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Cain Velasquez reclaims UFC heavyweight title | Mixed martial arts

Cain Velasquez reclaimed the UFC heavyweight championship Saturday night, battering Junior Dos Santos on the way to a lopsided unanimous decision in UFC 155 in Las Vegas.

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Mixed martial arts

Velasquez decisions

Dos Santos for title

Cain Velasquez reclaimed the UFC heavyweight championship Saturday night, battering Junior Dos Santos on the way to a lopsided unanimous decision in UFC 155 in Las Vegas.

Velasquez (11-1) took early control of the rematch of his only career loss, flooring the champion with a big right hand midway through the first round. Velasquez spent most of the match stalking and pounding on Dos Santos (15-2), who never fully recovered from the first-round shot that left him bruised and woozy.

Long-track speedskating

Richardson, Davis triumph at nationals

Heather Richardson dominated at the U.S. long-track championships for the second consecutive day, setting a national record in winning the 1,000 meters and also wrapping up the sprint title in Kearns, Utah.

Richardson's time of 1 minute, 13.52 seconds surpassed Chris Witty's record of 1:13.83 set in 2002.

Olympian Shani Davis won the men's 1,000 in 1:08.57 and Mitch Whitmore of Waukesha, Wis., took the men's sprint title.

NHL

League, union officials

talk via conference call

Officials for the NHL and the players' association spent much of the day talking to each other via conference call.

The conversations were for the purpose of sharing information regarding the new contract offer the league made to the union late Thursday.

"Some more informational sessions in the morning," NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told The Associated Press regarding Sunday. "Nothing planned beyond that."

Tennis

Djokovic prevails

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia won the World Tennis Championship exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi for the second straight year, beating Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-7 (4-7), 6-3, 6-4.

Li defeats Azarenka

Li Na of China won the annual Hua Hin exhibition event in Thailand by beating top-ranked Victoria Azarenka of Belarus 6-3, 2-6, 10-7 after a Champions tiebreaker.

Elsewhere

• Manchester United beat visiting West Bromwich Albion 2-0 to retain its seven-point lead atop English soccer's Premier League. Second-place Manchester City won 4-3 at Norwich even though City forward Samir Nasri was ejected for an attempted head butt after 44 minutes.

Arsenal pulled away from Newcastle to win 7-3 in the final match of the day, meaning 35 goals were scored in Premier League action. That is the most goals in one day since 41 were scored Feb. 5, 2011.

• Skiers Hannes Reichelt of Austria and Dominik Paris of Italy shared victory with the same time — 1 minute, 58.62 seconds — in a World Cup downhill in Bormio, Italy. Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was 0.01 seconds behind the winners and Klaus Kroell of Austria was fourth in 1:58.64.

It was the ninth time two men tied for a World Cup victory, but the first time a fourth-place finisher has been so close — 0.02 seconds — to the winning time.

Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia won a World Cup slalom in Semmering, Austria, with a two-run time of 1:37.28.

• Kikkan Randall of Anchorage, Alaska, earned her second World Cup cross-country skiing victory of the season when she won the 3.1-kilometer prologue event of the Tour de Ski in Oberhof, Germany.

• Boston College coach Jerry York became the NCAA hockey career victory leader, directing the top-ranked Eagles to a 5-2 victory over Alabama-Huntsville in Minneapolis.

York, 67, is 925-558-95 in 41 seasons; he moved past former Michigan State coach Ron Mason for the record.

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