Abbott leads men's and Kavaguti-Smirnov lead pairs
PARIS -- American Jeremy Abbott coped with a bad back to take the lead in the men's short program in his first appearance at the Trophee Bompard on Friday.
Russian teenager Julia Lipnitskaia continued her good form to post the best score in the women's event.
Abbott, who won his third U.S. national title earlier this year, skated cleanly to finish ahead of Japan's Takahito Mura and Frenchman Brian Joubert.
Lipnitskaia, second at the Cup of China two weeks ago, goes into Saturday's ...
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