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2018 ESPY Awards Drama, Jokes and Danica Hosts ... Go Behind the Scenes!!!

7/18/2018 7:39 PM PDT

The 26th annual ESPYs brought the feels early with an intense recap of the year's most exciting and touching sports moments ... then Danica Patrick lightened the mood.

Danica -- the show's first ever female host -- came out hard with jokes ... about Cleveland sports, J.R. Smith's Finals blunder, LeBron's hair, Ben Simmons joining the Kardashians -- and even the National Anthem controversy.

As you can see, some went over better than others.

Then it was on to the awards, with Utah Jazz star Donovan Mitchell kicking things off with an ESPY win for Best Breakthrough Athlete. Other winners included the U.S. Women's Hockey Team for Best Game, Baker Mayfield for Best College Athlete, and Nick Foles for Best Championship Performance.

Chloe Kim took home the ESPY for Best Female Athlete, Alex Ovechkin nabbed Best Male ... and the Houston Astros won Best Team.

The evening also included powerful tributes to Bills QB legend Jim Kelly, who received the Jimmy V Award for Perseverance, Best Coach going to the 3 coaches killed in the Parkland shooting ... and the sister survivors of sexual abuse by Larry Nassar being honored with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Check out the pics for a behind-the-scenes look at more of the ESPYs excitement.

Lionel Messi Yachting Away the Pain ... After World Cup Loss

7/18/2018 12:30 PM PDT
Breaking News

Lionel Messi has found a pretty good way to get over Argentina's disastrous World Cup exit ... load up your smokeshow wife on a yacht and float on over to Ibiza.

Messi rounded up his fam -- including Antonella Roccuzzo -- for an expensive and relaxing boat trip. 

Of course, Messi's Argentina squad got bounced from the World Cup in late June after a pretty pathetic performance ... though he did score one of the most impressive goals of the tourney. 

So, what next? 

At 31 years old, it's possible the 2018 World Cup may have been his last ... but, he's made so much money playing soccer, he can float around on yachts for the rest of his life. 

Danielle Knudson 29 and Fine With or Without BF

7/18/2018 8:33 AM PDT

Danielle Knudson doesn't need her man to ring in her 29th, she's doing juuuust fine all by herself ... as you can clearly see in these pics. 

The Canadian model celebrated her born day Tuesday in Miami Beach -- where she was barely covered up by a bikini that showed off her amazing body. No sign of her latest BF -- Brazilian soccer star Alexandre Pato -- at the beach party. If he's smart, though, he wasn't far away. 

Sometimes, birthday cake is a dish best served ... to you and your girls.

France Soccer Team Parties In Paris With Prez ... Hold Our Trophy!!

7/16/2018 12:58 PM PDT
Breaking News

The France national soccer team wasted no time bringing their new World Cup trophy to their leader ... partying with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Monday!!

Just a day after whooping Croatia in the final ... Hugo LlorisFlorian Thauvin and the whole Les Bleus crew made their way to Elysee Palace to celebrate.

The First Lady, Brigitte Macron, got especially touchy with the gold trophy ... taking a sweet handoff from Paul Pogba to show the crowd the goods.

The 'ship is France's first in 20 years ... so, only fitting they party like it's 1998 now.

Congrats!!

Vladimir Putin Gives Trump World Cup Ball ... In Hacky Metaphor

7/16/2018 9:22 AM PDT
Breaking News

Vladimir Putin presented Donald Trump with a soccer ball from the World Cup in Russia ... and then dropped the following eye-rolling metaphor ... 

"Mr. President, I'll give this ball to you ... and now the ball is in your court."

Ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh. 

It all went down at a massive media event in Helsinki, where the two world leaders had a private meeting for several hours where they discussed everything from election interference to NATO. 

Trump was fired up about the meeting -- and the soccer ball, throwing it to Melania (who was sitting in the front row) and announcing that he would be giving it to his son, Barron.

POTUS also praised Putin for the way his country hosted the 2018 World Cup and said the US will strive to do "as good a job" when it comes to the States in 2026. 

Cristiano Ronaldo The $117 Mil Medical Exam ... For Juventus Deal

7/16/2018 6:02 AM PDT
Breaking News

Here's Cristiano Ronaldo looking like Ivan Drago in "Rocky IV" -- hooked up to all sorts of machines as he takes his official medical exam for that massive Juventus deal. 

CR7 arrived to the Juventus medical facility near Turin, Italy on Monday ... ready to work. 

Sporting a mesh shirt and massive diamond earrings, the soccer superstar hit the treadmill as part of the exam ... which will ensure that Ronaldo is in the world-class shape Juve expects him to be. 

Cristiano didn't seem worried -- cracking a smirk as he began to exercise.

It's a big day for Juventus -- which paid a $117 million transfer fee to get Ronaldo from Real Madrid. Plus, the team is reportedly paying him around $35 MIL per year. 

Good luck ... 

Conor McGregor Catches World Cup Final With Vladimir Putin

7/15/2018 12:32 PM PDT

Conor McGregor got to sit in on the World Cup final in person this weekend, showing up as a guest of none other than Vladimir Putin.

The UFC star posted a photo of himself Sunday alongside Russia's president, posing like a tough guy with someone he calls "one of the greatest leaders of our time." 

Conor's caption read ... "Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him. Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup."

He ended with "Go Russia" ... written in Russian. Hopefully they're both aware Russia got knocked out in the quarter finals, but that's beside the point. What's important (and weird) is that Conor is super chummy with Putin ... who's known as kind of a bad dude, depending on who you talk to. 

All we can say ... it's an interesting way to ring in the big baby news from this weekend. Word to your Mother, Russia ...we guess. 

France Vs. Croatia Smokin' Hot WAGS ... Of The World Cup Final

7/15/2018 12:10 AM PDT
Breaking News

Make like some of the world's best soccer players and dive into these photos of some of the hottest wives and girlfriends of the World Cup Final!

France and Croatia will square off for soccer's highest honor ... and there will be plenty of "keepers" to look at on both sidelines.

In France's corner ... Pamela Anderson headlines the group of WAGS -- but, you gotta see who Samuel Umtiti and Paul Pogba are scoring with off the pitch.

For Croatia ... Mateo Kovačić and Ivan Rakitić have netted some serious talent too.

Sooo ... while an entire country might hate these guys if they blow it on the biggest stage -- just know they're still winnin' when they get home!!

Tekashi69 Giving Mood After Jail Release ... Have Some Cash, Kids!!!

7/14/2018 4:24 PM PDT
Breaking News

Tekashi69's feeling so good about being out of the slammer, he says he's starting up a soccer league for the community ... and it looks like he's paying the players!

The rapper just shared a vid on Instagram -- he's all smiles as he claims he started a league right after being released from jail ... and hands out $20 bills to about a dozen youngsters, and even some parents.

At one point someone yells out "Bail money!" ... which might be true.

We broke the story ... 6ix9ine got sprung from his Rikers Island cell Friday after his lawyers scored him a deal, with the catch being he MUST surrender Monday in Harris County, TX to pay $5,000 bail there.

Tekashi was arrested in NYC earlier this week for an outstanding warrant out of Harris County, where he allegedly choked a 16-year-old back in January.

Looks like now he's trying to show he's got nothing but love -- and money -- for kids.

2018 FIFA World Cup Hot Fans From Around The World!

7/14/2018 12:01 AM PDT

It's likely your team didn't advance to the final match of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Moscow ... but it's not a total loss (unless you were rooting for USA, then you totally lost).There were plenty of winners from around the world in the crowds of the soccer stadiums to help you feel like your country still scored!

Give our gallery of hot World Cup fans a try, and see the sexiest soccer supporters who traveled the globe to get in on the epic spectator sport! 

Four more years, four more years!

French Midfielder Zinedine Zidane 'Memba Him?!

7/10/2018 12:01 AM PDT

Zinedine Zidane is best known as the French midfielder who notoriously received a red card for headbutting the Italian defender, Marco Materazzi, 12 years ago during the 2006 World Cup Finals in Germany. Guess what he looks like now!

Cristiano Ronaldo Tanning In Greece ... Amid Juventus Rumors

7/9/2018 8:53 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

While the international soccer world freaks out over rumors Cristiano Ronaldo will leave Real Madrid for Juventus ... CR7 couldn't be more relaxed -- chillin' on a beach in Greece. 

TMZ Sports has photos of Ronaldo on Monday afternoon outside a 5-star resort in Messinia, Greece ... where he caught some rays with his girlfriend (maybe fiancee?), Georgina Rodriguez

Witnesses tell us Ronaldo and his crew had their own private area -- complete with a massive, private security team. 

We're told it appears Cristiano is with 15 to 20 people ... including several family members and his kids. 

One source says CR7 is staying at a massive private villa on the beach -- and, when he's not tanning on the sand, he's being chauffeured around in golf carts (like a boss!). 

According to reports, Ronaldo's move to Juventus could be announced any day now -- ending his 9-season run with Real Madrid. 

The move is estimated to cost Juventus around $450 MILLION to sign Ronaldo through 2022 -- but, experts say it could be worth it because Ronaldo is the most bankable athlete in the world.  

Meanwhile, don't forget the SPF ... 

Colombia Soccer Team Hero's Welcome In Bogota ... After World Cup Loss

7/6/2018 9:25 AM PDT
Breaking News

The Colombia national soccer team got one helluva homecoming on Thursday -- with thousands of fans lining up in Bogota to show support -- just days after they were eliminated from the World Cup.

Star players like Falcao and Juan Cuadrado got giant ovations alongside teammates Abel Aguilar, David Ospina and Yerry Mina

Colombia made it to the Round of 16 -- but, they were ultimately eliminated by England on Tuesday after the match went to penalty kicks. 

Disappointing end for Colombia -- but, the team showed heart and resilience and the fans clearly appreciated it. 

Nice to see ... considering back in 1994, Colombia player Andres Escobar was murdered after accidentally scoring an own goal during the World Cup. 

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