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Abby Wambach Adam Rippon 'Can Handle Himself' ... In Pence Drama

2/9/2018 6:04 AM PST
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Soccer legend Abby Wambach doesn't seem too worried for Adam Rippon in his spat with Vice President Mike Pence ... telling TMZ Sports, "I think [Rippon] can handle himself."

Rippon -- an openly gay U.S. figure skater -- has been blasting Pence in the media over the V.P.'s stance on gay rights, even saying he wanted to skip a meet-and-greet with him.

So, when we saw Wambach -- who's also an openly gay athlete -- we had to ask her opinion ... and even though she was trying to play it cool, it was obvious she's got Rippon's back.

Team USA What up, PyeongChang? We're Here to Win This!!!

2/9/2018 12:30 AM PST

Team USA athletes have made their way across the world to South Korea, and they're all geared up to hit the ice and snow ... to bring home some hardware!

Lindsey Vonn (with her doggo, Lucy), Shaun White, Alex Shibutani and Sam Michener are among the 244 athletes on the U.S. Team in PyeongChang for today's Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Vonn's favored to win her women's downhill skiing event, Chen is USA's great figure skating hope ... and everyone knows what "The Flying Tomato" can do in the half-pipe.

The action's underway and continues through February 25. USA! USA!! USA!!! 

Larry Nassar Sentenced Again Gets Up to 125 Years in Prison

2/5/2018 7:23 AM PST
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Larry Nassar was just sentenced to an additional 40-125 YEARS in prison ... less than 2 weeks after a judge signed his "death warrant" with a 40-175 year term in a separate case.

This time, the disgraced ex-Team USA doctor was being charged for sexual assault crimes he committed at Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Lansing, Michigan. 

Last week, he heard impact statements from dozens of his victims ... and was nearly attacked by the father of 3 girls he abused. 

Nassar issued an apology to his victims in court ... but the judge wasn't buying it, telling Larry -- "I am not convinced that you understand what you did was wrong. Clearly you are in denial. You don't get it."

FYI, Nassar was already sentenced to 60 years for child porn crimes ... bringing his minimum years behind bars to 140.

Have fun in prison, scumbag.

Gabby Douglas & Mom Condemn Nassar Attacker Never Fight Evil with Evil

2/2/2018 12:16 PM PST
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Violence is not the answer ... even when it comes to Dr. Larry Nassar -- this according to Gabby Douglas and her mom who are strongly condemning the father who attacked Nassar in court. 

Natalie Hawkins was at LAX with Gabby where she told TMZ Sports she knows exactly how Randall Margraves was feeling before he went nuclear in court ... since Gabby was also one of Nassar's victims

"My daughter was one of the [victims]. I don't care how angry you are, the important thing is to maintain your emotions," Hawkins said ... "It's a bad example for the kids."

Gabby said people shouldn't fight evil with evil ... they should combat it with good. 

 

Nancy Kerrigan Hits the Ice With Pats Cheer Squad

1/30/2018 11:45 AM PST
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I, Nancy ... am now a New England Patriots cheerleader!!

The figure skating superstar dusted off her skates and hit the ice with the Pats cheer squad Tuesday in Minneapolis ... teaching the ladies how to nail some of the basic moves right before the Super Bowl.

We gotta admit ... it's an accomplishment in itself that nobody busted their ass. Then again ... they have a 2-time Olympic medalist showing them the ropes.

But the teacher turned into the student when Kerrigan was handed a set of pom poms and joined the girls for a "Let's Go Pats" chant ... ON ICE!!

Guess this means Tonya Harding's rooting for the Eagles?

Usain Bolt Blastin' Bubbly ... in Cape Town Rager

1/30/2018 10:15 AM PST

Usain Bolt was locked and loaded in Cape Town this past weekend ... tearin' up the South African party city with the help of a gold-plated champagne super soaker!!

Bolt rolled through local hot spot Grand Cafe & Beach with a small entourage -- poppin' bottles, smokin' cigars and (of course) gettin' his groove on.

The retired sprinter's Sunday Funday wrapped a little before midnight -- but not before he blasted his homies with some heavenly Brut. 

Ain't no stoppin' the World's Fastest party train!

Lolo Jones On Blake Griffin: 'Worst Date Ever, Terrible Kisser!!'

1/30/2018 7:22 AM PST
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As if Blake Griffin's week couldn't get any worse, U.S. Olympic star Lolo Jones just went all the way IN on the hooper ... calling him the "worst date ever" and a "terrible kisser."

Griffin was part of a blockbuster trade from the Clippers to the Pistons on Monday ... which Lolo apparently thought was the perfect time to reveal her bad experience with B.G.

Sources tell us the two went on a date "years ago" -- and Lolo's post was a "half joke."

Wonder if Blake's half-laughing? 

Dominique Moceanu Heard About Nassar Years Ago ... Confirmed Her Worst Fears

1/26/2018 1:04 PM PST
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Dominique Moceanu is celebrating the bravery of her fellow Team USA gymnasts who helped bring Larry Nassar to justice ... years after she started sounding the alarm about abuse in the sport.

The 1996 gold medalist told us she first heard about Nassar 2 years ago, when Jamie Dantzscher confided in her. Several years earlier, Dominique had accused multiple people -- including coach Bela Karolyi -- of emotional and physical abuse, but says the convo with Jamie was the first time she'd heard of sexual abuse.

She adds ... she lost a lot after going public with her abuse claims, and she's glad the women who spoke out against Nassar were able to take down "the most prolific pedophile, arguably, in history."

Simone Biles to Larry Nassar Judge: 'You Are My Hero'

1/24/2018 1:44 PM PST
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Simone Biles is giving the judge who signed Larry Nassar's "death warrant" a big, public thank you ... telling her, "YOU ARE MY HERO" for sentencing the ex-Team USA doc to 175 years in prison.

Simone -- who earlier this month revealed she was sexually assaulted by Nassar -- thanked judge Rosemarie Aquilina in a tweet just hours after Nassar learned his fate in a Michigan courtroom.

In the same message, she also gave a shout-out to all of Nassar's victims who gave impact statements in court "for being so brave and speaking like the queens that you are while looking at that monster."

Biles added -- "He will no longer have the power to steal our happiness or joy. I stand with every one of you."

Larry Nassar Gets Up To 175 Yrs. In Prison ... 'I've Just Signed Your Death Warrant'

1/24/2018 6:21 AM PST
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9:40 AM PT -- Larry Nassar is going to spend the rest of his life rotting in a prison cell.

The judge in Nassar's sexual assault case says she just signed his "death warrant" ... sentencing him up to 175 years behind bars.

Before the judge sentenced the disgraced ex-Team USA doc, Nassar gave a statement to his victims. 

Disgraced ex-Team USA doctor Larry Nassar will be sentenced Wednesday in his sexual assault case after his final victims give their impact statements ... and we're live streaming the proceedings.

Through 7 days, we've heard from over 150 women and girls who Nassar assaulted -- including former Team USA gymnasts Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber.

Of course, the 54-year-old was already essentially going to be behind bars for life ... after getting 60 years in a separate child porn case. This time, he's facing a minimum of 25 to 40 years.

Sayonara, scumbag. 

USA Gymnastics Execs Resign In Wake of Nassar Scandal

1/22/2018 9:55 AM PST
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At least 3 powerful members of the Team USA gymnastics board of directors have resigned ... just days after Aly Raisman BLASTED the organization for its role in the Dr. Nassar sexual assault scandal. 

Board of Directors executive leadership chairman Paul Parilla -- along with vice chairman Jay Binder and treasurer Bitsy Kelley have resigned, USA Gymnastics has confirmed. 

By the way, all traces of the three board members have already been scrubbed from the Team USA gymnastics website. 

All three members have been on the board for years -- Parilla has been on the board since at least 2009.

In addition to Binder's duties as V.P., he also served as the national team physician for acrobatic gymnastics since 1989. He served on the Team USA gymnastics board on-and-off since 2002. 

Team USA Gymnastics president and CEO Kerry Perry says, "We support their decisions to resign at this time. We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization."

Aly Raisman Blasts Larry Nassar ... You're 'Sick, Pathetic'

1/19/2018 7:19 AM PST
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8:45 AM PT -- Raisman just addressed the court with her impact statement ... and took Nassar to task for his years of abuse.

"You are so sick, I can't even comprehend how angry I feel," Aly said ... adding that he's "pathetic" for begging the judge to stop his victims' statements.

Raisman also went after Team USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee for their negligence.

"It's clear if change is left up to these organizations, history will repeat itself."

Aly Raisman and her former Team USA teammate, Jordyn Wieber, are facing Larry Nassar on one of the last days of his sentencing ... with Jordyn bravely addressing the disgraced doctor she says abused her "time after time, appointment after appointment."

Jordyn gave her impact statement before taking a seat next to Raisman in the front row of the Michigan courtroom ... revealing she too was abused by Nassar, just like the other Olympic champions -- Raisman, McKayla MaroneyGabby Douglas and Simone Biles.

"I thought that training for the Olympics would be the hardest thing I would ever had to do," Wieber said, while fighting back tears.

"But in fact, the hardest thing I ever had to do was process that I was a victim of Larry Nassar."

Over 100 women in total are expected to give statements ... before the judge decides Nassar's fate.

Larry Nassar Begs Judge to Stop Witness Statements ... 'Mental Health' Concerns

1/18/2018 8:02 AM PST
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Scumbag convicted sexual predator Larry Nassar wrote a letter to the court begging to end the witness statements ... saying the terrible stories of sexual assault are damaging his mental health. 

Don't worry ... the judge shot his pathetic ass down.

The former Team USA gymnastics doctor was convicted on 7 felony sexual assault charges -- and his victims were invited to share impact stories to the court before the sentencing phase. 

So far, 50 women shared their stories about how Nassar molested them while telling the women he was performing routine medical exams. 

Some women have told Nassar he broke them emotionally. Some women shared how they considered killing themselves. There are still 51 more women scheduled to speak. 

But Nassar wants out ... and wrote a letter to the court begging officials to make it stop -- calling the whole thing a "media circus" that was "detrimental to his mental health."

Judge Rosemarie Aquilina fired back in open court -- telling Nassar, "This isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, there’s no truth in there, it’s delusional" -- noting he agreed to hear the witness statements as part of his plea deal. 

"I didn't orchestrate this, you did," she told Nassar.

"Spending four or five days listening to them is significantly minor considering the hours of pleasure you’ve had at their expense and ruining their lives."

The 51 women will proceed with their statements as planned. 

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