Patrick Chan wins Four Continents


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) -- Canadian world champion Patrick Chan won the Four Continents Figure Skating Championships on Friday night.

Chan shook off a poor morning practice session by nailing his program in the men's free skate, posting a season-best 185.99 points to claim the titles with 273.94 points.

He easily outdistanced Japan's Daisuke Takahashi, the Vancouver Olympics bronze medalist and defending Four Continents champion. Takahashi earned 161.74 points in the free skate and 244.33 overall.

American Ross Miner, the 2012 U.S. bronze medalist, survived a fall in the free skate to post a season-best 146.34-point score and earn the bronze at 223.23 points. He narrowly edged fellow American Adam Rippon for a spot on the medal stand. Rippon had a season-best 146.63-point score to finish at 221.55.

Earlier, two-time world champion Mao Asada of Japan won the women's short program.