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Inawashiro HP: Hudak takes 2nd behind Burke

Canadians Matthew Hayward and Sarah Burke took top honors Friday in a World Cup freestyle halfpipe event.
INAWASHIRO, Japan — Canadians Matthew Hayward and Sarah Burke took top honors Friday in a World Cup freestyle halfpipe event.
    Burke recorded a best score of 40.6 points to edge American Jennifer Hudak, who finished with 37.30 points. Australia's Davina Williams was third with 36 points.
    Burke, who won a World Cup halfpipe event at Les Contamines, France, last month, leads the overall halfpipe standings with 200 points, 40 points ahead of Hudak.
    "It's been snowing pretty steadily since we got here, so the snow is soft although it's got ice underneath," U.S. Freestyle Director Polly-Jo Clark said. "Jen did a fine job in tough conditions."
    In the men's event, Hayward scored 46.40 points to finish ahead of Finland's Kalle Leinonen who had 45.30 points. Canada's Micheal Riddle was third with 45.20 points. Walter Wood led the U.S. in eighth place.   
    Hayward also won in Les Contamines in France and leads the men's halfpipe standings with 200 points.
    The three-day event in Inawashiro continues Saturday with the men's and women's moguls.

    — The Associated Press

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