Women's martial arts

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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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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A locked gate is seen by the Etihad Stadium where Manchester City was due to play Burnley in an English Premier League soccer match Saturday March 14, 2020, after all English soccer games were cancelled due to the spread of the COVID-19 Coronavirus. For most people, the new COVID-19 coronavirus causes only mild or moderate symptoms, but for some it can cause more severe illness.(AP Photo/Jon Super)
April 01, 2020 - 8:57 pm
The Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: A player for the Philadelphia Union has tested positive for coronavirus. It is Major League Soccer’s first player case of the virus that has caused the suspension of the season. The Union did not identify the...
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Boca Juniors' Carlos Tevez kisses Gimnasia y Esgrima 's coach Diego Maradona prior to an Argentina's soccer league match at La Bombonera stadium in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Saturday, March 7, 2020. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
March 18, 2020 - 12:08 am
The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic's effect on sports around the world (all times local): ___ 11:55 p.m. An unidentified NHL player has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The Ottawa Senators announced late Tuesday night one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, has mild...
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Snow falls on the Olympic rings near the New National Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
March 14, 2020 - 3:46 pm
As the IOC attempts to keep the 2020 Olympics on schedule, many of the events that determine who would compete in Tokyo have been postponed or canceled. Here is the status of U.S. or world qualifying in many of the Olympic disciplines: ATHLETICS The U.S. Olympic track and field trials are still...
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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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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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