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  • LOS ANGELES -- Champion Ronda Rousey and No. 1 contender Cat Zingano each made weight on Firday at LA Live, making official their bout on Saturday for the UFC women's bantamweight title at Staples Center in the main event of UFC 184.

    Rousey, who appeared more gaunt in the face than usual, weighed at the bantamweight limit of 135 pounds. Zingano, who weighed first, was 134 1/2.

    She was asked by UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan for a comment about the fight following the weigh-in. She said simply, "Just watch," and then turned and headed to the locker room.

    Rousey (10-0, 10 finishes) praised Zingano (9-0, 8 finishes) as her most dangerous opponent, which she said is a good thing. As her hometown crowd cheered her, Rousey said, "I'm going to show you guys the most fantastic win ever."

    Holly Holm, a former boxing champion making her UFC debut in the co-main event, weighed in at 135 1/2, the same as her opponent, Raquel Pennington.

    Two fighters missed weight. Jake Ellenberger came in a half-pound

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  • LOS ANGELES -- UFC women's bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, who defends her title against No. 1 contender Cat Zingano Saturday at Staples Center in the main event of UFC 184, has long been an outspoken proponent of drug testing.

    She admitted Thursday during a media scrum that she is pretty much a homebody and doesn't do much other than work and relax at home. Part of that, she said was as a result of the year she spent as a bartender following the 2008 Olympics, where she won a bronze medal in judo.

    Rousey has been able to juggle all sorts of projects and remain successful inside the Octagon -- in addition to fighting, she's acted in three movies and will appear in more, has written an autobiography, appeared in the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, makes public appearances to promote the UFC and has been a frequent guest on late night talk shows -- which she said can do because she prioritizes fighting above all else.

    It's also because, from the sound of it, she got sick of

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  • On Tuesday it was revealed that a FIFA taskforce had recommended the 2022 tournament be held during the winter months in order to combat the sweltering temperatures that regularly reach 50 degrees in the summer.

    [RELATED: Qatar World Cup 'must be held in November/December]

    [RELATED: Qatar's World Cup: What football fans can expect in 2022]

    It was announced that the World Cup is set to be held during November and December, which drew instant criticism due to the disturbance it would cause domestic leagues around the world.

    Former England striker Gary Lineker, who previously worked for Al Jazeera Sports (now BeIN SPORTS) condemned “farcical” FIFA bosses for the decision.

    While Lineker, England’s second-highest goal scorer of all time, acknowledges the move may give his country a better chance of success, he launched a fierce attack on

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  • England v Scotland legends is back. Yes, the oldest rivalry in international football returns to Dubai this weekend as a collection of former stars renew hostilities at Jebel Ali Golf Resort & Spa.

    A raft of familiar faces will dust off their boots on Friday as the 'auld enemies' clash for the fourth time in Dubai, with Scotland still search for their first win.

    12 months ago, England inflicted a third successive win over their arch rivals with former Manchester United ace Teddy Sheringham stealing the headlies, scoring a hat-trick in a 6-3 win.

    While Sheringham is missing this time around, the Three Lions still boast an impressive squad featuring the likes of ex-Leeds United midfielder Lee Bowyer and Lee Hendrie, who made his name at Aston Villa.

    Scotland, meanwhile, will feature Colin Hendry, a key member of the Blackburn Rovers side that clinched the English Premier League title in 1995, and ex-Rangers keeper Andy Goram.

    Can the Tartan Army finally end their Dubai hoodoo?

    The

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  • Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez, who has not fought since routing Junior dos Santos on Oct. 19, 2013, will defend his belt against interim title-holder Fabricio Werdum on June 13 in Mexico City in the main event of UFC 188, the UFC announced Monday.

    Velasquez was supposed to meet Werdum at UFC 180 on Nov. 15, but pulled out of the bout on Oct. 21 because of an injured right knee. Prior to that, Velasquez had shoulder surgery. By fight night, he'll have fought just once in more than two years.

    Fabricio Werdum celebrates after knocking out Mark Hunt at UFC 180 to win the interim heavyweight title. (Getty Images)Fabricio Werdum celebrates after knocking out Mark Hunt at UFC 180 to win the interim heavyweight title. (Getty Images)With Velasquez out, the UFC made a bout between Werdum and Mark Hunt for the interim title at UFC 180 in Mexico City. Werdum survived an early Hunt onslaught and ended the bout in the second round when he caught Hunt with a perfectly placed knee to the chin.

    The UFC had held off going to Mexico City for a long time because it wanted Velasquez to be in the main event. And after coaching The Ultimate Fighter Latin America against Werdum, there was legitimate excitement among Mexican fans about

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  • Before his bout with Antonio "Big Foot" Silva, Frank Mir talked about reinventing himself as a fighter. The two-time ex-UFC heavyweight champion was on a four-fight losing streak and seemingly at the end of the line.

    Mir wasn't ready to quit, however. He felt he wasn't training properly and wanted to give himself one last chance. In addition to preparing better, Mir worked long hours on his boxing with Angelo Reyes.

    The results were extraordinary.

    Mir needed only 100 seconds to dispose of Silva Sunday in the main event of a UFC card in Porto Alegre, Brazil, looking very much like the man who once was an elite contender.

    Mir, who came out in a right-handed stance after boxing as a southpaw for years, also showed a new punch. Mir was never much of a jabber, but it was his jab which set everything up.

    He landed a couple of good shots behind the jab early, and then the jab was the key to the finishing sequence. Mir, who was clearly quicker and more athletic than the ponderous Brazilian,

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  • Last year’s podcast “pipe bomb” from CM Punk could ultimately be a costly one.

    WWE senior ringside physician Dr. Chris Amann filed a defamation lawsuit against CM Punk (real name Phil Brooks) and Colt Cabana (real name Scott Colton) on Thursday in a Chicago court for comments that were made on “The Art of Wrestling” podcast last November that "repeatedly and falsely impugned his integrity" as a doctor. Dr. Amann is seeking more than $1 million in compensatory damages and an undisclosed amount in punitive damages. Cabana, the real-life best friend of CM Punk, is the host of "The Art of Wrestling."

    The two-part podcast was the first time CM Punk spoke publicly about his abrupt departure from the company and one of the main reasons for quitting was alleged medical malpractice.

    CM Punk claimed the WWE didn’t follow proper concussion protocol, rushed him back to the ring following elbow surgery and misdiagnosed a “fatty deposit” that allegedly developed into staph infection. Those

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  • LAS VEGAS – Jon Jones has run roughshod over the greatest 205-pound mixed martial artists in the world over the last five years. Only one fight was even close and the UFC's light heavyweight champion has made many of his defenses look ridiculously easy.

    Anthony Johnson will be the latest to get a crack at solving the riddle when he challenges Jones in the main event of UFC 187 on May 23 at the MGM Grand Garden. Chris Weidman will risk his middleweight title against Vitor Belfort in the co-main event, a bout that has been postponed several times because of injuries.

    UFC president Dana White said lightweights Donald Cerrone and Khabib Nurmagomedov will meet on that card, as well.

    "I am so [expletive] stoked for that card," White told Yahoo Sports. "What Jon Jones has done is almost hard to believe. Go back to 2009 and look at who he's beaten. It's incredible."

    Vitor Belfort will challenge Chris Weidman on May 23 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Vitor Belfort will challenge Chris Weidman on May 23 in Las Vegas. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images)Against Johnson, though, he'll face a suddenly rejuvenated man whose punching power is unparalleled. Johnson is coming off a

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  • It’s safe to say that Bruno Mars and Mark Ronson’s hit “Uptown Funk” is to 2015 what Pharrell’s “Happy” was to 2014. You can’t get it out of you head, and countless parodies are popping up all over the Web. And this might be one of our favorites. It comes from California mom of two Deva Dalporto, who put a suburban spin on the catchy tune.

    The video stars Dalporto and fellow residents of a California suburb, who can be seen making everyday routine tasks looks fabulous. They are taking out the trash, buying in bulk, and cruising the town in a minivan. Some of the fun lyrics include “gardening, grilling, living it up outside the city.”

    The video was posted to Dalporto’s super-popular YouTube page, My Life Suckers. And with more than 600,000 views so far, it’s obvious a lot of moms and dads can relate to the “Suburban Funk”! One commenter wrote, “I like this better than the original.”


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  • The news Friday that Apple has up to 1,000 employees actively working on some kind of car — a kind of "electric minivan," not just software in the dashboard — set off a nuclear bomb of speculation, jokes and lukewarm takes. At one extreme came the Detroit-centric reaction, the "oh, this carbuilding business is sooo hard and costly" view, which felt dated when it was deployed against Preston Tucker. From the left coast came the Silicon Valley excitement at impending disruption and the potential profits, epitomized by investor Jason Calacanis predicting Apple will buy Tesla for $75 billion in 18 months.

    Those extremes have a fingertip grip in reality; car building is hard, which is why Tesla was the first successful U.S. automaker start-up since the Dodge Brothers in the 1920s, and won't be profitable until 2020. And Silicon Valley already boasts a growing automotive industry focused on the software needed for most every component, from dashboard dining apps to self-driving vehicles. But

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