February 21, 2009
International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge said swimming star Michael Phelps failed in his duty as a role model but deserves a second chance after being photographed with a marijuana pipe. Rogge said Phelps' apology and promise not to do it again earned him the benefit of the doubt. Phelps, who lives in Baltimore, won a record eight gold medals at the Beijing Olympics. The 23-year-old was suspended by the U.S. swimming federation for three months after a British newspaper published the photo of Phelps holding the pipe at a party in South Carolina.
NHL: Ryan Smyth had a goal and two assists and Andrew Raycroft made 28 saves in the Avalanche's 4-1 victory over the host Capitals. Colorado won its third straight game and ended Washington's winning streak at three. Nicklas Backstrom scored for the Capitals.
NASCAR: Brian Vickers won the sixth pole of his career, touring the two-mile Auto Club Speedway oval in Fontana, Calif., at 183.429 mph. That relegated three-time reigning Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson to the outside of the front row for tomorrow's Auto Club 500. Johnson had a lap at 183.164 mph.
NFL: The Redskins released linebacker Marcus Washington. ... The Jets cut tight end Chris Baker. ... Cornerback Joselio Hanson agreed to terms on a five-year deal with the Eagles. ... Offensive tackle Vernon Carey signed a multiyear contract extension with the Dolphins, the team said.
College football: Former Kansas State coach Ron Prince is rejoining Virginia's staff as an assistant. Cavaliers coach Al Groh said Prince will coordinate special teams. Prince was fired from the Kansas State job in November after 2 1/2 seasons in which he went 16-18. Before joining the Wildcats, Prince spent five years with the Cavaliers, including three as offensive coordinator.
Men's college lacrosse: Sean Delaney scored back-to-back goals in the final six minutes to lead No.4 North Carolina (3-0) to a 9-8 home victory over No.9 Navy (2-1). ... Steven Boyle scored four goals as No.5 Johns Hopkins (1-0) won, 11-3, over visiting Siena (0-1).
Tennis: Venus Williams beat younger sister Serena, 6-1, 2-6, 7-6 (3), to reach the final of the WTA Dubai Tennis Championship in the United Arab Emirates. In today's final, Venus will face Virginie Razzano, who defeated Kaia Kanepi, 6-1, 6-2, in the other semifinal. ... The Women's Tennis Association fined Dubai Tennis Championships organizers a record $300,000 after Israeli player Shahar Peer was denied a visa by the United Arab Emirates. ... Andy Roddick - who beat fellow American Sam Querrey, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, to reach the semifinals of the ATP Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis, Tenn. - said he won't defend his title in Dubai next week because he doesn't agree with the United Arab Emirates' decision to deny Peer a visa.
Varsity boys basketball: Shawn Holmes, a Calvert Hall guard, is a member of the Baltimore County all-star team that will play a Baltimore City team as part of the Charm City Challenge on April5 at Towson Center.
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