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Jordan Burroughs out of Olympics after defeat to Kyle Dake at US wrestling trials

Dake beats Burroughs in two straight matches to win 74lb spot2012 Olympic and four-time world champion to miss OlympicsJ’den Cox, 2016 Olympic bronze winner, disqualified from trialsKyle Dake ended Jordan Burroughs’ decade of dominance in American wres…

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Rulon Gardner and the lonely afterglow of Olympic gold

The wrestler’s journey from Wyoming to Olympic glory was one of the stories of Sydney 2000. His life afterwards has been just as compellingIn the opening scene of the Olympic Channel’s new documentary film, Rulon, the titular character, a hulking figur…

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Navid Afkari’s unjust death reinforces case for human rights accountability in sport | Craig Foster

Using the power of global sport to effect change in the future is the only good that can come from the Iranian wrestler’s executionThe sporting world learned at the weekend of the grave news that the Iranian wrestling champion, Navid Afkari, had been h…

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Iranian champion wrestler Navid Afkari executed despite global outcry

Afkari had been convicted of killing security guard during anti-government protests in 2018Iran has executed a champion wrestler convicted of murdering a security guard during anti-regime protests in 2018, state media said on Saturday, despite an inter…

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From Olympic pariah to UFC legend: Daniel Cormier’s remarkable second act

The wrestler turned MMA champion appeared to be at a dead end after a disastrous Games in 2008 but he has reinvented himselfDaniel Cormier snuck back into the Olympic Village, hoping his coaches and teammates were at Beijing’s Agricultural University G…

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XFL gets Hollywood ending as Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson group buys league

Former wrestler in deal alongside business partner Dany GarciaActor pays $15m for league billed as spring rival to NFLJohnson was a college football star at University of MiamiDwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s is set to add the title of professional sports l…

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Body found on Venice Beach in search for former WWE star Shad Gaspard

39-year-old was caught in rip tide while swimming with sonWrestler found fame as one half of Cryme Time tag-teamLos Angeles firefighters say a body has been found on Venice Beach, days after former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard was caught in a rip tide whi…

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Body found on Venice Beach in search for former WWE star Shad Gaspard

39-year-old was caught in rip tide while swimming with sonWrestler found fame as one half of Cryme Time tag-teamLos Angeles firefighters say a body has been found on Venice Beach, days after former WWE wrestler Shad Gaspard was caught in a rip tide whi…

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King of the ring: meet Drew McIntyre, Britain’s larger than life wrestler

Drew McIntyre is one of wrestling’s biggest stars – and his compelling real-life story is every bit as gripping as his outrageously scripted fightsI’m going to try to describe to you the general vibe of Drew McIntyre. Drew McIntyre is a WWE Superstar. …

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Former UFC star Ronda Rousey says she left WWE due to ‘ungrateful’ fans

33-year-old also cites hectic schedule as reason for departureRousey was one of world highest-earning female athletesFormer UFC champion Ronda Rousey says her decision to curtail her WWE career is due to her antipathy towards fans and a hectic schedule…

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Former Patriot Rob Gronkowski close to signing WWE deal, according to report

Three-time Super Bowl champion is a pro wrestling fan30-year-old retired early citing toll on body and mindThe former New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski is close to signing a deal with WWE, according to a report from Fox Sport’s WWE Backstage sho…

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‘It feels good to pin a guy’: the North Carolina girl making history on the mat

Heaven Fitch, 16, has made national headlines after becoming the first girl to win a North Carolina high school wrestling title and an emerging role model for young female grapplersHeaven Fitch just wanted to be like her three older brothers. At six ye…

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‘It feels good to pin a guy’: the North Carolina girl making history on the mat

Heaven Fitch, 16, has made national headlines after becoming the first girl to win a North Carolina high school wrestling title and an emerging role model for young female grapplersHeaven Fitch just wanted to be like her three older brothers. At six ye…

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Heaven Fitch: teenage girl beats boys to North Carolina wrestling title – video

A female wrestler has made history by winning a state high school wrestling championship in North Carolina. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association said on its website that Heaven Fitch became the first girl to win one of the association’s …

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‘I kind of dominated’: teenage girl beats boys to North Carolina wrestling title

Heaven Fitch wins state championship in 106lb divisionTeenager started wrestling after watching her brothersA female wrestler has made history by winning a state high school wrestling championship in North Carolina.The North Carolina High School Athlet…

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David wrestles with some big issues but Goliath too often gets the verdict | Tim Lewis

Athletes are often told they should stick to sport but they and their fans should sometimes speak upDavid Starr would make a decent Labour candidate in a marginal seat. He would certainly be up for a scrap. On the economy his line deviates little from …

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Referee who forced wrestler to cut dreadlocks banned for two years

Alan Maloney given two-year ban for December 2018 incidentNew Jersey referee is suing for defamation, emotional distressA referee who told a New Jersey high school wrestler to cut his dreadlocks or forfeit a match last year was suspended by the state f…

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Why 2012 London Olympics drug cheats are still being caught

Retrospective testing means athletes cannot breathe easily for a decade, but the system is flawedWhen two swimmers refused to acknowledge victories by Chinese swimmer Sun Yang at the last month’s world swimming championships, the very public protests r…

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Gold medal-winning wrestler is 60th athlete disqualified from London 2012

Artur Taymazov stripped of 2008 Olympic gold in 2017Taymazov won gold at 2004, 2008 and 2012 GamesUzbek freestyle wrestler Artur Taymazov has been stripped of his London 2012 Olympic gold medal after re-analysis of stored samples, the International Oly…

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‘We worship the body’: India’s kushti mud wrestlers – a photo essay

Caste and religion are left at the door of India’s traditional wrestling academies, where the pursuit of physical grace and brute force is a pathway out of poverty By day Amol Patil, 23, is a security guard, standing in a sentry box outside a company o…