Abbott glides to record
Three-time winner Jeremy Abbott set a national record for the short program Friday night, putting his second Olympic berth within reach.
Abbott won the event with 99.86 points at the U.S. Championships in Boston, shattering his own mark of 90.23. He has a 7.82-point margin over Richard Dornbush heading into Sunday’s free skate.
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The top two men will go to the Olympics in Sochi, Russia, next month. Abbott was the 2010 U.S. champion, but finished ninth at the Vancouver Games as countryman Evan Lysacek won gold.
Earlier, world champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White danced within range of their sixth straight U.S. title by dominating in the short dance.
Meanwhile, in short programs at the Canadian championships in Ottawa, three-time world champion Patrick Chan was first among men and Kaetlyn Osmond took the women’s competition.
Stuard leads in Hawaii
Brian Stuard keeps shooting 5-under-par 65s at Waialae Country Club at Honolulu.
He had a second consecutive 65 to lead at 10-under 130 after two rounds of the Sony Open, a PGA Tour event. Stuard, 31, also shot 65s in the last two rounds of last year’s Sony Open.
Marc Leishman (64) and Hideto Tanihara (65) were tied for second place at 9 under.
Michael Putnam (68), who is from University Place, was tied for 42nd at 2 under. Former Washington Huskies player Alex Prugh (69-72—141) of Spokane missed the cut by two shots.
James Hahn had an albatross-2 on the par-5 ninth hole when he holed out from 191 yards with a 6-iron.
Earlier in the day, in the European Tour’s Volvo Golf Champions in South Africa, Joost Luiten had an albatross on the par-5 10th at Durban Country Club when he holed his second shot from 248 yards with a 4-iron.
There was one albatross on the European Tour and two on the PGA Tour last year.
Rose has injury
U.S. Open champion Justin Rose has mild tendinitis in his right shoulder and will delay the start of his season. His agent at Excel Sports, Mark Steinberg, said Rose is likely to start his year in February.
Holland has surgery
Texas Rangers left-hander Derek Holland will miss the start of the season after having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee.
The 27-year-old injured the knee in a fall on stairs in his home Tuesday.
“I am devastated by this injury. It was a freak accident at home that resulted in a hard fall on my knee,” Holland said in a statement released by the team.
Thornton finalizes deal
Left-hander Matt Thornton completed his $7 million, two-year contract with the New York Yankees, who cut outfielder Vernon Wells.
Thornton, 37, gets $3.5 million in each of the next two seasons.
Wells, 35, who was designated for assignment, was acquired in March from the Los Angeles Angels and hit .233 with 50 runs batted in and 11 homers in 424 at-bats.
Strasburg, Nats agree
Pitching ace Stephen Strasburg, 25, and the Washington Nationals have agreed on a one-year, $3.975 million contract that will avoid an arbitration hearing. He made $3.9 million last season.
FC Dallas hires Pareja
Oscar Pareja returned to FC Dallas as coach, leaving the Major League Soccer rival Colorado Rapids after two seasons.
Colorado received the second of Dallas’ two first-round picks in the 2015 draft, allocation money and a contract buyout as compensation.
Pareja had a 25-30-13 record with Colorado.
• Maryland senior forward Patrick Mullins became the seventh back-to-back Hermann Trophy winner as the best player in NCAA Division I men’s soccer, and Virginia junior midfielder Morgan Brian earned the women’s award.
• American John Isner blasted 23 aces in a tennis match that had no service breaks to beat Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7) in the final of the ATP’s Heineken Open in Auckland, New Zealand.
• Three deaths overshadowed the sixth leg of the Dakar Rally, as the race claimed the life of 50-year-old Belgian motorcyclist Eric Palante and two spectators who were following the event.
Palante’s body was found after he failed to finish Thursday’s fifth stage. The cause of death was being investigated.
Police said two people following the race died Thursday when their vehicle overturned in rough terrain in northern Argentina.
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