Maggie Nichols of Little Canada was in second place — 1.4 points behind two-time defending world champion Simone Biles — after Thursday's opening round of the U.S. women's gymnastics championships in Indianapolis.
Nichols, 17, has spent most of the last 18 months working in Biles' considerable shadow but spent most of Thursday night in the lead ahead of far more accomplished competition. She started with a respectable Amanar vault and joined Biles as the only two women in the field to post four scores over 14.000.
"It's important to show the committee I can hit my routine in front of a big, huge crowd," Nichols said. "You need to show the committee you can do it under pressure."
Biles slipped during the floor exercise before recovering late to post a total of 61.100. Reigning Olympic gold medalist Gabrielle Douglas was in third place, 2.4 points behind Biles.
The women's champion will be crowned after Day 2 of the competition on Saturday (7 p.m., Ch. 11).
Vonn hurts ankle while training
Lindsey Vonn has another injury to worry about after fracturing an ankle bone in a training crash in New Zealand.
"Unfortunately I crashed today and have a small fracture in my ankle," the American skier said on Twitter.
She was heading home to Vail, Colo., to have the ankle examined further.
The World Cup season kicks off on Oct. 24.
Don't count Ryan out yet
Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan, who announced in late June that he planned to retire at the end of the 2015-16 season, told reporters Wednesday at a charity golf outing that "I haven't submitted any papers yet."
Asked whether that means he's leaving the door open to returning after next season, Ryan said, "I am."
around the horn
College football: Five Nebraska players were suspended for the Sept. 5 opener against BYU for violating team rules. Coach Mike Riley said he wouldn't name the suspended players at this time. ... Auburn star wide receiver D'haquille Williams returned to practice after missing nearly a week for an undisclosed disciplinary issue.
Golf: PGA Tour player Billy Hurley III announced that his father, Willard Hurley Jr., 61, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Virginia.
Horse racing: John Nerud, a Hall of Fame trainer of thoroughbreds who named his greatest horse, Dr. Fager, after the Boston neurosurgeon who saved his life, died on Thursday at his home in Old Brookville, N.Y. He was 102.
Tennis: Top-ranked Serena Williams advanced to the Rogers Cup quarterfinals in Toronto, beating 16th-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany 6-3, 6-2. In men's play in Montreal, top-ranked Novak Djokovic beat American Jack Sock 6-2, 6-1 in the third round. ... The ATP fined Nick Kyrgios the maximum $10,000 for his "insulting comment" toward French Open champion Stan Wawrinka during a match at the Rogers Cup. The ATP fined Kyrgios an additional $2,500 for unsportsmanlike conduct related to a comment made to a ball person.
Mixed martial arts: Nevada fight regulators imposed the maximum penalty on former UFC champion Anderson Silva for testing positive for steroid use last January. The 40-year-old Silva was suspended for one year, stripped of his January win over Nick Diaz and fined $380,000.