The new "Dancing with the Stars" cast could have its hardest bodies yet -- a bunch of pro athletes and an Olympian -- along with something new ... a YouTube superstar, TMZ has learned.
We got a hold of the 'DWTS' producers wish list -- the celebs they're gunning to get for Season 19 -- and it includes 'Bachelorette' Andi Dorfman, ex-UFC fighter Randy Couture, "American Ninja Warrior" contestant Kacy Catanzaro, Olympic track star Lolo Jones and Antonio Sabato Jr.
Our 'DWTS' sources tell us they're also trying to land a female YouTube star ... who we're told has tens of millions of followers. It's a smart ploy for a veteran show with aging viewers to pull in fresh, younger viewers.
We're told some of the celebs are already negotiating their 'DWTS' contracts. The one thing still missing though ... a really big traditional TV or movie star. The full cast will be announced Sept. 4.
UFC Fighter Luke Rockhold
I'm Sorry For Cupping Tiger Testicles
8/27/2014 7:53 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
UFC fighter Luke Rockhold worked on his grip Tuesday in Thailand ... and by that, we mean he grabbed a tiger by the balls -- and now the UFC fighter is apologizing.
The 29-year old middleweight posted a pic of the impromptu animal physical online ... only to issue an apology a short time later.
Rockhold tweeted, "For those of u who think it was disrespectful I'm sorry. Was so minor just joking around. I was way too scared and would never do anything harmful to any animal."
Believe it or not ... there are several tiger parks all over Thailand ... and taking pics with the giant cats is a super popular thing to do.
Cupping their balls however, is not.
Ex-Boxing Champ Jermain Taylor
FESSED UP TO SHOOTING COUSIN
... Cops Say
8/27/2014 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Former boxing champ Jermain Taylor -- who beat Bernard Hopkins TWICE -- admitted that he grabbed a gun and shot his cousin Tuesday ... this according to cops.
TMZ Sports obtained the police report filed in Pulaski County, Arkansas ... which was filed after Taylor's cousin was shot "multiple times" in the boxer's home.
Cops raced to the home after Taylor's wife called 911 ... and when they got to the home, that's when Taylor reportedly confessed.
"[Taylor] told responding ofc. that he went into his residence and obtained a firearm and shot his cousin."
The report does not say why the two were arguing in the first place.
36-year-old Taylor -- the former undisputed middleweight champion -- was arrested for 1st degree battery and aggravated assault and was hauled to a nearby jail where he was booked.
As for the shooting victim, he was transported to a nearby hospital where he was listed in serious condition.
Warren Buffett Joins 'The Money Team!'
8/27/2014 6:42 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Screw 50 Cent, Floyd Mayweather has a more rich and powerful ally in his corner -- Warren Buffett ... and the two hung out together at Floyd's boxing gym in Vegas Tuesday.
TMZ Sports has the footage of Warren arriving to the location (where he was told he would have to WAIT because Floyd hadn't arrived yet).
But this video is GREAT ... with Warren telling us the ONE casino game he refuses to play when he's gambling in Sin City.
Warren wouldn't say why the two met up -- or how they became friends -- but Floyd later went to Instagram and wrote, "We talked about how we could turn a $100 million of my assets to $1 billion."
Hey Floyd ... feel free to SHARE that info. Thanks.
Peyton Manning's My Pizza Mentor
8/27/2014 6:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pierre Garcon is gunning to run his own PIZZA EMPIRE -- after locking up deals with TWO pizza companies ... and he tells TMZ Sports he's modeling himself after another pizza legend -- Peyton Manning.
The Washington Redskins WR was hangin' at Paisano's in Virginia yesterday -- where he's the spokesman for the company -- and sporting a shirt for his new doughy endeavor Spinfire ... where pizzas are whipped up in 90 seconds.
Clearly, Garcon is betting on the pie industry to be as good to him as it has been to his former Indianapolis Colts teammate Peyton Manning ... who owns 21 Papa John's restaurants in the Denver area.
"I just followed in his footsteps," Garcon said ... "He taught me a lot ... so I'm just trying to be like him."
BONUS -- Pierre also tells us the best pizza for a hangover! Check out the clip.
TMZ Sports Show
Ex NFL Star Dumps Water On Homeless Man
'Stop Harassing My Customers'
8/27/2014 6:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge's College FB Coach
He Wasn't Gangsta At UNLV
8/27/2014 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Suge Knight hasn't always been the hardest man in the world -- we didn't say that by the way -- his college football coach Wayne Nunnely did ... telling TMZ Sports Knight was the total "opposite" of a thug at UNLV.
FYI -- Knight was a defensive end for the Running Rebels in 1985 and '86 -- and Coach Nunnely (the man in charge at the time) tells us the Suge he knew was less gangsta and more good guy.
"Imagine the total opposite of the guy you know now, that was Suge."
Nunnely, who went on to coach in the pros as an assistant with the Saints, Chargers and Broncos says Knight changed his image in a BIG WAY after he left Las Vegas.
"Helluva player, one of the most respectful, hard working guys I ever had. One of our leaders, I don't know what happened when he put his pads down."
Suge, who's refused to work with law enforcement in identifying the individual who shot him SIX times this past weekend, definitely has the support of his former coach in his recovery
"Hopefully he makes it back, I'm praying for him."
Might wanna throw a prayer out there for whoever shot him too. We're just sayin' ...
I'm a TV Writer Now
With Gig On HBO Show
8/26/2014 4:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Fomer NFL running back Rashard Mendenhall says he has NO REGRETS about quitting football in March at the age of 26 ... saying he's now a TV writer with a gig on an HBO show.
Mendenhall -- who won a Super Bowl with the Steelers in 2009 -- wrote a blog for the Huffington Post saying, "I wasn't supposed to walk away from the NFL, but I did. I wasn't supposed to be writing television, but I am. I'm supposed to be lost after football. I'm not."
Rashard says he moved to Santa Monica earlier this year and became a member of the Writers Guild of America, West to pursue his dreams of writing for a TV show.
And in just a few months, Mendenhall says he's already got a pretty sweet job -- "I'm on the writing team of a new show that will air on HBO next summer."
"A year ago, a writing career was just a tiny seed of thought as I prepared for my sixth NFL season. And as I write this now, it has already begun to sprout. Through this experience I've learned that you can will your dreams into existence."
USC's Josh Shaw
Named In Burglary Report
Cops Speak to Football Star
8/26/2014 2:27 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Here's the breakdown -- we're told someone called police to report a suspicious person "shimmying" down the side of a building in downtown L.A. near the USC campus. The tipster gave a description of the suspicious person to police.
USC football player Josh Shaw was named in a burglary report ... stemming from an incident that went down Saturday night ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ Sports.
We're told Shaw was NOT named as a suspect in the burglary.
We're told cops went to the building to investigate -- and spoke to a woman who lived in the building. Cops gave the woman the description of the suspicious person and asked if she had seen anyone who matched the description.
We're told the woman said, "Yes, that sounds like my boyfriend Josh Shaw."
Cops took a "burglary report" -- even though nothing was reported stolen -- and in it, mentioned the connection to Shaw.
Cops later spoke with Shaw on the phone and the USC football player denied ever being at the building.
USC says it's investigating Shaw's claims that he saved his nephew from drowning Saturday night -- and injured his ankles jumping off a 2 story building to rush to his nephew's aid.
Cops tell us they're going to re-interview everyone involved in light of new information.
Story developing ...
USC's Josh Shaw
More Holes In Alleged Pool Rescue Story
8/26/2014 11:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
More fishy information surrounding the story of USC football player Josh Shaw who says he seriously hurt both of his ankles in an alleged heroic rescue of his drowning nephew.
TMZ Sports spoke with the L.A. County Fire Dept. in Palmdale and the L.A. County Sheriff's Dept. in Palmdale -- and both say they never got an emergency call about a drowning or a trauma incident involving Shaw or his nephew.
One law enforcement official told us .. "Let me put it to you this way: A drowning or a near drowning is a big deal. And our officials would know about it."
USC head football coach Steve Sarkisian addressed the media moments ago and said the school would be investigating Shaw's story -- saying, "He came to us with what had occurred Saturday night. I have no reason, no history, to not believe Josh and his story with what has occurred."
FYI -- Shaw went on the record and said he lept from a 2nd story balcony at his cousin's Palmdale apartment complex to rescue to his 7-year-old nephew who was struggling in a pool.
Story developing ...
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller
Undergoes Shoulder Surgery
LeBron Sends Well-Wishes
8/26/2014 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Ohio State QB Braxton Miller is out of shoulder surgery -- after a season-ending injury to his labrum last week -- and woke up to a get-well note from LeBron James.
Miller -- who was considered one of the top college QBs in the country -- hurt himself during football practice ... and scheduled a surgery with legendary orthopedic doc James Andrews who has famously worked on huge stars like Tom Brady, Drew Brees and even Bo Jackson.
“Me & the best to do it , Dr. Andrews after surgery today," Miller wrote on Instagram ... adding, "So happy this man said everything went well!"
As for LeBron -- he went to Instagram to send some love to his fellow Ohioan ... writing, "Excited and Happy my lil bro @braxtonmiller92 surgery went great! Thanks to the best Dr. Andrews!"
Bron continued, "You'll be better than ever. Have a speedy and full recovery bro. See you soon! #GoBucks #OH #IO"
Braxton has said he plans to return to OSU next year for his final season of eligibility -- and hopes he can regain his pre-injury form.
Lingerie Football League
BENCH CLEARING BRAWL
Linebacker Punches Coach!
8/26/2014 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
**WARNING -- THERE IS A LOT OF CUSSING IN THIS VIDEO**
It's the breast fight you're gonna see all week ... a bench-clearing RUMBLE at a Legends Football League game -- which culminated in a linebacker SOCKING an opposing coach!!!
It all went down in Vegas where the Atlanta Steam defeated the Jacksonville Breeze 20 to 12 in an overtime thriller.
But things hit a boiling went when one of the Jacksonville players got into it with a member of the Steam -- and called her a "p***y a** b**ch."
That's when the benches cleared ... the fists began to fly ... and Jacksonville's Adrian Purnell punched Atlanta Steam head coach Dane Robinson right in the face.
Security jumped in an tried to break it up -- but the women were out for blood.
It appears one of the women even swings her helmet at an opposing player -- which would almost certainly warrant an automatic suspension if it happened in the NFL.
Check out the clip.
I'M A DAD AGAIN
Wife Gives Birth to 4th Child
8/26/2014 8:58 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Who dat???? Dat's Drew Brees' brand new baby daughter!
The 35-year-old New Orleans Saints quarterback skipped practice Monday to be with his wife Brit who went into labor earlier in the day.
Few hours later and BOOM -- brand new member of the Brees brood.
Drew tweeted an adorable pic along with the caption, "Spent the early morning with our new baby girl! Brit and she are happy, healthy, and doing great! Gods greatest gift!"
So far, no word on the kid's name.
It's the couples 4th child together -- and their first little girl.