José Aldo and Conor McGregor collide at last – and the hype is justified

Impromptu or staged, orderly or not, the posing and posturing between Brazilian UFC champion Jose Aldo (25-1) and his wild-eyed Irish challenger Conor McGregor (18-2) has tantalized fight fans during the past 12 months. Now it’s time for the payoff. UFC orders Holly Holm to wait for July rematch with…

Natalia Molchanova was giving diving lesson when she vanished, son says

Freediving world champion Natalia Molchanova was giving a diving lesson to several inexperienced divers when she failed to surface, it has emerged. Molchanova, 53, vanished on Sunday as she was freediving – diving without breathing apparatus – near Formentera, a small island south of Ibiza. Initial reports said she was…

Bar none: why Serena Williams is the world’s most dominant female athlete

Ronda Rousey is the most dominant female athlete alive, right? Maybe not. A few other women have a legitimate claim to that title. And if Serena Williams can smash her way through the US Open to wrap up a Grand Slam – an actual, honest-to-goodness, calendar-year Grand Slam, the first…

Flying on the edge with the wingsuiters

The news shocked the world of extreme-sports mountaineers in the US and the Alps: two of their own, Dean Potter, 43, and Graham Hunt, 29, lay dead after an accident in California. It was 16 May, and the two Americans had waited, as they usually did, until sunset to jump….

Ronda Rousey’s mother attacks her daughter’s ‘terrible coach’

Ronda Rousey’s mother says the UFC star’s longtime trainer Edmond Tarverdyan is a “terrible coach” and a “bad person” – and says her daughter has only stayed with him out of superstition. AnnMaria De Mars spoke to LatiNation on Tuesday and wasted no time telling the station what she really…