Double Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu almost became the first skater to land a quadruple axel while easily overtaking Shoma uno and Yumi Kagayami to win the Japanese national championship on Sunday. Hanyu attempted the jump, which unlike other quads includes an extra half-spin, at the start of his free skate at Saitama Super Arena. He eventually landed on both feet and the jump was downgraded to a triple axis, but it still set the stage for a program that included three more quads and left him 322.36 points. Uno packed five quads in his free skate but barely hung onto his quad flip and quad toe and fell to another quad toe, leaving him 295.82 points and the silver medal. Kagiyami finished with 292.41 points. The Japanese skating trio set to be the toughest competition for the American star Nathan Chen at the Beijing Winter Olympics, which are slated to start in just under six weeks. Chen competes for US nationals in two weeks. In another potential Olympic preview this weekend, the Russian star Kamila Valieva brought home her status as a big favorite in Beijing with a record-breaking performance at her national championship. The Skate Canada and Rostelecom Cup winner scored 193.10 points in her free skate, eclipsing her record of 185.29 set earlier this year, and finished with an incredible 283.48 points. Valieva set the record for a Grand Prix event with a score of 272.71 points in the Rostelecom Cup.
Date set for USWNT appeal to court
Oral arguments in the appeal of players of the United States women’s national soccer team seeking equal pay are scheduled for March. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said on Sunday that the hearing will take place at 9:30 a.m. on March 7 in Pasadena, California. According to circuit court procedures, the identities of the three judges on the panel will be made public on February 28. We hope 2022 will be the year of peace and health – and equal pay. We look forward to these pleadings ”, spokesperson for the players Molly levinson said in a statement. The players, led by Alex morgan, the American Football Federation continued in March 2019, saying they were not paid fairly under their collective agreement compared to what the men’s team receives under their deal, which expired in December. 2018. The women claimed over $ 64 million in damages plus $ 3 million in interest under the Equal Pay Act and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act 1964. L ‘USSF said the women agreed to an employment contract with guaranteed pay higher than men and additional benefits. The USSF said on September 14 that it had offered identical contracts to the men’s and women’s unions, which are separate and have no obligation under federal labor law to agree to similar terms.
Alabama arrives healthy, but minus two coaches
Top-ranked Alabama arrived in North Texas without an offensive coordinator Bill o’brien or offensive line coach Doug Marrone, but coach Nick saban expected both assistants to make it to the playoff semifinal game at the Cotton Bowl. The Crimson Tide said last Wednesday that O’Brien and Marrone had tested positive for the coronavirus and were in isolation with mild symptoms. Saban said on Sunday that there were no known issues of COVID-19 among gamers. Saban said both coaches are doing well in Tuscaloosa, Ala., And will attend meetings and practice through Zoom until they can join the squad ahead of Friday’s game against Cincinnati. “They will do all their work and virtually coach with the players, the same way I did when I tested positive before the Auburn game a year ago,” said Saban. “They will be there for the game. . . Nobody’s, you know, really that sick that they can’t function and do the things they need to do with our players. The Bearcats (13-0), the first team outside of a Power Five conference to advance to the college football playoffs, were due to arrive in North Texas later Sunday. Saban said the entire Alabama squad is vaccinated and more than 90 percent of the players have also received booster shots. The coach said players wore masks and respected social distancing during meetings.
Storms hit Sydney to Hobart race
The super maxi Black Jack was leading a very small fleet from Sydney to Hobart after strong winds and high seas forced almost a quarter of the boats to abandon. The storm forced 21 of the original 88 starters out of the race, with the remaining 67 hoping for less grueling conditions after being battered by strong southerly winds during the latter part of the day. While all three Super Maxis remained in the running, the large casualty list included TP52 Gweilo, who was considered one of the main contenders for the title. The 628 nautical mile (approximately 720 mile) race starts from Sydney along the southern coast of New South Wales and crosses the Bass Strait to Hobart, the capital of the island state of Tasmania . The Monaco Black Jack continued to lead the battle for top honors online. She was ahead of rival super maxis LawConnect and SHK Scallywag 100. The size of Black Jack’s lead was difficult to confirm as LawConnect was having problems reporting the exact position of the boat. Last year’s race was called off the week before it started due to coronavirus-related quarantine issues, but the 2021 edition continues with mass virus testing protocols in place. Skippers have been advised that boats must immediately withdraw from the race if a crew member receives a message from health authorities that they have tested positive for COVID-19.
Martha Earnhardt, racing matriarch, deceased at 91
Martha earnhardt, the matriarch of one of NASCAR’s best-known families, has passed away. She was 91 years old. Grandchildren Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kelley Earnhardt Miller said in a statement that she passed away on Saturday night in Kannapolis, NC. “As we mourn her loss and begin to imagine life without our beloved ‘Mamaw’, we find solace in knowing that she is at peace in eternal glory and in a happy reunion with her husband ralph lauren and son Valley, Excited, and DannyThe statement read. Martha Earnhardt was married to Ralph Earnhardt from 1947 until the death of the NASCAR driver. Her son, the late Dale Earnhardt Sr., was a seven-time NASCAR champion and father of Dale Jr. and Kelley. Martha and Ralph Earnhardt raised five children – daughters Kaye and Cathy and three sons – in a modest house with a car store in the back at the corner of V-8 and Sedan Avenue in the Car Hill community. From Kannapolis Danny passed away two weeks ago at the age of 66.