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Paralyzed U.S. Olympian 'Getting Better Every Day' ... Moving Arm!

5/23/2016 3:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The former Team USA Olympic high jumper who was paralyzed in a training accident in California last month says he's making HUGE progress -- and can now move his arm!!!  

As we previously reported, 2-time Olympic high jumper Jamie Nieto fell on his head while training Olympic hopefuls last month ... and suffered major damage to his spinal cord

But in a new video shot from his hospital bed, the 39-year-old said he's "getting better every day. Just feeling a lot better."

Nieto -- who underwent emergency surgery following the life-threatening accident -- is also trying to walk again ... though it might take some time.  

"It's been a tough experience, not easy. You know, learning how to walk again, move my hands and getting my feet moving again."

"But I'm getting stronger, so it's getting better. It's a process. I thank everybody out there for all their love and support."

Nieto's girlfriend has said he's a fighter who hopes to be jumping again as soon as possible. 

Rick Fox Draymond's Kick Wasn't Intentional ... You Never Punt A Man's Junk

5/23/2016 1:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Rick Fox doesn't think Draymond Green meant to go all Bruce Lee on Steven Adams' testicles ... saying ball kicking is one of the unwritten rules of the NBA you just don't break. 

Fox was at LAX when we asked him about the kick ... which might end up costing Dray a game in the playoffs if the NBA thinks he did it on purpose ... so the question is ... did he?

Check out the clip -- Fox says it didn't look intentional to him ... adding he doubts Dray meant to do it because there's a strict no groin kick code in the NBA.

Intentional or not ... you still need ice for that.

NFL's Shaq Thompson Blamed Cell Phone In Head-On Crash ... Cops Say

5/23/2016 11:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523_anthony-boone_shaq-thompson_instagram-gettyCarolina Panthers linebacker Shaq Thompson told police he was reaching for a dropped cell phone when he lost control of his car and smashed into another vehicle head-on early Sunday morning ... cops say. 

Shaq -- the team's 2015 1st round draft pick -- was behind the wheel of a 2016 Chevy SUV which slammed into a 2004 Lexus SUV driven by former Duke QB Anthony Boone at 7:45 AM. 

When cops arrived to the crash scene near Shaq's Charlotte-area home, the NFL player was given a breathalyzer -- which turned up traces of alcohol ... but cops say it was well BELOW the legal limit.  

"He had some residual left over from the night before, but nothing where it was impairing or anything like that,” Sgt. Ben Miller of the State Highway’s Union County told the Charlotte Observer

TMZ Sports also spoke with law enforcement officials who say Shaq said he had been playing music off his cell phone but dropped it ... and that's when he made the ill-fated decision to reach down and pick it up. 

Officials tell us Boone was not wearing a seat belt -- and was hospitalized for a broken pelvis and broken ribs. 

Shaq told police he was not seriously injured. He was not arrested -- but was cited for crossing the center lane. 

LSU's Tiger Beloved Mascot Diagnosed with Terminal Cancer

5/23/2016 10:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523_mike_the_tiger_gettyLSU's beloved Siberian-Bengal tiger mascot, Mike VI, has been diagnosed with an extremely rare form of cancer ... and vets believe he only has 2 years to live ... school officials announced. 

The 10-year-old tiger has been receiving treatment from a team of specialists ever since his caretakers noticed a tumor on his face earlier this month.  

Officials say Mike has spindle cell sarcoma -- which is unlikely to spread to other areas of his body ... but it's a fatal condition nonetheless.   

LSU says Mike is receiving the best care possible -- and they've already drawn up a battle plan to make sure Mike lives out his final days as comfortably as possible. Without treatment, officials say Mike would only have 1 to 2 months to live.  

Mike has been the official live mascot of LSU since 2007 -- and famously debuted at the legendary LSU vs Florida game ... when the Tigers defeated Tim Tebow's Gators. 

Nyquist 'Plan Is to Run Belmont' ... Will Recover From Fever

5/23/2016 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0523-nyquist-gettyNyquist -- the winner of the Kentucky Derby -- is still battling a fever ... but his team believes he'll beat the illness and WILL compete at the Belmont Stakes next month. 

We spoke with Nyquist's assistant trainer, Jack Sisterson, who tells us the champion thoroughbred still has an elevated temperature, as he did following the Preakness, but the team believes it's not that serious.  

"Nyquist is going to be fine," Sisterson tells us ... "The plan is to run in the Belmont [on June 11th]."

"These fevers happen sometimes, but not often."

Sisterson says the team will obviously make sure Nyquist gets the best care -- and "will make sure he's 100%" before the race. 

MMA's Wanderlei Silva Stitches, Scars, Broken Helmet ... After Brazil Hit & Run

5/20/2016 10:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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MMA legend Wanderlei Silva is finally revealing the damage from his frightening hit-and-run in Brazil earlier this month -- showing off the gruesome scar on his leg and the cracked helmet that saved his life. 

As we previously reported, Silva was hit by a car as he was biking home from a training session on May 11th -- in a crash that was so violent, Silva says he "could have died" if not for his helmet. 

You can see the damage in the video ... along with stitches on his left leg, where doctors performed surgery to repair an injury suffered in the crash. 

Silva has said the accident has made him rethink his life and grow as a person. 

'RHONY' Star Carole Radziwill Boyfriend Survives Plane Crash

5/20/2016 9:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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'Real Housewives of NY' star Carole Radziwill's boyfriend is recovering after he was lucky enough to walk away from a small plane crash.

Adam Kenworthy and his 65-year-old dad -- who was flying the plane -- made a crash landing Thursday in Iowa. Law enforcement tells TMZ ... Adam's father reported engine problems shortly before the plane went down on a hillside. 

0520_adam-carole-radziwil_instagram_SWIPECarole tells TMZ Adam was released from the hospital a few hours after the crash, and his mom says he suffered a few abrasions but will be fine. 

Adam posted a video to his Instagram Thursday from what we're guessing is the same plane that went down later in the day.  

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Team USA Goalie Point to Which Finger Hurts

5/19/2016 10:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0518_nick_rimando_finger_launcgWell, here's a gruesome photo to start your Thursday ... 

Check out the distorted digit on the hand of Team USA goalie Nick Rimando

It's crooked ... and it looks super painful.

Unclear how Rimando jacked up the finger -- but, damn.

Feel better man. 

Rapper Curren$y Lil Wayne's Lean Didn't Leave Me For Dead!!!

5/18/2016 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Curren$y did NOT nearly die on Lil Wayne's tour bus after mistakenly downing Weezy's strong sizzurp concoction -- but he did sleep for 18 hours.

Curren$y tells TMZ he was just joking around with rapper N.O.R.E and DJ EFN on their podcast this week when he recounted the "near-death experience." He told them he thought the beverage was just purple Hawaiian Punch, and downed it during a tour stop in New Orleans.  

The rapper says he doesn't mess with the stuff, so it hit him hard ... and he woke up 18 hours later in Miami. As for his claim Wayne left him on the bus because they thought he was going to die -- he says that's 100% jokes, and if it were true he and Wayne wouldn't still be friends. 

Curren$y, a former Young Money artist, says they're like brothers.

Weezy OD'd on lean in 2013, about the time Curren$y says this all went down, and was spotted earlier this year with his signature cup back in his hands.

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Waffle House Customer I'm A Huge Juvenile Fan But I'll Probably Sue

5/18/2016 11:04 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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juvenile_victim_waffle_house_fight_launch_2The customer Juvenile beat to a pulp at a South Carolina Waffle House says he's such a big fan he won't press charges ... suing is a whole other thing.

The customer -- who did not want to be ID'd -- tells us he's hired an attorney to give the rapper the 'ol ultimatum ... pay up or else. He says aside from facial cuts, he suffered kidney and rib injuries.

TMZ broke the story ... Juvie and his crew jumped the customer, who saw the rapper enter the eatery and cracked, "Here come all the hos."

Joe Jackson Hospitalized With Family By His Side

5/18/2016 9:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0518-joe-jackson-tmzJoe Jackson is in an L.A. hospital after his health took a turn for the worse during a routine checkup.

Sources close to the family tell TMZ Joe was scheduled for some tests with his personal doctor Friday. However, Joe became weak during the tests and struck a high fever. We're told that's when his doc admitted Joe to the hospital ... where he's been ever since.

We're told 87-year-old Joe still has a high fever, and docs can't pinpoint exactly what's wrong.

Our photog caught up with Jermaine over the weekend, and at the time he felt things were slowly improving.

Sinead O'Connor Family Tried to Help ... But Running Out of Patience

5/18/2016 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517_Sinead-OConnor-gettySinead O'Connor's mental illness has gotten out of control ... and we're told family members are starting to feel there's nothing that can be done to save her.

Sources close to the situation tell us O'Connor's family has spent decades trying to get the singer professional help -- we're told the problem is she doesn't want to get help. The source says her family is trying to move on with their lives now after years of emotional abuse, fleeing and blaming her children for her suicide attempts.

However, we're told a family member did step in when O'Connor went missing.

We're told O'Connor had been sending voicemails and texts to a relative threatening to kill herself -- hours later that relative stepped in when they were contacted by O'Connor's friend she's staying with, saying she'd gone missing.

O'Connor was found safe Monday afternoon in Wilmette, IL. 

Sinead O'Connor I'm Suing My Whole Family ... If I Don't Kill Myself First

5/17/2016 6:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0517-sinead-oconnor-getty-01Sinead O'Connor's been forced out of her native Ireland by her father, ex-husband and ungrateful son ... if you buy what she's selling in a rambling angry letter about her suicide attempts.

Sinead blames her ex, John Reynolds, and son Jake for forcing her to "run to another continent just to stay alive." As we've reported, she's now living outside Chicago, and disappeared for 24 hours ... leading friends and family to think she was going to kill herself.

She acknowledges having a "suicidal compulsion" and says to the men in her family ... "Every one of you had better pray I die. Because I'm suing the f****** lot of you for what you've done to me if I manage to live through it."

In her Facebook post the singer also rants about abortions, her mother's death, her "psychological destruction" and a mountain of medical bills.

Sinead vows that if God doesn't kill her ... "We are all going to court and we are gonna have this out in full public for once and for all."

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