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September 10, 2013

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Gonzalez wins

Gloucester’s Pedro Gonzalez, the No. 1 ranked bantamweight (135 pound) mixed martial artist in New England, picked up another win over the weekend in the main event of a Combat Zone card in Salem N.H.

Gonzalez, who improves to 10-5 with the win, defeated Ohio’s Bill Vaughan, a 28 fight veteran who has been in the cage with multiple UFC veterans, by guillotine choke at 1:55 of the first round.

Gonzalez usually fights at 135 pounds but because multiple opponents backed out of Saturday’s fight, Vaughn took the short notice fight at 155 pounds.

The Ohio native attempted to bait the Gloucester native into a brawl early in the fight but Gonzalez weathered the early storm and quickly pounced on his opponents first mistake for his eighth career submission win.

Vereen injured

It looks like the Patriots may have to continue to roll the dice with the fumbling Stevan Ridley, as Shane Vereen injured his wrist in Sunday’s win against the Bills.

Vereen, who had a big game with 159 total yards, will need wrist surgery after an injury suffered early in Sunday’s win.

SI jinx for Pats?

Hopefully, there is not too much to the fabled Sports Illustrated jinx because SI has picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl, defeating Seattle 30-23 in the finale.

Its logic is a bit odd as it claims that Tom Brady will have a big year with his new receivers just like he did in 2007 the year after Deion Branch and David Givens departed. Of course, Brady was much younger then.

Sox 4th in attendance

With the season winding down, the Boston Red Sox currently have the fourth best attendance in the American League, averaging 34,744 fans per game. The Yankees league the AL at 40,158 with Texas (39,038) second and the Angels (37,181) third.

The Los Angeles Dodgers lead all of baseball with an average crowd of 45,696 while, from the National League, St. Louis and San Francisco are both averaging just over 41,000.

The worst attendance in the majors belongs to Tampa Bay (18,719) followed by Miami (19,039) and Houston (19,830).

-Compiled by Times Staff

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