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Benson Henderson wins UFC bout by split decision

Former lightweight champion Benson Henderson won a disputed split decision over Josh Thomson in a five-round lightweight fight at UFC on Fox 10 in Chicago. Henderson is a 2001 graduate of Decatur High School in Federal Way.


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Mixed martial arts

Henderson wins disputed split decision

Former lightweight champion Benson Henderson won a disputed split decision over Josh Thomson in a five-round lightweight fight at UFC on Fox 10 in Chicago on Saturday night, perhaps ending Thomson’s career.

Henderson (20-3) is a 2001 graduate of Decatur High School in Federal Way. He received winning scores of 48-47 and 49-46.

The other judge scored the main event 48-47 for the 35-year-old Thomson (20-6), who is from San Jose, Calif., and reportedly broke his right hand early in the bout.

Many fans booed the decision.

“I think I definitely did enough to deserve to get my hand raised,” Henderson said. “I like W’s.”

Boxing

Pacquiao, Bradley to fight again April 12

More than 1½ years after Timothy Bradley defeated Manny Pacquiao in a split decision, promoters announced the two will fight again on April 12 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Pacquiao lost to Bradley in June 2012.

Baseball

Verlander to play catch

President/general manager Dave Dombrowski of the Detroit Tigers said pitcher Justin Verlander will be cleared to throw Monday.

“Now, when I say that, he’s going to play catch,” Dombrowski said.

Verlander, voted the American League most valuable player in 2011, underwent core-muscle surgery after injuring himself last month and was scheduled to be out for six weeks.

Skiing

Reichelt takes downhill

Hannes Reichelt became the first Austrian winner of the classic Hahnenkamm downhill in eight years, helped by American Bode Miller’s mistake midway down the mountain in a World Cup event before a crowd estimated at 50,000 in Kitzbuehel, Austria.

Reichelt won in 2 minutes, 3.38 seconds. Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway was second, 0.21 seconds behind. Miller was third, 0.34 behind the winner.

“It’s too many times that I’ve made these stupid mistakes that aren’t really forced,” Miller said. “They are not forced errors.”

Maze triumphs in Italy

Defending overall champion Tina Maze of Slovenia posted her first World Cup victory of the season, winning the prestigious downhill in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy.

Figure skating

Murakami prevails

Kanako Murakami, a 19-year-old from Japan, won the women’s competition at the Four Continents in Taipei, Taiwan, after a brilliant performance in the free skate despite a lingering ankle injury.

Satoko Miyahara, 15, of Japan was second and 17-year-old Li Zijun of China was third. Courtney Hicks, 18, of Chino Hills, Calif., was fifth.

ELSEWHERE

Scherzinger, a 4-year-old filly whose owners include Redmond resident Mark Dedomenico, won the Grade II Santa Monica at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif.

Scherzinger, trained and partly owned by Jerry Hollendorfer and ridden by Mike Smith, beat Iotapa by a length. Scherzinger ran 7 furlongs in 1 minute, 22 seconds and paid $10.60 to win in the $200,250 race.

• Drivers Memo Gidley and Matteo Malucelli were admitted to a Daytona Beach, Fla., hospital for further testing after a two-car accident shortly before the three-hour mark of the Rolex 24 at Daytona endurance race.

International Motor Sports Association officials said both drivers were awake and communicating, but gave no other information about their conditions.

• Waving flags, carrying banners and chanting “There will be no Cup,” at least 1,000 demonstrators protested in Sao Paulo against the World Cup that Brazil will host starting in June.

Sergio Aguero’s late hat trick rescued Manchester City from English FA Cup soccer humiliation at the hands of second-tier Watford, ushering the Premier League title favorite into the fifth round with a 4-2 home victory.

Watford led 2-0 after 30 minutes and Aguero scored City’s first goal in the 60th minute.

“I wanted to change all of my players at halftime, all 11 of them,” Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini said. “The whole team was a disaster in the first half.”

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