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Kobe Bryant

Hits Up Paintball Park

After Shoulder Injury

1/25/2015 8:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0125-anderson-silva-soldiers-INSTAGRAM-01Just days after being diagnosed with a season-ending rotator cuff injury, Kobe Bryant his up a popular paintball park in L.A. this weekend ... to kick it with Anderson Silva.

Kobe and the UFC legend were hanging at the Hollywood Sports park in Bellflower, CA on Saturday -- where Silva and his kids go paint splatterin' every other weekend.

Seems unlikely Kobe got in on the action -- since everyone else in the pic is dressed for combat and Kobe's not ... and also, he's still nursing that injury.

At the very least, it's good to see he's not moping around the house.

Red Sox OF Rusney Castillo

Drops $85k ...

To Pimp Out $84k Porsche

1/25/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012315_rusney_castillo_porsche_launch_v3Red Sox outfielder Rusney Castillo only came over from Cuba a few months ago, but he's already BALLIN' OUT like an American ... dropping $85,000 to trick out his $84,000 Porsche!!!

Castillo took his 2014 Avorza Porsche 911 Turbo to Alex Vega and the guys at the Auto Firm in Miami with the following marching orders -- MAKE IT AWESOME!

So what do you get for all that money? Vega says he and his crew took the entire car apart piece by piece to paint it "Snow White" ... then added detailing in red and black, Castillo's favorite colors.

Vega gutted the interior as well to put in red and black leather seats. Watch the video though for the highlight ... a custom grill with Castillo's #38 in lights. There's even a #38 light that shines on the road when he opens the doors.

Castillo signed with the Sox last year for $72.5 million ... so he's not struggling to make payments.

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Puppy Bowl XI

We're Prepared ...

For a MAJOR Crapshoot

1/25/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Only one team of dogs will win the eleventh annual Puppy Bowl ... but they'll all have to poop at some point -- and Animal Planet has their cute butts covered.

This year's event will feature 85 pups, 21 kittens and 5 Nigerian Dwarf goats (the cheerleaders) -- and producers prepared by purchasing 315 poop bags ... as well 1,200 puppy pads.  

The animals will also have their own personal assistants -- 65 puppy escorts and 50 volunteers -- plus they've got a whole lot of food on deck.

Halftime performer Katty Furry got the real celebrity treatment though ... her outfit was crafted by a famous pet designer whose made expensive outfits for Paris Hilton and other celebs. They also extended an invite to Katy Perry to their pre-game party.

This game WILL feature deflated balls. Neutering ... what are you gonna do?

NBA's Mark Jackson

RIPS ROGER GOODELL

... He's a Terrible Commish

1/24/2015 11:52 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Deflate-gate -- or anything like Deflate-gate -- would NEVER happen in the NBA ... because Adam Silver doesn't SUCK like Roger Goodell ... so says ex-NBA coach Mark Jackson.

The former Golden State Warriors head coach strongly believes the issues in the NFL trickle down from horrible leadership -- and says the buck ultimately stops with Goodell.

"The issue is how poorly the Commissioner and the league is handling the entire situation [Deflate-gate]," Jackson says ... "It's been a horrible year."

"I think they're doing a bad job as far as leadership in the National Football League."

X Games Aspen

Skier KO'ed

... After SCARY Wipeout!!

1/24/2015 11:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

012415_x_games_launch_v2Pro skier Henrik Harlaut was knocked out cold Saturday during an X Games Aspen event ... and the footage is frightening.

It all went down during the Men's Slopestyle finals ... when Harlaut landed a trick the wrong way and took a gnarly tumble -- leaving the 23 year-old motionless as medics rushed in to help.

The Swedish skier eventually sat up before being stretchered off the mountain ... and waved to everyone letting them know he's OK while plastering a giant smile across his face.

You gotta watch the video ... dude looks lucky to be alive.

Roc Nation Boxer

'Jay Knows What He's Doing'

... We're Blowin' Up

1/24/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Roc Nation Sports boxer Dusty Harrison-Hernandez tells TMZ Sports ... being a part of Jay's company is AWESOME ... not just because it's blowin' up his career, but he also met Rihanna

20-year-old DHH is 25-0 and recently headlined the Roc's first "Throne Boxing" event in NYC ... where some of the biggest stars from the Roc Nation family came out to support, including CC Sabathia, RiRi and Jay himself. 

"They made a big entrance," Dusty says ... "They showed that they're here to make a big impression.  They're not just gonna be some small company. They're gonna be a powerhouse."

Dusty admits he was a little apprehensive when he was first approached by Roc Nation Sports -- but says he quickly learned the concerns expressed by guys like Adrien Broner are non-issues. 

"Everyone they have working for the boxing division has been involved in boxing. They have a lot of experience in boxing. They know what they're doing. They have a plan."

Some other fun facts ... 

Dusty on Jay's Office -- "Jay-Z's office was cool. It's a huge company. A lot of manpower. Very organized. He's really into art. They had some Keith Haring paintings."

Dusty on Rihanna -- "I talked to Rihanna after the fight. She did say she was impressed ... she said she enjoyed it. Maybe she'll be at my next match! 

Kobe Bryant

Injury Hurts Local Restaurants

Expecting Fans to Bail

1/24/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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It's not just the Lakers who will take a hit with Kobe Bryant out the rest of the season -- local L.A. restaurants are also concerned ... telling TMZ Sports business is significantly slower when the Mamba isn't on the court. 

FYI -- Staples Center is located right next to L.A. Live ... a major entertainment center packed with restaurants often trafficked by people before and after events at the arena. 

But with Kobe going down with a torn rotator cuff, several restaurant staffers tell us everyone is going to suffer. 

We spoke with Mike Zislis -- owner of Rock ‘N Fish at L.A. Live -- who tells us, "We feel like we’re gonna lose at least 10 percent of our sales per home game."

"Last year when Kobe was out we calculated we lost $250k in revenue," Zislis says, noting that Kobe only played in 2 home games during the '13-'14 season. 

"Lakers fans generally spend more than Kings or Clippers fans so when they suck and Kobe isn’t there to draw fans, it hurts."

We also spoke with staffers at Katsuya at L.A. Live who echoed Mike's statements. One staffer told us, "When Kobe is out, the restaurant is empty and business is slow. It sucks for the staff because less people equals less tips."

Of course, there's one simple solution to the problem -- the Lakers could go on a winning streak and bring the fans back to the arena. 

No pressure Swaggy P.

'Total Divas' Star Paige

I'm a Better Wrestler ...

When I'm Menstruating!

1/24/2015 8:39 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

012415_wrestling_paige_launch"Total Divas" star Paige says her menstrual cycle is good for business ... period.

The WWE wrestler was on her way out of Newark airport Friday when she told us the worst part about being a woman is that bummer time of the month.

But Paige says unlike most women ... it helps her in the ring, and any guy who lives with their significant other will understand her reasoning.

Other WWE Divas ... you've been warned.
 

NFL's Marcedes Lewis

Cops Called In Paternity War

Baby Mama Allegedly Flips Out

1/23/2015 4:16 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0123-mercedes-lewis-savannah-stern-tmz-01Cops were called to the L.A. residence of Jacksonville Jaguars star Marcedes Lewis Thursday night -- after his baby mama allegedly went berserk when she found out Lewis is gunning for sole custody of their child ... TMZ Sports has learned.  

Lewis has a 5-month-old son with porn star Savannah Stern -- who decided to visit Lewis at his pad, which happens to be in a fancy private building in L.A. 

We spoke with Lewis who tells us ... Stern was served with court papers during the visit -- informing her that he has filed official documents in an effort to obtain sole custody of their child. 

Lewis says Stern began to flip out once she got served -- and began yelling and screaming ... to the point where building staffers decided to call police for help. 

Law enforcement confirms ... cops arrived to the scene around 9 PM and took an incident report but no one was arrested. We're told Stern eventually left the building without further incident. 

We reached out to Stern for comment -- no word back.

NFL Pro Bowl

Wives Dragon Players ...

To Wild Welcome Party

1/23/2015 3:05 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0123_komodo_party_LAUNCHNFL Pro Bowlers might be bad asses on the field -- but when it comes to exotic reptiles, they're giant wussies  ... and TMZ Sportsgot pics to prove it.

Antonio Cromartie, Drew Brees, Golden Tate, Chris Harris Jr. were among the players at a Pro Bowl welcome party at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix Thursday night -- and came face-to-face with giant snakes, lizards, and alligators.

The Phoenix Herpetological Society brought the creatures, and its prez Russ Johnson tells us most of the players hung back while their wives and kids rushed to pet the animals. He adds some NFLers did eventually come over ... after a couple drinks.

Liquid courage never hurts.

FUN FACT: The huge lizard Terricka Cromartie is holding (or maybe it's holding her) is a water monitor. Looks like a Komodo dragon, but it's not. The more you know. 

Shaq's Sitcom

'CRACK VS. SHAQ'

Racy Jokes In Pilot Script

1/23/2015 12:36 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0123-shaq-oneal-tmz-01TMZ Sports just got our hands on a script for the pilot episode of Shaq's new sitcom -- and it's laced with hilarious adult-oriented humor ... including jokes about boobs, ISIS and crack. 

The show is loosely based on Shaq's real-life business empire -- with people pitching him TV show ideas, products and endorsements.

In one of the scenes from a script that was circulating in December, Shaq is approached with an idea for a TV show similar to "Shaq Vs." ... a real show that didn't do very well on the air. 

In the script, an associate explained to Shaq that no one knew what Shaq was "verse" -- and suggested that his new version of the show should include Shaq's foe in the title. 

"We could do 'Crack Versus Shaq.' That rhymes. [Shaq] smokes a bowl of crack and tries to dunk."

Another associate suggests, "Shaq Versus Iraq" ... where "[Shaq] goes over there and talks to those ISIS people. We bring in a few basketballs and boom! Peace in the Middle East."

Someone else pitches, "Yak Versus Shaq" ... which evidently involves the mountainous animal. 

The script we read -- which was circulating in December -- is actually pretty funny ... with boob jokes, fart jokes and even a Tim Tebow zinger.   

It's possible, and likely, that the script will be changed by the time it actually airs -- but we can see why Shaq signed on.

NFL On Deflate-Gate

WE HAVE VIDEO EVIDENCE

Experts Reviewing the Tape

1/23/2015 10:53 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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The NFL says it has already collected video, electronic information and physical evidence -- and have hired forensic experts to see if foul play was a factor in Deflate-Gate. 

The league just announced it has hired Renaissance Associates -- which it describes as "an investigatory firm with sophisticated forensic expertise to assist in reviewing electronic and video information."

The league has also tapped NFL Executive Vice President Jeff Pash and attorney Ted Wells to head the investigation into the New England Patriots and to find out why 11 balls were underinflated at the AFC Championship game. 

Wells, of course, famously led the investigation into the Miami Dolphins hazing case -- which involved Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin.

Ty Lawson

Arrested

on Suspicion of DUI

1/23/2015 10:26 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

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Denver Nuggets point guard Ty Lawson was arrested early Friday morning on suspicion of DUI. 

According to the police report, a Denver PD officer spotted Lawson going 61 MPH in a 35 MPH zone, so he pulled him over. The officer says Lawson admitted to having consumed alcohol prior to driving. 

The officer says Lawson had slurred speech, his breath smelled like alcohol, he was off balance and his eyes were bloodshot. When Lawson couldn't pass the field sobriety test ... that's when the officer arrested him. 

Lawson was charged with DUI, speeding and careless driving.

He was taken into custody and has since been released. 

Denver Nuggets GM and Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly said in a statement, "We have been made aware of an incident involving Ty Lawson early this morning. Per team policy and out of respect for the legal process, we will have no further comment at this time."

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