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Nastia Liukin Larry Nassar Was Assaulted? ... Karma

7/31/2018 10:36 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Nastia Liukin didn't seem too upset to hear convicted child molester Larry Nassar was attacked in prison by another inmate ... telling TMZ Sports that was "karma."

The ex-Team USA gymnast -- who's friends with several Nassar victims including McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman -- found justice in Larry's prison assault ... shrugging her shoulders at the news.

FYI ... HBO just picked up the rights to a Nassar documentary that will unveil what female gymnasts had to endure at the hands of the team doctor ... and Liukin tells us she'll watch to support her friends and former teammates.

Nassar is currently serving up to 175 years in prison for his crimes. 

Larry Nassar Attacked In Prison ... Attorney Claims

7/25/2018 10:56 AM PDT
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Convicted child molester Larry Nassar was attacked in prison by another inmate and injured ... this according to his attorney. 

Nassar is currently serving 40 to 175 years in prison for sexually assaulting more than 150 women and girls while serving as a doctor for Michigan State University and Team USA gymnastics.

According to court docs filed by his public defender, Jacqueline McCann, Nassar was assaulted within hours of being released into the general population back in May at the United States Penitentiary in Tucson, AZ.

Nassar apparently suffered injuries in the attack -- but the details surrounding the incident are unclear at this point.

Interestingly, Nassar's attorney is accusing the judge in his criminal case of essentially inciting the violence -- claiming the way she oversaw the proceedings empowered inmates to attack him.

McCann references specific quotes from the hearing in which Judge Rosemarie Aquilina "proclaimed, with apparent relish, that she was signing his 'death warrant.'"

In court docs, McCann says, "Unfortunately, Judge Aquilina's comments and conducting of the sentencing proceeding appeared to encourage this type of behavior."

Now, it seems Nassar could be moved to another prison. 

We reached out to McCann for comment -- so far, no word back.

Ryan Lochte Busted By Anti-Doping Agency After Snitching on Himself

7/23/2018 9:42 AM PDT
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Ryan Lochte has found himself in hot water again ... this time, the Olympian has been busted for violating the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's rules ... and he basically snitched on himself.

Lochte -- who was part of the Team USA swim team's infamous gas station incident at the 2016 Games in Rio -- wasn't popped for using a banned drug ... but for receiving an IV treatment illegally.

But, here's the crazy part -- Lochte reportedly led the USADA right to the investigation by posting a pic receiving the IV treatment alongside his wife on Instagram back in May. He even included the caption "Athletic recovery with some #ivdrip." The post was later deleted.

Lochte's punishment officially began on May 24 and will be suspended until July 2019.

WWE Legend Mark Henry Kids Make Junior Olympics Dominating Track & Field

7/22/2018 12:45 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Mark Henry's a wrestling AND power lifting legend ... but he ain't even the best athlete in his own house anymore -- 'cause his 2 young kids are dominating youth sports.

TMZ Sports talked to Mark about his 12-year-old son, Jacob, and 8-year-old daughter, Joanna ... who both qualified for the Junior Olympics.

FYI -- Mark's a 2-time Olympian who also placed 1st at the Pan-Am Games and Arnold Strongman Classic back in the day -- and just about every other power lifting event that existed.

It's his kids who are killin' it now.

"My son Jacob qualified in the shot put and the discus. He's one of the top 20 throwers in the country. He's working his way up. He's only 12. But he wants to be great. I told him don't follow my path, create your own."

And his daughter ... she's a track star who went to the Junior Olympics 2 years ago, and also qualified this year.

1st place and gold medals are cool ... but Henry says the most important thing is school -- and his kids are takin' care of biz in the classroom. 

In fact, there's really only one reason he wants them in sports ... "I want to spend they scholarship money. Their college funds. If they go to school for free, that's more money for me and my wife to go to the Caymans."

It's a joke (we think).

Chloe Kim Crushes Cardi B Rap With G-Eazy ... at ESPYs Party

7/19/2018 9:33 AM PDT
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Chloe Kim's rapping skills have no limit ... 'cause the U.S. Olympic hero grabbed the mic with G-Eazy at an ESPYs after-party ... and we gotta admit, she KILLED it!!!

The snowboarding gold medalist hit up the official awards after-party at L.A. Live on Wednesday ... and didn't even hesitate when Young Gerald asked her to spit Cardi B's verse on his hit, "No Limit"

The people in attendance totally lost it ... and rightfully so. Chloe knows ALL the words (even the dirty ones).

We'd recommend she start a rap career ... but there's already a Lil Kim.

2018 ESPY Awards Survivors of Larry Nassar Abuse Honored ... 'We Survive Together'

7/18/2018 8:16 PM PDT
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A very powerful moment just went down at the 2018 ESPY Awards, as well over 100 sister survivors of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar joined hands on stage to receive the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

On behalf of their fellow "army of survivors," Sarah Klein, Tiffany Thomas Lopez and USA gymnastics star Aly Raisman accepted the award. Each delivered a moving speech about the suffering caused by 30 years of abuse by the disgraced Team USA and Michigan State doctor ... and the courage it took -- by hundreds of women -- to finally bring him down.

As we reported ... Nassar was essentially sentenced to life in prison -- twice -- for sexual assault crimes, along with getting 60 years in his child porn case.

None of it would have been possible without these brave women standing up and speaking out, though ... and now they're leading the fight against abuse.

And as Lopez told the crowd ... "It feels like we're finally winning."

U.S. Olympian Chloe Kim Rocks New $40k Chain for ESPYs ... 24K Magic, Baby!

7/18/2018 3:48 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Chloe Kim tore up PyeongChang's icy half pipes for the 2018 Olympics, and now she's iced out again for the ESPYs ... rocking a new chain that's worth its weight in gold. 

The U.S. Olympic gold medalist recently hit up celeb jeweler Ben Baller for some new bling to wear to the sports award show ... where she's got 3 nominations, including Best Female Athlete.

Ben whipped up something special for Chloe -- an 18k gold diamond Cuban choker, with 24 carats in diamonds and weighing 300 grams in gold. Oh, and we're told it's valued at $40,000. 

Fun Fact: Chloe Kim and Tom are among the athletes with the most nominations at the ESPYs on Wednesday night. 

As far as Best Female Athlete is concerned -- she's up against Sylvia Fowles (WNBA player) and Julie Ertz (soccer). 

Good luck! 

2018 ESPYs Fashion Best and Worst Athlete Swag

7/18/2018 3:32 PM PDT

It's that time of the year -- when the biggest ballers in the world show off their awesome (and not so awesome) fashion tastes at the ESPYs ... and we've got all the pics!!

Adam Rippon -- to no one's surprise -- showed up and slayed in his eye-popping fit ... and NFL brothers Shaquem and Shaquill Griffin took twinning to a whole 'nother level with their matching custom suit lining!!

JaVale McGee was all Gucci'd out ... rockin' a red fanny pack with his custom suit for quite the unique look!!

As for JuJu Smith-Schuster ... we really don't know what to say.

Everyone from Chloe Kim to Cris Cyborg to Kareem Hunt put their style to the test for Wednesday night's show hosted by Danica Patrick ... so be sure to check out the dope (and nope) swag!!

Robert Griffin III Wife Training For 2020 Olympics ... She's Faster Than Me!

7/16/2018 12:50 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Robert Griffin III says his wife wears the (track) pants in their relationship ... 'cause Grete Šadeiko is not only making a run at the 2020 Olympics -- she blows him away in races!!

We got the adorable couple -- and their cute 1-year-old baby, Gloria -- out in Bev Hills when RGIII made the revelation to TMZ Sports.

"Track is her realm," he says. "She owns the track."

Big-time praise for sure ... considering the NFL star once ran a 4.38 40-yard dash and did do some track events at Baylor.

But Grete's legit on the turf ... she crushed the heptathlon at Florida State -- once running 13.92 in the 100-meter hurdles -- and is making a serious run to compete for Estonia in the 2020 Games.

As for the real takeaway from all this ... watch out for baby Gloria in about 17 years!!

Ryan Lochte Lawyer Rio Case Is 'Absurd and Disgusting'

6/29/2018 10:46 AM PDT
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With Brazilian officials STILL trying to prosecute Ryan Lochte over the infamous gas station incident during the '16 Olympics in Rio ... his lawyer says the whole thing is "absurd and disgusting."

Prosecutors have gotten the green light to try Lochte for spreading false information to the media about what really went down when Ryan told NBC he and other athletes were robbed at gunpoint.

Officials said Lochte made the story up to cover up what really happened -- security guards confronted the group after they vandalized a gas station

Lochte later said he wasn't lying -- and described it as an "over exaggeration."

A panel of judges had previously ruled that Lochte's actions did not constitute a crime -- but a different court sees it differently and will allow prosecutors to move forward with a case against him. 

We spoke with Lochte's attorney, Jeff Ostrow, who says the whole thing is a joke -- and Lochte "would never be treated this way in this country."

As for the chances of Lochte returning to Brazil to face the charges, Ostrow says they're keeping their options open ... but you gotta think there's no chance in hell Ryan's going back to Brazil. 

Greg Louganis I Was Mocked as a Kid 'Called Me Loose Anus'

6/24/2018 12:20 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

U.S. Olympic legend Greg Louganis -- the greatest diver of all time -- says even world-class athletes like him aren't immune from bullies ... telling TMZ Sports he was mocked as a kid for his last name. 

"Loose anus," Louganis says ... "That's what they used to call me."

Greg says he didn't really let the name-calling bother him because he was a kid at the time and chalked it up to kids being kids. 

Of course, Greg went on to become a world-famous 4-time gold medal winner, who many believe is the greatest EVER in his sport. 

"I mean kids do that," Greg said ... "I can't remember some of the other names from kids in my class. I think loose anus was probably the worst one."

Olympian Kayla Harrison MMA Fighters Are Afraid Of Me ... Here's Why.

6/20/2018 3:09 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

U.S. Olympic legend Kayla Harrison -- who won gold in judo in '12 and '16 -- is finally making her MMA debut this week ... and says she's ready to wreck shop. 

Kayla is a beast -- and she tells TMZ Sports it was hard to even lock down an opponent because people are scared to fight her. 

The good news ... Brittney Elkin has stepped up and will fight Kayla at the PFL event in Chicago on Thursday, and Kayla tells us she can't wait to scrap. 

"I have 500 judo matches under my belt," Kayla said ... "I have some experience -- just not with a locked cage behind me."

So, how will she handle taking a live punch to the face for the first time? 

"I'm kind of a bull. It's gonna take a lot more than 1 punch to take me down."

#CantWAIT!

Bode Miller 911 Call Daughter in Pool Several Minutes

6/12/2018 10:30 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Bode Miller's neighbors seemed to do all they could as they worked feverishly trying to save his 19-month-old daughter's life after she fell into a pool.

Orange County Fire released the 911 call that was placed moments after little Emeline was taken out of the water. A woman made the call, and told the 911 operator someone was already performing CPR.

The operator asked if Emeline was breathing, and the woman said no -- however, there was a brief moment of hope when the person doing the CPR said he could feel a "small pulse" on the child. When the operator asked how long Emeline had been in the water, someone said "a couple of minutes," but the caller said she wasn't sure.

Once they had the pulse, they turned Emeline on her side to get water out of her lungs. You can hear someone in the background saying the water just keeps coming out. The woman on the phone kept saying, "c'mon baby girl!"

The call lasted about 5 minutes, and at the end you can hear firefighters arriving.

As we reported, the Olympic skier's wife, Morgan, was at a neighbor's home when the tragic accident happened.

Emeline was transported to the hospital, but paramedics and doctors were unable to resuscitate her.

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