Hopkins outpoints Wright for victory

LAS VEGAS -- Bernard Hopkins outfoxed age and Winky Wright the same way: First with his head, then with his heart.

The 42-year-old Hopkins earned another stunning victory in the twilight of his career Saturday night, ending Wright's 7 1/2-year unbeaten streak with a unanimous decision in their 170-pound fight at the Mandalay Bay Events Center.

Hopkins (48-4-1, 32 KOs) opened a gash over Wright's left eye with a head-butt in the second round, and Hopkins spent the night picking at it while Wright (51-4-1) scrambled and counterpunched.

Wright grew frustrated and tired in the late rounds, and Hopkins stuck with his patient, steady strategy in a fight featuring more action than most expected from two defensive masters.

The win is another remarkable achievement for Hopkins, who retired last year after a career highlighted by 21 straight middleweight title defenses and last year's shocking win over Antonio Tarver. Months later, he abandoned retirement for a shot at the 35-year-old Wright, who hadn't lost in 13 fights since December 1999.

Judges Glenn Trowbridge and Dave Moretti scored it 117-111 for Hopkins, and Glenn Hamada scored it 116-112. The Associated Press gave it to Hopkins, 115-113.

• AUTO RACING -- The way things are going for Scott Dixon, it surely wasn't a surprise that he avoided a first-lap accident Sunday and went on to win the Honda Indy 200.

After all, Dixon is on a roll and it was his 27th birthday.

Dixon escaped the mishap in front of him that put a crimp in Danica Patrick's hopes and hung near the leaders before moving in front late to pick up his third straight IndyCar Series victory.

• Sebastien Bourdais won for the first time in four races and regained control of the Champ Car title chase, running away with the Rexall Grand Prix of Edmonton.

The 28-year-old Frenchman, seeking an unprecedented fourth straight series title, had failed to finish two of the last three races and found himself trailing rookie Robert Doornbos and second-year driver Will Power in the points standings heading into the eighth of 16 races this season.

• PRO FOOTBALL -- Outside linebacker Lawrence Timmons, the No. 15 pick in the NFL draft, agreed Sunday with the Pittsburgh Steelers on a five-year contract that could be worth as much as $15 million and guarantees him $8,053,000 in bonus money.

Timmons became only the third first-round pick in the April draft to reach terms and the first in the upper half of the draft. Previously, the only first-rounders under contract were 49ers offensive tackle Joe Starkey (No. 28) and Bears tight end Greg Olsen (No. 31).


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