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Brandon Marshall

Cleared for Takeoff

... After Punctured Lung Injury

1/31/2015 12:35 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0130-brandon-marshall-airplane-getty-01Chicago Bears fans can take a deep breath, 'cause Brandon Marshall's punctured lung is doing MUCH better ... so say his doctors who allowed the WR to begin flying again ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

We broke the story ... Marshall had to miss a court-ordered deposition last month stemming from a case in which he's accused of attacking a woman outside of a NYC nightclub in 2012.

Marshall claimed doctors told him it was unsafe to fly since he had just suffered a punctured lung from a hit he took during a Thursday Night Football game. 

But everything's been healing well ... and earlier this month, Marshall told the court he's been cleared for takeoff ... and was willing and able to attend a makeup depo on January 30th. 

Sources tell us Marshall made his appointment and sat for a deposition without a hitch ... or a breathing issue.

In fact, now that he's got the green light to fly, Marshall's been traveling like crazy -- hitting PHX, CHI, NYC and L.A. in just the last few days.
 

NBA Star Iman Shumpert

Pedicures And Red Wine

... With Famous GF

1/31/2015 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Iman Shumpert's idea of the perfect date ... fermented grapes and nail polish ... 'cause TMZ Sports has learned the Cavs star took his GF -- rapper Teyana Taylor -- for pedicures and red wine!

The couple hit up Anthony Vince Salon Thursday night -- a high-end shop in a Cleveland suburb -- and they went all out ... sipping vino while getting pampered.

Our sources tell us Iman and Teyana got the "Spa Pedicure" ... complete with trimming, shaping, buffing, grooming, massaging ... with a hot towel wrap and choice of polish ... all for $32.

Sources inside say Iman was in such a good mood, he was singing out loud with the music on the speakers ... and at one point he was rocking out to JLo's "I'm Real."

Real fancy.

Steelers Star Antonio Brown

Check Out My $600 Hat

Pharrell Ain't Got Nothin' On Me

1/31/2015 12:20 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Pharrell Williams has officially passed the wide brim hat torch to a guy who torches defenses ... Steelers star Antonio Brown tells TMZ Sports his fashion forward lid set him back over $600!

Brown is with the rest of the sports world at the Super Bowl in Arizona so when our camera guy ran into the always dapper Pro Bowler we had to ask ... dude, what's with the hat?

That's when Brown swagged us out a little bit, telling us that his fancy lid wasn't any regular dome-shielder ... this one put a $600 dent in his $42 million pockets.

One more thing ... we're not fashion experts ... and far be it for us to question a man's right to expression, but ...

We're pretty sure he's wearing the hat backwards.
 

Mayweather Vs. Pacquiao

DEAL DONE

... Fight Set

1/30/2015 5:02 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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6:27 PM PT -- A source involved in the negotiations tells TMZ Sports both fighters have agreed to fight and a date and location (Vegas) have already been set.

The source says the formal agreement has not been signed but everyone expects the signatures "soon." Negotiators are putting "finishing touches" on the deal. 

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Floyd Mayweather has agreed to fight Manny Pacquiao ... multiple sources tell TMZ Sports ... who say the two finally came to an agreement moments ago. 

The two sides had been trying to hammer out a deal for a while to square off at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on May 2nd. 

Manny had agreed to his contract weeks ago ... and it was all up to Floyd to sign on the dotted line. 

But now, after meeting in person at the Miami Heat game earlier this week ... we're told it's a done deal .. and the two sides will make a formal announcement in the coming days. 

Story developing ...

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Matt Damon

Brady's BETTER With Inflated Balls ...

'We Woulda Scored 200'

1/30/2015 12:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Matt Damon says Tom Brady is deadlier WITH a fully-inflated football -- and says if he woulda had a pumped up pigskin from the start of the AFC Championship, the Pats woulda hung 200 on Indy!!! 

Damon was running around L.A. Friday -- proudly sporting his Patriots hat -- when he told the photogs Deflate-Gate is just a distraction from Brady's real DOMINANCE.  

"Didn't you see when he got his real footballs back and he got 4 straight touchdowns ... I'm telling you we woulda won that game 200-0 if he had his regular footballs the whole time."

We'll see on Sunday.

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Roger Goodell to Marshawn:

QUIT YER BITCHIN'

Media Day Is Part Of Your Job!

1/30/2015 11:51 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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NFL commish Roger Goodell has a message for Marshawn Lynch -- stop being a baby and do your job ... which includes answering questions from the media. 

Goodell is clearly not happy with Marshawn's Super Bowl Media Day "I'm Just Here So I Won't Get Fined" stunt -- and moments ago, he took Beast Mode to task in front of the very reporters Lynch snubbed earlier this week. 

Goodell explained that talking with the media is part of Marshawn's job, whether he likes it or not.  

"There are a lot of things we don't like to do in our jobs, but it comes with the territory ... and it comes with the privilege of playing in the Super Bowl."

We'd call Marshawn for comment, but ... well ... you know. 

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Drew Brees

Brad Pitt's My Homie

... I Love That Guy

1/30/2015 10:57 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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013015_drew_brees_b_pitt_launchBrad Pitt's got Drew Brees' stamp of approval -- with the New Orleans Saints QB telling TMZ Sports the guy's not only a solid friend ... but he's pretty damn accurate when it comes to tossing a beer.

Brees was out in Phoenix for an event to promote his Brees Dream foundation and thSuper Service Challenge -- when he told us about his famous friendship with the movie star. 

Clearly, the two share a strong bond with N.O. -- but Brees says the thing that sealed their friendship was the now famous Bourbon Street Beer Tossing incident back in May. 

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The two have been close ever since -- in fact, Brad defended Brees when the critics were ganging up on him over his slow start this season. 

As for Drew, check out the clip below to hear more about the good work he's doing for charity. 

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T.I.

Iggy Azalea Needs to Shut Up ...

Be More Like Tom Brady

1/30/2015 7:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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013015_ti_launchT.I.'s grand scheme for Iggy Azalea? Stop tweeting and stick to what she does best ... making music for his record label.

We caught up with Iggy's mentor outside Crustacean in Bev Hills ... and asked how she should handle all of her social media beefs with the likes of Azalea Banks, Snoop Dogg, and now shoe mogul Steve Madden.

The Madden feud heated up this week when she got pissed about modeling pics he released -- and T.I. didn't hesitate to tell us ... Iggy's going about this all wrong. 

Watch -- Iggy's boss chews her out in this video, and offers some Deflate-Gate-related advice. 

Ding ding ... school's in session.

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Super Bowl XLIX

Cowboys Rule ...

Even Ones from Chicago [TMZ TV]

1/30/2015 10:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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012915_tv_tune_in_jared_allen_launchAll those celeb football fans swarming to Phoenix for the Super Bowl better polish up their spurs and belt buckles -- cause they're entering cowboy country!

It's something Bears superstar Jared Allen is fully embracing ... since he bothered to brush up on the ways of the real Wild West -- unlike some bosses we know.tmz-on-tv-3

LeGarrette Blount

Weed Charge Dropped ...

Completes Comm. Service Ahead of Schedule

1/30/2015 9:21 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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0130-legarrette-blount-gettyGood news for LeGarrette Blount ... prosecutors have dropped the pot charge against the New England Patriots running back after he completed his community service days before the deadline.  

As we previously reported, Blount -- along with Steelers running back LeVeon Bell -- were arrested in Pittsburgh back in August after cops say they had weed inside their car. 

Bell was arrested for DUI -- but struck a plea deal in which prosecutors agreed to drop the charge if he completed 15 months probation without incident. 

Blount struck a similar deal on his misdemeanor possession charge -- complete 50 hours of community service by Feb. 4th and the charge goes away. 

Now, Blount's attorney claims he's done just that -- completing his comm. service at the Urban Achievers group in Boston ... which works with underprivileged children. 

Bottom line -- he's officially got a clean slate ... and just in time for the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Week

Prostitution Crackdown

... Around Big Game

1/30/2015 9:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops in Arizona wanna make sure ... if you're scoring during Super Bowl week, you better not be paying for it -- and that's why they've busted 7 women for prostitution in the past 48 hours. 

Law enforcement in Maricopa County tell us they're expecting a major increase in prostitution over the next few days -- with a reported 300,000 visitors flocking to town for the big game. 

We're told law enforcement is setting up several sting operations targeting prostitution in the area of the stadium -- and over the past 2 days, they've already busted 7 women.  

Phoenix is definitely more sexually charged than usual this week -- as we previously reported, Tinder use in the area is through the friggin' roof.

LeBron James

Coulda Been Insane WR

... Says Ex-NFL Star

1/30/2015 8:10 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

013015_raghib_ismail_launchDid you know ... LeBron James was offered a FOOTBALL scholarship to Notre Dame in 2000 by then-wide receivers coach Urban Meyer? 

Of course, he turned it down ... and then skipped college altogether to pursue that other sport ... but he could have been one of the greatest WR's of all time ... so says ex-NFL star Raghib "Rocket" Ismail

Rocket -- who was a star at ND back from '88 to '90 -- tells us had LeBron stuck with football, he coulda been like "Calvin Johnson on steroids."

As for Urban, he feels the same way ... and has previously said James woulda been a 1st round NFL Draft pick and a definite Hall of Famer. 

Devon Still

Crucial Day For Leah ...

Starts New Treatment This A.M.

1/30/2015 7:44 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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013015_devon_still_launchBig day for Leah Still -- because her father told us the 4-year-old starts a new round of chemotherapy this morning that will hopefully crush her disease so badly, she can finally begin stem cell therapy.  

Cincinnati Bengals defensive lineman Devon Still is out in AZ -- and told us that while the cancer is still in Leah's body, she's fighting like hell to beat it. 

"We're just hoping for the best and just trusting in the doctors to their best for her," Still told us. 

Still also told us why he and Leah decided to write a children's book about Leah's battle with pediatric cancer -- and it's truly inspiring stuff.  

#LeahStrong

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