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Asada defeats Kim at worlds

Figure skating: Mao Asada beat longtime foe and Olympic champion Kim Yu-na to win her second title at the World Figure Skating Championships on Saturday in Turin, Italy.

It’s a rivalry that had gone quiet recently as Kim dominated the last two seasons, losing just one competition. That was to Asada.

“I didn’t think I would be sitting here,” Asada said, noting she’s had trouble all season with her trademark triple axel.

Laura Lepisto took the bronze, Finland’s first medal at the worlds. American Mirai Nagasu, the leader after the short program, dropped to seventh after botching four jumps. Rachel Flatt was ninth, meaning the U.S. will again have just two women at next year’s worlds.

“I am just really happy Japan was able to get the gold in both the women’s and the men’s competition,” Asada told the crowd, saying she was motivated by Daisuke Takahashi’s victory in the men’s competition.

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Glorious triumph in richest race

Horse racing: Gloria De Campeao won the $10 million Dubai (United Arab Emirates) World Cup in a photo finish, nosing out long shot Lizard’s Desire to capture the world’s richest horse race.

Gloria De Campeao, Lizard’s Desire and Allybar practically hit the wire together on the all-weather track at the newly opened Meydan Racecourse.

Two favorites – Britian-bred Gitano Hernando and U.S.-based Gio Ponti – never seriously challenged during the 1 1/4 -mile race.

Gloria De Campeao, a 6-year Brazil-bred whose name is Glorious Champion in Portuguese, won last year’s Singapore Cup. He ran in the previous two Dubai World Cups and was beaten by 14 lengths by Well Armed a year ago.

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Davis steps in for Bellotti at UO

Colleges: Oregon has named Lorraine Davis, the university’s former vice president for student affairs, as interim athletics director while the search for Mike Bellotti’s replacement is conducted.

Bellotti, Oregon’s football coach for 14 seasons before becoming athletics director last July, is taking a job as a college football analyst with ESPN.

Davis will serve on a month-to-month basis starting April 20.

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