Throughout history, artists have found inspiration in the primal nature of boxing, wrestling, and bullfighting. Sculptures and reliefs dating from antiquity highlight the beauty and strength of boxers and wrestlers, often naked or semi clothed. Today, it is sports photographers who have taken up this universal subject—two bodies, little equipment—that was so fundamental to classical sculpture. The best photographers capture the physicality and the psychology behind these matches.Boxing, wrestling, and bullfighting have deep literary and artistic traditions. Photographers who would never stand on a sideline go willingly, week after week, to the ring.
Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher have recorded traditional African culture and ceremonies over many decades. This photograph shows Surma men of South Sudan and southwestern Ethiopia assembled for wild stick fighting called the Donga. Now banned by the Ethiopian government, Donga stick fighting was considered one of the most vicious of all sports across the African continent. It was a sport for proving masculinity, settling vendettas, and winning wives. Men came from many villages, often walking thirty miles, to participate in the tournament.
Carol Beckwith (American, born 1945) and Angela Fisher (Australian, born 1947). Surma Donga Stick Fighters, Ethiopia, 1990. Courtesy of the artists
The Mets trade starter Mike Scott, who compiled a 14-27 record during his four years with the team, to the Astros in exchange for Danny Heep. After learning how to throw the split-finger fastball from Roger Craig, the right-hander becomes the ace of the staff, leading Houston to the post-season, throwing a no-hitter and winning 110 out 191 decisions during his nine-year tenure with club.
Russian teen Evgenia Medvedeva and Japan’s Yuzuru Hanyu did not even need their best skating to successfully defend their Grand Prix Final titles on Saturday. The 17-year-old Medvedeva stumbled on her first jump, and Hanyu botched a quad salchow and failed to complete a triple lutz and yet still won a fourth straight title. They had enough of a lead from their short programs, and also got some help from their rivals.
Hanyu’s winning score of 293.90 put him way ahead of his established main rivals: Two-time former champion Patrick Chan of Canada and two-time world champion Javier Fernandez of Spain. Both failed to finish in the top three.