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 [...]

Burroughs Wins First Wrestling Gold for U.S.

LONDON — Jordan Burroughs gave the United States its first wrestling gold medal of the London Games, winning the men’s 74-kilogram freestyle final against Sadegh Saeed Goudarzi of Iran, 1-0, 1-0. Burroughs, who grew up in New Jersey, has won 38 straight freestyle matches since leaving the University of Nebraska. LEAVING EMPTY-HANDED A day after his sister Diana lost her first-round taekwondo fight, Steven Lopez fell in his opening bout in the men’s under-80-kilogram division, ending his hopes for a third Olympic title. Read more [...]