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Pavlik finds another way to beat Taylor

LAS VEGAS -- Kelly Pavlik is no one-hit wonder. With tactics instead of theatrics, he found another way to beat Jermain Taylor.

The knockout artist from Youngstown, Ohio, stayed patient and proficient Saturday night to beat Taylor for the second time in 4 1/2 months, winning a unanimous decision to remain unbeaten.

Pavlik (33-0, 29 KOs) failed to knock out his opponent for the first time in his last 10 fights, but he threw far more punches and landed more memorable exchanges than Taylor (27-2-1), who came up just short on all three judges' scorecards despite a markedly improved performance at the MGM Grand Garden.

Pavlik handed Taylor his first loss with a seventh-round knockout victory in Atlantic City, a thrilling fight widely considered one of the sport's best in 2007. Pavlik's belt wasn't at stake this time, with both fighters agreeing to a rematch at a catch weight of 166 pounds.

Judge Dave Moretti favored Pavlik 117-111 in the rematch, while Patricia Morse-Jarman had it 115-113 and Glenn Trowbridge scored it 116-112. The Associated Press also scored it narrowly for Pavlik, 115-113.

Pavlik dominated the punch stats, throwing 845 total blows to Taylor's 456, with both landing a roughly equal percentage. Pavlik's jab was the difference, with 484 of them keeping Taylor at bay despite the Arkansas native's edge in power punches.

• PRO TENNIS -- Fourth-seeded Andy Murray beat Mario Ancic of Croatia 6-3, 6-4 to win the Open 13 for his fifth career title.

The 20-year-old Briton converted his second match point after Ancic netted a service return.

Ancic, ranked 135th, saved a match point at 5-3 to hold his serve after Murray had rallied from a 3-1 deficit.

• Justine Henin flashed her winning smile again, and her opponents should beware.

Coming off a dispiriting quarterfinal loss to Maria Sharapova at the Australian Open, Henin won the title at the Diamond Games by beating Karin Knapp of Italy 6-3, 6-3.

Besides the mental blow of the 6-0 second set in her loss to Sharapova, Henin returned home with an injured right knee that needed cortisone treatment.

• SWIMMING -- Australian Eamon Sullivan broke the 50-meter freestyle world record, finishing in 21.56 seconds to better the mark set by Russian Alexander Popov in 2000.

Sullivan took 0.08 seconds off the previous record while swimming in the New South Wales Open meet held at the Sydney Olympic Park Aquatic Center, site of the 2000 Olympics.

Popov set the previous mark of 21.64 seconds in Moscow on June 16, 2000.

• Katie Hoff set her second American record in as many days when she and six-time Olympic gold medalist Michael Phelps each cruised to a pair of victories at the Missouri Grand Prix.

Both easily won their respective 200-meter freestyle and 400 individual medley races on the second day of the meet.

Hoff set an American record in the 200, finishing in 1 minute, 56.08 seconds to defeat five-time Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin for the second time in two days. Coughlin set the previous mark.

On Saturday, Hoff broke the oldest American record on the books in the 400 freestyle.

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