Cain Velasquez reclaimed the UFC heavyweight title Saturday night, battering Junior Dos Santos on the way to a lopsided five-round unanimous decision in UFC 155 in Las Vegas.

Velasquez (11-1) took early control of the rematch of his only loss, flooring the champion with a right hand midway through the first round. Velasquez spent most of the match pounding on Dos Santos (15-2), who never fully recovered from the first-round shot that left him woozy.

"I was so tired, but I had to endure," Velasquez said. "This is my wife's Christmas present. I promised her I would do this."

Dos Santos took the UFC belt away from Velasquez in November 2011 in just 64 seconds, earning a first-round stoppage victory with one vicious overhand right in Anaheim.

"His game was effective, and tonight was better than me," Dos Santos said.

Winter sports

Boston College coach Jerry York became the NCAA hockey career victory leader, directing the No. 1 Eagles to a 5-2 win over Alabama-Huntsville in Minneapolis. York has 925 victories in 41 seasons to move past former Michigan State coach Ron Mason. He's 925-558-95 overall and 458-223-61 in 19 seasons at Boston College. He's won four national titles with the Eagles to go with one at Bowling Green.

  • Veronika Velez Zuzulova won a World Cup women's night slalom in Semmering, Austria, with a two-run time of 1 minute, 37.28 seconds. Kathrin Zettel was 0.10 seconds back. Overall World Cup leader Tina Maze was 0.20 behind. American Mikeala Shiffrin straddled a gate and didn't finish her second run. Teammate Lindsey Vonn is taking a midseason break.


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  • Hannes Reichelt and Dominik Paris shared a World Cup men's downhill win as the top four finishers were separated by just two-hundredths of a second in Bormio, Italy. Paris and Reichelt finished in 1:58.62. Overall World Cup leader Aksel Lund Svindal was third, 0.01 seconds behind, and Klaus Kroell was fourth. American Travis Ganong had a career-best seventh place at 1:59.11.

  • American Kikkan Randall claimed her second cross-country World Cup victory of the season by taking the 3.1-kilometer prologue of the Tour de Ski in Oberhof, Germany.

    Tennis

    Novak Djokovic retained his World Championship title by rallying past Nicolas Almagro 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-4 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Almagro was a late replacement at the exhibition tournament for Rafael Nadal.

  • Australia beat Germany 3-0 in the Hopman Cup after Andrea Petkovic had to retire from her match in Perth, Australia. Bernard Tomic gave Australia a 1-0 lead by beating Tommy Haas 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-5. Petkovic won the first set 6-4 over Ashleigh Barty, but she called for treatment and was in tears as her knee was bandaged.

    Soccer

    Manchester United beat West Brom 2-0 to retain its seven-point lead atop the English Premier League, while runner-up Manchester City won 4-3 at Norwich.