Trump watches sumo, but it’s not just a sport in Japan

U.S. 05/26/19, 08:37

President Donald Trump watched sumo wrestling with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Sunday, May 26, becoming the first American leader to do so. Trump, who is on a four-day state visit to Japan, presented a huge custom-made trophy to the winner. Some key facts about sumo, which is deeply tied ...

Lucha Libre wrestler Silver King dies at London performance

Sports 05/12/19, 14:22

A well-known Mexican wrestler who co-starred in the comedy "Nacho Libre" has died of a suspected heart attack after collapsing on stage in London.Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron, the lucha libre star known as Silver King, performed Saturday night at The Roundhouse. The north London venue said Sunday on Twitter that ...

Spectator charged with assaulting WWE star Bret Hart

New York 04/08/19, 07:23

Authorities say a spectator faces assault and trespassing charges after tackling wrestler Bret "The Hitman" Hart while he was giving a speech during the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony in Brooklyn.Bail was set at $1,500 for Zachary Madsen of Lincoln, Nebraska at a hearing on Sunday night. The judge also ...

Broad Street Bullies: UFC set to hit Philly for 3rd time

Sports 03/29/19, 10:08

Justin Gaethje took a peek at the Philadelphia Flyers ice that covered the arena floor and recalled a time on that spot when he let a chance at wrestling triumph slip away.Gaethje was a Division I All-American wrestler at Northern Colorado and was closing his career in 2011 at the ...

Penn State seeks 8th NCAA wrestling title in 9 years

Sports 03/20/19, 15:29

Penn State is poised to send out another senior class as four-time national champions and cement its status as the college powerhouse of the past decade.The Nittany Lions (14-0) are the prohibitive favorites to claim the team title at this weekend's NCAA Championships for the eighth time in nine years ...

Professional wrestler King Kong Bundy dies at age 61

Sports 03/05/19, 12:43

King Kong Bundy, the 6-foot-4 (193-centimeter) professional wrestler best known for facing Hulk Hogan in WrestleMania 2, has died. He was 61.Bundy died Monday, said promoter and longtime friend David Herro. He posted on Facebook : "Today we lost a Legend and a man I consider family." The cause of ...

At 34, Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights

Sports 02/28/19, 19:08

Ben Askren retired nearly 18 months ago. He was content to end his mixed martial arts career as one of the best fighters never to compete in the UFC.Although the unbeaten former collegiate wrestling star had dominated competition around the world for nearly a decade, his tactical fighting style and ...

In Bolivia, a new generation of wrestlers in bowler hats

Sports 02/27/19, 00:01

A new generation of athletes is coming to one of the world's more colorful sporting spectacles: the fighting cholitas of Bolivia, who take to a wrestling ring in the traditional billowing skirts, bowler hats and leather shoes of Aymara women.The sport — known by the English-derived name catchascan — has ...

Dwayne Johnson goes indie with ‘Fighting With My Family’

Entertainment 02/22/19, 11:18

Believe it or not, Hollywood executives told Dwayne Johnson "no thanks" when he pitched his latest movie.It was an unusual rejection for the industry's reigning box office champion, whose "Jumanji" reboot in 2017 made nearly $1 billion worldwide. And so before he trades insults with Jason Statham in "Hobbs & ...

Photos: Centuries-old Indian pole wrestling goes global

Sports 02/15/19, 01:49

Is it gymnastics? Is it yoga? Is it even a sport?Picture a person climbing a coconut tree. Now imagine the person twisting, turning, rotating and practicing yoga postures, all while firmly gripping the tree with the thighs. Mallakhamb is this and more.Mallakhamb is a traditional training exercise for wrestlers in ...

Wisconsin judge tosses wrestler’s suspension, worrying refs

Sports 02/12/19, 18:23

A Wisconsin judge overturned a high school wrestler's suspension for unsportsmanlike conduct after the student's parents took legal action, worrying referees and the state's athletic association that officiating decisions could be undermined by courts.At issue is a Feb. 2 wrestling contest in which the victor was suspended for one match ...

PHOTOS: Camels wrestle in traditional Turkish event

Sports 01/24/19, 02:38

Braveheart, Crazy Hasan, The Conqueror and Black Diamond were among the furry, hump-backed contestants in this year's annual sporting showdown in Turkey: camel wrestling.Thousands of spectators gathered in the Aegean town of Selcuk to watch the event, a tradition that dates back 2,400 years. While smaller festivals are held across ...

Pro wrestling interviewer ‘Mean Gene’ Okerlund dies

Sports 01/02/19, 16:21

Eugene "Mean Gene" Okerlund, whose deadpan interviews of pro wrestling superstars like "Macho Man" Randy Savage, The Ultimate Warrior and Hulk Hogan made him a ringside fixture in his own right, has died. He was 76.World Wrestling Entertainment announced Okerlund's death on its website Wednesday. Okerlund's son, Tor Okerlund, told ...

Top 2018 Mississippi stories include Senate race, road money

Sports 12/29/18, 13:44

Mississippi elected a new senator while wrestling with its old ghosts, lawmakers approved a new funding stream to improve transportation after Gov. Phil Bryant was forced to close hundreds of bridges, and Mississippi saw the biggest expansion of gambling since casinos were legalized. Those were among Mississippi's top news stories in ...

Team to skip events with ref who told wrestler to cut dreads

Sports 12/26/18, 22:24

A New Jersey school district says its wrestling team will no longer compete in events officiated by a referee who told a wrestler to lose his dreadlocks or forfeit his bout.The announcement came during an emergency meeting held Wednesday with the Buena Regional school board and members of the community. ...

Wrestler’s attorney suggests haircut due to ref’s tardiness

Sports 12/24/18, 14:05

A lawyer for a high school wrestler whose dreadlocks were cut off minutes before his match after a referee told him to lose the hairstyle or forfeit his bout is suggesting the impromptu hair cut was due in part to the referee's tardiness.Andrew Johnson, who is black, had a cover ...

Koreas bid for UNESCO recognition of traditional wrestling

Sports 11/26/18, 01:13

North and South Korea are making a first joint bid for an international recognition of Korean traditional wrestling.South Korean culture officials on Monday said a UNESCO committee is set to determine whether to add the Korean wrestling to its list of "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity" this week.The Koreas had ...

Deja Blue: Penn State big favorites for 8th title in 9 years

Sports 11/09/18, 18:30

The Penn State wrestling team has become arguably the top program in all of college sports, winning seven national titles in the last eight seasons.Few seem to believe that will change in 2018-19: The Nittany Lions, who return seven All Americans and four past national champions, received all 16 first-place ...

WWE women’s movement takes hit with Saudi Arabia involvement

Sports 10/23/18, 17:03

Former WWE champ Alexa Bliss ditched her skimpy two-piece ring gear for a full bodysuit. Performing for the first time in the United Arab Emirates, where strict rules govern what women wear in public, Bliss wasn't about to risk offending a nation set to have WWE female wrestlers fight on ...

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