Chan grabs lead, Hanyu takes a knee

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Three-time world cham­pion Pa­trick Chan is turn­ing heads early and Sochi gold medal­ists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir marked their re­turn to the ISU Grand Prix with a sparkling per­for­mance on Fri­day. Chan seized a com­mand­ing lead af­ter the men’s short pro­gram as ri­val Yuzuru Hanyu stum­bled through his rou­tine and placed fourth at Skate Canada, the sec­ond stop on the ISU fig­ure skat­ing Grand Prix cal­en­dar. Chan, who changed coaches just be­fore the start of this sea­son, fin­ished with 90.56 points while Olympic cham­pion Hanyu is al­most 11 points back with a score of 79.65. Ja­pan’s Takahito Mura is sec­ond at 81.24 and Kevin Reynolds is third with 80.57 as Cana­dian and Ja­panese skaters took the top four spots. This is the sec­ond straight year Hanyu has failed to im­press in the short pro­gram at Skate Canada. Last year in Leth­bridge, Al­berta, he fin­ished sev­enth in the short be­fore ral­ly­ing in the free skate to place sec­ond be­hind win­ner Chan. On Fri­day, Hanyu took a knee on his first jump, bent over on the sec­ond and failed to ex­e­cute a com­bi­na­tion.—AFP

CHICAGO: Chicago Cubs’ Dex­ter Fowler hits a sin­gle off the Cleve­land In­di­ans re­lief pitcher Bryan Shaw dur­ing the eighth in­ning of Game 3 of the Ma­jor League Base­ball World Se­ries Fri­day in Chicago. — AP

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