Palo Alto’s Zhou looks to smooth out his big jumps

The Mercury News - - Sports - By El­liott Al­mond eal­[email protected]­yare­anews­ Field Level Me­dia con­trib­uted to this re­port.

Vin­cent Zhou of Palo Alto will head to the fig­ure skat­ing World Cham­pi­onships next month know­ing judges are watch­ing his jumps closely af­ter the teen won the bronze medal at the Four Con­ti­nents com­pe­ti­tion in Ana­heim.

Zhou, 18, got marked down late Sat­ur­day night on two of three quadru­ple jumps as well as a triple axel in a free skate per­for­mance that dropped the skater in the over­all stand­ings af­ter he had won the short pro­gram.

Judges this sea­son have re­viewed most of Zhou’s big jumps be­cause of a rep­u­ta­tion for un­der-ro­tat­ing them. Al­though Zhou com­pleted all 11 of his jumps in the long pro­gram he fin­ished fifth in the 4-minute com­pe­ti­tion be­cause of tech­ni­cal down­grades from the judg­ing panel.

Olympic sil­ver medal­ist Shoma Uno of Ja­pan won the free skate and the ti­tle with a to­tal score of 289.12 points. Olympian Boyang Jin of China was se­cond (273.51 points) and Zhou third (272.22.)

“I think it’s a good thing that I wasn’t per­fect at this com­pe­ti­tion be­cause if I were per­fect then I wouldn’t have any­where to go for worlds,” Zhou told re­porters in Ana­heim.

Zhou will face most of the same com­peti­tors at the year’s ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion March 18-24 in Saitama, Ja­pan, but also de­fend­ing world and U.S. cham­pion Nathan Chen and Olympic gold medal­ist Yuzuru Hanyu of Ja­pan, who didn’t per­form in Ana­heim.

Zhou lost grade of ex­e­cu­tion points on a quadru­ple flip, quadru­ple toe and triple axel-dou­ble toe com­bi­na­tion jump to sab­o­tage an oth­er­wise pos­i­tive week­end for the Colorado Springs, Colorado-based skater. Still, it was a sea­son-best free skate score.

Col­lege women’s bas­ket­ball

ANIGWE BREAKS RE­BOUND­ING MARK IN LOSS >> Cal’s tough stretch of four con­sec­u­tive games against top-10 op­po­nents came to a dif­fi­cult end, as the Bears fell to No. 7 Ore­gon State 82-74 at Haas Pavil­ion.

Kristine Anigwe, who broke Cal’s ca­reer scor­ing record on Fri­day night, also broke the school’s re­bound record on Sun­day, pass­ing the pre­vi­ous mark of 1,219 held by Gen­nifer Brandon. Anigwe had game highs of 31 points and 18 re­bounds, ex­tend­ing her dou­ble-dou­ble

streak to 24.

Asha Thomas also broke a Cal ca­reer record, con­nect­ing on five 3-point­ers to give her 212 over­all and eclipse the all-time school mark of Alexis-Gray Law­son.

Thomas fin­ished with 15 points and four as­sists in the loss.

Col­lege men’s bas­ket­ball

CAR­DI­NAL FALLS TO ORE­GON >> Com­ing off an im­pres­sive win at Ore­gon State three nights ear­lier, Stan­ford matched a sea­son-low for points in a 69-46 loss at Ore­gon.

Bryce Willis scored 13 points to lead the Car­di­nal (12-11, 5-6 Pac-12). Stan­ford didn’t score for the first 7:02 of the game and at one point trailed 16-2 to the Ducks (15-9, 6-5), but the Car­di­nal cut the deficit to 38-31 on a 3-pointer by KZ Ok­pala with 15:21 to play. Stan­ford man­aged one field goal over the next 11:36 while the Ducks ran off to a 62-41 lead.


RAMS DB FINED FOR LAT­EST HIT >> Los An­ge­les cor­ner­back Nick­ell RobeyCole­man has been smacked with a hefty fine for a hit in a se­cond straight play­off game.

Robey-Cole­man was fined $26,739 by the NFL for a hel­met-to-hel­met hit on a prone New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots run­ning back Rex Burk­head in the first quar­ter of Su­per Bowl LIII, ac­cord­ing to NFL Net­work’s Tom Pelis­sero. The Pa­tri­ots won 13-3.

The hit drew a 15-yard penalty, un­like the con­tro­ver­sial play in the NFC cham­pi­onship game win over New Or­leans that saw him fined the same amount two weeks ear­lier. BENGALS NAB AN­OTHER RAIDERS AS­SIS­TANT >> Cincin­nati has hired Je­mal Sin­gle­ton as their new run­ning backs coach, ac­cord­ing to mul­ti­ple re­ports, giv­ing the team two new as­sis­tant coaches who were re­cently lured from the Raiders. The Bengals hired for­mer Raiders quar­ter­backs coach Brian Cal­la­han on Thurs­day as their new of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor.


BLACK­HAWKS WIN SEV­ENTH IN A ROW >> Do­minik Kahun had two goals and an as­sist and Chicago ex­tended its win­ning streak to seven games by top­ping the vis­it­ing Detroit Red Wings 5-2.


MAVS’ ROOKIE DOES IT AGAIN >> Rookie sen­sa­tion Luka Don­cic is gain­ing the rep­u­ta­tion as one of the league’s best clutch per­form­ers and he did it again with 28 points, five com­ing in the de­ci­sive fi­nal 2:27 to give the Dal­las Mav­er­icks a 102-101 come­back win against the Port­land Trail Blazers.

Don­cic scored 13 points in the fourth quar­ter, a stanza in which Dal­las trailed 96-81 with 10:43 to go in the game. Port­land built that lead on Damian Lil­lard’s in­cred­i­ble 21-point third quar­ter.


U.S. BEATEN IN FED CUP >> Ash­leigh Barty won a pair of matches — first in sin­gles and then in dou­bles — to help Aus­tralia knock off the United States and move into the Fed Cup World Group semi­fi­nals for the first time since 2014.

Barty, who is ranked 13th in the world and boasts the No. 1 Aus­tralian rank­ing for the Fed Cup, helped her coun­try se­cure a 3-2 win over Team USA. She rolled past Madi­son Keys 6-4, 6-1, and part­nered with Priscille Hon to win their de­ci­sive dou­bles match 6-4, 7-5 over Danielle Collins and Ni­cole Melichar.


Vin­cent Zhou of Palo Alto won the bronze medal in the Four Con­ti­nents Fig­ure Skat­ing Cham­pi­onships.

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