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  • A farewell to Fedor? Plus other Strikeforce thoughts One unfortunate aspect of being a latecomer to MMA is that I clearly missed some of the best fighters in their prime. I know Chuck Liddell dominated for years, but the first time I saw him in person, Rashad Evans knocked him unconscious. A couple more KOs later, he’s done. Fedor Emelianenko is a more complicated ...
  • Randy Couture, Kimbo Slice … and lacrosse? Closer than you think The NLL (National Lacrosse League) is a lot like hockey with carpet instead of ice and a different type of stick. And like NHL players, NLL players occasionally drop the gloves and throw their fists in fights governed by codes both unofficial and official — in the NLL’s case, written in exquisite detail (see the ...
  • Chael Sonnen’s “Nobody told me” defense A bit of context for today’s California hearing in which UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen made his case to have his suspension reduced or waived: 1. If this were a USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) or WADA (World) case, Sonnen would be toast. Ignorance would be no excuse. 2. That said, USADA and WADA have spelled out their ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter: Season 14, Episode 7: Ground and … hey! Hold still! Roland Delorme’s foot looks nasty, and he’s despondent. He’s supposed to be getting ready for a fight against TJ Dillashaw. Chute Boxe pioneer Rafael Cordeiro comes in to join Mayhem’s training. John Dodson in particular seems entranced as he watches Cordeiro teach. Bisping brings in a special guest of his own — Tito Ortiz. Akira is thrilled. ...
  • The Ultimate Fighter 17, Episode 4: Rap, rap, rippety rap … Maybe we shouldn’t pick on Kevin Casey, the fighter/rapper who finagles an easy matchup in which he’ll take no damage and then proceeds to spend most of the fight on his back doing nothing of interest. He’s clearly quick-witted and thoughtful. He easily wins the rap battle in the house, and his video isn’t that ...
  • Monday Myriad: When figure skaters attack The weekend in myriad sports … Figure skating: If you like seeing Americans in fourth place, the Cup of China was the Grand Prix event for you! Mirai Nagasu, Adam Rippon and the ice dance duo of Madison Chock/Evan Bates all took fourth. Chock and Bates set a personal best with 149.54 points. One surprise: Tatsuki Machida upset ...
  • Myriad most popular I’ve crunched a few numbers to figure out pages that drew at least 0.1 percent of my total page views for the year. (The percentages are slightly lower than they should be due to some extraneous stuff in the stats — scripts, other ways of reaching a page, etc. — so 0.1 may actually be ...
  • Happy Wednesday HEADLINES – New FIFA rankings! Spain, Brazil, Netherlands unchanged in top three. Portugal leaps past Italy and Germany for fourth. Egypt surges to 14th. But the big news is in CONCACAF: USA 16th, Mexico 17th. Mixed bag for the USA’s World Cup opponents: England swapped places with France to take seventh. Slovenia slipped to 29th. Algeria is up ...
  • Believing in Bellator and Bjorn, reality TV edition I was wrong about Bellator. I realize I don’t have to say that. No one asked me if I thought Bellator would survive and thrive. Even though USA TODAY is going for more of a hipster/snarkster audience these days than it was in my full-time decade there, they still would leave headlines like “Another Conversation With ...
  • Monday Myriad: Tifo, Kimbo, figure skaters playing hoops! We’re still in that lull between summer Olympic sports and winter Olympic sports, but we have plenty to report from the weekend. Names in the news include Landon Donovan, Chris Wondolowski, Brad Friedel, Kimbo Slice, Lance Armstrong, Lolo Jones, Dana White and Johnny Weir. MLS Nearly every game meant something … – Columbus 1-1 Kansas City: KC only ...
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