Takahashi wins 5th NHK Trophy

TOKYO (AP) — Local favorite Daisuke Takahashi produced a solid free skate on Saturday to win his fifth NHK Trophy.

Takahashi, who had a 10-point lead after the short program, received 268.31 points after the free skate to finish 15 points ahead of Nobunari Oda.

Three-time U.S. champion Jeremy Abbott, who was seventh after the short program, had a strong free skate and finished third with 237.41 points.

Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov won the pairs by an overwhelming margin of more than 50 points. The defending world champions totaled 236.49 in their victory, while second-place Peng Cheng and Zhang Hao of China received just 182.18. Volosozhar and Trankov extended their impressive streak of victories with the triumph and qualified for the Grand Prix Final next month in Fukuoka, Japan.