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U.S. champion Johnny Weir won the Trophee Bompard with 208.10 points on Saturday despite a victory in the free skate by European champion Brian Joubert.

Joannie Rochette won the women's event with 168.72 points, becoming the second Canadian to win a Grand Prix event this year. Cynthia Phaneuf took gold in Skate Canada last month.

Weir skated elegantly to "Otonal," a classical piece used by former world champion Maria Butyrskaya, to win his second Grand Prix event of the season. He also won the NHK Trophy in Japan two weeks ago.

In the last half of his program, however, he scaled down three planned triples to doubles and that hurt him in the technical score.

Canada's Emanuel Sandhu finished third after falling twice and making mistakes on two other jumps.

Olympic bronze medalist Tim Goebel of the United States withdrew Friday because of back spasms. He hopes to return to training within a week.

The Trophee Bompard, formerly the Trophee Lalique, is the fifth event of the Grand Prix series. The top performers of the season head to the Grand Prix final in Beijing on Dec. 16-19.


Derek Roy and Jason Pominville helped set up goals by each other as the Rochester Americans sent the Hamilton Bulldogs to a franchise-record seventh consecutive defeat, 3-1. Miller made 29 saves for Rochester, which improved to 8-5-2-1 by winning for the seventh time in eight games. Hamilton, which has scored just five goals in the past six games, fell to 6-8-3-1.

Kris Benson and the New York Mets completed more than three months of negotiations, agreeing Saturday to a $22.5 million, three-year contract. Benson's deal includes a $2.5 million signing bonus and a $7.5 million club option for 2007 with a $500,000 buyout. If the option is exercised, the contract would be worth $29.5 million over four seasons.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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