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SAN JOSE, Calif. - Caydee Denney and John Coughlin kept their winning "streak" intact.

After winning the previous two years with other partners, Denney of Wesley Chapel and Coughlin won their first pairs title together Sunday at the U.S. Championships. They finished with 189.70 points, beating short program winners Mary Beth Marley and Rockne Brubaker by almost four points.

Amanda Evora and Mark Ladwig, runnersup the past two years and who train at the Ellenton Ice and Sports Complex in Manatee County, dropped to third with a flawed free skate. They were second after the short program.

"I really made it a goal for myself, a personal goal, to just go out there and do the best that I could no matter what happens," Denney said. "I'm glad I achieved that goal."

Denney's younger sister Haven of Wesley Chapel won the junior pairs title with Brandon Frazier earlier in the week.

MEN: Jeremy Abbott won his third U.S. title, then found out after the medal ceremony his stepfather was taken to a hospital after collapsing during the free skate. Allen Scott, 64, was in stable condition and being kept overnight for observation, Abbott said. Abbott had 273.58 points, the highest ever at the championships. Adam Rippon was second (240.87 points) and Ross Miner third.

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COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Florida International coach Mario Cristobal interviewed for the Rutgers coaching vacancy, the Newark Star-Ledger reported. Temple coach and former Florida assistant Steve Addazio is no longer a candidate, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

ALPINE SKIING: Lindsey Vonn was denied a three-win weekend sweep by 0.03 seconds as Maria Hoefl-Riesch won a World Cup super-combined at St. Moritz, Switzerland. Vonn won a super-combined Friday and the downhill Saturday. Hoefl-Riesch, the defending Cup overall champion, won for the first time in 11 months. Vonn extended her overall Cup lead to 387 points over.

BOWLING: Mike Fagan won the USBC Masters for his first major title, rallying to beat top seed Chris Barnes 246-213 in the final at Sunset Station's Strike Zone Bowling Center in Henderson, Nev.