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McKayla Maroney Hey Drake ... Let's Team Up On a Track!

7/19/2016 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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McKayla Maroney is hoping Drake will make her hotline bling -- telling TMZ Sports she's all about hooking up with the rap superstar on a brand new track. 

The ex-Team USA gymnast has moved on from the sport and turned her attention to music -- telling the guys on the "TMZ Sports" TV show (airs Tuesday night on FS1) she's dropping new music in the next few months. 

Will there be a special guest verse from a certain Jewish Canadian rapper? 

Check out the clip ... and stay for the "Not Impressed" face-off. 

Kevin Durant & Draymond Green Stone Cold Stunnin' At Team USA Dinner

7/18/2016 12:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0717-launch-haute-party-gettyDraymond Green spent some quality time in Vegas with his brand new Golden State teammate, Kevin Durant, over the weekend ... and it was all thanks to Carmelo Anthony

Of course, the guys also happen to be on Team USA together -- along with DeAndre Jordan, DeMarcus Cousins, DeMar DeRozan, Kyle Lowry -- and 'Melo organized a dinner for the team. 

The squad was all in Vegas gearing up for Monday's first official practice (the team's home base is Sin City) -- but got together at the Wynn Sunday night for a fancy welcome dinner hosted by Carmelo and his friends at Haute Time

We're told hotel owner Steve Wynn couldn't make it -- but sent one of his favorite magicians to entertain the guys. You can see in the pics they all seem to be havin' a good time. 

By the way, big smiles on Draymond Green's face the entire evening -- seems he ain't too worried about that whole assault case in Michigan

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Katy Perry Drops 2016 Olympics Anthem ... It's Infectious

7/15/2016 8:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's the official music video for Katy Perry's new song "Rise" -- which NBC will use as an anthem during the 2016 Olympics coverage. 

"This is a song that's been brewing inside me for years, that has finally come to the surface," Perry said.

"I was inspired to finish it now, rather than save it for my next album, because now more than ever, there is a need for our world to unite. I know that together we can rise above the fear -- in our country, and around the world."

But the big question ... what does Taylor Swift think of it? 

Former U.S. Olympian Home, Walking ... Less Than 3 Months After Near-Death Injury

7/8/2016 4:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0708-jamie-nieto-birthday-at-home-INSTAGRAM-012x U.S. Olympic star Jamie Nieto is home from the hospital and walking with some assistance less than 3 months after a NEAR-DEATH injury ... TMZ Sports has learned.

As we previously reported, Nieto landed on his head during a training session on April 23rd ... and suffered MAJOR DAMAGE to his back. He lost feeling in his arms and legs ... and was unable to move.

But only 2 1/2 months after the injury, Nieto's manager, Paul Doyle, says his client has miraculously recovered ... so much that he's been sent home from the hospital ... and is WALKING with a walker.

How'd he bounce back? Intense rehab, Doyle says. "He's been treating recovery like a true Olympian." 

Probably never be the same though, right? Wrong. Doyle says Nieto expects he'll be on his feet, walking by himself in no time.

"We're optimistic he could be living a normal life in a few months."

Oscar Pistorius Gets 6 Years In Prison ... For Murdering GF

7/6/2016 5:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0706-oscar-pistorius-tmz-01Ex-Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius was sentenced to 6 years in prison for the 2013 killing of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp ... after his initial manslaughter conviction was upgraded to murder. 

Pistorius admitted he shot and killed Steenkamp in his South Africa home -- claiming he believed she was an intruder. 

He was convicted of manslaughter in 2014 and was living under house arrest as part of a 5 year sentence -- but the conviction was overturned and upgraded to murder. 

Oscar was facing up to 15 years behind bars -- but the judge felt he only deserved 6 ... partly due to the fact he's shown remorse. 

The 29-year-old was taken to prison immediately following Wednesday's hearing. He will be eligible for parole after serving half of his sentence. 

Pistorious has 2 weeks to appeal the sentence -- though his legal team has suggested they will not initiate appeal proceedings. 

2016 Olympics War On Mosquitoes OFF! Donating 115,000 Units

7/5/2016 12:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0705-off-repellent-rio-olympics-2016-GETTY-OFF-01Olympic athletes from across the globe are finally getting some backup in the war on Zika -- with the makers of OFF! sending 115,000 units to athletes, coaches and staff ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

A rep for SC Johnson -- the parent company of the OFF! insect repellent -- tells us the brand has become the "official supplier of insect repellent for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games."

As part of the sponsorship, the company is sending cases of mosquito repellent to Brazil. 

SC Johnson's CEO and chairman Fisk Johnson issued a statement saying, "To continue our support in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases, we will use our 60 years of mosquito expertise to educate athletes, volunteers and attendees on how they can protect themselves from mosquito bites through tips from our experts."

Team USA Hoops Star I'M NOT AFRAID OF ZIKA ... I'm Getting That Gold Medal!

6/29/2016 2:35 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Good news, America -- one of the best basketball players in the country says she's NOT SCARED of Zika -- and will absolutely travel to Rio to lock up that gold medal at the 2016 Olympics. 

We spoke with WNBA superstar Angel McCoughtry -- 4-time All-Star, 2-time scoring champ -- who tells us she believes the Zika situation is being blown WAY out of proportion. 

"There's always something that comes out every year," Angel said. 

"Last year it was Ebola. Before that it was swine flu. It was something before that ... guess what 00 we ain't worried about that Zika Virus!"

In fact, Angel says she already has plans for that gold medal Team USA is gonna lock up -- check out the clip. 

Lolo Jones I'M NOT RETIRING ... Gunning For 2020 Games

6/29/2016 1:33 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Team USA track star Lolo Jones has officially pulled out of the 2016 Olympics in Rio due to injury -- but says she's still determined to win a medal ... in 2020.

Jones made a video statement explaining that she isn't quite recovered from the hip surgery she underwent last year ... and should've known better.

Jones is 33 -- which is old for a track star -- but she's adamant she will NOT retire.

In fact, she added a caption to the video -- "See you in 2020 homies."

Jones has competed in the Winter Olympics as a member of the bobsled team -- but would not say if she plans to try that again.

Tracy McGrady Olympics Are Way Too Dangerous ... No Way I'd Play!!

6/28/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Tracy McGrady says there's NO DAMN WAY he'd hoop for the U.S. in the '16 Olympics ... warning athletes everywhere that Zika and the putrid water situation make it not worth it. 

Tons of huge stars have signed up for Team USA -- including Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Kyrie Irving ... while other stars like LeBron, Steph and Russell Westbrook took a pass. 

So, with all the questions about the health risks to the players, we had to ask T-Mac what he would do in the same situation. 

Long story short -- HELLLLLL NO. 

Don't close the door yet, Tracy ... if guys keep dropping out we might actually need you.

Rio Olympics 'Mascot' Jaguar Shot Dead After Torch Ceremony

6/21/2016 2:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0621_jaguar-at-olympics_JAIR-ARAUJODIARIO-DO-AMAZONASAFPThe Olympic torch relay took a horrific turn when a Brazilian soldier shot and killed a jaguar that had just been involved in the torch ceremony.

The female jaguar, named Juma, was photographed in the town of Manaus as the torch passed through on its way to Rio, and the whole thing went off without a hitch.

But according to reports, shortly after the ceremony the sedated big cat -- normally captive at a zoo -- bolted for freedom as it was being placed back in its cage. When Juma approached a soldier, he fired the fatal shot.

The Amazon Military Command said the killing was in line with safety procedures.

Talk about a tragic omen -- Brazil's Olympic team mascot is a yellow jaguar, known as Ginga. 

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Shane Mosley Blasts Amir Khan You Suck Too Hard to Fight at Olympics

6/4/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0602-shane-mosley-amir-khan-TMZ-01Shane Mosley is dashing the hell out of Amir Khan's Olympic dreams -- saying it would be DUMB AS HELL to fight at the '16 Games in Rio after the way he was brutally K.O.'d back in May. 

FYI, Khan has expressed serious interest in fighting for Pakistan at the summer games -- after the International Boxing Association finally voted to allow pros to compete for gold. 

But after watching Khan nearly get decapitated by Canelo Alvarez last month, Mosely tells TMZ Sports, the dude needs to rethink his plan. 

"I don’t think after getting knocked the f*** out Khan should be talking about representing anyone."

Damn.

As for Mosely, the boxer says he WILL be in Rio for the games, but not to fight ...

"I think there are better people than me to represent the USA. I will be in Rio for the games though. And having a lot of sex on the beach."

Good plan. 

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. 

Brazilian Soccer Legend Brazil Is a Violent Mess Don't Come Here for Olympics!

5/9/2016 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

0509_Rivaldo_olympics_gettyOne of the greatest Brazilian soccer players of all time is warning people to NOT come to Brazil for the Olympics ... saying his country is so violent and dangerous, tourists' lives will be at risk.

The man calling out his country is Rivaldo -- who famously won the World Cup with Brazil in 2002. He's also a member of the Brazilian soccer Hall of Fame. 

Rivaldo unleashed Sunday after learning of the murder of a 17-year-old girl. 

"Things are getting uglier in Brazil," Rivaldo posted on Instagram ... "I advise everyone with plans to visit Brazil for the Olympics in Rio – to stay home. You'll be putting your life at risk here."

He added, "This is without even speaking about the state of public hospitals and all the Brazilian political mess. Only God can change the situation in our Brazil."

The Olympics are set to begin in Rio on August 5th ... despite the violence, water issues, Zika scare and everything else. 

[h/t Yahoo Sports]

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