Spitz not resentful about Phelps' record gold haul
Mark Spitz says he's not bitter about losing swimming's most sacred record to Michael Phelps, who 15 months ago cemented a spot in Olympic history with eight gold medals, one more than Spitz won in 1972. "It's sort of like I'm the first man on the moon," Spitz said. "He's the second man on the moon. He collected more rocks." Phelps of Baltimore also is collecting scrutiny. "Of course, there's a lot of pressure," Spitz said. He said, "Michael is not a perfect person, and neither am I," a reference to Phelps' having been photographed last November inhaling from a marijuana pipe. "People are going to expect a lot from him."
Short-course World Cup: : Andrew Cosgarea of Owings Mills finished ninth in the 1,500-meter freestyle final in 15:16.03.
Notre Dame assistant criticizes Niumatalolo
Notre Dame associate head coach Corwin Brown has criticized Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo for his comments after the Midshipmen upset the Irish on Saturday and for what he termed a "malicious" cut block by a Navy receiver. Brown said it was improper for Niumatalolo to say after the game that Navy knew Notre Dame would use the same defensive scheme as the season before. He said classy coaches don't make such comments. He also said Navy lacks imagination in its blocking, saying its players use illegal cut blocks. He pointed to a play last season on which linebacker Brian Smith was injured and a personal foul call against Navy receiver Nick Henderson for a hit on cornerback Robert Blanton. Brown said he called Niumatalolo to tell him.
Terps men allow late goal, lose, 1-0, in ACC quarterfinal
The fourth-seeded Maryland men's soccer team fell to No. 5 seed Virginia, 1-0, in heavy rain and wind in the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference men's soccer championship in Cary, N.C. Tony Tchani broke loose from the backline in the 87th minute and connected on an open-field scoring opportunity to knock the defending champion Terrapins from the tournament.
More men's soccer:: Mark Lubetkin scored in the ninth minute and Milo Kapor in the 41st to help fifth-seeded UMBC (14-5-0) to a 2-1 victory over top-seeded and host New Hampshire (9-7-2) in the America East semifinals. The Retrievers advanced to their first America East title game and will take on Stony Brook on the road Sunday. The victory was the 200th at UMBC for coach Pete Caringi (200-125-37. ... Salisbury senior forward Kyle Sterling was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Senior defender Justin McGrath (Perry Hall) was also among the All-CAC first-team selections.
Women's soccer: : Freshman Kayla Curry (John Carroll) scored her first career goal a little more than three minutes into the second overtime to lift host Stevenson (15-3-2) to a 3-2 victory over Moravian (8-8-2) in the first round of the ECAC Division III South championship. The Mustangs advanced to Saturday's semifinals, where they will play third-seeded Swarthmore.
Men's basketball: : Towson signed guard Cephas Oglesby from Cape Fear (N.C.) Community College and 6-foot-11 center Jamel Flash, a preseason New York Metro All-Star from West Hempstead High, to national letters of intent. ... Marcus Ginyard matched his career high with 17 points to help No. 6 North Carolina (2-0) to an 89-42 victory over visiting North Carolina Central (0-1) in the 2K Sports Classic.
Sammy Sosa on skin lightener: 'I'm not a racist'
Sammy Sosa said he's using a "bleaching cream" to soften his skin and is not trying to change his pigmentation. "I'm not a racist," the former Orioles outfielder told ESPN Deportes. Sosa, in his first public remarks since the famous photos became public, said he's not trying to look like Michael Jackson. "What happened was that I had been using the cream for a long time and that, combined with the bright TV lights, made my face look whiter than it really is. I don't think I look like Michael Jackson," he said to ESPN Deportes. Sosa then joked: "I'm going to market it. I'm a businessman." He said he got it in Europe.
Laurel Park: : After more than 6 inches of rain has drenched Central Maryland since mid-October, track officials have decided not to use the turf course for the rest of the year. Saturday's All Brandy Stakes, originally scheduled for the turf, will now be contested on the dirt.
- From Sun staff and news services