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Chan wins 3rd title but
Ten steals show at worlds
LONDON, Ontario – While Patrick Chan won his third title at the World Figure Skating Championships last night, there was no doubt Denis Ten won the night.
The little-known skater from Kazakhstan stole Chan’s spotlight – no easy thing to do in Canada – with a beautifully breezy and technically impressive performance to The Artist that surely would have won Uggie’s approval.
Ten won the free skate, but he couldn’t overcome the lead Chan had after the short program.
Chan finished with 267.78 points, 1.3 better than Ten.
Javier Fernandez of Spain was third.
U.S. champion Max Aaron was seventh, ensuring the Americans will have two spots in Sochi.
Earlier yesterday, Tatiana Volosozhar and Makim Trankov won the pairs title, Russia’s first since 2005.
Source: Delay forces Broncos to cut defensive end Dumervil
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – The Denver Broncos were forced to cut defensive lineman Elvis Dumervil after a delay in getting paperwork completed on a new contract that both parties had agreed to.
The person who spoke to the Associated Press yesterday did not want to be identified because the negotiations were not public.
The Broncos, who wanted Dumervil to take a pay cut, had to reach a deal by 1:59 p.m. Denver time yesterday, or Dumervil’s $12 million contract in 2013 would be guaranteed. They came to an agreement about a half-hour before the deadline, but because the team hadn’t received the paperwork to make the deal official before 1:59, it was forced to release him.
Vikings agree to terms
with wide receiver Jennings
MINNEAPOLIS – A person with knowledge of the deal told the Associated Press that the Minnesota Vikings agreed to terms on a deal to land free agent receiver Greg Jennings from their rivals in Green Bay.
Jennings gives Minnesota the No. 1 receiver third-year quarterback Christian Ponder has desperately needed.
Jennings caught 36 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns in eight games last season.
Free agent safety Reed
leaves Texans with no deal
HOUSTON – Free agent safety Ed Reed left Houston with no deal in place with the Texans.
The nine-time Pro Bowl safety departed Reliant Stadium yesterday after two days of talks. Reed arrived in Houston on Thursday aboard team owner Bob McNair’s private jet and had a full day of meetings.
Reed is the Ravens’ franchise leader in interceptions with 61.
Cardinals release QB Kolb
TEMPE, Ariz. – The Arizona Cardinals released Kevin Kolb, ending the quarterback’s two injury-filled seasons with the team.
The team’s move yesterday came just ahead of the deadline for paying Kolb a $2 million roster bonus. The team paid Kolb some $20 million over two seasons after acquiring him in a trade that sent a second-round draft pick and cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to the Philadelphia Eagles.
But Kolb was plagued by injuries and inconsistent play in his two seasons in Arizona.
Source: Jets sign OL Colon
NEW YORK – A person with knowledge of the situation told the Associated Press that the New York Jets signed former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive lineman Willie Colon.
Colon, a fourth-round draft pick by the Steelers in 2006, will add depth to the Jets’ offensive line and could potentially fill one of the guard spots with Brandon Moore and Matt Slauson free agents.
The deal is for one year, $1.2 million, according to the person who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.
TE Keller, WR Gibson
agree to deals with Dolphins
MIAMI – Ryan Tannehill now has plenty of potential pass targets, thanks to a spending spree by the Miami Dolphins.
Miami signed tight end Dustin Keller and wideout Brandon Gibson yesterday to complete a much-needed upgrade of the receiving corps. The Dolphins earlier added Mike Wallace, the top pass-catcher in free agency, and re-signed wideout Brian Hartline last week.
The moves transform the passing game into a potential strength, with Tannehill the triggerman. He became the first Dolphins rookie to start all 16 games at quarterback last year, and finding more targets for him was the No. 1 offseason priority.
Jets add to backfield by
signing Goodson, Hilliard
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – The New York Jets signed running back Mike Goodson and fullback Lex Hilliard in free agency.
Goodson, a former fourth-round pick by the Carolina Panthers, has played in 40 games, rushing for 722 yards and three touchdowns on 160 carries. He also has 59 receptions for 524 yards and a score.
Hilliard joined the Jets last season after being waived by New England. The former sixth-round pick of the Miami Dolphins has played in 62 NFL games, rushing for 163 yards and two touchdowns on 39 carries.
World champs Stoch,
Hendrickson win World Cup
TRONDHEIM, Norway – World champion Kamil Stoch of Poland hit the 140-meter mark to jump from third to first in the ski jumping World Cup yesterday.
Stoch overtook Richard Freitag to beat the German by 1.7 points, and third-place Daiki Ito of Japan by 8.3 points.
Gregor Schlierenzauer of Austria, already crowned the overall winner, was 16th.
Women’s world champ Sarah Hendrickson of the United States outdueled 16-year-old Sara Takanashi of Japan.
The 18-year-old Hendrickson jumped 101.5 and 101 meters for 283.0 points. Takanashi earned 274.9 from jumps of 105 and 100.
Frenzel clinches title
OSLO, Norway – Eric Frenzel won the Nordic combined World Cup title yesterday, winning a race for the sixth time this season.
The German outsprinted Akiro Watabe of Japan in the 10-kilometer cross-country portion of the race to increase his season total to 954 points. Defending champion Jason Lamy Chappuis of France is second with 718.
Frenzel was second in the ski jump and went out eight seconds behind leader Yoshito Watabe of Japan, who finished third. Lamy Chappuis finished fourth.
Bilodeau, McPhie win moguls
ARE, Sweden – Heather McPhie of the United States and Alex Bilodeau of Canada won freestyle World Cup moguls events yesterday.
McPhie won the final with 24.48 points. American teammate Eliza Outtrim was second with 24.29 points and Yulia Galysheva of Kazakstan was third.
World champion Hannah Kearney was 14th, allowing Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Canada to overtake the defending champion with 555 points in the moguls standings. Kearney has 531 points and McPhie has 517.
Bilodeau won the men’s race with 26.24 points. Patrick Deneen of the United States was second with 25.13 points and World Cup leader Mikael Kingsbury of Canada was third.
Kingsbury leads the moguls standings with 810 points, followed by Bilodeau with 693.