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SAITAMA, Japan (AP) - Japanese teenager Yuzuru Hanyu came back with a brilliant free skate to become the first man in 12 years on Friday to win the Olympic and world figure skating titles in the same year.

The 19-year-old Hanyu, who trailed compatriot Tatsuki Machida by nearly seven points after the world championships short program, produced a near-flawless free skate to finish with 282.59 points, just three-tenths of a point ahead of Machida.

Javier Fernandez of Spain was third with 275.93.

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Minnesota has fired basketball coach Pam Borton a day after a loss to South Dakota State in the women’s NIT, ending the Golden Gophers’ fifth straight season without an NCAA tournament appearance.

Ten years ago, Borton guided the Gophers to their only Final Four. She led the school to NCAA tournament appearances in six of her first seven seasons. But a program she helped revive has not made the NCAAs since 2009.

Borton is the winningest coach in program history with a 236-152 record in 12 seasons at the school. The Gophers went 22-13 this season, their most victories since 2004-05.

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PISTORIUS TRIAL

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius has been delayed until April 7 because one of the legal experts who will assist the judge in reaching a verdict is sick, abruptly ending expectations Friday that the double-amputee athlete was about to testify on his fatal shooting of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Judge Thokozile Masipa announced the delay in court on the day Pistorius’ defense lawyers were due to begin presenting their case after four weeks of prosecution-led testimony and a two-day adjournment.

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