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Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Ticket Delay Explained

Pissing Match Over Good Seats

4/23/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0423_Manny-Pacquiao_floyd_mayweather_mgm_TMZThe delay over the sale of the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao tickets was all about GOOD SEATS -- with Manny's team holding up the deal because they felt Floyd's team got the better quality tickets. 

Here's the deal ... sources connected to the negotiation tell TMZ Sports ... the sides had agreed to split 9,600 tickets evenly between Team Manny and Team Floyd for the May 2nd fight.  

Team Manny includes Bob Arum's Top Rank Boxing and HBO. Team Floyd includes Al Hayman's company and CBS.  Each side got 4,800 tickets. 

But the rift, we're told, all had to do with seat location -- with Manny's people claiming Floyd's camp got the better tickets because of Mayweather's relationship with the MGM Grand. 

As one source put it ... "Floyd's camp got more seats in the first few rows, including the front row, and that's a big deal." We're told Manny's camp demanded equality. 

We're told Manny's camp refused to lay down on the issue -- thus delaying the ticket release indefinitely. And Wednesday, with 10 days 'til the fight, CBS honcho Les Moonves stepped in.

Sources say there was an emergency meeting in which Les stepped in and "played Solomon" (a reference to the biblical figure's negotiating expertise) ... and fixed the situation. 

Now, we're told the ticket distribution is equal ... both sides are happy ... and once again, Les is the hero. 

New England Patriots

Arrive to the White House

... No Brady? No Problem!

4/23/2015 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

The New England Patriots just arrived to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. ... again ... only this time, they're without the team's biggest star Tom Brady

Gronk, Edelman, Belichick, Bob Kraft and more were all suited up and fired up for their meeting with President Obama ... a meeting they earned by winning the Super Bowl. 

So why no Brady? The QB reportedly had to pass on the White House trip due to a family obligation -- though, it's unclear what that obligation is. 

By the way, Brady has been to the White House for the celebratory meet-and-greet 3 times before ('02, '04 and '05) ... but there was a different POTUS back then, George W. Bush. 

WNBA's Brittney Griner & Fiancee

Arrested for Assault

Allegedly Attacked Each Other [Update]

4/23/2015 7:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

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update_graphic_red_bar9:06 AM PT -- According to the police report, obtained by TMZ Sports, Brittney told cops the two had been fighting for days and were having serious "relationship issues."

As for the specific incident, cops say there were several people at the home when Brit and Glory began to argue -- and the fight turned physical. 

Cops say Brittney admitted to throwing a dog bowl at the wall -- and then the two began fighting.

Glory's sister eventually called police because people "couldn't get them pulled apart" and she didn't want anyone to get hurt.

When cops arrived, officers say Brittney had several cuts -- and a bite wound. Glory was bleeding from the lip.

The WNBA says it's actively investigating the incident. update-grey-gray-barWNBA superstar Brittney Griner -- and her WNBA star fiancee Glory Johnson -- were both arrested for allegedly attacking each other in Phoenix yesterday ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Law enforcement sources tell us cops were called to Griner's home around 4:30 PM on Wednesday -- after receiving a call about a domestic dispute between the two women. 

When cops arrived, we're told officers observed "minor physical injuries" on both Brittney and Glory. 

Both women were arrested and booked by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for assault and disorderly conduct. Griner and Johnson were released around 4 AM on Thursday. 

Griner plays for the Phoenix Mercury.

The two got engaged last August and had been planning to get married next month in Phoenix. No word if the wedding is still on. 

Glory and Brittney had been gushing about each other on social media in the days before the arrest.

In fact, Brit posted a pic of the two kissing on Tuesday with the caption: "EveryDay Every Second! I fall for you like I fell way back before I had the nerves to even approach you! My Queen My Rock My Universe!"

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Kimbo Slice

to Ken Shamrock:

I'm Gonna Break Your Jaw!

4/23/2015 6:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

MMA star Kimbo Slice doesn't just want to beat down Ken Shamrock -- he wants to BREAK HIS FACE ... telling TMZ Sports, "To end his career, that sounds pretty good to me."

41-year-old Kimbo and 51-year-old Shamrock are scheduled to do battle at Bellator 138 in June -- and Slice says he won't be satisfied unless he actually SHATTERS several of his opponents bones. 

"I'm gonna break his ribs and break his jaw."

In fact, Slice says he's willing to fight BARE KNUCKLE -- because he really wants to inflict as much damage as possible. 

So, why the hatred? Part of it has to do with the fact that Ken recently dissed Kimbo's legendary beard ... check out the clip. 

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Tickets Go On Sale

... TODAY!!!

4/23/2015 6:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0422-manny-pacquiao-floyd-mayweather-tmz-01Finally ... tickets to the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight are going on sale TODAY -- but you gotta move fast, because we're told there will only be 500 available to the public! 

The tickets will go on sale on Ticketmaster at Noon PT -- starting at $1,500-a-pop and going all the way up to $7,500. 

Promoters are limiting the amount of tickets per household to just 4. 

Good luck ... 

50 Cent

Buries Hatchet With Mayweather

'He's My Brother'

4/23/2015 5:52 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0423-50cent-mayweather-instagramSeems the 50 Cent vs. Floyd Mayweather feud is finally OVER -- with the two superstars coming together Wednesday night .... months after they TRASHED each other in public. 

Don't forget ... these two HATED each other after a bitter falling out -- with 50 publicly saying Floyd was so dumb, he couldn't read. Mayweather called 50 irrelevant.  

But last night in Vegas, the two didn't just hang out -- they took a photo together ... and 50 posted it to Instagram with the caption, "THE original MONEY TEAM, you gotta love it. My brother ready,may 2 don't get scared now."

So, beef squashed?!

The Game

Making it Rain Lawsuits ...

Gets #2 For Hoops Brawl

4/23/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0412-the-game-tmz-01That punch The Game threw during a basketball game keeps getting him in more trouble -- he just got slapped with a second lawsuit ... this one from the guy who tried to serve him with the FIRST lawsuit!

TMZ broke the story ... Game sucker punched an off-duty cop during their hoops game last month ... the cop sued. Weeks later, the process server and photog he hired to serve Game were also allegedly attacked.

According to the docs ... the photog -- Justin Willard -- sustained severe back, neck and head injuries ... and Game made off with his camera. The server escaped the beat down by hiding in his car.

The photog is suing for the value of his gear, medical bills and damages. As for the process server -- he's suing for the emotional pain suffered ... while hiding in the car.

Stay tuned for lawsuit #3 ... when Game gets served with this one.

NY Congressman Peter King

DON'T CELEBRATE A-ROD

Home Runs Are Tainted

4/23/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

With Alex Rodriguez just 2 home run from tying Willie Mays as #4 on the all-time MLB home run list ... NY Congressman Peter King says NO ONE should celebrate ... 'cause A-Rod's a dirty cheater. 

In fact, the Yankees are practically ignoring A-Rod's impending accomplishment (odd since the Yanks usually celebrate EVERYTHING) ... but King says it's definitely the right move. 

"I think they're right because it's obvious that so many of [A-Rod's] home runs were tainted," King told TMZ Sports

"I think it would be wrong to be celebrating ... since for all we know, hundreds of those home runs probably occurred when he was taking steroids."

Of course, Rodriguez has admitted to using illegal performance enhancing substances -- and was suspended for the entire 2014 season. 

But even if the Yanks do acknowledge the milestone, Alex still has a huge incentive -- the guy will get a $6 MILLION bonus if he ties or breaks the record. 

Hilary Duff Divorce

Child Custody Fight On

4/22/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0422-hilary-duff-mike-comrie-tmz-02Hilary Duff's estranged husband isn't giving up their son without a fight ... Mike Comrie just responded to her divorce filing, and is demanding joint custody. 

In the docs, the ex-hockey star says he wants to share custody of 3-year-old Luca. As we previously reported ... in her divorce petition, Hilary asked for primary physical custody of Luca -- and only wanted Mike to get visitation.

Sources connected with the couple tell us Hil is worried about Mike's parenting due to his partying ways. In fact, she filed for divorce the day after Comrie was reportedly drunkenly propositioning women at Mastro's in Bev Hills.

Comrie acknowledges they have a prenup -- just as Hilary did -- to sort out their property and support issues, but clearly ... little Luca is going to be a point of contention. 

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Gary Payton

Suspended By Fox Sports 1

... Over Battery Allegations

4/22/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0422-gary-payton-tmz-01NBA legend Gary Payton has been suspended from his job at Fox Sports 1 amid allegations he beat up a woman during a trip to Seattle back in January. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Payton was sued by Trishtan Williams ... who claims she went to Seattle as Gary's date to an award show -- but things turned violent and he attacked her multiple times. 

Payton denies the allegations -- and says the woman is making up the story in a shameless cash grab. 

As for FS1 ... the network has suspended Payton indefinitely and told The Huffington Post he will remain suspended until the completion of an internal investigation. 

"Regardless of the circumstance, domestic violence is abhorrent and inexcusable and FOX takes these accusations very seriously."

Payton is an NBA analyst for the network and has worked for Fox Sports since 2013. 

Khloe Kardashian

Flaunting Lamar Odom Tattoo

... With Love

4/22/2015 3:11 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0422-khloe-kardashian-lo-tattoo-instagram-02Another sign Khloe Kardashian isn't over Lamar Odom -- she Instagrammed a photo of her L.O. tattoo ... and punctuated it with a heart emoji in the caption.  

The pic shows Khloe gripping her Bentley shift knob ... and showcasing the tat she got for Odom right after they got married in 2009. 

Despite the fact they separated in 2013, Khloe has dragged her feet with the divorce -- and we're told she's still conflicted on whether she truly wants to end her marriage to the ex-NBA star. 

This picture seems to support the theory that there's still hope for a reconciliation. 

Stay tuned ... 

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Dallas Cowboys' Greg Hardy

Suspended by NFL

For Domestic Violence

4/22/2015 1:39 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0422-greg-hardy-getty-01Dallas Cowboys' defensive end Greg Hardy just got hit with a tough penalty -- he's benched for 10 games without pay, after the NFL determined he brutalized his ex-girlfriend.

A 2-month NFL investigation determined Hardy attacked Nicole Holder 4 times. They concluded in May 2014, he:

-- used physical force that landed her in a bathtub

-- used physical force that landed her on a futon that was covered with 4 semi-automatic rifles

-- grabbed her by the neck, leaving visible marks

-- shoved her against a wall

Hardy, who was playing for the Carolina Panthers at the time, had been convicted of assault, appealed and had an automatic right to a new trial. But the second time around Holder refused to cooperate and the charges were dropped.

The Panthers deactivated Hardy in September, shortly after the Ray Rice graphic video surfaced, and Dallas picked him up last month.

It's one of the harshest punishment meted out by the NFL for domestic violence.

Florida State University

Investigating Jameis Winston

... Over New Crab Excuse

4/22/2015 12:38 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0422_jameis_winston_fsu_ncaa_gettyFlorida State University says Jameis Winston NEVER told them about his alleged "hook up" at Publix -- and says the school is now launching an investigation with the NCAA into the QB's fishy crab tale. 

FSU's Athletic Director Stan Wilcox just issued a statement saying, "We have become aware of statements made by Jameis Winston during a recent interview with Jim Harbaugh describing the circumstances of his alleged receipt of food from a local grocery store.

"The details disclosed by Winston in that interview were not previously known to the University.

"As is the case with all matters of this type, we will work in partnership with the NCAA to determine whether a violation occurred."

As TMZ Sports first reported, Publix says it conducted its own internal investigation into Winston's claims that an employee was giving him free stuff -- but found NO EVIDENCE to back up the QB's claims.

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