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Muhammad Ali

'TEAM PACQUIAO'

3/31/2015 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0330-manny-pacquiao-muhammad-ali-tmz-01"The Greatest" has picked a side in the fight of the century -- with Muhammad Ali's daughter telling TMZ Sports, "My dad is Team Pacquiao all the way!"

We spoke with Rasheda Ali -- who's very close with her dad -- and she tells us, "My dad really likes Manny. He's a huge fan of his."

"He knows Manny's a great fighter ... but it's more about what he does outside the ring. He's such a charitable person."

Rasheda says Manny and her father have been friends for years -- and he even came to Muhammad's 70th birthday party back in 2012. 

0330-SUB-manny-pacquiao-muhammad-ali-tmzSPORTS-01As for Floyd Mayweather, Rasheda tells us her dad respects him as a fighter -- but says he and Muhammad are two VERY different people.  

"My dad stood for things. Mayweather ... I don't think there's a comparison."

Unfortunately, Muhammad won't be attending the fight in Vegas ... but Rasheda says he wouldn't miss it for the world. 

"There's no question he's going to order it. It takes my dad way back to when he was fighting."

The Game

He Threatened to Shoot Me

Hoops KO Was Self Defense [VIDEO]

3/31/2015 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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TMZ obtained video of The Game unloading a punch on an opposing player during a pick-up basketball game -- but we're told the guy threatened to unload a gun in Game's ass before the fight.

Sources connected to Game tell us the rapper says the punchee started things by throwing an elbow at Game ... who responded by elbowing him right back. Then it got really heated -- Game claims the guy said don't make me go to my gym bag because ... "I got that thing."

The clear hint was the guy had a gun.

What happened next was a case of punch or be punched -- we're told Game is saying the guy raised his fist first, and that's when Game threw his Tyson-tatted right hand

The video doesn't appear to back up Game's claim about the guy being first to make a fist.

Game denies making any death threats as the victim claimed to cops. Police are still investigating.

Amber Rose & James Harden

Entering The Friend Zone

... Let's Not Get Serious

3/30/2015 5:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0330-amber-rose-james-harden-tmz-01Amber Rose and James Harden have decided to put their bangship on hold ... mutually deciding to enter the desolate and barren void known as the FRIEND ZONE ... TMZ Sports has learned.

James and Amber had been rumored to be seeing each other ... with Amber attending a Rockets game in Houston and reportedly gushing to friends about how sweet Harden was. 

Rose even publicly proclaimed on "The Breakfast Club" that she might let the NBA's leading scorer sink a bucket on Valentine's day, if he "acted right."

But we've learned the two are officially DUNZO romantically ... and that it was the the distance between them that turned their Sonny & Cher into a Murtaugh and Riggs.

Bottom line -- start lining up fellas ... seems like this is back on the market. 

Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao

Broker Selling Ringside Seats

... For $87,000 Each!!

3/30/2015 3:06 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0330-floyd-manny-MGM-Money-fun-art-TMZ-01A high-end NY-based "hospitality service" says it has the very first authentic ringside seats to the Mayweather vs.Pacquiao fight ... and they could be yours for $87,500-a-pop!!! 

TMZ Sports spoke with Oren Partner -- the head of Precision Concierge New York (PCNY) -- who tells us he has 39 tickets to the fight ... ranging from upper level to ringside seats. 

The prime seats -- $87,500 for 6th row ringside ... but he only has two at the moment. 

So, how did he get the seats since tickets have NOT gone on sale to the general public? Oren says he knows some very powerful people connected to the fight. 

We called reps for the MGM Grand, Top Rank (Pacquiao's promoters) and TMT (Mayweather's people) who all told us the same thing -- it's possible the tickets are legit, but they didn't come from them. 

As far as PCNY's legitimacy goes ... they've been registered as a legit business in New York since 2011 ... and we've spoken with several entertainment industry people who vouched for 'em. 

That being said, here are some of the other prices: 

(2) Lower 13 Row G @ $42,500 each (center ring)
(2) Lower 13 Row M @ $36,500 each (center ring)
(2-4) Lower 15 Row M @ $23,500 each (just off center ring)
(2-5) Lower 15 Row T @ $16,000 each (just off center ring)
(2-4) Lower 14 Row W @ $14,650 each (just off row R @ $12,500 each (corner)
(2-4) Lower 19 Row X @ $10,100 each (corner ring)
(2-4) Upper 209 Row L @ $7,850 each (corner to ringside)
(2-4) Lower 5 Row R @ $12,500 each (corner)
(2-4) Lower 19 Row X @ $10,100 each (corner ring)
(2-4) Upper 209 Row L @ $7,850 each (corner to ringside)

Hope you saved up. 

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Houston Texans Cheerleaders

Hot Hopefuls Twerk It Out

... For Spot On The Squad

3/30/2015 2:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330_dallas_cowboys_cheerleaders_tryouts_launchRoughly 1,000 of the hottest chicks in Texas went down to Houston this weekend ... to try out for a spot on the Texans cheerleading squad ... and TMZ Sports has pics from the smokin' hot audition. 

There are 35 spots on the squad -- and EVERYONE needs to tryout ... including members of last year's team. 

Right now, we're told the team has cut the roster down to 50 ... with final cuts coming in the next few days. 

Meantime, take a look at the pics -- they're all winners to us. 

Michael Strahan

Body-to-Body Contact Sport

... With New GF

3/30/2015 12:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0330-michael-strahan-ramey-spread-pictures-3Michael Strahan has hooked up again ... and showed off his pretty chick in St. Barts.

The athlete/commentator/talk show host/rich person was ready to flaunt his relationship while vacationing with 2 other couples -- including fellow ex-NFLer Tony Gonzalez and his wife.

It seems the stories that surfaced months ago he might get back with Nicole Murphy are ancient history.

As for the lucky chick -- we're told she's not just a vacay hookup. She and Michael have been dating for a few months.

Michael -- who's co-starring in "Magic Mike XXL" -- may have retired from football, but no one told his body.

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Michael Jordan's Ex-Teammate

I WAS BETTER THAN JORDAN

... In Ping Pong & Pool

3/30/2015 11:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Michael Jordan's greatness apparently doesn't extend to frat-house pastimes ... cause his ex-teammate Ron Harper tells TMZ Sports he DOMINATED his airness ... at ping pong & pool.

Harper was MJ's teammate on the Bulls from '95 to '98 when Jordan was an absolute basketball GOD ...  and really could do nothing wrong on the court.

So when we got Harper leaving 1Oak in L.A. recently we had to ask the five-time NBA champ ... have you ever beaten Jordan in anything?

Check out the clip -- Harper answers our question with an emphatic HELL YEAH, then goes on to tell us how he took his fair share of pong and billiard contests off Jordan.

FYI -- We've seen Jordan's beer pong skills ... Ron may have a point.

Mike Tyson

Abandoned Mansion to Become Church

3/30/2015 10:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0330_mike_tyson_abandoned_mansion_inside_photos_launchThe insane over-the-top Ohio mansion where Mike Tyson lived and partied in the '80s and '90s is getting a complete makeover ... in Jesus' name. 

The mansion is insane -- featuring marble EVERYWHERE, a hot tub with mirrored ceiling, indoor pool, tiger cages, a basketball court and more. 

Tyson sold the place in 1999 ... and it's had multiple owners since then ... but now, according to the Daily Mail, it's been bought by a developer who plans to turn the property into a church. 

The place isn't in terrible shape ... but it does need some work ... especially since vandals tagged the joint, leaving several "anarchy" symbols around the house. 

And get this, the new owners have offered Tyson an invite to the church's first gathering. No word if he plans on going. 

Aaron Hernandez's Fiancee

He Cheated on Me

... And I Let It Go!

3/30/2015 10:22 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Aaron Hernandez essentially had a hall pass to cheat on his fiancée whenever he pleased ... because she says she knew all about it ... but decided to look the other way.  

Shayanna Jenkins testified for the second day at Hernandez's murder trial where he stands accused of killing Odin Lloyd back in 2013. 

Jenkins testified that she broke things off with Hernandez after she found evidence that he was banging other chicks on his cell phone. But Jenkins says she got back with Hernandez anyway because their bond was too strong.

After they reconciled, Jenkins says she decided to "compromise on his behavior, and that included infidelity and everything that came along with that."

Jenkins also testified to throwing away a box at the behest of Hernandez the day after Lloyd was killed. Jenkins says she does not know what was in the box and never looked inside.

Boxer Jermain Taylor

I'm No Terrorist

Pleads Not Guilty In Gun Incident

3/30/2015 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0330-jermain-taylor-instagramBoxing superstar Jermain Taylor just appeared in court ... and said he's NOT GUILTY of assault and making terroristic threats at a Martin Luther King Jr. day parade back in January. 

As we previously reported, Taylor was arrested in Arkansas after he allegedly pulled a gun on a married couple and their 3 young children ... and fired two shots in a rage ... after one of the children dropped his championship belt. 

Taylor was charged with 5 counts of aggravated assault, 1 count of making a terroristic threat and 1 count of possession of a controlled substance. 

Taylor -- who's currently in a court-ordered substance abuse program -- also asked the court if he could be allowed out of the program once a week to handle personal and professional issues ... but the judge denied his request. 

A trial date has been set for September 15th. 

The Game

Accused of Unleashing Tyson

In Hollywood Basketbrawl

3/30/2015 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0330-the-game-tmz-01Well, that didn't take long -- one week after The Game got Mike Tyson tatted on his hand ... he allegedly decked someone so hard during a basketball game ... police were called to the scene.  

Law enforcement sources tell TMZ ... Game was playing in a Pro-Am game Sunday at Hollywood High School when he got into a heated argument with another player. We're told the player says Game threatened to kill him, punched him in the face and took off. 

Officers responded and the alleged victim filed a report. Police are investigating the incident as a battery. 

We've reached out to Game ... no word back. Ditto for Tyson.

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Price Is Right

84-Year-Old Sinks Putt

... Wins Car!

3/30/2015 6:39 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hope Tiger Woods is paying attention ...

An 84-year-old woman named Margaret stepped up the stage on "The Price is Right" Friday -- and earned herself a spot to play "Hole In One ... Or Two."

Margaret is not a pro golfer ... not even a semi-pro ... but she's also NOT A LOSER. 

She stepped up. She grabbed the club -- AND SHE WON HERSELF A BRAND NEW CAR!!!

Fortunately, the folks over at "P.I.R." aren't as strict with the rules as the PGA -- because as the people over at Golf Digest pointed out, she definitely used an illegal putt. 

But who cares ... HELL YEAH MARGARET!!! 

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NFL's Donte Stallworth

I'm a National Security Reporter

'I Wanna Cover Things That Matter'

3/30/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

He played in the NFL for 10 years before scoring a job as a reporter for the Huffington Post -- but Donte Stallworth says he chose politics over sports because, "I wanna cover things that actually matter."

Stallworth took a gig working the "national security" beat for the media outlet back in September ... and says he's really enjoying the experience so far. 

"The whole introduction into that has been fairly interesting," Donte says ... "Being an ex-NFL player, a lot of people have been willing to help me."

So, why not try to dip into the news world by taking on sports ... a genre where he's already got an edge over everyone else??

"I wanna cover things that actually matter. I love sports, but there's a lot going on in the world."

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