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Canadian fighter Ryan (The Big Deal) Jimmo pushing for change in UFC

Injuries, however, haven't prevented the outspoken UFC light-heavyweight from fighting for what he believes is right. In a sport where job security is next to nil, the 33-year-old Jimmo doesn't pull punches outside the cage. The Saint John native, who now calls Arizona home after stints in Edmonton and Halifax, has spoken out against the UFC's deal with Reebok and in favour of a fighters' associ…

  • DeGale Adds World Title To Olympic Gold
    DeGale Adds World Title To Olympic Gold Sky News - Sun, 24 May, 2015

    James DeGale defeated Andre Dirrell to become the first British Olympic boxing gold medallist to win a professional world title. The British super-middleweight won the … More »DeGale Adds World Title To Olympic Gold

    DeGale Adds World Title To Olympic Gold

    James DeGale defeated Andre Dirrell to become the first British Olympic boxing gold medallist to win a professional world title. The British super-middleweight won the vacant IBF world championship by out-pointing Dirrell in Boston. DeGale floored his American opponent twice in the second round and although Dirrell came …

  • Journal de Quebec sports journalist Albert Ladouceur dies at the age of 63 The Canadian Press - Sat, 23 May, 2015

    Sports journalist Albert Ladouceur has died in a Quebec hospital at the age of 63. Ladouceur suffered from pancreas cancer, a disease he found out he had in August 2013. … More »Journal de Quebec sports journalist Albert Ladouceur dies at the age of 63

    Sports journalist Albert Ladouceur has died in a Quebec hospital at the age of 63. Ladouceur suffered from pancreas cancer, a disease he found out he had in August 2013. Ladouceur worked for the Journal de Quebec and was last featured in their paper in mid-April.

  • James DeGale, Andre Dirrell.  Mary Schwalm / The Associated Press
    DeGale gagne le titre IBF des super moyens La Presse Canadienne - Sat, 23 May, 2015

    BOSTON - James DeGale est devenu le premier boxeur britannique à gagner une médaille d'or olympique et un titre professionnel samedi, l'emportant par décision … More »DeGale gagne le titre IBF des super moyens

    James DeGale, Andre Dirrell.  Mary Schwalm / The Associated Press

    BOSTON - James DeGale est devenu le premier boxeur britannique à gagner une médaille d'or olympique et un titre professionnel samedi, l'emportant par décision unanime des juges contre Andre Dirrell à l'Aréna Agganis de l'Université de Boston pour s'emparer du titre vacant des poids super moyens de l'International …

  • Montreal's John Makdessi looks to make most of high-profile bout at UFC 187 The Canadian Press - Thu, 21 May, 2015

    Montreal lightweight John (The Bull) Makdessi will be in select company Saturday at UFC 187. Makdessi (12-3) is right in the thick of it after stepping in for the injured … More »Montreal's John Makdessi looks to make most of high-profile bout at UFC 187

    Montreal lightweight John (The Bull) Makdessi will be in select company Saturday at UFC 187. Makdessi (12-3) is right in the thick of it after stepping in for the injured Khabib Nurmagomedov, ranked second among lightweight contenders, in late April to face No. 3 Donald (Cowboy) Cerrone (27-6 with one no contest). The …

  • Rugby joins SportAccord exodus Reuters - Thu, 21 May, 2015

    Rugby joined equestrian, curling and table tennis in cutting ties with SportAccord on Thursday, the latest round of walkouts after its president sharply criticized the … More »Rugby joins SportAccord exodus

    Rugby joined equestrian, curling and table tennis in cutting ties with SportAccord on Thursday, the latest round of walkouts after its president sharply criticized the International Olympic Committee (IOC). Some 18 Olympic federations have already withdrawn their membership of the umbrella organization, which represents …

  • FIFA central to soccer's success despite scandals Reuters - Wed, 20 May, 2015

    One of FIFA president Sepp Blatter's favorite lines is that his organization boasts more members than the United Nations. The comparison may be slightly open to question … More »FIFA central to soccer's success despite scandals

    One of FIFA president Sepp Blatter's favorite lines is that his organization boasts more members than the United Nations. The comparison may be slightly open to question as some of FIFA's 209 members are not fully independent nations and therefore not eligible to join the UN. No other sport has quite the same ability …

  • IOC President Bach speaks during a news conference in Rio
    Truth 'too shocking' for IOC but pressure must stop: Vizer Reuters - Wed, 20 May, 2015

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - SportAccord president Marius Vizer has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to end pressure on federations to withdraw … More »Truth 'too shocking' for IOC but pressure must stop: Vizer

    IOC President Bach speaks during a news conference in Rio

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - SportAccord president Marius Vizer has urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to end pressure on federations to withdraw their membership of his organization after he criticized the Olympic body last month. Vizer, who heads the international judo federation and the umbrella …

  • Froch Says DeGale Fight Doesn't Interest Him
    Froch Says DeGale Fight Doesn't Interest Him Sky News - Tue, 19 May, 2015

    Carl Froch has said he is not interested in fighting James DeGale even if he brings a world title back to Britain. The former IBF super-middleweight champion's old title … More »Froch Says DeGale Fight Doesn't Interest Him

    Froch Says DeGale Fight Doesn't Interest Him

    Carl Froch has said he is not interested in fighting James DeGale even if he brings a world title back to Britain. The former IBF super-middleweight champion's old title is on the line when the Londoner takes on American rival Andre Dirrell in Boston this Saturday. Froch vacated the title back in February with DeGale …

  • 'Sting like a butterfly': Holyfield jabs Romney in charity boxing match that raises $1 million The Canadian Press - Sat, 16 May, 2015

    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring at a charity fight night event … More »'Sting like a butterfly': Holyfield jabs Romney in charity boxing match that raises $1 million

    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City. Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred, if you could call it that, for just two short rounds Friday before Romney ran away from the boxer …

  • Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney walk to the ring before his bout with five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield at a charity fight night event Friday, May 15, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The black-tie event will raise money for the Utah-based organization CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
    Mitt Romney lasts 2 rounds against Holyfield in charity boxing match that raises $1 million The Canadian Press - Sat, 16 May, 2015

    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring Friday at a charity fight night … More »Mitt Romney lasts 2 rounds against Holyfield in charity boxing match that raises $1 million

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann Romney walk to the ring before his bout with five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield at a charity fight night event Friday, May 15, 2015, in Salt Lake City. The black-tie event will raise money for the Utah-based organization CharityVision, which helps doctors in developing countries perform surgeries to restore vision in people with curable blindness. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

    Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and five-time heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield squared off in the ring Friday at a charity fight night event in Salt Lake City. Romney, 68, and Holyfield, 52, sparred, if you could call it that, for just two short rounds before Romney ran away from the boxer …

  • Rahaman Ali, older brother of Muhammad Ali, steps into their childhood home Friday, May 15, 2015 in Louisville, Ky. The house, listed on the Kentucky Registry of Historic Places is scheduled to be transformed from the dilapidated abandoned house it is now, to how it looked in the 1950's when Ali was a child including restoring the pink exterior paint. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)
    Former Pennsylvania boxing commissioner accelerating plans to renovate Ali's boyhood home The Canadian Press - Fri, 15 May, 2015

    A former Pennsylvania state boxing commissioner is accelerating stalled plans to renovate Muhammad Ali's boyhood home in Kentucky. George Bochetto recently acquired … More »Former Pennsylvania boxing commissioner accelerating plans to renovate Ali's boyhood home

    Rahaman Ali, older brother of Muhammad Ali, steps into their childhood home Friday, May 15, 2015 in Louisville, Ky. The house, listed on the Kentucky Registry of Historic Places is scheduled to be transformed from the dilapidated abandoned house it is now, to how it looked in the 1950's when Ali was a child including restoring the pink exterior paint. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

    A former Pennsylvania state boxing commissioner is accelerating stalled plans to renovate Muhammad Ali's boyhood home in Kentucky. George Bochetto recently acquired half interest in the small frame house in Louisville. Bochetto and his partner, Jared Weiss of Las Vegas, are drawing on the memory of Ali's brother, who …

  • Clark Tipped To Beat Leonard Record
    Clark Tipped To Beat Leonard Record Sky News - Fri, 15 May, 2015

    Women's Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi expects Rochelle Clark to top Jason Leonard's appearance record and become the most capped England player in history.  … More »Clark Tipped To Beat Leonard Record

    Clark Tipped To Beat Leonard Record

    Women's Rugby World Cup winner Maggie Alphonsi expects Rochelle Clark to top Jason Leonard's appearance record and become the most capped England player in history. Clark was named Women’s Player of the Year at the Rugby Players Association dinner on Wednesday, two months after making her 100th England appearance in the …

  • UFC bantamweight and former Olympic judo medallist (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey poses for a photograph in Toronto on Thursday, May 14, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
    UFC champion (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey adds author to already glittering resume The Canadian Press - Thu, 14 May, 2015

    Barefoot in a boardroom, the world's most dominant athlete — so says the cover of Sports Illustrated — is losing her voice. Rousey, 28, has survived far worse, as her … More »UFC champion (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey adds author to already glittering resume

    UFC bantamweight and former Olympic judo medallist (Rowdy) Ronda Rousey poses for a photograph in Toronto on Thursday, May 14, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

    Barefoot in a boardroom, the world's most dominant athlete — so says the cover of Sports Illustrated — is losing her voice. Rousey, 28, has survived far worse, as her new autobiography "My Fight/Your Fight" documents.

  • Britain's Anthony Joshua celebrates after he was declared the winner over Italy's Roberto Cammarelle following their Men's Super Heavy (+91kg) gold medal boxing match at the London Olympics
    Joshua is fast learner but tougher tests loom Reuters - Thu, 14 May, 2015

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - As flashbulbs illuminate his cast-iron torso in a gym wedged under a railway arch near London Bridge, Anthony Joshua paws at a punchbag … More »Joshua is fast learner but tougher tests loom

    Britain's Anthony Joshua celebrates after he was declared the winner over Italy's Roberto Cammarelle following their Men's Super Heavy (+91kg) gold medal boxing match at the London Olympics

    By Martyn Herman LONDON (Reuters) - As flashbulbs illuminate his cast-iron torso in a gym wedged under a railway arch near London Bridge, Anthony Joshua paws at a punchbag with considerably less force than he used to demolish his first dozen opponents. The 25-year-old then levers himself into the ring and is introduced …

  • Boxer Manny Pacquiao waves to the crowds during a motorcade in Manila
    Fans flock to see beaten Pacquiao arrive back in Manila Reuters - Wed, 13 May, 2015

    By Peter Blaza MANILA (Reuters) - An injured Manny Pacquiao arrived back in the Philippines to a hero's welcome on Wednesday, the boxer still adamant he did enough to … More »Fans flock to see beaten Pacquiao arrive back in Manila

    Boxer Manny Pacquiao waves to the crowds during a motorcade in Manila

    By Peter Blaza MANILA (Reuters) - An injured Manny Pacquiao arrived back in the Philippines to a hero's welcome on Wednesday, the boxer still adamant he did enough to win his welterweight megabout against Floyd Mayweather Jr at the start of the month. The 36-year-old southpaw was wearing a sling on his right arm following …