On April 7, 2007, at UFC 69 in Houston, Texas, Long Island's Matt Serra accomplished his dream of becoming UFC welterweight champion. Serra, a huge underdog in the fight, promised everyone he would shock the world that night. He did just that when he knocked out Canadian superstar Georges St-Pierre in the first round. Ten years later, it remains the biggest upset in UFC history.
The fierce rivalry between the Rangers and Islanders started back on their first meeting at Nassau Coliseum on Oct. 21, 1972. Players and fans from both teams have changed over the years, but the level of play and competitive fire between these teams has never faded.
From archival interviews with Negro League legends Buck O'Neil and Monte Irvin to commentary from contemporary baseball figures Joe Torre, Curtis Granderson, Tony Clark and Rob Manfred, Newsday examines the history of Negro League baseball the breaking of the color barrier.
Victor Ochi went from raw talent at Valley Stream Central High School to one of the best players in Stony Brook football history. Now, after a long pre-draft process, he's one of the newest members of the Baltimore Ravens. Newsday followed Ochi as he went through the rigors of the NFL Combine, Pro Day and the draft chasing his longtime dream of playing in the NFL.
In 1974, New York State was one of four states that didn't have a state basketball championship. Then the Top Eight was created. St. Anthony's coach Gus Alfieri and the Friars beat Long Island Lutheran to win the first ever Top Eight tournament held at Hofstra University.
A pair of teams from a small, underestimated Suffolk town claimed state basketball titles side by side, a feat that had not been accomplished by a public school on Long Island. Thirty five years later the Wyandanch Warriors reconnect to tell their story.
By day, Kiira Dosdall is a project specialist for Schoology, a learning management system used in education throughout the world. But on nights and weekends, she’s a professional hockey player with the New York Riveters of the National Women’s Hockey League.
After more than 40 years of playing their games at Nassau Coliseum, the Islanders moved to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn for the 2015-16. But “the old barn” rocked in its final season. Newsday followed Islanders employees, fans and players throughout the emotional ride during their last season at the Nassau Coliseum.
Muhammad Ali may be the greatest boxer of all time, but that's just a small part of the impact he made on society as a whole. From his outspoken demeanor around boxing to his political views, from his converting to Islam to his refusing to be drafted into the Vietnam War, Muhammad Ali is a transcendant cultural figure.
The middleweight championship fight between Bernard Hopkins and Felix Trinidad was scheduled for Sept. 15, 2001. When terrorists attacked the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, the fight at Madison Square Garden was postponed for two weeks. Hopkins and other people who were at the Garden that night recall the emotions surrounding the event.
Newsday explores why so many former NFL players struggle while transitioning to life after football in this special report. Hear from former players including Wesley Walker, Boomer Esiason, Bruce Harper and more.
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An in-depth look at concussions and helmet safety and how they have impacted high school football players on Long Island.
Baldwin's Chris Weidman, the undefeated UFC middleweight champion, defended his title for a third consecutive time by beating Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 in Las Vegas.
Relive Chris Weidman's stunning victory over then-UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 162 in Las Vegas on July 6, 2013.
From the gym to the sauna, from the hotel room to the Octagon, Newsday chronicled Baldwin's Chris Weidman in Las Vegas as he prepared to defend his title against Anderson Silva at UFC 168 on Dec. 28, 2013.
Another fight week, another behind-the-scenes look at Chris Weidman as he defends his title against Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 on July 5, 2014.
Yankees captain Derek Jeter said in February that 2014 would be his final season. Newsday traveled to Camden Yards in Baltimore, Fenway Park in Boston, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium to tell the story of what Jeter meant to Major League Baseball, its players and fans during his 20 seasons.
The preparation to make him a Triple Crown winner begins on the backstretch and at Belmont Park, the backstretch is a community unto itself.
In less than one year, Greenlawn-raised Chris Algieri went from boxing at The Paramount in Huntington to facing Manny Pacquiao on HBO pay-per-view in Macau, China. This is the story of his ascent.
The story of how Freeport's Eddie Gordon went from a 300-pound former college football player to the winner of Season 19 of the UFC's Ultimate Fighter.
To become an immortal, the horse must beat all challengers at the Kentucky Derby, then again two weeks later at the Preakness, then again three weeks later in New York at the Belmont Stakes.
As a young boy, Naji Nizam fell in love with football. Playing was all he ever wanted to do, and he wouldn't let anything stand in his way. Not even the debilitating disease that should have made the Port Jefferson boy's goal impossible.
What makes Lauren Brozoski a good basketball player? Why does everyone call her “Boogie”? Newsday takes an in-depth look at the Long Island Lutheran senior point guard as she plays her final season before going to Michigan and continuing her dream of playing in the WNBA.
At Douglas MacArthur High School in Levittown, the story is not about bullying or outcasts, but rather, how many students rally around Brendan Gallagher, a classmate with severe autism.
For a nine-day stretch in April, it felt like New York was the sports capital of America. There was playoff basketball, championship boxing, Harvey vs. Strasburg, the NFL Draft and so much more. In this special video presentation narrated by film director and 'Entourage' star Kevin Connolly, Newsday takes you along for the ride.
Vinny Savino, a dentist from Brookville, turned to boxing to help overcome the hardships in his life. Savino, 80, has forged a bond with the young fighters.
The people who have been around the Westbury boxing gym the longest will tell you that the real success of the gym isn't its champions, but those fighters who went on to lead productive lives away from the ring. Newsday spent 14 months following these fighters and trainers.