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NHL Legend Jeremy Roenick

I Shot Down 'Dancing'

... But I Woulda Ruled!!

3/24/2015 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Hockey Hall of Famer Jeremy Roenick says he desperately wanted to be on "Dancing with the Stars" -- but was forced to turn down the gig because of a major political conflict. 

Unclear when Roenick was approached by the ABC show -- but the ex-Philadelphia Flyers superstar says he woulda DOMINATED in the ball room ... telling TMZ Sports, "I woulda been awesome."

Roenick clearly LOVES to get down -- and famously busted out his moves on the ice during his playing days.

BTW -- there's more in the clip ... including an update on one of his most famous beefs. Check out the clip ... Roenick's one of the nicest guys around.  

PGA's Bubba Watson

I LOVE JUSTIN BIEBER

He Should Join My Boy Band!

3/24/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Justin Bieber has a HUGE fan in the PGA -- Masters champion Bubba Watson ... who tells TMZ Sports he thinks the two should hook up to form the ULTIMATE BOY BAND!! 

Watson was rockin' his green jacket out in NYC today when we asked about "The Golf Boys" -- his pop group comprised of fellow gold studs Rickie Fowler, Ben Crane and Hunter Mahan

Check this out ... the GBs have already released 2 music videos ... and their hit "Oh Oh Oh " has more than 7 MILLION views on YouTube!!!

So, how does Bieber come in to the picture? Check out the clip. 

NFL's Mike Evans

Off-Season Dunk Session

... I Got Hops

3/24/2015 10:08 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

If you needed more proof that the Tampa Bay Bucs stud Mike Evans is an athletic freak, TMZ Sports has video of the 6'5" wideout dunking in a pick-up game and we gotta say ... the dude has bounce.

Evans, who tore up the NFL in his rookie season, was visiting his high school down in Galveston, TX when he decided to take time out to show the local kids what a world class athlete looks like.

Watch, admire, be afraid NFL cornerbacks.

#Ballislife #Bunnies #CouldaBeenNBA

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

TECATE KO'S CORONA

Buys Beer Rights for $5.6 Mil

3/24/2015 7:46 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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There was a civil war in Mexico surrounding the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight -- TECATE VERSUS CORONA -- but now ... one beer has finally obtained the rights to be the official cerveza of the fight!

Here's the tale of the tape ... Tecate has been a long-time sponsor of Pacquiao -- while Corona has often backed Mayweather. 

According to promoter Bob Arum, both companies were dead set on buying the rights ... which led to a good old fashioned BIDDING WAR!!

But when it comes to beer sponsors, there can only be uno ... and according to Arum, the winner was TECATE ... which bid $5.6 MILLION!!!!

"We've never seen anything like that on a beer sponsor," Arum told ESPN ... "Both companies were after it. It's a huge number."

Arum says Tecate's bid was $400k higher than Corona. 

Hey, life can't always be a beach.  

Blake Griffin

Off the Hook

In Vegas Pimp Slap Case

3/24/2015 8:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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The pimp hand of justice just ruled in Blake Griffin's favor -- because officials have decided to DROP the battery case against the NBA star after they couldn't prove he actually slapped a guy in a Vegas nightclub. 

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Griffin was charged with battery stemming from an incident at Tao nightclub on October 19th ... when he allegedly put the 5 fingers to some dude's face for snapping a pic without Blake's permission. The man also claimed Blake grabbed his neck and squeezed.  

Blake denied the allegations --  and now we're told the charge has been formally dropped after Griffin's attorney Richard Schonfeld provided prosecutors with multiple witness statements contradicting the accuser's story.  

It's a big deal for Griffin ... who faced up to 6 months in jail if convicted. 

Tiki Barber's Wife

We're NOT Doing 'Real Housewives'

3/24/2015 7:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Tiki Barber is no Joe Giudice ... telling TMZ Sports he and his wife are NOT going to sign on for the next season of "The Real Housewives of New Jersey" ... despite reports to the contrary. 

The former NY Giants running back and his wife Traci Lynn Johnson were leaving The Palm in NYC when we asked about rumblings that Traci Lynn was in talks to replace Teresa Giudice ... since she's currently locked up. 

But the couple shot down that rumor faster than Teresa could flip a table -- telling TMZ Sports, "Don't believe everything you read."

In fact, when we asked Tiki -- who already runs a celebrity booking company -- about doing ANY reality show, he didn't seem too into the idea ...  telling us he's already got enough jobs. 

Dana White

Hey Laila, Call Me!

Let's Make Rousey Fight Happen

3/24/2015 6:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

UFC honcho Dana White has a message for Laila Ali -- if you're serious about fighting Ronda Rousey ... CALL ME UP!!!!

White was leaving Mastro's Steakhouse in Beverly Hills -- when he made it very clear he's interested in setting up a fight between Muhammad Ali's daughter and the reigning UFC women's champ. 

But whether they step into the ring to box ... or climb into the octagon for an MMA match ... White says one thing's for sure -- Rousey will beat the living crap out of Ali. 

"[Ronda's] actually the best fighter in the world ... Laila Ali would be in big trouble against Ronda Rousey."

Bottom line, White says he wants to make the fight happen -- "I'm serious if [Laila's] serious. Call me Laila."

Ronda Rousey

I'll Beat Laila Ali In Boxing

... Just Lemme Train

3/24/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ronda Rousey says she's VERY CONFIDENT she could beat Laila Ali in a boxing match -- telling TMZ Sports she just needs some time to learn the ropes. 

It's no joke ... Ronda was out in NYC Monday when we asked how she felt about the undefeated former boxing champ's recent call-out ... when Laila told us no woman alive could take her in the ring.

 

But Ronda begs to differ ... saying she'd wreck Muhammad Ali's daughter -- even if the fight didn't go to the mat, where Ronda would clearly have the advantage (arm bar anyone?!). 

Ronda also had some tough talk for Houston Texans cheerleader Antonieta Osuna -- a former boxer who recently told us she wants a piece of the UFC champ too

Check out the clip -- Rousey says it's not just her insane athletic skills that would propel her to victory, it's her championship mentality. 

But enough with the talk ... SOMEONE NEEDS TO MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!! 

Gilbert Arenas

NASTY BREAKUP w/ LAURA GOVAN

Allegedly Sells Her $1 Million Ring

3/23/2015 4:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0323_Laura-Govan_gilbert_arenas_TMZGilbert Arenas is being sued by his longtime girlfriend Laura Govan -- the mother of his 4 kids -- who claims Gilbert kicked her out of their L.A. mansion and then sold off her $1 million engagement ring. 

TMZ Sports has obtained court docs filed by Govan ... in which she claims her and Gilbert are in the middle of a NASTY split. 

In the docs, the "Basketball Wives LA" star claims she started dating Gilbert in 2002 ... before he made nearly $200 million in NBA contract money.  

The two never had a formal wedding, but Laura claims they "lived together as husband and wife" and Gilbert promised that she would "share equally" in all of his earnings from 2003 on ... as if they were legally married. 

Govan says the relationship fell apart around the end of 2014 ... when Gilbert "notified [Laura] to vacate the premises" of their home. 

To make matters worse, Laura says Gilbert then "forcefully took" the $1 million engagement ring he gave to her in 2008 and sold it without her permission. 

0323_laura_govan_ring_gettyNow, Laura says she wants her cut of the Arenas fortune -- which she says includes profits from a number of marijuana clinics which she says Gilbert owns. 

Attempts to reach Gilbert for comment were unsuccessful. 

Michael Sam

Ripped By NFL GMs, Agents, Scouts

'His Combine Was Flat Out Horrible'

3/23/2015 4:22 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0323-michael-sam-combine-USA-TODAY-SPORTS-01Michael Sam's performance at this weekend's NFL veteran's combine may have been the final nail in his NFL coffin -- with multiple GMs, agents and scouts saying he wasn't just bad ... but "flat out horrible."

After Sam posted unimpressive numbers, including a slower 40-yard dash time than he posted at the 2014 rookie combine ... multiple high powered NFL sources tell us they believe there's no chance Sam makes an NFL roster this season. 

As one big time NFL agent put it ... "My real honest opinion is that he was flat out horrible. He did not belong out there."

An NFL scout who was at the combine tells TMZ Sports he looked stiff and slow ... but says Sam's attitude was even worse. "He thinks he's a superstar. It would be nice if he could do something on the field to back up the attitude."

As for the NFL general managers ... one person says, "The concern was that he didn't look focused on the game. He regressed."

Another high powered NFL agent, who represents multiple Pro Bowlers, tells TMZ Sports ... "Here was a chance to show his determination and dedication and the GMs didn't see that."

"I think there's a chance he could play in the Canadian Football League. He sells tickets. He attracts fans. And from there you never know."

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Tom Brady

Respect My

Off-Season Training

3/23/2015 3:34 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0323-tom-brady-gisele-bundchen-pcnTom Brady likes his buns toasted ... Gisele Bundchen's that is.

Tom dropped back to his Costa Rican beachfront estate with Gisele and the fam for his annual off-season vacay.

Sure, Tom has a shiny new trophy that says otherwise -- but, from this angle, it's clear the real MVP in this family wears a bikini. A very small green bikini. 

Yeah, we know what you're thinking ... #FML.

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Darren Sharper

He'll Serve 9 Years ... NOT 20 For Louisiana Rapes

3/23/2015 1:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Darren Sharper will be sentenced to 20 years in Louisiana for raping 3 women, but he will only serve 9 of those years behind bars ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Media reports saying Sharper will serve 20 years for the Louisiana rapes are incorrect.

Law enforcement sources tell us ... Louisiana prosecutors have agreed in the plea deal, after serving 9 years Sharper will get credit for the remaining 11 while free on parole and probation.  

We're told the Louisiana sentence will be served concurrently with sentences in California, Nevada and Arizona. All 4 states require Sharper behind bars for 9 years or less, so 9 is the operative number.

Short story ... Darren Sharper will be a free man in 2024.  

Soccer Star Gareth Bale

Crazed Fans Attack Car After Loss

[Video]

3/23/2015 12:16 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Good thing Gareth Bale is the most expensive soccer player in the world ... 'cause the Real Madrid star might need to repair a few nicks in his Bentley after a crazed fan went BERSERK on his ride Sunday.

Bale's squad was on the losing end of its "El Clásico" matchup with hated rival Barcelona this past weekend ... and after the team arrived back in Madrid, some idiot fans decided to take their frustrations out on Bale's whip as he left the club's training area. 

Check out the crazy, crazy video -- the moronic "fans" not only punched and kicked Bale's car ... they went after his teammate Jese Rodriguez as well ... smacking his expensive red sports car. 

At one point, Jese rolled his window down ... and it seemed he considered getting out of his car ... but ultimately drove off before the situation got worse. 

Hey Gareth, plenty of good teams in the MLS ... just sayin.

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