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Jan 28, 2012 2:25 AM by Lee Douglas

Defending champ leads after Men's short program

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) - Jeremy Abbott was right when he said he was the one to beat, taking a commanding lead at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships on Friday night with a short program that would hold its own against anyone in the world.

Abbott's easy, breezy performance to a swing medley scored a whopping 90.23 points, a personal best and a mark that puts him in world champion Patrick Chan's territory. Abbott, a two-time national champion, leads Adam Rippon by 7.29 points going into Sunday's free skate. Armin Mahbanoozadeh was third.

Earlier Friday, Meryl Davis and Charlie White, the first U.S. team to win a world ice dance title, easily won the short dance.

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