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Ukraine boycotts judo Olympic qualifier as Russians compete

Jun. 24, 2022 12:20 PM EDT

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia (AP) — Ukraine has begun a boycott of international judo events because the Russian team was allowed to compete as Olympic qualification began on Friday. Judo is one of the few Olympic sports in which Russians can still compete, though they must do so without...

Procházka takes 205-pound title from Teixeira at UFC 275

Jun. 12, 2022 01:33 AM EDT

SINGAPORE (AP) — Jiri Procházka stopped Glover Teixeira by submission with 28 seconds left in the fifth round to claim the UFC light heavyweight title in a grueling bout at UFC 275 on Sunday. Procházka survived nearly five rounds of consistent punishment from the 42-year-old...

Alex Rodriguez invests in Professional Fighters League

May. 19, 2022 09:38 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is taking a swing at mixed martial arts as an investor and board member for the Professional Fighters League. The PFL announced the addition of the former New York Yankees star to its board of directors Thursday. Rodriguez's...

Doctor who fought church gunman remembered as kind protector

May. 18, 2022 20:22 PM EDT

ALISO VIEJO, Calif. (AP) — He was known by all as simply Dr. John, the quiet, calm physician who mentored kids in kung fu, finding time between patient appointments to encourage people to learn self-defense. So it was no surprise to friends and colleagues that John Cheng spent his final moments...

Delayed Southeast Asian Games begin in Vietnam's capital

May. 12, 2022 11:33 AM EDT

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) — The Southeast Asian Games officially kicked off Thursday with a mask-optional opening ceremony in Vietnam's capital, the first major gathering in the country since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. “Despite the difficulties caused by COVID-19, we are...

Oliveira defeats Gaethje, Esparza earns title at UFC 274

May. 08, 2022 03:15 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Charles Oliveira went to the canvas on two hard punches and another on a takedown, all in the first round. Each time, Justin Gaethje let him back up, hoping to inflict more damage and get the Brazilian to give up. Giving up is no longer a part of...

Woman tackled at UFC 274 trying to climb into octagon

May. 08, 2022 03:06 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A woman was tackled shortly after UFC 274 for trying to climb into the octagon on Saturday night. The woman ran from the stands and leaped onto the stage a few seconds after Charles Oliveira submitted Justin Gaethje in the first round. She started to climb the side...

Oliveira fails to make weight for UFC 274, must vacate title

May. 06, 2022 20:13 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Charles Oliveira didn’t make weight on Friday and must vacate his lightweight title. Now only Justin Gaethje can claim the belt during UFC 274. Oliveira (32-8) came in a half-pound over the 155 limit. If he wins Saturday night, he will be the No. 1 contender and...

Volkanovski mauls Korean Zombie to retain belt at UFC 273

Apr. 10, 2022 01:51 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Alexander Volkanovski mauled Chan Sung Jung at UFC 273 early Sunday, earning a technical knockout seconds into the fourth round to retain the featherweight belt. The 33-year-old Volkanovski (24-1) extended his professional winning streak to 21, including...

UFC 273: Volkanovski defends featherweight belt vs Zombie

Apr. 08, 2022 15:54 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Alexander Volkanovski has quietly become one of the greatest featherweights in UFC history. His last four victories came against top contender Brian Ortega and longtime weight-class stalwarts Max Holloway (twice) and José Aldo. Now, after finally starting...