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Tampa Bay Bucs

Ex-Cheerleaders Win Big

Team Pays $825k In Wage War

3/6/2015 3:08 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Ready? Ok!  

We've got spirit, yes we do!
We've got spirit ... plus an additional $825,000!!!  

A former Tampa Bay Bucs cheerleader has reached a settlement with the NFL team in her class action war over unpaid wages ... striking a deal that will get her and 93 other women PAID!!! 

As we previously reported, Manouchcar Pierre-Val sued the team claiming the girls were only paid $100 per game ... and zero for practice time and other team events ... which added up to less than $2-per-hour.

She demanded $661k ... but in new docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, the team agreed to fork over $825k. However, after the lawyers take their cut ($264k) the ladies will split the rest of the $561k pot. 

Final tally ... each woman will get just under $6k for their troubles. 

Goooooooooo class action!!

Harrison Fore!!

Golf Course Reopens for Play

3/6/2015 2:49 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0306-harrison-ford-plane-lift-TMZ-01Santa Monica golfers can officially play through Harrison Ford's massive divot on the 8th hole ... the municipal course is open for play again ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Penmar Golf Course officials tell us they reopened as soon as Ford's wreckage was removed from the tee box for the 8th hole on Friday afternoon. We're told the damage to the course hasn't been fully repaired yet, but golfers are being told to treat it as a hazard.

One last thing ... anyone whose play was interrupted by Harrison's was eligible for a refund.

Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

There Is No (Bikini) Off-Season

3/6/2015 1:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0306_cowboys_cheerleaders_bikini_launchWhile most of America freezes its collective buns off, huddled around heaters and fireplaces hoping for one moment of warmth, we at TMZ Sports bring you the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders in bikinis.

Enjoy.

And leave your jealousy at the door (we'll try too).

Soccer Star Sydney Leroux

My Hubby's Wedding Band Is Worth $20K

... And I Designed It

3/6/2015 11:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0306_Sidney-Leroux-Husband-Ring-photos_launchSoccer star Sydney Leroux made a case for wife of the year before she was even married ... designing a $20k wedding band for her hubby (lucky bastard) ... and TMZ Sports has photos of the bling.

Sydney tied the knot with men's footie stud Dom Dwyer earlier this year and started forever off right by spending $20k with L.A. jeweler to the stars Big O to create a platinum and diamond monster.

The ring is14mm wide and features 97 baguillion and round brilliant diamonds that are actually cut to mimic the octagons on the side of a soccer ball.

Big O tells us that Sydney was very involved in the design -- and made it clear from the start she wanted more than the traditional men's wedding band. 

No word on what Dom is getting Sydney for her birthday this year but we know this...

It better be good.

'Basketball Wives' Star

I Had a Miscarriage

... It Was Devastating

3/6/2015 10:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0306-laura-govan-gilbert-arenas-tmz-01"Basketball Wives LA" star Laura Govan says she recently suffered a miscarriage when she was pregnant with her 5th child with Gilbert Arenas ... but says she's finally ready to move on. 

Govan says she only found out she was pregnant about a month ago ... and says she believes she was about 3 months along ... but lost the child a short time later. 

"When it happened I didn't want to talk about or deal with it," Laura said on Instagram ... "but now I'm ready to get my life back on track!"

Laura says she gained roughly 15 pounds during the pregnancy -- but is now focused on losing the weight. 

"This is something REAL that happens every day to women like you and me and it's real easy to feel alone, confused and unsure about how to handle or deal with the struggle."

"Thank God for my REAL friends and family who allowed me to do me and take some time away to get back to focus. #inRealLife I'm so thankful for all your support .... Let's get it ... And Thank You for the LOVE."

Metta World Peace

Don't Give Up On Kobe ...

He'll Get Ring Next Season!

3/6/2015 10:28 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Kobe Bryant has ONE more championship run left in him ... and will probably get his SIXTH ring next season ... so says Mamba's former teammate Metta World Peace

But before we get to that ... you gotta watch this clip of Metta buyin' a rose from the rose lady out in Hollywood last night. 

Who's he buying it for? Metta says he wants to surprise someone ... wait'll you see who it is.

As for Kobe, Metta's clearly convinced he can still be dominant ... are you? 

Aaron Hernandez Case

The Smoking Ganja?

1st Pic of Joint Found at Murder Scene

3/6/2015 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Here it is ... the first picture of the joint that prosecutors believe links Aaron Hernandez to the murder of Odin Lloyd

Officials say the joint was found at the murder scene in Massachusetts ... and has Aaron's DNA on it. Prosecutors also believe the joint contain's Lloyd's DNA. 

Officials believe both men puffed from the same marijuana cigarette ... which they say further proves that Hernandez was at the scene when Lloyd was killed. 

As we previously reported, prosecutors also have video of Hernandez at a gas station roughly 90 minutes before the murder ... in the same car that was spotted at the murder scene.

Pacman Jones

Off the Hook

... In Casino Ejection

3/6/2015 8:08 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0306-pacman-jones-getty-01Pacman Jones will NOT be charged with a crime for his role in a late-night casino incident back in February ... after prosecutors say he couldn't have been more cooperative with police. 

We broke the story ... officers responded to a "disorderly person" at the Hollywood Casino in Indiana after an incident with a casino employee.

But officials tell TMZ Sports ... while he definitely WAS causing a disturbance that night, he cut the crap when cops arrived to the scene and left the casino without further incident. 

"He exited. No one got hurt. He did cooperate by leaving. Given all that – we didn't feel it appropriate to charge him," prosecutor Aaron Negangard tells us.

Case closed. 

Richard Sherman

Plays Second Fiddle ...

To Insane Street Violinist

3/6/2015 7:01 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Seattle Seahawks superstar Richard Sherman was stopped dead in his tracks in Vegas this week ... all thanks to a crazy talented street violinist in Vegas. 

Sherman and ex-teammate Brandon Browner were strollin' down the Vegas strip when they came across Tony B ... a 23-year-old pro violinist who was jammin' out in the middle of the day to make some extra cash. 

The NFL stars were so impressed, they stopped and hung out for a while ... with Sherman even recording some of the sidewalk show to share on Instagram.

Vegas baby.  

Boxer Keith Thurman

FLUTE TO KILL

3/6/2015 6:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

What does boxing superstar Keith Thurman have in common with Ron Burgundy? They both LOVE the flute! 

With the 26-year-old preparing for his big NBC "Fight Night" bout against Robert Guerrero, Keith told "Premier Boxing Champions" he's getting his mind right with some flute sessions. 

"I find it really relaxing," Thurman said. 

Apparently, the whole thing helps Keith get focused ... and it's worked so far -- the guy is 24-0 with 21 KOs. 

And if the whole boxing thing doesn't work out, he could always get a job as a musical director at a spa. 

Steve Francis

Chain Recovery Engineered By Rap God

3/6/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0305_j_prince_steve_francis_gettySteve Francis doesn't just have the Sauce Twinz to thank for the return of his chain -- it was ultimately engineered by J. Prince ... one of the most powerful men in hip hop, TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... the NBA legend was chain snatched by some dumbass at a Sauce Twinz concert in Houston last weekend. 

Now, we've learned ... Francis has some powerful friends in Houston -- including Prince, who not only runs Rap-A-Lot Records, but is known in the rap community as a guy you just don't mess with. 

Also, the Sauce Twinz are managed by YEMG ... the management group owned by Prince's son, Jas

Sources connected to Prince tell us once he learned the chain went missing ... he put out word, "The chain must be returned."

That's when the Twinz and their pals went into "super recovery mode" to track down the culprit. 

And surprise surprise, the chain turned up a short time later ... and will be reunited with Francis. 

BTW -- you may remember J. Prince as the guy who issued a "courtesy call" to all of Drake's enemies including Diddy and Suge Knight ... warning them to back off Drizzy, another Prince associate. 

Bottom line -- it's good to know J. Prince. 

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NFL's Eric Decker

'I'm Workin' On My Skills'

... For Wife's Music Video

3/6/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

You haven't seen the last of Eric Decker playing fake guitar in his wife's music videos ... at least according to Jessie James who tells us she's all about giving her hubby EVEN MORE screen time. 

Just one problem ... the NY Jets receiver KNOWS he was less than impressive with his air guitar skills in Jessie's last video -- but tells us he vows to get better. 

There's more ... we also talked to the couple about their brand new fetus (kid #2) ... and whether or not we'll ever see one of their spawn on a football field ... or in a country music video. 

Check out the clip. 

Marqise Lee

Bum Knee Cost Me Millions

Now My Insurance Won't Pay Up

3/5/2015 3:22 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0305-marqise-lee-getty-01Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Marqise Lee's insurance company is adding financial insult to injury -- refusing to pay up after a blown knee made him drop in the NFL draft ... so now he's suing. 

According to the docs, obtained by TMZ Sports, Lee paid $94k for a disability policy with Lloyd's of London during his final year at USC ... just in case he sustained an injury that affected his NFL future.

As bad luck would have it ... he did, and he fell to the second round of the draft. 

In the suit, Lee says Lloyd's owes him $4.5 million -- the difference between the policy amount and his $5.1 million contract. He says the insurance co. is hanging him out to dry by dragging its feet for more than 9 months on paying up.

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