Martial arts

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Organizing staffs climb the wall in the test event of Speed Climbing in preparation for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Aomi Urban Sports Park Friday, March 6, 2020, in Tokyo. The recent outbreak of the coronavirus has forced them to cancel or postpone several. But they allowed a sport climbing event on Friday to go ahead, with a few restrictions: like the absence of elite athletes. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
March 10, 2020 - 11:54 am
DÜSSELDORF, Germany (AP) — For many athletes and teams who have yet to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, the global virus outbreak is spoiling plans and ruining hopes. Qualifying events are being canceled or postponed almost daily, and time is running out for athletes to prove they meet the standard...
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Zhang Weili celebrates her win by decision over Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the women's strawweight championship mixed martial arts bout at UFC 248 on Saturday, March 7, 2020, in Las Vegas. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
March 08, 2020 - 4:05 am
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Zhang Weili and Joanna Jedrzedczyk were left bloody, bruised and swollen after the strawweights staged one of the most spectacular title fights in recent mixed martial arts history. And though the main event of UFC 248 couldn't measure up to that penultimate scrap, both champions...
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UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya, of Nigeria, prepares for a UFC 248 open workout, in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March 4, 2020. (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)
March 06, 2020 - 6:06 pm
Israel Adesanya sat down in a crowded room at the UFC's Las Vegas training center and greeted the crowd in English and Mandarin. He apologized for his relative lack of proficiency in the second language, which he learned during his kickboxing career in China. “If I'd had a Chinese girlfriend back...
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Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, third left in a pink suit, the first athlete from Kosovo to win a gold medal at the games, poses with International Judo Federation President Marius Viser, second right, in front of the bronze statue in her hometown Peja, Kosovo, Friday, Feb. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Zenel Zhinipotoku)
February 28, 2020 - 11:46 am
PEJA, Kosovo (AP) — Majlinda Kelmendi, the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic Games gold medal, unveiled a statue of herself in her hometown on Friday. Kelmendi is a judoka. She won the 52-kilograms division at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games. She's also a two-time world champion and two-...
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a view of part of the temporary hospital with 1100 beds converted from the Wuhan Sports Center in Wuhan in central China's Hubei Province, Feb. 12, 2020. Without enough facilities to handle the number of cases of viral infection, Wuhan has been building prefabricated hospitals and converting a gym and other large spaces to house patients and try to isolate them from others. (Cheng Min/Xinhua via AP)
February 23, 2020 - 6:15 am
ATHLETICS World indoor championships in Nanjing from March 13-15 postponed to March 2021. Hong Kong Marathon on Feb. 9 cancelled. Asian indoor championships in Hangzhou from Feb. 12-13 cancelled. Tokyo Marathon on March 1: Restricted to elite runners. Nagoya Women's Marathon on March 8: Restricted...
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Spanish karate athlete Damian Quinteros is reflected in a large mirror as he trains in Madrid, Spain, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020. More than five years ago, one of Spain's most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Now, nearly five months before the Tokyo Games, Quintero is a full-time karateka and a top contender for the gold medal in Japan. (AP Photo/Paul White)
February 18, 2020 - 5:50 am
MADRID (AP) — More than five years ago, one of Spain’s most successful karate athletes was splitting his time between practice, graduate school and his day job as an aeronautical engineer. Before training and studying at night, Damián Quintero spent hours analyzing faulty airplane parts and working...
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Jon Jones, left, connects a punch on Dominick Reyes, right, during a light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout at UFC 247 Sunday, Feb. 9, 2020, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)
February 09, 2020 - 3:51 am
HOUSTON (AP) — Jon Jones retained his title at UFC 247, beating Dominick Reyes by unanimous decision. After the bout, opinions on the outcome were anything but unanimous. Jones retained his light heavyweight belt Saturday night following a surprisingly strong opening by Reyes. The unanimous...
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February 07, 2020 - 3:11 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — Jon Jones believes he’s a superior fighter to Dominick Reyes. But the UFC light heavyweight champion knows that he can’t underestimate Reyes on Saturday night when they meet in the main event of UFC 247. “For him to be so inexperienced there’s something inside me that lets me know,...
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January 26, 2020 - 2:21 am
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Cris Justino walked through the Forum tunnels a few hours before her Bellator debut, deliberately soaking in her memories of the biggest defeat of her fighting life just 13 months ago in this arena. And then the woman known as Cyborg started the new chapter of her career...
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Conor McGregor smiles after defeating Donald "Cowboy" Cerrone during a UFC 246 welterweight mixed martial arts bout Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
January 19, 2020 - 3:44 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — After three years without a victory, Conor McGregor needed only 40 seconds to reclaim his place at the center of the mixed martial arts world. McGregor's dynamic stoppage of Donald Cerrone in UFC 246 on Saturday night put the Irish superstar firmly in control of the future of two...
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