AP NEWS

Chen Captures Gold yet Again

March 24, 2019

Defending champion Nathan Chen delivered a spectacular free skate Saturday to win the gold medal again at the figure skating world championships in Saitama, Japan.

It was the first time an American man captured consecutive world titles since Scott Hamilton won his fourth in a row in 1984.

Two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan was second and American Vincent Zhou was third on a big day for U.S. skating. It was the first time since 1996 two U.S. men medaled at the worlds.

“It feels amazing,” said the 19-year-old Chen, the U.S. national champion and a full-time student at Yale.

BASEBALL

Gennett to miss 2-3 months

All-Star second baseman Scooter Gennett will miss the opening months of the season with a severe groin strain, costing the Cincinnati Reds their most productive hitter less than a week before opening day. Gennett injured the right side of his groin Friday while making a play on a ground ball hit by Milwaukee’s Yasmani Grandal. He had an MRI, and the Reds said Saturday that he’s expected to miss two to three months.

Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros have agreed to a contract adding an additional $66 million in guaranteed money for 2020 and ’21. ... Paul Goldschmidt will be a Cardinal through the 2024 season, St. Louis officially announced. Goldschmidt and the Cardinals agreed on a five-year extension that will take effect following the 2019 season and pay $130 million. St. Louis acquired the slugging first baseman in a trade in December that sent pitcher Luke Wesver, catcher Carson Kelly and minor leaguer Andy Miller to Arizona. ... Boston ace Chris Sale pitched five scoreless innings in his first start since finalizing a new contract that guarantees an additional $145 million from 2020-24 as the Red Sox pounded the Pirates, 12-3.

GENERAL

Busch wins No. 201

Kyle Busch remained undefeated in the Truck Series this season with yet another victory at Martinsville Speedway.

Busch has won all three Truck Series races he has entered this year, and his latest victory is the 201st national series win of his career. He is off to an unbelievable start to the season with seven wins -- including back-to-back victories in the Cup Series -- and his lowest finish in any race is sixth.

Busch now has 54 career victories in the Truck Series, but Saturday was just his second win in 10 career starts at Martinsville in the No. 51 Toyota.

Top-ranked Naomi Osaka lost to tour veteran Hsieh Su-Wei of Taiwan in the third round of the Miami Open, 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.

The upset came shortly after eight-time champion Serena Williams withdrew, blaming a left knee injury.