Fedor Falls. Fedor Emelianenko is an MMA legend, a fighter who had one career loss, in 2000, and only because of a cut caused by an inadvertent elbow. Now Fedor has two losses; he lost by submission to Fabricio Werdum on Saturday night. Emelianenko appeared to have the advantage in the fight, dropping Werdum with a right, but leaving his limbs exposed proved to be a mistake, and Werdum's proficiency in Brazilian jiu jitsu proved deadly, as he caught "The Last Emperor" in a triangle choke and would not let go. It's a big win for Werdum, a huge loss for Emelianenko, and a bigger loss for Strikeforce, which lost its biggest draw—Fedor's seeming invincibility—while giving at least one competitor reason to smile.
Bled Sox. Dustin Pedroia: Broken foot. Clay Buchholz: hyperextended knee. And with Josh Beckett, Kevin Youkilis, Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Lowell, J.D. Drew, Daisuke Matsuzaka, and Jeremy Hermida all visiting either the 15-day disabled list or being pronounced day-to-day in the last month, the Sox have become baseball's best group of walking wounded in a hurry. The good news? Getting Mike Cameron back helped: The outfielder hit a three-run homer to lead the Sox past the Giants on Saturday. He may have to do much more if Boston is to keep pace with the super-competitive AL East.
Danica Sputtering in NASCAR. Another NASCAR Nationwide Series start for Danica Patrick produced another wreck on Saturday. It wasn't bad—Patrick got turned around after contact with Morgan Shepherd on the seventh lap of the New England 200—but it's Patrick's third time being involved in an accident in four starts on the circuit. She finished 30th, her best Nationwide performance, but has yet to finish on the lead lap in a race, and is generally stalling out in her efforts in stock cars. IndyCar fans might smirk and say that's little different from her performance in that series, but four top tens in 2010 would beg to differ.
Baby Mama Drama for Donovan? Less than five hours after the end of his World Cup, Landon Donovan was addressing a report that a British tabloid is set to run a story with a woman claiming she is carrying Donovan's child. "I was informed of the possibility during the World Cup, and if I need to take responsibility, then I will provide the appropriate support," Donovan told Sports Illustrated's Grant Wahl. So, yeah, life isn't going to be boring for Donovan in the near future.â†µ
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