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Shaquille O'Neal vs. Michael Phelps - in Baltimore

A new ABC sports reality series starring NBA center Shaquille O'Neal will be filming a segment in Baltimore Sunday at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club. Called "Shaq Vs.," the show pits O'Neal against other top athletes. Sunday's taping will find the wide-bodied O'Neal competing against Baltimore's Olympic champ Michael Phelps in the pool.

Members of Meadowbrook, where the pool is housed, were told in an e-mail this week that they would be able to watch the competition -- with only the area where the ABC crew is filming closed off. In addition to Phelps, other competitors in the series will include tennis star Serena Williams, baseball slugger Albert Pujols and retired boxer Oscar De La Hoya.

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The series is limited run with taping scheduled to be completed by Sept. 15 when O'Neal reports to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Lat night's episode pitted O'Neal against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. No date has yet been set for the swimming segment with Phelps.

Shaq is not the first celebrity to take Phelps on in the pool. CNN anchorman Anderson Cooper went against Phelps as part of a "60 Minutes" profile Cooper did as a contributing correspondent for the CBS newsmagazine. We can only hope Shaq is a little more competitive than Cooper.

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