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Jon Jones

SURRENDERS

... After Alleged Hit & Run

4/27/2015 6:43 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Jon Jones is officially in police custody -- finally ... with law enforcement telling TMZ Sports the UFC superstar has turned himself in after an alleged hit and run. 

Jones allegedly ran from the scene of an accident in Albuquerque early Sunday morning -- in a crash that injured a pregnant woman so badly, she had to be hospitalized. 

A warrant was issued for Jones' arrest for felony hit and run -- due to the severity of the victim's injuries. 

But now, cops say ... Jones surrendered and is in custody at Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center without incident. We're told bond has been set at $2,500. 

Wes Welker

BACK IN THE RACE

'Undrafted' Returns to Churchill Downs

4/27/2015 4:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427-wes-welker-undrafted-getty-twitterWes Welker's horse "Undrafted" is returning to Churchill Downs -- seeking REVENGE after losing a Kentucky Derby pre-race last year ... TMZ Sports has learned. 

Welker was the life of the party at Churchill in 2014 -- winning STACKS OF CASH (and then giving cash away) ... while partying his face off with the likes of Tom Brady. 

Now, we've learned the NFL star's 5-year-old gelding is registering to hit the track in Kentucky on May 1st -- in the same race he ran last year ... only this time, he wants that victory wreath!!! 

No word if Wes plans to break out the khaki suit and watch the race in person -- but he probably should ... 'cause it kinda worked out GREAT last year. 

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Jon Jones

Arrest Warrant Filed

... Victim Has Broken Arm

4/27/2015 12:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427-jon-jones-tmz-03update_graphic_red_bar3:30 PM PT -- New Mexico cops have filed a felony warrant for Jones' arrest for leaving the scene of the accident. update_grey_gray_barOfficials in New Mexico say they are "currently working on an arrest warrant" for UFC superstar Jon Jones ... stemming from a hit and run crash Sunday morning. 

We're told the victim -- a 20-year-old pregnant woman -- suffered a broken arm in the wreck ... and due to her injury, officials are "elevating" the potential charge against Jones to "felony leaving the scene of an accident."

As we previously reported, witnesses say they saw Jones run from the scene of the crime and jump a fence. Cops say they later found weed and a marijuana pipe in his car. 

So far, no one has heard a peep from Jones -- including police. 

UFC's Rashad Evans

I Bet UFC Pulls Jon Jones

from UFC 187

4/27/2015 3:30 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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It's just a matter of time before the UFC pulls Jon Jones from UFC 187 ... at least, that's what UFC star Rashad Evans believes will happen in the wake of the hit and run investigation in New Mexico. 

Jones is currently scheduled to fight Rashad's teammate Rumble Johnson in the main event during the May 23rd event in Las Vegas ... one of the biggest UFC events of the year. 

But now that cops have labeled Jones a suspect in the felony investigation -- Evans tells TMZ Sports he believes Dana White is probably looking for a replacement.

In fact, Rashad says the UFC has to "put their foot down" and make an example out of their biggest star. 

Wladimir Klitschko

Blasts Shannon Briggs

Speedboat Stunt Wasn't Funny

4/27/2015 2:19 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Wladimir Klitschko says he wasn't laughing when Shannon Briggs chased him with his speedboat last year ... warning that someone needs to stop Shannon's wild antics before someone gets hurt. 

Briggs (a former heavyweight champ) has been following Klitschko around the world -- from restaurants to news conferences to training sessions -- trying to goad the champion into a pay-per-view fight. 

Most of Shannon's stunts are harmless and mostly based around yelling at WK ... but Wladimir says Briggs crossed the line when he chased him on the water last year

"We need to save Shannon Briggs from Shannon Briggs," Klitschko said.

"We can laugh about it, but chasing me with speedboats while I was paddleboarding ... it's not funny. It's just ridiculously bad."

So far, no word back from Briggs ... yet. 

P.J. Williams

DUI Case Dismissed

... Over Dash Cam Fail

4/27/2015 11:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427-pj-williams-getty-02Top NFL draft prospect P.J. Williams -- a projected 1st round pick -- is officially OFF THE HOOK in his DUI case ... and it's all because the police dash cam MISSED a significant portion of the arrest.  

As we previously reported, the ex-Florida State University cornerback was busted on April 3rd -- after cops say he appeared to be hammered while driving his friends out of a McDonald's parking lot in Tallahassee at 3 AM. 

The 21-year-old admitted he had been drinking several hours earlier in the evening -- but insisted he was NOT drunk when he got behind the wheel.

He did NOT submit to a breathalyzer or a blood test ... so cops were relying heavily on the dash cam video to prove he was in no shape to drive.  

But according to the Leon County District Attorney's Office ... "significant portions of the DUI investigation were not captured on video because of the positioning of the police car."

We're told the most important part of the arrest -- the field sobriety test -- was a casualty of the dash cam mishap. 

Ultimately, prosecutors decided the case against Williams was weak without the footage -- so the case was tossed. 

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

Jamie Foxx SINGING NAT'L ANTHEM

4/27/2015 10:55 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0427-floyd-mayweather-manny-pacquiao-jamie-fox-getty-01Another HUUUGE boxing role for Jamie Foxx -- 'cause he's just been tapped to sing the national anthem at the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight! 

Our sources confirm ... Foxx -- who's starring as Mike Tyson in an upcoming biopic -- was recently approached about belting out the "Star-Spangled Banner" ... and jumped at the chance! 

Foxx is a MAJOR boxing fan -- and famously starred as Muhammad Ali's right-hand man Drew Bundini Brown in "Ali."

This isn't the first time Foxx will be singing before a fight -- he belted out "America the Beautiful" before the Pacquiao vs. Mosley fight back in 2011 ... and CRUSHED IT!!!!

Jon Jones

Swore He's a Responsible Driver

... 3 Weeks Before Crash

4/27/2015 10:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Jon Jones made an interesting video just 3 weeks ago ... telling his fans his days of being reckless behind the wheel were LONG OVER ... and he's a much more "mature" driver now. 

In the video, the UFC champ told his fans he was thinking about getting a brand new lightning fast Corvette ... the first fast car since he wrecked his Bentley in his 2012 DUI crash.  

"I've matured a lot since the Bentley," Jones said at the time ... "May not seem like it .. but I have people, I promise."

Just 3 weeks after the video, Jones allegedly crashed ANOTHER car and injured a pregnant woman in a hit and run incident in New Mexico. Cops say there was weed in Jones' vehicle. 

Jon Jones

Drugs Found In Crash Car

4/27/2015 8:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Investigators found marijuana and a marijuana pipe inside the car that Jon Jones allegedly abandoned moments after a hit and run crash in New Mexico ... cops say. 

TMZ Sports has obtained the police report ... in which cops say witnesses saw a man believed to be the UFC champ run from the crash scene moments after slamming into a car carrying  a pregnant woman. 

One witness says Jones got out of his silver Buick and ran into the hills -- before slouching over and darting back to the car to grab a "large handful of cash." 

After that, witnesses say Jones jumped a nearby fence and ran off.  

As for the initial crash, cops say Jones ran a red light ... and slammed into the pregnant woman's car. The woman told responders she felt like she was going to pass out. She was taken to a nearby hospital. 

Cops tried multiple times to contact Jones -- but were unable to reach the UFC superstar.  

Story developing ... 

Jon Jones Investigation

Cop ID'd UFC Star

Running from Crash Scene

4/27/2015 7:37 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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An off-duty police officer says he witnessed a man he believed to be Jon Jones fleeing from a hit and run crash -- ON FOOT -- moments after the accident ... TMZ Sports has learned.

The Albuquerque Police Dept. tells us ... the suspect literally ran from the scene Sunday morning moments after the collision, which injured a 20-year-old pregnant woman

We're told an off-duty police officer happened to be in the area ... and told investigators he watched a man flee the scene ... a man who he believed to be Jon Jones. 

BTW -- Jones is 6'4" and 205 pounds. 

Cops tell us they searched the suspect's vehicle -- a rental car -- and found documents with Jon's name on them. 

We're told cops have still not spoken with Jones -- but say he's still a person of interest in the investigation. 

Mayweather vs. Pacquiao

IT PAYS TO BE MEXICAN

Whole Country Gets Fight for Free!

4/27/2015 6:35 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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If you don't wanna pay $100 for the Mayweather vs. Pacquiao fight, ya might wanna head south of the border ... because the entire country of Mexico is getting the fight for FREE!!!

The World Boxing Council tells TMZ Sports ... two major Mexican TV networks have agreed to air the fight, Televisa and Azteca --so if you have a TV, you're good to go. 

The WBC tells us, "Televisa and Azteca must be recognized for their great commitment, for bringing to Mexico this bout for free. This has never, ever happened in any country of the world."

FYI -- Mexico also happens to be a major sponsor of the fight ... and the official beer of the bout is Tecate. Bottom line, Mexico is HEAVILY invested in the matchup despite the fact neither fighter is Mexican. 

Viva la raza! 

Hayden Panettiere

I'm Mad For Wlad ...

He Will Break You!

4/27/2015 8:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Hayden Panettiere Wladimir Klitschko FightHayden Panettiere's face during her man's boxing match at Madison Square Garden this weekend can be summed up in two words ... FINISH HIM!!! 

Heavyweight champ Wladimir Klitschko defended his title against Bryant Jennings on Saturday night, and while he might have done most of the work ... you gotta give Hayden major support props ... just for her gold-trimmed blazer alone.

If the world didn't know it before, HP's not only riding the Wlad train ... she's also its whistle.

All aboard.

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe

'Redskins Should Be In Virginia'

'Aggressively Working Deal'

4/27/2015 6:23 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The governor of Virginia says he's "aggressively" trying to move the Redskins OUT of Washington D.C. and into the 10th state -- telling TMZ Sports it's simply "where they belong." 

Gov. Terry McAuliffe has been gunning for a brand new football stadium in Virginia -- and strongly believes it would be the PERFECT fit for the Redskins. 

And when we saw him out over the weekend, the Gov. made his case for why team owner Dan Snyder should pack up his stuff and call the moving trucks. 

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