Japan's Asada wins Four Continents figure skating
OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Two-time world champion Mao Asada won figure skating's Four Continents on Sunday, leading a Japanese sweep.
After reintroducing her trademark triple axel in Saturday's short program, Asada was downgraded on the jump in Sunday's free skate but was solid in her other elements to finish with 205.45 points. Akiko Suzuki was second with 190.08 points while Kanako Murakami finished third with 181.03.
Canadians Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford won the pairs with a total of 199.18 points, edging compatriots Kirsten Moore-Towers and Dylan Moscovitch, who finished with 196.78.
Moore-Towers and Moscovitch won Sunday's free skate but couldn't overtake Duhamel and Radford, who built a lead in winning the short program.
U.S. champions Marissa Castelli and Simon Shnapir were third with 170.10 points.