Skater Mao Asada wins Grand Prix Final
Japanese figure skater Mao Asada won the Grand Prix Final despite failing to land two triple axels early in her free program.
Asada wins GP Final
Japanese skater Mao Asada won the Grand Prix Final on Saturday despite failing to land two triple axels early in her free program in Fukuoka, Japan.
Asada was first after the short program and overcame a fall on her opening triple axel and an under-rotation of the triple axel on her second combination jump to finish with 204.02 points.
Julia Lipnitskaia of Russia was second with 192.07 points and American Ashley Wagner was third at 187.61.
Meanwhile, world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States earned their fifth straight Grand Prix Final title in ice dance and world silver medalists Aliona Savchenko and Robin Szolkowy of Germany won the pairs title.
Maria Hoefl-Riesch of Germany won her second consecutive World Cup downhill in Lake Louise, Alberta, to take the lead in the overall standings.
The double gold medalist at the Vancouver Olympics and 2011 overall World Cup champion won in 1 minute, 55.09 seconds.
American Lindsey Vonn, the reigning Olympic downhill champion, finished 11th of 60 skiers in 1:56.35. It was the second race of her comeback after reconstructive knee surgery 10 months ago.
In a super-giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., Patrick Kueng of Switzerland posted his first World Cup victory. American Ted Ligety was fifth.
Woods maintains lead
Tournament host Tiger Woods kept his two-stroke lead at the World Challenge in Thousand Oaks, Calif.
Woods shot an even-par 72 in the third round and was at 11 under. Zach Johnson (72) was in second.
Moore stays close
Ryan Moore of Puyallup was tied for second place entering the final round of the Nedbank Challenge in Sun City, South Africa.
Leader Jamie Donaldson of Wales shot a 5-under 67 and was at 16 under after three rounds.
Moore (67) and Thomas Bjorn (66) of Denmark were at 13 under.
• Thai golfer Pornanong Phatlum closed with a 6-under 66 to win the Dubai Ladies Masters by one stroke. She had a 15-under 273 total. American Stacy Lewis (69) was the runner-up.
• Swimmer Nathan Adrian of Bremerton celebrated his 25th birthday by winning the 100-yard freestyle in 41.39 seconds at the Winter National Championships in Knoxville, Tenn.
Katie Ledecky of Bethesda, Md., won the 1,650 free in a U.S.-record 15:15.17.
• Broken Sword, a 3-year-old filly whose owners are George Todaro of Seattle, Redmond resident Mark Dedomenico and trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, beat Fiftyshadesofhay by 4¼ lengths in the Grade II Bayakoa Handicap at Betfair Hollywood Park in Inglewood, Calif.
Broken Sword, ridden by Joel Rosario, ran 1 1/16 miles in 1 minute, 42.98 seconds and paid $17.80 to win in the $151,000 race.
Earlier on the card, Streaming ($23.60 to win) took the Grade I Hollywood Starlet for 2-year-old fillies.
• U.S. women swept the podium in a World Cup bobsled race for the first time since 2001, taking the first three places in Park City, Utah. Elana Meyers and push athlete Aja Evans won the gold.
• Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Brooks Orpik was released from a hospital after being pulled down and punched by Boston’s Shawn Thornton during an NHL game the host Bruins won 3-2.
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