Silva returns with win against Diaz at UFC 183

UFC: Anderson Silva won a unanimous decision in his comeback fight 13 months after breaking his left leg, dominating Nick Diaz at UFC 183 on Saturday night in Las Vegas.

Silva (34-6) landed most of the big blows against the taunting Diaz, controlling a strange fight in the same MGM Grand Garden octagon where he shattered his lower leg with a kick to middleweight champion Chris Weidman’s knee in December 2013.

Silva won 50-45 on two scorecards and 49-46 on the third.


WORLD CUP: Austria’s Wolfgang Kindl notched a win in Lillehammer, Norway, for his country’s first victory in men’s singles in 10 years.

Russia’s Semen Pavlichenko was second and Dominik Fischnaller of Italy was third on the 1994 Olympic track.

Germany’s Olympic and world champion, Felix Loch, finished eighth but continues to lead the overall standings with 705 points, ahead of Fischnaller with 492.


SPANISH LEAGUE: Lionel Messi and Neymar both scored to help Barcelona come from behind twice to beat visiting Villarreal 3-2 and stay in the hunt for the Spanish league title.

Messi and Neymar netted their 22nd and 15th league goals of the season, respectively, as Luis Enrique’s team never lost its nerve and answered sixth-place Villarreal goal for goal to end the visiting club’s record run of 18 games without a loss.

 Sevilla striker Iago Aspas scored with one minute left to snatch a 3-2 win over 10-man Espanyol.


NFL: Ann Mara, the matriarch of one of pro football’s most prominent, respected families and a co-owner of the New York Giants, died early on Super Bowl Sunday. She was 85.

“She has been the leader of our family in every way, and we will miss her dearly,” John Mara, the team’s president and eldest of her 11 children with the late Wellington Mara, said in a statement issued by the Giants.

John Mara said she had been hospitalized since the day after suffering a head injury in a fall on the ice outside her home in Rye on Jan. 18.


FORMULA ONE: Red Bull and Williams have launched the cars they hope will be able to better compete with Mercedes when the new season starts in six weeks.

Red Bull’s RB11 and the Williams FW37 were unveiled prior to the first day of preseason testing at the Jerez circuit in southern Spain.

Mercedes, which won the constructors’ championship by nearly 300 points, also launched its W06, with championship runner-up Nico Rosberg later taking the wheel on the first day of testing and completing a massive 157 laps. F1 champion Lewis Hamilton drives on Monday.

– From staff and news services