Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: St. Louisan Woodley Takes UFC Welterweight Title

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: St. Louisan Woodley Takes UFC Welterweight Title

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St. Louisan Woodley beats Lawler for UFC title

Tyron Woodley (Ferguson, McCluer High) took the welterweight title from Robbie Lawler on Saturday night, stopping him with 2:12 left in the first round at UFC 201 at Philips Arena in Atlanta.

The former All-American wrestler at Missouri dropped Lawler with a devastating right hand after an effective fake and scored several strikes while Lawler was on the mat and against the cage, leading the referee to call the bout.

Woodley improved to 15-3. Lawler fell to 27-11. He was making his fourth title defense.

Djokovic makes Rogers Cup final * Top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat 10th-seeded Gael Monfils 6-3, 6-2 on Saturday night to reach the Rogers Cup final and improve to 12-0 against the Frenchman.

The winner in 2007, 2011 and 2012 in the hardcourt event that rotates between Toronto and Montreal, Djokovic will face third- seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan on Sunday. Nishikori beat second- seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland 7-6 (6), 6-1 in the first semifinal.

Djokovic has six victories this year and 65 overall. The 29-year- old Serb has 12 Grand Slam titles, winning this year in Australia and France. Monfils was coming off a victory last week in Washington.

In women's play, Simona Halep beat Australian Open champion Angelique Kerber 6-0, 3-6, 6-2 to advance to the final for the second straight year.

The fifth-seeded Halep will face American Madison Keys on Sunday in a rematch of the Romanian player's three-set victory in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. The 10th-seeded Keys beat Slovakia's Kristina Kucova 6-2, 6-1 in the second semifinal.

Cavaliers waive Jones * The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers waived Dahntay Jones, the veteran reserve swingman who gave the team a spark in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. The team announced the move Saturday.

Jones, who was signed on the final day of the regular season, came off the bench in Game 6 and scored five straight points to slow a Golden State rally. He also drew a pair of fouls on Warriors forward Draymond Green. …

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