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Digest: Tyron Woodley shocks Robbie Lawler with first-round KO for welterweight title

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will face third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan at the Rogers Cup final. (Jon Blacker / Associated Press)
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic will face third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan at the Rogers Cup final. (Jon Blacker / Associated Press)
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UFC: Tyron Woodley took the welterweight champion Robbie Lawler on Saturday night, stopping him with 2:12 left in the first round at UFC 201 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

The former All-American wrestler at Missouri dropped Lawler with a devastating right hand – after an effective fake – and scored several strikes while Lawler was on the mat and against the cage, leading the referee to call the bout.

Woodley improved to 15-3. Lawler fell to 27-11. He was making his fourth title defense.

Djokovic moves to Toronto final

Tennis: Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat 10th-seeded Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 to reach the Rogers Cup final in Toronto and improve to 12-0 against the Frenchman.

The winner in 2007, 2011 and 2012 in the hardcourt event that rotates between Toronto and Montreal, Djokovic will face third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan on Sunday. Nishikori beat second-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the first semifinal.

Djokovic has six victories this year and 65 overall. The 29-year-old Serb has 12 Grand Slam titles, winning this year in Australia and France. Monfils was coming off a victory last week in Washington.

Halep moves to second straight Rogers Cup final: Simona Halep beat Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the Rogers Cup final in Montreal for the second straight year.

The fifth-seeded Halep will face American Madison Keys on Sunday in a rematch of the Romanian player’s three-set victory in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. The 10th-seeded Keys beat Slovakia’s Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-1 in the second semifinal.

Last year in the final in Toronto, Halep retired in the third set because of illness, handing the title to Belinda Bencic. Halep won two weeks ago in Bucharest for her second title of the year and 13th overall.

Lampard’s hat trick lifts NYCFC

Miscellany: Frank Lampard scored three goals and host New York City FC beat 10-man Colorado 5-1 on Saturday to end the Rapids’ 15-game unbeaten streak.

Lampard opened the scoring in the 28th minute, finishing Diego Martinez’s cross and Thomas McNamara’s redirecting flick with a close-range, right-footed stab. Lampard made it 4-0 on a right-footed shot in the 81st minute and capped City’s scoring with a penalty kick in the 84th – his eighth goal of the season and the first hat trick in NYCFC (10-7-6) history.

The Rapids’ Micheal Azira was sent off in the 37th minute with his second yellow card and Shkelzen Gashi scored Colorado’s lone goal on a deflected free kick in 92nd minute.

The match was delayed for 40 minutes immediately after Lampard’s first goal due to lightning in the area.

City scored its second goal on Tony Taylor’s putback in the 42nd minute – the first two-goal deficit of the season for Colorado (10-3-8). Steven Mendoza made it 3-0 with a takeaway and left-footed shot in the 75th.

Jutanugarn leads Women’s British Open: Thailand’s Ariya Jutanugarn took the Women’s British Open lead at tree-lined Woburn, England, nearly four months after blowing a late lead in the first major championship of the year.

In early April in the ANA Inspiration in the California desert, Jutanugarn – at the time, best known for blowing a two-stroke lead with a closing triple bogey in the 2013 LPGA Thailand – bogeyed the final three holes to hand the title to Lydia Ko.

She put the hard lessons to use in May, winning three straight events to become the LPGA Tour’s first Thai champion. And Saturday, she shot a bogey-free 6-under 66 to pull two strokes ahead of Mirim Lee.

Jutanugarn birdied six of the first 14 holes and closed with four pars to reach 16-under 200 and break the tournament 54-hole scoring record. She chipped in from 90 feet for birdie on No. 8 and made a 30-footer on 10.

Lee shot a 69. The South Korean player led after each of the first two rounds, opening with a 62 and shooting a 71 on Friday.

Cavs waive veteran Jones: The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Jones, who was signed on the final day of the regular season, came off the bench in Game 6 and scored five straight points to slow a Golden State rally. He also drew a pair of fouls on Warriors forward Draymond Green.

The Cavs brought in the 35-year-old Jones to give them depth and another perimeter defender. He had plenty of postseason experience before joining Cleveland and he wound up making a significant, if small, contribution.

Jones has averaged 5.4 points and 1.7 rebounds in 13 seasons. He began his career with Memphis 2003 and has also played for Sacramento, Denver, Indiana, Dallas, Atlanta and the Los Angeles Clippers.

Ramp collapses at Olympics sailing venue: The main ramp of Marina da Gloria, the sailing venue of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, partially collapsed on Saturday.

No one was injured, organizers said, in another incident that raises questions about the quality of construction in the Olympic host city.

The Rio Games organizing committee placed the blame on strong winds. The collapsed structure, which is temporary, is the main access point for boats to reach the water.

Sailing competitions begin Aug. 8.

In another incident caused by strong winds in Rio, water invaded TV studios on Copacabana Beach near the volleyball arena.

Iron boards were used to contain the waves.

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