U.S. Olympic hero Amy Van Dyken IS WALKING AGAIN ... just two months after severing her spinal cord in an ATV accident ... all thanks to some incredible medical technology.
The gold medal winning swimmer was unable to move her legs after crashing an ATV in Arizona on June 6th ... but doctors have equipped her with an Indego exoskeleton and today she posted video taking her first steps.
It's pretty damn incredible ... considering Amy's situation was so bad, doctors told her there was a chance she could have died in the emergency surgery following the accident.
NBA Star Stephen Jackson
Drops EXPLOSIVE Rap Video
...With Hip Hop Legend
8/21/2014 12:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
**WARNING -- VIDEO CONTAINS EXPLICIT LANGUAGE ... LOTS OF EXPLICIT LANGUAGE***
NBA veteran Stephen Jackson says he's fed up with American racism and he's using Hip Hop to vent -- teaming up with a rap legend on an EXPLOSIVE new track... and TMZ Sports has the exclusive video.
The song, called 'America Da Beautiful' is an all out assault on racism featuring a guest verse from mulit-platinum rapper Scarface.
Jackson, who goes by the rap name 'Stak5' tells TMZ Sports the clip which targets Donald Sterling, The KKK, and racial unrest in Ferguson also deals with racism in the sports world.
"F*K racism and all racists. No need for it in 2014 or in professional sports," Jackson tell us.
Warning -- the clip is definitely NSFW with Jackson and Scarface using some very strong language, but Jackson says that's just how his hip hop is.
"My album is called 'My Life Not Yours,' I say what I want."
As far as anyone who might be offended with the video, the NBA Champion has only one opinion of you -- "You must be racist."
Surprise Hospital Visit
For Injured H.S. Quarterback
8/21/2014 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Cam Newton made a surprise hospital visit to a star high school QB who's recovering from a serious brain injury sustained in an ATV accident ... after learning he was the kid's favorite player.
The star QB is Jaylend Ratliffe -- a senior who had been offered a full scholarship to Georgia Tech before fracturing his skull during the July 30th accident.
Ratliffe underwent emergency brain surgery a tracheotomy -- and is now recovering at a hospital in Charlotte, NC.
We're told ... Newton got word of Ratliffe's story through friends at Georgia Tech and decided to pay Jaylend a visit at the hospital on Tuesday afternoon ... bringing Panthers swag and an autographed football.
Cam stayed for about an hour just talking and hanging out with Jaylend -- and according to people close Ratliffe, the high schooler was thrilled.
In fact, Ratlife's family gave Cam a "2 Strong" shirt -- which the fam is selling to raise money for Jaylend's medical bills.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, it's unclear if Ratliffe will ever play football again -- but Georgia Tech has offered to honor the scholarship offer regardless.
Disses 50 Cent
8/21/2014 11:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Bob Costas' street cred is at an all-time high ... 'cause the guy just talked some serious smack about 50 Cent.
Check it out -- we were talking to Bob about the fact he got a "do-over" after a terrible first pitch at a St. Louis Cardinals game earlier this week -- which Bob says he earned because the 1st pitch didn't accurately reflect his ability.
And that's when Bob took the dig at Fiddy ... explaining why the rapper didn't deserve the same mulligan he got when he botched a 1st pitch at a Mets game back in May.
"50 Cent couldn't have done better because HE CAN'T THROW A BASEBALL. It was gonna go sideways AGAIN."
Bob continued, "I knew I could do better because I had done better my whole life. And then I did."
Congrats Bob ... you may have just started a rap war.
Lists Insane Florida Mansion
... Got $5 Million?
8/21/2014 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Chicago Bears star Brandon Marshall is ditching one of his last memories of his days with the Miami Dolphins -- his MASSIVE Florida mansion ... and TMZ Sports has the pics.
The place is like a palace -- an 11,000 square ft. home on 2.5 acres in a private gated community in Southwest Ranches, FL.
It's got 6 bedrooms, 7.5 baths, a full size basketball court, movie theater, game room, office and an area for HORSES!
Asking price -- just a cool $4.899 million.
We spoke with realtor Jodi Macken of Macken Realty who tells us, "Brandon loves this house and has called it home throughout the off-season."
Macken says the property is the perfect home for a pro athlete in the market.
50 Cent to Mayweather:
DON'T HATE ME
... Hate Nelly!
8/21/2014 8:29 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
50 just posted a video online -- saying he heard that Floyd talked smack about 3 rappers ... 50, T.I. and Nelly.
Truth is ... Floyd did address certain rappers he's beefing with during an interview with MLive.com -- but didn't mention 50 by name.
He implied that all 3 guys were irrelevant -- saying, "Hip-hop artists, they come and go. They come and go. But I'm still here."
So, 50's response? "Woke up. I look at the computer ... the computer say 'Floyd said f**k T.I., f**k 50, f**k Nelly.'"
"I'm like what he say f**k me for? Nelly f**ked your first baby mama Melissa. Then took your f**ing fiance. [You should] say f**k that n**ga!"
FYI -- Nelly is currently dating Shantel Jackson ... who broke up with Floyd earlier this year.
Mizzou Coach to Players
I'LL TEACH YOU TO DOUGIE!
8/21/2014 8:01 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The University of Missouri football team time-warped all the way back to 2011 yesterday ... when one of the coaches stopped practice to run a clinic on HOW TO DOUGIE!!
Apparently, dance parties are pretty common at Tigers practices ... they've done the wiggle wiggle, the yeet and even the Haka dance.
Still, reigning Dougie champ is Kate Upton. Forever.
Parties With 1000 Pounds of Ass
8/21/2014 6:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sugar Ray Leonard
Boozy Anniversary Dinner
Baller Gift and Kardashian Diss
8/21/2014 6:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Sugar Ray Leonard celebrated his 21st wedding anniversary like a BOSS last night -- expensive dinner, expensive gift ... and it all ended with a pretty funny dig at the Kardashians.
The clip is hilarious ... the couple was clearly in a SPIRITED mood on the way out of Katsuya in Brentwood (his wife Bernadette was especially happy) ... when we asked about the gift!
At first, Bernadette plays coy ... but ultimately spills the beans about the badass (and super thoughtful) gift Leonard gave her to celebrate the occasion.
And then came the Kardashian diss -- check out the video.
Oh ... and champ -- HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!
Snoop Dogg's Son
& Muhammad Ali's Grandson
HS Football Teammates
8/21/2014 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
What do Muhammad Ali and Snoop Dogg have in common?
They're both gonna be rooting for Bishop Gormon High School this year ... where Snoop's son and Ali's grandson are teammates on the varsity football team ... TMZ Sports has learned.
Broadus -- one of the best wide receivers in the country -- transferred to the Vegas-area school (considered the #1 football school in the country) in the off-season ... hoping it'll better prepare him for D1.
And one of his new teammates happens to be Biaggio Ali Walsh -- grandson of "The Greatest."
We're told Biaggio is a sophomore running back with big-play potential.
TMZ Sports spoke with Assistant Coach Ron O'Dell who tells us he's thrilled to have both guys on the squad and expects big things from his team this year.
As for getting their famous family members in the stands -- you can bet on it ... Snoop and Muhammad are both super supportive of the kids.
Steelers Running Backs
ARRESTED FOR POT
8/20/2014 5:31 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Pittsburgh Steelers RB's Le'Veon Bell & LaGarrette Blount were arrested in Pennsylvania this afternoon for marijuana possession ... officials tell TMZ Sports.
According to Ross Township Police ... the two were pulled over around 1:30 PM after a motorcycle cop smelled pot coming from a black Camaro on a busy highway near Pittsburgh.
Police say when they stopped to question the pair they discovered 20 grams of marijuana inside the vehicle.
Bell was busted for misdemeanor DUI and possession of marijuana. Blount was popped for misdemeanor possession.
Officials tell us both men were cited and released.
Story developing ...
Pulls Out of ANOTHER Race
Following Kevin Ward Death
8/20/2014 2:44 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Tony Stewart will NOT race at Bristol Motor Speedway this weekend -- pulling out of his 3rd consecutive race since killing Kevin Ward Jr. during a race on August 9th.
The NASCAR driver has been under heavy fire after the Aug. 9th incident in Upstate New York -- when he smashed into Ward Jr. who had gotten out of his car to confront Stewart on the track.
Tony's racing team had previously said Stewart needed time to grieve -- and said it will be "up to Tony" when he decides to start racing again.
Jermaine Jackson to NFL:
GET OVER NIPPLEGATE
Janet Jackson Ban Is 'Crazy'
8/20/2014 1:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
How does Jermaine Jackson feel about the NFL blacklisting his sister from performing at the Super Bowl halftime show?
Simple -- "That sucks."
Jermaine was out in L.A. when we broke the news to him that the NFL has only ruled out one person from performing at Super Bowl XLIX ... Janet Jackson.
"Who cares about Nipplegate?" Jermaine said ... calling the league "crazy" for holding a grudge ten years after the infamous wardrobe malfunction.
Jermaine cautioned that the league should be careful about pissing off Janet nowadays -- since she's married to a BILLIONAIRE and has become more powerful than ever!
Check out the clip.