Mixed martial arts
Henderson risks title Saturday
Benson Henderson, a 2001 graduate of Decatur High School in Federal Way, risks his Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title Saturday in the main event of UFC 164 at the Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Henderson (19-2) faces Anthony Pettis (16-2). They fought for the first time at World Extreme Cagefighting 53 in 2010; it was the final card for WEC, which was absorbed by UFC.
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Pettis put an exclamation point on his five-round, unanimous-decision victory with his oft-replayed “Showtime kick,” in which he ran up the side of the cage, launched and nailed Henderson with a head kick in the final seconds.
“It was a good fight, a tough fight, and it didn’t go my way,” the 29-year-old Henderson said. “I lost the decision and it helped make me a better fighter.
“Because of that fight, I went on to the UFC gold.”
Pettis, a 26-year-old from Milwaukee, made a bold prediction.
“I’m going to finish this guy quick,” he said. “I don’t want to be out there five rounds, going back and forth. I want my hand raised and I want that belt quick.”
Henderson has won 17 of his last 18 fights.
“My long-term goal is to be the best fighter on the planet, pound for pound,” Henderson was quoted as saying in USA Today. “Along the way, you’re going to hit other smaller goals, other milestones.”
Odom is suspected of DUI
Free-agent forward Lamar Odom was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.
A California Highway Patrol officer said he saw Odom’s Mercedes-Benz traveling erratically on a freeway in the San Fernando Valley at about 4 a.m. Friday
Odom, 33, will have his driver’s license suspended for a year because he refused to submit to chemical testing at a police station in Van Nuys, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Odom was released after posting $15,000 bond and has a Sept. 27 court date.
The husband of reality-television star Khloe Kardashian, Odom has made headlines in recent weeks for alleged drug use, including reports last weekend he was missing after a fight with his wife.
Odom played for the Los Angeles Clippers last season, averaging 4 points and 5.9 rebounds. His NBA career averages are 13.3 points and 8.4 rebounds.
Visiting Fever beats Liberty
Tamika Catchings collected 22 points and 10 rebounds, Shavonte Zellous scored 21 points and the Indiana Fever beat the host New York Liberty 73-67.
The top four teams in each conference make the playoffs. Defending league champion Indiana (13-15) is fourth in the Eastern Conference, a half-game behind third-place Washington and 2½ games in front of the Liberty.
In another game, Jia Perkins scored 19 points to help visiting San Antonio beat Tulsa 74-65.
Selanne to play farewell season
Teemu Selanne is ready for his last skate.
Selanne is returning to the Anaheim Ducks for his 21st and final NHL season, the 43-year-old Finnish forward announced.
After spending most of the summer contemplating his future, he released a humorous video on YouTube confirming he will be back for one more run at another Stanley Cup title. He also hopes to play for Finland in his sixth Olympics in Sochi, Russia, in February.
Selanne agreed to a one-year deal worth $2 million — and for the first time in his now-annual flirtations with retirement, the Finnish Flash insisted he won’t be back.
“Now it’ll be easier to take advantage of every day,” Selanne said. “I think it’s good for everybody. My family, too. They’ve been asking some questions over the years, and now everybody knows.”
Selanne has mulled retirement every year since Anaheim won the Stanley Cup in 2007, always electing to return to the Ducks.
Selanne has 675 goals, ranking 11th on the all-time list.
“He clearly still has passion for the game and can’t wait to get started,” Anaheim general manager Bob Murray said.
Selanne’s announcement video shows him struggling at golf, eventually throwing his bag into a lake in frustration.
When he realizes his phone is in the bag, Selanne dives into the lake to retrieve it before calling Murray and saying, “I’m coming back. Yeah, but this is it. This is my final one.”
• A suspended UNLV basketball player will remain free without bail, pending a Nov. 12 preliminary hearing on charges he stole expensive Nike sneakers, $500 cash and almost $900 worth of video games from a friend’s apartment in May.
Savon Goodman, 19, of Philadelphia faces misdemeanor conspiracy and felony burglary and grand-larceny charges that could get him up to 15 years in a Nevada prison.
Coach Dave Rice has announced Goodman will sit out the upcoming season.
• Czech cyclist Zdenek Stybar of the Omega Pharma – Quick-Step team won the seventh stage of the Spanish Vuelta, and Italian Vincenzo Nibali of the Astana team maintained his overall lead in the event that ends Sept. 15 in Madrid.
• Ski jumper Sarah Hendrickson, a world champion who was injured during an Aug. 21 training jump in Germany, had surgery on her right knee Thursday. The 19-year-old is resting at her Park City, Utah, home.
• The latest target on the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s list: An 80-year-old weightlifter who tested positive for steroids.
Don Ramos of Colorado Springs, Colo., attempted to set a world record in his age group at the Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships in June. The suspension means Ramos can’t compete again until July 2015.
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