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Glendale Fighting Club's Jake Ellenberger choked out by Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 180

Looking to remedy the ills of his first losing streak, Glendale Fighting Club’s Jake Ellenberger, having made a career out of dynamic first-round finishes, was instead left stunned and gasping for air when he was on the wrong end of a first-...

Marco Estrada traded from Milwaukee to Toronto

Marco Estrada traded from Milwaukee to Toronto

Following a 2014 season in which he was moved from the Milwaukee Brewers’ starting rotation to the bullpen, Marco Estrada incurred an even greater transition in his Major League Baseball career Saturday when he was dealt from the Brewers to the...

Local products bid farewell to 2014 Major League Baseball season

Local products bid farewell to 2014 Major League Baseball season

The following are highlights from the 2014 season for local athletes playing Major League Baseball.

Christian Bergman looks back on rookie season as learning experience

Christian Bergman looks back on rookie season as learning experience

During a conversation in regards to his first season in Major League Baseball, Christian Bergman interrupts himself.

Vanes Martirosyan-Willie Nelson fighting to regain championship potential

Vanes Martirosyan-Willie Nelson fighting to regain championship potential

In the road to boxing stardom that has been Vanes “Nightmare” Martirosyan’s career, there has been a multitude of pivotal bouts set to launch the Glendale pugilist to the next level.

Manny Gamburyan squeezes out dramatic UFC 178 win over Cody Gibson

Manny Gamburyan squeezes out dramatic UFC 178 win over Cody Gibson

Just when it appeared all was lost for Manny Gamburyan, he squeezed out a dramatic, comeback victory.

Manny Gamburyan ready for UFC 178, world of 135

Manny Gamburyan ready for UFC 178, world of 135

More than 15 years and 22 professional fights after beginning his professional mixed martial arts career, Manny Gamburyan is starting anew.

Major League Baseball Update: Brandon McCarthy has perfect inning to remember with New York Yankees

Major League Baseball Update: Brandon McCarthy has perfect inning to remember with New York Yankees

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Glendale resident Karwasky selected to represent U.S. Tennis

Glendale resident Karwasky selected to represent U.S. Tennis

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) announced that Glendale resident Tina Karwasky is one of 40 older adult athletes selected to represent the United States at the 34th annual International Tennis Federation (ITF) Super-Seniors World Team...

Major League Update: Christian Bergman looking to leave mark on Colorado Rockies

Major League Update: Christian Bergman looking to leave mark on Colorado Rockies

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Ladies of 'The Ultimate Fighter 20' looking to be first strawweight champion, not next Ronda Rousey

Ladies of 'The Ultimate Fighter 20' looking to be first strawweight champion, not next Ronda Rousey

LOS ANGELES — Absent of all that much fanfare, pomp and circumstance, the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s women’s strawweight division debuted in July.

Shayna Baszler stopped in UFC debut by Bethe Correia

Following more than a decade in the world of mixed martial arts, Shayna Baszler finally made her first walk to fight inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s octagon.

Shayna Baszler begins final chapter with UFC debut

Shayna Baszler begins final chapter with UFC debut

To the novel or perhaps casual fan of mixed martial arts, Shayna Baszler is known as one of “The Four Horsewomen,” a training partner of Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, Jessamyn Duke and...

Minor League Update: Christian Bergman trying to get back in sync on mound

Minor League Update: Christian Bergman trying to get back in sync on mound

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Glendale Community College's Marco Estrada looks to write career's newest chapter in pen

Glendale Community College's Marco Estrada looks to write career's newest chapter in pen

In some ways, it’s 2011 all over again for Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Marco Estrada.

Glendale Fighting Club's Betrian dazzles in MMA debut; Shafir stunned in 1st round

INGLEWOOD – One mixed-martial-arts career got off to a smashing start on Sunday night, while another took a stunning turn.

Karen Darabedyan makes triumphant return

WOODLAND HILLS — A return to the cage and a renaissance of his career has been a longtime coming for Karen Darabedyan.

Marina Shafir ready for more Chaos at the Casino

Marina Shafir ready for more Chaos at the Casino

Two armbar attempts and 117 seconds later, Marina Shafir’s much-ballyhooed debut was in the books.

Glendale Fight Night on Saturday

Glendale Fight Night on Saturday

Just less than a year removed from the last time boxing came to the Jewel City, Glendale Fight Night will bring the Sweet Science back to town on Saturday night at the Glendale Civic Auditorium.

Minor League Update: Christian Bergman spending time on DL in Tulsa

Minor League Update: Christian Bergman spending time on DL in Tulsa

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Darabedyan, Papazian return to MMA action at Valley Invasion 4

Darabedyan, Papazian return to MMA action at Valley Invasion 4

Both Karen Darabedyan and Jared Papazian have seen career-changing victories and deflating losses.

Minor League Update: Glendale Community College products on a roll of success

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

MLB Update: Brandon McCarthy continues to shine on mound with New York Yankees

MLB Update: Brandon McCarthy continues to shine on mound with New York Yankees

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Vince De Pinto captures Glendale City Golf Championship

Vince De Pinto captures Glendale City Golf Championship

GLENDALE — With just four holes left, things appeared a bit murky for Vince De Pinto.

Golf tournament proves to be a success again

GLENDALE — Perhaps it was only fitting that a Glendale native won the Glendale City Golf Championship for the first time.

Minor League Update: Glendale Community College's Gonzalez delivers back-to-back solid outings

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Jake Ledbetter grabs lead in Glendale City Golf Championship

Jake Ledbetter grabs lead in Glendale City Golf Championship

GLENDALE — For someone who has played golf for about two years, Jake Ledbetter caught the attention of the field Wednesday during the qualifying round of the third annual Glendale City Golf Championship.

Jessamyn Duke stopped by Leslie Smith in first round

Jessamyn Duke stopped by Leslie Smith in first round

Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke promised a more exciting fight and a better performance leading up to her Ultimate Fighting Championship bout with Leslie “The Peacemaker” Smith.

Jessamyn Duke-Leslie Smith clash 'guaranteed' to be exciting battle

Jessamyn Duke-Leslie Smith clash 'guaranteed' to be exciting battle

Free from hesitation, Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke sums up her last bout with unflinching honesty.

Glendale's Hovhannisyan falls to Maicelo on 'Friday Night Fights'

It’s not uncommon for Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan to emerge from a bout battered and bloodied.

Solo Boxeo Tecate heading to Glendale

Solo Boxeo Tecate heading to Glendale

Boxing returns to the Jewel City on Saturday, Aug. 9 as Top Rank Boxing, in association with Bash Boxing and Art of Boxing Promotions is featuring Solo Boxeo Tecate at the Civic Center, beginning at 6 p.m.

'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey really is that damn good

'Rowdy' Ronda Rousey really is that damn good

“I was rowdy before rowdy was cool!”

Art Hovhannisyan returns to 'Friday Night Fights' against Jonathan Maicelo

Art Hovhannisyan returns to 'Friday Night Fights' against Jonathan Maicelo

If Art "Lionheart" Hovhannisyan is indeed back on the path toward putting himself into the conversation for a world title opportunity, Friday night poses an opportunity to prove just that.

Major League Update: McCarthy makes Broadway debut

Major League Update: McCarthy makes Broadway debut

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Flintridge Sacred Heart alumna Jenna Orlandini makes French connection

Flintridge Sacred Heart alumna Jenna Orlandini makes French connection

From La CaƱada Flintridge to Seattle and everywhere in between, volleyball has certainly given former Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy standout Jenna Orlandini a great viewpoint of the country.

Brandon McCarthy dealt to New York Yankees

Brandon McCarthy dealt to New York Yankees

Looking to shore up their severely depleted starting pitching staff, the New York Yankees acquired Glendale native Brandon McCarthy from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday in exchange for pitcher Vidal Nuno.

UFC 175: Ronda Rousey demolishes Alexis Davis in 16 seconds

UFC 175: Ronda Rousey demolishes Alexis Davis in 16 seconds

LAS VEGAS — If ever there was a doubt to the dominance in which “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey rules the UFC women’s bantamweight division, she answered those doubts with brutal certainty Saturday night.

Busy times, blockbuster summer ahead for Glendale Fighting Club

Busy times, blockbuster summer ahead for Glendale Fighting Club

“Busy, busy,” is how Edmond Tarverdyan describes the burgeoning summer inside the windowed walls of the Glendale Fighting Club.

UFC 175 Preview: Will 'different' Ronda Rousey retain her championship versus Alexis Davis?

UFC 175 Preview: Will 'different' Ronda Rousey retain her championship versus Alexis Davis?

Perhaps lost in the dominance that has defined the tour de force that has been Ronda Rousey’s mixed-martial-arts career and subsequent UFC championship reign is the marked improvement in her thus-far superior game.

Marina Shafir returns to MMA action at Chaos at the Casino 5

Marina Shafir returns to MMA action at Chaos at the Casino 5

Undefeated mixed-martial-arts standout Marina Shafir will return to competition inside the caged confines of Lights Out Promotions’ Chaos at the Casino 5 on Aug. 10 at Hollywood Park and Casino.

Ronda Rousey shows nothing but respect for Alexis Davis

Ronda Rousey shows nothing but respect for Alexis Davis

Though often perceived as doing otherwise, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey tends to give her opponents ample respect in the lead-up to their clashes.

Ronda Rousey ready for 'underestimated' Alexis Davis at UFC 175

Ronda Rousey ready for 'underestimated' Alexis Davis at UFC 175

LOS ANGELES — Training camp is done, lunch was served and the main course awaited a little more than a week away.

St. Francis High alumnus Bergman out indefinitely after injury

St. Francis High alumnus Bergman out indefinitely after injury

A promising start to a Major League Baseball career was momentarily derailed for Colorado Rockies pitcher Christian Bergman.

Minor league update: Glendale Community College's Noteware showcases escapability in early action

Minor league update: Glendale Community College's Noteware showcases escapability in early action

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Photo Gallery: Ronda Rousey trains at Glendale Fighting Club

Photo Gallery: Ronda Rousey trains at Glendale Fighting Club

UFC figher Ronda Rousey sparred with her trainer Edmond Tarverdyan at the Glendale Fighting Club on Monday, June 23, 2014.

Glendale Community College's Estrada, Brewers survive slugfest over Bergman's Rockies

A rare meeting between two locals was likely a relatively forgettable experience for both the Milwaukee Brewers’ Marco Estrada and Colorado Rockies’ Christian Bergman.

Glendale's Magakian choked out at Tachi Palace Fights 19

With just 15 seconds remaining in the first round, Sevak “Silverback” Magakian succumbed to a triangle choke from Christian “The Spartan” Giagos on Thursday night.

Minor League Update: Glendale Community College's Sherriff has found a groove with Springfield

The following are updates on local baseball players at the minor league level.

Sevak Magakian returns to action Thursday at Tachi Palace Fights 19

Following the gutsiest of victories and a long layoff, Sevak “Silverback” Magakian will return to mixed martial arts action Thursday night in the main event of Tachi Palace Fights 19 “Throwback Thursday” when he takes on...

St. Francis High alumnus Christian Bergman settling in after Major League Baseball debut

St. Francis High alumnus Christian Bergman settling in after Major League Baseball debut

LOS ANGELES — Amid the hustle and hubbub, chaos and circumstance that has defined Christian Bergman’s introduction into Major League Baseball, the St. Francis High graduate seems to have found calm within the storm of opportunity.

Glendale Community College product Michael Noteware signed by New York Yankees

Glendale Community College product Michael Noteware signed by New York Yankees

After the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft last week came and went without his name scrolling across the computer screen, Michael Noteware’s disappointment lasted less than a minute before his cell phone rang.

Sports Notebook: Crescenta Valley High's Gadsby to play in North-South game

The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

Jessamyn Duke faces Leslie Smith July 16 at UFC Fight Night

Jessamyn Duke faces Leslie Smith July 16 at UFC Fight Night

Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke is wasting little time returning to the octagon and adding to an already busy summer in the world of womens’ mixed martial arts.

Bergman gets MLB chance and delivers

Bergman gets MLB chance and delivers

It certainly didn’t take long for St. Francis High alumnus Christian Bergman to achieve his ultimate career goal.

Christian Bergman gets call to join Colorado Rockies

Christian Bergman gets call to join Colorado Rockies

Whether it was starting in the NCAA World Series as a freshman or his ascent through the minor leagues, St. Francis High graduate Christian Bergman has been on the rise since his days as a Golden Knights standout leading his team to the CIF finals.

Local players gearing up for MLB draft

Local players gearing up for MLB draft

Evaluations have just about been wrapped up by numerous scouts employed by all 30 Major League Baseball franchises.

Vic Darchinyan stopped in fifth round by Nicholas Walters

Vic Darchinyan stopped in fifth round by Nicholas Walters

With an opportunity to add to his already distinguished boxing legacy, Vic “Raging Bull” Darchinyan took to the squared circle Saturday in Macau, China.

Sports Notebook: Vic Darchinyan aims for world title in Macau

Sports Notebook: Vic Darchinyan aims for world title in Macau

The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

Jake Ellenberger stopped by Robbie Lawler at UFC 173

“Ruthless” Robbie Lawler has long been known as one of the most powerful strikers in mixed martial arts.

Jake Ellenberger brimming with confidence ahead of UFC 173 bout versus Robbie Lawler

When Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger last emerged from the octagon, it was on the wrong end of a unanimous decision following a bout panned by most for its lack of action.

Major League Update: McCarthy, Estrada searching for more consistency on mound

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Manny Gamburyan drops unanimous decision to Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night

Manny “The Anvil” Gamburyan had his moments Saturday night.

Manny Gamburyan's only option is winning versus Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night

Manny Gamburyan's only option is winning versus Nik Lentz at UFC Fight Night

Manny Gamburyan finds no solace in a no-contest.

Karwasky helps United States retain Maureen Connolly Cup

Karwasky helps United States retain Maureen Connolly Cup

With plenty at stake, Tina Karwasky didn’t have to think too much before stepping on to the court.

Jessamyn Duke has problem to solve in Bethe Correia

Jessamyn Duke has problem to solve in Bethe Correia

With a victory in her Ultimate Fighting Championship debut in the rear view and her feet firmly and comfortably situated in Southern California as part of arguably the most popular and regarded stable of female mixed martial arts fighters, Jessamyn...

Rousey's next fight set for July in Las Vegas

Rousey's next fight set for July in Las Vegas

Just a few days after the prospects of Ronda Rousey defending her Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight title in a blockbuster bout with Gina Carano seemed oh so close, UFC President Dana White announced late Friday night that...

Jake Ellenberger fitting in at Glendale Fighting Club

With 29 victories in the arena of mixed martial arts, a litany of established names left in his wake and a No. 5 standing in the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight rankings, Jake “The Juggernaut” Ellenberger is most assuredly a...

Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano title fight looks closer than ever

Ronda Rousey-Gina Carano title fight looks closer than ever

LOS ANGELES — When “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey began her mixed martial arts career, it came to be in part due to the inspiration of Gina “Conviction” Carano.

Crescenta Valley High alumnus Trevor Bell put on MLB disabled list

Former Crescenta Valley High baseball player Trevor Bell was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday by the Cincinnati Reds because of right-elbow inflammation.

Major League Update: McCarthy, Bell encounter rough mound appearances

Major League Update: McCarthy, Bell encounter rough mound appearances

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Crescenta Valley High alumnus Trevor Bell is back in the majors

Crescenta Valley High alumnus Trevor Bell is back in the majors

Former Crescenta Valley High standout Trevor Bell has a new home.

Vanes 'Nightmare' Martirosyan ready to start anew

Vanes 'Nightmare' Martirosyan ready to start anew

By the time he first got his new client in the gym, trainer Joe Goossen only had three weeks to get Vanes "Nightmare" Martirosyan ready for Friday night's title fight against Mario Alberto Lozano. Yet Goossen never had a sense the training camp was...

Sports Notebook: Trevor Bell turning in spectacular spring

Sports Notebook: Trevor Bell turning in spectacular spring

The following are odds and ends from the local sports scene.

Karwasky selected to senior world tennis championships

Karwasky selected to senior world tennis championships

Glendale resident Tina Karwasky was selected Wednesday as one of 40 tennis players who will represent the United States at the 34th annual International Federation Team Senior World Team Championships in late April.

Ronda Rousey stops Sara McMann in first round via strikes to retain UFC title

Ronda Rousey stops Sara McMann in first round via strikes to retain UFC title

First-round victories are nothing new for “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.

Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann set for UFC 170 showdown

Ronda Rousey, Sara McMann set for UFC 170 showdown

One could argue that for a championship bout with such provocative story lines and pedigrees, Ronda Rousey’s UFC 170 main event against Sara McMann has had less than three months of build-up.

Glendale's Edmond Tarverdyan no longer a secret to fighting world

Glendale's Edmond Tarverdyan no longer a secret to fighting world

When boxer Art “Lionheart” Hovhannisyan walked into the Glendale Fighting Club on Monday morning, his eyes popped wide open, his usual grin widened and he shook his head.

'Unprecedented' title fight awaits Ronda Rousey

'Unprecedented' title fight awaits Ronda Rousey

Just two days earlier, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey was in the center of a media storm that descended upon the Glendale Fighting Club for her open workout.

Ronda Rousey readies for showdown of Olympians

Ronda Rousey readies for showdown of Olympians

LOS ANGELES — As the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia are well underway across the globe, “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey is well underway in her preparation for her own Olympic showdown.

Glendale Fighting Club's Shayna Baszler set to make long-awaited UFC debut

Glendale Fighting Club's Shayna Baszler set to make long-awaited UFC debut

Regarded as a pioneer in the world of women’s mixed martial arts, Shayna Baszler has traveled a long and storied road that finally has itself an Ultimate Fighting Championship destination.

Jessamyn Duke to face Bethe Correia

Jessamyn Duke to face Bethe Correia

Jessamyn Duke has received her second Ultimate Fighting Championship assignment, according to multiple mixed-martial-arts websites and first reported by Brazilian site Combate on Thursday.

Glendale Community College's Jackson moves up in Cincinnati

Glendale Community College's Jackson moves up in Cincinnati

While the Cincinnati Bengals coaching staff has made plenty of headlines this postseason for its defections, one of the lesser-talked-about moves was a job change that may be just as impactful.

Ronda Rousey retains UFC title with third-round submission of rival Miesha Tate

Ronda Rousey retains UFC title with third-round submission of rival Miesha Tate

LAS VEGAS — “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey winning by armbar has been a familiar ending to every one of the Ultimate Fighting Championship women’s bantamweight champion’s fights.

Glendale Fighting Club's Manny Gamburyan drops hard-fought unanimous decision to Dennis Siver

Glendale Fighting Club's Manny Gamburyan drops hard-fought unanimous decision to Dennis Siver

LAS VEGAS — Manny Gamburyan might well have turned in one of his more inspired performances Saturday night at UFC 168 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Falcon baseball winter camp comes to Stengel Field

Falcon baseball winter camp comes to Stengel Field

GLENDALE — Across the sun-splashed infield dirt at Stengel Field, a group of participants attending the final day of the 18th annual Falcon Winter Baseball Camp were hard at work.

Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate II has arrived

Ronda Rousey-Miesha Tate II has arrived

It’s debatable that there have perhaps been more anticipated or more monumental bouts in the history of women’s mixed martial arts than the first time Ronda Rousey and Miesha Tate faced off inside the cage under the Strikeforce banner.

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