DAVIS, WHITE WIN GP FINAL BY WHISKER

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FUKUOKA, Japan: World champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White of the United States narrowly outpointed Canada’s Olympic gold medallists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir to win a fifth straight Grand Prix Final ice dance title Saturday. Going out with a hair-thin 0.07-point lead from Friday’s short program, Davis and White dazzled with breath-taking moves in the free dance, featuring lifts and steps to the music of “Scheherazade” by N. Rimski-Korsakov. They collected 113.69 points for the free dance and won the overall title with 191.35 points, 1.35 points better than the Canadians, the 2012 world champions, in a possible preview of the ice dance gold-medal showdown at the Sochi Olympics in February. Nathalie Pechalat and Fabian Bourzat of France finished third overall with 169.11, including 102.48 from the free skate.

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