Martial arts

In this photo taken Sept. 12, 2019, Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei poses for a portrait photo at an undisclosed southern city of Germany. Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
September 18, 2019 - 1:22 pm
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Iran has been suspended from international judo competitions because it boycotts bouts with Israeli athletes. Less than a month after world champion Saeid Mollaei walked off the Iranian team in protest of the boycott policy, the International Judo Federation (IJF) said...
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In this photo taken Sept. 12, 2019, Iranian judoka Saeid Mollaei poses for a portrait photo at an undisclosed southern city of Germany. Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
September 16, 2019 - 5:21 am
DUESSELDORF, Germany (AP) — Saeid Mollaei has been in hiding since he left the Iranian judo team last month, saying he had been ordered to withdraw from the world championships on political grounds. Now he's training for next year's Olympics without a guarantee he can compete. Mollaei was the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Larry Nassar, 54, appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich. The government's $4.5 million fine against Michigan State University in the Nassar sexual assault scandal is unprecedented. The U.S. Education Department has extraordinary leverage over schools that participate in federal student aid programs. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
September 13, 2019 - 5:07 pm
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into the way the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and national governing bodies of Olympic sports handled sex-abuse allegations, people with knowledge of the investigations told The Associated Press on Friday. The probes, first...
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FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2018, file photo, Khabib Nurmagomedov is held back outside of the cage after fighting Conor McGregor in a lightweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 229 in Las Vegas. Nurmagomedov has not fought in the 11 months since he punctuated his star-making victory over McGregor at UFC 229 in Las Vegas by scaling the fence and jumping into the crowd to fight McGregor’s entourage. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
September 05, 2019 - 6:13 pm
The last time Khabib Nurmagomedov was in an octagon, he didn't leave through the door. He's hoping to make an exit more befitting a champion this weekend. The UFC's lightweight pound-for-pound king hasn't fought in the 11 months since he punctuated his star-making victory over Conor McGregor at UFC...
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Luka Maisuradze of Georgia, top, competes against Saeid Mollaei of Iran during a men's -81 kilogram bronze medal match of the World Judo Championships in Tokyo, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
September 02, 2019 - 12:48 pm
TOKYO (AP) — A judo world champion from Iran is afraid to return home after disobeying orders from the government to withdraw from the world championships in Tokyo to avoid a potential bout against an Israeli opponent. The International Judo Federation said late Sunday that Saeid Mollaei was...
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August 18, 2019 - 2:54 am
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Stipe Miocic waited over a year to face Daniel Cormier again, and his plan for the rematch didn't start to work until they were deep in the fourth round. That's when the patient, determined firefighter from Cleveland finally got his revenge — and suddenly reclaimed his UFC...
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FILE - In this March 5, 2016, file photo, Nate Diaz, top, trades punches Conor McGregor during their UFC 196 welterweight mixed martial arts match in Las Vegas. Three years after Diaz defeated McGregor in their highly entertaining second fight, Diaz returns from his lengthy hiatus to face former champion Anthony Pettis in the co-main event of UFC 241 in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Eric Jamison, File)
August 16, 2019 - 7:08 pm
ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The mostly empty arena rumbled with outsized excitement when Nate Diaz stepped onto the stage. The fans erupted into cheers while Diaz lit a joint and took a big drag before doing a little shadowboxing for the cameras. Even before he said a word at his open workout four days...
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FILE - In this July 7, 2018, file photo, Daniel Cormier celebrates after defeating Stipe Miocic in a heavyweight title mixed martial arts bout at UFC 226 in Las Vegas. Cormier always told his wife he wouldn't fight past 40, even when the UFC heavyweight champion knew he could still beat everybody. Cormier extended his self-imposed deadline a bit for a rematch with Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, but he still isn't sure how he'll replace the thrill of competition after he finally walks away. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 15, 2019 - 6:54 pm
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. (AP) — Daniel Cormier has always seemed to have the endgame all figured out. The UFC heavyweight champion has everything in place for a satisfying, fulfilling life after mixed martial arts. A loving family. A burgeoning career in broadcasting. Varied business interests, including...
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Donald Trump Jr., right, and Eric Trump, center, watch the post fight ceremony of a lightweight mixed martial arts bout between Jim Miller and Clay Guida at UFC Fight Night Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Newark, N.J. Guida stopped Miller in the first round. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)
August 03, 2019 - 8:09 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Colby Covington didn't need to wait for another invite to the White House to chat with President Donald Trump. The UFC star had a direct line to the president and received a congratulatory call after his latest dominant victory inside the octagon. Covington wagged his tongue,...
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Max Holloway, right, punches Frankie Edgar during a mixed martial arts bout at UFC 240, in Edmonton, Alberta, Saturday, July 27, 2019. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
July 28, 2019 - 1:54 am
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Reigning featherweight champ Max Holloway defended his belt Saturday, overwhelming former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC 240. Holloway (21-4-0) won a unanimous five-round decision. The 27-year-old Hawaiian kept Edgar at a distance throughout the fight, stinging him...
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