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Weidman stops Silva

New York native Chris Weidman stopped Anderson Silva of Brazil in the second round of their UFC middleweight-title fight Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Weidman landed a short left hook that sent Silva to the canvas, and then pounced on the ultimate-fighting superstar, landing more shots before referee Herb Dean stopped the bout at 1:18.

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Weidman ended Silva’s nearly seven-year reign as champion while improving to 10-0 (6-0 in UFC).

“I imagined doing this many times in my head, but it’s surreal,” Weidman said.

Silva dropped to 33-5 (16-1 in UFC). The 38-year-old irritated Weidman, 29, by taunting and clowning with him during the bout.

Afterward, Silva said he intends to keep fighting but is not interested in trying to regain the title.


Meyer sends texts about Hernandez

Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said it is “wrong and irresponsible” to connect him or his former Florida staff to the murder charge facing Aaron Hernandez, former New England Patriots tight end.

In texts to The Columbus Dispatch and The Gainesville Sun on Saturday, Meyer said there was no cover-up of drug tests during Hernandez’s time at Florida. Meyer coached the Gators from the 2005 through 2010 seasons.

The texts were Meyer’s first comments about Hernandez, 23, who was released by the NFL Patriots on June 26.

Meyer said in the texts he “received an email from a friend where there is an accusation of multiple failed drug tests covered up” by Florida or the coaching staff. Meyer said that is “absolutely not true” and added Hernandez was “held to the same drug testing policy as every other player.”

Hernandez, who played three seasons for Meyer at Florida, is charged in the shooting death of semipro player Odin Lloyd, 27, in the Boston area. Hernandez has pleaded not guilty.

“Prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of the victim,” Meyer texted. “Relating or blaming these serious charges to the University of Florida, myself or our staff is wrong and irresponsible.”

Hernandez was suspended for Florida’s 2008 season opener and later acknowledged it was punishment for testing positive for marijuana.

During Meyer’s time with the Gators, Florida had at least 31 arrests involving players, The New York Times reported.

Meanwhile, about 1,200 Patriots fans have responded to the team’s offer to trade in Hernandez jerseys for a different player’s jersey this weekend at the team shop.

College basketball

Butler promotes Miller

Butler is promoting recently hired assistant coach Brandon Miller to coach. He will replace Brad Stevens, who on Wednesday became coach of the NBA Boston Celtics.

Ex-Butler player Miller, 34, is a former assistant at the Indianapolis school. He took the 2011-12 season off from coaching and returned last season as a special assistant to Illinois coach John Groce. Miller was rehired by Butler in April.


Jagr isn’t ready to retire

Jaromir Jagr, a five-time league scoring champion, wants to extend his career — and his agent said some teams are “very interested” in his 41-year-old client, who ended last season with Boston.

Agent Petr Svoboda declined to say which teams wanted Jagr.

Track and field

Bolt takes 200 in 19.73

Even when he is winning, six-time Olympic champion Usain Bolt of Jamaica is finding fault with his running.

Bolt gave himself a grade of 7 out of 10 after running the fastest 200 meters of the season, a time of 19.73 seconds at the Areva Diamond League meet in Paris.

U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay had the previous best of 19.74.

“I think I could have run the last 50 after the turn much better,” Bolt said.


Game On Dude led all the way in the 74th Hollywood Gold Cup, the last running of the race at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif. The track is closing in December.

Game On Dude, a 6-year-old gelding trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Mike Smith, ran 1¼ miles on the synthetic track in 2 minutes, 1.88 seconds and beat runner-up Kettle Corn by a length.

Game On Dude, whose owners include retired baseball manager Joe Torre, returned $2.60 on a $2 win bet in the $500,000 race.

• In other Grade I races, 5-year-old Big Blue Kitten ($7 to win) took the $525,000 United Nations on turf at Monmouth Park in Oceanport, N.J., and 4-year-old filly Starship Truffles ($18.60) prevailed in the $350,000 Princess Rooney at Calder in Miami Gardens, Fla.

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