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Dodgers’ Walker Buehler A.J. Pollock Signed With Us? … ‘I’m Excited!!!’

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Walker Buehler got the best welcome-back-to-L.A. surprise at the airport Thursday … he learned from our camera guy his Dodgers squad signed A.J. Pollock!!!

“We signed him today?! We signed him while I was on the plane?!”

The 24-year-old pitching phenom took the breaking news with a smile … and said he was stoked to have yet another All-Star on the team.

“That’s cool, man. He’s a good player. That’s cool, man. I’m excited!”

As for if Pollock is the missing piece the Dodgers need to finally get them a World Series ring … ya gotta hear what Buehler has to say about that.

BTW … Walker’s been away from L.A. for the past couple months — and says he’s done nothing but relax with his girlfriend (who he introduced us to!) since the World Series.

But, pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 12 … sooo, time to get back to work!!!

Common NFL Doesn’t Support Black People … ‘I’m with Kap’

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Common says he loves Travis Scott — but really wishes the guy would PULL OUT of the Super Bowl halftime show over the way the league has treated Colin Kaepernick.

“I ain’t with supporting the NFL,” Common told us … “They don’t really support black people.”

“Kaepernick said he’s standing up for people who are being shot down, black and brown. The NFL basically blackballed him. They’ve shown how they feel about us for real.”

Common says he respects the NFL players — his beef is squarely with the owners. 

As for Travis Scott, Common says … “He’s a dope dude, but I really don’t want to support none of that stuff.”

“Travis is doing what he’s gotta do … I feel like man, I wish he wouldn’t [do the halftime show] to be honest.”

Common says he has great respect for artists like Rihanna who have reportedly turned down the NFL in a show of support to Colin. 

“All I know is that I’m supporting Kaepernick,” Common added … “I just want you to know that.”

As we previously reported, Travis Scott reached out to Colin to discuss the Super Bowl halftime show before he officially signed on. 

The two men had a cordial conversation but Colin explained why he would NOT give Travis his blessing to perform. 

Travis negotiated with the NFL to have $ 500,000 donated to Van Jones‘ social justice organization in exchange for his participation — and ultimately, Scott felt it was worth it. 

UFC’s Henry Cejudo Blasts T.J. Dillashaw ‘I’m Gonna Behead That Snake’

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UFC champ Henry Cejudo says T.J. Dillashaw is OUT OF HIS MIND if he thinks he’s gonna be the first “Champ Champ Champ” … saying he ain’t even gonna make it out of January with two belts. 

Of course, Cejudo and Dillashaw are set to do battle on Jan. 19th for Cejudo’s UFC flyweight title — and when we told Henry about T.J.’s plans to win 3 belts in 3 weight classes this year, Henry ripped the guy. 

“I think T.J. Dillashaw is dehydrated … he ain’t thinking straight,” Cejudo tells TMZ Sports

“I’m gonna behead that snake.”

Cejudo ain’t no punk — he dethroned Demetrious Johnson back in August at UFC 227 … ending Mighty Mouse’s legendary streak of 11 straight UFC title defenses.  

In fact, Henry says once he gets through Dillashaw, he wants a rematch with DJ — which would be complicated since Johnson was just shipped from the UFC to the ONE Championship promotion in the first MMA trade in UFC history. 

By the way, we also asked Cejudo for an update on the Olympic gold medal he lost in a fire back in 2017  — and it sounds like he’s on track to get an official replacement soon. 

Remember, before he was a UFC champ, Cejudo won gold in freestyle wrestling at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. 

Celine Dion Pulls Song ‘I’m Your Angel’ with R. Kelly from Streaming Services

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Celine Dion has followed Lady Gaga‘s cue and is pulling her collab with R. Kelly from streaming services … TMZ has learned.

The song — “I’m Your Angel — was recorded in 1998 and appeared on her holiday album, “These are  Special Times,” R. Kelly wrote the song but it did not appear on any of his albums.

The song reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed there for 6 weeks. It went certified platinum and sold more than 1.5 million copies. It was also nominated for a Grammy.

The song is in the process of being pulled by Celine’s team.

The move comes in the wake of the #MuteRKelly movement which was triggered by the Lifetime docuseries, “Surviving R. Kelly.”

R. Kelly has collabed with a number of artists, but so far only Celine and Gaga have made the move to pull their songs. The band Phoenix apologized for collaborating with the singer but didn’t pull the song.

Tito Ortiz Confirms Fight with Chael Sonnen … ‘I’m Gonna Smash Him’

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Tito Ortiz says he’s IN for a rematch with Chael Sonnen — telling TMZ Sports, “I’m gonna pummel him for 3 rounds.”

The two have been going back and forth on social media — but Tuesday night in L.A., 43-year-old Ortiz told us the fight is definitely gonna happen … “most likely with Bellator, Scott Coker will make the deal.”

It’s interesting considering Tito just fought Chuck Liddell under the Golden Boy MMA banner — and said partnering with Oscar De La Hoya would be the way to go in the future. 

But, it seems those plans are out the window … and he’s reuniting with Bellator. 

FYI, Tito fought Chael back in Jan. 2017 at Bellator 170 — and won by rear naked choke in the 1st round. 

This time, Tito says he’s got more violent plans for his 41-year-old nemesis. 

“I’m gonna smash Chael,” Ortiz said … “I’m not gonna choke him. I’m not gonna submit him. I’m gonna smash him.”

Ortiz says he’d like the fight to go down at Madison Square Garden in New York — where legends like Muhammad Ali have fought in the past. 

Stay tuned … 

USC’s Clay Helton Praises Kliff Kingsbury … ‘I’m Happy for Him’

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USC head coach Clay Helton says there’s no hard feelings with Kliff Kingsbury for leaving the coaching staff to take an NFL head coaching job … saying he doesn’t blame the guy for jumping ship. 

Of course, Kliff — who was fired from Texas Tech — signed a contract to become USC’s offensive coordinator just last month … only to back out this week when the Arizona Cardinals expressed interest. 

Kliff officially signed with the Cards on Tuesday — and his short-lived boss, Clay Helton, finally broke his silence about all of the drama that’s been going down behind the scenes. 

“I am happy for Kliff,” Helton said in a statement.

“Any time you get an opportunity to be an NFL head coach, it is special. He is a talented coach, that’s why we brought him here. I wish him nothing but the best.”

Helton continued … “USC has always attracted the best coaches in the country from all levels. We will spend the upcoming weeks finding the best possible fit for USC and our program.”

Kingsbury reportedly had to pay $ 150,000 as a buyout for leaving SC … but the Cardinals are expected to be handling that payment. 

Luke Rockhold Calls Out Jon Jones ‘I’m Coming, Princess’

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“Hold tight, I’m coming, Princess.”

Luke Rockhold wants a big piece of Jon Jones … and that’s his message to the UFC superstar.

TMZ Sports spoke with Luke — the former UFC middleweight champ who’s moving up to light heavyweight — and he ain’t switching divisions just ’cause cuttin’ weight sucks.

He wants to fight Jon Jones.

“I’m a different man at this weight, with the power behind me. I’m moving up to get after him. So, that’s what I’m here for.”

Luke’s just the latest to throw his hat into the super crowded “I wanna fight Jon Jones” ring. Earlier this week, Anthony Smith AND Corey Anderson also told us they want a crack at Jones.

But, Rockhold’s got the best resume of the 3 fighters … and a fight with him and Jones would be a big money maker … and it’s a match L.R. is totally confident he’ll win (he told us he’ll be champ in ’19).

Why? ‘Cause he wasn’t all that impressed with Jon’s performance against Alexander Gustafsson.

“I thought he looked beatable.”

So, who’s Jon gonna pick??? 

Stay tuned … 

UFC’s Anthony Smith I’m In Talks to Fight Jon Jones … ‘I’m Your Guy’

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Jon Jones is one step closer to his next fight … because Anthony Smith tells TMZ Sports his manager is already talking with the UFC to get a deal done. 

30-year-old Smith has clawed his way to becoming the #3 ranked light heavyweight after taking out Rashad Evans, Shogun Rua and Volkan Oezdemir in his last 3 fights. 

After Jones beat up Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 on Saturday, he and Smith talked trash to each other during the post-fight show on FS1. 

Now, Smith says he ain’t just blowing smoke — he wants smoke — and his manager, Jim Walter, is already speaking with the UFC honchos to hammer out a deal. 

No word on when the fight would go down but Smith says he’ll brawl with Jones “any time, any place anywhere … I’ll fight Jon this weekend if he wants to.”

Smith says he respects Jones as a fighter but wasn’t super impressed with his 3rd-round victory over Gustafsson — saying, “I’ve seen him look better.”

Of course, there are other fighters angling for a shot at JJ — including #6 ranked contender Corey Anderson … but Smith says no one wants to see that fight because Jones will beat his ass. 

We asked Smith if he had a message for Jones — “I’m ready. I’m ready and you know it. And I know it. I’m the only one that’s gonna push you.”

Stay tuned … 

UFC’s Rachael Ostovich Attack Recording Surfaces ‘I’m Going to F**king Murder You’

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A shocking recording of the Rachael Ostovich domestic violence incident has surfaced — in which her MMA fighter husband allegedly screams, “I’m going to f**king murder you.”

A neighbor used a cell phone to record the scene on Nov. 27 — when Arnold Berdon allegedly brutalized Ostovich during an argument at their home in Hawaii. 

The footage is mostly dark — but you can definitely hear voices. 

In the video, obtained by Hawaii News Now, you can hear a male voice make several threats … including, “I’m going to murder you. I’m going to f**king murder you.”‘

At the end of the 9-minute video, you can see a nude female jump off the lanai and try to escape. 

We broke the story … Berdon was arrested and charged with 2nd-degree assault. 

Ostovich suffered serious injuries to her face, head and body — and pulled out of her January fight against Paige VanZant

Ostovich later got a second opinion from another doctor who cleared her to fight — so it’s now back on.  

Ryan Leaf Offers To Help Josh Gordon … ‘I’m Here For Him’

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Ryan Leaf says he’s glad Josh Gordon is stepping away from football to focus on what’s really important — his mental health — and the ex-QB says he’s willing to help if the WR needs him.

Leaf has fought a very public battle with mental illness … and warns Gordon — who left the Pats on Thursday to focus on his mental health — the fight he’s facing is a very difficult one to win.

“This will be the hardest thing he ever does,” Leaf tells TMZ Sports.

“Making it to the NFL for him was easy in comparison to what he has to battle and what he goes through on a daily basis.”

But, Leaf — who’s sobered up and now hosts a sports talk show on SiriusXM — says he’s down to help … and has actually reached out to Josh to make sure the wideout knows that.

“This is really all about surrender and acceptance. Surrendering to something bigger than you and then accepting the help from people who have been through it before.”

“I’ve reached out to Josh and his manager, Michael Johnson, plenty of times, and they know I’m here for him. They know I’m available.”

FYI, Leaf is currently a program ambassador for Transcend Recovery Community and its Mentoring Program … which helps people who are battling substance abuse issues. 

Ryan tells us he’s hopeful Josh can get back on track … and says, “Anybody can do it if I can do it.”