more if he could.
The alleged domestic violence incident occurred on Monday -- according to the Denver police report, Varlamov came to his girlfriend's house and assaulted her, kicking her in the chest and knocking her down.
Once on the floor, his girlfriend claims he stomped her chest, then grabbed her hair and dragged her out of her bedroom.
Still holding her hair, the GF says Varlamov pushed her face to the floor and told her (in Russian) that if this were Russia, he would have beat her even more. It's unclear what, if anything, provoked the argument.
The GF was interviewed by police yesterday, and the detective observed bruising on the girlfriend's arm and hip.
An arrest warrant was subsequently issued for Varlamov, but he has already turned himself in to authorities. He has since been arrested.
Varlamov is currently being held without bond on charges of 2nd degree kidnapping (felony) and assault (misdemeanor).
I'm NOT Banging NHL Star Sean Avery
... But I'd Like To!
9/18/2013 4:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Andy Cohen is setting the record straight about the rumors he's gay-sexin' with his friend, NHL star Sean Avery ... telling TMZ it just ain't happening, but he wishes it was.
Cohen was leaving Highline Stages in NYC last night -- when we asked about the reports that he's engaged to the guy who used to date Elisha Cuthbert.
But Cohen blew off the allegations -- explaining, "Sean Avery is STRAIGHT. Do you understand that? So a gay guy and a straight guy should be able to be friends."
He continued, "Listen, I'd be happy if Sean and I were bangin' ... but it's not [happening]."
NHL Star Dustin Penner
I Need to Settle My Divorce
FOR THE SAKE OF MY HOCKEY CAREER!
9/16/2013 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Anaheim Ducks star Dustin Penner begged a judge to sign off on his divorce from his hot actress wife ASAP ... claiming the legal war is messing with his head and distracting him from playing like the kind of guy who deserves a FAT contract, TMZ has learned.
We broke the story, Penner -- who killed it for the L.A. Kings during their Stanley Cup run back in 2012 -- was hit with divorce papers from Jessica Welch last year. She's an actress who once appeared in an episode of "Are You Afraid of the Dark."
After splitting in February '12, Penner and Welch banged out a settlement agreement and submitted it to the court -- but the case dragged on for more than a year.
So last month, Penner submitted a plea to the judge ... begging him to sign off on the divorce as soon as possible because the stress from the split could affect his game ... which could ultimately affect his wallet.
In the court docs, filed in L.A. County Superior Court, Penner writes ... "I am 30 years old. It is important for me psychologically to enter the upcoming season with this dissolution finally behind me so I can try to secure a multi-year contract."
He adds, "Training camp starts September 21st and I would like to have this matter completed before then."
Penner's wish was finally granted on September 9th -- so if he has a crappy season with the Ducks this year, he's all out of excuses.
Blackhawks to Bieber
We Forgive U
For Being a Logo-Desecrating Dumbass
7/10/2013 11:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Chicago Blackhawks aren't holding a grudge against Justin Bieber for trampling their beloved logo yesterday -- a crime punishable by death in some fan circles -- telling TMZ, Bieber didn't realize he was violating intergalactic hockey law.
In case you didn't know, Bieber -- who is supposed to be Canadian -- was taking pictures of the Stanley Cup in the Blackhawks locker room when he stood squarely on the team's hallowed Native American head logo.
FYI, not only is it a HUGE Blackhawks superstition not to step on the logo ... it's also an unwritten rule on any hockey team: never tread on the team logo.
But a rep for the Blackhawks says it's water under the bridge -- telling us, Bieber "did accidentally step on the logo but was immediately asked to step off and was extremely sorry as soon as he realized what he did."
Unfortunately, he's still not sorry for pissing in that mop bucket.
Bieber with Stanley Cup
'Hawks Fans PISSED
Because It's the Cup
7/10/2013 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Justin Bieber is bringing sports fans together ... IN OUTRAGE -- because he dared to pose with Lord Stanley's trophy in the Chicago Blackhawks locker room!!!
A 'Hawks exec tweeted the pic last night of JB touching the Stanley Cup -- arguably the most revered trophy in sports -- with a customized Bieber jersey in the background.
The response was immediate ... and angry:
- If I see one more picture of bieber touching the cup I might just cut my own jugular #embarrassing
- And this is why I will kick the crap out of Justin Bieber! You do not touch the cup! You don't deserve to touch it!
- Bieber takin a pic w the cup and gettin a personalized blackhawks jersey is complete garbage. Where did your bruins flat brim go?
That last one refers to the night we spotted Bieber in a Boston Bruins cap ... right before they started playing the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Listen, Chicago ... just be glad he didn't pee in it.
Stanley Cup Celebration
Was Carnivore Heaven
6/25/2013 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The Chicago Blackhawks partied hard after their dramatic Stanley Cup victory over the Boston Bruins, and lived by that old adage -- to the victor goes lots and lots of meats!!!
Stanley Cup MVP Patrick Kane and the rest of the team headed straight to the famous Harry Caray's Steakhouse once they arrived back in Chi-town early Tuesday morning -- and our 'hawks sources gave up all the deets on their feast:
- Crab cakes
- Lamb chops
- Mini "holy cow" burgers
- Chicken vesuvio (the house special)
Remember, they were eating all this at ... 4:30 AM!!
No word on how much the celebration meal cost -- but the team picked up the tab. We're told this is the exact same menu the Blackhawks had when they last won the cup in 2010.
Superstition ... it's delicious!