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Locally trained MMA fighter wins

LAS VEGAS, Nev. — Travis Browne’s barrage of elbows stopped Brazil’s Gabriel Gonzaga in the first round Saturday of a heavyweight bout on the undercard of “The Ultimate Fighter: Finale” at the Mandalay Bay.

Browne, a Honolulu native who trains in Albuquerque at Jackson-Winkeljohn Mixed Martial Arts, is 14-1-1. Gonzaga is 14-7.

Bombers drop Stars in Abilene

ABILENE, Texas — The Abilene Bombers pulled away from a 20-20 first-half tie to defeat the New Mexico Stars 55-45 in a Lone Star Football League game Saturday night.


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The Stars dropped to 1-3 in the indoor pro league. Abilene is 2-1, with all three games being played at home.

New Mexico is idle next week but returns home for a game April 27 against San Angelo, a team the Stars defeated opening day.

Big servers Isner, Almagro advance

HOUSTON — John Isner and Nicolas Almagro, two of the biggest servers in tennis, aced their way into the final of the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championship.

Top-seeded Almagro of Spain, the ATP Tour leader with 261 aces, needed only 58 minutes to beat American wild-card Rhyne Williams 6-2, 6-1.

Isner, second in tour aces with 251, recovered from a slow start to top defending champion Juan Monaco of Spain 1-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the other semifinal to set up a showdown today.

Overanalyze finishes fast

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. — Overanalyze stormed down the homestretch to pull away and win the $1 million Arkansas Derby on Saturday.

The colt, trained by Todd Pletcher, trailed with a second group for much of the race before charging ahead after the final turn in the 1â…›-mile race.

Pre-race favorite War Academy, trained by Bob Baffert, pulled up on the back stretch.


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Overanalyze overcame the lead pack and held off Frac Daddy and Carve to earn Pletcher his third win in the Kentucky Derby prep race.

Ridden by Rafael Bejarano, Overanalyze paid $9.40, $5.60 and $4.60. Frac Daddy paid $16.80 and $11 for finishing second, while Carve paid $8.60 in third.

SANTA ANITA: In Arcadia, Calif., Mizdirection rallied to beat stablemate Schiaparelli by a half-length and win the $100,000 Las Cienegas Stakes on Saturday.

Manziel won’t rest on Heisman laurels

COLLEGE STATION, Texas — Johnny Manziel was 24-of-28 passing for 303 yards and three touchdowns in one half of Texas A&M’s Maroon & White spring football game Saturday.

But he made the biggest mistake of an otherwise impressive performance by going downfield and diving into defensive back Sam Moeller, delivering a clearing block for running back Brandon Williams’ TD run.

When he got up, he saw coach Kevin Sumlin shaking his head.

“Don’t ever do that again,” offensive coordinator Clarence McKinney said.

Not in mid-April, Johnny. No need to risk injury to the Heisman Trophy winner.

“I immediately regretted it,” Manziel said. “But it’s just how I am, and I wanted him to score no matter what.”

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FROZEN FOUR: Jeff Malcolm stopped 36 shots as Yale won its first NCAA hockey championship with a 4-0 victory over top-seeded Quinnipiac on Saturday night.
— This article appeared on page D8 of the Albuquerque Journal