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Simone Biles' Boyfriend Back Off, Zac Efron ... She's MINE!!!

8/17/2016 1:42 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0817-arthur-nory-simone-biles-instagramZac Efron's officially been put on notice ... Simone Biles' BF fired off the warning shot.

Arthur Nory Mariano -- also a stellar gymnast reppin' Brazil at the Olympics -- just tweeted at Zac to back off his gold medal winning GF. He's joking ... we think.

0817_arthur_nory_zac_efron_instagram_gettyArthur's an Olympic medalist and Zac's packing heat ... a very nice 12-pack for any party.

The question is ...

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Leonard Fournette 'I'd Like to Apologize' 'Not Fighting, Just Slap Boxing'

8/10/2016 5:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0810-Leonard-Fournette-gettyLSU superstar Leonard Fournette is apologizing for the 1-on-1 incident with his teammate Garrett Brumfield -- but insists the incident was NOT a real fight.

"I would like to apologize to everyone, but we were not fighting, just slap boxing," Fournette tweeted.

"But again I would like to apologize to everyone again."

TMZ Sports broke the story ... Fournette traded shots with Brumfield near Tiger Stadium earlier this week. LSU officials say they believe Leonard's story ... claiming it was just simple horseplay.

Scottie Pippen's Wife Christian Laettner Stiffed Us Bad 'How Do You Sleep At Night?'

8/10/2016 4:41 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0810_scottie_Larsa-Pippen_Christian-Laettner_getty_twitter_2Scottie Pippen and his wife are FURIOUS at Christian Laettner -- claiming he still hasn't paid them back the hundreds of thousands of dollars he owes them ... and they want to collect, NOW. 

Around 2007, Pippen invested a ton of money with Laettner and his partners to buy a stake in the Memphis Grizzlies ... but when the deal fizzled, he never got his money back.

Pippen sued Laettner and his partners and was awarded a $2.5 million judgment -- but has NOT received the full amount.

Enter Larsa Pippen ... who took the beef public this week -- tweeting at Laettner, "Hey @laettnerbball are you ever gonna pay us back homie?"

"It's crazy you've been f***ing us around forever @laettnerbball. Homie how do u sleep at night."

Sources connected to the case tell us Laettner still owes at least $600,000 to the Pippens. 

Yeah, we'd be pissed too.

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Gary Sheffield I Worked with Tim Tebow ... He's Got MLB Talent!

8/9/2016 8:05 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0809-tim-tebow-gary-sheffield-tmz-01MLB legend Gary Sheffield is going to bat for Tim Tebow ... saying he's worked with the aspiring baseball player and the dude is a NATURAL!

"I spent time w @TimTebow in the cages recently," Sheffield tweeted.

"He's a NATURAL. I absolutley believe in his ability to play in the bigs. Tim has IT #focused."

Sheffield was a 9-time MLB All-Star and the NL batting champion in 1992. 

DJ Quik I'll Sue YG If I Don't Get My Plaque

8/8/2016 10:27 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0808-dj-quik-tmz-01DJ Quik has lawyered up against YG, Stampede Entertainment and Def Jam over what he's saying is his rightful claim to credit on YG's massive hit song, "My Hitta." 

DJ Quik tells TMZ he was instrumental in creating the track, but was omitted from the credits and hasn't seen a dime. The West Coast rap legend went on a Twitter rant Sunday calling out YG and his management team.

0808_dj_quik_tweet_sub-4The song came out in 2013 and and has since gone double platinum. While the track was produced by DJ Mustard, Quik claims he served as the track's engineer, and even contributed vocals.

He says he didn't complain for a long time because he was constantly strung along ... promised he'd get the credit.

He also wants his platinum plaques.

YG's since responded ...

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Ric Flair Blasts Conor McGregor ... You're a Classless Rip-off Loser

8/8/2016 6:14 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0808-ric-flair-conor-mcgregor-TMZ-01THE NATURE BOY IS PISSED!!!! 

Ric Flair is firing back at Conor McGregor ... blasting the UFC star after McGregor proclaimed that most WWE wrestler are "messed up p**sies." 

"Coming from a guy who built a career copying my persona, I expected the type of class we get from Ronda or Anderson," Flair posted on Twitter. 

"After Diaz finishes you again, I dare you to try guys like Dolph, Brock, or Fit. Oh you're welcome for your gimmick."

"If anyone doubts whether or not [Dolph Ziggler] could tie Conor in a knot, do yourself a favor and Google his accomplishments."

FYI, Ziggler was a beast as a college wrestler -- setting records for career wins and was a 3-time All- Mid-American Conference champion. 

Does that mean he could win in the UFC? Only one way to find out ... 

Kim Kardashian Never Fear, BlackBerry's Here

8/4/2016 7:28 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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0804-kim-kardashian-blackberry-TMZ-01Kim Kardashian's life motto is firmly cemented ... once you go BlackBerry ... you never go back, and thanks to a top dog at the mobile company, she'll never be without her longtime companion.

Kim K went into panic mode Wednesday after her BlackBerry Bold took its last gasp. The conundrum ... no Bolds no mo'.  

But it's BB to the rescue ... company exec Alex Thurber tells TMZ they've got Kim covered. They're sending her their most secure Android smartphone ... a smart move that surely has Tim Cook sorely disappointed.

There is a fly in the ointment. The new BlackBerry smartphones don't have the iconic keyboard, but Thurber says BB is developing an old-school keyboard for its new device.

So, in the fruit basket of life ... Kim continues to choose berries over apples.

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Dina Lohan Lindsay's Not Pregnant

8/3/2016 12:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Lindsay Lohan is not an irresponsible beer guzzling, chimney smoking pregnant woman ... she was just, well, lying -- according to her mom.

Dina Lohan tells TMZ her daughter was an emotional wreck after fleeing from fiance Egor Tarabasov. As we reported, the 2 got in such a heated argument, the London cops came and actually kicked in their door.

Dina says Lindsay was just trying to get revenge on Egor -- whom she accused of cavorting with a Russian chick -- when she claimed she was pregnant. Things got complicated when these pics surfaced, showing her smoking, drinking and certainly looking like she might be pregnant.

Dina now says Lindsay was distraught and just "overreacted." She's not pregnant and wants some time away from Egor, but is not done with him. We're told Lindsay is still engaged and plans on getting back with him.

Sam Ronson must be exhaling big time.

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'Suicide Squad' Director Sorry 'Bout the F-Bomb, Marvel

8/2/2016 7:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

"Suicide Squad" director David Ayer got straight gangsta at his movie's premiere with a four-letter assault on the superheroes over at Marvel ... and then walked it back real freakin' quick.  

Check out the video ... the DC filmmaker definitely got swept up in the hype Monday night when he got on the mic in front of the audience. 

He was quick to apologize after the outburst, and claimed he was only repeating what someone in the crowd said.

Too bad he didn't mean it. We all wanna see 'Avengers' vs. "Justice League," right?

Usher Ping-Pong Master on 6th Ave

7/28/2016 3:24 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Usher's just the latest celeb to piss off drivers on NYC's 6th Ave ... only this time it was for the sake of ping-pong. 

The R&B superstar obviously needs to work on his serve -- as you can see -- after getting into a quick match with jeweler to the stars Mr. Flawless ... who's made it a habit to block off the busy one-way street for photo shoots right outside his shop. 

Usher proved to be a good sport though -- and apparently this publicity stunt hasn't gotten anybody busted ... at least not yet. 

Check out the vid for yourself ... something tells us it won't be the last time you see Mr. Flawless getting honked at on 6th Ave

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Donald Trump 'Here Comes the Sun' Infuriates George Harrison Estate

7/22/2016 6:11 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ivanka Trump was one of the stars for sure at the RNC, but putting a star next to a song about the Sun creates problems.

George Harrison's estate is furious "Here Comes the Sun" was used for Ivanka's big entrance. They say, "The unauthorized use of #HereComestheSun at the #RNCinCLE is offensive and against the wishes of the George Harrison Estate."

The statement goes on, "If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we MAY have approved it!  #TrumpYourself."

Point made.

Kristen Schaal Leslie Jones Troll Lost Freedom of Speech

7/21/2016 6:57 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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The guy Leslie Jones blamed for sparking a wave of hatred against her absolutely deserves to be silenced because even the First Amendment has limits ... according to Kristen Schaal.

The 'Last Man on Earth' star came out firmly on Leslie's side in her nasty battle with Breitbart writer Milo Yiannopoulos. While many think Twitter went too far in deleting his account after Leslie was inundated by racist trolling -- Kristen says the guy went "over the top" and deserves what he got.  

Outside the Pantages Theatre in L.A. ... Kristen also tried to encourage Leslie to screw the haters, and get back on Twitter.

Leslie Jones Twitter Bans One of Her 'Trolls' ... Internet Outraged

7/20/2016 9:43 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0719-leslie-jones-milo-instagram-twitter-01Leslie Jones is in the middle of a social media uproar after Twitter shut down the writer Leslie blames for touching off a storm of racist hate against her. 

Milo Yiannopoulos -- a tech editor for the conservative news site Breitbart -- got banned after Leslie went back and forth with him and his followers over a very mean review Milo wrote about "Ghostbusters." We say "mean" because he called Leslie ... "worthy of a minstrel show."

Leslie's exchange with Milo and her followers included several trolls comparing her to a gorilla.

Leslie begged Twitter to step in, and Wednesday morning it apparently did -- but #FreeMilo is now trending because many users think his First Amendment rights are being violated.

Milo spoke about the ban at a Gays for Trump rally in Cleveland.

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