Wladimir Klitschko retains heavyweight-title belts
Wladimir Klitschko toyed with Alex Leapai and stopped him in the fifth round to retain his four heavyweight belts.
Klitschko stops Leapai, keeps his title belts
Wladimir Klitschko of Ukraine toyed with Alex Leapai and knocked him out in the fifth round to retain his four heavyweight belts Saturday in Oberhausen, Germany.
The 6-foot-6 Klitschko used his 6-inch height advantage and controlled the fight, scoring with left jabs and straight rights with little opposition from the Samoan-born Australian.
Leapai (30-5-3) went down when he was hit with a left-right combination. He got up but Klitschko (62-3) put him away for good with 58 seconds left in the fifth.
In his 25th world-championship fight, Klitschko retained his WBA and IBF heavyweight belts, plus the minor WBO and IBO versions.
Leapai, the first Australian challenger in 106 years, didn’t have a chance. One of the few times he got close to Klitschko was just before getting floored in the fifth.
Mixed martial arts
Jones retains UFC title
Jon Jones punished Glover Teixeira for five rounds and won a unanimous decision at UFC 172 in Baltimore, successfully defending his light-heavyweight championship for the seventh straight time.
Jones (20-1) won 50-45 on all three scorecards and rolled to his 11th straight victory, the longest streak among active UFC fighters. He battered and bloodied the face of Teixeira (22-3).
Jones had the crowd roaring when he opened his prefight walk with the “squirrel” dance Ray Lewis made famous. The former Baltimore Ravens linebacker had a cageside seat and stood several times to root on Jones.
Chandler Jones and Arthur Jones, the champ’s NFL-playing brothers, also attended and sat near Lewis. Arthur Jones, who plays for the Indianapolis Colts, was a Super Bowl champion with Lewis and the Ravens.
Two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova of Russia cruised past Sara Errani of Italy 6-1, 6-2 to reach the Porsche Grand Prix final in Stuttgart, Germany.
Sharapova will play Ana Ivanovic for the title. In a semifinal matchup of players from Serbia, Ivanovic beat Jelena Jankovic 6-3, 7-5.
Sharapova extended her winning streak on Stuttgart’s indoor clay to 12 matches and is undefeated against Errani in five matches.
Meanwhile, in the Barcelona Open in Spain, Santiago Giraldo of Colombia will meet Kei Nishikori of Japan in Sunday’s outdoor final on clay.
Giraldo beat Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-5, 6-3 and Nishikori defeated Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-2, 6-4.
Giggs wins in debut
After a sleepless night before his managerial debut, Ryan Giggs guided Manchester United to a 4-0 victory over visiting Norwich in the English Premier League.
Player-manager Giggs, 40, dropped himself from the match-day squad.
Giggs is serving as manager because David Moyes was dismissed Tuesday, less than a year after he replaced the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson.
Louis van Gaal reportedly is the leading contender to be Manchester United’s long-term manager. He will leave his job as Netherlands coach after this year’s World Cup in Brazil.
Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata each scored twice for Man U.
• The White team, led by quarterback Connor Cook, beat the Green 20-13 in the spring game at Michigan State, which won the Big Ten Conference title and the Rose Bowl last season.
Cook passed for 159 yards and two touchdowns.
In a play that didn’t count in the score, Michigan State mascot Sparty lined up at tailback and ran into the end zone against a less-than-intense defense.
“Sparty will probably redshirt,” Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said.
• Former Michigan forward Jon Horford is transferring to Florida for his final season of college basketball.
Horford, who averaged 3.8 points and 4.2 rebounds last season, is scheduled to graduate from Michigan in May and thus won’t have to sit out a season before playing for the Gators.
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