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Ryan Lochte Rio Prosecutors Offer Deal in Olympics Case

12/1/2016 2:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1201-ryan-lochte-tmz-02Rio officials have offered Ryan Lochte a deal to make his criminal case go away ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... the offer is 70,000 reals, which in American dollars totals around $20,149.

Lochte was charged with falsely reporting a crime at a gas station during the Rio Olympics. Our sources say so far Lochte has not accepted the deal.

Jimmy Feigen copped a plea months ago and paid half that amount -- 35,000 reals. The prosecutor wanted 70,000 reals from Feigen all along and has actually filed legal docs trying to enforce the higher amount.

We reached out to Lochte's lawyer, Jeff Ostrow, but he was mum, telling TMZ Sports, "We don't comment on a pending case but are hopeful it will be resolved to the benefit of all parties, including the people of Brazil, the Brazilian government and Ryan."

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Michael Phelps Baby's 1st Swim Lessons ... 6-Month-Old Hits the Pool

11/30/2016 6:31 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Only 15-and-a-half more years 'til the 2032 Olympics ... and Michael Phelps is wasting no time getting his 6-month-old son, Boomer, ready for action! 

The Olympic hero took his kid to his old training pool in Baltimore -- where Boom got a lesson from dad's very first swim coach, Cathy Bennett

Mike's wife, Nicole Johnson, was also there.  

So, how'd Boomer do?  

Actually, not bad for a baby ... 

Justin Bieber Fast Times With Usain Bolt

11/29/2016 7:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Justin Bieber got down with the fastest man on Earth to celebrate a movie about the Olympian ... and he was anything but sorry to be partying with the champ.

Bieber was in London Monday night and showed up to an after-party following a screening of "I Am Bolt" -- a documentary about Usain Bolt's journey to the Rio Olympics.

Unclear if the Biebs saw the film itself, but he definitely raged with the man of the hour afterward.

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One Direction's Liam Payne was there for the screening and party too, but was reportedly on the opposite side of the room ... meaning he missed out on the Bolt/Bieber selfies.

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Usain Bolt Track 'Wasn't Fun Anymore' ... Before 2016 Olympics

11/28/2016 9:19 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

1128-usain-bolt-tmzUsain Bolt struggled to get out of bed to train for the 2016 Olympics -- saying the pressure and stress he was under took the fun out of running.

The Jamaican track legend opened up about his struggles at the premiere of "I Am Bolt" -- the new documentary about his life.

"The workload I had leading up to the Olympics and even at the 2015 World Championships meant there was so much pressure and stress that it just wasn’t fun anymore," Bolt said. 

Of course, Bolt powered through it and won 3 gold medals in Rio -- and now he's back to his old self.

“Now that the pressure is gone I’m much more relaxed and happy to go to training because I know it’s not going to be so intense anymore."

Bolt is gearing up for the 2017 World Championships in London ... and says he'll finally hang up his spikes after that. 

But it might not be the end of Bolt's athletic career -- he says he plans to train with the German soccer team, Borussia Dortmund, at the end of the 2017-18 season. 

"It’s something I always wanted to try to see if I was any good at ... I will do a little training to see whether I am worthy."

[h/t The Guardian]

Ryan Lochte Michael Phelps Retired for Good? ... I Ain't Buyin' It

11/22/2016 5:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Liar, liar, Speedos on fire ...  

Ryan Lochte says he just doesn't believe Michael Phelps is done with competitive swimming -- despite the fact he filed official retirement paperwork earlier this week. 

Phelps' Olympic teammate was leaving Catch in West Hollywood on Monday when we broke the news to Lochte that MP formally removed his name from the U.S. drug-testing program ... which essentially means he can't compete at the Olympic level anymore. 

HOWEVER, Phelps did the same thing back in 2012 ... only to put his name back on in 2013. So ... yeah. 

Clearly, Lochte ain't buyin' the retirement thing -- which should probably scare the hell out of Team Australia. 

Sorry, mates ... 

Venus Williams My Tennis End Is Near 'Targeting Next Olympics'

11/14/2016 4:07 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Venus Williams has set a target for the end of her tennis career -- hoping to hang 'em up for good after one last shot at Olympic glory ... (apparently 4 gold medals isn't enough!).

The 36-year-old tennis superstar appeared on 'Home & Family' on the Hallmark Channel (airs Tuesday morning) ... and was asked if she's thought about retirement.

"I'm kinda targeting the next Olympics (Tokyo 2020) and that's in what 3-and-half years ... and I'm not counting!"

Williams says she's played a long time -- she turned pro in 1994 -- and still loves competing but says it's time for her to "get a life outside the court."

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Olympian Kayla Harrison MMA Help from Ronda Rousey ... But Would I Fight Her?

10/28/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Olympic judo superstar Kayla Harrison says Ronda Rousey has given her "a lot of help" when it comes to making the transition into MMA -- but the real question ... would she ever take a fight against her old friend?

TMZ Sports spoke with 26-year-old Harrison -- a 2-time Olympic gold medalist in judo -- who says she trained with Rousey every day for 7 years as they fought their way to the top of the sport.

Now, with Harrison signing a contract with the World Series of Fighting -- she says she'll reflect on the advice she got from her old friend as she begins her training.

So, who's Kayla's dream MMA fight? We asked ... wait'll you hear her answer!

Kayla Harrison U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist I'M FIGHTING MMA!!!

10/27/2016 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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1027-kayla-harrison-judo-GETTY-03She destroyed everyone at the Olympics -- in 2012 AND 2016 -- and now 2-time judo gold medalist Kayla Harrison has announced she's making the jump to MMA.

The 26-year-old just signed a deal with World Series of Fighting (WSOF) to not only fight ... but also be a part of the announcing team.

There are already comparisons being made to Ronda Rousey -- not just because Ronda was an Olympic medalist in judo -- but because the two used to train together.

So, how's she been preparing?

"I’ve been boxing and doing jiu-jitsu and all that, and the biggest thing for me, really, is that I miss competing,” Harrison told USA Today (via MMA Junkie).

"I miss fighting on the highest stages of the world, and the World Series of Fighting really gave me a great opportunity."

No word on when she'll make her fighting debut.

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Ryan Lochte Rio Judge Rejects Bid to Dismiss Case

10/23/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

1020_ryan-lochte-tmzRyan Lochte's lawyers got a double whammy in Brazil -- a judge denied their request to have HIS criminal case dismissed ... then transferred the case to a higher court. 

A rep for the Court of Justice tells TMZ ... a Rio judge kicked Ryan's false police report case up to the public Ministry of Justice, which will now begin figuring out how hefty of a fine to drop on Lochte.

A court rep tells us the Ministry will most likely hand down a fine in excess of the $11k fine Lochte's teammate, Jimmy Feigen, paid to set things right with prosecutors. The decision is expected as early as next week.

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Former Olympian Jamie Nieto Up And Walking 6 Mo. After Life-Threatening Injury

10/13/2016 3:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Former U.S. Olympian Jamie Nieto is kicking rehab's ass ... walking with only a walker just 5 1/2 months after sustaining a life-threatening back injury.

As we previously reported, Nieto -- a world class high jumper -- landed on his head while training ... and suffered severe damage to his back. He was unable to move and required emergency surgery. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Nieto's manager, Paul Doyle, who tells us he's "getting better physically "and is able to stand and walk with only a walker.

"He's had tons of friends visiting him and helping out. A friend from Sweden even flew in to see him. It's been amazing."

Jamie's made remarkable progress ... check out the video.

President Obama Crackin' Jokes with US Olympians I Don't Want 'Phelps Face'

9/29/2016 10:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

More jokes from President Obama ... this time, POTUS was busting out the zingers with the Team USA Olympians ... crackin' on everything from his gymnastics skills to "Phelps face."

It all went down at the White House ... where Obama and gold medal gym superstar Simone Biles riffed for a little while before B.O. turned his attention to Michael Phelps and the famous pre-race face that became an Internet meme.

One important note ... Ryan Lochte was NOT at the ceremony -- because he WASN'T ALLOWED per the punishment he received over that whole drunken bathroom situation in Rio. 

Too bad -- he missed a good time. 

Ryan Lochte Protesters Now Starring in Dancing With a Judge

9/27/2016 10:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0927-ryan-lochte-protesters-akmThe protesters who bum-rushed Ryan Lochte on "Dancing With the Stars" could end up behind bars now that prosecutors are hitting them with 2 charges.

We've learned the L.A. City Attorney's Office is charging Sam Sotoodeh and Barzeen Soroudi with leaving a spectator area and entering upon a stage, as well as interfering with a performance -- both are misdemeanors.

As we first reported, the protesters went to 'DWTS' because they blamed Ryan for a family member getting arrested in Brazil. 

No one's going to San Quentin -- the ballroom floor got the worst of the protest -- but if convicted, they could get up to 6 months in county jail, and a $1,000 fine.

Ryan Lochte Everyone Deserves a $econd Chance ... Financially

9/20/2016 12:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0919-ryan-lochte-tmz-composite-02Ryan Lochte's becoming the poster boy for second chances, and the latest company to put their money behind his comeback is Debt.com.

Lochte has scored his second endorsement deal since his Brazilian fiasco with the personal finance company. It's no Speedo, but it's a start. He's also repping Pine Brothers throat lozenges, so doesn't look like there'll be any conflicts of interest. 

Not hard to see why Debt.com picked Lochte for their new ads ... the company's slogan is something along the lines of giving people a fresh start with their finances "when life happens."

Lochte will appear in several ads about how America is the land of new beginnings, which we gotta say, might not go over well with Brazilians.

Lochte says he'll be donating a portion of his proceeds from the endorsement deal to a muscular dystrophy charity. We're pretty sure he wouldn't lie about that.

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