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Published Jan. 31, 2012


Meryl Davis and Charlie White won their fourth consecutive ice dance title at the U.S. championships on Saturday. Davis and White, the first Americans to win a world title in dance, finished with 191.54 points, beating siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani by 12.7 points. Madison Hubbell and Zachary Donohu were third.

Davis and White were so dominant, their free dance score, 114.65 points, was higher than three couples' total score. They haven't been beaten since finishing second to Olympic champions Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada at the 2010 world championships. They are one title shy of matching the U.S. record shared by five teams.

EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP: Russia's Evgeni Plushenko won his seventh title in Sheffield, England. Trailing compatriot Artur Gachinski by 0.09 points after the short program, he completed a quadruple jump in scoring a career-best 176.52 points in the free skate for a total of 261.23. Gachinski was second, 14.96 behind. Defending champ Florent Amodio of France was third. Italy's Carolina Kostner, who led after the short program, won her fourth title. She finished with 183.55 points, 24.61 more than Finland's Kiira Korpi. Georgia's Elene Gedevanishvili took third.

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Oswalt reportedly heading to Cardinals

RHP Roy Oswalt will sign with the Cardinals, reported. Back problems have plagued Oswalt, 34, for the past several seasons. He did make 23 starts for the Phillies last season, going 9-10 with a 3.69 ERA. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak wrote in an e-mail to, "These are just rumors and nothing more."

HALL OF FAMER FALLS: Ex-Orioles star 3B Brooks Robinson broke his collarbone in a fall Friday in Hollywood, Fla. Robinson, 74, was at a dinner for the Joe DiMaggio Legends game. He leaned back in his chair, expecting to hit a wall. But he fell 6 to 8 feet. "I understand he is doing fine," said Kevin Janser of the Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital Foundation. "But I really don't know any more details."

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GREYHOUNDS: Meacham Field of Red Oak Racing won his first stakes, the $10,000 Matinee Idol at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg. He ran 550 yards in 30.65 seconds. Hwj Isabelle was second.

HORSES: Mucho Macho Man won the $400,000 Florida Sunshine Millions Classic at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, beating Ron the Greek by 1 1/2 lengths. Ridden by Ramon Dominguez and trained by Kathy Ritvo, Mucho Macho Man ran 1 1/8 miles in 1:47.91.

TRACK: Tia Hellebaut, the 2008 Olympic high jump champ, finished second at a meet in Antwerp, Belgium, her first since July 2010. Hellebaut, who retired because of a pregnancy, cleared 6 feet, 4 3/4 inches, 2 inches behind world champion Anna Chicherova.