Phelps to take his first shot at celebrity event
All-time Olympic gold-medal leader and Baltimore County native Michael Phelps will make his American Century Championship debut today. Answering questions at a news conference for the Lake Tahoe-based celebrity tournament Thursday, he commented on how long it would take him to swim Lake Tahoe. "Six hours. I'm not very fast anymore," Phelps quipped. Phelps, who estimates his golf handicap to be 18 or 19, has participated in several pro-am golf tournaments. Phelps will join celebrities and athletes such as former NBA All-Star Charles Barkley, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers and former Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer in the tournament. The tournament will be televised live on NBC Sports Network today and on channels 11 and 4 on Saturday and Sunday.
U.S. women move to semis undefeated; Israel loses
The U.S. women's team won its Federation of International Lacrosse World Cup quarterfinal with the Haudenosaunee, a Native American confederacy, 20-1, in Oshawa, Ontario. Danielle Etrasco led the team with five goals, including four of the first seven as well as one assist. The United States held the Haudenosaunee scoreless for the first 53 minutes, an effort that included defender Kristen Carr (Mercy), who scored her first point of the tournament with a second-half goal. Katie Schwarzmann (Maryland, Century) had two goals and an assist. The United States, which is the only undefeated team, will face England in the semifinals. Israel, led by coach Lauren Paul Norris (McDonogh), lost, 17-5, in a quarterfinal with No. 2-seed Canada.
Men: The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Association will not support recruiting boys who have yet to enter high school, according to its statement Wednesday. The announcement comes after US Lacrosse urged restrictions on recruitment in October and Johns Hopkins received a commitment from high school freshman attackman Forry Smith in November. ... Mike Kruger (Calvert Hall) will serve as an assistant coach at Vermont. Ryan CurtisKruger stepped down last month after two seasons as coach at Division III Shenandoah. He led the Hornets to five wins in 2013, matching the win total of the previous three seasons combined.
Booth, Wiley, Morgan help U.S. East to two wins
Mount St. Joseph rising senior guard Phil Booth scored 11 points and added three assists as the USA East team routed France, 101-77, on Thursday in the first game of the Nike Global Challenge. St. Frances rising senior forward Dwayne Morgan fouled out after scoring three points, and Terps commit Dion Wiley (Potomac) added four points, three rebounds and three steals for the USA East against France. Booth scored 16, Morgan scored 12 and Wiley added 15 in the East's night game against Canada, which the Americans won, 102-93. The East will play the USA West today at 4 p.m.
College basketball: Jon Perry will join the Navy men's program as an assistant coach. Ed DeChellis Perry spent the past three seasons as an assistant at Division II Quincy (Ill.) in the Great Lakes Valley Conference. Before that, Perry was the director of basketball operations on current Midshipmen head coach Ed DeChellis' staff at Penn State. He also played under DeChellis as East Tennessee State.
Swimming: The first Swim Ocean City event will be Saturday at 9 a.m. in Ocean City. The event consists of 1-, 3- and 9-mile swims, with about 130swimmers expected to participate. The swim benefits Johns Hopkins Hospital. For more information, visit crossingcurrentsaquatics.com/swim-ocean-city.
Soccer: D.C. United acquired American forward Conor Doyle, who has been playing for English team Derby County, on loan, in a league lottery.
World TeamTennis: The Washington Kastles (6-2) have won four straight matches, including their most recent win, a 21-15 against the Springfield Lasers (5-3) in Washington on Wednesday.