Kayne, O'Shea lead pairs competition at US Championships

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) Tarah Kayne and Danny O'Shea lead the pairs competition at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships with a short program that's just a month old.

Thursday was the first time they'd performed to ''Take Me to Church,'' and they had the only clean program among the contenders on a day full of falls and flubs.

Kayne and O'Shea, who finished third last year to miss out on a trip to the world championships, skated last and scored 69.61 points. The defending champs, Alexa Scimeca and Christopher Knierim, were second with 67.35 points after Knierim tumbled on their side-by-side triple salchows.

Marissa Castelli, who won two national titles with former partner Simon Shnapir, is in third with Mervin Tran at 64.12 points after she doubled their side-by-side triple salchows.