Hansen earns Olympic berth;
Lochte, Phelps eye showdown
Brendan Hansen, who retired from swimming after the Beijing Games but couldn’t stay away, made his comeback worthwhile by winning the 100-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic trials Tuesday night in Omaha, Neb., to claim a spot in the London Games.
Eric Shanteau is heading back to the Olympics, too, rallying to finish second to Hansen. Four years ago, Shanteau beat out Hansen for an individual spot on the team shortly after being diagnosed with testicular cancer. He put off treatment until after the Beijing Games and has been healthy ever since.
There was another memorable race between Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, but there’s a bigger showdown to come. One night after Lochte beat Phelps in the 400 individual medley, Lochte edged him out again in the semifinals of the 200 freestyle – a tuneup for tonight’s final.
Dana Vollmer, a gold medalist as a teenager in 2004 who missed out on the team four years ago while battling injuries and health problems got off to a blistering start and soared through the water to easily win the 100 butterfly.
Sprint Cup leader Kenseth
to leave Roush at end of year
NASCAR Sprint Cup points leader Matt Kenseth, one of the longest-tenured drivers in the series, will leave Roush Fenway Racing at the end of the season.
He will be replaced in the No. 17 Ford – the car he has driven for all but one of his 452 career starts – by Nationwide Series champion Ricky Stenhouse Jr., and Kenseth’s long relationship with Ford will apparently come to an end. He is believed to be headed to Joe Gibbs Racing, either in Joey Logano’s No. 20 Toyota or a fourth unannounced team.
Roush Fenway offered no answers in the sudden divorce of one of NASCAR’s longest active relationships. Only Jeff Gordon, with Hendrick Motorsports since 1993, has been with his team longer than Kenseth has been with Jack Roush.
Kenseth and teammate Greg Biffle are ranked 1-2 in the Sprint Cup standings. Kenseth opened the season with his second Daytona 500 victory and has 11 top-10 finishes through 16 races.
Pacers GM Morway resigns;
Bird also reportedly leaving
David Morway resigned as general manager of the Indiana Pacers amid reports that reigning NBA Executive of the Year Larry Bird is on the way out, too.
Morway was hired by the Pacers in 1999 and had been GM since 2008. The Indianapolis Star reported that Bird is expected to leave his post as team president, citing an unidentified person with direct knowledge of the situation. The Pacers and owner Herb Simon declined comment.
Also: The Detroit Pistons traded guard Ben Gordon and a future first-round draft choice to the Charlotte Bobcats for swingman Corey Maggette. Gordon averaged 12.5 points last season, including a 45-point outing at Denver in which he tied his own NBA record by making nine 3-pointers without a miss.
The Minnesota Timberwolves acquired swingman Chase Budinger from the Houston Rockets in exchange for the 18th overall pick in the draft, a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press. The Rockets now have the 14th, 16th and 18th selections in a draft that many scouts think is one of the deeper classes in years.
Amare Stoudemire was fined $50,000 by the NBA after the New York Knicks star tweeted a gay slur.
Police in Harrisburg, Pa., said Detroit Lions cornerback Aaron Berry faces DUI and other charges stemming from a weekend accident in his hometown. Authorities said the 24-year-old, who played college ball at Pittsburgh, was arrested around 4 a.m. Saturday after driving his vehicle into parked cars and attempting to flee. He was arrested a short distance away. No one was hurt.
Twelve-time All-Star Joe Sakic was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility, joining Mats Sundin, Pavel Bure and Adam Oates as the newest class of inductees. The four former NHL stars were chosen by the Hall’s 18-member selection committee.
Adam Oates was named the new coach of the Washington Capitals. The team announced that the 49-year-old Oates will be the replacement for Dale Hunter, who resigned at the end of the season.
Former boxer Christy Martin’s ex-husband was sentenced to 25 years in prison for trying to kill her. A judge in Orlando, Fla., sentenced James Martin. He was convicted in April of attempted second-degree murder and two other counts.
Local high school football brothers Kai Nacua, a senior-to-be quarterback/safety at Liberty, and Isaiah Nacua, a junior-to-be defensive end at Bishop Gorman, orally committed to Brigham Young.
The Cougars recruited Kai Nacua at linebacker, Liberty coach Rich Muraco said.
Kai Nacua helped Liberty win its second straight Sunrise Region title in 2011. Isaiah Nacua was a first-team All-Southwest League defensive end while helping the Gaels win their third straight Class 4A state title.