Martial arts

July 25, 2020 - 11:51 pm
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Former UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker earned his first victory in two years Sunday, winning a unanimous decision over Darren Till on Fight Island. Veteran heavyweight Fabrício Werdum finished Alexander Gustafsson by armbar submission midway through...
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Afghan girl members of a Jiu-Jitsu club jump during a practice session on a hilltop in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, In war-torn Afghanistan gender discrimination has deep cultural and historical roots and many women suffer from domestic violence, jujitsu seems an ideal sport for women, it teaches a person self-defense when faced with a stronger and heavier opponent by using specific techniques, holds and principles of leverage. Under the Taliban, women were not allowed to go to school, work outside the home or leave their house without a male escort. (AP Photo/Tamana Sarwary)
July 22, 2020 - 2:29 am
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A year and a half ago, Liqa Esazada for the first time stepped into a martial arts club for women in Kabul, something of a rarity in this still deeply conservative Muslim society. At the time, she had just accompanied her older sister but was immediately intrigued. The 22-...
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July 12, 2020 - 2:10 am
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Kamaru Usman retained his welterweight title with a smothering victory over short-notice challenger Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 on Sunday. Alexander Volkanovski retained his featherweight title with a narrow split decision over Max Holloway, and Petr Yan won the...
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FILE – In this Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, composer and conductor Bill Conti, music director of the 77th Academy Awards, conducts the show's orchestra during a rehearsal at Capitol Recording Studios in Los Angeles. Conti, the Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning composer who wrote scores for movies including “Rocky,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Karate Kid” is giving them to Louisiana State University. Conti, who grew up in Miami, went to LSU on a bassoon scholarship. The William and Shelby Conti Papers are expected to arrive sometime in the fall. (AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian, File)
July 11, 2020 - 10:41 am
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — The Oscar- and Emmy Award-winning composer who wrote scores for movies including “Rocky,” “The Right Stuff” and “The Karate Kid” is giving them to Louisiana State University. William “Bill” Conti and his wife, Shelby Cox Conti, are donating a lifetime of original scores to...
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FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2019, file photo, Jorge Masvidal, right, punches Nate Diaz during the second round of a welterweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 244 in New York. Masvidal had to fly halfway around the world on six days’ notice to get the first UFC title shot in his 17-year mixed martial arts career. Masvidal is not mad about the twists that sent him to Abu Dhabi this week with minimal time to train for his fight with Kamaru Usman at UFC 251. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
July 10, 2020 - 6:34 pm
Jorge Masvidal had to fly halfway around the world on six days' notice to get the first UFC title shot in his 17-year mixed martial arts career. Masvidal isn't mad about the twists that sent him to Abu Dhabi this week with minimal time to train for his fight with Kamaru Usman on Saturday night...
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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2018, file photo, UFC president Dana White speaks at a news conference in New York. When White first proposed holding mixed martial arts fights on an isolated island during the early weeks of the worldwide sports shutdown, fans and haters alike imagined waves lapping at an octagon perched amid palm trees on a white sand beach. A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight Island is real, and ready for competition. And while it's not literally on a beach, the octagon at Abu Dhabi's Yas Island is inside a bubble that seems highly unlikely to burst. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
July 09, 2020 - 8:40 pm
The imagery evoked by Dana White's crazy idea was undeniably intoxicating: An octagon perched amid swaying palm trees on a white sand beach, waves lapping at the canvas while mixed martial arts fighters traded blows in the tropical sun. A few months later, the project that came to be known as Fight...
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June 27, 2020 - 11:53 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Dustin Poirier won a thrilling unanimous decision over Dan Hooker on Saturday night, surviving a brutal second round and persevering to finish a well-rounded performance in the main event at the UFC's corporate gym. Mike Perry also ended his two-fight skid with a one-sided...
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Before entering the field gates for football strength and conditioning camp at Arlington Martin High School, athletic Trainer Joey Pena, right, uses a thermometer on the forehead of sophomore running back Gervawn Neville for a temperature check Thursday, June 18, 2020, in Arlington, Texas. While states have been easing the economic and social lockdowns prompted by the coronavirus pandemic, some are now letting high school athletes return for summer workouts before teachers have even figured out how they are going to hold classroom instruction. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
June 23, 2020 - 6:46 pm
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ A second member of the Tennessee men’s basketball team has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation. Tennessee had reported Friday that one player had tested positive. School officials announced Tuesday...
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June 20, 2020 - 11:29 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — UFC heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes dominated Alexander Volkov with wrestling Saturday night, earning his fourth consecutive victory in a suffocating unanimous decision. Featherweight Josh Emmett won a unanimous decision over Shane Burgos in a thrilling joint performance...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, July 30, 2019 file photo, Chatri Sityodtong, Chair and CEO of ONE Championship, center, gestures as Reece McLaren, right, of Australia and Danny Kingad, left, of the Philippines face off during the media presentation for this Friday's ONE Championship mixed martial arts fight dubbed: Dawn of Heroes, in suburban Pasay city south of Manila, Philippines. One Championship definitely will return to action this summer during this unprecedented public health crisis, Chatri Sityodtong told The Associated Press on Wednesday June 10, 2020, but the promotion has not finalized a date or location for its first fights. (AP Photo/Bullit Marquez, File)
June 10, 2020 - 5:31 am
One Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong watched with admiration while UFC President Dana White rushed his mixed martial arts promotion back into competition last month amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sityodtong still plans to be a bit more measured on his own path to get One Championship back in the...
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