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Winnipeg UFC card might lose main event fighter

A report out of Brazil says Winnipeg's UFC main event could be in jeopardy.

The Brazil-based website tatame.com reported Saturday interim bantamweight champion Renan Barao, scheduled to defend his title against Eddie Wineland at UFC 161 at the MTS Centre on June 15, has suffered a right foot injury and may have to withdraw from the fight.

The UFC had no official comment late Saturday.

Other matches on the pay-per-view card include Mauricio (Shogun) Hua against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Rashad Evans vs. Dan Henderson.

Mosley outpoints Cano

CANCUN, Mexico -- Shane Mosley unanimously outpointed Mexico's Pablo Cano on Saturday night to win for the first time in four years.

The 41-year-old Mosley, a former champion in three divisions, improved to 47-8-1, receiving winning scores of 115-113, 115-113 and 115-113. He lost three of his previous four fights, the last to Canelo Alvarez in May 2012.

The 23-year-old Cano dropped to 26-3-1.

Choi leads rhythmic

OTTAWA -- Vancouver rhythmic gymnast Kaylie Choi jumped into the lead in the high performance junior stream at the Canadian gymnastics championships on Saturday.

Choi scored the highest results for both her hoop and ball routines to lead all qualifiers after the first two of four events.

Choi scored 25.450 points followed by Carmen Whelen of Toronto at 24.400.

The top-ranked competitors after the final two qualifying events on Monday will move on to the all around and apparatus finals.

In the national junior competition, and Cassandra Valinho topped the field with her hoop routine and was tied in the ball event with Kaedyn Lashley of Winnipeg to sit first in a field of 26 competitors.

Valhino totalled 22.70 points, followed by Lashley and Emma Lozhkin of Toronto, who were tied for second with 21.600 points.

The juniors complete their qualification on Monday with the clubs and ribbon events.

In the national novice all around competition, Alexandra Shtrevensky of Montreal held a healthy lead with a score of 23.150 points after two routines.

Polly Krivchun of Vancouver and Diana Noskova are tied for second with 21.750 points each in a field of 25 competitors.

Medals will be awarded on Sunday after the final two events.

Competition at the Canadian championships runs through May 25.

Canadian divers medal

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico -- Emma Friesen of North Vancouver, B.C., and Philippe Gagne of Montreal each won their first international medal on Saturday at the fifth stop on the FINA Grand Prix diving circuit.

Friesen took silver with 322.05 points in women's three-metre behind Qu Lin of China (326.30). Inge Jansen of the Netherlands was third at 301.60. Aimee Harrison of Winnipeg was also in the final and was fifth at 269.20.

"It was incredible and it made all the hard work well worth it," said Friesen.

"The reverse dive was definitely a highlight, I really nailed it. I knew going into the last dive how well I was doing and while I could have done the take-off better I was pleased with my finish."

China was 1-2 in the men's 10-metre final with Huo Liang earning the gold at 571.25 and Jian Yang the silver at 515.95. Gagne, 15 and competing at only his second career Grand Prix, followed with a personal best 431.20.

"It's a great feeling to get a medal," said Gagne, who made his international debut two weeks ago at the Canada Cup Grand Prix in Gatineau. "After the semis, I knew a medal was possible but I was going to have to get a personal best score to have any chance."

Competition ends today, featuring Cody Yano of Edmonton in the men's three-metre final.

-- staff / from the news services

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition May 19, 2013 B12

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