Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images(LAS VEGAS) — UFC 175 saw two title belts on the line Saturday. When all was said and done, both belts remained with their respective champions.

Ronda Rousey remained undefeated, beating Alexis Davis via knockout just 16 seconds into their bout, retaining her women’s bantamweight title. Rousey improved to 10-0 with the victory and notched the second-fastest knockout in UFC history.

Davis, the number one contender, took a stiff right hand to the chin before Rousey threw her to the mat and finished the fight with a flurry of strikes. It was the first time that Davis (16-6) was finished in a fight since 2009.

In the other co-main event, middleweight champion Chris Weidman silenced critics once again. His unanimous decision victory over Lyoto Machida proved that the former All-American wrestler could go the distance after finishing each of his two previous championship fights.

Weidman (12-0), who won the title by knocking out Anderson Silva one year ago, controlled the first three rounds of the bout before Machida won the fourth. The final round was up for grabs until the champion scored a takedown in the final two minutes and outlasted Machida (21-5) to the bell.

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Matt Sullivan/Getty Images(RALEIGH, N.C.) — Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon continues to find himself in trouble. Already facing a possible year-long ban, Gordon was arrested Saturday and charged with driving while impaired.

Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said that Gordon was taken into custody after going 50 mph in a 30 mph zone around 3 a.m. Saturday. While no official word was given as to whether the impairment was alcohol or drug related, WNCN in Raleigh reported that the wide out’s blood-alcohol level was .09. The legal limit in North Carolina is .08.

Gordon was released on $500 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on August 26. Neither Gordon, nor his agent Drew Rosenhaus, had a comment on the arrest.

“We are aware of the matter and are disappointed to learn of this situation. We will comment further at the appropriate time,” Brown general manager Ray Farmer said in a statement.

The 23-year-old could be banned for the entire upcoming season after failing a second drug test. Gordon was suspended four games in 2013 for what he said was the use of codeine.

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Robert Cianflone/Getty Images(SALVADOR, Brazil) — With less than a minute left in extra time, Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal substituted out goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen for Tim Krul. It turned out to be a good move.

Krul stopped two penalty shots including the match winner to send the Netherlands to a 4-3 win in penalties over Costa Rica in the quarterfinal of the World Cup.

The Dutch outshot the Costa Ricans 20-6 but after 90 minutes the game was still scoreless.

In the penalty kicks, Robin Van Persie, Arjen Robben, Sneijder and Dirk Kuyt all scored to send the Netherlands to their second-straight semifinals.

The Dutch will take on Argentina Wednesday. The match scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN.

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Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(BRASILIA, Brazil) — For the first time since 1990, Argentina is heading to the World Cup semifinal after beating Belgium 1-0 Saturday.

Gonzalo Higuain scored in the eighth minute when the ball deflected off a Belgian defender and into his feet. Higuain took advantage of the opportunity and knocked it past Belgium goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois right side. The goal breaks Higuain’s four-game scoreless drought.

“Since the first game of this World Cup I said I was calm, that the goals would come. It came and at an important moment,” Higuain said. “It’s been so many years since we made it to the semifinals. Now we did.”

Where they’ll meet the Netherlands on Wednesday. The match scheduled to start at 4:00 p.m Eastern. You can watch that on ESPN.

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Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Raptors may be trying to trim salary, but they still want to keep forward Patrick Paterson in the picture as the two sides have come to an agreement on a three-year contract worth $18 million.

Patterson began last season as a member of the Sacramento Kings before being shipped to Toronto.

The 25-year-old Patterson has develped into a solid stretch-forward. While Patterson has only started 61 games during his six-year career, he’s a more than serviceable bench player.

In 48 games for the Raptors last season, Patterson averaged 9.1 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 23.3 minutes per game.

The Raptors have been busy this offseason so far early on. They’ve resigned point guard Kyle Lowry to a four-year deal, traded forward Steve Novak, acquired veteran guard Lou Williams, and also drafted small forward Bruno Cabocio 20th overall in the draft.

The team will now look to retain point guard Greivis Vasquez, who was also part of the trade that brought Patterson to Toronto in exchange for veteran forward Rudy Gay.

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Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Despite his best efforts to stay on the field this season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Dispatch is reporting that St. Louis Cardinals starting pitcher Jaime Garica will undergo thoracic outlet surgery and will miss the remainder of the season.

Garica has been one of the Cardinals more reliable pitchers during his career, but has battled injuries the past two seasons that have limited him to just 16 starts.

He made just nine seasons last season because he underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum. He finally returned this May and made seven starts this season where he went 3-1 with a 4.12 ERA

For his career, the 27-year-old Garcia has a career 3.50 era to go along with a record of 42-26.

This injury could put Garica’s future with the Cardinals in jeopardy if he can’t come back fully healthy next season. He’s owed $9.25 million next season, but he has club options for 2016 and 2017.

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Mike Ehrman/Getty images(NEW YORK) — Now that he’s officially the new head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks, Jason Kidd took to the team’s Twitter account to further endear himself to the fans.

“Over the past couple days, I’ve been asked: ‘Why Milwaukee?’ My answer is simple: there is no place I’d rather be,” Kidd wrote. “Over my twenty years in the NBA as a player and a coach, I have always been impressed with the level of support that Bucks fans have given this team, in good times and bad.

With a talented roster, new owners that are passionate about being successful in Milwaukee, and a great fan base, we have the makings of something special here and I’m proud to be leading this new era of Bucks basketball.”

After a stellar 19-year career, Kidd became the coach of the Brooklyn Nets the season after he retired. The team had massive expectations placed on them, but Kidd could only take them to the second of the playoffs.

In an attempt to gain more power, Kidd reportedly demanded to be named the president of basketball operations. The team balked at Kidd’s demands, and he was promptly traded to the Bucks for two second-round picks.

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NBA via New York Knicks(NEW YORK) — The Utah Jazz are looking for shooting help and they’ve found it as they’ve acquired veteran forward Steve Novak from the Toronto Raptors.

With the Raptors recently extending point guard Kyle Lowry, the team was looking to unload salary, as Novak is set to make $7.2 million over the next two years. The Jazz will send back a future second-round pick.

The 31-year old Novak is an eight-year veteran who can help stretch the floor for the Jazz as they already have a good nucleus of front-court players like Enes Kanter, Derrick Favors, and Jeremy Evans.

After finding consistent playing time with the New York Knicks, Novak quickly fell out of favor in Toronto, as he averaged just 10.0 minutes per game and averaged 3.3 points per game.

Despite the limited playing time, Novak still remains a deadly shooter from the 3-point line. In 54 games for the Raptors last season, Novak shot .426% from 3.

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — A California Highway Patrol officer is on administrative leave after a driver captured video showing him punching a woman in the head as she lay on the ground along a Los Angeles Freeway.

The Tuesday incident on Interstate 10 was seen by driver David Diaz, who started recording on his cellphone.

“He starts really like letting loose…cause he just starts pounding down on her face really hard and he doesn’t try to grab her arm,” Diaz said. “He doesn’t do anything first and he’s really pounding her head in.”

There were no weapons on the scene, according to Diaz.

“The most animalistic, the most brutal, most way to subdue someone is to pound their face in to concrete with really big blows to the head,” he added.

The CHP said the officer was arresting the woman, who was said to be acting erratically and walking up and down the freeway ramp. Officials claim the officer ordered the woman to stop, but she ignored him, fearing she would be hurt, and a physical altercation ensued as she resisted arrest.

She was not injured, according to a statement from the CHP.

The law enforcemt agency says it is investigating the incident. Community activists are demanding a federal rights probe, along with answers.

“I would encourage them to give us time to thoroughly evaluate the situation,” CHP Assistant Chief Chris O’Quinn said. “Our department strives for transparency in everything that it does.”

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iStock/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) — Swimmers at Manhattan Beach in Los Angeles received a scare Saturday when a man was bitten by a great white shark off the coast of Southern California.

The attack happened at approximately 9:30 a.m. after a fisherman on a pier hooked a 7-foot great white shark and spent around 30 to 40 minutes trying to bring the large fish in, according to officials.

As the swimmer, part of a long distance swimming group, approached the struggling shark, he was injured on his upper right torso as it bit through the fishing line.

The shark managed to escape the fishing line and swim away from shore after the attack.

The swimmer, whose name was not released, was immediately treated by paramedics and taken to a local hospital. His condition was listed as stable according to the Los Angeles County Fire and Lifeguard Division’s Twitter account.

According to LA County Fire officials, the man had a “moderate” bite wound to his chest and was breathing on his own.

Surfer Aram Ozen told the Los Angeles Times he was surfing near the swimmer when he heard people start to scream, “White, white!”

“It was a scary scream,” Ozen told the Times. “It was kind of freaky. There was a lot people screaming back to shore.”

A near two-mile stretch of water from Manhattan Beach to Hermosa Beach was closed for at least three hours as helicopters and lifeguard boats searched for the shark.

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