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  • MMA rankings: Fabricio Werdum shows why he is a top fighter

    MMA rankings: Fabricio Werdum shows why he is a top fighter

    The Times’ MMA rankings for October, as compiled by Todd Martin Heavyweight 1. Stipe Miocic 2. Alistair Overeem 3. Fabricio Werdum 4. Cain Velasquez 5. Junior Dos Santos 6. Vitaly Minakov 7. Francis Ngannou 8. Mark Hunt 9. Derrick Lewis 10. Alexander Volkov Fabricio Werdum had his opponent switched...

  • MMA rankings: Stipe Miocic cements his place atop the heavyweight division

    MMA rankings: Stipe Miocic cements his place atop the heavyweight division

    The Times’ MMA rankings for January as compiled by Todd Martin. Heavyweight 1. Stipe Miocic 2. Francis Ngannou 3. Alistair Overeem 4. Fabricio Werdum 5. Cain Velasquez 6. Junior Dos Santos 7. Vitaly Minakov 8. Mark Hunt 9. Derrick Lewis 10. Alexander Volkov Stipe Miocic successfully turned back...

  • UFC 220: Stipe Miocic halts Francis Ngannou hype train

    UFC 220: Stipe Miocic halts Francis Ngannou hype train

    Stipe Miocic became the first fighter to defend the UFC heavyweight title three times, dominating Francis Ngannou for five rounds in a unanimous-decision victory Saturday night at UFC 220. Miocic won 50-44 on all three scorecards and was never seriously tested by the raw but unrefined Ngannou. ...

  • Rory MacDonald overcomes gruesome injury to take welterweight belt

    Rory MacDonald overcomes gruesome injury to take welterweight belt

    Rory MacDonald’s fortitude was already well known from his epic 2015 welterweight title loss to then-UFC champion Robbie Lawler. Saturday at the Forum, MacDonald burnished his reputation by overcoming a gruesome, third-round left leg injury to wrest the Bellator MMA welterweight belt from Douglas...

  • Fight notes: Mikey Garcia has new fight date, but is it even worth keeping?

    Fight notes: Mikey Garcia has new fight date, but is it even worth keeping?

    Mikey Garcia could have been excused for finding a way out of a postponed fight against obscure lightweight champion Sergey Lipinets. Instead, he’s shifted to a worse date. Showtime announced Friday that Riverside’s Garcia (37-0, 30 knockouts) will now seek a fourth division belt on March 10 at...

College Basketball

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  • College basketball: TCU tops No. 7 West Virginia; Va Tech takes down No. 10 UNC

    College basketball: TCU tops No. 7 West Virginia; Va Tech takes down No. 10 UNC

    Desmond Bane scored eight of his 15 points in just over a minute early in the second half Monday night, helping Texas Christian to an 82-73 victory over No. 7 West Virginia at Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs, 15-5 overall and 3-5 in the Big 12, won at home against a top 10 opponent for the...

  • Report: Moses Brown commits to play basketball for UCLA

    Report: Moses Brown commits to play basketball for UCLA

    Moses Brown, a 7-foot-1, 241-pound center from Briarwood (N.Y.) Archbishop Molloy High who is considered one of the nation’s most highly coveted prospects, told Slam Magazine on Monday that he had committed to UCLA. The McDonald’s All-American told the magazine that he was lured by the school’s...

  • College basketball: No. 2 Virginia defeats Wake Forest to stay undefeated in ACC play

    College basketball: No. 2 Virginia defeats Wake Forest to stay undefeated in ACC play

    Kyle Guy scored 17 points, and No. 2 Virginia beat Wake Forest 59-49 on Sunday night for its 10th straight win. De'Andre Hunter added 16 points to help the first-place Cavaliers (18-1, 7-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) extend their longest winning streak since 2015-16 and open league play with seven...

  • UCLA's rally comes up short in loss against Oregon

    UCLA's rally comes up short in loss against Oregon

    The rivalry that once generated a Lonzo Ball step-back 30-footer and a Dillon Brooks buzzer-beater produced something almost as compelling Saturday night. Oregon appeared to be on the way to administering a smackdown of UCLA at Matthew Knight Arena when the Bruins delivered their own powerful counterpunch....

  • USC wins fourth straight with 74-67 victory over Oregon State

    USC wins fourth straight with 74-67 victory over Oregon State

    Elijah Stewart had 18 points and USC won their fourth straight with a 74-67 victory over Oregon State on Saturday night. Jordan Usher added 14 points for USC (15-6, 6-2 Pac-12), who have won four straight in the series against the Beavers (11-8, 3-4). With their victory over Oregon on Thursday,...

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Soccer

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  • Diego Rossi gets acquainted with new surroundings at LAFC

    Diego Rossi gets acquainted with new surroundings at LAFC

    Diego Rossi has spent just two days in Los Angeles but he already has a feel for the city. “Muy grande y mucho trafico,” Rossi said Monday after his first training session with the Los Angeles Football Club. “It’s a very beautiful city,” the Uruguayan forward continued in Spanish. “It’s really...

  • U.S. women's soccer wins their first match of 2018 against Denmark 5-1

    U.S. women's soccer wins their first match of 2018 against Denmark 5-1

    It’s been nearly a decade since the women’s national soccer team finished a year with fewer victories than the 12 it had last season. And it’s been 16 years since it lost more games than the three it lost in 2017. That probably says more about how good the U.S. women have been over the years than...

  • Dramatic makeover gives Galaxy hope for playoffs following worst season in franchise history

    Dramatic makeover gives Galaxy hope for playoffs following worst season in franchise history

    Last season was the Galaxy’s shortest since 2008, the last time the team missed the playoffs. And that gave Gio dos Santos a long offseason to think about what happened. “Nothing in life is easy,” he said in Spanish. “We all go through some difficult times and last year was one of those. It was...

  • LAFC's Bob Bradley has experience running a team with no history

    LAFC's Bob Bradley has experience running a team with no history

    The things that make an expansion team special are the same things that make managing one so hard. There’s no history and no tradition. The name is new, the stadium is new, the uniforms are new and so are the players, at least to one another. “It’s a strange feeling,” said Carlos Vela, the Mexican...

  • NFL draft helped lead Julie Ertz to starring role on women's soccer team

    NFL draft helped lead Julie Ertz to starring role on women's soccer team

    When the Philadelphia Eagles selected tight end Zach Ertz in the second round of the 2013 NFL draft, it’s unlikely anyone with the women’s national soccer team noticed. But they should have. Because while Ertz’s signing netted the Eagles a sure-handed receiver that has taken them to Sunday’s NFC...

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