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UFC's Paige VanZant

I'll Never Fight Ronda Rousey!

51 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF

She's UFC's newest rising superstar ... but Paige VanZant says there's NO WAY she'll ever step into the octogon with Ronda Rousey

VanZant appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Tuesday -- and talked about how she made the transition from being a dancer to a legit wrecking machine. 

In fact, the 21-year-old says she owes a lot of her success to Rousey -- who paved the way for women to fight in the UFC. 

But when it comes to a possible mega-fight between the ladies, VanZant makes it very clear ... she doesn't have a deathwish. 

Shannon Briggs

Reign Of Klitsch-Terror Continues

... Crashes Champ's News Conference

4/21/2015 4:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Shannon Briggs is like Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, and Michael Myers all wrapped up in one ... 'cause no matter what  Wladimir Klitschko does ... he just keeps coming for the boxing champ.

FYI -- Briggs has been trying to bait Hayden Panettiere's baby daddy into a fight for MONTHS ... harassing Wlad at restaurants, training sessions, the mall and even crashing a paddleboard ride

And moments ago, Briggs was at it again ... popping up in NYC to scream at Wlad, who was in the middle of a media event for the big Klitschko vs. Bryant Jennings fight this weekend.

Check out the hilarious video -- Briggs (who's shirtless the entire time) actually gets his chance to plead his case to TMZ Sports saying it's a travesty he's not fighting Wlad in his hometown of NY.

Wlad ... check under your covers before you get into bed tonight.

Rick Ross

Outcoached For Good Cause

... Loses Charity Hoops Game To Ex-NFL Star

4/21/2015 3:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421_rick_ross_charity_basketball_game_photos_launchRick Ross just got out-bawsed ... but he ain't sweatin' it -- 'cause even though he got CRUSHED in a celeb hoops game ... he raised a TON of cash for a local charity.

Ross stepped up to coach a team in the 4th annual Nike South Beach Celebrity Court of Dreams game this past weekend to benefit the South Beach Charitable Foundation for kids.

The hip-hop star coached a team of celebs -- including NFL players Antrel Rolle and the Pouncey twins ... in an effort to beat the "South Beach All-Stars," coached by ex-NFL lineman Bryant McKinnie

In the end ... Ross' squad just couldn't hang and they lost to Bryant's team 62-38.

But the event raised $35,000 for charity -- so, hard to call anyone a loser after that. 

Nice work. 

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

MILLION DOLLAR BELT REVEALED

4/21/2015 2:56 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0421_floyd_mayweather_manny_pacquaio_belt_photos_launchHere it is ... the $1 million emerald-studded WBC championship belt that Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao will be fighting for on May 2nd ... in addition to their $100-million + paychecks! 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... the World Boxing Council commissioned the belt when the fight was announced .. and adorned it with 3,000 real miniature emeralds. 

The belt was revealed at a WBC event in Mexico -- and will make its way to Vegas this week ... escorted by a private security team.

#Swag

C. Thomas Howell

Volleyball is 'DEAD'

And It Ain't Comin' Back!

4/21/2015 1:15 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

The party has gotta end sometime ... and for the sport of volleyball, it's LIGHTS OUT  ... so says C. Thomas Howell -- who starred in one of the most famous volleyball movies ever! 

Howell -- who starred in "Side Out" twenty five years ago -- was leaving LAX when he told us the sport bit the dust in the '90s ... along with Walkmen and pagers.

BTW, Howell's "Side Out" co-star Peter Horton went on to become a big deal in Hollywood ... producing a ton of stuff ... including "Grey's Anatomy." 

Dig that. 

NASCAR Announcer

Steve Byrnes Dies of Cancer

Days After Tribute

4/21/2015 12:26 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0421-steve-byrnes-twitter-02FOX Sports announcer Steve Byrnes died Tuesday of cancer ... just 2 days after NASCAR fans, drivers and crew members paid him an emotional track side tribute.

Byrnes -- one of FOX's leading reporters for its NASCAR coverage -- was diagnosed with head and neck cancer in August of 2013. He was forced to take an indefinite leave from the job last year in October.

FOX and NASCAR teamed with Stand Up to Cancer to dedicate Sunday's race at Bristol Motor Speedway to Steve. Before the race people in the stands ... and crew members on pit road held up signs with Steve's name.

Steve watched the race on TV, and afterward tweeted his thanks for the show of love and support.

Byrnes is survived by his wife Karen and their 12-year-old son Bryson. He was 56.

L.A. Clippers

Got Lakers Permission

For Locker Room Takeover

4/21/2015 12:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0421-lakers-clippers-staples-getty-01The Clippers aren't trolling the Lakers by turning the team locker room into an owners lounge for the NBA playoffs -- they asked the team for permission and got it ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

There were rumblings that the Clips were trying to diss Laker Nation by using their space at Staples Center as Steve Ballmer's personal hangout area ... since the Clips are still playing and the Lakers didn't even come close to the playoffs. 

But it just ain't the case -- at least according to Staples Center honcho Lee Zeidman who tells us there was an arrangement made before the 1st playoff game. 

"The team inquired about using the Lakers locker room as a space for the Clippers owner. The Lakers gracefully granted use."

He continued, "People are trying to make something out of this, as if the Clippers are pissing off the Lakers by using their locker room. That's not true at all. We'd never use the Lakers space without asking the team."

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Texans Cheerleading Team

You Like Twins?

Well, We Got Em!

4/21/2015 11:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0421_houston_texans_cheerleaders_twins_launchThe Houston Texans have somehow found a way to combine two things guys love -- football and twins -- and they've done it in the best possible way.

The Houston Texans Cheerleading Team is about to head out on location to shoot their new calendar in Puerto Rico, so naturally they snapped a few photos of the girls to get ready. 

The team did a photo shoot of the 13 girls chosen for the 12 months, with one lucky month getting extra attention in the form of a pair of redheads who are new to the team. 

It's safe to say they made a doubly good impression.

Detroit Lions Rodney Austin

Accused of Assaulting Woman and a Baby

4/21/2015 10:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0421-rodney-austin-ap-02The Detroit Lions cut offensive lineman Rodney Austin on the heels of his arrest for assaulting a woman and a baby.

According to the police report ... Austin shoved Yvonne Gill-Sadler on April 5th around 2 AM during a dispute in her Charlotte, NC apartment -- and when she went down she was holding a female infant ... less than a year old.

The report also says Austin prevented Gill-Sadler from calling 911 by stealing her phone. The baby and Gill-Sadler were uninjured ... according to cops. 

Austin was arrested on April 17 and booked for assault, larceny, child abuse and interfering with emergency communication. 

Austin, a backup player for the Lions ... was cut from the team Tuesday morning. 

Wladimir Klitschko, Hayden Panettiere

Someone's in Trouble

4/21/2015 9:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0421_wladimir_klitschko_baby_beach_water_waves_launch_2Wladimir Klitschko may be the heavyweight champion of the world, but he's about to get his ass kicked by his 5' fiancee.

Wlad took baby Kaya out into the Miami beach surf, while Hayden Panettiere was doing 'GMA' in NYC.

It looks like fun and games, but we're guessing Hayden will have issues:

-- the baby doesn't have a life jacket

-- Wlad is clowning off balance in the surf, with Kaya in a precarious position

-- she's not wearing a hat in the Miami sun

That said, dad is no ordinary father at 6'6" and 246 lbs. Kaya's in good hands. Of course, Hayden might not see it that way. 

Good luck Wlad ... we're rooting for you!. 

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Tim Tebow

God's An Eagles Fan

...Say Philly Pastors

4/21/2015 9:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0420-tim-tebow-cross-religion-GETTY-01Eagles fans, stock the bubbly ... 'cause a bunch of local Philadelphia pastors tell us with the signing of Tim Tebow ... the team gained a very powerful ally ... GOD!! 

TMZ Sports spoke with 5 church officials who rep 7 churches in Philly... and the sentiment was universal ... Tebow's faith -- and relationship with God -- will have a HUGE impact on the Eagles. 

Here are some of the highlights ... 

-- Rev. Bill Golderer (Broad Street Ministries) -- "Our legacy [as Eagles fans] has been over 50 years of futility. Tebow's close to God, so we wouldn't have to sell our soul to the devil to win a Super Bowl."

-- Rev. Safford (Christ Church) -- "Having a faith-based person with the Eagles can only help the team."

-- Pastor Kent Jacobs (Epic Church) -- "We love Tim. He's awesome! Everyone needs people to encourage them and he's that type of guy. So he'll help the locker room."

One church official says his congregation is PUMPED too -- "I got a call last night. I thought a parish member was in the hospital, but it was just someone telling me we signed Tebow."

UFC's Michael Bisping

Hey, Wanderlei Silva ...

Oral Me!

4/21/2015 8:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC stud Michael Bisping wants to have a Bill Clinton, Monica Lewinsky relationship with Wanderlei SIlva -- and yesterday, he formally invited his former rival to play the role of Monica.

Bisping was out in L.A. promoting his fight with C.B. Dollaway at UFC 186 ... when we brought up his old nemesis Silva -- who was banned from the UFC for life for ducking drug tests.

First, he called Silva a moron.

Then he called him another word for wiener.

And for his finale, he invited Mr. Silva to 3rd base. 

Enjoy. 

Candace Cameron on Jarret Stoll:

'Anyone Who Does Drugs Is Dumb'

4/21/2015 7:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

On a very special episode of "Full House" ... D.J. warns against the dangers of hard drugs! 

Candace Cameron-Bure -- who's married to ex-NHL star Valeri Bure -- was out in L.A. with her hockey-fan family Monday when we asked about Jarret Stoll's Vegas drug arrest

"I think anyone that does drugs is dumb," Cameron-Bure said ... "but that's the chance you take when you do that stuff." 

Danny Tanner would be proud ... 

Cue lesson-giving music ... fade to black ... roll credits. 

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