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Michael Phelps says suspension is fair

Swimmer was back in training Friday but understands the action taken by USA Swimming after a picture surfaced of him inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

February 07, 2009|Staff And Wire Reports

Michael Phelps says it's fair for USA Swimming to suspend him for three months, the latest fallout from a photo showing the Olympic great inhaling from a marijuana pipe.

Phelps was back training at his regular pool Friday, a day after his suspension.

"It's not my decision. It's theirs," Phelps said of USA Swimming's decision. "I have nothing to say, but if that's what they want to do, that's their choice. It's something that USA Swimming came up with. It's fair. Obviously, for a mistake you should get punished."

Although the fallout cost Phelps his Kellogg Co. sponsorship, Subway announced Friday it still supports him.

"Like most Americans, and like Michael Phelps himself, we were disappointed in his behavior," the statement said. "Also like most Americans, we accept his apology. Moving forward, he remains in our plans."


Hamlin stuns Germans in luge

American Erin Hamlin stunned the sport of women's luge, handing the Germans their first loss in 99 races, a streak dating to 1997.

Hamlin broke through with a dominant performance to win the world championships at Lake Placid, N.Y., leading both heats to finish with a combined time of 1 minute 28.098 seconds.

"It was a little bit of a shock for us," said German star Natalie Geisenberger, who won silver, 0.187 seconds behind.

Austria's Kathrin Zettel won the super-combi at the world championships in Val D'Isere, France, while American Lindsey Vonn was disqualified for splitting a gate in the slalom run.

Zettel won in a combined time of 2 minutes 20.13 seconds. Swiss teenager Lara Gut finished second, 0.56 seconds behind, and Elisabeth Goergl of Austria was third.

Shauna Rohbock won her fourth medal of the bobsled World Cup season, taking gold on the track in Whistler, Canada, where the Winter Olympics will be held in a year.

Rohbock, from Provo, Utah, and brakewoman Elana Meyers clocked 1 minute 47.10 seconds to beat Canada's Kaillie Humphries by less than 0.2 seconds.


Haley hired by Chiefs to be coach

Todd Haley was hired as coach of the Kansas City Chiefs after helping the Arizona Cardinals reach the Super Bowl as coordinator of one of the NFL's most exciting offenses.

Haley joins a team that went a franchise-worst 2-14 under coach Herm Edwards, who was fired Jan. 23. Edwards lost all but two of his last 25 games and launched a rebuilding project that made the Chiefs the league's youngest team this season.

Scott Pioli, hired last month as general manager, said at a news conference that Haley has a "strong understanding of players and the type of players that create championship football teams."


Diamondbacks sign reliever Gordon

Relief pitcher Tom Gordon agreed to a $500,000, one-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Gordon, 41, can make an additional $2.5 million in bonuses based on time on the active roster.

Right-hander Jason Jennings and the Texas Rangers agreed to a minor league contract that could lead to a major league deal potentially worth up to $2.25 million. . . . Reliever Pedro Feliciano and the New York Mets agreed to a one-year contract worth $1,612,500 and avoided salary arbitration.


Stubblefield gets probation for lying

A federal judge sentenced former NFL player Dana Stubblefield to two years' probation for lying to investigators about his steroid use.

U.S. District Judge Susan Illston cited Stubblefield's later cooperation with authorities in the BALCO steroids case as she declined to sentence him to three months' home confinement, which is what federal probation officials had recommended. Illston said the sentence was warranted because Stubblefield was "extremely cooperative" with investigators after he was charged in January 2008. She also fined the 1997 defensive player of the year $5,000.

Manny Legace, who has struggled this season after being an All-Star goalie for the St. Louis Blues a year ago, was waived. . . . Maryland offensive coordinator James Franklin has been named as the eventual successor to Ralph Friedgen, putting him in line to become the Terrapins' first black head football coach. . . . USC's football game at Ohio State on Sept. 12 will kick off at 5 p.m. Pacific time and will be shown live nationally on ESPN. . . . U.S. defender Steve Cherundolo will miss Wednesday's World Cup soccer qualifying game against Mexico at Columbus, Ohio, because of a strained right hip.

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