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Dennis Rodman

I'm No Longer Kim Jong-un's Ally

... In Video Games, Anyway

12/23/2014 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Dennis Rodman no longer wants to be seen with Kim Jong-un -- at least not in a video game -- and he's threatening legal action if a video gamer doesn't make some big changes ... STAT.

The game is called "Glorious Leader!" -- and players can take on America as the N. Korean dictator or as his trusted ally, Rodman. The game was designed by Jeff Miller and his company, Moneyhorse ... and Dennis is not pleased with his role in the game.

TMZ obtained a letter Rodman's attorney sent to Miller ... demanding Dennis be removed from the game because it portrays him in a "negative light."

The letter makes it sound like Dennis has finally taken off the blinders when it comes to Kim Jong-un.

FUN FACT: Miller says he actually pitched the game to Sony execs in October -- before the hack went down. Pretty sure that's gonna be a pass now, dude.

Taylor Swift

Turns Up the Heat On Snowboarder

12/23/2014 12:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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122214_tv_tune_in_taylor_swift_ipad_launchTaylor Swift gave a “Happy Birthday” shout out to snowboarder Greg Bretz after he crushed HARD on her. Greg even went on TMZ Hollywood Sports to send a shout out.

Now can he close the deal? Taylor's waiting! So are we, actually.
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Jerry Buss

I'M HIS SECRET LOVECHILD

... Woman Claims

12/22/2014 5:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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The war over Jerry Buss' fortune just took a shocking turn -- with a mysterious woman claiming she's the secret daughter of the late Lakers owner ... but Jerry's family is calling B.S. 

According to heavily redacted legal docs filed in L.A. County Superior Court, the woman describes herself as an "omitted child" ... who is entitled to just as much of Jerry's estate as his other 6 children. 

It appears from the docs that the woman claims she's the oldest of Jerry's children ... but all of the details about why she's convinced she's the fruit of his loins is redacted in the legal papers. 

However, the woman has met staunch resistance from Jerry's most famous daughter, Jeanie Buss -- who filed legal docs of her own calling the woman a liar who deserves JACK SQUAT. 

Of course, Jerry was reportedly worth in excess of $600 million -- so there's a lot of money on the line. 

A hearing on the matter is set for Tuesday morning -- and a judge could decide if the mystery woman has a leg to stand on. Stay tuned ...

College Football

PLAYER SWINGS HELMET

... During Massive Brawl

12/22/2014 3:56 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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A moronic college football player stupidly removed his helmet during a brawl at the Miami Beach Bowl today ... and appeared to SWING IT at an opposing player. 

The fight broke out at the end of the BYU vs. Memphis game ... after Memphis picked off a BYU pass to clinch the victory.  Things got chippy and the benches cleared. 

That's when Memphis player Chase Johnson (#68) removed his helmet and appeared to use it as a weapon -- swinging it at a BYU player. 

The incident is eerily similar to a high school football game in Pennsylvania last year -- where officials PRESSED CHARGES against a player who allegedly swung his helmet at a kid from the other team.

We reached out to officials in Miami to see if any action will be taken in this particular case -- so far, no word back.

Iggy Azelea

Nick Young's Xmas Gift ...

A BRAND NEW CAR!

12/22/2014 3:27 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Santa Claus ain't got nothin' on Iggy Azalea ... who just hooked up Nick Young with one helluva Christmas present -- a 1962 Chevy Impala ... complete with a red bow. 

Iggy personally delivered the ride to Swaggy P outside the Lakers practice facility -- where Nick got the chance to show off his new whip in front of all his boys. 

No word on how much Iggy paid for the ride ... but some '62 Impalas have been appraised around $100k. 

Question is ... how's Nick gonna compete with that? 

Muhammad Ali's Daughter:

'He's Doing So Much Better'

'My Daddy's a Strong Man'

12/22/2014 11:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Muhammad Ali's daughter tells TMZ Sports ... the boxing icon is "doing so much better" following a bout with pneumonia over the weekend ... but says she's not surprised by his quick recovery.

We spoke with Rasheda Ali-Walsh ... who tells us "My daddy is a strong man. He's so resilient and we're all very grateful and blessed."

Rasheda tells us all sorts of people have reached out to the family with kind words and prayers since 72-year-old Ali was hospitalized in Kentucky over the weekend. 

"When I see my dad, I'm gonna tell him about all the people who have sent their love," Rasheda says.

"I know it's gonna make him feel great to know all these people are thinking about him. He'll love it."

Ray Rice

CHARITY BLITZKRIEG

In Image Makeover Campaign

12/22/2014 10:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1222_ray_janay_rice_family_gives_back_launch_2After months under the radar, Ray Rice is hitting the charity scene HARD -- bouncing from fundraisers to toy drives and other events (all on camera of course) ... in an effort to prove he's not a monster.

On Saturday, the couple hosted "Ray and Janay's Holiday Toy Drive" at Steiner Sports headquarters in New Rochelle, NY ... which happens to be Ray's hometown. 

We're told the couple handed out more than 150 toys to kids ... and then donated $10k to the Evelyn Sachs Steiner Home for Girls and the Jerome Wagner Youth Residence for Boys. 

Our sources tell us the event came together about a month ago. 

After the event, Ray and Janay went to a nearby housing project where Ray grew up -- and a rep tells us the couple "surprised a young mother and her three daughters with a box full of presents."

The cameras were rolling (of course) ... and Janay posted the footage on her Instagram account.

Just a few days earlier, the couple attended a Toys for Tots drive organized by his ex-teammate Torrey Smith. Ray made sure to speak to the media and asked the public for forgiveness. 

There's more ... Janay also posted a photo of Ray posing with a sick child during a recent hospital visit -- and included a message about how the running back is focused on "giving back."

Sources close to the couple tell us ... Ray has made it clear to friends and associates that he hopes his charity work will help to save his image and get him back into the good graces of the public. 

So the question is ... is it working? 

Vanessa Bryant

Taps 'Project Runway' Designer

... For Xmas Card Dress

12/22/2014 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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1222-bryant-family-instagram-01Vanessa Bryant takes her Christmas card photo VERY SERIOUSLY -- so seriously in fact that Mrs. Mamba tapped one of the top designers from "Project Runway" to make her dress. 

Kobe Bryant's wife called upon MTCostello -- who has designed clothes for huge stars like Beyonce and Ariana Grande

They got together and picked out MTCostello's signature "Black Widow" gown -- which comes with a $6,500 price tag!!

Vanessa had flirted with a bronze version of the dress during an earlier fitting ... but ultimately, decided to go with black. 

Sources close to the situation tell us ... Vanessa has always been passionate about Xmas cards. As one person put it, "She takes great pride and puts great thought into celebrating because she's very religious."

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LeBron James Jr.

BALLIN' OUT

At 4th Grade Hoops Tourney

12/22/2014 7:55 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF



LeBron James' kid is gooooood. 

10-year-old LeBron James Jr. -- aka Bronny -- made some INSANE highlight reel shots at the 2014 Ronald Searles Holiday Classic in Houston.  

Bronny is one of the top ranked 4th graders in the country (yes, they rank 4th graders) ... and it's obvious why -- the kid can shoot, dribble and pass like ... well, like his dad. 

LeBron tweeted about his son's performance after the game ... saying, "Proud of you son! Great job in Houston and congrats on bringing home 1st place."

Notre Dame Football

'It's Been a Terrible Year'

... Says Regis Philbin

12/22/2014 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Regis Philbin is sad. 

And he's sad because Notre Dame sucked this season. 

The ND alum -- and legendary superfan -- was expressing his disappointment in the Fighting Irish outside of Craig's this weekend ... telling TMZ Sports, "It's been a terrible year."

Philbin thinks the whole thing went downhill after ND (6-0 at the time) lost to Florida State in the final seconds of the game back in October ... and then lost 5 of their next 6 games. 

"They lost the game in the last 30 seconds and they never got over it." 

Regis told us he still likes head coach Brian Kelly because he "tries hard" ... but say,s, "I don't know what their problem is."

FYI -- despite the 1-5 skid at the end of the season, Notre Dame will play LSU in the Music City Bowl ... but check out the video, clearly Regis isn't impressed.

Matt Barnes

I'm With the Boss

Parties with Rick Ross

12/22/2014 7:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Matt Barnes rebounded from a crappy night on the court by hanging with Rick Ross and a bunch of other hip hop stars at a huge Hollywood after party.

Barnes was in the VIP at Supper Club for Rick's performance Saturday night in Hollywood. The Clippers star chilled with Rick, Wiz KhalifaMally Mall, and Ty Dolla Sign. Famous booty model Rosa Acosta, "Love and Hip Hop" star Sincere, and singer Anjali World (daughter of Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé) were also there.  

Earlier that night ... Matt put up a goose egg in 26 minutes on the floor in the Clippers game against the Bucks, but still won ... 106-102. 

Ricky Rozay makes everything better.

'Kardashians' Star

No Evidence Khloe's Dating NBA Star

12/22/2014 6:27 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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She's hooked up with jocks before, but the new rumors about Khloe Kardashian dating NBA star Robin Lopez seems like BS ... so says Kim's BFF Jonathan Cheban

Cheban -- who's super tight with all of the Kardashian sisters -- was leaving Craig's in West Hollywood last night when we asked about reports that Khloe and Robin have become an item.

"I was with her yesterday, I didn't hear anything about that," Cheban told us. 

The "Keeping Up with the Kardashians" star said he wouldn't be shocked if Khloe eventually began dating another famous athlete ... explaining that a relationship with a normie can get pretty boring for someone on Khloe's level. 

As for Robin, he also shot down the rumors this weekend ... and says the media made up the story. 

"Obviously they were looking for two people with a lot of influence on popular culture, on the youth, and they were looking for two movers and shakers," Lopez said.

"Frankly, I’m not surprised they came up with my name."

Giancarlo Stanton

I'm Gonna Spend My $325 Mil On ...

12/22/2014 6:06 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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122214_giancarlo_stanton_launchHe's 25-years-old ... he just signed the largest player contract in the history of U.S. team sports ... so how's Miami Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton gonna spend his $325 million??? 

He's got some ideas. 

Stanton was on his way into Greystone in L.A. this weekend with his crew (we're guessing he covered the bill) and talked to the All-Star outfielder about his complex spending plan.

Check out the clip ... though we're guessing Stanton may have been joking ... based on the fact he popped a $20k bottle of champagne hours after he signed the contract last month. 

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