American Sage Kotsenburg advances to slopestyle finals

Sage Kotsenburg of the U.S. is headed to the men's slopestyle finals.

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KRASNAYA POLYANA, Russia — Billy Morgan of Britain led all men’s snowboard slopestyle riders in the semifinals with a 90.75, followed by American Sage Kotsenburg, Canadian Mark McMorris and Yuki Kadono of Japan.

The quartet will join the eight riders who automatically qualified on Thursday. The finals are Saturday afternoon.

McMorris, who is dealing with a broken rib, botched his final landing during his first run and needed to come through the second time down the mountain. He delivered with a solid set and let his shoulders sag in relief when his score was posted.

Kotsenburg is the only American in the finals.