March 14, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Phelps appears to be aiming for '12 Games


Michael Phelps believes he can maintain his passion for competition through the 2012 Olympics, the swimmer said yesterday in an interview on NBC's Today show. Phelps seemed to indicate that he's leaning toward competing in the London Games, something he was uncertain about after a photo of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe appeared in a British tabloid. "There are still things I want to achieve, things I want to accomplish," Phelps told Matt Lauer. Lauer also asked Phelps whether he had used marijuana, but the 14-time Olympic gold medalist did not answer the question directly. "It was a bad mistake," he said. "I mean, we all know what, you know, what you and I are talking about." More than a month after the photo appeared, Phelps said he regrets hurting those close to him more than losing sponsorship money. (Cereal giant Kellogg decided not to continue its relationship with the swimmer.) The rest of the interview will air tomorrow at 7 p.m. on Dateline. Phelps is still serving a three-month suspension from USA Swimming because of the photo.


Marlins release ex-Oriole Gibbons


The Florida Marlins released outfielder Jay Gibbons, a setback in his bid to revive his career after acknowledging that he used human growth hormone. The Marlins made the move even though Gibbons hit .313 (5-for-16) in spring training with a home run and seven RBIs. Manager Fredi Gonzalez said there was no roster room for Gibbons. Gibbons was named in the Mitchell Report in December 2007 and hasn't played in the major leagues since. The Orioles released Gibbons at the end of spring training a year ago.

Et cetera: : Bench coach Barry Larkin will manage the United States' next game - tonight against Puerto Rico in Miami - in the World Baseball Classic for Davey Johnson, a former Orioles player and manager, who will be attending the wedding of his stepson. ... Mariners left-hander Erik Bedard, a former Oriole who was scratched from his scheduled start against the Royals on Wednesday because of a sore backside, canceled a bullpen session for the second consecutive day. ... Manny Ramirez, making his debut for the Dodgers, walked twice and had a single while serving as the designated hitter in their 4-3 win over a Rangers split squad in Phoenix.

Mickelson leads by 2; Woods 10 shots back


Phil Mickelson shot a 6-under-par 66 to build a two-stroke lead in the CA Championship, a WGC event in Doral, Fla. Tiger Woods, his nemesis on the Blue Monster, was 10 shots behind. Mickelson was at 13-under 131 and will be joined in the final group today by Nick Watney, who shot a 67. Woods, who returned from knee surgery two weeks ago in match play, shot a 70, one stroke better than the day before. "Hopefully, tomorrow I can shoot a good round and at least give myself somewhat of a chance," he said.

AT&T Champions Classic:: Joey Sindelar shot an 8-under 64 for a one-stroke lead over two-time winner Tom Purtzer in Santa Clarita, Calif.

Trainer Lake files for bankruptcy

horse racing

Maryland's leading trainer, Scott Lake, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection this month in federal court in New York. The bankruptcy petition indicates debt exceeding $1 million, including three banks owed a total of more than $750,000, as well as money owed to veterinarians, a feed supplier and a horseshoe business. Lake's attorney, Kenneth Reynolds, said the trainer intends to continue his racing operations and work with creditors. Lake, who trains horses that race at tracks across the Mid-Atlantic region, was the leading Maryland trainer from 2005 through 2008.


Howard lifts Magic to win over Wizards

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Dwight Howard had 18 points, 13 rebounds and a career-high seven assists and the visiting Orlando Magic (48-17) held on for a 112-103 win over the Washington Wizards (15-51) for its sixth victory in seven games. Antawn Jamison scored a season-high 36 points for the Wizards.

More NBA:: Pistons owner Bill Davidson, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last year, died. He was 86. ... Thaddeus Young scored a career-high 31 points to spark the 76ers (32-31) to a 104-101 win over the Bulls (29-37) in the final NBA game at the Spectrum in Philadelphia. ... Leon Powe scored a career-high 30 points and had 11 rebounds to lead the Celtics (50-16) to a 102-92 home win over the Grizzlies (16-48), who received 26 points from Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding).

College football:: Mike Bellotti is stepping down as Oregon's coach to become the school's athletic director, and offensive coordinator Chip Kelly will be promoted to head coach. Bellotti, 58, will replace athletic director Pat Kilkenny.

NFL:: Clancy Pendergast, the defensive coordinator for the Cardinals during their run to last season's Super Bowl, was hired as defensive coordinator for the Chiefs. He joins Kansas City coach Todd Haley, Arizona's offensive coordinator in 2008.

Women's college lacrosse:: Caitlin Madrin-Hill had two goals and five assists to lift visiting Navy (4-1) to a 15-13 win over Canisius (3-4). ... Kelly Kimener had four goals and three assists to lead Old Dominion (3-0) to a 16-10 victory at UMBC (3-4). Ashley Stodter scored three goals for the Retrievers.

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