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France to boost sport practice ahead of Paris 2024 Olympics

Oct. 14, 2021 09:34 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — French President Emmanuel Macron said Thursday that the government will help fund 5,000 local facilities to allow more people to practice sports, especially in the country’s poorest areas, ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympics. The announcement came hours...

Fighter dies weeks after knock out during Mississippi event

Oct. 05, 2021 18:40 PM EDT

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — A 38-year-old mixed martial arts fighter has died more than a month after he was knocked out in the ring during a Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship event in Biloxi, Mississippi. Justin Ray Thornton died Monday, the Natchez Democrat reported. He...

Police: UFC star Jon Jones dented police SUV with his head

Sep. 28, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former UFC champion Jon Jones dented a patrol vehicle with his head during his arrest last week on a domestic battery charge for allegedly grabbing his fiancée by her hair, according to an arrest report made public Tuesday. Jones’ fiancée left their...

Volkanovski, Shevchenko defend at UFC 266; Lawler stops Diaz

Sep. 26, 2021 03:46 AM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Alexander Volkanovski defended his featherweight title with a bloody, tumultuous unanimous decision over Brian Ortega, and Valentina Shevchenko defended her flyweight belt with a fourth-round stoppage of Lauren Murphy at UFC 266 on Saturday night. Nick...

Neo-Nazis are still on Facebook. And they’re making money

Sep. 25, 2021 08:36 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — It’s the premier martial arts group in Europe for right-wing extremists. German authorities have twice banned their signature tournament. But Kampf der Nibelungen, or Battle of the Nibelungs, still thrives on Facebook, where organizers maintain multiple pages, as well as...

Former UFC champ Jon Jones jailed in Vegas battery incident

Sep. 24, 2021 21:45 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Former UFC champion Jon Jones was jailed in Las Vegas early Friday after an incident at Caesars Palace that police said led to his arrest on charges of domestic battery and damaging a vehicle. Details of the incident that led to Jones' 5:45 a.m. arrest...

Man charged in anti-Asian rant against Olympic athlete

Sep. 24, 2021 20:36 PM EDT

ORANGE, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors filed a hate crime charge against a 26-year-old man Friday in connection with an anti-Asian rant targeted at a Japanese-American Olympic athlete in Southern California earlier this year. The defendant, Michael Orlando Vivona, was...

Nick Diaz returns at UFC 266, still angry and conflicted

Sep. 24, 2021 14:30 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nick Diaz is a 38-year-old mixed martial artist who hasn't competed in nearly seven years and hasn't won a fight in a decade. He is also the biggest star on the card and the most compelling reason to watch UFC 266. That's not an indictment of Alexander...

Seven female Afghan taekwondo athletes resettle in Australia

Sep. 21, 2021 23:23 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A sports association official says seven female taekwondo athletes who fled Taliban-controlled Afghanistan have resettled in Melbourne. Australian Taekwondo’s chief executive Heather Garriock said Wednesday the women are completing...

Former President Trump to serve as boxing commentator

Sep. 08, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

Former President Donald Trump is scheduled to provide commentary from ringside Saturday for an exhibition boxing card headlined by 58-year-old former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield. Trump will be joined by his son, Donald Jr., in Hollywood, Florida, for the...