Phelps' agent says photos didn't break IOC rules
Could Michael Phelps' 2012 Olympic medal haul of four golds and two silvers be in jeopardy because of his recent photo shoot with the French fashion house Louis Vuitton? Pictures of the retired Baltimore swimmer taken by Annie Leibovitz were leaked on the Internet late last week, apparently violating the International Olympic Committee's Rule 40, which says athletes can't promote non-Olympic sponsors from July 18 to Aug. 15. Punishments range from fines to the stripping of medals. Phelps' agent, Peter Carlisle, dismissed any suggestion Friday that the 27-year-old swimmer might have violated the rule, telling the Associated Press that Phelps did not authorize use of the pictures. "He didn't violate Rule 40; it's as simple as that," Carlisle told the AP. "All that matters is whether the athlete permitted that use. That's all he can control. In this case, Michael did not authorize that use. The images hadn't even been reviewed, much less approved. It's as simple as that. An athlete can't control unauthorized uses any more than you can guarantee someone isn't going to break into your house." The campaign was set to begin three days ago to comply with the IOC's campaign against ambush marketing.
Gagnon beats Lasek in Ocean City Skate Vert
Pierre-Luc Gagnon won the Skate Vert final at the Dew Tour Pantech Beach Championships on Saturday in Ocean City. His technical run used the curved coping feature of the ramp and incorporated several flip tricks, including a kickflip fakie, a switch heelflip 360 and a kickflip body varial 540. Gagnon, of Canada, finished with a score of 88.50. Baltimore native Bucky Lasek (85.75) and Sandro Dias of Brazil (85.25) finished second and third, respectively. "It feels great to win again at the Dew Tour," Gagnon said. "I had a hard time in practice, but kept my cool and threw it down when it mattered." The championships continue today with final competitions in BMX Park and Skate Bowl airing live at 2 p.m. on channels 11 and 4, as well as the newly added BMX and Skate Mega 2.0.
Orakpo, Meriweather injured in Redskins' loss
Starting outside linebacker Brian Orakpo and strong safety Brandon Meriweather were knocked out of the game within two minutes of each other during the first quarter of the Washington Redskins' 33-31 preseason loss to the Bears at Soldier Field in Chicago. Orakpo hurt his left shoulder and Meriweather his left knee. Quarterback Robert Griffin III and the Washington offense struggled a week after the rookie's impressive preseason debut. Griffin, who found himself under duress much of the night, was sacked three times and fumbled once. He completed five of eight passes for 49 yards, and his three sacks counted for a total loss of 19 yards. Griffin's quarterback rating was 79.7. Chicago led 20-10 at halftime.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
WNBA: Kristi Toliver (Maryland) scored 22 points on 9-for-11 shooting as the visiting Los Angeles Sparks earned an 82-71 victory over the Seattle Storm. She was 3-for-4 on 3-pointers and added five assists. ... Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 22 points in the Atlanta Dream's 86-72 loss to the host Indiana Fever.
More women's basketball: Maryland recruit Lexie Brown had five points, six assists and three steals as the United States defeated Canada, 95-46, in a semifinal at the FIBA Americas U18 Championship in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. The Americans will face Brazil (4-0) for the gold medal tonight.
Baseball: Major League Baseball has suspended Washington Nationals minor league catcher Michael Albaladejo, who was playing in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, for 50 games for testing positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.
—James Wagner, The Washington Post
Women's college soccer: UMBC played to a scoreless tie Friday with visiting Lafayette in the first game for the Retrievers under coach Leslie Wray. UMBC goalkeeper Lauren Kadet made six saves. The Retrievers held a 6-5 advantage in corner kicks; the Leopards outshot them 14-12.
Field hockey: Maryland, the defending NCAA champion, fell to the U.S. Under-21 team, 4-3, in an exhibition match in College Park. The Terps, who led 2-1 at halftime, will open their season at California on Friday at 8 p.m.
From Sun staff and news services