Prosecutors in the Adrian Peterson child abuse case have a tough fight ahead of them ... they tried to 86 the judge for trashing them ... and they just failed.
Another judge has ruled ... Judge Kelly Case will continue to preside in the trial ... even after calling the district attorney and Adrian's attorney "media whores."
TMZ broke the story ... the D.A. demanded and got an apology from the judge ... but they wanted more -- they wanted him off the case. Judge Case wouldn't budge, so prosecutors went to the wall with another judging ... claiming Case harbors a personal grudge against the D.A.
The second judge said prosecutors must show compelling evidence that Case is biased ... and they failed.
So Case is still on the case.
Ottawa Game Canceled
Following Deadly Shooting
10/22/2014 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The NHL has postponed tonight's game between the Toronto Maple Leafs and Ottawa Senators because of the tragic shootings in Ottawa this morning.
No make-up date has been set for the game yet ... with the league saying it will announce the new schedule at a later time.
The chaos started this morning when a man allegedly armed with a rifle shot and killed a soldier at the National War Memorial downtown.
TMZ Sports obtained a release from the NHL, saying ... "The National Hockey League wishes to express its sympathy to all affected by the tragic events that took place this morning in downtown Ottawa."
We're also told the Maple Leaf players are currently on lockdown at a hotel on Parliament HIll.
Story Developing ...
Plays 1-On-1 With 90-Year-Old
... Makes Us All Cry
10/22/2014 10:10 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
This is just about the cutest damn thing you're gonna see all week ... Dwyane Wade turning a 90-year-old into a kid again ... by making her birthday wish of a 1-on-1 game come true.
The adorableness started when lluminadada Magtoto -- aka "Grandma Nelly" -- took to YouTube and challenged Wade to a mano a mano roundball duel to take place on her 90th birthday.
Dwyane got wind of her offer and, in awesome guy fashion, made her wish come true at Heat practice recently, shooting around with her and even finishing a lob she threw with a nice reverse lay up.
BONUS -- Wade even takes a dig at Mario Chalmers ... it's pretty funny.
Check out the video -- Magoto says she's wanted to meet Wade "all her life," (mathematically impossible) and watching her live her dream certainly made us all misty.
NHL Star Slava Voynov
I DIDN'T BEAT MY GF
... Says Cops Misunderstood
10/22/2014 8:47 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
L.A. Kings star Slava Voynov is adamant he did NOT attack his girlfriend -- and claims cops simply misunderstood his GF's explanation for her injuries because she doesn't speak English.
TMZ Sports spoke with Slava's attorney Craig Renetzky, who tells us he met with Slava and his GF after the NHL star was arrested for domestic violence in L.A. on Monday -- saying the whole thing is a real-life case of "lost in translation."
Renetzky says he spoke with the GF using a Russian interpreter -- and "after this detailed interview, it became abundantly apparent to me that there was a misunderstanding by the police as to what actually occurred."
So what happened? We're told the GF is adamant she "fell down" ... and that's why neighbors heard her crying. Slava's attorney says the GF tried to explain that to police ... but cops got the wrong impression and arrested Slava.
"It is my hope that when the police conclude their investigation they will realize that there was no criminal activity on the behalf of Mr. Voynov," Renetzky tells us.
"Charges are not warranted in this case. My client is also hopeful that the NHL will conclude its investigation promptly and will likewise allow him to join his team."
Oscar Pistorius Sentence
10/22/2014 8:18 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Donald Trump thinks Oscar Pistorius is getting off easy for killing his girlfriend -- saying the Olympian's 5-year prison sentence is absolutely "ridiculous."
Trump just posted a video about the sentencing on Instagram -- expressing his anger at the legal system in South Africa ... which will reportedly allow Pistorius to get out of prison after only serving 10 months.
Oscar spent Tuesday night in a single cell in the hospital wing of the South African prison -- because officials believe he suffers from extreme depression.
It's clear Trump has no sympathy for the sprinter -- implying his punishment should be even harsher considering the brutal way he killed his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp last year.
ALLEGEDLY BITCH-SLAPPED CLUBGOER
... Cops Investigating
10/22/2014 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Blake Griffin has been accused of bitch-slapping a 39-year-old man inside a nightclub in Vegas this weekend ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Here's what we know ... a man named Daniel says he was partying at Tao nightclub in the Venetian in the early hours of October 19th when he tried to take a cell phone pic of the crowd.
According to a statement Daniel gave to Tao security, the man says Blake (who was partying at the club with his L.A. Clippers teammates) was bothered by the flash of the camera -- and "grabbed my phone with one hand."
Daniel says he didn't let go of the phone because his ID and credit card were attached to it -- so Blake grabbed his neck and began to squeeze while demanding Daniel give up his phone "or else."
According to the statement, the two eventually separated after Blake took the phone -- and when Daniel tried to ask for it back, Blake struck again ... grabbing his neck and squeezing for a second time.
Daniel says when security finally got to the scene -- Blake told them, "Get him the f**k out of this club."
Daniel says Blake then "slapped me in the right side of my face."
After he left the club, Daniel filed a battery report with the Las Vegas Metro Police Department. He says cops came to his hotel the next day and spoke with him for about an hour.
So far, attempts to reach Blake for comment have been unsuccessful.
Story developing ...
MEN'S UNDERWEAR BATTLE
... With Russell Westbrook
10/22/2014 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's a war brewing in the Oklahoma City Thunder locker room -- an underwear war -- because teammates Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook are now officially competitors in the man-panties biz.
Durant just inked a deal with Neff -- one of the hottest skater/surfer brands -- to launch an underwear line ... set to kick off next year in time for back to school shopping.
Neff works with HUGE celebs and athletes (Snoop Dogg and Richard Sherman, to name a few) ... but Durant's deal is different because he actually OWNS part of the new line.
In fact, we spoke with Shaun Neff, the founder of the company, who tells us, "We've met several times. He's very involved, especially in the creative process and marketing."
So, where does Westbrook fit in? RW has a line of boutique undies with Kings & Jaxs -- featuring all sorts of funky designs personally approved by Westbrook.
Bottom line -- these guys are super competitive ... so it'll be interesting to see who emerges as the Underwear King of Oklahoma.
Stay tuned ...
BLASTS RAY RICE COSTUME
'Those People Are Repulsive'
10/22/2014 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Rose McGowan is not amused by the guy who decided to dress up as Ray Rice for Halloween -- telling TMZ Sports anyone who tries to mock that situation is downright "repulsive."
The actress was leaving the Arclight theater in Hollywood on Tuesday when we asked about the photo burning up the Internet -- featuring a man dressed as Rice carrying around a blowup doll that's supposed to be Janay Palmer.
The pic first surfaced on Reddit this month -- along with the caption, "Ladies were falling for my friend's Ray Rice costume."
Of course, Rose isn't the only star who's pissed about the situation -- but the question remains ... will the public outrage actually detour people from dressing up as Rice for Halloween??? We'll see ...
SICK HOCKEY GOAL
... Seriously, It's Impressive
10/22/2014 5:38 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Say what you will about Justin Bieber ... the dude can play hockey.
Bieber hit the ice at the L.A. Kings Valley Ice Center and scored a goal that featured some impressive skating, impressive puck handling and an impressive shot at the end.
Honestly, it's pretty damn good ... and Bieber knew it -- 'cause afterward he tweeted, "My dangles were unreal ... did u see that shot? I'm number 20. #dangles #20 #iceicebaby #uthoughtthiswasagame #imadethatpuckmybitch."
Bieber's not just a hockey fanatic -- he's also into basketball, skating and now he's boxing with Floyd Mayweather.
In fact, boxing champ Andre Berto says he's worked with Bieber and says the guy is "crazy athletic."
Looks like he's right.
I Burn Defenses In
$1,000 Dollar Cleats!!
10/22/2014 12:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
There's a war raging in the NFL -- a fashion war -- with some of the biggest stars in the game spending BIG MONEY to customize their cleats for game day ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Huge stars like DeSean Jackson, Reggie Bush, Terrell Suggs and Cameron Wake have been taking their kicks to famous shoe artists ... and giving marching orders to make their cleats as swagged out and original as possible without violating the league's strict uniform policy.
We spoke with one of the biggest names in the cleat game Marcus Rivero (aka SolesBySir) -- who tells us in the last year he customized more than 300 PAIRS for stars looking to make an on-the-field fashion statement (check out some of his designs in the gallery below).
"It's really the only way they have left to express themselves," Rivero tells us ... "They can push the envelope with the cleats in ways they can't do with their uniform."
The customization process -- taking a plain pair of turf chewers and "re-imagining" them -- takes days and can cost between $400 to $1,000 dollars depending on the job.
But the final cost SKYROCKET if the NFL decides the design doesn't jive with league guidelines.
"It's $5,400 for a first time uniform violation. The athletes can appeal, but you know, there's still a chance [they'll get fined." Rivero says in addition to NFL rules, certain teams have their own uniform guidelines and will punish players who violate their policies.
In fact, back in 2011 ... the NFL fined Marshawn Lynch $10k for wearing Skittles-themed cleats during a game.
Still, Rivero says the risk is well worth it for some of the higher paid in the league -- "Every shoe is one of one, no duplicates. Never seen before, never seen again."
Hey, if you look good, you play good ... right?
NBA Great Mitch Richmond
To Michael Sam:
Don't Give Up Your Dreams, Bro
10/22/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
NBA Hall of Famer Mitch Richmond has a very clear message for Michael Sam -- don't give up -- telling TMZ Sports that he hopes Sam does everything he can to keep his NFL dream alive.
Richmond was out in Calabasas when our camera guy asked the 6-time All-Star and Cowboys fan about Sam being cut from the 'Boys practice squad to make room for another player.
Check out the clip -- Richmond goes all Jim Valvano on us, delivering just the message that Sam probably needs to hear right now.
And just in case you need some extra motivation today, here's Jimmy V at his finest ...
Amy Van Dyken
Peddling a Stationary Bike
... ON HER OWN!
10/21/2014 5:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
U.S. Olympic hero Amy Van Dyken is once again making huge progress -- she's moved from walking with the help of robotic legs ... to peddling a stationary bike all on her own.
The gold medal winning swimmer was unable to move her legs after severing her spinal cord in an ATV accident in Arizona back in June. In October, doctors equipped her with an Indego exoskeleton to help her walk.
But this week, Van Dyken posted a video on the stationary bike, with the caption, "At PT. Was making this bike move all ON MY OWN!! #progress #werk."
Cut From Cowboys Practice Squad
10/21/2014 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Michael Sam's dream of being the first openly gay player to start a regular season NFL game took a major hit today ... with the rookie DE being cut from the Dallas Cowboys practice squad.
Sam, who was signed to the Cowboys after failing to make the St. Louis Rams 53 man roster, was released earlier today after Dallas signed linebacker Troy Davis.
Moments ago, Sam spoke out about the move releasing a statement via his Twitter account.
"I want to think the Jones family and the entire Cowboys organization for their opportunity, as well as my friends, family, teammates, and fans for their support. While this is disappointing, I will take the lessons I learned here in Dallas and continue to fight for an opportunity to prove that I can play every Sunday."