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Photos: Mixed Martial Arts Invades Boston

The UFC  might have just arrived, but local MMA fight events have been here for years
Local Mixed Martial Arts events have been taking place in Boston and surrounding communities for some time. Here's a gallery featuring UFC and local MMA fighters.
By: JOE HARRINGTON  |  August 29, 2010


The naked choke

Documenting a lifelong love affair with extended bouts of unconsciousness
It was love. At first sighting. It was like a love that lovers might have for each other across the spread of a crowded room, and it occurred in a place no less auspicious than the front row of a matinee showing of Mel Gibson's 1987 flick, Lethal Weapon .
By: EUGENE S. ROBINSON  |  August 29, 2010


Dana White's Rough Guide to Boston

The UFC head honcho takes us on a brawl crawl through his old stomping grounds
Dana White, president of the UFC, was born in Connecticut. But he's deeply proud of his post-adolescent Boston roots, and often boasts that he honed his rogue-plated charisma on the backstreets of Southie.
By: CHRIS FARAONE  |  August 27, 2010


Fighting the Good Fight

Toward a theory of honor in the octagon
Back in graduate school, my colleagues and I — busy with such manly enterprises as writing ethics dissertations on forgiveness, apologies, and immigrant rights — would routinely gather to watch that most unforgiving of spectacles: the UFC.
By: DAN DEMETRIOU  |  August 25, 2010


Slammed: Lance Stephenson's comeback goes south

Plus, Roger Clemens gets what he deserves.
Just a few months ago, Lance Stephenson was looking like basketball's feel-good comeback story.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  August 26, 2010


Let go, Mets

K-Rod mans up . . . and strikes out. Plus, if you're Josh Booty, it pays to get tasered.
As difficult as this summer has been for those of us counted among the Red Sox faithful, let's all agree: it would be a hell of a lot worse to be a New York Mets fan right now.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  August 18, 2010


Taking his shot

Mission Hill's Will Blalock has played professional basketball all over the world, from Anaheim to Israel, but he's still trying to make it big.
A story about what happens when your dreams come true . . . almost.
By: PAUL FLANNERY  |  August 15, 2010


Food fights

Marshall football orders out, and Rick Pitino regrets getting table service
At least it wasn't a home invasion.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  August 11, 2010


Buzzer beaters

The home-invasion trend hits Philly. Plus, Shawne Williams's spiral continues.
This is starting to get creepy.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  August 04, 2010


Shack attacked

Overzealous cops are at it again. Plus, is UGA going for Oregon's crown?
Before Shaq, there was Shack.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  July 28, 2010


Sports Blotter: ESPN kiddie rap

It ain't easy being Green. Plus, UGA cops play the name game, and D-West gets weird.
Man, has any sports scandal ever gotten less coverage?
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  July 21, 2010


Escape from Soccer City

Outside the World Cup, seeing South Africa in black and white
The FIFA complex here is a swishy maze of a mall, all upscale shops and unrelenting fluorescent lights, attaching the hotels to each other before spilling out into Nelson Mandela Square, which is right now dominated by a Sony tent — a 3D World Cup viewing pavilion — and circled by tourist restaurants.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  July 15, 2010


Red card

Sports Blotter: Brazilian soccer, four rottweilers, and one of the ugliest tales in sports-crime history
Soccer is almost never discussed in this column, because, well, soccer kind of blows.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  July 14, 2010


Cincy stampede

Are the Bengals on the comeback trail? Plus, not a good week to be ex-Texas.
Things have been relatively quiet, sports-crime-wise, for the Cincinnati Bengals lately.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  July 07, 2010


Ghana baby Ghana

A Letter from South Africa
Florida Road is a crowded strip of bars and clubs in Durban, a city on the eastern coast of South Africa.
By: NINA MACLAUGHLIN  |  June 30, 2010


Sports blotter: In the rough

Did Johan Santana go out of bounds? Plus, LT's self-abuse defense falls short.
Another day, another New York sports icon fends off a rape allegation.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  June 30, 2010


Sports Blotter: Dead Duck

Oregon's Masoli finally stalls out; plus, a World Cup ambush, and Florida strikes back
The saga of the University of Oregon football team grows sadder and sadder.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  June 24, 2010


Cardinal sin

Drunken golf-cart fun at Stanford; plus, an aspiring NHL goon takes his show off the ice
Here's one you don't hear every day. J.J. Hones, a point guard on the Stanford Cardinal women's basketball team, has been dismissed from the squad for a DUI. No big deal, right? Happens all the time in college sports.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  June 16, 2010


Stark reality

Your indispensable World Cup update
Steven Stark is known to Phoenix readers for his "Presidential Tote Board" odds-making feature, but it turns out that he and his son, Harrison, are also soccer aficionados, having become fans of London side Fulham FC during stays in the British capital.
By: JEFFREY GANTZ  |  June 14, 2010


Bust busted

Keith McCants mccan't stay out of trouble; plus, another Clockwork Orange homage
Bring up the topic of biggest NFL draft busts of all time and most people come up with the same short list of notorious names, all of them quarterbacks.
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  June 10, 2010


Phillip Merling: Oh, baby

A Dolphin gets flagged for illegal hands to face; plus, Zach Randolph resurfaces
This week's foul NFL news emanates from down South, where Miami Dolphins defensive lineman Phillip Merling was busted for assaulting his pregnant girlfriend.  
By: MATT TAIBBI  |  June 02, 2010

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