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'Storage Wars' Star Barry Weiss Out of ICU ... Lands Casino Gig!!!

6/15/2019 12:40 AM PDT
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Barry Weiss can now breathe a sigh of relief ... he's out of danger, but now the long road to recovery begins.

TMZ broke the story ... the "Storage Wars" star and popular auction guru suffered severe injuries in a scary motorcycle accident back in April after a car pulled out of a parking space and nailed him.

He was riding with a friend at the time ... as they slammed into the back of the car but Barry got the worst of it. As we first reported ... Barry landed in ICU and had to undergo multiple surgeries on his back and on his femur. He spent weeks in the hospital but a rep for Barry tells TMZ ... he's finally out.

We're told Barry's currently in an outpatient program and going through the long, hard process of rehab. The ordeal hasn't stopped Barry from working. He was just named the new face of Sherwood Valley Casino.

We're told Barry will do voice-over work for the NorCal casino while he's in rehab. When he recovers, the casino's global brand ambassador will appear in TV commercials to pimp the joint and also do meet and greets.  

For now, Barry's rep says the reality TV star's thankful for the concern and well wishes his fans have shown since the accident. #OnwardsAndUpwards.

UFC's Paige VanZant Grossest Surgery Pics Ever Blood, Flesh & Metal!!!

6/13/2019 1:49 PM PDT
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** WARNING -- THIS THE GROSSEST THING YOU WILL SEE ALL DAY!!! ** 

SERIOUSLY ... IT'S SUPER GRAPHIC. YOU SEE BLOOD AND BONE AND A METAL ROD. 

IF YOU'RE EATING ... PUT DOWN THE CHALUPA!!!

Okay ... breathe. Focus. 

These are intensely graphic pictures from Paige VanZant's arm surgery -- where a metal rod was reinserted into her right forearm. 

Remember, Paige initially jacked up the arm during her Jan. 2018 fight when she tried to hit Jessica Rose-Clark with a spinning back fist ... and caught her with the forearm instead. 

She had two surgeries since but the arm still isn't 100% so she went under the knife again Thursday for another procedure in hopes of fixing it once and for all. 

But, Paige loves to shock her audience and decided to go public with the in-surgery photos of the procedure -- which show the metal stabilizing rod being implanted next to her radius and ulna. 

So, if you're a freak and enjoy looking at gross and graphic pics ... YOU'RE GONNA LOVE THIS!!!

And, if you have a weak stomach ... please enjoy the adorable pics of the St. Louis Blues puppy mascot we posted earlier today instead. 

David Ortiz Wife Thanks 'Hero' Who Saved MLB Star's Life

6/13/2019 9:04 AM PDT
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David Ortiz's wife is shouting out the man who raced the MLB star to the hospital -- crashing his own car in the process -- in the wake of Sunday's assassination attempt in the Dominican Republic. 

"I want to take this opportunity to offer our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to Eliezer Salvador, owner of Presidente Sports, for your quick thinking and swift action on Sunday night," Tiffany Ortiz said in a statement. 

"Your heroism and selflessness were the first steps to ensuring David could get the urgent care he required. For that we are eternally grateful."

Salvador runs a sports betting firm in the D.R. and was at the scene when Big Papi was shot Sunday night. When Ortiz went down, Salvador quickly put the legend in his own car and raced to the hospital because he didn't want to wait for an ambulance. 

Salvador says he raced at speeds of over 100 MPH and made the trip in under 7 minutes. He later made a social media video showing that he had David's jewelry so the family wouldn't worry. 

Tiffany says the quick-thinking decision may have saved David's life. 

Ortiz's wife also gave props to the doctors who worked on David. 

"To the amazing surgeons, medical team, and staff at the Abel Gonzalez Clinic in the Dominican Republic, there are no words to express our gratitude for the amazing care you provided."

'Without you, our story could have had a tragic ending. You will forever be our guardian angels."

As for David's condition ...

"David remains in guarded condition in the surgical intensive care following his second surgery. He continues to heal and make progress."

"David will continue to recover in the ICU and future updates on his condition will be provided when necessary." 

Kevin Durant Successful Achilles Surgery ... 'EASY MONEY'

6/12/2019 1:20 PM PDT
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Kevin Durant just confirmed what everyone was hoping wouldn't be true -- he ruptured his Achilles in Game 5 of the Finals ... but made it clear he WANTED to play, despite still recovering from a calf injury.

The Warriors superstar posted a post-surgery pic on Wednesday ... saying everything went well and he's looking forward to the recovery process.

"Surgery was today and it was a success, EASY MONEY," Durant says.

"I got my family and my loved ones by my side and we truly appreciate all the messages and support people have sent our way."

KD's right calf popped during the 2nd quarter as Golden State took on the Toronto Raptors. There has been a lot of talk about whether KD should've even been on the court when the injury happened ... but he says it was his decision to play.

"Basketball is my biggest love and I wanted to be out there that night because that’s what I do. I wanted to help my teammates on our quest for the three peat."

KD says he gave it his all and is proud of his teammates for pulling out the win.

"It's going to be a journey but I'm built for this. I’m a hooper."

"I know my brothers can get this Game 6, and I will be cheering with dub nation while they do it."

Get well soon, KD!!

Cowboy Cerrone 'Good Health' After Nasty Injury ... No Broken Eye Bones!!!

6/11/2019 9:35 AM PDT
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Cowboy Cerrone says that nasty injury he suffered at UFC 238 is not as bad as it looks ... 'cause he has NO broken bones in his eye and says he's "in good health."

Cerrone took a controversial L at the hands of Tony Ferguson on Saturday ... losing by TKO after the 2nd round. It was an EPIC, bloody battle before the doctor forced the fight to end due to Cerrone's eye being swollen shut.

After the fight, Cerrone went straight to the hospital and didn't talk to media ... and Dana White told reporters he had a broken right orbital bone.

Donald gave his first health update on Tuesday ... and the good news is that it's not as bad as everyone initially suspected.

"Thanks for all the message and concerns," Cowboy says. "Only air was in my eye. No broken bones nor cracked or broken orbital."

Cerrone added that he's down for the rematch with Tony ... and it sounds like everyone -- including Ferguson -- is on board with that.

David Ortiz Honored With Moment Of Prayer ... At Red Sox Game

6/11/2019 7:03 AM PDT
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"He is loved throughout our nation and beyond, yet to us, he is our own adopted son."

The Red Sox kicked off their game Monday with a touching moment for David Ortiz, with the PA announcer asking all 34,422 fans in attendance to stay quiet for a moment of silence for "Big Papi."

As we previously reported ... Ortiz nearly lost his life in a shooting in the Dominican Republic on Sunday night -- and it didn't take long for his MLB city to send up prayers.

"All of us were shocked by last night's news about David Ortiz," the Red Sox PA announcer said before their game against the Rangers ... "And, our community has felt a palpable concern ever since."

"Won't you please join us as we offer a moment of reflection, thought and prayer for a complete healing and a full recovery for our beloved 'Big Papi.'"

The fans at Fenway weren't the only ones tore up over the Papi situation ... Ortiz's ex-teammate and friend, Pedro Martinez, broke down during an appearance on MLB Network.

Ortiz -- who underwent hours of surgery late Sunday night into Monday morning -- is expected to make a full recovery.

The future Hall of Famer is currently in Boston ... getting treatment for his injuries at Massachusetts General Hospital.

David Ortiz Needed 2nd Surgery Now 'Resting Comfortably'

6/11/2019 9:09 AM PDT
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David Ortiz underwent a SECOND surgery Monday night in Boston to repair injuries he suffered after being shot in the back on Sunday ... his wife, Tiffany Ortiz, announced.

But, she adds Big Papi is now doing fine and is "resting comfortably."

The MLB legend was nearly killed after a man opened fire on his back while he was outside of a nightclub in the Dominican Republic over the weekend.

Ortiz was rushed to the hospital ... and doctors say they had to remove his gallbladder in an attempt to repair damage to his liver and both of his small and large intestines.

But, Ortiz made it out of the surgery just fine ... and afterward, he was flown back to Boston for further evaluation.

While Ortiz's wife says David needed an additional procedure, she says her hubby is "stable, awake and resting comfortably this morning in the ICU where he is expected to remain for the next several days."

Tiffany thanked the Red Sox personally for everything they've done to help Ortiz ... and added, "I want to thank everyone for the outpouring of support and love that we have received during the incredibly difficult time."

MLB's David Ortiz Arrives at Boston Hospital ... With Police Escort

6/10/2019 3:05 PM PDT
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6/10 8:00 PM PT -- Ortiz is back in Boston and receiving treatment at the Massachusetts General Hospital ... this after taking a medical air ambulance back to the States.

A police escort led Ortiz's ambulance to the hospital.

6/10 3:05 PM PT -- Officials in the Dominican Republic say they believe the man they have in custody was NOT the shooter, but rather the getaway driver. 

The man accused of shooting Ortiz -- whose identity is still a mystery -- is still on the lam, according to officials. 

6/10 2:37 PM PT -- David Ortiz has left the hospital in Santo Domingo and is en route to the airport to fly to Boston. 

The flight, organized by the Boston Red Sox, is approximately 4 hours and doctors in the D.R. and in Boston have agreed that Ortiz is stable enough to make the journey. 

6/10 1:08 PM PT -- David Ortiz's father, Leo Ortiz, is speaking with reporters in the D.R. -- saying he wants to thank the doctors for "saving my son's life."

Leo said David WILL be transported to Boston -- and explained that David's personal doctors and his wife live in Massachusetts. 

David's doctor said the surgery was successful -- noting the bullet struck the liver, the small and large intestines. He says Ortiz's gall bladder was removed to make space to treat the affected organs.  

6/10 12:36 PM PT -- Boston Red Sox management just addressed the media and said Ortiz's condition is still serious following Sunday night's shooting but he's stable enough to travel back to the United States. 

In fact, the Red Sox have organized for a medical air ambulance to transport Ortiz from Santo Domingo to Boston ... and the goal is to fly him to the U.S. as early as Monday night. 

As we previously reported, Ortiz was shot Sunday evening while sitting outside at a club in the Dominican Republic. The incident was captured on surveillance video. 

The Red Sox have sent representatives to the Dominican Republic to help and team doctors are aiding in Ortiz's medical care. 

Red Sox President and CEO Sam Kennedy told the media, "Our hope is that David will arrive in Boston sometime later tonight. Right now, the clubs exclusive focus is on David's health and well being."

"Please know that we are doing everything we can to support David and his family during this very difficult period."

Kennedy says he's been in touch with David's wife, Tiffany, who expressed gratitude for all the club is doing to help.

Kennedy says it's been an emotional time for him because he knows Ortiz so well -- and explained, "I love David Ortiz. We all love David Ortiz. Telling my kids what happened was really difficult."

6/10 10:38 AM PT -- The Boston Red Sox have sent a jet to the Dominican Republic. They are hoping to fly Ortiz back to the United States as soon as possible to receive medical care. 

Ortiz's doctor in the D.R. has told ESPN the MLB legend is stable enough to fly. 

6/10 9:07 AM PT -- Barack Obama has also sent a message to Ortiz ... saying, "Six years ago, David Ortiz's spirit and resolve helped us all begin to heal from the Boston Marathon bombing. Today, I want to join many others in wishing him a speedy recovery of his own. Get well soon, Papi."

6/10 8:50 AM PT -- Tom Brady just sent a message to Ortiz ... saying, "Papi defines Boston Strong... get well soon my friend!!!"

6/10 7:58 AM PT -- Cops say there are TWO suspects in the shooting, both young men ... who rolled up to the scene on the same motorcycle. 

Cops say after the shooting, both men tried to get back on the bike and drive off ... but the bike fell down so they tried to make a run for it. 

The first suspect, Eddy Vladimir Feliz Garcia, was subdued by people at the scene. 

The second suspect did escape on foot. Cops have not released the name of the 2nd suspect. They are currently searching for him. 

6/10 7:13 AM PT -- TMZ Sports talked to a spokesperson for the Dominican National Police who told us the suspect is in custody and awaiting charges. 

The police also confirmed videos showing a man getting pummeled in the street following the shooting IS, IN FACT, THE SUSPECT. 

A crowd of people subdued the suspect after the shooting and beat the hell out of him, leaving him bloodied and desperate for medical attention. 

When cops arrived, they were able to take him into custody and get him medical treatment. 

Cops tell us the investigation is still very active and no charges have been brought against the suspect yet. 

6/10 6:51 AM PT -- Ortiz's assistant, Leo Lopez, says David suffered damage to multiple internal organs. 

In a statement to ESPN, Lopez said, "Ortiz had to remove parts of the intestines and the colon and remove the gallbladder. His liver was damaged, too."

6/10 5:50 AM PT -- The shooting was captured on surveillance video -- you can see the gunman pull up on the street and fire at Ortiz from behind while he was eating at a table. 

Cops say the shooting was at "nearly point-blank range."

6/10 5:35 AM PT -- Ortiz's father and other family members were photographed at the hospital, where they were speaking to media about David's condition. 

6/10 5:22 AM PT -- Red Sox posted a statement on Twitter Sunday night, saying, "David's family has confirmed that he sustained a gunshot wound to the lower back/abdominal region. David is being treated at Clinica Abel Gonzalez in Santo Domingo where he is recovering after surgery."

The statement continues, "We have offered David's family all available resources to aid in his recovery and will continue to keep them in our hearts."

8:57 PM PT -- Ortiz was reportedly shot in the lower back -- and the bullet exited through his stomach, according to ESPN, which has a reporter at the hospital where the MLB star is being treated. 

A doctor working on Ortiz told ESPN the baseball star went into surgery but everything is going as well as it can be and he's currently "out of danger."

When he arrived to the hospital, Ortiz reportedly told his doctors, "Please don't let me die. I'm a good man."

A police official has also told local media the incident was NOT a "robbery" -- but would not give a possible motive for the incident. Boston Red Sox legend David Ortiz -- aka "Big Papi" -- was shot while hanging out at a nightclub Sunday in the Dominican Republic, his father confirmed. 

The 43-year-old was at Dial Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo when a gunman burst into the place and opened fire, striking Ortiz once. 

Ortiz was put inside of an ambulance and rushed to a nearby hospital for treatment. His condition is unknown at this point. 

Ortiz's father, Leo Ortiz, confirmed the incident to ESPN ... saying, "They called to tell me that David is injured and that they took him to a medical center, but they did not tell me how he is or exactly where he was transferred."

Leo, who is currently in the Dominican Republic, added, "At the moment, everything is confusing. I'm trying to find out where they took my son."

The suspect has reportedly been arrested. 

Ortiz was born in Santo Domingo and grew up in the D.R. before moving to the United States to play baseball after signing with the Seattle Mariners when he turned 17. 

Of course, Ortiz went on to play 20 seasons in the big leagues -- and became a Boston legend in the process ... leading the Red Sox to 3 World Series titles. He was the World Series MVP in 2013.

Ortiz was a 10-time All-Star during his pro baseball career and his #34 jersey has already been retired by the Sox. 

Story developing ... 

Originally Published -- 6/9 7:32 PM PT

Drake Tried to Console Kevin Durant ... After Achilles Injury

6/11/2019 6:04 AM PDT
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While the rest of the Toronto crowd was CHEERING Kevin Durant's horrible Achilles injury during Game 5 of the NBA Finals ... Drake was actually really upset -- and even tried to console the NBA star. 

KD's right calf popped midway through the 2nd quarter as the Golden State Warriors took on the Toronto Raptors ... and it was pretty obvious the injury was serious. 

Raptors fans cheered as if the injury was a GOOD thing (gross) -- but you can see Drake was obviously devastated for his friend. 

As Durant hobbled past the rapper to get to the locker room, Drake reached out and grabbed KD's shoulder while offering up some words. 

You can see Drake mouth the word "F*ck" as he realizes Durant's injury is really bad. 

After the game, it was reported KD will miss the rest of the Finals because of the injury -- the real question is how much of next season will he miss?

Durant posted a statement on the situation saying, "Dub nation gonna be loud as f*ck for game 6."

He added, "I'm hurting deep in the soul right now I can't lie but seeing my brothers get this win was like taking a shot of tequila, i got new life lol #dubs."

White Sox's Eloy Jimenez Scared To Return To Dominican Republic ... After David Ortiz Shooting

6/10/2019 2:39 PM PDT
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White Sox phenom Eloy Jimenez says he's downright afraid to return to the Dominican Republic after David Ortiz's shooting Sunday ... telling reporters, "Now, you cannot trust nobody there."

Eloy -- Chicago's star who grew up in the D.R. -- told a group of reporters at his locker Tuesday he couldn't believe it when he heard Big Papi was shot in the back in his home country.

In fact, Eloy says he's legitimately worried to return home now, saying, "When you see one of the best players -- one of the best Dominicans we had -- get shot like that, it's scary for everybody right now."

22-year-old Jimenez says he's grateful Ortiz survived the shooting ... and says the Red Sox legend has done a TON for kids growing up in the D.R.

"He does a lot for Dominicans," Eloy says ... "He represents a lot. And, for me, it's so sad."

As for Ortiz, doctors say he's out of surgery and is in stable condition ... and is currently on his way back to Boston for further treatment.

Daniel Craig Double Oh-No!!!

6/10/2019 11:17 AM PDT

Daniel Craig's looking less and less like a Bond poster boy ... and more like a guy ready to cash in his AARP discount.

Daniel was out at JFK Sunday in NYC where he needed not one but TWO walking forearm crutches while protecting his bum left foot with a walking boot. The injuries come following reports he got hurt last month while filming the latest Bond franchise film ... "Bond 25," slated for an April 2020 release.

Production was reportedly suspended after Daniel fell awkwardly while sprinting and filming one of his final scenes in Jamaica. He had to be flown to the U.S. for X-rays and needed minor ankle surgery.

It's not the first time the 51-year-old has gotten injured filming 'Bond.' During a fighting scene for the 2006 flick "Casino Royale," Daniel's 2 front teeth were destroyed. Two years later, Daniel suffered 2 injuries while filming "Quantum of Solace" ... slicing off the tip of one of his fingers and injuring his shoulder, which required surgery.

That's one bad hombre.

UFC's Anthony Smith Metal Rod In Broken Hand ... The Gory Pic!!!

6/5/2019 1:51 PM PDT
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It's like a scene out of a 'Terminator' flick ... doctors peeling back the skin on Anthony Smith's broken hand to show the metal rod holding the UFC star's bones together!!!

... and it's NASTY!!!

Yes, this is the ultimate "inside look" at Smith's injury -- taken during surgery Wednesday on his left hand. 

As we previously reported, Smith fractured a bone in his hand while punching Alexander Gustafsson in the head over the weekend during their UFC Fight Night main event. 

Despite suffering the injury in the 2nd-round, Smith continued fighting and ultimately choked Gustaffson out for the victory in the 4th. 

Smith told us he could feel his hand swelling up inside of his glove -- but tried to focus on a camping trip he had planned after the fight ... and it ultimately inspired him to win. 

Oh, and he was dead serious about the camping thing -- we're told Smith has a trip planned out for the weekend!

Get well soon!

Anthony Smith Felt Hand Break During Fight ... Was 'Super Painful'

6/4/2019 7:03 AM PDT
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"I just kept going, you know what I mean? Whatever, who cares, f**k it. Let's just throw down."

That was UFC fighter Anthony Smith's reaction to BREAKING HIS HAND in the 2nd-round of his UFC fight with Alexander Gustafsson on Saturday in Stockholm, Sweden.

Smith -- who won via rear-naked choke in the 4th -- tells TMZ Sports it was "super painful" (as you'd expect) ... but there was NO WAY Lionheart was quitting over a broken bone.

"I definitely felt the break and it hurt, but as the fight went on it got worse for sure," Smith tells us.

"Honestly, man, here's my mentality. I'm here, I'm hurt, let's just fight. I don't want any regrets. I don't want to wonder, ah, maybe I coulda pushed it or whatever. I just go do it."

"I told [my coach] Mark, he said, 'How are you feeling?' I said, 'my hands broken.' He said, 'alright we're gonna start throwing elbows.' And, I said, 'Nah, I'll just keep throwing it."'  

How the hell did Smith continue? 

"I know this sounds silly. But, I remember sitting down in between rounds. My hand was broken. We're going into the 4th. I just kept thinking, man, I just wanna get home and go camping."

Anthony's home, and he's having surgery to fix the break on Wednesday ... and then he says it'll need 4 months to heal.

'Til then, he's going camping.

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