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Golden State Warriors

Please, Lil B ...

Don't Curse Us!

5/22/2015 3:49 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Common sense would tell you a rapper doesn't have the power to "curse" NBA players, but just in case ... the Golden State Warriors aren't taking any chances.

The Dubs tweeted rapper Lil B Friday afternoon in an effort to get on his good side, and to thank him for allegedly waging voodoo against Houston Rockets guard James Harden. They wrote, "#THANKYOUBASEDGOD @LILBTHEBASEDGOD."

B hasn't officially cursed Harden yet -- that will come before Game 3 if The Beard doesn't apologize for stealing his "cooking dance." 

Even the Atlanta Hawks are afraid of the man who calls himself "The Based God," tweeting, "Dear @LILBTHEBASEDGOD: We're not like the others. Please show mercy and spare us #THEBASEDGODSCURSE. Sincerely, The Hawks."

Man, sports teams are CRAZY superstitious.

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Mike Tyson Reporting:

Cops Nailed Flavor Flav ...

They Found Some Other S**t Too

5/22/2015 3:14 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Trapped deep inside of Mike Tyson is an evening news anchor ... who came busting out right after Flavor Flav's latest arrest -- and the video of his "audition" is just awesome.

Tyson was on "The Damon Elliott Show" in Las Vegas -- a new talk show set to air on the CW this summer -- and while waiting for Flav, who was also a guest, they got word he'd been busted.

Sources on set Thursday ... tell us Iron Mike suddenly went all Edward R. Murrow, and decided he needed to report the news to the studio audience.

Watch, it's hardly "Nightline" -- but then again ... it's way more entertaining.

Gloria Govan

I Never Banged Colin Kaepernick

No Clue On Barnes Feud

5/22/2015 1:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ex "Basketball Wives" star Gloria Govan is so over the rumors about her and Colin Kaepernick ... she's now addressing them -- and wants everyone to know the 49ers QB never crossed her end zone.

Gloria was at the "So Sexy L.A." party at SKYBAR in West Hollywood Thursday night ... when our photog asked about her estranged hubby, Clippers star Matt Barnes, and his very public hatred of Kaepernick.

Just a few weeks ago, Barnes called Kaep "a hoe" on Instagram -- which is why our guy asked Gloria if she knew what was behind the beef.

Watch ... Gloria took the ball and ran, first telling us -- "There's been a bunch of different rumors" about her and Colin hooking up. But she says, "I've never had a thing with Colin Kaepernick."

Double G seems to think fans blame her for their feud, but she tells us it's something else altogether.

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Michael Sam

Montreal Pride Parade ...

'Be Our Guest Of Honor'

5/22/2015 11:51 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-michael-sam-montreal-pride-TMZ-02Michael Sam -- defensive end and ... Grand Marshal? Maybe ... because Montreal Pride organizers tell us they're so pumped over Sam's signing, they want him to be a guest of honor at their gay pride parade. 

With Sam signing on to play for the Montreal Alouettes, Jean-Sébastien Boudreault -- the VP of Montreal Pride, one of the largest gay pride events in the world -- tells TMZ Sports they are hoping to get Sam involved with their organization to help him feel at home in Canada. 

Boudreault tells us, "We will be seeking him to be an honorary guest during Pride. We would love for him to be honored during Montreal Pride and to make him welcome to the City."

As for whether or not Sam's sexual orientation will have any affect on his CFL career, Boudreault says, "As long as you are good at what you do, it should never be an obstacle."

Montreal Pride takes place August 10-16 ... right in the middle of the Alouettes' season.

Kobe Bryant

One More Ride ...

Done with Lakers After Next Season

5/22/2015 11:21 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Kobe Bryant's on his last leg -- the upcoming season will be his last in the purple and gold ... according to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak.

Kupchak was on SiriusXM NBA radio when he dropped the mild bombshell -- saying that Kobe "has indicated to me that this is it" ... referring to the 2015-16 NBA season. Everyone knew this was the last year of Kobe's Lakers contract, but some fans held out hope he could keep it going for another season.

But Kupchak said, "There have been no discussions about anything going forward. I don't think there will be. He hasn't indicated that he wants to continue to play."

It's unclear if he meant retiring from the Lakers -- or from the NBA altogether -- but the GM isn't guaranteeing Kobe will hang 'em up just yet. Kupchak admitted that in a year this could all change.

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Atlanta Mayor

LeBron Who?

Hawks Still Gonna Take It!

5/22/2015 8:36 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Give Atlanta mayor Kasim Reed some credit -- even in the face of a dominant LeBron James ... he's picking his beloved Hawks to take out the Cavaliers.

Reed was out in L.A. on Thursday night when he made his prediction -- we're not shocked he's riding with the Hawks ... but the odds are stacked against them. DeMarre Carroll is nursing a bad knee, their best defender is out with a broken leg, and they've lost home court advantage.

Oh yeah, and LeBron.

So, the shocking part is the number of games he thinks the birds will need to come out on top. He's pretty much saying tonight is a must-win.

No pressure, Hawks.

Ronda Rousey

Thanks David Spade, But

Peeing Is Riskier Than the WWE

5/22/2015 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ronda Rousey doesn't want her pal David Spade worrying about her getting into WWE, and took a few moments to let him -- and all her fans -- know why she's determined to wrestle, and why it's low risk ... for her.

Ronda was leaving a book signing Thursday night when we asked her about Spade's comment that she should quit pining for pro wrestling ... because she might get hurt and screw up her UFC career.

Watch ... Ronda not only explains why she's still determined to return to the WWE, but also smacks down Spade's concerns. As she puts it ... she's more likely to stub a toe at home, than get injured while wrestling.

Not sure that's true -- but we're not about to argue with her.

Michael Sam

I'm Playing Pro Football Again

... In Canada

5/22/2015 7:56 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0522-michael-sam-twitterMichael Sam can once again say he is a professional football player, just not in the NFL ... instead he'll be balling in the Canadian Football League.

Sam signed a two-year deal with the Montreal Alouettes on Friday, after getting cut by the St. Louis Rams and the Dallas Cowboys.

Alouettes GM Jim Popp says, "With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today. Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team."

Sam says ... "I cannot wait to put on the pads, get back on the field and work hard each and every day with my teammates to bring a Grey Cup to the great fans here in Montreal."

Michael has told us he thinks the fact he's openly gay prevented him from getting a fair shake on an NFL roster.

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Broncos Antonio Smith

Related to Alleged Child Abuse Victim

Who Claims It Was Sexual

5/22/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_antonio_smith_gettyAntonio Smith's child abuse investigation is not only sexual in nature ... TMZ Sports has learned the alleged victim is one of his relatives.

We broke the story ... the Fort Bend County Sheriff's department in Texas has been investigating the Denver Broncos' new defensive end since late last year.

Now, a family source tells us the accuser told investigators the alleged abuse involved repeated sexual contact from December 2010 through January 2014. We're told the accuser is related to Smith, but not an immediate family member.

According to our source ... the alleged victim also told investigators about a conversation when Smith told her, "God has a plan," and "some relationships are meant to go deeper than just blood lines." 

We're told all the alleged incidents occurred at Smith's home outside Houston. He played for the Texans from 2009 to 2013.

No charges have been filed against Smith. A Broncos rep says the team is gathering information. We've reached out to Smith, but so far ... no response.

Olympian Nastia Liukin

She's Bashing Me, But I Made Her Rich

... Ex-Agent Fumes

5/22/2015 12:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_nastia-liukin_Agent-Evan-Morgenstein_getty-3Former gymnast Nastia Liukin is pissing on the people who helped make her a star after the Olympics, and she's doing it just to launch her own business ... according to her ex-agent.

Liukin -- a gold medalist in Beijing and former "Dancing With the Stars" contestant -- started the beef when she recently said her former reps never got her deals she could be "passionate about." In other words ... they all sucked.

One of those former reps, Evan Morgenstein, took the comment very personally, and tells TMZ Sports ... "It's an absolute slap in the face. She's got revisionist history. She got deals that no other Olympians had ever gotten."

Morgenstein says he was Nastia's agent from '07-'12, and scored her countless lucrative deals -- including JCPenney and Wheaties. He says he always saw Nastia as family and not just a client, telling us ... "My daughters looked up to her." 

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Liukin obviously thinks she can do better -- she recently opened the Shine Agency.

Morgenstein's not exactly wishing her good luck -- "She had a come to Jesus moment, and now she thinks she's the next Scott Boras. It's ridiculous."

We reached out to Nastia, but no response yet.

WWE Superstar Titus O'Neil

Sorry, Old Guys ...

'Dad Bod' Ain't Sexy

5/21/2015 5:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

WWE superstar Titus O'Neil says pudgy and pokey will NEVER be sexy ... telling TMZ Sports the "Dad Bod" craze sweeping the country is a total load of crap.

O'Neil came on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" to talk about beating out superstars like David Beckham, Vin Diesel and Ashton Kutcher for the title of "Celebrity Mega-Dad Of The Year."  

Titus was as inspiring as can be when we talked about fatherhood but when we brought up dad bods -- O'Neil let the overweight lovers have it.

Bonus: Titus gave us some WWE-style smack talk to all the other fathers he beat. It's pretty freakin' epic.

Rapper Lil B

James Harden Needs to Stop Doing My Dance

... OR ELSE!!!

5/21/2015 2:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521-lil-b-james-harden-tmz-01The biggest obstacle standing between James Harden and an NBA championship is not Steph Curry ... it's Lil B, who is threatening to put a curse on The Beard ... unless he cops to his demands.

Lil B is pissed because he thinks Harden keeps jacking his "cooking dance" when he celebrates draining a big shot. Harden has been doing it all season, but Lil B says he's watching the Western Conference Finals -- and if Harden does it again ... it's gonna be curses.  

Lil B tells TMZ Sports, "If Harden doesn't tell what he is doing, which is the Lil B cooking dance, he will be cursed. He needs to stop stealing Lil B swag without showing love."

Lil B is a reasonable man -- he's giving Harden until Game 3 to give him credit, but after that he says the curse goes into effect.

Not a believer? Remember, Lil B cursed Kevin Durant earlier this year, and uhh ...he's somewhere chillin' on a couch right now.

Stir at your own risk, Harden.

Robert Griffin III

My Baby Has Arrived,

But Won't Be RG4

5/21/2015 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0521_robert_griffin_baby_instagramRobert Griffin III officially became a father Thursday, but he's going to have to wait a while for RG4 ... because his wife gave birth to a girl.

Rebecca Griffin squeezed out 7 lbs, 9 oz. of baby today ... and they named her Reese Anne.

Griffin posted a photo of the happy family, along with the Bible passage, "'For I know the plans I have for you,' says the Lord. 'They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.'"

Hope RG3 got a really, really good night's sleep last night. As he himself told us ... it's gonna be hard to come by now

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