Phelps faced some good domestic competition at the meet. He won the 200-meter freestyle in 1:47.73, touching out
Phelps took the 100-meter butterfly in 52.41 seconds, which is well off the 49.82 he swam in setting the world record last summer. On the second day, Phelps was beaten in the 100-meter backstroke by Cincinnati's
Significantly, Phelps also won the 200-meter individual medley on the final day, holding off
Despite his success in the event, Phelps has toyed with the idea of dropping medleys completely when competing in the 2011 worlds and 2012 Olympics, as he did at the Rome world championships in 2009. That could still leave him with a chance to compete in seven races: two freestyles, two butterflys and three relays. It would also allow him to focus his training on just two strokes, omitting the backstroke and breaststroke, his two weakest disciplines, and allowing him more time to maintain form in the freestyle and butterfly.
• It may be time for disgraced sprinter
Jones, 34, is trying to rebuild her life and scandal-plagued athletic career. She forfeited the five medals she won at the 2000 Sydney Olympics after admitting she took performance-enhancing drugs, and served six months in prison for lying to federal agents in the BALCO steroid investigation.
Before her track career, Jones was an accomplished hoop star at North Carolina, where she played on the Tar Heels' 1994 national championship team as a freshman. She is now playing for
Gay broke the mark set by
Gay won gold medals in the 100, 200 and 4x100-meter relay at the 2007 world championships, but suffered injuries over the next season and lost the spotlight to Jamaica's
• With an Olympic cycle behind them, two U.S. skating couples announced their retirements this past week.
• Through the weekend, Team Russia is the only undefeated squad in the qualification round at the World Ice Hockey Championships. The Russians are 4-0, having outscored their foes 15-5. Finland, Sweden and Switzerland are the only teams with only one loss in the round so far. The top eight teams will advance to the quarterfinals, which begin on Thursday.
The U.S., which chose an inexperienced roster, failed to win a game in the preliminary round and did not advance to the group of 12. Instead, the team has rallied with back-to-back shutouts against Kazakhstan (10-0) and France (4-0) in the relegation round.
A pair of New York Rangers led the way in the first game as
The second game was quiter for Clemmenson, who needed to make only 10 saves all night, including just one in the first period, as the U.S. team dominated play throughout.
Individual accolades are deserving for Canada's