Sports Digest

  • Redskins' Gruden will not bench struggling QB Cousins

    October 14, 2014

    In the wake of his team's fourth straight loss and its 13th in 14 games, Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden addressed a host of problems during his Monday news conference, including potential lineup changes and the need for vast improvement in third-down efficiency and the running game. Gruden did not specify which players or positions might be in flux but said he does not intend to replace starting quarterback Kirk Cousins with third-stringer Colt McCoy. In Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Arizona Cardinals, the Redskins' ninth defeat in a row on the road, Cousins threw three interceptions in the fourth quarter. Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson returned the third interception 28 yards for a clinching touchdown with 18 seconds to play. The game was an otherwise statistically productive performance from Cousins, who had 354 passing yards and two touchdowns. "We'll see if there's a way we can upgrade our roster," Gruden said. "Mainly I'm looking at maybe ways to prepare, practice, our practice schedule."

  • Terps soccer hands No. 3 Penn State first loss, 4-0

    October 13, 2014

    Terps hand No. 3 Penn State first loss of 2014

  • $100,000 Sprint more likely for Ben's Cat

    October 12, 2014

    Laurel Park

  • Ben's Cat could be first to win four Maryland Million races

    October 11, 2014

    Laurel Park

  • Baltimore gymnast Whittenburg has 'rough night' in finals at worlds

    October 10, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Boxer Franchon Crews wins Police Athletic League middleweight title

    October 9, 2014


  • Whittenburg helps U.S. men to team bronze at gymnastics worlds

    October 8, 2014

    Men's gymnastics

  • Phelps' comeback gains speed with 100 butterfly win

    July 12, 2014

    Phelps' comeback gains speed with 100 butterfly win

  • Swimmers Michael Phelps, Jessica Long among ESPY Award winners

    July 18, 2013

    ESPY Awards

  • Digest: Navy knocks off No. 20 George Mason in men's soccer, 2-1 in 2 OTs

    September 20, 2012

  • Phelps picked to U.S. national team for 4 events

    September 7, 2011

    USA Swimming

  • Sports Digest: Nadal wins in Rome; Army beats Navy; Flynn wins NOOD

    May 3, 2010

  • Phelps leads Golden Goggle nominations with six

    October 17, 2009

    Michael Phelps has received a leading six nominations for the Golden Goggle awards, including Male Athlete of the Year. Phelps of Baltimore received three individual nods and three for relays. Olympian Ryan Lochte and Ariana Kukors received four nominations each. Phelps, Lochte and Aaron Peirsol were nominated for Male Athlete of the Year. The Coach of the Year ballot includes Bob Bowman of the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Fans can vote online at through Nov. 18.

  • Phelps has sore ankle from accident, says he's 'fine'

    August 16, 2009

    Swimmer Michael Phelps is nursing a sore ankle from the car accident he was in Thursday on Calvert Street, but the Olympic gold medalist intends to resume training Monday. In a message on his official Facebook site, Phelps said he was "fine" and expressed concern for the woman involved in the car crash.

  • Sky overtakes Dream in overtime on Perkins' basket

    June 24, 2009

    Jia Perkins hit a jumper with 44.4 seconds left to lift the visiting Chicago Sky to a 99-98 overtime win over the Atlanta Dream. Perkins, who shot 9-for-18 from the field, finished with 22 points for the Sky, who avoided opening the season with four straight road losses. Rookie Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 26 points to lead the Dream and had eight assists.

  • Phelps easily wins 200 fly at Santa Clara Grand Prix

    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.

  • Lil E. Tee, winner of '92 Derby, dead

    March 24, 2009

    Lil E. Tee, who upset heavily favored Arazi to win the 1992 Kentucky Derby, has died. He was 20. The horse was euthanized Wednesday at Old Frankfort Stud in Lexington, Ky. Farm owner Jim Plemmons said the horse fell ill last month after an operation to repair an obstructed bowel and struggled to recover. Under jockey Pat Day, Lil E. Tee, at 17-1, roared past the front-runners at Churchill Downs, including European star Arazi, to win the Derby by a length. It marked the only Derby victory of Day's Hall of Fame career. But Lil E. Tee's winning time of 2minutes, 3seconds over a fast track was considered slow, and most of the aftermath was spent wondering what went wrong with Arazi, who faded to eighth. Lil E. Tee's bid for a Triple Crown ended when he took fifth at the Preakness Stakes. He skipped the Belmont Stakes because of a lung infection. He retired with seven wins in 13 career starts.

  • Phelps follows 'heart' back into pool

    March 23, 2009

    Michael Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals in the Beijing Olympics last summer, and several other Americans are in the middle of a two-week training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Calif., for this summer's national and world championships. They're in the pool twice a day, at 7a.m. and 5p.m., and spent part of one day training with U.S. Navy SEALs. Phelps, a Baltimore resident, said all the scrutiny over a photo that surfaced in early February of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe hadn't taken away his motivation. Phelps was suspended for three months by USA Swimming and has lost two major sponsors. "It's all really about what's in your heart, and that's why I'm back in the pool," said Phelps, who plans to return to competition May 14-17 at the Charlotte (N.C.) UltraSwim.

  • Spitz says he feels sorry for Phelps

    March 17, 2009

    Mark Spitz says he feels badly for Michael Phelps. Spitz, whose record of seven gold medals at the 1972 Olympics was broken when Phelps won eight last year, talked briefly about Phelps last night while in Little Rock, Ark., for a speaking engagement. Phelps has been at the center of controversy after a photo surfaced showing the swimming star with a marijuana pipe. "As a fan, I feel sorry and I feel badly for him at this time," Spitz said. "Nobody would want to wish that upon him, I'm sure. He's obviously dealing with it in a way that he feels appropriate, and I'm not one to comment on whether it's right or wrong because I'm not with his management team."

  • Olympic-size gift to Calif. food bank

    March 12, 2009

    Kellogg Co. donated thousands of boxes of cereal with Michael Phelps' picture on them to the San Francisco Food Bank. Kellogg declined last month to renew its endorsement deal with the Olympic swimming star and Baltimore resident after a photo surfaced showing him smoking from a marijuana pipe. Kellogg officials responded to questions from the Associated Press with an e-mail saying the company routinely donates food that is nearing the end of its shelf life but still good.

  • Phelps is dropped from 2 speaking dates

    February 26, 2009

    Michael Phelps has been dropped as the keynote speaker at two events in Canada next week, with the promoter citing the Olympic champion swimmer's "widely publicized alleged use of marijuana." Power Within Inc. of Toronto, which organizes motivational speaking events, canceled Phelps' appearances at events in Calgary, Alberta, and Vancouver, British Columbia, Toronto's Globe and Mail reported. Power Within initially stood by the swimmer but has now booked actor Martin Sheen as its keynote speaker for the Calgary event. The Vancouver event will feature Mehmet Oz, a regular on The Oprah Winfrey Show.

  • Vaughan, track coach at Mervo, dies at 41

    January 8, 2009

    Mervo track coach William Vaughan died Tuesday after complications from pneumonia. He was 41. Vaughan had been suffering from kidney failure in recent months and was awaiting a donor. Vaughan, a former Mervo runner, also worked with the cross country and girls badminton teams. In addition, he coached with the Ed Waters and Freddie Hendricks track clubs. A viewing and a memorial service are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday in Mervo's auditorium.

  • Twins owner Pohlad is dead at age 93

    January 6, 2009

    Carl Pohlad, a billionaire banker whose Minnesota Twins won two World Series titles during nearly his nearly quarter-century as owner, died yesterday. He was 93. When Pohlad paid Calvin Griffith $38 million for the Twins in 1984, he was widely credited for saving baseball in Minnesota. With the purchase, he inherited a promising group of young players, including Gary Gaetti, Kent Hrbek and future Hall of Famer Kirby Puckett. Minnesota won World Series championships in 1987 and 1991.

  • Phelps tops Peirsol in 100 back, caps big meet

    May 19, 2008

    Michael Phelps of Rodgers Forge ended his drought against Aaron Peirsol and is ready to start turning his attention toward the U.S. Olympic trials.

  • Churchill Downs to observe Barbaro anniversary

    January 29, 2008

    Barbaro's owners will return to Churchill Downs today to honor the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner on the first anniversary of his death.

  • No federal probe of Nifong

    December 6, 2007

    The Department of Justice will not investigate former Duke lacrosse prosecutor Mike Nifong for his handling of the case, a spokesman for the federal agency said yesterday.