The title went to Canadian Patrick Chan, but Denis Ten of Kazakhstan also made a major impact at the world figure-skating championships in London, Ontario.
Chan wins, Ten dazzles
crowd at worlds
The title went to Canadian Patrick Chan, but Denis Ten of Kazakhstan also made a major impact Friday night at the world championships in London, Ontario.
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Chan, who led after the short program, won the gold medal with 267.78 points. Ten won the free skate with a beautifully breezy and technically impressive performance to “The Artist” but finished 1.3 points behind Chan.
Fans gave Ten a standing ovation when he finished and he got louder cheers than Chan when the three medalists were honored.
“It is a two-program competition and I’m thankful for that beautiful short program,” said Chan, 22, who earned gold for the third year in a row. “Maybe I’m saving the long for the Olympics.”
The 19-year-old Ten said, “I was waiting for this moment so long.”
U.S. champion Max Aaron of Scottsdale, Ariz., was seventh and Ross Miner of Boston placed 14th, ensuring the United States will have two spots for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Russians Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the pairs title.
winning streak to 22
Top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia advanced to the semifinals of the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif., with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in 54 minutes.
Djokovic extended his winning streak to 22 matches and is 17-0 this year, including two titles.
Next Djokovic will play seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.
Del Potro beat No. 3 Andy Murray of Scotland 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-1 in the quarterfinals.
In women’s semifinal matches, eighth-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark beat No. 4 Angelique Kerber of Germany 2-6, 6-4, 7-5 and No. 2 Maria Sharapova beat No. 13 Maria Kirilenko 6-4, 6-3 in a matchup of Russians.
Mixed martial arts
Saturday’s UFC 158
is a clash of opposites
Canadian Georges St. Pierre, welterweight champion of Ultimate Fighting Championship, is as close to the face of the UFC brand as any fighter in the organization.
Nick Diaz of Stockton, Calif., is someone who has blown off planned news conferences and tested positive for marijuana after his most recent fight.
St. Pierre (23-2) has chafed at how “disrespectful” Diaz (27-8-1) can be. Diaz has all but labeled St. Pierre a sellout phony tailored to corporate sponsorship.
“I’m going to solve him with my fists hitting his face,” St. Pierre said while looking ahead to UFC 158 on Saturday in Montreal.
Blue Jackets evolve
into contending team
Nearly three weeks ago, the Columbus Blue Jackets were where everyone has grown accustomed to finding them — at the bottom of the standings.
But all that has changed.
“All season long, they’ve worked their tails off,” John Davidson, director of hockey operations, said of the players. “And we’re getting results now in the standings.”
Suddenly, the Blue Jackets are one of the hottest teams in hockey.
They have collected points in a franchise-record nine straight games (5-0-4) to climb from doormat to the cusp of contention in the Western Conference. Through Friday, their 26 points left them four points out of a tie for sixth place.
Flames extend streak
Curtis Glencross posted his second career hat trick as the Calgary Flames beat Nashville 6-3 for their sixth straight home victory.
Predators goaltender Pekka Rinne has been pulled in four of his last eight starts, including each of the last two.
Deneen places second
Canadian Alex Bilodeau won a men’s freestyle World Cup moguls event in Are, Sweden, with 26.24 points.
Patrick Deneen of Cle Elum was second with 25.13.
It was the seventh podium finish of the season for Deneen, 25.
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