June 13, 2009
Michael Phelps clobbered the competition in the 200-meter butterfly at the Santa Clara International Grand Prix. Phelps touched first in 1 minute, 54.31 seconds, beating the field by 5.67 seconds. Phelps' time lowered the meet record of 1:55.93 set by Davis Tarwater last year. "I was really happy with the time," Phelps said. "I'm in some kind of shape." Phelps owns the world record of 1:52.03 set in Beijing, where he won a record eight Olympic gold medals.
Golf: Brian Gay shot a 4-under-par 66 to take a two-stroke lead over Bryce Molder and Robert Allenby in the suspended second round of the St. Jude Classic in Memphis, Tenn., leaving Phil Mickelson six strokes back at TPC Southwind.
NASCAR: General Motors, reorganizing through Chapter 11 bankruptcy, told NASCAR teams it is cutting back on its support in all professional series. Among the teams notified that they will lose funding are JR Motorsports, owned by Sprint Cup star Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Kevin Harvick Inc., co-owned by Cup star Harvick and his wife, DeLana. JRM races in the second-tier Nationwide Series, while KHI has entries in the Nationwide and Truck Series. Cuts are also expected in the top-tier Sprint Cup series.
Colleges: The NCAA must release copies of its response to Florida State's appeal of penalties stemming from academic violations, Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum said. In a letter addressed to NCAA president Myles Brand, the attorney general said failure to release the contents of the letter or provide access to them could result in a $1,000 fine, a year in jail, or both.
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