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NASCAR Heist

Race Car Thieves Caught On Camera

16 minutes ago BY TMZ STAFF
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NASCAR driver Travis Kvapil's #44 ride was jacked from a hotel parking lot -- and TMZ Sports obtained surveillance video of the heist.

The car and the trailer that transports it were both stolen out of the Drury Inn parking lot outside Atlanta -- and in the video you can see a Jeep SUV pull into the lot. One person dressed in black gets out of the Jeep, walks across the lot toward the transport trailer ... and the Jeep pulls away.

Next thing you see is the white transport truck hauling ass across the lot.

Law enforcement sources tell us the GTA went down around 5 AM Friday -- and took less than a minute. So far cops have no leads on the suspects, but they're hoping this video will shed some light.

Kvapil's team was forced to pull out of this weekend's Sprint Cup race in Atlanta. It's a small independent team, and they don't have a backup car.

Ex-UFC Star Kenny Florian

Boxing Is Finished

After Floyd/Manny Mega-Fight

2/27/2015 12:17 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022715_kenny_florian_launchEx-UFC fighter Kenny Florian says boxing's days are numbered ... and the number is 64 ... 'cause that's how many days are left until the Mayweather/Pacquiao showdown, which Florian tells TMZ Sports is the sport's last hurrah.

Florian  -- who was a UFC badass from '05 to '12 -- was out at The Grove in L.A. when we asked him about the future of the other sport where guys break each other's faces. 

Check out the clip -- Kenny says after Mayweather and Manny dance ... the music is going to stop ... because all of the big stars in combat sports are over in the UFC ... and NOT in pro boxing. 

One man who disagrees -- Mark Wahlberg who told us M vs. P is just the beginning of boxing renaissance. 

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Baron Davis

Planning NBA Comeback

In Talks with 'Playoff Contender'

2/27/2015 11:17 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0227-baron-davis-tmz-01Baron Davis is in talks to return to the NBA ... TMZ Sports has learned ... with sources telling us the 35-year-old has been in communication with multiple "playoff contenders."

Davis -- a 2-time NBA All-Star -- hasn't played in the league since 2012 ... but we're told he's been keeping himself in shape and is serious about a return to the pros.  

Our sources say Davis -- the #3 overall pick in the 1999 NBA Draft -- has been speaking with several squads who feel he could be a good backup for a young point guard. 

We're told the Clippers and the Cavs are among the playoff contenders interested in Davis ... with  the Lakers also in the conversation.  

We're told so far ... there is NOT a deal in place, but that could change very soon. 

Stay tuned ... 

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Bills QB EJ Manuel

I Love Rex Ryan

'He's My Man'

2/27/2015 10:42 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

022715_ej_manuel_launchBuffalo Bills QB EJ Manuel is no dummy ... telling TMZ Sports he's a BIG FAN of his new boss Rex Ryan -- the man who will ultimately decide if he starts ... or gets replaced.  

Of course, there have been rumblings that Ryan could make a move with the QB spot this off-season ... possibly reuniting with his old NY Jets QB Mark Sanchez to start ahead of Manuel. 

But at LAX Thursday, EJ didn't seem concerned at all -- in fact, Manuel says he and Rex are getting along great ... saying, "That's my man!" 

He also signed off on Rex's new Bills-themed truck and Ryan's Buffalo-inspired tattoo

#SmartMan

Manny Pacquiao

Unretires from Singing

Records New Song for Mayweather Fight

2/27/2015 8:56 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

022715_manny_pacquiao_launchJust one month after he swore off singing forever, Manny Pacquiao has pulled a Jay Z -- UNRETIRING from music ... to record a brand new song the Floyd Mayweather fight!

Manny hit the studio recently (according GMA News in the Philippines) and laid down the tracks for "Lalaban Ako Para sa Pilipino" ... which we're told translates to "I Fight for Filipinos."

Our Filipino translators tell us Manny recorded to song specifically for his entrance music for the May 2nd superfight in Vegas. 

It's an interesting move ... since Manny appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" last month and told us he stopped singing forever because, "I love music ... but I don't think music loves me."

#ChangeOfHeart

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Ryan Lochte

Partying at the Playboy Mansion

With Fellow U.S. Swimmers!

2/27/2015 8:02 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0227-ryan-lochte-playboy-twitterTeam USA swimmer Ryan Lochte crossed an item off his bucket list Thursday night ... after spending the night partying at the legendary Playboy Mansion!  

Lochte hit up Hugh Hefner's place with fellow U.S. swimmers Conor Dwyer and Cullen Jones ... who was out celebrating his 31st birthday. 

No word if the guys had any luck with the ladies who frequent the property ... but at least they got in the door ... and that should count for something, right? 

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WWE's Seth Rollins

HEADLOCKS JON STEWART

... On 'Daily Show' Attack!

2/27/2015 7:18 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Jon Stewart wanted a piece ... HE GOT THE PIECE!!!! 

WWE superstar Seth Rollins hijacked Stewart's "Moment of Zen" on "The Daily Show" Thursday night ... in response to the smack talk video that Stewart recently made. 

But Rollins didn't just talk the talk ... he then snuck up behind Jon and put him in a HEADLOCK!!! 

It was pretty hilarious ... and fulfilled the promise Rollins made on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" ... when he said he'd whoop Jon's ass for running his mouth earlier this month. 

And apparently the drama will continue ... with Jon promising to face off with Rollins on next week's "Monday Night Raw!!!!"

To quote another WWE legend ... OH HELL YEAH!!!!!

Reggie Bush

I'm Not Quitting Football

... Just Because I Got Cut

2/27/2015 6:36 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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022715_reggie_bush_launchIt sucks to be released ... no doubt ... but Reggie Bush tells TMZ Sports he's not giving up on the NFL just because he got cut by the Detroit Lions.  

Just 24 hours after the Lions announced the move, Bush was out at Madeo in Beverly Hills ... in a pretty good mood for a guy who just lost his job.   

But when we asked if it was time to throw in the towel on his football career, Bush was clear that ain't gonna happen.  

It's not the craziest question ... considering Bush is about to turn 30 ... the same age as former Lions running back Barry Sanders when he decided to hang 'em up.   

Bush probably won't have trouble getting another job -- but it'll be interesting to see where he goes ... and for how much. 

Terrell Owens

If Trump Runs for Prez ...

GET ME A JOB!

2/27/2015 6:14 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump already has supporters for his 2016 White House run ... including Terrell Owens -- who tells us ... if Trump's hiring a staff, HE WANTS A JOB! 

The "Celeb Apprentice" star appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" on Reelz  .. and told the gang he thinks his former boss definitely has presidential qualities ... but wants to hear more about his plans for the country. 

"I think he's a great negotiator, this guy is very business savvy," T.O. said .. adding, "There's gonna be a lot of hot topics that he's gonna be prepared for and really can he deliver on his promises?"

Check out "TMZ Hollywood Sports" weekdays at 6PM ET, 3PM PT on Reelz. 

5-Hour Energy Sued

Ad Was a Shot to My Hacky Sack

... Says Record Holder

2/27/2015 12:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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5-Hour Energy DOES NOT give you power to capture the hacky sack world record, according to the current title holder ... who's suing the company for making it look like someone took his belt.

Ted Martin -- the hacky Guinness World Record holder since '97 -- filed a handwritten lawsuit over a 2013 commercial that shows a pitchman accomplishing a bunch of outlandish things after shooting a bottle of 5-Hour Energy.

Among the achievements -- mastering "origami while beating the record for hacky sack." In his suit, Ted says that line is "literally false" ... and he wants the company to pay up for lying. Plus, he wants an injunction to stop the ad from ever airing again.

Who knows if he'll win in court, but dude's a legend with the footbag. He hacky'ed more than 8 HOURS straight to earn his world record -- racking up 63,326 kicks!!

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Jason Collins

Back Off M. Sam

'Dancing' Doesn't Mean He's Over Football

2/27/2015 12:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
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Michael Sam's decision to join "Dancing with the Stars" does NOT mean he's throwing in the towel on his NFL career ... so says his friend Jason Collins who says he can't wait to watch the guy kill it in the ballroom.

Sam's been taking heat from critics who say the decision to join "DWTS" shows he's more concerned about being a celebrity than playing in the NFL.  

But Collins -- who famously came out as the NBA's first openly gay player in 2013 -- says the haters are wrong ... and he's got proof to back up his argument. 

However, Collins says he does have ONE concern about Sam ... and it's something his dance partner will definitely care about. 

Dez Bryant's Mom

I Love My Son, He Loves Me

'Someone's Trying to Sabotage Us'

2/26/2015 4:24 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0226-angela-dez-bryant-tmz-getty-01Dez Bryant's mom says she's buried the hatchet with her son over the 2012 domestic violence incident and loves him very much -- but says she's convinced someone is trying to use Dez's past to sabotage his NFL future. 

TMZ Sports spoke with a rep for Angela Bryant ... who tells us, "Ever since the 2012 incident, they have worked out their issues and they've got a lot of love for each other."

As we previously reported, Dez was arrested for allegedly assaulting his mom during an argument in her Texas home ... though the charge was eventually dismissed. 

"Angela and her son have a great relationship and whoever is behind this is using [Dez's past in an] attempt to assassinate Dez's character."

The rep says Dez and his mother have been speaking regularly about the current situation -- and, "They believe it is no coincidence that this is happening around the time that [Dez's] contract is up for renewal."

Angela's rep says she believes ... "It comes down to someone trying to interfere with Dez getting his contract extended from the Cowboys."

"[Dez and Angela] don't know who's behind it. They are desperately trying to find out."

Rey Mysterio

Splits With WWE

After #FreeRey Campaign

2/26/2015 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Details

0226-rey-mysterio-wwe-03Wrestling legend Rey Mysterio is done working for the WWE ... TMZ has learned his contract expired Thursday, and both sides have decided to part ways.

A rep for WWE tells us, "Rey Mysterio is no longer under contract with WWE."

Rey appeared in a video for a rival wrestling company in Mexico last summer ... and launched his #FreeRey campaign to get released from his WWE contract. 

Well, Rey's free now ... but not because of his campaign. To be clear ... we're told his contract just expired ... he was NOT let out of his deal. 

Sources close to Rey tell us he's excited to start working again because he's 100% healthy. Producers at MLW radio -- a wrestling podcast -- say they'll be doing a live interview with Rey ... taking place the weekend of WrestleMania 31.

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