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Mao Asada leads after short program

Updated: November 8, 2013, 11:14 AM ET
Associated Press

TOKYO -- Two-time world champion Mao Asada won the women's short program on Friday to take a huge step toward winning her fourth NHK Trophy.

Asada two-footed her opening triple axel but was solid in all other elements to finish with 71.26 points, five ahead of Akiko Suzuki.

"I missed the triple axel, but I'm not worried about it. Sometimes it's good, sometimes it's bad," said Asada, who won Skate America, the first Grand Prix of the season.

Asada, the 2010 Olympic silver medalist, ...

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