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Aspen Ladd’s attempt to overturn TKO denied in gender discrimination hearing

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LOS ANGELES — A UFC fighter’s attempt to get a technical knockout loss overturned on the grounds of gender discrimination was denied Tuesday. The California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) voted 3-2 to uphold the TKO result by referee Herb Dean in a fight between Germaine de Randamie and Aspen Ladd...
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New CBA is chief priority this WNBA offseason

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Oct 15, 2019 Mechelle VoepelespnW.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. The Washington Mystics won their first WNBA title on Thursday and then quickly celebrated Friday afternoon,...
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Inside the wildest 48 hours of Washington Nationals pitcher Daniel Hudson’s life

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8:00 AM ET Jeff PassanESPN Close ESPN MLB insiderAuthor of “The Arm: Inside the Billion-Dollar Mystery of the Most Valuable Commodity in Sports” AS GAME 1 of the National League Championship Series nears its conclusion Friday, the man who is supposed to be pitching in it lounges on a row...
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No hyperbole here – Simone Biles is the greatest

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8:49 AM ET Alyssa RoenigkESPN Close Alyssa Roenigk is a senior writer for ESPN The Magazine and ESPN.com whose assignments have taken her to six continents and caused her to commit countless acts of recklessness. (Follow @ESPN_Alyssa on Twitter). STUTTGART, Germany — There are clutch performances. And then there is...
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Simone Biles sets all-time medals record at gymnastics worlds with 24th

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STUTTGART, Germany — Simone Biles broke the record for most medals by a gymnast at the world championships by winning the balance beam competition Sunday. It’s the 24th world championship medal for Biles, breaking a tie with Belarusian men’s gymnast Vitaly Scherbo. Biles scored 15.066 on the beam after a...
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Already a legend, Elena Delle Donne displayed legendary toughness

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2:00 PM ET Mechelle VoepelespnW.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. WASHINGTON — Last year, Elena Delle Donne took to meditating. As befits the devotion she brings...
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WNBA Finals MVP Meesseman the missing piece to Mystics’ first title

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WASHINGTON — Emma Meesseman looked focused as she positioned herself under the basket for teammate Kristi Toliver’s free throw attempts. She clapped her hands forcefully as she bent her knees, but the Washington Mystics forward was otherwise stoic. Toliver wasn’t on the line yet. None of their other teammates were...
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Simone Biles wins 5th all-around title at gymnastics world championships

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STUTTGART, Germany — Simone Biles won her fifth all-around title at the gymnastics world championships Thursday, underlining her status as the clear favorite for next year’s Olympic gold medal. The U.S. gymnast scored 58.999 points to finish 2.1 points ahead of China’s Tang Xijing, who was entered as a late...
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Bout between Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Michelle Waterson in jeopardy

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Saturday’s UFC Fight Night Tampa main event — Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs. Michelle Waterson — is in jeopardy. According to multiple sources, Jedrzejczyk informed the UFC over a week ago that she would not be able to make the strawweight limit of 116 pounds. The UFC offered Waterson the opportunity to...
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Adesanya makes another grand entrance

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Israel Adesanya didn’t just become a champion on Oct. 6 in Melbourne, Australia. He became a bona fide star — from his choreographed walkout to his energized postfight callout. And his performance in between was even more spectacular. Fittingly, his second-round knockout of middleweight champ Robert Whittaker was witnessed live...
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Sun’s fast start, big finish force WNBA Finals to Game 5

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10:47 PM ET Mechelle VoepelespnW.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The Connecticut Sun didn’t play as if they were afraid that their season...
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Family comes first for Delle Donne, even one win shy of WNBA title

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3:27 PM ET Mechelle VoepelespnW.com Close Mechelle Voepel covers the WNBA, women’s college basketball, and other college sports for espnW. Voepel began covering women’s basketball in 1984, and has been with ESPN since 1996. UNCASVILLE, Conn. — The championship could come here, in Connecticut, and how full-circle would that be?...
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Determined Delle Donne the difference for Mystics in Game 3

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Elena Delle Donne looked out into the crowded room full of reporters and photographers and distractedly made her way up the three steps to the podium. With all eyes on her, she stumbled and tripped up the stairs. The Washington Mystics star caught herself quickly, but she...
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Can the Washington Mystics win Game 3 without Elena Delle Donne?

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Will Elena Delle Donne be healthy enough to play in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals? That’s the biggest question before the best-of-five championship series resumes Sunday (ABC, 3:30 p.m. ET). Regardless, the Washington Mystics must be prepared to play without Delle Donne, the WNBA MVP. Our panel — ESPN...
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Claressa Shields-Ivana Habazin title fight called off after trainer James Basher Ali attacked during weigh-in

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The junior middleweight title fight between Ivana Habazin and Claressa Shields on Saturday has been called off after James Basher Ali, the veteran trainer for Habazin, was struck by an unidentified person and knocked unconscious at a weigh-in Friday. The assailant fled the scene, which took place at the Dort...

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