December 31, 2011 in Sports

Lesnar retires after loss to Overeem

 
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Miami’s Dwyane Wade lays one up as Derrick Williams of the Timberwolves defends in the second half. Wade scored 19 points.
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Mixed martial arts: Brock Lesnar retired from mixed martial arts after Alistair Overeem stopped him with one vicious kick to the body in the first round of their heavyweight bout at UFC 141 in Las Vegas on Friday night.

Lesnar is the UFC’s biggest pay-per-view star and the former heavyweight champion, but his return from a 14-month injury absence ended with Lesnar staggering and crumpling against the cage. He couldn’t recover from a kick from Overeem (36-11), the 6-foot-5 Dutch kickboxing star making his UFC debut.

Lesnar (5-3) is a former NCAA champion wrestler and pro wrestling star who rose swiftly to the top of MMA. But he has fought just three times in the past 2 ½ years while dealing with bouts of diverticulitis, a lower-intestinal ailment that nearly killed him.

Late boost from Wade sparks Heat

NBA: Dwyane Wade hit a jumper from the wing, then scored on an inbounds pass from LeBron James with 4.6 seconds to play to lift the undefeated Miami Heat to a 103-101 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves at Minneapolis.

Playing on a sore foot, Wade finished with 19 points, while James had 34 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds on his 27th birthday.

Other highlights: Jermaine O’Neal scored 19 points as he and Boston ended a dismal start to their season by beating visiting Detroit 96-85 for the Celtics’ first win of the season. … Reserve center Ian Mahinmi scored a career-high 19 points, Dirk Nowitzki contributed 18, and reigning NBA champion Dallas rallied past visiting Toronto 99-86 for its first victory of the season. … Derrick Rose had 29 points and 16 assists, and the Chicago Bulls pulled away in the fourth quarter to beat the Los Angeles Clippers 114-101 at Los Angeles.

Missouri trips ODU, improves to 13-0

College men’s basketball: Marcus Denmon scored 17 of his 19 points after halftime and hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 61 seconds to play as No. 8 Missouri (13-0) beat Old Dominion (6-7) 75-68 at Norfolk, Va.

• Montana State topples Portland State: Xavier Blount scored 24 points and Christian Moon scored 21 and Montana State (6-7, 1-1 Big Sky) beat Portland State (6-8, 0-2) 86-73 in Bozeman.

Notre Dame puts up 128 points at Mercer

College women’s basketball: Markisha Wright had 24 points, Skylar Diggins had 21, and No. 3 Notre Dame (13-1) scored the most points in school history in overwhelming Mercer (3-10) 128-42 at Macon, Ga.

Alfredsson’s 400th goal a game-winner

NHL: Daniel Alfredsson scored his 400th career goal at 3:31 of overtime to give the Ottawa Senators a come-from-behind 4-3 win over the Calgary Flames at Ottawa.

Other highlights: Alex Ovechkin scored twice and Tomas Vokoun made 25 saves in Washington’s 3-1 victory over visiting Buffalo. … Carl Hagelin had a goal and an assist, Henrik Lundqvist stopped 27 shots, and the Rangers earned a 4-1 victory at Florida. … Martin Erat scored in the fifth round of the shootout in visiting Nashville’s 2-1 victory over St. Louis.

Czechs dump USA with big third period

Junior hockey: Petr Holik scored the tiebreaking goal in the third period and Petr Mrazek made 52 saves to lead the Czech Republic to a 5-2 win over the United States at the world junior hockey championship in Edmonton, Alberta.

Dominik Uher of the Spokane Chiefs had one assist for the Czech Republic.

Buckner joins Boise Hawks staff

Baseball: The Chicago Cubs have hired former star Bill Buckner as hitting coach for the Boise Hawks of the Northwest League.

Buckner, a longtime major leaguer, was a career .289 hitter over 22 seasons. In the minors, he played for the Spokane Indians in 1969 and 1970, batting .335 in 111 games for the 1970 PCL champions.

Two-time All-Star Mora retires: Two-time All-Star Melvin Mora is retiring from baseball, five weeks shy of his 40th birthday. Mora, who began last year with the Arizona Diamondbacks, was released on July 1.

Djokovic downs Federer in Abu Dhabi

Tennis: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic swept aside Roger Federer 6-2, 6-1 Friday and will play David Ferrer in the final of the World Tennis Championship exhibition in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The fifth-ranked Ferrer defeated second-ranked Rafael Nadal 6-3, 6-2 in the other semifinal. Nadal was nursing a sore shoulder and never seriously challenged his fellow Spaniard.

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