As great as Michael Jordan was at basketball ... is how much he sucks at real estate -- 'cause, once again, no one was willing to poney up the dough at an auction for his mega-mansion ... TMZ Sports has learned.
The 7-acre Chicago compound would've gone to literally anyone willing to shell out $13 mil at today's auction ... but yet again, there were no takers on the property.
We've covered the entire saga of MJ's real estate nightmare -- he yanked the house off the auction block at the last second on Nov. 22 ... in hopes of selling it today, but no dice.
A rep for Jordan tells us they'll make a third attempt to unload the property next year.
Schooled by Johnny Manziel
12/16/2013 5:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jameis Winston hit up an NYC bar to celebrate his Heisman Trophy win -- and did something kinda shocking that proves ... he's definitely learned a thing or two from Johnny Manziel.
Plus, Tony Romo gets the award for Best Timed Publicity Visit -- spending time with sick children the day after all of Dallas called for his head ... again. Question is: will Dallas Cowboys fans cut him a break?
And will Gilbert Arenas make an NBA comeback -- so he can actually earn some of those millions he's STILL getting paid from his old contract? You gotta see how his longtime GF put him on blas
Lost Bet Leads to
Sexiest Twerk-Off Ever
12/16/2013 5:30 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Losing a bet never looked so good -- and you can thank TNA wrestlers Brooke and Robbie E, who busted out an impromptu twerk-off in the middle of LAX this weekend ... after Robbie lost a hilarious wager.
The twerking went down right outside airport security on Saturday -- Brooke told us she bet Robbie he couldn't take 4 straight shots of tequila in 3 minutes without throwing up ... and she was right.
The punishment was a shameful public twerk sesh in front of everyone at the airport, and lucky for everyone in the world ... Brooke demonstrated her moves first.
Check out the clip. You won't be disappointed.
Bring On Manny Pacquiao
I'll Knock His Ass Out
12/16/2013 4:50 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Danny Garcia -- boxing's light welterweight champ -- says he's ready to defend his title against any contenders ... and he tells TMZ Sports, he'd easily knock Manny Pacquiao out if he got the chance.
We spoke with the undefeated champ at a charity event at Cal State Northridge ... and asked him about the secrets to his success. His answer: "God blessed me with these hammers." I.E. his fists. Pretty bad ass.
But the craziest part, Garcia says he'd gladly put his title belt on the line to knock out former champ Manny Pacquiao -- presuming Pacquiao doesn't end up challenging Floyd Mayweather Jr. first.
Check the clip ... "Swift" also has some important tax advice for Manny. Sounds like fightin' words to us.
The Greatest Movie Boxer Of All Time Is ...
12/16/2013 3:32 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Sly Stallone ... Mark Wahlberg ... Will Smith ... Russell Crowe ... Hilary Swank ... NONE of these actors came close to pulling off the greatest ever boxer on the big screen, so says legendary announcer Michael Buffer ... that honor goes to another actor altogether.
Buffer was rumbling around NYC earlier today ... and we asked him ... which actor nailed the most memorable boxing performance in film history?
Buffer didn't hesitate ... and you probably won't be surprised by his answer ... but here's a hint: the actor in question won an Oscar for the role. Now guess who.
Haters, Get Off Kobe's Back
... He'll Rebound from Injury
12/16/2013 12:45 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kobe Bryant can't play to his full potential right now, and won't for a while -- so says NBA icon Jerry West.
West -- whose famous silhouette appears on the NBA logo -- tells TMZ Sports Kobe needs at least a few more games playing at full speed to get back to normal ... so Lakers fans will have to wait before the Mamba comes back in full force.
West says Achilles injuries are especially bad for basketball players because of all the cuts they need to make on the court.
For the record, Kobe appears to be doing just fine -- he rained down a respectable 21 on the Bobcats over the weekend.
Parties Like Middle Schooler After Heisman Win
Just a Coke for Me, Please
12/16/2013 11:23 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Jameis Winston celebrated his Heisman Trophy win by partying it up in NYC Saturday night ... hanging out with fans at a popular FSU bar and popping bottles ... of Coca-Cola, TMZ Sports has learned.
The 19-year-old phenom dropped by the Saloon in NYC at around 12:30 AM after the awards ceremony ... and we're told he balled out with an ice cold coke and a water for his GF.
Sources from the Saloon tell us ... a fan offered to pick up his bill but Jameis declined, and dropped a $20 on a $3 tab.
We're also told ... the QB was hungry but the kitchen was closed, so staff actually ordered him a pepperoni pizza from a nearby pizza joint, which he paid for in full.
Winston took time to pose for pictures with every fan in the bar before continuing on with his sugar-fueled bender.
NHL Star Milan Lucic
Bar Brawl in Vancouver
'Do You Know Who You're F**kin' With?'
12/16/2013 9:34 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Boston Bruins star Milan Lucic dropped the gloves outside the rink last night ... brawling late night on the streets of Vancouver, and the whole thing was caught on tape.
It all went down around 4 AM outside The Queen's Republic on Granville St. -- where Milan was filmed trading blows with some random Canuck ... and Milan repeatedly asks him, "Do you know who you're f***n' with?"
Vancouver PD tells us ... some cops on foot patrol were able to break up the fight. They talked to both men but no arrests were made and no criminal charges were filed.
Milan's opponent appeared to suffer a busted lip ... but other than that, no harm no foul.
***WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE***
I'm Busy Visiting Sick Kids
12/16/2013 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tony Romo quickly put his latest December disaster behind him -- and temporarily silenced his legion of haters -- by visiting a Dallas children's hospital this morning.
Romo and some of his Dallas Cowboys teammates went to the Children's Medical Center of Dallas on Monday to hand out gifts to sick kids after their crushing loss to the Green Bay Packers yesterday.
We're told it's tradition for the team to visit several children's hospitals in the Dallas area around the holidays.
Another less popular tradition -- late season Cowboy collapses and fans screaming for Romo's head.
Gotta hand it to him though -- amid all the hate Romo still showed up for the kids.
We're also told no toys were intercepted during his visit.
Ken Griffey Jr. and Isaiah Rider DUNKED ALL OVER ME
12/16/2013 6:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
If someone's gonna posterize your ass on national TV ... it might as well be a former slam dunk champ coming off an assist from Ken Griffey Jr., so says Bill Bellamy, who actually speaks from experience.
It all went down back in the early 90s on "Rock N Jock" -- that MTV show where entertainers played sports with pro-athletes -- when Bill says Junior dished a pass to ex-NBA star Isaiah Rider, who then "jumped over [him]" to throw down the jam.
So how do you bounce back from that kinda on-court shame? You don't ... but check out the clip to see how Bill handled it -- and here's a reminder of Isaiah's dunking prowess.
Ladies and gentlemen, the legendary "East Bay Funk Dunk" ...
Horny Cellmates Respond to Aaron's Fan Mail
12/16/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Aaron Hernandez is playing matchmaker behind bars ... 'cause he's been letting his sexually deprived prison buddies respond to his female fan mail, TMZ Sports has learned.
One of the lucky gals who wrote to Aaron got two responses last week -- but neither of them were from the ex-Patriot/alleged murderer ... instead, she heard back from some of his "roommates."
A guy named "Rondo" and a dude named "John" -- who are both locked up in the same prison with Aaron-- say that AH encouraged them to write her ... and suggested she look them up on FaceBook.
Rondo writes: "AH is my cellmate and friend he had given me your address saying he has a good feeling about you and I becoming penpals."
He then added "I'm currently in prison for beating up a cop. So tell me about yourself."
"John" writes: "Aaron said that he hopes you can write back, and if you do since you'll know what we look like send a picture so we can see what you look like. If you don't mind."
As romantic and heartfelt as their letters were ... we're told they did not receive responses.
Can't Be Trusted with Reebok Money
... Says Ex-Wife
12/16/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Allen Iverson's ex-wife says the former NBA star can't be trusted with the nearly HALF MILLION DOLLARS he's about to earn from Reebok ... so she's asking a judge to make sure the money stays out of his pockets, TMZ Sports has learned.
We've obtained court docs filed in Georgia ... in which Tawanna Iverson says the former NBA star "flagrantly, repeatedly, and willfully" violated certain terms of their divorce ... and now she wants at least HALF of his upcoming Reebok check.
A.I.'s scheduled to earn a payment exceeding $450,000 from his recent shoe sales in January, according to the docs ... and Tawanna says that if the company hands the money over to Iverson, she'll never see a dime.
So, Tawanna is asking the judge to order Reebok to pay her $225,000 ... or at least, "further restrain him from using" the money, and require him to deposit the funds with the court immediately.
FYI -- Iverson is reportedly $1 million in debt after losing all of the $200 million he earned over his NBA career.
NFL Star Nate Burleson
Lionblood Saved My Football Career
12/15/2013 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
NFL star Nate Burleson was on the brink of losing his football career to depression and addiction ... when he was able to turn his life around by pursuing his dream of starting his own clothing line.
According to Nate, it all started when he tore his ACL back in 2008 ... and began to seriously question his future in the NFL.
The Lions WR tells TMZ Sports "I vividly remember sitting in my hotel room, with pain pills next to me, thinking I could take these pills and go down to happy hour at the hotel bar, and drown away my pain."
Burleson says although he never abused the pills -- the temptation forced him to find a goal outside of football ... so he decided to pursue his passion for designing clothes.
Nate founded Lionblood Clothing earlier this year ... and proudly tells us the company is already turning a profit, and his threads are on racks in 25 retail stores in the Detroit area.
NB says he's tossed a few free samples to teammates Calvin Johnson and Reggie Bush. Smart move ... can't find a bigger billboard than Megatron.