Amer­i­cans win gold in ice danc­ing

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - SPORTS -

Madi­son Chock and Evan Bates of the United States took their first ma­jor in­ter­na­tional ti­tle, win­ning the ice danc­ing com­pe­ti­tion at the Four Con­ti­nents Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships in Ana­heim.

They scored 126.25 points dur­ing their free dance, which was to a med­ley of Elvis Pres­ley tunes, and fin­ished with 207.42 points to edge Cana­di­ans Kait­lyn Weaver and An­drew Poje, who to­taled 203.93 points.

“We got a lot of medals, none of them are gold. I am sur­prised,” Bates said. “If you had told us that we would win Four Con­ti­nents when we pulled out of the Grand Prix four months ago, I think we would be very sur­prised. But we’re very happy now.”

Shoma Uno was the first skater in Satur­day’s fi­nal group of the men’s free skate at the Four Con­ti­nents. He ex­e­cuted a flaw­less pro­gram that no one was able to match.

The Ja­panese skater, the 2018 Olympic sil­ver medal­ist, won the men’s ti­tle by suc­cess­fully land­ing three quadru­ple jumps dur­ing his four­minute pro­gram, in­clud­ing one in com­bi­na­tion. The 197.36 points was the high­est score in an in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion this sea­son.

Uno, who was in fifth place af­ter Thurs­day’s short pro­gram, posted a to­tal of 289.12 points, nearly 16 points bet­ter than China’s Boyang Jin, who was the de­fend­ing cham­pion. Amer­i­can Vin­cent Zhou was third with 272.22 points.

NFL: The Raiders hired a strength and con­di­tion­ing co­or­di­na­tor, A.J. Neibel, a team source con­firmed. Mike Tr­go­vac, who spent one sea­son as de­fen­sive line coach, is now a se­nior as­sis­tant with the Raiders. Oak­land hired for­mer 49ers and Carolina de­fen­sive line­man Brentson Buck­ner as a re­place­ment.

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