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Brook stops Dan to retain IBF belt

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SHEFFIELD, England (AP) Kell Brook won his first defense of the IBF welterweight belt when mandatory and outclassed challenger Jo Jo Dan retired after their fourth round and four knockdowns on Saturday.

Brook, who won the belt from Shawn Porter in August, remained unbeaten after his 23rd knockout win in 34 fights.

Only six months ago, the British boxer was attacked on holiday in Tenerife, stabbed in the thigh with a machete by an assailant yet to be caught. He needed 60 stitches.

Vettel wins Malaysian Grand Prix

SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel won the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday to end Mercedes' long Formula One winning streak and make the 2015 season look like a genuine contest between the two teams.

Vettel elected not to pit during an earlier safety-car period, while second-placed Lewis Hamilton and third-placed Nico Rosberg did pit in their Mercedes cars, and the clear air at the front of the field enabled Vettel to win by 8.5 seconds at the Sepang International Circuit. (MORE)

Italy held to 2-2 draw in Bulgaria

A late equalizer from striker Eder on debut rescued a 2-2 draw for Italy at Bulgaria in European Championship qualifying, although the Azzurri dropped two points behind Croatia in Group H on Saturday.

Italy took the lead with an own goal from Yordan Minev, but Bulgaria struck back with scores by Ivelin Popov and Ilian Micanski in the opening 17 minutes. (MORE)

Two-goal Bale leads Wales to 3-0 victory

BRUSSELS (AP) Gareth Bale put Wales in prime position to qualify for its first major championship in over half a century by scoring twice and setting up another goal to help beat Israel 3-0 for first place in Group B on Saturday.

In Brussels, Marouane Fellaini also scored two as Belgium clawed itself back into contention for Euro 2016 with an overwhelming 5-0 win over Cyprus. In the game between the group's two laggards, Bosnia-Herzegovina beat Andorra 3-0 on a hat trick from Edin Dzeko. (MORE)

Netherlands score late to earn 1-1 draw

AMSTERDAM (AP) Klaas-Jan Huntelaar deflected a Wesley Sneijder shot to score an injury-time equalizer for the Netherlands to draw Turkey 1-1 on Saturday and keep alive its hope of qualifying for next year's European Championship.

Sneijder initially claimed the goal two minutes into extra time, but it was later awarded to Huntelaar, who had flicked the ball with his head. The strike cancelled out a 37th-minute goal by Sneijder's Galatasaray teammate, Burak Yilmaz, that long looked like winning the match at Amsterdam Arena. (MORE)

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