Wer­dum de­feats rusty Ve­lasquez Bolt dis­ap­pointed

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Fabri­cio Wer­dum of Brazil de­feated a rusty Cain Ve­lasquez by tap-out in the third round to be­come the undis­puted heavy­weight cham­pion at UFC188 on Satur­day night at Mex­ico City.

With 2 min­utes13 sec­onds left in the third round, Wer­dum (20-5-1) took down Ve­lasquez, who was com­ing of a 20-month lay­off af­ter in­juries to his shoul­der and knee. Wer­dum, a Brazil­ian ji­u­jitsu spe­cial­ist, was able to cut lo­cal fa­vorite Ve­lasquez (13-2) in the left eye dur­ing the first round, and the for­mer heavy­weight cham­pion strug­gled through the rest of the fight to over come it.

Deon­tay Wilder suc­cess­fully de­fended his WBC heavy­weight ti­tle with a ninth-round knock­out of Eric Molina at Bar­tow Arena in Birm­ing­ham, Ala., a short drive from his home­town. The 6-foot-7 Wilder (34-0) also knocked down Molina (23-3) in the fourth and twice again in the fifth. In an ear­lier bout, Jose Pe­draza (20-0) claimed the va­cant IBF ju­nior-light­weight ti­tle with a unan­i­mous de­ci­sion over An­drey Klimov (19-2). . . . Ni­cholas Wal­ters (26-0) out pointed Miguel Mar­riaga (20-1) in a WBA feath­er­weight fight at New York. Wal­ters still was stripped of his ti­tle be­cause he did not make the 126-pound weight limit Fri­day.

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Usain Bolt called his per­for­mance in the 200 me­ters the worst of his ca­reer af­ter he posted an un­char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally slow time of 20.29 sec­onds in win­ning the race Satur­day in the Adi­das Grand Prix at New York.

Hop­ing to break 20 sec­onds for the first time this year, Bolt ran what he deemed a “hor­ri­ble” curve and said he was so dis­cour­aged he eased up be­fore the fin­ish. His time was more than a sec­ond off his world record of 19.19. Tyson Gay won the 100, ral­ly­ing af­ter a slow start to fin­ish in10.12 while run­ning into a head­wind. Fran­cena McCorory

won the 400 in 49.86, the world’s fastest this year.

Ore­gon’s Jenna Pran­dini won the 100 me­ters and took sec­ond to Ken­tucky’s Dez­erea Bryant in the 200 at Eu­gene, Ore., lead­ing the Ducks to their first NCAA women’s track and field ti­tle in 30 years. USC was sev­enth with 34 points. Among the Tro­jans’ top fin­ish­ers were Dior Hall (third, 100 hur­dles), Ky West­brook (fourth, 100) and the 400 re­lay (third), 800 re­lay (sec­ond) and1,600 re­lay (sec­ond).

De­fend­ing Indy­Car cham­pion Will Power drove the fastest lap in the sixth round of qual­i­fy­ing at Toronto to take the 41st pole po­si­tion of his ca­reer. Power com­pleted the 1.755-mile, 11-turn Ex­hi­bi­tion Place street cir­cuit in 59.4280 sec­onds, fin­ish­ing with just five sec­onds left in the 10-minute fi­nal seg­ment of knock­out qual­i­fi­ca­tions.

Re­turn­ing to NASCAR’s Xfin­ity Se­ries for the first time since his ac­ci­dent at Day­tona left him with a bro­ken leg and foot, Kyle Busch won at Michi­gan In­ter­na­tional Speed­way for his 71st ca­reer victory on the cir­cuit. Busch won the 250mile, 125-lap race in his No. 54 Toy­ota by 0.477 sec­onds over Chase El­liott at Brook­lyn, Mich.

Top-seeded Rafael Nadal beat fourth-seeded Gael Mon­fils, 6-3, 6-4, to reach the fi­nal of the Mercedes Cup, agrass-court tour­na­ment at Stuttgart, Ger­many. Nadal will next play eighth-seeded Vik­tor Troicki, who beat sec­ond-seeded Marin Cilic, 6-3, 6-7 (1), 7-6 (2). . . . Belinda Ben­cic de­feated Je­lena Jankovic, 6-3, 6-3, in the semi­fi­nals of the grass-court Top­shelf Open at ’s-Hertogenbosch, Nether­lands. Ben­cic next faces fifth-seeded Camila Giorgi. In men’s play, sec­ond seeded David Gof­fin will face qual­i­fier Ni­co­las Mahut in the fi­nal.

The Kings’ top mi­nor league af­fil­i­ate, the Manch­ester Mon­archs, won their first Calder Cup, beat­ing the Utica Comets, 2-1, in Game 5 of the Amer­i­can Hockey League’s ti­tle se­ries at the Utica, N.Y.

In soc­cer, Ar­gentina opened its Copa Amer­ica play with a 2-2 draw with Paraguay at Rancagua, Chile. Uruguay beat Ja­maica, 1-0, in Antofagasta, Chile. . . . Brazil won its sec­ond-straight penalty shootout, beat­ing Por­tu­gal, 3-1, to reach the semi­fi­nals of the FIFA Un­der-20 World Cup at Hamil­ton, New Zealand. The Brazil­ians will play Mali, which stunned Ger­many, 4-3, on penal­ties, at Christchurch.

UCLA closer David Berg was voted the stop­per of the year by the Na­tional Col­le­giate Base­ball Writ­ers Assn., be­com­ing the first twotime re­cip­i­ent of the award. Berg also won in 2013.

Charges have been dis­missed against the WNBA’s Glory John­son in a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence case in­volv­ing her then-fi­ancee Brit­tney

Griner, John­son’s at­tor­ney said.

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