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Royals Pitcher Yordano Ventura Killed in Car Crash Same Day As Andy Marte

1/22/2017 8:57 AM PST
Breaking News

Kansas City Royals ace pitcher Yordano Ventura was killed Sunday in a car crash in his native Dominican Republic ... the same day former MLB player Andy Marte also died in a separate crash in the same country.

Ventura was known for his electric fastball, but also for his short temper. He was suspended for 9 games last season for throwing a ball at an Orioles 3rd basemen.

His nickname was Ace Ventura, and he was on the team when the Royals won the World Series in 2015. Ventura finished 6th in the Rookie of the Year vote in 2014.

At his last game, Ventura wore a hat honoring the late and fellow pitcher Jose Fernandez. The hat also paid tribute to the late St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras, who also died in a car crash in the Dominican Republic a few years ago.

The Royals confirmed Ventura's death Sunday, saying "Our prayers right now are with Yordano's family as we mourn this young man's passing."

As for Marte ... he was a third basemen in the MLB for 14 years, having played with the Braves, Red Sox, Indians, and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Ventura started in Marte's last professional game with the D-backs in 2014. 

Ventura was 25 years old, Marte was 33. 

Aroldis Chapman Gets Hope Solo Treatment ... From Prez Obama

1/16/2017 12:06 PM PST

President Obama seems to have a White House rule -- no special shout-outs to athletes accused of domestic violence ... because Aroldis Chapman got no love at the White House today. 

Chapman was with the Chicago Cubs as part of their World Series trip to 1600 Pennsylvania ... and stood directly behind POTUS as Obama cracked jokes about the team. 

But as Obama broke down the final outs in Game 7 ... which Chapman pitched in ... B.O. never mentioned Aroldis by name.

Remember, Obama gave the exact same treatment to Hope Solo when the Team USA women's soccer team hit the White House in 2015 after winning the World Cup. 

What do they have in common? Pretty disturbing domestic violence allegations. 

Aroldis was accused of attacking his girlfriend and though he was never convicted of a crime, he did admit poking her and firing off his gun in anger. 

Solo is accused of beating up her sister's son ... and that case is still in the court system. 

Obama did crack jokes about other players ... typical dad humor stuff. 

We'll see if Trump continues the tradition when he takes office.

Theo Epstein Steve Bartman Is Welcome at Wrigley But Leave That Guy Alone!!

12/10/2016 12:15 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

LEAVE STEVE BARTMAN ALONE ... so says Cubs GM Theo Epstein ... who says Cubs fans should back off Bartman for good -- unless he CHOOSES to come out of hiding.

Of course, Bartman is the guy who was blamed for blowing the Cubs playoff run in 2003 when he interfered with a foul ball. Fans demonized him and basically ran him out of town.

But now that the Cubbies are World Series Champs, what should become of Bartman?

We asked Theo, who says the guy is more than welcome back at Wrigley ... but the team isn't going to pressure him to come out and make an appearance.

Basically, the ball's in his court.

Joe Maddon LeBron Looked Great In Cubs Uniform 'Come Play For Us!'

12/7/2016 7:12 AM PST
EXCLUSIVE

LeBron James looked SO GOOD in the Cubs uniform he was forced to wear after losing a bet to Dwyane Wade ... he just got a job offer out of it ... from Cubs skipper Joe Maddon

Of course, it was all part of the city pride bet LeBron (Cleveland) made with Wade (Chicago) back when the Indians played the Cubs in the Fall Classic. 

LeBron paid off the bet last week ... when his Cavs came to the Windy City to play the Bulls. 

... and Maddon LOVED it. 

Cubs Pitcher Pedro Strop Jason Heyward Saved Our Ass Pump Up Speech Was INSANE!

11/3/2016 3:04 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Wanna know what Jason Heyward told the Cubs during the 10th inning rain delay that got the team so fired up, they ripped off 2 RUNS and won the game???

It's just as awesome as you'd imagine -- so says Cubs pitcher Pedro Strop ... who says the pep talk was like something out of a Hollywood movie.

There was cussing. There was adrenaline. And it worked in a big way. 

The question now ... can the Cubs repeat? Strop seems pretty confident. 

Cubs Hero Albert Almora Jr. BEST YEAR EVER! Baby, Marriage, Dad Beats Cancer, World Series

11/3/2016 2:34 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

Albert Almora Jr.'s 2016 Checklist: 

Score go-ahead run in the 10th inning of Game 7 of the World Series? Check. 

Become a father? Check. 

Watch his own father beat cancer? Check. 

Marry smokin' hot Philadelphia 76ers dancer girlfriend? Check and mate (literally).

TMZ Sports spoke with the 22-year-old Chicago Cubs hero and his wife, Krystal, who told us how they celebrated the big victory Wednesday (hint: lots of celebrity cameos!) 

It's a great video and our big takeaway ... it's gonna be SUPER tough for 2017 to top this year. 

Cubs KO Victim Arrest Record for Assault, Harassment

11/3/2016 1:43 PM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Chicago Cubs fan who was knocked out cold after Game 7 of the World Series was enough of a hothead recently to get arrested twice ... TMZ Sports has learned.

Alan Anderson was busted by Chicago cops Sept. 10th for the crimes of phone harassment and assault. Law enforcement sources say the alleged victim is Anderson's ex-girlfriend. According to docs, he allegedly called her 160 times and left a voicemail saying, "I am coming for you, I'm bringing brass knuckles for you."

He was arrested at a bar in Chicago. The case is being handled by the domestic violence unit in the prosecutor's office.

He was also busted in March for another misdemeanor case of harassing someone by phone. 

Anderson did not want to discuss his arrests -- he has an upcoming court date -- but he did strongly deny he was talking smack with the Indians fan who knocked him out Wednesday night.

He admits he was celebrating loudly, but not in anyone's face, when the Indians fan approached and told him to shut up. He says they argued for a bit, and then the guy punched him out of nowhere. Anderson says he was calmly pleading his case when he got hit, and did not dare him to swing ... as witnesses have claimed.

As we told you, Cleveland PD is investigating.

Chicago Cubs Fan KNOCKED THE HELL OUT in W.S. Street Fight (UPDATE)

11/3/2016 7:22 AM PDT
Exclusive Details

8:55 AM PT -- TMZ Sports has learned the victim was 36-year-old Alan Anderson, and he was transported to a hospital in stable condition. He suffered a cut to his mouth and a head injury.

Anderson regained consciousness and told police and paramedics he'd been in an argument that got physical. He told police he did not want to file a report and even refused medical treatment, initially.

Here's the best part -- we asked Alan how he's doing this morning. His response -- "My head hurts." But he says he's gonna be fine ... "I survived an assault just like my Cubs survived being down 3-1."

Of course he added, "Go Cubs go!" The biggest hit at the World Series came AFTER the game -- when an Indians fan KO'd a Cubs fan right outside the stadium ... and the whole thing was caught on video. 

The two men had been arguing in the street outside Progressive Field in Cleveland when the Indians fan -- in a "Cleveland Against the World" shirt -- threw a haymaker right hook ... knocking the Cubs guy out cold. 

The man who shot the video told us cops and paramedics responded, and he also told us exactly what started the fight.

KO'd Cubs Fan Dared Indians Fan to Punch Him ... Witness Says

11/3/2016 9:03 AM PDT
EXCLUSIVE

The Chicago Cubs fan who was knocked out cold after the World Series was running his mouth to an Indians fan -- and even DARED the Cleveland guy to punch him ... so says the man who shot the video. 

We spoke with Chris Vallimont ... who says he pulled out his phone and started to record after he saw the two men cussing at each other right outside Progressive Field. 

"The Cubs fan said, 'You guys just blew a 3-1 lead, f**k you.'"

The Indians fan shot back, "Fight me, p****."

The Cubs fan replied, "Hit me now, I dare you."

The Indians fan accepted the challenge and blasted the Cubs fan in the face -- and then immediately fled from the scene while the Cubs fan laid on the ground unconscious ... so says Vallimont. 

"He probably didn't move for about 12 minutes."

Cops and emergency personnel rushed to the scene and the Cubs fan was hospitalized. 

The Indians fan has still not been identified -- but cops are investigating. 

LeBron James Makes 'Don't Be Sad, Cleveland' Video ... It's Pretty Sad Though

11/3/2016 7:15 AM PDT

Check out LeBron James giving Cleveland his best "Buck up, kid" ... moments after the Indians' crushing loss to the Cubbies.

Unfortunately for Believeland, LBJ's video love note also includes a nice shout-out to Chicago, but it's definitely heartfelt.

Hey, at least he didn't remind the Indians and their fans about how the Cavaliers' season ended.

Bill Murray Champagne Raging with Cubs ... After World Series Victory

11/3/2016 6:35 AM PDT

Bill Murray unleashed 108 years worth of elation in the Chicago Cubs locker room Wednesday night -- sprayin' champagne, chuggin' champagne and TURNIN' ALL THE WAY UP with the team. 

Murray was literally clinking full champagne bottles with players like Dexter Fowler -- and telling all the Cubbies why last night was one of the most special moments in his life.

It's great footage -- and well-deserved.

Congrats!!! 

And you gotta love the way Bill ended his night in the locker room -- he's an environmentally friendly reveler.  


Charlie Sheen 'Sorry We F'ing Lost' ... Boozy Bar Rant

11/3/2016 6:25 AM PDT
Breaking News

Truth bombs from Charlie Sheen after his Cleveland Indians lost Wednesday night -- "It was exciting for a while, but let's face it ... we f**king lost."

Sheen hit up Barley House in Cleveland to drink his World Series sorrows away with the rest of the Tribe fans ... and once he got a good buzz going, he picked up the house mic and addressed the fans.

"Sorry, we f**king lost."

You can tell he's disappointed -- and takes a shot at MLB for not letting him throw out the first pitch -- but that didn't stop him from raging into the early morning. 

Can you imagine the party if they actually won?

#TheresAlwaysNextYear

Chicago Cubs Win World Series Suck it Billy Goat!

11/2/2016 10:32 PM PDT

The Chicago Cubs are World Series Champions!

Let that soak in ... most of your grandparents, and everyone on Earth younger than them, NEVER could.  

No sign of the apocalypse, so far. However, 59-year-old actor Daniel Stern did tearfully recreate his Cubs celebration from "Rookie of the Year" -- in his underwear.

Close to apocalyptic, but mostly good fun. #CurseKiller

And if you've been living under a rock and don't know what the 'Billy Goat Curse' is -- ask Bill Murray. Or just Google it.

Got a feeling Bill's gonna be busy for a while.

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