DUESSELDORF, Germany – Tyson Fury defeated Wladimir Klitschko by unanimous decision Saturday to end the Ukrainian's 9 ½-year reign as heavyweight champion and fulfill his father's prophesy from the day he was born.
Born three months early and weighing just one pound (.45 kg), Fury wasn't given much chance to live, but John Fury told doctors it was his destiny to live and become heavyweight champion of the world. He named the second of his six sons Tyson, after Mike Tyson.
Twenty-seven years later, the 6-foot-9 Fury, who is of Irish-Gypsy heritage and comes from a bloodline of bare-knuckle champions on both sides of his family, finally lived up to his name.
"It's something I've been working on for my whole life," Fury said. "I'm bred to be a fighter."
After a bruising encounter that ended with cuts near both of Klitschko's eyes, referee Tony Weeks went to the judges' scorecards.
Cesar Ramos and Raul Caiz Sr. scored it 115-112 each, while Ramon Cerdan had it 116-111 in favor of the undefeated Briton (25-0, 18 KO).
Fury took Klitschko's WBA, IBF, and WBO heavyweight belts, as well as the minor IBO title, and attention turned immediately to a potential rematch.
Klitschko (64-4, 53 KO), contesting his 28th title fight, was cautious until attempting a recovery in the final rounds, but suffered his first defeat since April 2004.
Record-setter: Jamie Vardy, who became the first player to score in 11 straight English Premier League games. Vardy was playing non-league football four seasons ago.
Retiring: Mike Hessman, at age 37, after becoming the career home run leader for U.S.-based minor league baseball teams in August. He hit 433 homers in 19 seasons.
Out for Rio: Six-time Olympic champion fencer Valentina Vezzali, who failed to qualify for next year's Games. The 41-year-old Italian won at least one gold at the last five Olympics.
Shiffrin wins by whopping 3.07 seconds
This is what happens when Mikaela Shiffrin gets really, really mad: She crushes the field and breaks records.
No one could catch Shiffrin as she used an uncharacteristic fall the day before as fuel to power her down the hill.
Shrugging off the disappointment, Shiffrin turned in two blistering runs to win a World Cup slalom in Aspen, Colo., by 3.07 seconds — the largest margin of victory in the history of the women's discipline.
The reigning Olympic and world champion flew through the technical course and finished in a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 39.81 seconds.
The previous slalom record for margin of victory was set by Florence Steurer of France in 1968.
Jones beats Scott, Spieth by one in Australia
Matt Jones overcame a bogey, double-bogey and triple-bogey on the front nine Sunday to escape with a one-stroke victory at the Australian Open after shooting a 2-over 73.
Jones finished with a 72-hole total of 8-under 276, one ahead of Adam Scott, who shot 65 on The Australian Golf Club course, and Jordan Spieth, who shot 71 and missed an eagle attempt on the 18th that could have forced a playoff.
Australian veteran Rod Pampling, with a course-record 61, was fourth, two strokes back.
davis cup tennis
Britain has Murray for potential clincher
Britain is one point away from lifting the Davis Cup title for the first time in 79 years after winning the doubles against host Belgium.
Brothers Andy and Jamie Murray beat David Goffin and Steve Darcis 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 to give Britain a 2-1 lead in the final going into the reverse singles on Sunday.
Andy Murray could seal Britain's victory in Sunday's first match against Goffin. Goffin has not won a set in two previous meetings with Murray. But the two have never met on clay.
Britain's Kyle Edmund plays Ruben Bemelmans in Sunday's other singles match.
around the horn
Figure skating: Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu became the first skater to break the 300-point mark as he soared to victory at the NHK Trophy in Nagano, Japan. His free skate score of 216.07, also a record, gave him a total of 322.40.
Auto racing: Nico Rosberg became the eighth man in Formula One history to record six straight poles when he took the top spot for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Horse racing: Tonalist beat stablemate Red Vine by a neck in the $500,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in New York.
48The total of Swiss watches given to soccer officials at the 2014 World Cup that have been recovered and donated to a nonprofit organization. The Parmigiani watches, valued at $26,000 each, were given to FIFA officials in 2014 and tied to a bribery case.