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Cain Velasquez injures knee, out for UFC title defense in Mexico

Heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez suffered a right knee injury in training and is withdrawing from his Nov. 15 Ultimate Fighting Championship title defense against top contender Fabricio Werdum in Mexico City.

The UFC will instead stage an interim heavyweight title bout between Brazil’s Werdum (18-5-1) and Mark Hunt (10-8-1), who’s coming off a knockout victory over Roy Nelson in September.

Velasquez (13-1) hasn’t fought since October 2013, when he successfully defended his belt against the only man he’s lost to, Junior Dos Santos.

The son of Mexican immigrants who raised him in Yuma, Ariz., Velasquez was anticipating heading the UFC’s first show in Mexico at Arena Mexico City, a 20,000-seat venue that sold out in eight hours. The UFC is offering refunds from Oct. 28 to Nov. 7.

“I’m so unbelievably disappointed that this happened,” Velasquez said in a statement distributed by the UFC.

“To say I was looking forward to fighting in Mexico for the first time is an understatement. I...

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UFC rescinds doping suspension of fighter Cung Le

Cung Le, the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight fighter suspended one year when the organization declared a post-fight sample he submitted in China in August revealed excessive levels of human growth hormone, has been reinstated with the suspension rescinded, the UFC announced Tuesday.

“I haven’t read everything yet,” Le said by telephone from his San Jose home. “My manager was taking care of this. ... I want to make sure it’s true.”

Le, 42, previously insisted to the Los Angeles Times that he did not engage in performance-enhancing drug use before the fight. His opponent, Michael Bisping, requested full screening after Le posed for a photo during training, revealing a ripped physique.

Le told The Times earlier this month that his physique for the main event bout in Macao, China, was enhanced by more than 18 months of hard work and diet, not drugs.

“I’d been grumpy and moody, but every time I’d look in the mirror I’d see results,” Le said. “I did this crazy cardio, was in...

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Kings' Darryl Sutter, Dean Lombardi back suspension of Slava Voynov

There was no hesitation in Kings Coach Darryl Sutter's voice or manner when he was asked if the NHL's swift action in suspending defenseman Slava Voynov was appropriate.

"Absolutely," Sutter said Tuesday. "It's very appropriate."

Sutter was answering questions in a room full of reporters at the team's practice facility in El Segundo. This was the day after the 24-year-old Voynov was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence and the league suspended him indefinitely even before he was released from jail in Redondo Beach. He has not been charged.

These were Sutter's first public comments on the matter. Kings General Manager Dean Lombardi also talked about it for the first time in a smaller briefing with a handful of reporters in his office.

The league told Lombardi early Monday morning there would be a suspension.

"There was no doubt," Lombardi said.

He immediately recognized the seriousness of the situation. It was underscored, also, by the fact that NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman took...

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Formula One awaits Sebastian Vettel's move as series heads to U.S.

As Formula One heads to the United States for its next race Nov. 2, the series is still waiting for Sebastian Vettel to officially declare which team the four-time champion will join in 2015.

The 27-year-old German is widely expected to land at Ferrari. His departure is expected to trigger a domino effect among Formula One drivers, with two-time champion Fernando Alonso seen leaving Ferrari -- perhaps to join the McLaren team -- to make room for Vettel.

Vettel confirmed early this month that he would leave his current team, Red Bull Racing, after this season. But Vettel, Alonso and the teams involved have not confirmed any other moves as Formula One prepares for the U.S. Grand Prix at the Circuit of the Americas course in Austin, Texas.

With three races left in the Formula One season, former champion Lewis Hamilton -- who has won the last four races -- holds a modest 17-point lead over his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for this year's driver's title.

Vettel, still without a win this...

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Kings say closeness will get them through Slava Voynov's absence

Members of the Kings said they expect the team’s closeness — one of its signature strengths during two Stanley Cup championship runs in the past three seasons — to continue to be a source of support during the absence of defenseman Slava Voynov, who was arrested Monday on suspicion of domestic violence and suspended indefinitely by the NHL with pay.

The Kings were off on Monday when news broke of Voynov’s arrest and subsequent release on $50,000 bail. They practiced without the Russian defenseman on Tuesday for the first time.

Players were cautioned by team officials to be careful in responding to reporters’ questions about Voynov after Tuesday’s practice at El Segundo. Some players didn’t make themselves available for interviews; defenseman Alec Martinez — whose locker stall is next to Voynov’s — declined to comment altogether.

Winger Kyle Clifford said the Kings’ unity hasn’t been hurt by the incident involving Voynov, whose average ice time of 23 minutes and 11 seconds per game...

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Michael Sam released from Dallas Cowboys' practice squad

Once again, Michael Sam is a man without an NFL team.

The Dallas Cowboys released the defensive lineman from their practice squad Tuesday, parting ways with the the league’s first openly gay player.

Sam joined the team Sept. 3 after spending training camp with the St. Louis Rams, who selected him with a compensatory pick near the end of the 2014 draft.

Sam spent the first seven weeks of the season on Dallas’ 10-man practice squad and was never promoted to the 53-man roster.

After Dallas beat the New York Giants on Sunday, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones told USA Today that Sam’s sexual orientation was entirely inconsequential.

“It’s a dead issue. A dead issue,” Jones said.

The Cowboys said that releasing Sam opened a spot for linebacker Troy Davis, a second-year pro from Central Florida who worked out with the team on Monday.

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