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NFL's Joe Haden

The New Tyra Banks?!

I Found America's Next Top Model

3/29/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Joe Haden must know a good smize when he sees it ... 'cause the NFL superstar is so sure he's found  "America's Next Top Model" he's leading a social media campaign to get that man on the show.

Haden, along with fellow pigskin pros Carlos Dunlap and Jason Pierre-Paul have taken to Instagram in support of a Miami model named  "Prince" who's trying to score a spot on ANTM's upcoming Season 22.

The three men -- who have over 450k IG followers between them -- each recently posted modeling shots of Prince to their pages along with messages encouraging casting directors to put him on.

We spoke to Prince -- who knows Haden and the other players from partying in Miami -- and he tells TMZ Sports their efforts have sparked some legit interest in him that might otherwise have been hard to come by.

"All those casting directors saw it and it opened the door to conversations with them."

Prince -- who made a mystery trip to L.A. this past weekend -- couldn't tell us whether or not he's made the show yet (sworn to secrecy) but says the NFL love definitely put him on the map.

"1,000% it's helped ... i got tons of new followers because of [the players] and in this business, it's all about exposure."

Better start perfecting that walk young man.

Fatburger To Mayweather

Don't Leave Us Champ!

(We Made A Skinny Burger For You!)

3/29/2015 12:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0326-floyd-mayweather-fatburger-MAIN-TMZ-01Floyd Mayweather can now eat guilt-free at his favorite guilty pleasure ... 'cause a Las Vegas Fatburger just concocted a brand new training-friendly organic burger ... just for the champ.

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Floyd is so serious about beating Pacquiao on May 2 that he's adopted an all-organic diet during training ... courtesy of a $1,000-a-plate chef.

We spoke to the chef, who told us the real bummer of the new diet was saying goodbye to the 3 AM Fatburger visits that Floyd lives and dies for.  

Well, it turns out Fatburger isn't about to take losing the (big tipping) champ lying down ... wielding their culinary wizardry to create an all-organic beef experience that Mayweather can scarf while he trains.  

Darin Feinstein owns the Vegas Fatburger Floyd chomps at and he tells us he was so serious about the burger that he outsourced the creation of it to his other restaurant, the totally organic El Dorado Cantina

"The meat is from the Sunfed ranch, highest quality beef. The lettuce, tomato, onion, relish, even the special sauce is all organic." 

Feinstein says all it takes is one call from Floyd and the burger can be made at El Dorado and delivered to Fatburger so Money can pick it up and grub. 

Meantime, Pacquiao's eating chocolate ... 

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Tom Brady

Jumps Off a Cliff

... Survives

3/28/2015 4:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Here's Tom Brady ... jumping off a cliff ... and probably scaring the living crap out of Robert Kraft.

The New England Pats QB is on vacation with his family ... and for some reason, decided to throw himself off a cliff and into some water.

Don't worry ... he lived.

After the jump, he went to Facebook ... posted the clip with the Superman theme music and wrote, "Never doing that again! #AirBrady."

Jeremy Piven

Cubs Will Win It All

... Thanks To Will Ferrell

3/28/2015 12:45 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs ... Jeremy Piven says you're about to end one of the most legendary eras of futility in the history of sports ... and it's all 'cause of Will Ferrell.

Piven was out in NYC when we asked the Chicago born star if this is the year the furries from the midway finally get off the schneid and win a World Series.

Check out the clip -- Jeremy (Ari Gold, let's be real) says the Cubbies got it in the bag and its Ferrell's spring training antics that broke the curse. 

FYI -- Ferrell spent some time as the Cubs 3rd base coach during a Spring Training game earlier this month ... and it was hilarious.

If Piven's right ... the Knicks might wanna give Will a call. 

Floyd Mayweather

Still Flexing over De La Hoya Victory

... With $100k Painting

3/28/2015 12:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Exclusive Video

'Memba when Floyd Mayweather beat Oscar De La Hoya in 2007?

Floyd does ... and he commissioned a $100k painting to honor the victory ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Mayweather hooked up with famed charcoal painter Dave Hobrecht ... who tells us Money ordered a custom piece of art a few months ago, featuring 7 fights he's especially proud of. 

Among the defeated -- Guerrero, Cotto, Hatton, Mosley, Alvarez, Marquez and, of course, De La Hoya ... who's featured right in the center of the painting. 

There's more ... Hobrecht says Floyd sent authentic used training artifacts to accentuate the painting including hand wraps, corner padding, speed bags and jump ropes. 

The painting will ultimately end up in one of Floyd's homes ... right next the to emerald belt he's hoping to get on May 2nd. 

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NFL's Chris Ogbonnaya

EPIC PRANK ON CAM NEWTON

Surprise, I'm Not From Africa!

3/28/2015 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Cam Newton is totally gonna freak when he sees this ...

His ex-Carolina Panthers teammate Chris Ogbonnaya told TMZ Sports he pulled off the most elaborate prank ever on the superstar QB ... and this video officially marks the end of it.

Ogbonnaya -- who now plays for the NY Giants -- was leaving Mastro's this week when we asked the running back about the best prank he's pulled since he's been in the NFL.

He then told us about how a slight mix-up led to Cam believing he was raised in Nigeria, and how Chris turned that into an epic gag that never ended ... even when he ran into Newton at the Super Bowl last month.

In fact, the only way Newton will learn Ogbonnaya is actually from TEXAS ... is if he watches this video. 

All good things come to an end ...

MMA Hero Phoenix Jones

I Chased Down Stabbing Suspect

Disarmed Alleged Bad Guy

3/27/2015 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327-phoenix-jones-new-haven-police-TMZSPORTS_01Real-life superhero Phoenix Jones claims he's saved the day again ... this time, the MMA fighter says he chased down a stabbing suspect in Connecticut and DISARMED the perp. 

TMZ Sports has learned ... Jones -- real name Ben Fodor -- filled out a statement with the New Haven PD saying he was walking down the street Friday when, "I saw a man being chased who was bleeding from his face."

Fodor -- who made headlines as a real-life crime-fighter in Seattle -- says he put on his bulletproof vest and confronted a man he believed to be the "stabbing suspect."

Jones says the man then displayed a hunting knife ... so he proceeded to disarm the alleged bad guy. Once he believed the threat was neutralized, Jones says he went back and waited with the victim until medics arrived. 

The 26-year-old undefeated MMA fighter says he captured the entire incident on his go-pro camera ... and handed the footage over to police. 

Cops confirm a report was made -- but say they are still investigating the matter ... including Phoenix's role in the incident.  

Stay tuned ... 

Evander Holyfield

Mitt Romney Can Punch Me

... If He Can Catch Me

3/27/2015 3:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

Evander Holyfield says he's giving Mitt Romney the GREEN LIGHT to pummel his face in their upcoming charity boxing match ... if the Mitt can get past his impregnable defense.  

FYI -- 52-year-old Holyfield is squaring off with 68-year-old Romney in a charity bout on May 15th in Utah to raise money for CharityVision ... which helps poverty-stricken people get blindness reversing surgeries. 

Holyfield appeared on "TMZ Hollywood Sports" to talk about his game plan for the fight we're calling "The Altercation in Mormon Nation" ... and even though it's just an exhibition, E.H. says he's ready to take Mitt's best shot. 

Just be careful Mitt ... Apollo thought it was an just an exhibition too. 

#RIPCreed.

Ludacris

I've Seen Mayweather Train

... Manny Ain't Got A Shot

3/27/2015 12:00 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ludacris says Manny Pacquiao has ZERO chance of beating Floyd Mayweather in their mega fight ... 'cause he's seen Mayweather train -- and Money is just too focused to lose.

Luda sat down for an interview with "The Breakfast Club" when DJ Envy asked the 'Furious 7' star his opinion on who'll have their arms raised when the final bell rings on May 2nd.

That's when Luda dropped some inside knowledge sure to make the whole Philippines nervous ... saying he dropped by Mayweather's training camp in Vegas recently and saw a whole different Floyd.

"I've never in my life seen him this focused and training this hard."

Luda, who actually worked out with Floyd and his uncle Roger preparing for a role a couple of years ago, added that the whole Money Team is going extra hard for this one: 

"If he usually runs 5 or 6 miles a day, he's running 8 or 9 miles a day. He knows everything is on the line."

Good luck Manny.

Terrell Owens

Half-Naked Photo Shoot

With Famous Celeb Photog

3/27/2015 11:24 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

0327_terrell_owens_tyler_shields_photoshoot_launch2Get your popcorn ready -- 'cause Terrell Owens got thiiis close to naked for a revealing new photo shoot with celeb photog Tyler Shields ... and TMZ Sports has the pics. 

The 41-year-old ex-NFL star spoofed one of his most famous on-the-field moments ... the infamous popcorn incident ... for Tyler's upcoming book "Provocateur," which is set to be released next year.

We're told there will be a BUNCH of huge stars featured in the book -- including Emma Roberts, Rumer Willis and Jennifer Morrison. 

Enjoy. 

NBA's Iman Shumpert

Erotic Lap Dance at Concert

... From Hot GF

3/27/2015 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Cleveland Cavs star Iman Shumpert experienced the perks of having a hot R&B star girlfriend ... when she brought him onstage for an erotic lap dance during a NYC concert ... and we've got the video.  

Shumpert was hanging out on the stage at SOB's Thursday night ... while Teyana Taylor rocked out in an extremely revealing outfit. 

As the beat started to slow down, things started to heat up ... with Teyana climbing on top of her man and riding him like a 6'5" rodeo horse. 

Yee haw. 

Ray Rice

Selling Baltimore Mansion

3/27/2015 9:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0327-ray-rice-tmz-02Ray Rice is moving on from Baltimore -- selling the mansion he built in 2012 ... the same year he signed a $35 million contract with the Ravens ... this according to the Baltimore Sun

The 4,736 sq. ft. home was listed at $899,000 -- and the Sun says Ray has already found a buyer. The sale is reportedly set to close in April.  

The house is pretty sweet -- 5 beds, 4.5 baths on 1.08 acres.

0327-SUB-ray-rice-house-realtor-01So, where's Ray headed next? The disgraced running back says he and his wife Janay are moving back to his hometown of New Rochelle, NY. 

Rice is still looking to sign with another NFL team ... so it's possible they could move again ... if anyone is willing to take a chance on the guy. 

Jake Gyllenhaal

Scary Jacked

... For New Boxing Flick

3/27/2015 9:07 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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Jake Gyllenhaal is a beast. 

The actor got insanely ripped for his role in the upcoming "Southpaw" flick ... a movie about a boxer who loses everything and has to fight to get his life back. 

The movie looks super emotional ... and 50 Cent has a role in it ... but the headline here is that Gyllenhaal looks like a real-life fighter in the new trailer. 

#respect

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