Richmond’s Alysa Liu, the 14-year-old U.S. figure skating champion, landed a quadruple lutz — widely considered the hardest jump in figure skating — during her long program at the Aurora Games in Albany, N.Y.
Liu, who trains in Oakland, is among eight skaters competing at the six-sport, all-women sports festival in Albany. She will make her junior international debut at the Junior Grand Prix in nearby Lake Placid next weekend.
Only a handful of women have landed quads in competition. Japan’s Miki Ando was the first in 2002, landing a quad salchow at a Junior Grand Prix. Russia’s Alexandra Trusova became the first woman to land the quad lutz during her free skate at a Junior Grand Prix last year.
Philadelphia 1 point from first in MLS East after win
Kacper Przybylko had a goal and two assists in a dominant first half and the host Philadelphia Union defeated D.C. United 3-1 to move within a point of first-place Atlanta in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference.
Elsewhere, Heber scored on a back-foot redirect early in the second half as host New York City FC edged the New York Red Bulls 2-1. … Gustavo Bou’s left-footed rocket from the top of the box at the 85th-minute gave the host New England Revolution a 2-1 win over the Chicago Fire. … Justin Morrow’s goal in the 81st minute gave host Toronto FC a 2-1 win over the Montreal Impact.
• In the English Premier League, Mohamed Salah scored a spectacular goal, his second of the game, to cap Liverpool’s 3-1 win over Arsenal in a one-sided game between the top two teams in the EPL.
Also, Frank Lampard got his first win as Chelsea manager as Tammy Abraham scored twice in a 3-2 win at Norwich; Manchester United got a reality check with a 2-1 loss at home to Crystal Palace; and there was also a first win for Leicester, Southampton and West Ham.
• Elsewhere in Europe, Real Madrid conceded a late equalizer to draw its Spanish League home opener 1-1 against Valladolid. … Defender Giorgio Chiellini scored early as Juventus won 1-0 at Parma to kick off its bid for a record-extending ninth straight Serie A title.
NBA: The Memphis Grizzlies waived Dwight Howard in a procedural move ahead of the veteran center’s expected move to the Los Angeles Lakers.
Motor sports: Christopher Bell pulled away from the field on a restart with two laps to go, then held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. It was the sixth win of the season for Bell, who is expected to make the jump to the Cup Series next season.
The last two laps were shaping up as a showdown between Bell and veteran road-course ace AJ Allmendinger of Los Gatos, who won the pole. But Allmendinger spun his tires on the restart, then briefly couldn’t get his car into gear. From there, he went off course twice and finished 24th.
Horse racing: Code of Honor won a stretch duel with Belmont Stakes runner-up Tacitus and Mucho Gusto, holding off hard-luck Tacitus by three lengths in a stirring stretch run to win the $1.25 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.
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