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Hayden Panettiere To Olympian I'm Down To Play You In Movie! ... Gimme A Call!!

3/1/2017 12:25 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

How do you make a dream come true for someone who's already won 4 Olympic gold medals?

"Nashville" star Hayden Panettiere might've just found a way ... telling TMZ Sports she'd totally bring Olympic champion Laura Kenny's life to screen in a biopic.

Kenny, a British track cyclist who's won four Olympic gold medals and a staggering SEVEN world championships, recently said she'd want Hayden to play her in a movie about her life.

We got Panettiere out at LAX, and asked her if she has any interest in the part and she gave the most promising answer you're gonna get from a Hollywood star ... "Tell her to call me."

BTW -- it's worth watching this video if for no other reason than to see Hayden try to carry the kid she has with Wladimir Klitschko. Daddy's a giant and baby's growing fast.

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Summer Sanders Trump Could Ruin L.A. 2024 Olympics Bid

2/1/2017 8:53 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

U.S. Olympic legend Summer Sanders tells TMZ Sports she's concerned that the "chaos" from the Trump presidency could blow L.A.'s shot of winning the 2024 Olympic bid. 

The 2-time Olympic gold medalist says the Olympics aren't supposed to be political but fact is -- they are -- and the world is watching President Trump

Sanders says the current political climate in the U.S. is "chaos" -- and says, "I don't know if there will be enough time for the chaos of our politics to quiet down" before the I.O.C. makes its decision. 

Sanders says there's one thing that could save L.A.'s bid ... the fans. 

By the way, Sanders knows Trump ... she was one of his contestants on 'Celebrity Apprentice.'

Ryan Lochte Shoots Down Water Birth 'In Case Something Goes Wrong'

1/31/2017 10:58 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Doesn't matter that he's a world-class swimmer ... Ryan Lochte says there's no way in hell he's allowing his fiancee to have a water birth when their kid is born. 

Lochte and his fiancee, Kayla Rae Reid, announced their pregnancy back in December -- and Kayla says she seriously looked in to having a live water birth. 

But Lochte says he shut that down real quick -- explaining he wants his son born in a hospital with the proper resources to help his family in case anything goes wrong during the birth. 

As for when these two will tie the knot, Lochte says it's a matter of time -- and he also answers the other question ... will Michael Phelps be in the wedding party??

Track Star Maurice Greene Don't Drug Test The Past ... The Sport Can't Take It

1/26/2017 12:23 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Two-time gold medal winner Maurice Greene says drug testing past samples could RUIN track & field ... 'cause the sport can't handle a constant barrage of doping scandals.

Usain Bolt was stripped of a gold medal this week when it was revealed a teammate tested positive for a banned substance ... from a sample that was taken in 2008 and recently retested.

We talked with Green -- one of the premier sprinters in U.S. history -- who said it's dangerous to go poking around in the past looking for mistakes.

"What good is it gonna do now? The thing you have to realize is other sports recover very quickly from drug situations, but track & field has a hard time recovering."

As far as Bolt ... Greene made it clear, this scandal will have ZERO effect on his legacy.

"He's gonna go down as the greatest sprinter of all time." 

Ryan Lochte Lands New Swimsuit Sponsor ... It's TYR-iffic!!

1/26/2017 11:12 AM PST
Breaking News

0126-ryan-lochte-tyr-swim-TMZ-01Ryan Lochte won't have to swim naked when he returns to the pool this summer ... 'cause the troubled Olympian finally has a new swimsuit sponsor -- TYR.

The 12-time Olympic medalist was sacked by Speedo -- along with Polo Ralph Lauren and Gentle Hair Removal -- in August after his Rio gas station robbery incident.

"Through his work in the pool he has elevated the sport of swimming on a global scale," Matt DiLorenzo, CEO of TYR Sport says.

"However, it is his humble and caring approach toward his fans that has proven truly commendable. As a company we stand behind Ryan, and look forward to seeing what he can achieve.”

Gabby Douglas to Usain: Don't Worry About Stripped Gold Medal ... WIN ANOTHER ONE!

1/25/2017 10:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

U.S. Olympic legend Gabby Douglas has some advice for Usain Bolt after the sprinter was stripped of an Olympic gold medal this week ... GO OUT AND WIN ANOTHER ONE!! 

The 21-year-old gymnast -- who has 3 Olympic gold medals of her own -- was at LAX when she heard that Bolt must hand over the 4x100 relay gold Jamaica won during the 2008 Games in Beijing. 

FYI, Bolt's Team Jamaica teammate at the time, Nesta Carter, was found guilty of doping -- after a retest of his 2008 sample came back positive for a banned substance.

As a result, the entire relay team must hand back their medals. Sucks for Bolt, who did nothing wrong. 

But Douglas has an easy solution for Usain ... don't retire and pick up a replacement gold at the 2020 Games.

Great advice!

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Simone Biles and Aly Raisman Flippin' Hot Bikini Photo Shoot ... For S.I. Swim 2017

1/10/2017 9:23 AM PST
Breaking News

0110-Simone-Biles-and-Aly-Raisman-sports-illustrated-03Yet another gold medal performance from the U.S. Gymnastics team.

2016 Rio Olympics stars Simone Biles and Aly Raisman have proven again that they deserve a perfect 10 score ... this time posing for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition 2017 issue.

You gotta check out the vid ... the girls are in incredible shape and seem to have the modeling thing down pat.

The issue will be released in February.

Ashton and Brianne Eaton We're Definitely Retired No Chance At Comeback

1/6/2017 9:45 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

The most athletic couple at the 2016 Rio Olympics is calling it a career ... and they want to make one thing clear -- there ain't gonna be a comeback.

TMZ Sports spoke to Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen-Eaton -- who each retired from competitive track and field this week at age 28 -- and asked if there was ANY chance they'd change their minds and come back to the sport. 

"We're definitely done," Ashton, the 2012 and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon, says.

The duo adds that they won't be in the broadcast booth anytime soon ... and would rather spend their free time doing new things outside the sport.

Congrats on the retirement!!

Ronda Rousey Needs To Cut Bad People Out Of Her Life ... Says Ex-Training Partner

1/4/2017 12:24 PM PST
EXCLUSIVE

Ronda Rousey's former training partner, Kayla Harrison -- who's still friends with the UFC superstar -- says Ronda is surrounded by some people who don't have her best interests at heart ... and she needs to ditch them ASAP.

FYI, Kayla is a 2-time Olympic gold medalist in judo -- and trained with Ronda on a daily basis for years. They're still friends and spoke on the phone just a few weeks ago.

Harrison says Ronda seemed to be in a great mental space before the fight and "expected her to come back with a vengeance."

But the one thing that concerns Kayla ... she believes there are people who have latched on to the UFC star "that maybe don't have Ronda's best interest at heart."

She didn't call anyone out by name -- but wants to remind Ronda that she still has TRUE FRIENDS and family members out there who care about her ... and those are the people she should surround herself with.

By the way, Harrison also tells TMZ Sports she's one step closer to fighting MMA ... and got the itch while announcing at the World Series of Fighting this past weekend.

Michael Phelps One More Gold Medal ... For Epic Wedding Day Video

12/16/2016 10:39 AM PST

And now there's one more thing Michael Phelps does better than everyone else -- his big wedding to Nicole was captured in a Hollywood-style video.

The folks over at Brides got a hold of the video, which set the stage for the Olympic legend's Cabo wedding back in October. You get to see Nicole and Michael prepping for the ceremony, and the setting is downright epic.

The entire production is gold medal-worthy. Naturally.

Nicely done.

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Ryan Lochte I Got a Minnow On The Way

12/14/2016 12:45 PM PST
Breaking News

1214-ryan-lochte-instagramRyan Lochte's crappy 2016 is ending on a high note -- he just announced he's expecting his first kid with his Playboy model fiancee Kayla Rae Reid.

Lochte posted an underwater shot of him kissing Kayla's belly. Cute photo, for sure, but looks like Dad's already pressuring the kid to be a swimmer!

The couple's not revealing the due date yet, except to say it would be sometime in 2017 -- which we kinda figured out. We're not that bad at math.

Looks like Boomer Phelps is gonna have a swimming partner.

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Ryan Lochte Rio Prosecutors Offer Deal in Olympics Case

12/1/2016 2:00 PM PST
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

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 ... 

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