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Nathan Chen, 17, becomes youngest US men’s figure skating champ

Nathan Chen, 17, had a near-flawless performance in the free skate program and is now the youngest men’s champion in more than five decades.Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Nathan Chen followed a record-setting short program with a near-flawless free skate featuring five quadruple jumps Sunday at the US Figure Skating Championships in Kansas City, Mo., to become the youngest men’s champion in more than five decades. The 17-year-old Chen, performing to ‘‘The Polovtsian Dances,’’ became the first skater in the world to land five clean quads in competition. The result was a free skate score of 212.08 — more than the composite of several rivals — and finished with a 318.47 total that put him well clear of the competition. Sixteen-year-old Vincent Zhou missed on his first quad but was clean the rest of the way, even if the youngster lacked some of the polish of his peers. His total of 263.03 earned him the silver medal. Jason Brown skated an elegant, smooth routine to move into the bronze medal position. Reigning champion Adam Rippon, one of the threats to Chen’s new throne, was unable to compete in Kansas City after he suffered a season-ending sprained left foot and a broken fifth metatarsal in practice two weeks ago.

Wagner joins Chen, Bell on US women’s team

Reigning silver medalist Ashley Wagner will join Karen Chen and Mariah Bell on the American team headed to the figure skating world championships in Finland in March, US Figure Skating officials announced. US champs Haven Denney and Brandon Frazier will join the team of Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim in the pairs competitions, and the entire nationals podium will compete in ice dance, led by gold medalists Maia and Alex Shibutani. The teams of Madison Chock and Evan Bates and Madison Hubbell and Zach Donohue also will compete.

Vonn ninth in Super-G

Swiss racer Lara Gut extended her perfect run in super-G with a comfortable win in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany. Lindsey Vonn, who won a downhill Saturday in just the second race of her comeback from a knee injury and broken right arm, finished ninth, 1.65 seconds behind. ‘‘It was hard, very bumpy and very icy, also with the light it’s very dark so it’s hard to get a good feeling on this snow and this slope,’’ Vonn said.



No. 1 UConn extends win streak to 93 games

Despite not scoring in the first quarter and not playing in the fourth, Katie Lou Samuelson still managed to score 32 points to help the top-ranked University of Connecticut women’s basketball team extend its record winning streak to 93 games with a 100-56 rout of Tulane Sunday in Storrs, Conn. Kia Nurse added 18 points and Napheesa Collier had 17 for the Huskies (18-0, 6-0), who have never lost an American Athletic Conference game . . . Lexie Brown scored 22 points and No. 15 Duke forced 25 turnovers in a 67-44 Atlantic Coast Conference victory over Boston College at Conte Forum. Kelly Hughes scored 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting for the Eagles (8-12, 1-6 ACC), who lost their sixth straight after being held to 25 percent shooting overall and just 16 second-half points . . . Junior Rebecca Leslie notched her 100th career point and redshirt sophomore Anna Streifel scored her first collegiate goal to lead the Boston University women’s ice hockey team (13-8-5, 8-7-4 WHEA) to a 5-2 victory over Providence (12-12-2, 7-7-2) at Walter Brown Arena.



Messi scores fifth goal

Lionel Messi scored his fifth goal in six games to lead Barcelona to a comfortable 4-0 victory over Eibar to keep pace with leaders Real Madrid and Sevilla at the halfway point of the Spanish League.