Miguel Cotto became the first Puerto Rican fighter to win world championships in four weight divisions, stopping Sergio Martinez in their WBC world middleweight title fight Saturday night in New York.

Martinez didn't get off the stool when the bell rang for the 10th round.

Cotto improved to 39-4 and is 8-1 at Madison Square Garden. Martinez fell to 51-3-2.

In the week leading up to the fight, Cotto's trainer, Freddie Roach, said his pupil would be able to use his footwork to control the fight, and still possessed power even though he moved up in weight class.

Cotto proved Roach right from the opening bell, knocking down Martinez twice in the first round with a flurry of body shots. As the fight progressed, Cotto pressured Martinez around the ring, and attacked when openings were presented.

Martinez forced Cotto to fight in the middle of the ring instead of on the ropes or in the corners. But Cotto was able to land a variety of jabs and hooks. By the end of the eighth round, Martinez had swelling around his right eye.

  • Juergen Braehmer of Germany unanimously outpointed Roberto Feliciano Bolonti of Argentina to retain his WBA light heavyweight belt in Schwerin, Germany. Braehmer (44-2, 32 knockouts) is hoping for a bout with American Bernard Hopkins, who holds the WBA's super light heavyweight belt.

    Motor sports

    Driver-owner Ed Carpenter, now driving only on ovals, won the IndyCar Series race at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, staying in front of Will Power during a two-lap shootout after a late caution.

    On the final green-flag stop with 35 laps left, Carpenter beat pole sitter and season points leader Power off pit road.

    Power made things worse when he was penalized for speeding out of the pits.

    Juan Pablo Montoya finished third, ahead of Simon Pagenaud, Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan -- the only drivers to finish on the lead lap. Helio Castroneves, the defending race winner and a four-time winner at Texas, was 10th.

  • For the third straight week, Mercedes teammates and championship leaders Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton will line up for a Formula One race side-by-side in the front row of the starting grid.

    The dominant team on the circuit this year -- winning all six races, with five second-place finishes as well -- Mercedes claimed the top two starting spots for the Canadian Grand Prix in qualifying in Montreal.

    Soccer

    Defending World Cup champion Spain beat El Salvador 2-0 in a final tuneup in Landover, Maryland, with Diego Costa appearing fit. Costa withstood 74 minutes on a hot and humid afternoon, showing no ill effects from the strained right hamstring that limited him to nine minutes in the Champions League final May 24. Spain faces the Netherlands on Friday in a Group B opener.

  • England and Honduras drew 0-0 in a fiery and physical final World Cup warm-up match that saw Honduras defender Brayan Beckeles sent off and a 45-minute delay because of a lightning storm in Miami Gardens, Florida. England opens World Cup play Saturday against Italy. Honduras plays France next Sunday.

  • Cristiano Ronaldo resumed training with Portugal after recovering from leg injuries that threatened to sideline him from their World Cup opener against Germany.

  • Former Cal star Alex Morgan made her season debut with the Portland Thorns after an eight-month layoff because of an ankle injury, returning for only one match before heading off to training with the U.S. national team.

    Miscellany

    C.J Hinojosa drove in two runs as Texas beat Houston 4-0 to win an NCAA super regional and advance to the College World Series. ... Nick Solak's two-run homer in the fifth propelled Louisville to a 7-4 win over Kennesaw State, sending the Cardinals to their second straight College World Series.

  • The Canadian Football League and CFL Players' Association have reached a tentative deal on a new collective bargaining agreement, averting a potential strike.

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