Sports Digest

Bayhawks midfielder Dixon retires after eight years

Spalding alumnus was a three-time All-Pro

October 1, 2014

Major League Lacrosse

  • Nats' Division Series opener to be day game

    September 30, 2014

    Major League Baseball

  • Navy's Williams-Jenkins released from hospital

    September 29, 2014

    Colleges

  • Dreamsgonewild upsets Ben's Cat in Laurel Dash

    September 28, 2014

    Laurel Park

  • Ben's Cat seeks third Laurel Dash win in four years

    September 27, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Major League Lacrosse starting 2015 schedule earlier, could change ball color

    September 26, 2014

    Major League Lacrosse is planning on starting the 2015 season earlier than in the past, with April 11 as the proposed start date, two weeks earlier than the 2014 season began. The final regular-season game in the National Lacrosse League is set for May 2, meaning there will be more overlap between MLL and NLL seasons if MLL starts earlier. The MLL also is experimenting with ways to make the ball more visible on TV, including changing the color or adding a stripe, after trying a smooth, orange ball last season.

  • Caves Valley Golf Club establishes scholarship for golf management program at UMES

    September 25, 2014

  • Breakfast in Baltimore with Turgeon, Frese, Anderson

    September 24, 2014

    Maryland basketball

  • Mount St. Mary's hires Ryan Browning as men's lacrosse assistant

    September 23, 2014

    More colleges

  • Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall believed to have torn Achilles tendon

    September 22, 2014

    Washington Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall said Sunday that the team's medical staff believes he tore his left Achilles tendon early in the second quarter of the team's 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The 11th-year veteran suffered the injury on a play that occurred away from the ball. He said he believed his foot was stepped on as he ran. Immediately after the play, Hall lay, writhing in pain, near the right side of the field, the opposite side of the field from where Eagles running back Darren Sproles had been tackled. Hall had been covering Jeremy Maclin, but it didn't appear that he came in contact with the wide receiver. As soon as the play ended, Maclin turned around and ran back to where Hall lay. Redskins trainers arrived shortly afterward. Hall had to be helped off the field, but he didn't place his left foot on the ground. Shortly after, he was carted off the sideline to the locker room. Hall emerged after halftime, wearing a walking boot and on crutches. After the game, he spoke only briefly in the locker room. "They think I tore my Achilles," he said as he left the locker room on crutches. "I have to have an MRI tomorrow." Redskins coach Jay Gruden described it only as "an Achilles injury," and he also said Hall would have an MRI exam today.

  • Bach, Capone win inaugural Ironman Maryland event

    September 21, 2014

    Ironman triathlon

  • Mt. St. Joe alum Berger retires from MLL

    September 20, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Nationals claim former Oriole Florimon on waivers

    September 19, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Sparks' Justin Boston to make Nationwide debut

    September 18, 2014

    NASCAR

  • Resch to coach Team USA at indoor lacrosse worlds

    September 17, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Redskins safety Meriweather's suspension for illegal hit against Ravens over

    September 16, 2014

    Washington Redskins strong safety Brandon Meriweather called it "a blessing" Monday to report for duty at Redskins Park after his two-game suspension for an illegal hit against the Ravens in the preseason. "It means the world, coming back — seeing all the guys, seeing all the coaches," Meriweather said. "It was like a family reunion." Washington's starting strong safety, Meriweather hadn't been allowed to practice with the team or even set foot in its facility while serving the NFL-mandated two-game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens receiver Torrey Smith. The punishment was as severe as it was — the league denied Meriweather's appeal and refused to lessen it — because it was the sixth dangerous hit of the safety's career. Meriweather vowed Monday to do everything in his power to tackle within the rules without losing the speed and fury he's known for. "I have no choice but to consciously tell myself to do it now," said Meriweather, 30, who is playing under a one-year contract. "It's nothing I'm willing to chance. I'm not trying to get kicked out of the league just to hit somebody hard. It's just something I'm going to have to do."

  • Native Dancer, 5 others to be inducted into Md. Hall of Fame in November

    September 15, 2014

    Racehorse Native Dancer, swimmer Beth Botsford, baseball-football players Tommy Brown and Brian Jordan, lacrosse player and coach Bob Scott and figure skater Kimmie Meissner will be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 13 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. In addition, the Hall will present the John Steadman Lifetime Achievement Award, which recognizes the contribution of individuals over a long career of supporting and advancing athletics in the state of Maryland, to the late Earl Banks, who was the football coach at Morgan State. For tickets, which cost $60 and include dinner and open bar, go to mdsahof.com and click on the tab for 2014 banquet tickets. Tickets purchased through the website can be paid for using PayPal.

  • Rudy Gay says broken jaw came on 'dirty play'

    September 14, 2014

    Men's basketball

  • Apprentice rider Ritvo wins at Laurel Park in his first race in Maryland

    September 13, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Justin Ward added to Georgetown lacrosse staff

    September 12, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Native Dancer, five others to be inducted into Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame

    September 11, 2014

    Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame

  • Ex-Terp, defensive standout Zink retires from MLL

    September 10, 2014

    Major League Lacrosse

  • Host Navy beats No. 10 Maryland in men's soccer, 2-1, before record crowd

    September 9, 2014

    Host Navy beat No. 10 Maryland in men's soccer, 2-1, before a record crowd of 2,522 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Navy (2-1-1) sophomore midfielder Daniel Camuti scored to put Navy ahead in the fourth minute. Maryland (1-2-1) answered with a goal two minutes into the second half by freshman forward Jeroen Meefout. Navy junior forward Jamie Dubyoski had the decisive goal in the second half, chipping the ball over goalkeeper Zach Steffen with 37 minutes remaining. Navy earned its first win over Maryland since 1984.

  • Pa. man wins grand prize at 2014 Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale

    September 8, 2014

    Rick Snider of Biglerville, Pa., caught a 40.5-inch striped bass off Breezy Point in Calvert County to win the grand prize of a boat, motor and trailer from Bass Pro Shops and Tracker Boats at Sunday's 2014 Maryland Fishing Challenge Finale. Forty anglers caught specially tagged rockfish this summer in the Diamond Jim component of the 2014 Fishing Challenge, splitting the contest's cash prize of $25,000. Nearly 2,000 people attended the event, held in conjunction with the Maryland Seafood Festival at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis.

  • Legendary, Vielsalm among stakes winners at Laurel Park

    September 7, 2014

    Laurel Park

  • Maryland, UMBC tie in men's soccer, 0-0; McDaniel wins in football, 34-31

    September 6, 2014

    Colleges

  • Eighttofasttocatch entered in two Laurel Park races Saturday

    September 5, 2014

    Defending Maryland Million Classic winner Eighttofasttocatch will make his season debut Saturday at Laurel Park. Trainer Tim Keefe has cross-entered his gelding in the $100,000 Dave's Friend Stakes and $100,000 Japan Racing Association Stakes, two of four stakes races on Saturday's 10-race card. The 8-year-old is the fourth choice, at 5-1, in the Dave's Friend, a 6-furlong test on the main track, and is a 12-1 morning-line shot in the 11/16 miles-long Japan Racing Association. Jockey Forest Boyce will ride. Keefe said Saturday's season debut will be used as a prep race for the $150,000 Maryland Million Classic on Oct. 18, a race Eighttofasttocatch also won in 2011.

  • Racing at Laurel resumes Friday; Drunken Love heavy favorite

    September 4, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Nichols earns first win as Loyola Maryland soccer coach

    September 3, 2014

    Colleges

  • No. 2 UM men bounce back with 3-2 win over No. 17 Coastal Carolina

    September 1, 2014

  • Nike reportedly matches Under Armour's offer to D.C. native Kevin Durant

    September 1, 2014

    Nike pulled out all the stops to prevent Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, a Washington native, from signing a shoe deal with Baltimore-based Under Armour. Durant's seven-year contract with Nike is expiring, and Under Armour reportedly offered him a 10-year deal worth $265million to $285 million. However, Nike has exercised its right to match any rival shoe company's offer to the NBA's reigning Most Valuable Player, according to ESPN. Nike officials on Saturday told Durant and his representatives at Jay Z's Roc Nation Sports that they would match Under Armour's offer. According to the report, Durant likely will make more money from Nike over the next two years than the $41.2 million the Thunder owe him during that span. "For Nike, this was nothing to them," said analyst Omar Saad, senior managing director of International Strategy & Investment's luxury, apparel and footwear team. "They could easily build Durant's business enough, assuming normal margins, where they could generate a cash flow of $60 million a year. And Nike is really good at monetizing its marketing assets, way better than anyone else." It is not clear whether Nike matched Under Armour's deal or offered more.

  • Acosta rides four winners, increases State Fair lead

    August 31, 2014

    Horse racing

  • No. 2 Terps suffer first shutout loss in men's soccer since 2009

    August 30, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Ex-Terp Alyssa Thomas makes WNBA All-Rookie team

    August 29, 2014

    WNBA

  • Daniel Snyder starts planning for new NFL stadium

    August 28, 2014

    NFL

  • Andrea Kraus wins Greiner Cup at Caves Valley

    August 27, 2014

    Golf

  • Navy lacrosse adds ex-Severn, Terps star Phipps to staff

    August 26, 2014

    Former Severn and Maryland star Michael Phipps has joined Navy's coaching staff. A native of Annapolis, Phipps, who spent the past three seasons as an assistant coach at High Point, replaces former Midshipmen offensive coordinator J.L. Reppert, who left last week to take the same position at Maryland. While at High Point, Phipps helped oversee the offense and develop the team's goalkeepers. Austin Geisler Phipps also spent two seasons (2010-11) as the offensive coordinator at Severn, where he earned All-Metro first-team honors as a senior. Phipps was a starting attackman for three years at Maryland and was named an All-America honorable mention as a senior. Phipps went on to play professionally in Major League Lacrosse from 2008 to 2010 as a member of the Los Angeles Riptide and Chesapeake Bayhawks.

  • Whittenburg named to U.S. senior men's world championship team

    August 24, 2014

  • Late goals by ex-Terps Sieverts, Snider give Outlaws title, 12-11

    August 24, 2014

    Major League Lacrosse

  • Rutgers hires Bernhardt as assistant coach

    August 23, 2014

    Men's lacrosse

  • Swimmer Katie Ledecky wins twice at the Pan Pacific Championships

    August 22, 2014

    Et cetera

  • State Fair horse racing meet runs Friday to Labor Day

    August 21, 2014

    Horse racing

  • Ex-Orioles outfielder McLouth to undergo season-ending surgery

    August 20, 2014

    Former Orioles and current Washington Nationals outfielder Nate McLouth will undergo season-ending shoulder surgery Thursday to repair a torn right labrum. The Nationals feared the veteran's lingering shoulder injury was bad when it didn't respond as well as expected to rest and treatment, and recent doctors' evaluations and an X-ray with contrast dye revealed the tear. McLouth has been playing with a hurt labrum all season, manager Matt Williams said, but the symptoms worsened when he made a diving attempt for a triple late last month. "It hasn't gotten any better since," Williams said. Williams said McLouth is expected to be ready for 2015 spring training. When McLouth first landed on the disabled list Aug. 4, the Nationals were hopeful shoulder inflammation wouldn't keep the outfielder out long. But McLouth had been playing with at least some discomfort for a while, and after the dive worsened it, the shoulder didn't improve with rest. McLouth has said the shoulder injury wasn't the reason for his rough first season in Washington. The Nationals signed him to a two-year, $10.75 million contract in hopes he would shore up their bench, but McLouth hit .173/.280/.237 with one home run and 35 strikeouts in 79 games. He acknowledged earlier this month that the shoulder had hampered his preparation.

  • Maryland freshman Dion Wiley impressing in European basketball tour

    August 19, 2014

    Incoming Maryland men's basketball freshman Dion Wiley has been one of the top players during Global Sports Academy's 2014 Men's Basketball Goodwill tour across Europe. With just one game remaining, Wiley has led his squad in scoring in each of the first four matchups with various European opponents. Wiley is the only Terp on a team that also includes players from North Carolina State and Mount St.Mary's. Against Basics Melsele of Belgium, Wiley had 11 points and four rebounds. He followed up that performance with a 14-point, three-rebound display against Germany's SG Sechtem. Wiley scored 18 points and grabbed five rebounds against Rhein Stars Cologne of Germany and finished with 18 points against Ostend of Belgium. Wiley and the team will face Belgium's Gembo in the tour's final game. … Maryland and Georgetown could play in the inaugural Gavitt Tipoff Games in the 2015-16 season, according to an ESPN report. The annual series will feature teams from the Big East and Big Ten conferences. The programs have not met since 2008.

  • Terps, UMBC, Navy in top 30 of preseason soccer rankings

    August 17, 2014

    Men's college soccer

  • Rochester, Denver to meet in Major League Lacrosse final

    August 17, 2014

    Major League Lacrosse

  • Terps men's lacrosse's Benjamin Chisolm cleared on sexual assault charge

    August 16, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Maryland football to hold Fan Appreciation Day on Saturday at Byrd Stadium

    August 14, 2014

    College football: Maryland will hold its Fan Appreciation Day at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Byrd Stadium. Gates open at 2:30 p.m. Athletic department officials will be on hand for select-a-seat and mezzanine-ticket upgrade opportunities for this season. After the team's scrimmage at 3:30p.m., coach Randy Edsall and Terps players will participate in an autograph session on the field. Spectators are welcome to come on the field after the scrimmage. Maryland posters and schedule cards for this season will be available at the marketing tables. Those attending are advised to park in Lot 1. Byrd Stadium can be accessed through Gate I. … Navy junior quarterback Keenan Reynolds Jr.was named to the Manning Award preseason watch list. The list includes 32 of the nation's top quarterbacks entering this season. … Former Morgan State coach and athletic director Earl Banks will be inducted into the Maryland State Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 14 in Baltimore.

  • Baltimore's Larry Collmus named NYRA's next race caller

    August 14, 2014

    Baltimore native Larry Collmus, the voice of the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup for NBC Sports, was named the New York Racing Association's next race caller. He will be succeeding Tom Durkin. Collmus will continue to call races at Churchill Downs for its September and fall meets and take over his new duties in April, during the final month of the Aqueduct Racetrack spring meet. The Mount St. Joseph graduate's first on-track call was in 1985 at Bowie Race Course. He was hired two years later as the track announcer at Alabama's Birmingham Turf Club, becoming at age 20 the youngest announcer in the United States.

  • 10 stakes races added to Laurel Park fall schedule

    August 12, 2014

    The Maryland Jockey Club on Tuesday announced the addition of 10 more stakes to the Laurel Park fall schedule. The Maryland Horse Breeders Association has inserted five Maryland-bred and/or Maryland-sired races into the mix: the All Brandy Stakes (Sept. 6), Jameela Stakes (Sept.27), Jennings Handicap (Dec. 6), Maryland Juvenile Filly Championship (Dec. 26) and Maryland Juvenile Futurity (Dec. 27). Each will be contested with $125,000 for Maryland-bred and sired runners and $100,000 for Maryland-bred horses. The Sept. 13 card will feature five $60,000 Virginia-bred and/or Virginia-sired races scheduled for the turf: the Jamestown Stakes, Punch Lunch Stakes, Oakley Stakes, Bert Allen Stakes and Brookmeade Stakes. Live racing returns to the major Maryland tracks on Sept. 5, after a 12-week break.

  • Mark Millon becomes director of development for Breakers

    August 12, 2014

    Boys lacrosse

  • Para-swimmer Jessica Long wins two individual events and a relay

    August 11, 2014

    Para-swimming

  • Becca Meyers sets another world record at Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

    August 10, 2014

    Para-swimming

  • Ex-Oriole Mussina to enter Little League Hall of Excellence

    August 9, 2014

    Baseball

  • Jim Mitchell joining Rutgers as defensive coordinator

    August 8, 2014

    Lacrosse

  • Ian Silverman smashes world record at Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships

    August 7, 2014

    Paralympic swimming

  • Medical reasons force Navy linebacker Maika Polamalu to retire

    August 6, 2014

    Navy football

  • Ravens to unveil donated Under Armour high school uniforms Wednesday

    August 5, 2014

    The Ravens and Under Armour will debut the uniforms they are donating to 24 city public high school football and girls basketball teams Wednesday at the Under Armour Campus promenade, at 1020 Hull St. Each school will receive new home and away uniforms, funded by the Ravens Foundation and Under Armour. Former Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis will be on hand to congratulate the students and wish them luck in their upcoming seasons.

  • Milos Raonic beats Vasek Pospisil easily in men's final at Citi Open

    August 4, 2014

    Milos Raonic won the first all-Canadian tournament final in Association of Tennis Professionals history, easily beating Vasek Pospisil, 6-1, 6-4, at Washington's Citi Open on Sunday for the men's singles title. It was Raonic's sixth title win; Pospisil was participating in his first ATP final. Raonic, who made it to the semifinals at Wimbledon last month, won $316,400 and is expected to have his ranking move up Monday to No. 6 in the world. This was the first time two Canadians played each other in a tour final since the beginning of the Open era in 1968. During the trophy ceremony afterward, in which Canadian flags dotted the stands, Pospisil said: "I felt like I was playing in front of a Canadian crowd."

  • Buchanan, Berger shine in 16-15 Cannons victory

    August 3, 2014

    Major League Lacrosse

  • Donald Young advances to first semifinal since 2011

    August 2, 2014

    Citi Open

  • Nairn scores game-winner as Spirit makes playoff push

    August 1, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Georgetown Prep lacrosse coach Giblin resigns after 27 seasons

    July 31, 2014

    Boys lacrosse

  • Ex-Terp Alyssa Thomas goes No. 1 in S. Korean draft

    July 30, 2014

    Women's basketball

  • Terps' Cirovski pushing to change college schedule

    July 29, 2014

    Maryland coach Sasho Cirovski, chairman of the Division I men's coaches committee, has joined with NCAA leaders, Major League Soccer officials and the U.S. Soccer Federation to propose turning Division I men's soccer into a full-academic-year sport. The proposal, which is expected to be submitted this fall, suggests starting the season in September, stopping for a winter break in November and resuming in March. If approved by the NCAA, the new calendar would begin as early as the 2016-17 season. The women's game and lower men's divisions would retain their schedules.

  • Baltimore Celtic wins U-16 national soccer title after shootout

    July 28, 2014

    Baltimore Celtic 97-98 defeated OP Eagles Green (Ohio) to win the boys under-16 US Youth Soccer national championship in Germantown. The game was tied 1-1 after regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods. Aquinas Akinlosoto scored for Celtic in the 39th minute. Sean Clarke (Loyola High) scored the decisive goal to give Celtic the 4-2 victory in the penalty-kick shootout. Celtic was the top seed entering the tournament.

  • Mystics to host game for breast cancer awareness

    July 27, 2014

    WNBA

  • Morgan State picked to finish last in MEAC in football

    July 26, 2014

    College football

  • Prime-time slot for Navy vs. Notre Dame football

    July 25, 2014

    Et cetera

  • Nationals place Zimmerman on 15-day disabled list

    July 24, 2014

  • Frese hires Robinson to fill UM's assistant-coach void

    July 23, 2014

    Terps women's basketball

  • Rice named summer-league MVP; Porter on first team

    July 22, 2014

    Rice named summer-league MVP; Porter on first team

  • 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

  • Phelps-led U.S. relay team 3rd in 400 free

    July 25, 2011

  • Phelps wins 100 fly, takes 2nd in 100 free at Santa Clara Grand Prix

    June 18, 2011

  • Phelps finishes sixth in 200 free at Charlotte UltraSwim

    May 14, 2011

  • Hoff takes gold in 400 free at short-course championships

    December 18, 2010

  • Phelps, Lochte headline start USA Swimming Grand Prix Series

    November 6, 2010

  • 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 GoldenGoggles.com 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.