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Olympic Runner Found Dead In Arizona Swimming Pool

8/29/2017 6:45 AM PDT
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Olympic runner David Torrence -- who made the finals in the 5,000 meter race in the '16 Games -- was found dead at the bottom of a pool at an Arizona apartment complex. 

The 31-year-old grew up in L.A. -- but competed internationally for Peru. In fact, he set the Peru record for the fastest mile in 2017 with a time of 3 minutes 53 seconds. 

Torrence's body was found around 7:30 AM on Monday morning. Unclear what happened. Cops are investigating. 

The runner had moved from L.A. to Arizona a few weeks ago to train for more races. 

Story developing ... 

Usain & D-Wade GO FULL DMX ... In Greek Nightclub

8/23/2017 7:45 AM PDT
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They stopped. They dropped. They shut 'em down AND opened up shop. 

Usain Bolt and Dwyane Wade went all the way back to '98 at a nightclub in Greece Tuesday night -- grabbing the mic and busting out DMX's legendary "Ruff Ryders' Anthem" ... and it was AWESOME! 

D-Wade's in Mykonos for an anniversary trip -- no word on why Bolt's there -- but they met up behind the DJ booth in a Mykonos nightclub and partied like they were old friends. 

We're sure DMX woulda loved to have been there too ... if he wasn't on house arrest

Simone Biles Drugged Up After Surgery ... Watch Me Whip!

7/27/2017 8:39 AM PDT
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The wisest part of getting your wisdom teeth removed is having someone record you when you're coming down off the drugs ... and Simone Biles knows it!

The Team USA Olympic gymnast hit the oral surgeon's office -- and after the procedure, she was OUT HER DAMN MIND!

At one point, Biles thought she was driving a truck -- and even honked the imaginary horn!

Good news ... she's fine now and even joked about it on social media.

"Hope yall get a good laugh!!"

Bengals WR John Ross I'm Down To Race Usain Bolt!! ... For a Good Cause

7/22/2017 12:05 AM PDT

The world's fastest man is getting a challenge from the best 40-yard-dash sprinter in NFL combine history ... 'cause Bengals rookie John Ross says he's down to race Usain Bolt.

We spoke with the ex-Washington star about going up against the 8-time Olympic gold medalist ... and Ross says he's open to facing off with Bolt after he gets his rookie season under his belt.

Ross -- who blew scouts away when he ran a 4.22 at this year's combine -- also believes the speed showdown could raise some money for charity in the process.

Of course, Bolt is set to retire in August ... so, maybe Ross would have a chance??

Ryan Lochte Cleared of Criminal Charges In Rio 'Robbery'

7/14/2017 4:26 PM PDT
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Ryan Lochte has been cleared of all charges in connection with his Rio hijinks.

An appeals court has thrown out the criminal charge filed against Lochte for allegedly lying to authorities when he told them he was robbed at gunpoint. Lochte was charged with false communication of a crime.

The judges ruled Lochte did not go to cops and report the incident ... they came to him after hearing stories in the media. So he never set out to create a lie, and that was the turning point in the case. 

As you know, Lochte told NBC he and 3 other members of the U.S. swim team were stopped by men he thought were impersonating police officers. Surveillance video later showed the real story was Lochte and co. were stopped by owners of the gas station they'd vandalized.

Ryan Lochte No Way In Hell Phelps Beats Shark

7/14/2017 6:15 AM PDT

Does Ryan Lochte think Michael Phelps will win his race against a great white shark??


The 12-time Olympic medalist was leaving the Treats Party at the Dream Hotel with his Playboy model fiancee, Kayla Rae Reid ... when he told us his Team USA bud is no match for White Death.

Phelps is attempting the 100-meter open-water race as part of Discovery Channel's "Shark Week" next week ... but Lochte says even the GOAT will sink against his non-human opponent.

We also congratulated the new father on the birth of his son, Caiden ... and Lochte tells us he's "so f**kin' happy" to be a dad.

Ryan Lochte 'I Was Not Suicidal After Rio'

6/7/2017 9:35 AM PDT

Ryan Lochte NEVER thought about killing himself -- or hurting himself in any way -- after the 2016 Rio Olympics ... despite media reports suggesting otherwise, this according to Lochte himself. 

Earlier this week, Lochte told ESPN he "was about to hang up my entire life" after the Rio incident -- and when asked if that meant he considered suicide, nodded his head slowly. 

But Lochte tells TMZ Sports, "To be clear, yes I was in a very dark place after Rio, but I never thought about taking my own life."

"That’s the media twisting what I told ESPN. I would never do that. That’s not me."

Lochte goes on ... "I’m a fighter, always have been, and always will be. I knew that I would do whatever necessary to get through that horrible time, and most importantly to once again earn the trust of my friends, family, and the public, who have always been so supportive of me."

Lochte says he's in a great place now -- both personally and professionally -- and he's excited for his fiancee, Kayla, to give birth to their son any minute now. 

Team USA Bobsledder Steven Holcomb Dead at 37

5/6/2017 3:43 PM PDT
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5:00 PM PT -- NY State Troopers tell us Holcomb was unresponsive when first responders arrived at his room. They also say there was no sign of foul play.Bobsledder Steve Holcomb, who brought home gold for Team USA, was found dead Saturday in Lake Placid, NY.

Holcomb's body was found in his room at the Olympic Training Center ... according to the U.S.O.C. He was only 37, but the committee has not provided a cause of death.

Holcomb piloted USA's 4-man team to a gold medal at the Vancouver games in 2010. He also earned 2 bronze medals at the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.

He was extremely competitive this season in bobsled and skeleton. Holcomb was a 5-time World Champion.

Ryan Lochte I'll Never Go Back to Brazil ... Ever

4/14/2017 12:20 AM PDT

Ryan Lochte's relationship with Brazil is dead ... the swimmer says he'll NEVER go back to the country after his infamous gas station incident at the Olympics. 

Here's the thing ... Lochte says he might be banned from the country -- but that's not exactly the case. 

The truth is it's still dangerous for Lochte to go back to Brazil since he's still charged with filing a false police report for claiming he was robbed at gunpoint during a night out with Olympic swimmers. 

Officials saw it a different way, claiming security guards drew guns on the swimmers after they vandalized a gas station bathroom ... and then urinated in public ... and demanded Lochte's crew fork over cash to cover the damages. 

Prosecutors have offered Lochte a plea deal -- essentially a $20,000 fine -- but Lochte hasn't accepted the deal. So, if he does go back to Brazil, he risks being detained and possibly jailed.

But it doesn't sound like that's gonna be a problem since Lochte tells TMZ Sports there's no chance in hell he'll ever return to Rio.

Dr. Dre and Magic Johnson Join Forces For 2024 Olympic Bid ... With L.A.'s Elite

3/31/2017 10:15 AM PDT

Dr. Dre and Magic Johnson are teaming up with some of the most powerful people in sports, entertainment and fashion ... to bring the Olympics to L.A. in 2024.

LA 2024 just announced all 117 people on the list of current and nominated Board of Directors ... a list that includes a BUNCH of very rich people. 

The heads of the Lakers, Clippers, Dodgers, Rams, Warner Brothers, Disney ... they're all on the list. 

There are also some insanely famous athletes, designers and even one of the greatest singers of all time. 

But can this super team get the job done? L.A.'s only competition is Paris ... and the winner will be announced in September. 

Let the games begin! 

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

3/1/2017 12:25 PM PST

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.

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

2/1/2017 8:53 AM PST

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

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??

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