Yes, this will be more of an evening thing from now on.
The week’s headlines:
– Jose Aldo defended his UFC featherweight title as Frankie Edgar suffered yet another close decision loss. The rest of the UFC 156 card scrambled the title chases in ways I’m still working out. Rashad Evans was supposed to fight for the middleweight title, but he lost a dreary light heavyweight fight to Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. In the heavyweight division, Alistair Overeem was supposed to fight for the title, but Antonio Silva knocked him out. And now lightweight contender Anthony Pettis says he wants to drop down to featherweight and fight Aldo.
– Steve Holcomb’s four-man sled set a track record in the fourth and final heat to take bronze in the World Championships.
– Noelle Pikus-Pace took silver in the skeleton World Championships.
– Erin Hamlin and Chris Mazdzer each placed sixth in their events at the luge World Championships. They, along with doubles team Matthew Mortensen/Preston Griffall, placed fifth in the team event.
– The U.S. men struggled past Brazil in the Davis Cup. Turned out to be a great first round for North America, with Canada upsetting Spain.
– Katie Compton was second in the elite women’s race at the cyclocross World Championships.
– Helen Maroulis was the Outstanding Wrestler at the Dave Schultz Invitational.
– U.S. sailors at the World Cup stop in Miami: Five golds, three silvers, three bronzes.
– Upcoming: Biathlon and Alpine skiing world championships, some of which will be televised. Also the U.S. men vs. Honduras as World Cup qualifying’s Hexagonal starts.