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Simone Biles Mastered All Our Moves in 2-3 Days! ... Says Texans Cheerleader

12/11/2017 3:42 PM PST

In case you weren't already impressed by Simone Biles' cheerleading debut for the Houston Texans, get this -- it took the gymnast just DAYS to master the squad's whole routine!!

"She learned everything for that game in literally 2 to 3 days," Texans cheerleader Mallory told TMZ Sports

Simone was such a badass on game day, Mallory says the Olympic legend now has her own locker ... and can come through anytime she feels like bustin' out her boots and pom-poms.

"Once you're a part of the team, you're a part of the sisterhood."

Simone Biles Crushes Texans Cheerleading Debut ... Mostly

12/11/2017 7:50 AM PST
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Here it is ... video of Simone Biles' DEBUT as a Houston Texans cheerleader -- and it's awesome!!

The Team USA gymnastics superstar grabbed her pom-poms and hit the sidelines with the team on Sunday as the very first "honorary" member of the squad. 

Biles did pretty well outside of missing a couple of steps ...  but given the fact she only had a few days to practice, it's super impressive. 

And get this ... Biles trained with the team AFTER gymnastics practices, where she's putting in work for the 2020 Olympics. 

Impressed yet?? 

Mohamed Hadid Russia's Olympic Ban: 'Best Thing That Happened'

12/10/2017 12:15 AM PST

Russia's ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics is the "best thing that happened" to the games ... so says Mohamed Hadid, who tells TMZ Sports it's the most effective way to keep athletes clean.

We spoke with the ex-speed skiier -- who represented Jordan in the 1992 games -- about the International Olympic Committee dropping the hammer on Russia earlier this week, and Hadid says athletes will learn their lesson to prevent doping in the future.

Bonus -- we did some digging and found a pic of Mohamed from the '92 games ... and we must say, the dude looks glorious.

Simone Biles 1st Shots As NFL Cheerleader ... Go Texans!!

12/8/2017 1:29 PM PST
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Simone Biles is just days away from making her debut as a Houston Texans cheerleader -- and TMZ Sports has the first shots of the Team USA star in action! 

Here's the deal ... a couple weeks ago, Simone (an H-town native) tweeted outta the blue -- "honestly how fun would it be to be an NFL cheerleader?"

The Texans cheer squad immediately stepped up -- offering her a spot as their very first "honorary" cheerleader. 

The two sides hooked up -- and Biles will make her NFL debut on Sunday when the Texans play the 49ers in Houston. 

Things are going so well in practice, they even initiated the gold medalist with her very own pair of "legendary red boots" on Thursday.

Simone's face says it all ... and with moves like hers, Sunday should be lit! 

Olympic Figure Skater Oksana Baiul 'Memba Her?!

12/7/2017 12:00 AM PST

Ukrainian figure skater Oksana Baiul was only 16 years old when she won the gold medal in ladies singles over Nancy Kerrigan and Tonya Harding at the 1994 Winter Olympics in Norway. Guess what she looks like now at 40!

International Olympic Committee Nyet!! Russia Banned From '18 Winter Olympics

12/5/2017 11:08 AM PST

Russia is BANNED from the '18 Winter Olympics after the country was caught running a MASSIVE doping scheme ... the International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday.

Athletes from Russia -- across every sport -- won't be allowed to compete representing the nation, the Russian flag won't be flown, and officials from the country aren't welcome in PyeongChang, South Korea.

FYI -- Russian athletes -- who can prove they aren't doping -- can compete under a neutral flag ... meaning they aren't reppin' a country.

The IOC hit Russia with the unprecedented penalty after completing an independent investigation into the country for operating an expansive state-sponsored doping program ... that included widespread cheating in the 2014 games in Sochi, Russia.

The United States Olympic Committee addressed the punishment, saying ... "The IOC took a strong and principled decision. There were no perfect options, but this decision will clearly make it less likely that this ever happens again. Now it is time to look ahead to PyeongChang."

It's unclear if, and how, Russia will attempt to counter the IOC's decision.

Team USA Doc Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting Gymnasts

11/22/2017 7:25 AM PST
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Dr. Larry Nassar just pled guilty to multiple counts of sexually assaulting multiple girls while working as a doctor for Team USA gymnastics and Michigan State University. 

Nassar appeared in a Michigan courtroom early Wednesday morning dressed in his jailhouse orange jumpsuit where he entered the plea. 

He now faces 25 to 40 years in prison. 

Nassar was accused of molesting dozens of high profile athletes -- including Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and McKayla Maroney -- while telling the women he was simply performing routine physical exams. 

Aly Raisman was not happy with the proceedings -- tweeting, "Court referring to Larry as DOCTOR Nassar. I AM DISGUSTED. I am very disappointed. He does NOT deserve that. Larry is digusting. Larry is a MONSTER not a doctor."

Gabby Douglas Team USA Doctor Abused Me, Too ... I Wasn't Victim Shaming!

11/21/2017 2:21 PM PST
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Gabby Douglas just announced that she, too, was abused by her former team doctor, Larry Nassar ... this after 2 other U.S. gymnasts claimed the same thing.

Gabby issued a statement Tuesday which started out by apologizing for her perceived victim shaming of ex-teammate Aly Raisman ... and then dropped the bombshell that she, too, was a victim.

She said she didn't view her comments as victim shaming because "I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you. It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar."

Gabby continued ... "I didn't publicly share my experiences as well as many other things because for years we were conditioned to stay silent and honestly some things were extremely painful. I wholeheartedly support my teammates for coming forward with what happened to them."

As we reported ... Simone Biles blasted Gabby last week after Gabby essentially told Aly that women need to dress modestly to help avoid attracting potential predators.

Gabby apologized for the way her comment came off at the time .. but did not go public with her accusation of sexual abuse until now.

Simone Biles Blasts Gabby Douglas Don't Victim Shame Aly Raisman!

11/17/2017 4:19 PM PST
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5:00 PM PT -- Gabby has pulled a near 180, saying she didn't word her reply correctly and "regardless of what you wear, abuse under any circumstance is never acceptable." She's also apologized and says she stands by her teammates.

Simone Biles is publicly attacking her former Team USA gymnastics teammate Gabby Douglas -- and it's all over comments Gabby made insinuating some women invite sexual abuse by the way they dress. 

It all started with Aly Raisman ... their 2016 U.S. Olympic teammate who recently went public with allegations she was sexually assaulted by ex-Team USA doctor Larry Nassar

Raisman -- who famously posed nude for the ESPN Body Issue -- received hate from people who shot down her story because of the provocative pics. 

Raisman clapped back with a message on social media Friday morning saying, "Just because a woman does a sexy photoshoot or wears a sexy outfit does not give a man the right to shame her or not believe her when she comes forward about sexual abuse."

That's when Gabby got involved ... saying:

"However it is our responsibility as women to dress modestly and be classy. Dressing in a provocative/sexual way entices the wrong crowd."

Biles saw Gabby's comment and went scorched-earth ... saying: 

"Shocks me that I’m seeing this but it doesn’t surprise me... honestly seeing this brings me to tears bc as your teammate I expected more from you & to support her."

She continued, "I support you Aly 💕 & all the other women out there!  STAY STRONG.

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

Aly Raisman Team USA Doctor Abused Me Too

11/10/2017 6:05 AM PST
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Another major Team USA gymnastics star claims she was abused by ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar -- with Aly Raisman coming forward in the hopes of protecting future athletes. 

Raisman -- a 2-time national team captain who won 6 gold medals -- opened up about the allegations to "60 Minutes" ... saying she met with the FBI after the '16 Rio Olympics. 

23-year-old Raisman wouldn't get into the specifics of the alleged abuse -- she would only say she's very "angry" and looking for justice. 

Nassar has been accused of sexually abusing scores of female athletes over the years -- including McKayla Maroney

Most of the women claim Nassar violated their genitals -- and claimed he was performing routine medical procedures. 

Gabby Douglas Hasn't Spoken with McKayla Maroney ... Giving Her Space

11/6/2017 6:48 AM PST

Gabby Douglas wants to give McKayla Maroney some more time and space before she calls her ex-Team USA teammate about her sexual assault allegations ... but applauds McKayla for speaking out. 

It's been nearly a month since Maroney went public with allegations she was drugged and molested by former Team USA doctor Larry Nassar

Douglas -- who was part of the 2012 Fierce Five gold medal-winning squad with McKayla -- says McKayla's story shows sexual assault isn't just an issue in Hollywood ... "it's happening world wide."

"It's really unfortunate and it's very sad ... thankfully we get to use our platforms to speak to it and definitely make a change."

Douglas says she believes we could be at a turning point in society where victims aren't afraid to speak out anymore ... and encourages others to follow McKayla's lead. 

Josh Hartnett Guy Who Inspired New Movie Accused of Dom. Violence

10/26/2017 9:22 AM PDT

The real-life hockey player played by Josh Hartnett in the new movie "6 Below" has been hit with a restraining order by his wife after allegedly abusing her for years ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Eric LaMarque was an Olympic and pro hockey player -- who became famous for surviving alone in the wilderness during a massive winter storm. He was rescued but both of his feet were amputated as a result of his injuries. He wrote a book about the experience, called "Crystal Clear," which was later made into a movie.

But behind the scenes, LaMarque's life has been a mess -- his wife, Hope, claims he got violent during an argument on Oct. 13 ... the same day his movie was officially released.

Eric's wife claims he got so angry, he followed her to the car -- then punched the windows and pulled the mirrors. She claims it's not the first time he went nuclear -- she's called the police on Eric at least 11 times over the years for alleged domestic violence. 

According to court docs obtained by TMZ Sports, the judge granted a temporary restraining order against Eric. Hope has also filed for divorce. 

We reached out to Eric who denies the Oct. 13 allegations -- but admits he had anger issues in the years after the mountain incident. Eric says he loves his wife and hopes he can work things out with her. 

Bill Clinton Hangs with Usain Bolt ... 'I'm a Huge Fan!'

10/23/2017 8:10 AM PDT
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Usain Bolt loves Bill Clinton. Bill Clinton loves Usain Bolt ... and they professed their love for each other at an F1 race in Texas over the weekend. 

The two were both VIP guests at the US Grand Prix in Austin, Texas on Sunday -- where they hung out and BS'd together before the race? 

Bolt told Bill he's the greatest President ever. Clinton told Bolt, "I'm a huge fan."

And why? There was that time at the Olympics Bolt convinced his GF to let him mess around with other women. 

Game respects game, right? 

Bolt also hung out with Lewis Hamilton -- who ended up winning the race! 

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