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Michelle Waterson took another step toward a title shot with an impressive victory over Angela Hill at UFC Vegas 10 on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.Waterson and Hill took the main event slot for UFC Vegas 10 just over a week ago. Original headliner Glover Teixeira tested positive for COVID-19, forcing his bout with Thiago Santos to be postponed to a later date.Hill made history by becoming the first African-American woman to headline a UFC fight card, but she wasn’t able to add the distinction of winning the bout.Hill had a fantastic opening round. Waterson tried to make a quick start, throwing lots of punches and kicks in the opening moments of the fight, but landed nothing. Hill utilized her movement to avoid the strikes and countered with several powerful punches that hurt Waterson within the first minute.Waterson shifted to some takedown attempts, but Hill deftly defended them, keeping the pressure on her. Both women landed several shots, but it was clear right away that Hill was the heavier hitter.Waterson stepped up her aggression in round two, showing the blistering speed of her punch-kick combinations, landing several times throughout the frame. Hill, however, was just as aggressive, returning fire throughout the frame and still landing with more power than Waterson.Hill shifted gears a bit in round three, working her jab to greater effect and constantly switching stances. But Waterson finally clinched her and tripped Hill to the canvas, landing on top in half guard. While Waterson tried to find an opening, Hill threatened a Kimura from her back. Hill eventually turned and tried to get to her feet, but Waterson stayed on her back and returned her to the canvas.Again on top in half guard, Waterson smothered Hill and tried to soften her up with body punches. She tried to pass to full mount, but Hill put her into full guard.As they got into the heat of the battle and time ran out on the round, Hill launched an up-kick that caught Waterson in the face while they were both on the canvas. She received a warning from referee Marc Goddard in between rounds, but did not lose a point.The fourth round opened with both women working their jabs, but Waterson seemed to find her timing as the round wore on, landing several hard combinations that rocked Hill a bit. Hill, who hadn’t been into the fourth round since her stint in Invicta FC, slowed slightly as the round wore on.Perhaps losing focus, Hill ate a hard kick to the face in the final minute of the frame.Hill clinched late in the round and put Waterson on the fence again, but round four was clearly one of Waterson’s best of the fight.Waterson looked fresher as the fifth round began, but both women were launching strikes with fury. Hill mostly throwing hands, while Waterson mixed in more kicks. Again Hill shucked off another takedown attempt, seeming to get her second wind.Waterson threw a lot of kicks, but Hill slipped most of them and countered with a stinging jab and powerful right hand. But Waterson didn’t back down, instead digging deep and throwing even more punch-kick combinations.That lit a fire under Hill, who countered with heavy punch combinations.With 60 seconds left in the fight, both women threw caution to the wind and all the strikes in their respective arsenals at each other. It was a brutal final minute that ended with Hill pressing Waterson to the fence and unleashing successive elbows. Waterson and Hill both looked elated with the tremendous battle they had just fought. But it was Waterson that got the split-nod. The judges awarded her scores of 48-47 and 49-46 on two of the scorecards, while one judge scored it 48-47 in Hill’s favor.“I wanted to submit her. I wanted to take her down and finish the fight,” Waterson said after the fight.Having defeated Hill, who has been one of the busiest fighters on the UFC roster over the past couple of years, Waterson is hoping to get fast tracked to a title shot.“Whoever is the next contender to fight for the belt. I want to get to the belt as fast as possible,” Waterson said about whom she’d like to fight next, though her focus was more on sending a message to everyone in the world during what has been a rather trying year.“I think everybody around the world is feeling pain and hurt. I encourage you to embrace that pain and hurt and use it to propel you forward rather than hold you down.” Ottman Azaitar makes quick work of Khama Worthy in co-main eventOttman Azaitar wasted no time taking care of business in the UFC Vegas 10 co-main event.Azaitar rocked Khama Worthy early with a right-left combo followed by an uppercut. Once he realized Worthy was hurt, he just kept punching until Worthy hit the canvas.After the fight went to the floor, Azaitar followed his opponent down and kept unloading right hands to the head until the referee stopped the fight.Azaitar said he had planned to go all three rounds with Worthy, but couldn’t help himself. “Once I smell blood, I go for the finish.” Roxanne Modafferi gets hard-earned victory in rematch with Andrea LeeRoxanne Modafferi outworked Andrea Lee throughout much of the first two rounds, frequently taking her to the canvas and getting the better of her on the canvas.Lee turned the tables late in the second round, where she scored with a spinning backfist that hurt Modafferi. Lee followed with more of her sniper-like striking. Modafferi survived the frame and even scored another takedown just before the second round horn.The third round was looking good for Lee as she started to take control with her striking. She went for another spinning backfist and Modafferi ducked it to clinch and drag her back to the canvas. Lee was quickly back to her feet, but almost as quickly, Modafferi again put Lee on her back, dominating most of the remainder of the fight with her ground and pound attack. Lee got out from under Modafferi just as the the final bell sounded.The bout was a rematch of their December 2014 fight under the Invicta FC banner. Modafferi won in 2014 via a split decision, and she earned the victory again, this time taking a unanimous nod from the judges, although it was still admittedly a close bout.“I was pretty sure I had it, but you never know these days,” Modafferi said after the fight. “I was crossing my fingers.” Ed Herman makes controversial turnaround to beat Mike RodriguezMike Rodriguez rocked Ed Herman on several occasions throughout their three-round main card light heavyweight battle.In fact, in the second round, Rodriguez landed a knee to Herman’s chest that sent him down to the canvas. The referee, however, thought it was a low blow and paused the fight, giving Herman time to recover.The replay clearly showed a clean knee to the sternum sent Herman to the canvas. He later admitted that he was hurt badly at that point, but until he watched the replay, said he was unsure where the blow landed.Herman used the opportunity to his advantage, locking up a Kimura in round three that forced Rodriguez to submit.* * *TRENDING > Iran executes champion wrestler despite pleas from Dana White and US President Donald Trump* * * UFC Vegas 10: Waterson vs. Hill results UFC Vegas 10 Main Card * Main Event: Michelle Waterson def Angela Hill by split decision (47-48, 49-46, 48-47) * Co-Main Event: Ottman Azaitar def. Khama Worthy by TKO (punches) at 1:33, R1 * Roxanne Modafferi def Andrea Lee by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) * Ed Herman def Mike Rodriguez by submission (Kimura) at 2:41, R3 * Bobby Green def Alan Patrick by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) * Billy Quarantillo def Kyle Nelson by TKO (punches) at 0:07, R3 UFC Vegas 10 Prelims * Sijara Eubanks def Julia Avila by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27) * Kevin Croom def Roosevelt Roberts by submission (guillotine choke) at 0:31, R1 * Alexandr Romanov def Roque Martinez by submission (arm triangle choke) at 4:22, R2 * Jalin Turner def Brok Weaver by submission (tear-naked choke) at 4:20, R2 * Bryan Barberena def Anthony Ivy by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) * Sabina Mazo def Justine Kish by submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:57, R3
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The women’s draw at the US Open has transcended the long list of high-profile absentees and delivered real quality, never more so than when Naomi Osaka fought back from a disastrous start to win the final. Osaka has used the fortnight to voice her support for the Black Lives Matter movement, wearing masks for each match that featured the name of a different victim of police brutality. As she defied a remarkable performance from her opponent Victoria Azarenka, it felt as if she were playing for a higher cause. At the presentation ceremony, host Tom Rinaldi asked Osaka what message she had wanted to put across through her masks. “What was the message that you got is more the question,” she replied. “The point is to make people start talking.” As for the match itself, she turned to Azarenka and said “I actually don't want to play you in more finals. I didn't really enjoy that.” The remark was intended as a compliment. The intensity of Azarenka’s opening had been striking. And intimidating too, for there is something about her fierce, businesslike manner on the court that makes tennis feel like a martial art. For Osaka, it must have felt like taking a bucket of icy water in the face. Azarenka worked her from side to side so ruthlessly that every shot was hit off balance. The breath was knocked out of her early on, and then she never seemed to catch it again for the rest of the set.
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The Los Angeles Lakers are going to the conference finals for the first time in a decade, ending the longest drought in franchise history. LeBron James is going there for the first time since 2018. James scored 29 points and the Lakers wrapped up their first trip to the Western Conference finals since 2010 by topping the Houston Rockets 119-96 on Saturday night in Game 5 at Walt Disney World.
* * *It took seven years and a different fight promotion for Phil Davis and Lyoto Machida to run it back, but that's what they did on Friday night at Bellator 245 in Uncasville, Conn.Davis got the better of Machida at UFC 163 in August of 2013, but it wasn't without controversy. The judges awarded Davis a unanimous decision, while fans, many members of the media, and even UFC president Dana White felt that Machida had clearly won the fight.Seven years later, Machida had the opportunity to try and get that one back, but it wouldn't happen.Davis and Machida traded kicks throughout the opening round. Neither man was want to take much of a risk and they kept playing a kicking chess match throughout the bout. Davis had a solid second round that likely earned him the nod for the fight from two the judges. He landed some hard front kicks to the body and nearly took Machida down late in the round.Machida had his best frame in the third round, again trading kicks with Davis, but scoring a bit more with his punches.In the end, it was Davis that would again walk away with the victory. Two of the judges saw it 29-28 in favor of Davis, while the third scored it 29-28 for Machida.After the fight, Davis called for a rematch with current Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov."(Nemkov) is an amazing fighter and I'm so proud of him for beating the champion and all that good stuff. But, you know, live it up my friend. I'm coming," said Davis.Nemkov won their first match-up at Bellator 209 on Nov. 15, 2018, via a split decision. He recently won the title by knocking out former dual-division champion Ryan Bader. Cat Zingano wins Bellator debutFollowing a six-year run in the UFC, Cat Zingano finally made her Bellator debut on Friday night.Zingano signed with Bellator nearly a year ago, but the pandemic induced shutdown forced a lengthy delay to her making it to the cage until the Bellator 245 co-main event.Zingano and Gabby Holloway traded heavy blows in the first round before Zingano's wrestling pedigree kicked in. From then on, she dominated the majority of the fight.The third round saw Holloway end up on top and rained down elbows, but Zingano managed to sweep her and finish the fight in a dominant position. She clasped onto Holloway's back and landed punches until the final horn.The judges saw it overwhelmingly in Zingano's favor, scoring the fight 30-26, 30-26, and 29-28.* * *TRENDING > Bellator announces CBS Sports deal, Cyborg’s first title defense, and fans allowed at Paris event* * * Bellator 245: Davis vs. Machida 2 results Bellator 245 Main Card * Phil Davis (22-5, 1 NC) defeated Lyoto Machida (26-10) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) * Cat Zingano (11-4) defeated Gabby Holloway (6-6) via unanimous decision (29-27, 30-26, 30-26) * Taylor Johnson (6-1) defeated Ed Ruth (8-3) via submission (heel hook) at :59 of round one * Raymond Daniels (2-1, 1 NC) and Peter Stanonik (5-4, 1 NC) ended in a no content (accidental low blow) Bellator 245 Preliminary Card * Alex Polizzi (7-0) defeated Rafael Carvalho (16-5) unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) * Leslie Smith (12-8-1) defeated Amanda Bell (7-7) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28. 29-28) * Tyrell Fortune (8-1, 1 NC) and Jack May (11-6, 1 NC) ended in a no content (accidental low blow) * Keith Lee (7-3) defeated Vinicius Zani (11-7) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)
The Astros were whooping it up on the Dodgers' field again, just like they did after winning Game 7 of the 2017 World Series. In Houston's first visit since being punished for cheating en route to that infamous championship, the Astros rallied with five runs for a 7-5 victory under smoky skies on Saturday night as the Dodgers blew a three-run lead in the ninth. ''That was the win of the year,'' Astros manager Dusty Baker said.
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Jamie Benn scored the tiebreaking goal and Anton Khudobin stopped 32 shots as the Dallas Stars beat the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 to take a commanding lead in their Western Conference final series.