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Henderson edges Edgar to retain title

Sun., Aug. 12, 2012

UFC: Benson Henderson retained the lightweight title at UFC 150 in Denver on Saturday night, doing just enough to outpoint Frankie Edgar in a split decision.

Henderson, born in Colorado Springs, Colo., received winning scores of 48-47 from two of the judges, while the third scored it 49-46 for Edgar. Henderson took the belt from Edgar with a unanimous decision Feb. 25.

Boos rained down on Henderson after the decision was announced to the crowd that increasingly gravitated to Edgar’s corner as the 155-pound fight progressed.

The five-round bout was action-packed, with both fighters landing damaging punches and kicks and nearly submitting each other with choke holds. The difference likely came because of Henderson’s 89-62 advantage in significant punches landed.

Henderson will next defend his title against Nate Diaz.

Real Madrid topples Glasgow Celtic

Soccer: Real Madrid defeated Glasgow Celtic 2-0 in the World Football Challenge in Philadelphia.

Gonzalo Higuain split two Celtic defenders and fed Jose Callejon, who scored in the 22nd minute.

Karim Benzema added a goal in the 67th minute, steering a shot to the far left corner of the net to beat goalkeeper Lukasz Zaluska before a crowd of 34,018 at Lincoln Financial Field.

U.S. midfielder Bedoya signs with Helsingborg: Former Glasgow Rangers midfielder Alejandro Bedoya is returning to Swedish soccer after signing a short-term contract with champion Helsingborg.

The club said in a statement that the 25-year-old American will train with the squad today.

With the Rangers placed under bankruptcy protection and playing in the fourth tier of Scottish soccer, Helsingborg called the deal a “win-win” situation.

Helsingborg Sports Director Jesper Jansson called Bedoya “a player type we need.”

Four South Koreans share lead at Farr

Women’s golf: South Koreans Jiyai Shin, I.K. Kim, So Yeon Ryu and Hee Kyung Seo dominated the leaderboard, sharing the top spot at 11-under-par 202 through the third round of the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic in Sylvania, Ohio.

Two more South Koreans, Inbee Park and Chella Choi, are a shot back along with Japan’s Mika Miyazato.

Shin and Kim each shot 5-under 66 for the low rounds of the day, while Ryu had a 67 and Seo a 68.

Ko, Green advance to U.S. Women’s Amateur final: Lydia Ko and Jaye Marie Green advanced to the 36-hole final in the U.S. Women’s Amateur at The Country Club in Cleveland.

The 15-year-old Ko, the South Korean-born New Zealander who tops the world amateur rankings, beat Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn 3 and 1. The 18-year-old Green, from Boca Raton, Fla., edged Canada’s Nicole Zhang 2-up.

Canada’s Wozniak falls in quarterfinals

Women’s tennis: Seventh-seeded Carolina Wozniacki ended Canadian Aleksandra Wozniak’s run in the Rogers Cup, beating the Quebec favorite 6-4, 6-4 in the quarterfinals in Montreal.

Wozniak, from the Montreal suburb of Blainville, was the first Canadian since Patricia Hy-Boulais in 1992 to reach the quarterfinals in the event.

The players have met nine times, and Wozniak’s only win was in Tokyo in 2009 when the Dane was forced to retire in the first set because of a viral infection.

In the semifinals, Wozniacki will face fifth-seeded Petra Kvitova, a 6-3, 6-2 winner over Tamira Paszek.

Gasquet advances to Rogers Cup final

Men’s tennis: Richard Gasquet advanced to the Rogers Cup final, beating eighth-seeded John Isner 7-6 (3), 6-3 in Toronto.

Gasquet, the Frenchman seeded 14th in the hardcourt tournament, will face Serbian countrymen Novak Djokovic, who beat Janko Tipsarevic in the other semifinal.

Arkansas’ Davis remains held out

College football: Arkansas coach John L. Smith says there is a plan in place for running back Knile Davis’ return to full-contact work, through he’s not quite ready to share that plan.

Davis sat out the scrimmage portion of the Razorbacks’ practice in Razorback Stadium. The junior, who missed all of last season with an ankle injury, has taken part in each of Arkansas’ practices this month and has faced the usual bumps that come with wearing pads.

He has yet to be tackled to the ground – standing off to the side during Saturday’s scrimmage, helmet in hand and encouraging teammates.

Tschopp wins fifth stage to take lead

Cycling: Johann Tschopp emerged after a successful attack over the final miles to win the fifth stage of the Tour of Utah and took the overall lead in Little Cottonwood Canyon. He finished the 102-mile stage in 4 hours, 18 minutes, 20 seconds.

The Czech Republic’s Leopold Koenig finished second, 43 seconds behind. American Joseph Dombrowski was third, 47 seconds behind Tschopp.

All three cyclists were part of a small attack initiated by two-time defending Tour of Utah champion Levi Leipheimer over the final three miles through Little Cottonwood Canyon. The attack occurred on the final climb in a stage that featured 12,139 vertical feet of climbing.

Multiple riders tried attacks starting at the first sprint through Kamas and leading up to the final climb into the Wastach Mountains. They all eventually lost ground to the peloton before the final successful attack spearheaded by Leipheimer.

Favored Wise Dan wins at Saratoga

Horse racing: Favored Wise Dan found a narrow seam along the rail at midstretch and scored a five-length victory over Corporate Jungle in the $500,000 Fourstardave Handicap at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. John Velazquez, inducted into the Racing Hall of Fame on Friday, rode the 5-year-old gelding to his second win in three starts this season, covering a mile over a yielding inner turf course in 1:37.30. The Charles Lopresti-trained winner earned $300,000 for owner Morton Fink.

Wine Princess goes wire to wire in Monmouth Oaks: Becky Winemiller’s Wine Princess raced to a front-running 2 1/4-length victory over Proud Pearl in the $100,000 Monmouth Oaks at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J.


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