- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 1, 2014


BALTIMORE (AP) - Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps was arrested on a DUI charge early Tuesday, and officials said he was speeding and failed field sobriety tests when officers pulled him over.

Phelps, 29, was charged with driving under the influence, excessive speed and crossing double lane lines in the Fort McHenry Tunnel on Interstate 95 in Baltimore, according to the Maryland Transportation Authority.

An officer was using radar about 1:40 a.m. when Phelps’ white 2014 Land Rover came through at 84 mph in a 45-mph zone, the transportation authority said in a statement. The officer stopped Phelps just beyond the tunnel’s toll plaza.

Phelps, an 18-time gold medalist, was arrested and taken to a transportation authority station, from which he was later released.

This is Phelps’ second DUI charge in Maryland. The first was in 2004 on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, and he received 18 months’ probation and a $250 fine.

Phelps, a native of Baltimore County, is the most decorated Olympian with 22 Olympic medals.


ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - The Oakland Raiders promoted offensive line coach Tony Sparano to interim coach on Tuesday, a day after firing head coach Dennis Allen.

General manager Reggie McKenzie announced the move to Sparano after cutting ties to Allen four games into his third season as coach.

Sparano had a 29-32 record as head coach in Miami from 2008-11. He took over a one-win team in 2008 and led the Dolphins to an 11-5 record and an AFC East title. That was his only winning season and he was fired with three games remaining in 2011.

Sparano has been offensive line coach the past two seasons in Oakland. He is the Raiders’ eighth coach in 12 seasons. They haven’t made the playoffs or had a winning record since winning the 2002 AFC championship.

The Raiders are off this week after losing 38-14 to Miami in London on Sunday for their 10th straight loss, dating to last season.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The FCC wants an end to sports blackouts.

The Federal Communications Commission has voted to spike a decades-old rule preventing cable and satellite operators from airing sports events that were blacked out on local TV.

The commission says the rule was outdated and unnecessary. It was originally adopted to help boost ticket sales in the 1970s.

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler says NFL teams have hidden behind the rule for 40 years, but no more.

But Wheeler acknowledges it might not spell the end to sports blackouts. The NFL would still be able to privately negotiate its own rules with cable and satellite companies - those agreements just wouldn’t have the backing of the federal government.


ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) - Michigan announced changes to its injury protocol, admitting it made a mistake in handling quarterback Shane Morris following a suspected concussion because of a “serious lack of communication” and “confusion” among the coaching staff.

Athletic director Dave Brandon said Michigan plans to have a medical professional in the press box or video booth at future football games after what happened over the weekend.

Coach Brady Hoke has been criticized for not immediately sitting Morris for the rest of the game after the sophomore took a hard hit in the fourth quarter against Minnesota on Saturday. Hoke said Monday he didn’t see the hit on Morris, and that all he knew at the time was that his quarterback was dealing with an ankle issue.

About 12 hours later, Brandon released a statement saying Morris had eventually been diagnosed with a probable concussion.

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A former UCF football assistant coach is suing the university and the athletic department for breach of contract, alleging that coach George O’Leary engaged in continuous criticism of his work and created a work environment that included bullying, threatening behavior and repeated discriminatory epithets.

Former defensive coordinator Paul Ferraro filed the lawsuit last week. The suit alleges that O’Leary made derogatory remarks about Ferraro’s Italian heritage, African-Americans and persons of Jewish descent.

UCF spokesman Grant Heston says the school previously investigated Ferraro’s accusations and that no one has been able to corroborate them.

Ferraro was hired in December, and says in the suit he was given a termination letter in February shortly after he reported his concerns to the school’s human resources department.


ISTANBUL (AP) - Nneka Ogwumike scored 18 points to lead the U.S. women’s national team to a record 119-44 rout of Angola and close out preliminary play at the women’s world championship.

The U.S. (3-0) will next play Friday in the quarterfinals against the winner of Canada and the Czech Republic.

The Americans took it right to Angola, scoring the game’s first 12 points. By the time Angola (0-3) had its second basket with 3:36 left in the quarter the lead had ballooned to 24-6 and the rout was on.

The U.S. led 33-11 after one quarter, and Maya Moore’s three-point play just before the half made it 61-25 as the Americans put on an offensive clinic, shooting 70 percent at the break.

The lead kept growing in the second half and the U.S. broke the team record for margin of victory, surpassing its 70-point win over Senegal in 1990.


BEIJING (AP) - Rafael Nadal made a dominant return to tennis after a two-month injury layoff, beating Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-0 at the China Open.

Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray also advanced to the second round in vastly different fashion.

The top-ranked Djokovic improved to 20-0 at the China Open with a routine 6-2, 6-1 win over Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez. Murray took 2 1/2 hours to put away Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-2.

On the women’s side, Serena Williams had a far easier time than she did in her opening match, topping Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-3. A day earlier, Williams came from 5-0 down to beat Silvia Soler-Espinosa.

Fourth-seeded Maria Sharapova also moved on with a 6-2, 6-2 second-round win over Elina Svitolina of Ukraine, and Venus Williams avenged a loss to France’s Caroline Garcia at last week’s Wuhan Open with a 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Second-seeded Simona Halep won a tight match against 167th-ranked Lin Zhu of China, 7-5, 6-4, and No. 9 seed Ana Ivanovic of Serbia defeated Romina Oprandi of Italy 6-4, 6-2.

Agnieszka Radwanska’s late-season slide continued, however, with a 6-4, 6-4 loss to Roberta Vinci of Italy. No. 8 seed Eugenie Bouchard fell to Sabine Lisicki of Germany 6-2, 6-4.

TOKYO (AP) - Japanese wild card Tatsuma Ito upset Australian Open champion Stan Wawrinka 7-5, 6-2 in the first round of the Japan Open.

The No. 103-ranked Ito converted all four of his break-point chances to dispatch top-seeded Wawrinka at Ariake Coliseum. He moved on to meet Benjamin Becker of Germany, who was leading Jarkko Nieminen 7-5, 4-1 when the Finn retired due to fatigue.

Third-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada beat Bernard Tomic of Australia, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in their first meeting.

Raonic, a two-time runner-up at Tokyo, will next face Austrian Jurgen Melzer, who was leading 7-5, 4-1 when Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France retired due to a right leg injury.

In another upset, Michal Przysiezny of Poland rallied from a set down to defeat fifth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 4-6, 7-5, 7-6 (9).

Also, Jeremy Chardy of France and Donald Young of the United States were winners.

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