He's fast ... they were faster.
Terrell Owens broke out his track cleats today for a 40-yard sprint against two former NFL players -- Justin Tryon (29) and Paul Pratt (28) ... but in the end, he just couldn't keep up.
It all went down in Calabasas, CA -- where the 40-year-old wide receiver got off to a slow start and just couldn't make up the gap.
T.O. ran two different races -- Pratt won the first race ... Tryon won the second. We're told Owens was right in the thick of things in both races.
Sources at the race tell us ... it appeared Owens beat Tryon in the first race. But clearly came in 3rd in the 2nd race.
Even though he didn't win, we're told everyone at the track was blown away by Terrell's speed.
We spoke to Pratt, who tells TMZ Sports ... "He's faster than he was ten years ago. He should be a #1 receiver on an NFL team."
Ballsy Singer Asks MJ for Custom Shoes
4/23/2014 11:03 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Teyana Taylor -- a singer on Kanye West's label -- finally met her idol Michael Jordan the other day ... and immediately hit him up for custom Air Jordans ... on video.
It's pretty funny -- Taylor had just finished singing the National Anthem at the Jordan Brand Classic basketball game ... when she came face-to-face with the NBA legend.
Taylor says she immediately began to cry ... because she was so overcome with emotion ... but pulled her self together and asked MJ to hook her up with a custom pair of "all red" Air Jordan 3s.
Jordan didn't exactly say no ... and called for his guy who runs the Jordan Brand to hook her up.
Taylor didn't get the shoes on the spot ... but she's confident they'll be in the mail soon enough.
Moral of the Story -- you never know until you ask.
Eric Williams' Ex-Teammate
Tami Roman is WRONG
... 'He's a Good Man'
4/23/2014 8:26 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
TMZ Sports spoke with Tony Delk -- who played with Eric on the Celtics -- and he tells us Tami Roman was WRONG when she said Eric's current situation is karma because "God don't like ugly."
Of course, Roman made the comment because she felt Eric terrorized his ex-wife Jennifer Williams on the VH1 reality show ... and the fact his life has since fallen apart is his just desserts.
But Delk tells TMZ Sports ... the Eric he knew is a "great guy with a good heart" ... adding, "He's as generous a guy as I've ever met."
"He was always smiling and happy about life."
Delk -- who admits he doesn't watch "BBW" -- says Eric's less-than-desirable behavior on the show isn't the real Eric ... claiming the show brings out the worst in people.
As for Jennifer, Tony says she should be grateful for everything Eric gave her during their relationship -- offering this message to the reality star: "Don’t forget where you were when he found you."
Ronda Rousey's Paving the Way
... for My Daughter!
4/23/2014 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There could be another Liddell in the Octagon one day ... Chuck's DAUGHTER ... and the Iceman tells TMZ Sports it's all thanks to Ronda Rousey.
Chuck was out at LAX yesterday when we asked how he felt about UFC honcho Dana White calling Ronda the "new Chuck Liddell."
FYI -- Dana made the comparison because Ronda will "fight anybody, anywhere at any time" ... just like Chuck used to do.
Clearly, Chuck was flattered by Dana's comments -- and told us she's not only a great athlete, but "paving the way for my daughter."
Though, it could be a while before you see a Rousey vs. Liddell battle ... Chuck's daughter is only 2-years-old.
Still, 16 years from now ... and IT'S ON!!!
I Was DeSean Jackson's Wingman
... When He Hollered At Rihanna
4/23/2014 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
"You know what man, D-Jax, that's like my little brother man," Game said ... "I'm his wingman wherever he need it."
"If he need the assist, I'm Tim Hardaway!"
We also asked Game the million dollar question -- what did Jackson actually say when he was trying to pick up one of the hottest women on the planet?
Game gave us some insight -- and then told us why he might have an advantage when it comes to locking down famous chicks of his own.
Check out the clip.
Joakim Noah Sues Le Coq
I WORE YOUR CRAPPY SHOES
And You Screwed Me Out of a Fortune!
4/23/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA superstar Joakim Noah has sued his former shoe sponsor -- claiming Le Coq Sportif makes TERRIBLE SNEAKERS that may have damaged his feet ... TMZ Sports has learned.Noah quietly declared war on the French company in a D.C. court back in November ... claiming LCS signed him to a 6-year $6 million deal back in 2007, only to screw him out of more than $1.65 million.
In the suit, Noah says he was pumped about the deal at first -- but shortly after he signed, LCS shut down its U.S. offices, fired the guy who signed Noah, and started looking for ways to back out of the deal. Noah claims things came to a head in 2013 when they suddenly stopped paying him money he believed they were obligated to pay.
Noah says despite the negative energy, he held up his end of the bargain -- and wore Le Coq shoes in every NBA game he played even though he claims they were "not well designed and likely contributed to [my] development of plantar fasciitis."
Noah says his medical condition likely linked to the crappy shoes "caused him to miss several games during the 2012-13 Chicago Bulls NBA season, including key games in the NBA playoffs."
Le Coq filed a counterclaim against Noah -- but it appears the two sides were able to strike a settlement because they suddenly dropped their cases against each other just last month.
FYI -- Noah has moved on to a new shoe sponsor ... Adidas.
Bernard Hopkins Should Retire
'You Gotta Know When to Stop'
4/23/2014 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The legendary George Foreman tells TMZ Sports he has a message for Bernard Hopkins -- HANG 'EM UP ... while you still have your health.
Foreman -- who famously fought until he was 48-years-old -- says he was incredibly impressed with 49-year-old B-Hop's commanding victory over Beibut Shumenov this weekend ... but cautions, "Don't tempt fate."
"I fought all the way until I was about 50," Foreman says ... "Around my 56th birthday, I was gonna come back. I saw a path to the heavyweight championship. My wife said, 'you're not gonna do it.' We all need someone like that. It was the best thing that could've happened to me."
Foreman adds, "Leave while you can. When the curtain closes, you don't want to be laying on your back in the middle of the ring."
When asked what he would say to Hopkins, Foreman told us, "Bernard, you looked great! Fantastic! Isn't that the way you wanna go out? You looked unbeatable, now leave."
"I think Muhammad Ali would say the same thing. Get out and smell the roses."
"There's life after boxing," George says ... joking, "If he makes a Bernard Hopkins Grill, I'll have all my kids buy one! I have 10 kids, 10 grandkids, and 2 great grandchildren. He can make a lot of money just off us!"
Boxer Kassim Ouma
HIT WITH COKE CHARGES
Stemming From L.A. Fight
4/22/2014 4:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ex-boxing champ Kassim Ouma has been charged with felony cocaine possession stemming from an incident where he allegedly K,.O.'d a guy who made gay advances toward him ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The L.A. County District Attorney filed the charge against the 35-year-old boxer Tuesday -- stemming from the April 18th incident.
We broke the story ... Ouma told investigators he struck up a convo with a guy he just met in L.A., went back to the guy's home and then got violent when the guy made multiple sexual advances toward him.
Ouma was arrested for battery ... but we're told prosecutors did not file any charges against Ouma for the fight. It's unclear why.
If convicted on the coke charge, Ouma faces up to 3 years behind bars.
We're told Ouma is still in custody and is being held on $10k bail.
Ex-LSU Star Josh Booty
HEY FREELOADER, GET OUT!
... Lawsuit Says [Update]
4/22/2014 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
5:07 PM PT -- TMZ Sports spoke with Josh Booty who tells us he NEVER tried to freeload -- has never freeloaded anything in his life -- and claims the drama all stems from a "mad jealous ex trying to get back at us."
Josh also says he didn't realize the situation pissed off the other housemate so intensely and claims he'll move out asap if it'll solve the problem.
Former LSU quarterback Josh Booty is now a deadbeat Hollywood freeloader and refuses to leave a Sunset Strip mansion where he's been crashin' for weeks ... this according to a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports.
38-year-old Booty -- along with a smokin' hot model named Nicole Silva -- is being sued by a man who's renting out a room at a sick 3,000 square foot home in the Hollywood Hills.
In the suit, the man claims he and Silva rented out the place together in July 2013 under the condition they were the ONLY two residents in the pad.
But, the man claims, Silva has been allowing Booty to live in the home since March ... violating the terms of the lease ... and he wants the former LSU QB out of the house, stat!
FYI -- it appears Booty and Silva are dating, based off some very couply pics on her Instagram page.
In a lawsuit obtained by TMZ Sports, the man claims he complained to the landlord that he wanted Silva and Booty out of the home -- only to find out Silva CHANGED THE LOCKS on him when he was out of town!!!
Now, the man wants a judge to force BOTH Silva and Booty out of the place, stat -- plus he wants more than $119k in damages.
Attempts to reach Booty -- who led the Tigers over Georgia Tech in the 2000 Peach Bowl -- were unsuccessful.
I Could Beat Mike Tyson ...
4/22/2014 2:02 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
We spoke with "Big Daddy" Bowe who tells us he can still fight at the age of 46 ... and says his confidence level is still through the roof.
"I could beat Tyson now, 20 years ago, or when we were in school together," Bowe says ... "There's a reason my record is 43-1."
Bowe -- who was training to be a pro wrestler in 2013 -- says the proof is in his stats ... "I took Holyfield twice and he took Tyson twice. I'm bigger and quicker than Holyfield. Tyson wouldn't know what hit him."
He adds, "Also, Tyson wouldn't be able to take my ear off because I'm too tall and he can't jump that high."
Of course, Tyson insists his fighting days are over ... but if he ever gets the itch to get back in the ring, Bowe says ... to quote Doc Holliday ... "I'll be your Huckleberry."
Skateboarder Chad Muska
I'm Having My Own Art Show!
4/22/2014 1:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Skateboard legend Chad Muska is having his very own art show in L.A. -- to display a bunch of never before seen paintings and sculptures ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Muska -- who was a player character in the Tony Hawk video games -- has been blowin' up in the art scene for years ... and has become pretty well-respected for his graffiti art.
Now, Muska will be opening up his private studio on Friday for the first time to show off some of the other projects he's been workin' on ... including "hanging wall pieces and sculptures."
"Without these mediums, my career in skateboarding would not be possible and there would be no walls to create public displays of art on," Muska says.
Muska says he tried to separate the skateboarding part of his life from his art -- but says it just didn't feel right ..."That DNA is embedded in me, and remains prevalent in my artwork."
NBA Player Eric Williams
HOMELESS SITUATION IS KARMA
... Says 'Basketball Wives' Co-Star
4/22/2014 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former NBA player Eric Williams has no one to blame for his terrible situation but himself ... because "God doesn't like ugly" ... so says his former "Basketball Wives" co-star Tami Roman.TMZ Sports broke the story ... Williams -- who played in the league for 12 seasons -- claims he's homeless and in dire financial straits after blowing the fortune he made as a professional athlete.
We reached out to Tami Roman -- who appeared on "BW: Miami" with Williams a few years ago -- and she told us that she understands his homeless situation "because I have been there, but clearly God doesn’t like ugly."
Tami adds, "Meanwhile, my girl Jen (Eric's ex-wife) is being a beauty enjoying her new life and loving her new life."
FYI -- Eric was a total a-hole to Jennifer Williams on the show back in the day, trashing her virtually every chance he got and even THROWING A DRINK IN HER FACE on one episode.
Clearly, Tami feels that his current situation is nothing but pure karma.
I'D BLOCK THE HELL OUT OF OBAMA
No Mercy for the Prez!
4/22/2014 10:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Dikembe Mutombo goes easy ON NO ONE ... not even the President of the United States -- telling TMZ Sports he'd block the hell out of the Commander In Chief if he had the chance.
Mutombo was out in D.C. yesterday when we asked if he would let Barack Obama hit a couple of shots as a courtesy if they ever squared off on the hardwood.
But Mutombo made it clear ... when it comes to scoring, he doesn't cut ANYONE a break -- including the leader of the free world.
[Insert finger wag here]