World champion Nathan Chen took the lead in the short program at the Internationaux de France on Friday, while Olympic silver medalist Shoma Uno fell twice.
Chen landed two quadruple jumps and scored 102.48 points but put a hand down on his triple axel.
The American leads the French round of the Grand Prix series by four points. Alexander Samarin of Russia, who landed a high-scoring quad lutz but had errors on other elements, was second.
Kevin Aymoz of France was third with 82.50 points, while Uno was fourth with 79.05 after falling on his quad toeloop and triple axel.
After his win at Skate America last month, Chen is on course to qualify for next month's finals in Italy.
The Athletics Integrity Unit says Belarusian high jumper Dzmitry Nabokau has been provisionally suspended after testing positive for a diuretic that helps hide the use of other drugs.
The 23-year-old Nabokau competed at the world track championships in Doha, Qatar, last month. He cleared 2.26 meters in the qualifying round and was eliminated on a count back.
The AIU says Nabokau tested positive for furosemide, which can be used as a masking agent. It was not stated where the sample was given.
Nabokau won a world junior silver medal in 2014 and was eliminated in qualifying at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. His lifetime best jump is 2.36 meters.
An eighth place finish or higher is all Lewis Hamilton requires at this weekend's Formula One United States Grand Prix to secure a sixth world title that he reckons would be "pretty unreal".
"I never thought I would have five titles. I'm already continuing to achieve dreams that I didn't think I would have. I feel privileged to have the five I have. If I get the sixth, it would be pretty unreal," Hamilton said on Thursday.
"Naturally, I'm going to be racing for more years. I want to win every year but it's not always the case. Some people don't even have one. I just have to be grateful for those I do have.
"I don't think I have hit peak yet, so that's comforting. I plan to continue to get stronger. Who knows what the future holds? I'll be pushing more than ever in these following years," the Mercedes driver added.
Should Hamilton win one of the last three races, he would equal his best season tally of 11. "Within the team, we often forget how many wins we have this year as we're so focused on each race. We often forget how well the season has gone, as it's felt so hard, but when you look at the numbers, it's a good feeling when the hard work pays off. The guys collectively have worked harder than ever," the British star said.
"Every year we try to get better, try to apply ourselves better, try to balance our energy levels better and make sure we communicate better through our meetings and then through our process so we deliver consistent results.
"It's great to look at those results, as it reflects the improvements that we have made and then on top of that the consistency," he added.
Inspirational captain. Goalkicker. Tough tackler.
Owen Farrell will lead England onto the field for the Rugby World Cup final against South Africa on Saturday and, a couple of hours later, could become only the second Englishman to lift the Webb Ellis Cup.
It won't be the first time he has been to the biggest game in rugby.
Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio tells a story of the 2007 final in Paris — also involving England and the Springboks — and how he brought his then 5-year-old son, Enzo, to the Stade de France.
"Enzo watched the final on the shoulders of Owen Farrell, who was our baby sitter at the time because I was playing with his father, Andy Farrell," Dallaglio recalls. "Of course years later, Owen Farrell was playing rugby for England, and I turn the telly on. Enzo said, 'Dad, that's the baby sitter.' I went, 'Umm, I haven't talked to you about that. He won't be babysitting for you anymore!"
Dallaglio described Farrell, who was 16 at the 2007 World Cup, as being "lovely, lovely, lovely young boy" back then.
"He still is, by the way," he adds. "He just doesn't tell you that."
Indeed, the public image these days of Farrell — understated, reserved, he of the bland quotes — apparently doesn't tally with what he is like inside the locker room or on the field.
On Friday night, Farrell will gather England's squad in a room in a Tokyo hotel and lead a meeting where he asks all the players how they are feeling, while also delivering his own message.
"Without fail, you could hear a pin drop," said England hooker Jamie George, who is also a teammate of Farrell's at English club Saracens. "Everyone is hanging on every word that he says. It is very inspirational, without tearing the roof down."
Leadership, it seems, runs through the Farrell family.
Andy Farrell was a great in rugby league, becoming — at age 21 — the youngest ever player to captain Britain. He also captained Wigan Warriors, England's most decorated club side, and represented England at two World Cups.
The elder Farrell switched codes in 2005 and was also a success in the 15-man game, playing for England at the 2007 World Cup. He has been a well-respected defense coach for England, Ireland and the British and Irish Lions, and will take over as head coach of Ireland after this World Cup.
It's no surprise that his son has shone as England's rugby leader, then, starting with guiding the England under-20s side to a Six Nations Grand Slam in 2011. He is less than a year into the captaincy of the senior team, having originally been appointed co-captain in 2018 alongside Dylan Hartley, who has since dropped out of the squad because of knee problems.
Somewhat ironically, Eddie Jones — the England coach who has entrusted the armband on Farrell this World Cup — fired Andy Farrell as the team's defense coach upon taking charge in late 2015.
"He's the ultimate professional," England lock George Kruis said of Owen Farrell on Friday, on the eve of the final. "He's very rounded and has worked incredibly hard on improving himself, as well. You look to five, six, seven years ago, he's improved himself as a character, he's a lot more rounded and he can deal with a lot."
Kruis might have been referring to a period when Farrell was viewed as something of a hot-head, one example being his scuffle with Schalk Brits while playing for the British and Irish Lions against the Barbarians in the 2013 tour opener in Hong Kong.
Always a ferocious tackler similar to another England flyhalf, 2003 World Cup winner Jonny Wilkinson, Farrell faced questions about his technique just last year when two of his no-arms tackles went unpunished during the autumn tests. World Rugby later said Farrell should have been handed either yellow or red cards on those occasions, and it forced him to make some "adjustments" to his technique.
Farrell's defense has been virtually flawless in the World Cup, whether at flyhalf or inside center — positions he alternates in depending if Jones wants to line up his captain with close friend George Ford, an out-and-out No. 10.
His captaincy has also stood out, particularly in the knockout stage.
When England conceded a try to Australia early in the second half of their quarterfinal match, which trimmed England's lead to 17-16, Farrell got his teammates into a huddle by the posts and was calm with his instructions to a squad that even Jones recently accused of having mental fragility. Australia didn't score another point.
Before the 17-9 win over New Zealand in the semifinals, Farrell smirked and smiled as he led England into a V formation to flank the All Blacks' haka.
One more challenge awaits Farrell and England before he can get his hands on the World Cup and raise it aloft, like Martin Johnson did 16 years ago.
They have different personalities, yet Johnson and Farrell have certain traits that bond them.
Winners, for sure, but also natural leaders in their own special way.
Britain's Royal Family is getting excited about England's appearance in the Rugby World Cup final — even its most recent arrival.
Prince Harry has sent a message of support to the England squad ahead of their title match against South Africa in Yokohama on Saturday.
Included in the message was a photo of the prince's 5-month-old son, Archie, in an England jersey.
"A nice touch," England flanker Sam Underhill said Friday.
Harry is a long-standing England fan and a patron of the Rugby Football Union. He will be attending the final this weekend.