Mixed martial arts
Velasquez reclaims title — Cain Velasquez reclaimed the UFC heavyweight championship Saturday night, battering Junior Dos Santos on the way to a lopsided unanimous decision in UFC 155 in Las Vegas. Velasquez (11-1) took early control of the rematch of his only career loss, flooring the champion with a big right hand midway through the first round. Velasquez spent most of the match stalking and pounding on Dos Santos (15-2), who never fully recovered from the first-round shot that left him bruised and woozy.
UConn extends coach — Connecticut has given men’s basketball coach Kevin Ollie a contract extension through the end of the 2017-18 season. The deal, signed Saturday, is worth just over $7 million and begins Jan. 1. When Ollie was hired in September, he was signed for just one season. Ollie, who turned 40 on Thursday, was hired after Hall of Fame coach Jim Calhoun retired. Ollie has led UConn to a 10-2 record despite losing five underclassmen from last year’s team after it was announced that the Huskies were academically ineligible for this postseason.
Roy mulls retirement — Brandon Roy isn’t ready to give up on his NBA career quite yet. Roy issued a statement on Saturday saying he will seek further treatment on the chronic pain in his knees in hopes of continuing his comeback attempt with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The three-time All-Star initially retired as a member of the Portland Trail Blazers before last season. Roy had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in November, then returned to practice Thursday and expressed optimism about possibly playing against the Suns on Saturday. But Roy was unable to practice Friday and was not present at the shootaround prior to the game against Phoenix.
NHL, union talk — The NHL and the players’ association are spending lots of time talking, but not negotiating yet. One day after it was revealed that the NHL made a new contract offer to the union, the sides spent much of Saturday taking part in conference calls. The talks were strictly on an informational level and not meant for bargaining purposes. The thought is that the sides are looking to meet for traditional negotiating today in New York, but those weren’t scheduled before discussions ended Saturday.
B.C. coach sets record — Boston College coach Jerry York became the NCAA hockey career victory leader Saturday, directing the top-ranked Eagles to a 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville on Saturday in the Mariucci Classic in Minneapolis. The 67-year-old York is 925-558-95 in 41 seasons to move past former Michigan State coach Ron Mason for the record.
Two share WCup win — Hannes Reichelt of Austria and Dominik Paris of Italy shared a downhill victory in one of the closest races in skiing history Saturday in Bormio, Italy, with the top four finishers separated by a mere two-hundredths of a second. Paris took the early lead by clocking 1 minute, 58.62 seconds for his first career win and Reichelt matched him to give Austria its first speed win of the season. Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal of Norway finished third, 0.01 seconds behind. The top American finisher was Travis Ganong in seventh for his best career result.
Slovakian takes slalom — Veronika Velez Zuzulova of Slovakia upset the favorites to win a World Cup night slalom Saturday in Semmering, Austria, for her first career victory. Velez Zuzulova finished in a combined time of 1 minute, 37.28 seconds. Kathrin Zettel of Austria was 0.10 back. Overall World Cup leader Tina Maze was third, 0.20 behind. Teenager Mikeala Shiffrin of the United States, who led the slalom standings going into the race, straddled a gate and didn’t finish her second run.
Richardson, Davis win titles — Heather Richardson dominated the U.S. Long Track Championships in speed skating for the second day in a row Saturday in Kearns, Utah, setting a national record in winning the 1,000 meters and wrapping up the sprint title. Her time of 1 minute, 13.52 seconds at the Utah Olympic Oval broke Olympian Chris Witty’s old mark of 1:13.83 set in 2002. Olympian Shani Davis won the men’s 1,000.
Logo voting available — The public is invited to vote on logo entries for the 2013 Pole Pedal Paddle. Voting began this past Wednesday and continues through Wednesday at the downtown Bend U.S. Bank branch. The branch is located at 1025 N.W. Bond St. The winning entry, as determined by the public vote, will be featured on all promotional and advertising materials for the 2013 Pole Pedal Paddle. For more information, contact Molly Cogswell-Kelley at the Mt. Bachelor Sports Education Foundation at 541-388-0002 or at email@example.com.
— From wire reports