Phelps' first big meet back could be FINA World Cup in France


Michael Phelps' first big meet after he completes his six-month competition ban for a DUI arrest will be the FINA World Cup on Aug. 15-16 in Chartres, France, the French sports newspaper L'Equipe reported Saturday. But Phelps' coach at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, Bob Bowman, told the Associated Press on Saturday that it's not yet known which meets the 18-time gold medalist will enter once he is eligible. The swimmer was banned from USA Swimming-sanctioned events through March 6 and from August's world championships after he was charged with drunken driving Sept. 30 just outside the Fort McHenry Tunnel. A court hearing on his DUI case is scheduled for Dec. 19. It's unknown whether the Chartres meet — a short-course competition — will be Phelps' first 2015 competition or one of many. According to SwimSwam, before Phelps' 2012 first retirement in 2012, he never was a frequent visitor to the FINA World Cup Series, though he did make the stops in Berlin and Moscow in 2011, as well as and a few others scattered earlier in his career (2006, 2002).


Cornerback Jackson activated; Jacobs on IR

The Ravens made it official Saturday, activating cornerback Asa Jackson from injured reserve-designated to return and placing cornerback Tramain Jacobs on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Jackson is expected to play extensively today against the Miami Dolphins, according to sources. Jackson's addition to the active roster is expected to affect the playing time of cornerback Anthony Levine, a converted safety who has been starting, as well as nickel back Danny Gorrer. The Ravens regard Jackson as a talented, emerging young player and are eager to get him onto the field to boost to their 31st-ranked pass defense. Jackson had 19 tackles and a pass defended in five games played and four starts before suffering a severe sprained toe Oct. 5.

Aaron Wilson

Salary cap: In the wake of Pro Bowl defensive tackle Haloti Ngata's four-game suspension, the Ravens are $6.249 million under the NFL salary-cap limit of $133 million. Ngata forfeited four game checks, totaling $2 million of his $8.5 million base salary, for violating the league's performance-enhancing-drug policy. The suspension saves the Ravens $2 million against the salary cap and in cash. The Ravens can carry over any remaining salary-cap room to next season.

Aaron Wilson


Rift over QB could put Gruden's job in jeopardy

Less than a year after a showdown over Robert Griffin III, another appears to be brewing. Washington Redskins coach Jay Gruden's desire to part ways with the ineffective quarterback might put him at odds with owner Daniel Snyder and president and general manager Bruce Allen, potentially leaving the team searching for a coach yet again. Late last week, battle lines were drawn between the coaching staff and senior management after team employees revealed Gruden is done with Griffin, as much because of the 24-year-old's spotlight-craving antics as his shortcomings in the pocket. Prompted by the news of Gruden's position, an unnamed Redskins official told ESPN that Griffin could start again during the team's final four games, lending credibility to the notion that Gruden's bosses still are committed to the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year.

Jason Reid, The Washington Post

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UMBC to face Virginia in NCAA men's soccer semi

UMBC learned its NCAA men's soccer semifinal opponent Saturday when No. 16 seed Virginia defeated No. 8 seed Georgetown (14-4-5) on penalty kicks, 5-4, in Washington. The Cavaliers silenced the announced sellout crowd of 2,232 with an equalizer by Todd Wharton in the final minute of the second half, and the two sides played to a 1-1 draw after two overtime periods. The Retrievers will meet the Cavaliers at 5 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. Friday in Cary, N.C. Virginia (12-6-3) will be making its 12th NCAA College Cup appearance — fifth-most in Division I history — and UMBC its first. The Retrievers (15-5-4) beat host and No. 12 seed Creighton, 4-3, on Friday night on penalty kicks after a scoreless regulation and overtime. Georgetown finished 14-4-5.


Women: Johns Hopkins (18-4-2) allowed a goal in the 10th minute and lost, 1-0, to Williams College (21-1-1) on Friday night in the NCAA DivisionIII semifinals in Kansas City, Mo. The Ephs advanced to play Lynchburg (25-0-1) for the title.

Youth football: The Division II Jr. Midget Secret Society Panthers advanced to the semifinals of the 58th annual Pop Warner Super Bowl in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., with a 26-24 victory over the Northeast Nighthawks (Arizona). The Panthers will face the Loveland Titans (Colorado) on Tuesday at 1:15 p.m., with the winner advancing to Friday's championship game.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers (1-4) rallied from a 20-point second-half deficit but fell, 132-130, to the Beltway Bombers (5-0) in La Plata. James Johnson led the Shuckers with 29 points.

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