Rowdy Train

Just a few years ago, Ronda Rousey was bartending in Los Angeles. The thought of women fighting in UFC was almost unthinkable — even UFC boss Dana White scoffed at the idea. Today, Rousey is the sport’s greatest competitor and biggest star. Jason Gay reports on Rousey’s indomitable force for The Wall Street Journal.

In Other News

Take Hover

Lexus is launching a hoverboard – Quartz

Heart and Soul

Throwback: the life and horrific death of Yankees captain Thurman Munson – Esquire Classics

Loose Thread

Patagonia uncovered a glaring blind spot in apparel manufacturing labor conditions – Outside Magazine

Beat Box

How some MLB players carefully select their walk-up musicThe New York Times

> Edit: new SportsCenter walk-up music parody adYouTube

His Life Your Entertainment

Tom Cruise is a legit stuntmanThe New Yorker

Cover shot: funny cars – USA Today Sports Images