NCAA president Mark Emmert still has the confidence of the association's executive committee, despite several indicators in recent days...

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Emmert gets vote of confidence from NCAA

NCAA president Mark Emmert still has the confidence of the association’s executive committee, despite several indicators in recent days that some schools are questioning his effectiveness.

The NCAA released a statement Saturday revealing that the executive committee has “unanimously affirmed” its ongoing support of Emmert. Both the decision to make such a statement — and to do so, without warning, over a weekend — are highly unusual for the NCAA, which has been under fire for some time over the way many high-profile cases have been handled, most recently the long investigation of Miami.

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Still, the committee also wants the NCAA to move forward with a total review of the association’s policies, and said “subsequent improvement … is necessary.” Their statement comes five days after Emmert himself said he wondered if the committee would consider disciplinary action against him after all this recent tumult involving the association.

Mixed-martial arts

Rousey wins 1st women’s UFC bout

Ronda Rousey won the first women’s bout in UFC history, beating Liz Carmouche on an armbar with 11 seconds left in the first round of their bantamweight title fight at UFC 157 in Anaheim, Calif.

Rousey (7-0) defended her belt with her signature move, forcing Carmouche to tap out after bending back her arm. Carmouche (7-3) had Rousey in trouble early, nearly landing a rear naked choke.

Horse racing

Orb prevails

Orb came from well off the pace to beat heavily favored Violence and win the Grade II Fountain of Youth Stakes, a major Kentucky Derby prep race for 3-year-olds at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Ridden by John Velazquez and trained by Shug McGaughey, Orb finished the 1-1/16-mile race in 1 minute, 42.24 seconds. A winner of three straight races, Orb returned $12.80.

Ive Struck A Nerve wins

Longshot Ive Struck A Nerve edged Code West at the wire in the $400,000 Grade II Risen Star Stakes at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans. Ive Struck a Nerve, trained by J. Keith Desormeaux and ridden by James Graham, went off at 135-1 and paid $272.40, $110.60 and $42.40.

Sahara Sky wins

Sahara Sky rallied from far off the pace to win the $200,000 San Carlos Stakes by three-quarters of a length at Santa Anita in Arcadia, Calif. Ridden by Joe Talamo, Sahara Sky ran 7 furlongs in 1:21.28 and paid $14.60, $6.20 and $4.


Kvitova triumphs

Ex-Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic won her first title in six months when she beat Sara Errani of Italy 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 in the Dubai Championships final in United Arab Emirates.


• The No. 21 jersey Mike Eruzione wore when he scored the game-winning goal in the “Miracle on Ice” victory over the Soviet Union in 1980 was sold for $657,250 at auction in New York. The stick he used fetched $286,800.

Ishe Smith (25-5) beat Cornelius Bundrage (32-5) by split decision in Detroit to claim the IBF 154-pound title.

Christof Innerhofer of Italy won his third World Cup downhill of the season, on a course in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, where he has a history of good results. Innerhofer has six career wins.

Carolina Ruiz Castillo of Spain stunned the field by earning her first World Cup victory at age 31, winning a downhill race in Meribel, France, 13 years after her only previous podium finish.

Kei Nishikori of Japan, who won his match when Marinko Matosevic of Australia retired, will face Feliciano Lopez of Spain, a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan, in the final of the U.S. National Indoor Men’s Tennis Championships in Memphis, Tenn.

David Ferrer will defend his Copa Claro title in the final against Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ferrer defeated fellow Spaniard Tommy Robredo 6-3, 6-2, and Wawrinka beat Nicolas Almagro of Spain 6-3, 7-5.

• Top-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic beat Dmitry Tursunov of Russia 6-2, 6-1 to reach the final of the Open 13 in Marseille, France. In the other semifinal, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga of France beat compatriot Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-2.

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