Ashley Wagner of Alexandria, Va., became the first woman since Michelle Kwan in 2005 to win back-to-back titles in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships. Wagner...
Wagner wins again
Ashley Wagner of Alexandria, Va., became the first woman since Michelle Kwan in 2005 to win back-to-back titles in the U.S. Figure Skating Championships.
Wagner, who fell twice during Saturday’s free skate in Omaha, Neb., had 188.84 points, and 17-year-old Gracie Gold of Springfield, Ill., was second with 186.57.
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“I wanted to say I was a repeat national champion,” the 21-year-old Wagner said. “I definitely lucked out at this competition.”
Amanda Hofmann of Vancouver, Wash., placed 17th.
Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their fifth straight ice-dance title., matching a record held by four other couples.
Meanwhile, at the European championships in Zagreb, Croatia, Carolina Kostner of Italy successfully defended her title and Javier Fernandez of Spain won the men’s crown.
Musial is remembered
Stan Musial was remembered during a funeral and memorial outside Busch Stadium as a Hall of Famer and a St. Louis icon embraced by generations of fans, some who never had the privilege of watching him play.
Broadcaster Bob Costas, his voice cracking with emotion at times, said during a two-hour Mass that in 92 years of life, Stan the Man never let anyone down. Musial, a seven-time National League batting champion, died Jan. 19.
Luton upsets Norwich
Fifth-tier Luton became the first nonleague team in 24 years to beat a top-level opponent in England’s FA Cup, defeating Norwich of the English Premier League 1-0 in the fourth round on Scott Rendell’s goal in the 80th minute.
Luton is 85 places below Norwich in the English soccer pyramid. There had not been such an upset in the FA Cup since Sutton beat Coventry 2-1 in the third round in 1989. Not since 1949 has a nonleague team managed to overcome a top-level team after the third round.
Vonn defeats Maze
Lindsey Vonn of Vail, Colo., won a World Cup giant slalom in Maribor, Slovenia. Vonn had a two-run time of 2 minutes, 22.2 seconds and won her 59th Cup event.
The season’s overall leader, Tina Maze of Slovenia, was second — good enough to secure her third giant-slalom title.
Meanwhile, Dominik Paris of Italy won the World Cup downhill in Kitzbuehel, Austria, in 1 minute, 57.56 seconds. Erik Guay of Canada was second in 1:57.69.
• Itsmyluckyday won the $400,000 Holy Bull Stakes by 2 lengths over Shanghai Bobby, last year’s champion North American 2-year-old male, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla.
Itsmyluckyday, trained by Eddie Plesa Jr. and ridden by Elvis Trujillo, ran 1-1/16 miles in a track-record 1:41.81 and paid $11.40 to win in the Grade III race.
Shanghai Bobby lost for the first time in six career starts.
Earlier on the card, a 3-year-old colt whose owners include Olympic swimming icon Michael Phelps led all the way in an allowance race. Cerro paid $6 to win.
• Ramon Dominguez, voted North America’s top jockey for each of the past three years, has made enough progress in the recovery from a fractured skull that he was transferred out of intensive care at a hospital.
Dominguez was injured in a Jan. 18 spill at Aqueduct in Jamaica, N.Y.
• Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his UFC flyweight title with a unanimous decision over John Dodson in Chicago.
Meanwhile, Glover Teixeira won a unanimous decision over former light-heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.
• Driver Scott Pruett and Chip Ganassi Racing teammates were leading after nine hours of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, an endurance race in Daytona Beach, Fla.
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