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Sauce Twinz

We Got Steve Francis' Chain Back!

7 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

Great news for Steve Francis ... his chain has been recovered -- this according to the Sauce Twinz, who tell TMZ Sports they're planning on giving it back to the NBA star in the next few hours. 

We broke the story ... Francis was at a Sauce Twinz show in Houston when someone NOT AFFILIATED with the rap duo ran up on Steve and snatched the gold chain off his neck.

Now, the group's manager, Sauce Diddy, confirms the chain is currently with Big Sosa -- one of his artists who made a video (above) to prove he successfully recovered the necklace. 

So, how'd Diddy get the chain? He won't get into specifics ... but police were definitely not involved. 

Diddy says he's already been in contact with Steve's camp -- and plans to return the jewelry to its rightful owner by the end of the day. 

Steelers' William Gay

1-Man Shirtless Dance Party

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3/4/2015 1:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Steelers cornerback William Gay is taking that whole "dance like no one is watching" thing to new levels ... doing a shirtless dance revue on Instagram ... and we got to say ... dude's got the moves.

Gay -- for reasons we're not sure of -- posted five different videos to the 'gram of him (quite expertly) executing every hot dance move out there including The Whip, The Jook, and the death-defying Bobble Walk.

He even got in a couple of real life inspired joints, including Rich Homie Quan's signature onstage waddle, and his teammate Antonio Brown's touchdown dance The Beanie Wiggle.

Watch, enjoy, but please ... don't try this at home.

Prince

Basketball Career Plagued By

Height and Turnovers

3/4/2015 12:04 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0304_prince_afro_basketball_twitterA lack of height and an abundance of turnovers ... that's what ultimately led to Prince becoming a musician and not an NBA player ... so says his junior high school coach.  

Prince is a well-known lover of hoops, but his playing days are once again on everyone's mind after a school photo of him from way back in the day surfaced online Tuesday. 

TMZ Sports spoke with Richard Robinson, who coached Prince Rogers Nelson back at Bryant Junior High in Minneapolis. Besides the fact he's just 5'2" on a good day, Coach Robinson says Prince would toss the ball away like Apollonia tossed off her clothes to jump into Lake Minnetonka.

Robinson told us, "He was quite a good basketball player, but I gave him less playing time because he always threw the ball away. The more turnovers he got, the less time he played." 

Just think where J.R. Smith would be today if he had Robinson for a coach ...

Steve Francis

'The Chain Is In Our Possession'

3/4/2015 11:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0304_steve_francis_chain_3_wmSteve Francis is adamant that his gold chain is NOT missing in action -- with his rep telling TMZ Sports, "It's in our possession in Houston."

We broke the story ... some thief tried to rip the chain off the NBA star's neck during a rap show in Houston this past weekend.  

Now, Steve's publicist Dre Johnson tells us ... "The situation is being resolved as we speak and we will provide physical verification that we have the chain in our possession upon our return to Houston later this week."

Johnson says Francis and his business team have been traveling ever since the incident -- "We had to fly to Boston yesterday to do a deal with Reebok to re-release the classic Steve Francis shoes."

Johnson says the chain-jacker clearly didn't know who he was messin' with -- "When you touch somebody you don't know who you touching. You got to be more careful out here. These young guys don't think, they react and then apologize and backtrack quickly."

As for the fate of the person who yanked the chain, Johnson says Steve will appear on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" in the next few days to explain everything. 

Stay tuned ... 

Ronda Rousey

Bikini Fight Workout

During S.I. Swimsuit Shoot

3/4/2015 9:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey spent more time throwing punches on the set of her Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition modeling shoot ... than she did during UFC 184 ... and now there's video of the scantily clad workout. 

SI just released the video ... in which Rousey says she was WAY more comfortable doing martial arts poses during the shoot than the traditional kissy-face looks. 

Rousey says she was super excited about modeling for SI -- because "there shouldn't just be one cookie-cutter body type that everyone is aspiring to be."

Anderson Silva

I'm Not a Cheater

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3/4/2015 6:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Anderson Silva tells TMZ Sports ... he did NOT use performance enhancing drugs to give him an edge in the octagon ... saying he's genuinely SHOCKED he failed his drug tests. 

The UFC legend was out in L.A. when we asked straight up -- how do you explain the failed drug tests surrounding the January 31st fight at UFC 183 with Nick Diaz???

His answer -- "I don't know what happened."

Silva says he was completely blindsided by the results -- but does NOT believe anything in his system affected his performance in the fight. 

Anderson sorta acknowledges taking something to help his body heal after badly breaking his leg -- but says he's convinced he didn't violate any rules. 

Still, Silva understands how bad the failed tests make him look -- "I think this is bad for [the] sport. This is so bad for me and my life."

Anderson says he wants a REMATCH with Nick Diaz to prove his victory is legit -- and even has a message for 50 Cent -- save that $1.6 MILLION he was planning to bet on Mayweather ... and put it on him! 

Hot Brazilian Model

Beach Football

... In a Thong

3/4/2015 8:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Here's hot Brazilian model Natalia Borges playing some beach football in Miami Beach ... with her NYC nightclub honcho fiance Michael Satsky

Love the uniform. 

Peyton Manning

T-Shirts in the Pool ...

They Ain't Just for Fat Guys!

3/4/2015 8:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0304-peyton-manning-INFphoto-01Peyton Manning has not officially decided if he's coming back to play in the NFL next season, but one thing is for sure ... the Denver Broncos QB needs to retire that t-shirt!

The future Hall of Famer and his family were spotted poolside in Miami Beach this week, where the QB committed the personal foul of wearing a shirt in the pool ... a move usually reserved for offensive linemen.

Too much Papa John's in the off-season, perhaps? 

Tom Hanks

MOVIE CO-STAR REUNION

At Crappy Knicks Game

3/4/2015 6:49 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0304_kevin_Bacon_tom_hanks_knicks_game_launchTom Hanks reunited with TWO of his former big screen co-stars Tuesday night ... Kevin Bacon and Ed Burns ... and it was the most exciting thing that's happened at a Knicks game in months. 

The actors all chilled out courtside as the last place Knicks took on the almost-last place Sacramento Kings at Madison Square Garden. 

Of course, Hanks starred in "Saving Private Ryan" with Burns ... and shared the screen with Kevin Bacon in "Apollo 13." 

Also in attendance ... the Beastie Boys rapper Adam Horovitz (aka Ad-Rock). 

The Knicks lost (duh) 124-86 ... which begs the question -- don't these stars have anything better to do???

Herschel Walker

My Son's a Cheerleading Champ

... And I'm Damn Proud!

3/4/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Herschel Walker's son is following in his father's supremely athletic footsteps ... only he's not on the football field ... he's a state champion male cheerleader ... and his dad couldn't be prouder! 

The former NFL star was out in D.C. where he was bragging about his son's Texas cheerleading squad winning the NCA National Championship in Dallas last month. 

"I never knew how athletic those people were," Walker says ... "Now, I've been spending a lot of time with it. And I've gotten involved with it."

Walker is a full-on "Cheer Dad" -- and spends a lot of time mentoring the cheerleaders. 

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His son Christian is a star on the team ... and after watching the kid twist and tumble in his gymnastics workouts, it's obvious he's got his dad's athletic genes. 

So, we had to ask Herschel ... do you think Christian is good enough to make the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading squad one day? 

You gotta hear his answer -- it's pretty great. 

NHL's Mike Ribeiro Sued

Allegedly Assaults Nanny

... Calls BS On Accuser

3/4/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0303_Mike-Ribeiro_gettyNashville Predators star Mike Ribeiro is being sued by his former nanny -- who claims the NHL star assaulted her back in 2012 ... but Ribeiro says she's making the whole thing up. 

In the lawsuit, obtained by TMZ Sports, Ribeiro's accuser doesn't go into detail about the alleged incident ... only claiming she suffered unspecified injuries at the hands of the 35-year-old All-Star. 

The woman also claims ... after the alleged incident, Mike's wife verbally attacked her. She's suing both Mike and his wife for more than $1 MILLION. 

But the Riberios say the whole thing is BS -- with their lawyer telling TMZ Sports, "My clients strongly deny these allegations."

"We will defend the lawsuit fully. We anticipate the true facts will come out in due course."

Giants' Steve Weatherford

NFL Rookies Are Powerless

In Locker Room Music War

3/3/2015 4:23 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Looks like Jamies Winston and Marcus Mariota, better invest in a good pair of headphones ...

That's 'cause Giants punter Steve Weatherford tells TMZ Sports they'll need them in the locker room, where NFL rookies have absolutely NO SAY in what music bumps.

Weatherford was out in NYC (looking impeccable as always) when we asked him about the sonic dynamic of an NFL locker room ... basically what gets played and by who.

Check out the clip -- Steve says NOTHING gets played by the young guys. He goes on to say that if you want some jam time in the locker room you better have major time logged in the league.

He also let it slip that he loves to listen to Taylor Swift ... we heard that Steve.

Sidney Rice

Challenging Rick Ross

For Wing King Supremacy

3/3/2015 2:44 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Sidney Rice vs. Rick Ross doesn't seem like a fair fight (though Rozay has dropped some weight lately), but the NFL receiver says he could take the rap mogul ... when it comes to inhaling wings.

Seems Rice and Ross both share a love for everyone's favorite bar food, since both have invested heavily in Wingstop franchises. Ross owns a bunch in the southeast, while Rice currently has 2 in the Seattle area ... with 5 more set to open.

Rice -- who's getting his MBA back at the U. -- says biz is good ... as long as she doesn't eat the profits. He told our photog he can put down 30 wings on a good day, and might even take Ross in a contest.

But watch ... he does have a weakness. Pay attention, Rick.

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