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rousey has knee surgery, could be out until next year

LOS ANGELES — Ronda Rousey might not return to the octagon until 2017 after having minor knee surgery, UFC president Dana White said Thursday.

Rousey, the former UFC bantamweight champion, had surgery Wednesday to clean out the knee, White said on ESPN's SportsCenter. He described the surgery as "nothing serious" — "just get in there and scope it, clean it out a little bit" — but acknowledged that it could postpone Rousey's long-awaited return to fighting until next year.

"I'm hoping we're going to get Ronda back this year," White said.

Rousey (10-1) hasn't fought since Holly Holm took away her title belt with a second-round stoppage in November. Rousey took time away to focus on recovery and her thriving acting career.

White has spoken for several months about Rousey potentially returning to the octagon in November, with many fans hoping she might headline the UFC 205 card on Nov. 12 at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Though White hopes that Rousey can fight in December, he said it's possible she won't return until the UFC's traditional New Year's Day show in Las Vegas.

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NFL: Browns Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown will receive an increased role in the organization, serving as a sounding board for coach Hue Jackson and a mentor to the players, owner Jimmy Haslam said. Brown, 80, said, "I'm going to do everything I can do to help and not get in the way."

Olympics: Cyclist Tejay van Garderen became the first American known to withdraw from consideration for this summer's Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, because of concerns over the Zika virus. Van Garderen said he was concerned about the virus' potential effects on his pregnant wife and their fetus. Van Garderen represented the United States at the 2012 Olympics and has twice finished fifth in the Tour de France.

Soccer: The sport will experiment with video replay in leagues and cup competitions in six countries this year, its governing body, FIFA, and the body that governs the rules of the game said. The leagues and organizations approved for experimentation with the replay system, known as video assistant referee, include MLS in the United States. The system will be used only in match-changing incidents: goals; penalty decisions; direct red cards; and when a referee cautions or sends off the wrong player.

Tennis: Roger Federer will return from a back injury to play at the grasscourt tournament in Stuttgart, Germany, next week, organizers said.

Autos: NAPA Auto Parts said it will sponsor Indianapolis 500 winner Alexander Rossi for two more races. The rookie will have sponsorship through the IndyCar doubleheader on Detroit's Belle Isle this weekend.

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