Today's top sports stories:

UFC 157 will feature the organization's first-ever female match, with Ronda Rousey (above) facing off against Liz Carmouche. UFC founder Dana White once swore that women would never fight in UFC, but this fights signals a whole new direction for mixed-martial-arts competition. [Yahoo]

New England Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard was convicted of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, resulting from an altercation last April in Nebraska. Dennard was still in college at the time and has not been sentenced yet, though he could face up to six years in prison. [CBS]

Miami Marlins slugger (and lone remaining good player) Giancarlo Stanton was hit in the head by a pitch in spring training. The pitcher was Jose Fernandez, the standout prospect. [Miami Herald]

Serena Williams, who just returned to the top of the rankings, withdrew from the Dubai Championships due to a sore back and ankle that have been troubling her since the Australian Open. Williams, 31, is the oldest player ever to reach number one. [L.A. Times]

In Father of the Year news, an Oklahoma man has been charged with child abuse because he decided to beat his 9-year-old son for preferring the Oklahoma Sooners over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. [GuySpeed]

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