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CIF team success, individual accolades highlight year

CIF team success, individual accolades highlight year

Throughout the past year, the local community experienced its share of important, interesting and significant sports stories. Some of the stories enlightened us, some informed us and others just entertained us.

Jared Papazian headlines Tachi Palace Fights card

Jared Papazian headlines Tachi Palace Fights card

Riding a two-fight winning streak in which he’s looked mighty effective, Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian is looking to ride his wave of momentum north and pick up a belt along the way.

Chaos returns to casino

Chaos returns to casino

Lights Out Promotions’ hybrid combats sports series will return to the Hollywood Park and Casino on Nov. 23 for “Chaos at the Casino 3.”

Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs rely on defense for 6-0 start

Andy Reid's Kansas City Chiefs rely on defense for 6-0 start

The following are final updates on area athletes and coaches in the National Football League for the 2013 season.

Burbank Gracie Barra goes 3-0 at BAMMA event

TARZANA - Jared “Jackhammer” Papazian has had a rollercoaster mixed-martial-arts career thus far and quite a whirlwind of a year.

Jared 'Jackhammer' Papazian notches World Series win over John Robles

Jared 'Jackhammer' Papazian notches World Series win over John Robles

ONTARIO – Roughly a month ago, Jared “the Jackhammer” Papazian was entrenched in his plans to take a break from mixed martial arts.

Burbank-trained Jared Papazian faces friend John Robles in return to cage

Burbank-trained Jared Papazian faces friend John Robles in return to cage

Jared “the Jackhammer” Papazian is quick to toss out thank-yous to people.

Burbank-trained Jared Papazian falters at Valley Invasion 3

Burbank-trained Jared Papazian falters at Valley Invasion 3

WOODLAND HILLS – Clamoring for the toughest competition he could find in his hopeful journey back into the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian found a worthy foe in Brandon “The No. 1 Contender&...

Jared Papazian's all-around attack pays off

Jared Papazian's all-around attack pays off

COMMERCE — Having built a reputation as a stand-up fighter willing to go to war each and every time, Jared “The Jackhammer” Papazian showed he’s putting his best foot forward in developing as an all-around mixed-martial-arts...

Frankie Edgar readies for super MMA fight

BURBANK — With the Super Bowl quickly approaching and the buzz building, the Ultimate Fighting Championship began its own big week of building buzz on Monday, as well.

The Top 10 sports stories of 2012 as chosen by The Burbank Leader

The Top 10 sports stories of 2012 as chosen by The Burbank Leader

Throughout the past year, the local community experienced its share of important, interesting and significant sports stories. Some of the stories enlightened us, some informed us and others just entertained us.

Sports Roundup: Ronda Rousey preps for bout with Liz Carmouche, Brooke Elby wins NCAA soccer title, awards and milestones for local athletes

Sports Roundup: Ronda Rousey preps for bout with Liz Carmouche, Brooke Elby wins NCAA soccer title, awards and milestones for local athletes

If you fell behind on your San Fernando and San Gabriel Valley sports news in the pre-holiday rush, here's your chance to catch up on the biggest developments of the past two weeks.

Ronda Rousey on the road to history

Ronda Rousey on the road to history

BURBANK – When Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White speaks, people tend to listen. It’s hard not to, often times. There's rarely a topic he shies away from and he's not afraid of saying something controversial.

Jared Papazian fighting for UFC job

Jared Papazian fighting for UFC job

As it is with just about any fight inside the confines of the Ultimate Fighting Championship's octagon, Jared Papazian's flyweight bout against Tim Elliott features its share of story lines, subplots and stipulations.

UFC featherweight champ stops by Burbank

BURBANK — Having grown up playing soccer in his native Brazil before becoming one of the best pound-for-pound fighters in the mixed-martial-arts world, Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Jose Aldo might surprise a few...

UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos stops by Burbank

UFC heavyweight champ Junior Dos Santos stops by Burbank

BURBANK — It seems the only thing Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos does more frequently than knock people out these days is sport an ear-to-ear grin.

Bisping stops by Burbank ahead of UFC 152

Through a long and successful Ultimate Fighting Championship career, Michael “The Count” Bisping has become a polarizing figure in the eyes of fellow mixed-martial-arts fighters, media and, of course, fans.

Freddy Sanchez's season scratched after surgery

Freddy Sanchez's season scratched after surgery

As he continued to languish on the disabled list since the beginning of the 2012 season while trying to return from right shoulder surgery and a subsequent back ailment, the prognosis seemed to become increasingly dim for San Francisco Giants...

Los Angeles Kings fans drink in Stanley Cup viewing

Los Angeles Kings fans drink in Stanley Cup viewing

SOUTHWEST GLENDALE — For about 30 minutes, the Pacific Community Center became the center of the hockey universe with a visit from the Stanley Cup on Wednesday morning.

Talk before the storm for UFC's Chael Sonnen in Burbank

BURBANK — Just five days in front of what many prognosticate will be the biggest Ultimate Fighting Championship event of the year, Chael Sonnen — the No. 1 contender to champion Anderson Silva's UFC middleweight title at Saturday night'...

Florian brothers roll into Burbank Gracie Barra for jiu jitsu seminar

Florian brothers roll into Burbank Gracie Barra for jiu jitsu seminar

With the sports of mixed martial arts ever growing and evolving, the Burbank Gracie Barra studio on Saturday afternoon was very much a microcosm of that notion.

Brandon Vera back in UFC spotlight

Characterized by big fights, brimming potential, lost opportunity, controversial decision losses and highlight-reel finishes, the roller coaster ride that has been Brandon "The Truth" Vera's Ultimate Fighting Championship career has been one that's...

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