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Phelps tunes up with fast times in Texas exhibition

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Michael Phelps is back in the pool, if only for an exhibition, and he's fast.

With a month to go until his six-month suspension for a second drunken driving arrest ends, Michael Phelps of Baltimore is getting in some racing, even if it's just an exhibition. Phelps swam the 100-yard butterfly in 44.91 seconds Friday before the American Short Course Championships began in Austin, Texas. It was the first time the 18-time Olympic champion had gone under 45 seconds in the event. His previous best was 45.40 in 2008 at a Grand Prix meet. If his time had counted, it would have been good enough for 10th fastest ever. Phelps swam the 200 individual medley Thursday, clocking an unofficial time of 1:40.84, which would have been seventh quickest ever. He swam his events before the start of the evening finals. His 200 IM effort was his second fastest ever, behind the 1:40.58 he swam in 2010. Phelps' suspension handed down by USA Swimming ends April 6. He is expected to compete for the first time in a meet in Arizona on April 15-18.

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Mount Carmel hires Rob Long as girls hoops coach

Baltimore sports radio personality and coach Rob Long has a new part-time job: coach of the Mount Carmel girls basketball team. Long, co-host of the "Vinny and Rob Show" on The Fan (105.7 FM), had been the women's coach at CCBC-Dundalk since 2010. Long's daughter, Stephania, is a freshman basketball player at Mount Carmel. His wife, Yedda, teaches at the school and his son, Robbie, is a sophomore three-sport athlete. The Cougars finished 18-7 this past season. Robb Bonner, who had coached them, will become the middle school athletic director and take on other responsibilities. Long also previously coached at College of Notre Dame of Maryland.

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Men's college basketball: Former Mount St. Mary's coach Milan Brown was fired after going 69-83 in five seasons with Holy Cross, including 14-16 this season (8-10 in the Patriot League). Brown, 44, spent seven seasons at the Mount, going 95-120 and guiding the team to an NCAA tournament appearance in 2008.

Men's college lacrosse: Ryan McNamara scored four goals to help lead No. 13 Marquette (6-0) to a 12-10 win over host Jacksonville (2-2). McNamara broke an 8-all tie by scoring the first two goals, with 12:44 and 10:03 left in the game, of a 3-0 run.

Women's college lacrosse: Kyra Harney had three goals and three assists to lead No. 3 Duke (7-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) to a 15-10 win over visiting Virginia Tech (4-4, 0-1). Megan Will (C. Milton Wright) had four goals for the Hokies. ... Schylar Healy (Liberty) made a season-high 12 saves and No. 17 James Madison (5-1) won its fifth straight, 10-5, over host Richmond (3-4). Taylor Gress (Manchester Valley) and Betsy Angel (Roland Park) scored three goals each for the Dukes.

Horse racing: Laurel Park announced Friday that it will cancel today's live races because of track conditions. Laurel will be open for simulcast wagering for major races from Gulfstream Park, Santa Anita Park, Tampa Bay Downs and Aqueduct. Laurel will also host the Champions Handicapping Tournament, with the winner earning a berth in the Breeders' Cup Betting Challenge. The total value of prizes today is $10,000, and there is a prize schedule of more than $25,000. Laurel returns to live racing Sunday, with a Pick 5 jackpot carryover of $29,500 and a 12:30 p.m. first race post.

NBA: As expected, the Utah Jazz announced that it has signed former Towson power forward Jerrelle Benimon to a 10-day contract. He's the third Tiger to make an NBA roster, joining Gary Neal, now with the Minnesota Timberwolves, and Kurk Lee, who played for the New Jersey Nets in 1990-91.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United signed former Notre Dame defender Luke Mishu.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit said forward Natasha Harding, whose P-1 visa application was denied, will not be joining the team this season.

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