Organizers of a celebration honoring swimmer Michael Phelps say the Naval Academy Concert Band, the Morgan State University Choir and local bands will perform at the event this weekend. The celebration is planned for Saturday at Fort McHenry in Baltimore. Organizers announced that the local bands include big-band funk orchestra Chopteeth, a cappella group Reverb and The Players Band, a ska group formed in Baltimore. Access Hollywood's Billy Bush will host the event. Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics, will be honored with a parade in Towson before the evening program. The events will also pay tribute to two other Maryland swimmers: Olympian Katie Hoff and Paralympic champion Jessica Long.
WNBA: Deanna Nolan scored 21 points to help the Detroit Shock reach the WNBA Finals for a third straight season with a 75-73 win late Monday over the New York Liberty in Ypsilanti, Mich. The Shock won the best-of-three Eastern Conference finals and advanced to play the San Antonio Silver Stars for the championship.
NHL: Pittsburgh Penguins defenseman Sergei Gonchar will have arthroscopic surgery on his dislocated left shoulder and miss four to six months.
Golf: The PGA European Tour will require its members to play in at least 12 events next year, increasing the minimum by one event as more players contemplate whether to join for the $10 million Race to Dubai. Phil Mickelson is among those who might join in 2009.
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