The Aging Fighter Who May Be Russia’s Favorite American

The Russian, 29-year-old Levan Persaev, apologized for winning and told Mr. Monson that the fight — not a full mixed martial arts bout but a slightly more subdued “grappling” match — should have been declared a draw. “Jeff, I just want to say how much I respect you Read more [...]

Egyptian Judo Athlete Refuses Handshake After Losing to Israeli

Photo Egypt’s Islam El Shehaby, in blue, with Israel’s Or Sasson after their judo match Friday. Credit Markus Schreiber/Associated Press RIO DE JANEIRO — An Egyptian judoka declined to shake hands with his Israeli opponent after their match on Friday, eliciting jeers from the crowd. Read more [...]

With Seconds to Spare, Katinka Hosszu Sets Medley Record

Photo Katinka Hosszu set a world record in the women’s 400-meter individual medley Saturday night. Credit Doug Mills/The New York Times After repeated frustration on the sport’s biggest stage, Katinka Hosszu of Hungary crushed the world record in the women’s 400-meter individual medley Saturday night to capture gold for the first Olympic medal of her career. Hosszu, known as the Iron Lady for her grueling schedule, led all the way and touched in 4 minutes 26.36 seconds, eclipsing the record of 4:28.43 held by Ye Shiwen of China Read more [...]

New York to Require $1 Million Brain-Injury Coverage for Mixed Martial Artists

Photo Jose Aldo taking a shot from Frankie Edgar during a mixed martial arts bout at U.F.C. 200 on July 9 in Las Vegas. Credit John Locher/Associated Press ALBANY — New York will require $1 million coverage for life-threatening brain injuries and other new health insurance for both professional boxers and its first group of licensed mixed martial artists under state regulations expected to take effect in September. Read more [...]