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'Wheel of Fortune' Genius Sinking My Winnings Into Some New Muscle!

3/31/2016 4:18 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The "Wheel of Fortune" wizard who nailed puzzles with just one letter and took home $76k is about to drop some of that dough on a sports car.

Robert Santoli came on "TMZ Live" to explain how he pulled off a near sweep of every puzzle on last Friday's episode of 'Wheel' -- and his strategy was downright genius. And a lot of hard work. 

Robert -- whose day job is working IT at a college prep school -- tells us he's eyeballing a new Mustang ... either red or black. He says he fell in love with Ford's muscle car when he was in L.A. shooting 'Wheel.'

Don't worry, Mom ... the 23-year-old also says he's going to pay off his student loans from Fordham.

NBA's Festus Ezeli Pranked By Warriors 'You've Been Cut, Bro'

3/31/2016 9:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

This is pretty damn funny ... if you're not NBA star Festus Ezeli

The Golden State Warriors star was targeted for a hilarious prank by some of his teammates, including Andre Iguodala and Klay Thompson ... who executed a plot to convince Festus he'd been cut from the team. 

It's all a part of Lyft's new "prank mode" -- which will allow people in L.A., NY and SF to pull pranks on their friends on April 1st using the Lyft app.

Iguodala's plan involved a fake sports talk radio broadcast playing in the car ... in which the hosts broke news that Festus had just been fired from the Warriors. 

Several of FE's teammates sent texts saying it was nice working with him and wishing him luck in the future ... and you gotta see the look on Ezeli's face -- he's trying so hard not to get pissed. 

Don't worry ... Iguodala eventually reveals it's a prank ... and wait'll see you how Festus handles it. 

Kaley Cuoco Big Bangs Dude From Behind ... He's Not Complaining

3/30/2016 2:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330_Kaley-Cuoco_accident_PCNKaley Cuoco got up close and personal with a fellow driver in L.A. -- and his Mercedes-Benz paid the price.

The 'Big Bang Theory' star exchanged information with the guy after she apparently rear-ended his ride with her Range Rover on a street near her home. Based on the pics, doesn't look too bad ... fender bender-ish at worst.

We're not saying the guy enjoyed getting hit from behind, but if you're gonna have an accident -- might as well be with a smoking hot TV star. Perks of life in L.A.

Sweet sandals too, Kaley. Shout-out to comfortable footwear!

Kim Kardashian & Kanye West Mo' Money, No Problems ... Drop Stacks On New Ride

3/29/2016 1:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0329-kanye-kim-west-new-car-akmgsi-01Kim Kardashian and Kanye West added some shiny new wheels to their fleet, but their luxury ride is missing one important option.

Kimye splurged on a white Maybach, which they drove Monday to an appearance on Khloe Kardashian's TV show. Here's the thing ... Maybachs are typically chauffeur driven ... but there was Kanye behind the wheel as they pulled away yesterday.

Base price for this uber fancy Benz is typically $200k. Kanye's has all the bells and whistles, so we're guessing theirs was double that after getting the works from the popular customizers at Platinum Motorsport.

And in case you're wondering, no financing on this whip. They busted a Randy Moss -- straight cash, homie.


Apollo Nida Feds Want My '64 Skylark!!!

3/29/2016 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0325-apollo-nida-INSTAGRAM-01'Real Housewives of Atlanta' star Apollo Nida can't get the feds off his back -- due to a more than $1 million tab -- and now they're targeting another one of his prized possessions.

Court docs show the government wants him to put his 1964 Buick Skylark on the auction block to help pay down the nearly $1.94 million in restitution he owes. 

Nida -- who is in the can serving 8 years for money laundering and bank fraud -- already got his 2014 Ducati and Yamaha Raptor ATV seized.

A '64 Skylark in mint condition fetches $25k ... which is barely a dent in that debt.  



Tom Hanks Sued For Son's Car Accident

3/28/2016 2:17 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0328-tom-hanks-chet-hanks-rita-wilson-TMZ-01Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson just got tagged for an accident their son, Chet Haze, had while driving mom and dad's car.

According to a new lawsuit filed against the celebs ... Chet rear-ended a guy named Terry Moogan in February 2015, while driving Tom and Rita's Chevy. Moogan accuses Chet of driving recklessly and being "under the influence of drugs and or alcohol at the time."

Moogan says Chet's parents should be responsible since they negligently handed him the keys.

As for the drugs and alcohol allegation ... Chet didn't get a DUI for this accident, in fact cops weren't even on scene. Moogan's attorneys claim Chet begged him not to call the police at the time.

In the suit, Moogan says he suffered injuries ... though he's not specific. His attorneys claim Moogan got whiplash and a brain injury from hitting his head on the dashboard.

We've reached out to Tom's rep. No word back yet. 

Draymond Green CHP Not Investigating 118 mph Video ... Here's Why

3/24/2016 4:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

032416-draymond-green-tmzSeems Draymond Green is off the hook for that whole 118 mph video -- with the California Highway Patrol telling us "We can’t investigate an infraction that wasn’t committed in our presence."

As we previously reported, Green posted a video of a car hitting 118 mph on a NorCal highway on his Snapchat ... and in what might have been a confession, he later called the whole thing "bad judgment."

We spoke with the California Highway Patrol to find out if they're investigating the situation and they told us straight up -- no. 

"The CHP is not investigating this video because it’s not at the level of reckless driving," CHP public information officer Daniel Hill tells us. 

"Driving over 100, though dangerous, is not necessarily reckless. It would just be an infraction and we can’t investigate an infraction that wasn’t committed in our presence."

Hill adds, "However, we advocate people not to drive that fast. We definitely don’t want people driving like that or videoing themselves and we definitely don’t want people posting it on social media."

UFC's Randy Couture I Rescued Family In Mexico Car Crash

3/21/2016 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0321-randy-couture-TMZ-01UFC legend Randy Couture says he jumped into action to pull a family from a flipped vehicle in Mexico Sunday ... rescuing several people trapped in their ride after crashing near Cancun, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We spoke with Couture who confirmed ... he had just landed in Mexico to work on the movie "Bruja" and was on his way to his hotel when, "I looked up and this minivan went off the road."

"It rolled over twice into the jungle. My driver pulled over and called the police. We busted into the woods and helped the two women and the kid."

"The vehicle was on its side, so everyone was climbing out the side door. One of the women seemed like she was in shock. She was really weak. So I carried her out of the van and to the road. I wanted to get everyone away from the car because I was concerned it was going to catch fire. There were all these fluids leaking from the van."

Couture says all 6 people in the car were okay -- no serious injuries -- "there was some blood from some scratches."

"Once they were back on the road, and we knew they were okay, we left and continued on to the hotel."

We spent hours calling multiple local law enforcement agencies and emergency personnel but haven't heard back. Hey, those long distance charges can be a bitch ... 

Joey Logano I Have A Driving Secret ... I GET CAR SICK

3/20/2016 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Add this to the "Seriously, Like For Real Bro?" file ... 

2015 Daytona 500 champ Joey Logano just made a bombshell admission ... one that really makes you feel for a guy that makes his ENTIRE LIVING behind the wheel of a car ...

He actually gets car sick.

We got Joey out in Fontana getting ready to burn some rubber competing in NASCAR's Auto Club 400 Sunday when we asked about his driving habits away from the track. 

That's when he dropped it on us ... saying he never lets his wife -- or anyone -- drive him around because the world class speedster gets an upset tummy if anyone else has the wheel.

We ain't making it up ... you gotta watch this.

Richie Incognito Jokes About Smashing Ferrari ... 'I'd Hit It'

3/18/2016 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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031816-richard-incognito-car-instagramRemember when Richie Incognito smashed his Ferrari with a baseball bat back in 2014???

Well, the Buffalo Bills lineman is finally ready to joke about it.  

Incognito posted a pic of his whip and added the caption: "I'd hit it.... 👊🏼 😜#BeenThereDoneThat #FerrariFriday."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Incognito went all smashy smashy on the car back in the day to "vent" in the wake of the Jonathan Martin bullying scandal. 

Incognito was admitted into a psychiatric ward to receive help shortly after the incident -- but it seems the treatment worked ... because he's virtually stayed out of any real trouble ever since.  


Odell Beckham Jr. I May Rep Buick ... But I Drive a Ferrari!

3/18/2016 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Don't believe everything you see in commercials ... 'cause when Odell Beckham Jr. whips around in Bev Hills, he ain't driving a Buick -- he's in a $300,000 Ferrari. 

The NY Giants superstar was doing some shopping on Rodeo Drive Thursday -- and while he wasn't doing much talking, he was definitely flossin' in a big way. 

Check out (what appears to be) a Ferrari F12Berlinetta -- which rocks a 6.3-liter V-12 engine and goes from 0 to 60 in 3.1 seconds. The price tag is reportedly somewhere in the $325k range. 

031816_obj_subFYI -- OBJ is still in his rookie contract with the Giants and is only expected to make roughly $3 mil this year ... unless he strikes a new deal with the team before the season starts. 

Meantime, keep gettin' that Buick money! 

Chase Chrisley I'm Trading My Bible Tat for a Range Rover!!!

3/17/2016 6:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Chase Chrisley drives a hard bargain ... in fact, he'll be driving a Range Rover because of a horse trade he made with his dad over a gnarly Bible tattoo.

Todd Chrisley was none too pleased about his 19-year-old son's holy tat ... so to incentivize Chase, the "Chrisley Knows Best" star offered him a sweet ride. 

Chase told our photog at LAX Wednesday why he accepted the deal.


Rampage Jackson I Can Finally Take the 'A-Team' Van Out of Hiding

3/16/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson got a makeover for his most prized possession ... the iconic 'A-Team' van, and says it's finally worthy of a viewing from Mr. T himself.

Producers hooked up the ex-UFC champ after he played B.A. Baracus ... gifting him the van he and the crew mobbed around in for the 2010 'A-Team' flick. We're told it had been sitting in a garage for years and the paint job was jacked. 

Enter the guys at L.A. Street Customs -- we're told Rampage took his baby to their shop in North Hollywood to make it presentable again. Check out the unveiling. Luckily for everyone involved ... Rampage seems happy.

No need to pity a fool ... this time.


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