Phelps is 3rd in 100 medley, misses 2 finals in Stockholm
Sporting a beard and an old-style swimsuit, Michael Phelps of Baltimore finished third in the 100-meter medley at a World Cup short-course meet in Stockholm, Sweden, after missing out on two other finals Tuesday. Phelps, who won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, swam the medley final in 52.14 seconds. South Africa's Gerhard Zandberg won in 51.77. Earlier Tuesday, Phelps, 24, failed to qualify for the finals of the 100 freestyle and 100 backstroke, in which he was disqualified for swimming too long under water. Competing for the first time since the world championships in August, he wore the type of suit that will become the standard next year. Most other swimmers used faster high-tech suits. After the race, he told reporters he was excited to be back racing. "I know I'm not in the best shape and I should be in better shape," Phelps said. "I didn't hit my first wall right, so it's kind of disappointing, but I'm happy overall." He finished 16th in qualifying for the 100 freestyle in 47.77 seconds. Today, Phelps will swim in the 100 butterfly and 200 medley heats. Baltimore's Elizabeth Pelton finished eighth in the women's 200 backstroke in 2:07.91.
The Loyola women's soccer team, which is on a program-record 14-game unbeaten streak, will play West Virginia in the first round of the NCAA Women's Soccer College Cup at 3 p.m. Friday in Winston-Salem, N.C. The Greyhounds (15-4-3) won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championship with a 3-2 victory over Niagara to earn their seventh bid to the College Cup. The Mountaineers are 9-6-6. The winner will face Wake Forest or Kennesaw State at 1 p.m. Sunday. ... Frostburg State's women's soccer team (18-3), in the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time since 2005, will play 11th-ranked Otterbein (18-1-1) at 11 a.m. Saturday in Westerville, Ohio. ... Johns Hopkins junior defender Jessica Hnatiuk (John Carroll) was named Centennial Conference Player of the Year. Among those named to the second team was sophomore Erica Suter (River Hill).
Field hockey: : Top-ranked Maryland (20-0) was named the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA tournament Tuesday night. The Terrapins, who are defending national champions, will play at home at 11 a.m. Saturday against 16th seed American (11-8). Connecticut (19-2) and Drexel (18-3) will play at 2 p.m., with the winners facing each other at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Men's soccer: : Johns Hopkins will play Misericordia in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament at Salisbury at 11 a.m. Saturday, with the winner facing the Salisbury-Virginia Wesleyan winner Sunday. No. 6 Maryland, which will play Virginia in the Atlantic Coast Conference quarterfinals at noon today in Cary, N.C., placed two players on the All-ACC first team: junior forward Jason Herrick, who scored eight goals, and sophomore goalie Zac MacMath, who had eight shutouts.
Swimming: : Loyola freshman Brennan Morris of Lutherville was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Men's Swimmer of the Week.
McNair's widow gets approval to sell restaurant he opened
A Nashville, Tenn., judge has authorized the widow of retired Ravens quarterback Steve McNair to sell the restaurant he opened shortly before he was shot and killed. Probate Court Judge Randy Kennedy this week cleared the sale of Gridiron9 by Mechelle McNair, administrator of the ex-player's estate. According to court records, a potential buyer has come forward.
Indoor football: : Offensive lineman Kheon Hendricks (Woodlawn), who was current Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco's center for two seasons at Delaware, has signed with the Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association.
- From Sun staff and news services