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Phelps, Flacco, Ravens lead way in ESPY nominations

Posted on 28 June 2013 by WNST Staff


Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

  • AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
  • Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs

LeBron James, Miami Heat

  • Won his fourth NBA MVP, second straight Finals MVP
  • Led the Heat to a second straight NBA title and franchise-record 66-16 mark
  • Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes

Michael Phelps, Olympic Swimming

  • Won four golds and two silver medals at London Olympics
  • His gold in the 200 IM made him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics



Gabby Douglas, Olympic Gymnastics

  • Won gold medal in Women’s All-Around at London Olympics
  • Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
  • First American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around

Missy Franklin, Olympic Swimming

  • Won four gold medals and a bronze at London Olympics
  • Won a gold in the 100 backstroke and set a world record in the 200 backstroke
  • Became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996

Brittney Griner, NCAA Baylor Women’s Basketball

  • Swept all major player of the year awards
  • Ended her career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748)
  • No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points.

Serena Williams, Women’s Tennis

  • Won the 2012 Wimbledon and US Open singles championships
  • Olympic gold medals in both singles and doubles
  • Won the 2013 French Open singles title



Joe Flacco, Super Bowl MVP

  • Earned MVP honors in Super Bowl win over 49ers
  • Completed 22-of-33 passes for 287 yards and three first-half touchdowns

LeBron James, NBA Finals MVP

  • Led the Heat to an NBA title in 7 game series over San Antonio Spurs
  • Averaged 25.3 ppg, 10.9 rpg, 7.0 apg over course of Finals
  • Had 32 pts, 10 reb, 11 assists in Game 6, 37 pts and 12 reb in Game 7

Brad Keselowski, NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion

  • Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
  • Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led

Pablo Sandoval, World Series MVP

  • 3 HR in Game 1 of World Series, first to do so in his first 3 plate appearances
  • Hit .500/.525/1.125 over the 5 game series



Colin Kaepernick, San Francisco 49ers

  • Became the starting QB in Week 11 and led the Niners to the Super Bowl
  • Threw for 1814 yards, 10 TDs and only 3 INTs while rushing for 415 yards and 5 TDs in the regular season
  • Had 798 yards and 4 TDs passing, 264 yards and 3 TDs rushing in the playoffs

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football

  • Won 2013 Heisman Trophy, first freshman in history to do so
  • The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season

Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers

  • First player in MLB history with 34 hits, 7 HR in first 20 games
  • Through 20 games hit .442 with 14 RBI

Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels

  • First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
  • AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326

Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

  • 3rd round pick led Seattle to playoffs, and tied rookie record with 26 TD passes
  • Threw for 3118 yards with a 100.0 QB rating, rushed for 489 yards and 4 TDs



Drew Brees breaks Johnny Unitas’ record for consecutive games with a TD pass

  • Broke Unitas’ record with a touchdown pass in 48 straight games
  • Unitas held the mark for a half-century
  • Brees’ streak extended to 54 games

Calvin Johnson breaks Jerry Rice’s single season receiving yardage record

  • Passed Rice’s mark in Week 16, finishing the season with 1,964 receiving yards
  • The record had stood since 1995

Michael Phelps most decorated Olympian

  • Finished his career with 22 medals spanning three Olympics
  • Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina held the previous record of 18

Abby Wambach sets international scoring record

  • Broke Mia Hamm’s record of 158 goals by scoring four against South Korea
  • Wambach scored 160 goals in only 207 international matches, while Hamm scored 158 in 275 matches



Florida Gulf Coast over Georgetown, NCAA men’s basketball tournament

  • 15th-seeded FGCU beat 2nd-seeded Georgetown 78-68
  • The Eagles went on to become the first 15 seed to make the Sweet 16

Louisville over Baylor in Sweet 16, NCAA women’s basketball tournament

  • Top seeded Baylor entered the game 34-1, having won 32 straight
  • 5th-seeded Louisville went on to the national championship game

Juan Manuel Marquez over Manny Pacquiao, Boxing

  • In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Pacquiao
  • The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999

Texas A&M over Alabama, College football

  • #15 Texas A&M upset #1 Alabama in Tuscaloosa, 29-24
  • Alabama’s lone loss of the season



Baltimore Ravens vs. Denver Broncos, AFC Divisional Playoff

  • Justin Tucker kicked a 47-yard FG in the 2nd OT to give the Ravens a 38-35 upset victory over the Broncos
  • Jacoby Jones caught a 70-yard touchdown pass with :38 left in regulation that brought the Ravens back from the brink

Boston Bruins vs. Toronto Maple Leafs, Stanley Cup Playoffs Game 7

  • Down three goals midway through the third period, Patrice Bergeron scored in the closing minute of regulation to tie it, then won it in the extra session
  • The Bruins became the first team in NHL history to win the seventh game of a playoff series after trailing by three goals in the third period

Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs, NBA Finals Game 6

  • Spurs had a five point lead with 28 seconds left in the 4th quarter
  • The Heat rallied and tied the game on a Ray Allen 3-pointer with 5 seconds left
  • Heat went on to win in OT 103-100



Jack Hoffman touchdown run in Nebraska Spring game

  • Hoffman is a 7-year old die hard Cornhusker fan battling brain cancer
  • After befriending Nebraska RB Rex Burkhead, he was invited to participate in the Huskers’ spring game, and ran for a long touchdown in the 4th quarter

Alex Morgan’s game-winning goal vs. Canada in Olympic semifinal

  • The US tied the game on an Abby Wambach penalty kick in the 80th minute
  • Morgan sent the US to the finals on a header in the 123rd minute, in the second period of extra time

Andy Murray finally winning at Wimbledon, with a gold medal in Olympics

  • 4 weeks after a heartbreaking loss to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final, Murray met Federer again at the All England Club in the gold medal match
  • Murray beat the world number one in straight sets, becoming the first British man to win singles gold in the Olympics since 1908

Chuck Pagano returns to the Colts

  • The first year head coach was diagnosed with leukemia after Week 3
  • Pagano’s battle with the disease inspired an improbable Colts playoff run
  • Pagano returned to coach the team in Week 17, leading the Colts to a 28-16 victory over the division champion Houston Texans



Alabama football

  • Won the BCS Championship in a 42-14 win over Notre Dame
  • It was their third BCS title in four years

Baltimore Ravens, NFL

  • Defeated the San Francisco 49ers 34-31 to win the Super Bowl
  • Beat the top seeded Broncos and 2nd seeded Patriots en route to Super Bowl

Chicago Blackhawks, NHL

  • Defeated the Boston Bruins in six games to win the Stanley
  • Started the season with 24 straight games without a loss in regulation, the best start in NHL history

Miami Heat, NBA

  • Won second straight NBA Finals in seven games over San Antonio Spurs
  • Had franchise record 66-16 record, included 27 straight wins

Oklahoma Softball

  • Won the WCWS championship by sweeping Tennessee in finals
  • Finished the season 57-4

San Francisco Giants, MLB

  • Swept the Detroit Tigers in the World Series for their second title in three years
  • Rallied from the brink of defeat to beat the Reds in the NLDS and Cardinals in the NLCS

US Women’s Gymnastics Team

  • The “Fierce Five” of Jordyn Wieber, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Kyla Ross and McKayla Maroney captured the team gold medal by beating Russia
  • First gold medal in women’s team gymnastics for the US since 1996



Bruce Arians, Indianapolis Colts/Arizona Cardinals

  • Took over the Colts for Chuck Pagano after Week 3,
  • Led the team to a 9-3 record before Pagano returned in Week 17
  • 2012 AP Coach of the Year

Geno Auriemma, UConn Women’s Basketball

  • Led the Huskies to their 8th national championship with a 35-4 record
  • Beat Notre Dame in Final Four, avenging three previous losses to Notre Dame

John Danowski, Duke Lacrosse

  • Won his second national championship in four years
  • After losing 4 of their first 6 games, bounced back to win 14 of next 15

Rick Pitino, Louiville Men’s Basketball

  • First NCAA Division I coach to win a championship with two different schools
  • Led Louisville to a 35-5 record

Erik Spoelstra, Miami Heat

  • Led Miami to second NBA title
  • Had franchise record 66-16 record
  • 27 game winning streak, second best in NBA history



Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Missed entire 2011 season due to neck injury
  • Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
  • AP Comeback Player of the Year

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • Tore his ACL and MCL in Week 16 of 2011 season
  • Started Week 1 just 9 months after surgery
  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history

Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants

  • Only played 45 games in 2011 due to injuries sustained in a home plate collision
  • In 2012 became 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title (.336) and World Series in the same season

Mariano Rivera, New York Yankees

  • Misssed most of 2012 season after tearing an ACL during batting practice
  • Returned in 2013 at age 43, among the league leaders in saves



Usain Bolt, Athletics

  • Won three gold medals at the 2012 London Olympics
  • First to win back-to-back 100m golds since Carl Lewis in 1984 and 1988

Novak Djokovic, Tennis

  • First player to be year-end No. 1 in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
  • Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship

Juan Manuel Marquez, Boxing

  • In their fourth meeting, Marquez finally scored a victory over Manny Pacquiao
  • The 6th round knockout was the first of Pacquiao since 1999

Lionel Messi, Soccer

  • Awarded the FIFA Ballon d’Or for the 3rd consecutive year
  • Scored 91 goals in a calendar year, shattering a 40 year old record
  • Led Barcelona to a Copa del Rey league cup title and La Liga season title

Cristiano Ronaldo, Soccer

  • Led Real Madrid to a Spanish Super Cup Chamiponship
  • Scored 62 goals in 62 games for club and national teams



Calvin Johnson, Detroit Lions

  • Set single-season record with 1,964 receiving yards
  • Had 122 receptions and 5 TDs

Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos

  • Threw for 4,659 pass yards, and 37 TDs with 68.6 completion percentage
  • AP Comeback Player of the Year

Adrian Peterson, Minnesota Vikings

  • NFL MVP rushed for 2,097 yards, second most in league history
  • Averaged 6.0 yards per carry, scored 13 TDs and caught 40 passes

Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers

  • Led NFL with 108.0 QB rating
  • Threw for 4,295 yards and 39 TDs to only 8 INTs

J. J. Watt, Houston Texans

  • Led NFL with 20.5 sacks
  • AP Defensive Player of the Year



Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

  • AL MVP was the first player to win the Triple Crown in baseball since 1967
  • Led the AL with a .330 batting average, 44 home runs and 139 RBIs

R. A. Dickey, Mets/Blue Jays

  • First knuckleballer to win 20 games in a season since 1980
  • NL Cy Young award winner, led league in strikeouts and shoutouts

Buster Posey, Giants

  • 1st player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP, batting title and World Series in the same season
  • Led NL with .336 batting average

David Price, Rays

  • AL Cy Young award winner, led AL in ERA (2.56)
  • 20-game winner

Mike Trout, Angels

  • First player in MLB history with at least 30 home runs, 45 steals and 125 runs scored in a season
  • AL Rookie of the Year led league with 129 runs scored and 49 stolen bases, second in batting average at .326



Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

  • Appeared in 36 games for the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2012-13 regular season, and helped lead the Penguins to first place in the Eastern Conference
  • Tied for third in the league in points (56), second in assists (41), and first in points per game (1.56).

Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

  • Posted 24-16 record and 2.05 goals against average during regular season

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals

  • Led the league in goals (32) to win his third “Rocket” Richard Trophy
  • Tied for third in the league in points (56), ranked first in power play goals (16)

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • Led the league in points (60) to win his second career Art Ross Trophy
  • Ranked first in assists (43), second in points per game (1.25)

John Tavares, New York Islanders

  • Finished third in goals with 28, had nine power play goals and five game-winning goals
  • Helped the Islanders return to the playoffs for the first time since 2007



Ryan Hunter-Reay

  • 2012 IndyCar Series Champion, first American since 2006
  • Won three straight races, and four overall

Tony Kaanan

  • Won 2013 Indianapolis 500
  • Kanaan passed Ryan Hunter-Reay in lap 198 to win his first Indy 500

Brad Keselowski

  • Career high five victories including two wins during the Chase for the Sprint Cup
  • Set career bests with 13 top-five and 23 top-10 finishes as well as 735 laps led

Sebastian Vettel

  • Captured his third consecutive Formula One title
  • Became the youngest triple champion in series history



Carmelo Anthony, New York Knicks

  • Led NBA in scoring in 2012-13 season (28.7 ppg)
  • Led Knicks to first playoff series win since 2000

Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers

  • Averaged 27.3 ppg. during 2012-13 regular season
  • Averaged 5.6 rebounds and 6.0 assists per game

Kevin Durant, Oklahoma City Thunder

  • Was second-leading scorer in 2012-13 NBA regular season (28.1 ppg)
  • Averaged 7.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists per game

LeBron James, Miami  Heat

  • Won his fourth NBA MVP award, second NBA Finals MVP
  • Only player to lead his team in scoring (26.8 ppg), rebounding (8.0 rpg) and assists (7.3 apg)

Tony Parker, San Antonio Spurs

  • Helped lead Spurs to the NBA Finals
  • Averaged 20.3 ppg and 7.6 assists per game



Tamika Catchings, Indiana Fever

  • Led the Fever to its first WNBA championship
  • WNBA Finals MVP

Tina Charles, Connecticut Sun

  • Led WNBA in rebounding during regular season (10.5 rpg.)
  • Fifth in scoring at 18.0 ppg
  • Captured her third straight rebounding title

Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream

  • Led WNBA in scoring during regular season (21.4 ppg)
  • Averaged more than 20 points per game for the third straight year

Candace Parker, Los Angeles Sparks

  • Averaged 17.4 ppg during 2012 regular season
  • Averaged 9.7 rpg

Lindsay Whalen, Minnesota Lynx

  • Led the WNBA in assists during regular season (5.39 apg.)
  • Dished out five or more assists in 22 games



Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, Boxing

  • Beat Austin Trout to unify 154-pound title

Danny Garcia, Boxing

  • Moved to 24-0 with 15 KOs with a 4th-round upset of Amir Khan to unify the light-welterweight title
  • He went on to KO Erik Morales in his next fight

Jon “Bones” Jones, MMA

  • Defeated Chael Sonnen in most recent title defense

Floyd Mayweather, Boxing

  • Moved to 44-0 with a unanimous decision over Robert Guerrero

Anderson Silva, MMA

  • Defeated Stephan Bonner in most recent title defense
  • Last loss was in 2006



Rory McIlroy

  • Eight-shot victory in the PGA Championship
  • Won the money title and had the lowest adjusted scoring average in 2012
  • Youngest player to win PGA Tour player of the year since Tiger Woods in 1997

Justin Rose

  • Won 2013 US Open
  • Five top 10 finishes in 2013

Adam Scott

  • Won 2013 Masters
  • Runner-up in 2012 British Open

Brandt Snedeker

  • Won the FedEx Cup title
  • Won The Tour Championship

Tiger Woods

  • Returned to No. 1 ranking for first time since 2010
  • 4 tour victories in 2013 and five top 10 finishes



Stacy Lewis

  • 2012 LPGA Player of the Year
  • Won the HSBC Women’s Champions event in 2013

Inbee Park

  • Led the LPGA in money earning with $2,287,080 in 2012

Jiyai Shin

  • Won the 2012 women’s British Open by nine shots
  • Produced the biggest margin at the British since it became a major in 2001

Na Yeon Choi

  • Won 2012 Women’s US Open



Novak Djokovic

  • Clinched the year-end No. 1 ATP Ranking, becoming the first player to accomplish the feat in consecutive seasons since Roger Federer achieved four straight World No. 1 finishes from 2004-07
  • Won 2013 Austrailian Open singles championship

Roger Federer

  • Won his record 17th Grand Slam singles championship and record-tying seventh Wimbledon singles championship

Andy Murray

  • Captured his first Grand Slam singles title when he beat Novak Djokovic in five sets to win the 2012 U. S. Open
  • Won the Olympic gold medal, beating Roger Federer in the finals

Rafael Nadal

  • Became first man to win the same Grand Slam tournament eight times when he won 2013 French Open



Victoria Azarenka

  • Finished 2012 as No. 1 ranked player in WTA
  • Lost in the finals of the 2012 U. S. Open

Maria Sharapova

  • Equaled her best season to date, finishing number two in the world
  • Won three WTA titles

Serena Williams

  • Earned her fourth U. S. Open singles title in 2012
  • Won her fifth Wimbledon singles title in 2012
  • Won the 2013 French Open singles title



Trey Burke, Michigan basketball

  • Won nearly every major college basketball player of the year award, including the Naismith, Wooden, Oscar Robertson and the Associated Press award, plus winning the Bob Cousy Award as the nation’s top point guard
  • Led the Wolverines to the national championship game

Kyle Dake, Cornell wrestler

  • Etched himself into wrestling history with a fourth NCAA championship at an unprecedented fourth weight.
  • Dake outlasted defending 165-pound champion David Taylor 5-4

Drew LeBlanc, St. Cloud State hockey

  • Won Hobey Baker Award as top college hockey player
  • Bounced back from injury last year to register 13 goals and 50 points

Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M football

  • 2013 Heisman Trophy winner, first freshman in history
  • The first freshman in FBS history, and just the fifth player ever, to have 3,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in a season



Kara Cannizzaro, North Carolina women’s lacrosse

  • Named NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player
  • Helped the Tar Heels to claim the school’s first-ever NCAA title with a 13-12 victory against top-ranked Maryland

Crystal Dunn, North Carolina soccer

  • The midfielder led the Tar Heels to a 4-1 victory over Penn State at the 2012 NCAA Women’s College Cup
  • She scored goals in the first four games of the tournament and assisted on goals in both College Cup games, including the game-winner against Stanford

Brittney Griner, Baylor basketball

  • Swept all of the nation’s player awards the last two seasons and ended her four-year career as the NCAA’s top shot blocker (748) and female dunker (18) and ranks No. 2 on the NCAA Division I women’s scoring chart with 3,283 career points

Keilani Ricketts, Oklahoma Softball

  • Led Oklahoma to the national championship
  • Named Most Outstanding Player in the WCWS
  • Finished the season with a 35-1 win/loss record



Pedro Barros

  • Has three straight X Games SKB Park gold medals

Nyjah Huston

  • Dominating win at the X Games Street League Skateboarding contest in Foz do Iguaçu
  • Gold medal at X Games LA in Real Street in 2012
  • Gold medal at X Games Barcelona in Street League Skateboarding

Mark McMorris

  • Gold medal in X Games Aspen Slopestyle
  • Won Slopestyle at Burton US Open and Dew Tour Breckenridge event
  • Claimed overall World Snowboard title in slopestyle and third  in Big Air

Ryan Villopoto

  • Returned from ACL surgery to claim 2013 AMA Supercross title
  • In 2013 AMA Motocross, has won 8 of 10 motos and 3 of 5 overalls



Kelly Clark

  • X Games SuperPipe gold at both Aspen and Tignes
  • Overall titles on the FIS World Cup and World Snowboard Tour series

Leticia Bufoni

  • X Games gold in Women’s Street at Foz do Iguaçu and in the Real Women video competition at Barcelona
  • Women’s Street silver medal at X Games LA
  • Claimed overall 2012 World Cup Skateboarding crown for women’s street

Stephanie Gilmore

  • Won her 5th ASP World Tour points crown in 2012

Laia Sanz

  • 2013 X Games Enduro X gold medals at Foz do Iguaçu and Barcelona
  • Won FIM Women’s Enduro World Championship and FIM Women’s Trial World Championship in 2012



Javier Castellano

  • 321 wins, over $22 million in earnings, 31 graded stakes wins (eight Grade 1)

Ramon Dominguez

  • 329 wins, over $25 million in earnings and 25 graded stakes wins (10 Grade 1)

Joel Rosario

  • Rode Orb to the Kentucky Derby title
  • Also won the $10 million event in Dubai

John Velasquez

  • 185 wins, over $19 million in purse earnings and 34 graded stakes wins (14 Grade 1)



Jeremy Campbell, Athletics

  • Set a Paralympic record en route to his second consecutive Paralympic Games gold medal in the men’s discus
  • At the Triton Invitational in San Diego, Campbell threw 60.19 meters, a new world record in the men’s discus (F44)

Jeff Fabry, Archery

  • After shattering his bow in the men’s compound W1 semifinals competition at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, Jeff Fabry prevailed to make it to the gold medal match, where he became the first American archer to win a Paralympic gold medal since 1984

Raymond Martin, Athletics

  • Wheelchair racer won four gold medals at the 2012 Paralympics, 100, 200, 400 and 800m
  • Prior to the Games, he also took first place honors in the 200, 400 and 800m races at the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, and also set the world record in the men’s T52 200m.

Bradley Snyder, Swimming

  • Won gold medals in 100m freestyle and 400m freestyle at the 2012 Paralympics
  • Won a silver medal in the 50m freestyle

Tyler Walker, Skiing

  • Took home the men’s sitting speed event trophy at the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing



Victoria Arlen, Swimming

  • Won four medals at 2012 Paralympics, a gold and three silvers
  • Set a world record in the 100 meter freestyle

Muffy Davis, Paracycling

  • Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, two in individual events:  women’s H1-2 time trial and H1-3 road race, and a third in the H1-4 team relay

Jessica Long, Swimming

  • Won eight medals at the 2012 Paralympics (five gold, two silver and one bronze)
  • Set two world records (400m freestyle & 100m freestyle) and the five gold medals were in 100m butterfly, 400m freestyle, 100m breaststroke, 200m individual medley, 100m freestyle

Tatyana McFadden, Athletics

  • Won three gold medals at 2012 Paralympics, 400, 800 and 1500m events. She also won bronze in the 100m sprint
  • Also won the women’s wheelchair division of the Boston Marathon hours before the deadly explosions near the finish line.
  • Six days later, she won the London Marathon in the same division.

Shirley Reilly, Athletics

  • Captured gold in the women’s marathon at the 2012 Paralympics with a time of 1:46:33



Jason Belmonte

  • Won USBC Masters for his first major title and sixth career Tour title

Scott Norton

  • Won Earl Anthony Players Championship for third career title
  • Won Chameleon Championship at Geico World Series of Bowling IV

Pete Weber

  • Won Barbasol PBA Tournament of Champions
  • First player to complete PBA Triple Crown for a second time
  • Oldest player to win Tournament of Champions



Thierry Henry, Red Bulls

  • 15 goals and 12 assists in just 25 matches, helping New York qualify for the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.

Chris Wondolowski, San Jose Earthquakes

  • Tied the MLS record for goals in a season with 27, helping San Jose finish first in the Western Conference

Graham Zusi, Sporting Kansas City

  • The midfielder had five goals and an MLS-high 15 assists to lead Sporting Kansas City to first place in the Eastern Conference.



Ashton Eaton, Athletics

  • Won the Olympic decathlon gold medal by 198 points

Ryan Lochte, Swimming

  • Won five medals (including two gold) at 2012 Olympics
  • Won the Men’s 400m IM … (2 gold, 2 silver, 1 bronze); seventh male swimmer with five or more medals at single Olympics

Michael Phelps, Swimming

  • Won gold in the 200m Individual Medley, making him the first man to win the same individual swimming event at three straight Olympics
  • Phelps won a 17th gold in 100 butterfly, his final individual race in London.



Gabby Douglas, Gymnastics

  • Won the gold medal in the all-around
  • Was a member of the gold medal-winning USA gymnastics team
  • Became the third straight American to win Women’s All-Around gold
  • Is the first American to win gold in both the Team and Individual All-Around.

Missy Franklin, Swimming

  • Finished with four golds and a bronze at London Olympics; became the second American woman to win four swimming golds at single Olympics, joining Amy Van Dyken in 1996
  • Won Olympic gold medal in women’s 100m backstroke
  • Set a world record in the 200m backstroke

Aly Raisman, Gymnastics

  • The first American to win the gold medal in the floor exercise
  • Also earned gold as a member of the U.S. team all-around winner

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Showalter “Bucking” right choice for Local Sports Person of the Year

Posted on 28 December 2012 by Glenn Clark

There were a number of great choices for WNST’s fifth annual “Local Sportsperson of the Year” in 2012.

Let me remind you that there are only a few qualifications for the honor.

First, the person must be local. They must be an athlete, coach or front office member for a pro, college or high school team in the state of Maryland. Individual sport athletes who represent the state of Maryland also qualify.

Second, the person must stand out from other people over the course of the 12 calendar months. The accomplishments of that individual must be comparable to if not greater than the accomplishments of others in the area.

And finally, that person’s year must stand out from other years during their tenure/career in the area.

If you’ve forgotten, 2012 is the fifth year we’ve given the honor, with our past winners being Michael Phelps (2008), Todd Bozeman (2009), Greivis Vasquez (2010) and Rob Ambrose (2011).

There were a handful of candidates whose 2012 accomplishments would make them easy winners almost any year.

-Loyola basketball coach Jimmy Patsos lead the school back to the NCAA Tournament after inheriting a program that could only be described as “in the doldrums.” The sweat equity Patsos put into building a MAAC Championship program is perhaps unmatched, as the coach spent almost as much time shaking hands and kissing babies as he did running drills until finally reaching the ultimate goal for a low-to-mid major program.

-Even with the success Patsos had, perhaps he wouldn’t even be deemed the most qualified candidate as his own school. Charley Toomey lead the Greyhounds to one of the most improbable National Championship runs in recent lacrosse history. The Hounds came into the season unranked, but ran off 12 straight wins to open the season and finished the campaign with only one loss-a one goal defeat and the hands of Johns Hopkins. The Hounds posted a dominant national title victory over Maryland to deliver the first national championship in school history (any sport) at the D1 level.

-Adam Jones wasn’t just the Baltimore Orioles’ MVP, an All-Star and a Gold Glove Award winner in 2012. He was the anchor of a team that finally snapped a decade-and-a-half long playoff drought and perhaps most importantly endeared himself to Baltimore baseball fans forever by inking a six year contract extension to ensure fans he wouldn’t be breaking their hearts by donning pinstripes in the next few years.

-Ray Rice is likely headed to another Baltimore Ravens Team MVP honor and also warmed the hearts of purple & black fans by signing a five year contract extension of his own. Rice picked up his third Pro Bowl nod while being the rock for an offense poised to break the franchise record for most points scored in a season and helping to claim a second consecutive AFC North title for the first time in team history.

Like I said, there were plenty of great candidates.

But when it came to picking a winner, Baltimore fans were right. It actually was quite easy.

Buck Showalter actually came just ONE POINT shy of winning this honor before. The 34-23 finish he guided the Orioles to in 2010 nearly nabbed him the award, and the contentiousness of the fighting between contributors here at WNST actually lead to a change in how we selected our recipient.

In a way, Showalter has essentially owned this town ever since his first game as skipper in orange and black. Fans swooned when he famously proclaimed “I know the save rule and, quite frankly, it doesn’t carry much weight with me. I like the win rule a little bit better” following his late inning handling of Mike Gonzalez and Alfredo Simon in a win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Perhaps even more admirably, Showalter showed immense class each and every time he was asked about the seeming reluctance for Orioles fans to return to Oriole Park at Camden Yards in droves after the misery that had experienced in rooting for an organization that seemed disinterested in returning a quality product to Baltimore. Even as the Orioles were in the mix for the AL East crown in late August in front of small crowds during a series against the Chicago White Sox, Showalter continued to say things like “it would be pretty presumptuous on anybody’s part to think that they’re going to trust us that quickly”. He didn’t just save baseball in this town, he remained as classy as possible in the process.

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Tucker right back to work after winning kicking job for Ravens

Posted on 27 August 2012 by Luke Jones

Upon learning he had beaten out veteran Billy Cundiff to become the Ravens kicker, Justin Tucker couldn’t resist taking time to enjoy it.

Even if only for a moment before refocusing his efforts toward keeping the job the 22-year-old worked so hard to earn over the last three months.

“Probably for about a minute I got a chance to celebrate and call everyone in my family and a few of my good friends from school and let them know some good news,” Tucker said. “Right after that, you have to put your head down and get right back to work.”

It’s that attitude — along with a powerful, deadly-accurate right leg — that impressed coach John Harbaugh and special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg enough to make the difficult decision to part with Cundiff and instill their faith in a young man who’s never made as much as an extra point in an NFL game.

After spending the last six weeks as the hunter, Tucker’s standing with the Ravens now resets. Making 60-yard field goals during practices in Owings Mills or a 53-yarder against the Jacksonville Jaguars in August will win you the starting job, but those feats do nothing to insure the rookie will keep the starting job long-term.

Fortunes can turn quickly. Just ask the 2010 Pro Bowl kicker who finds himself unemployed less than two years later.

Tucker is seeing it firsthand as friends and teammates struggle to carve out spots on the 53-man roster, with some of them already having been told they weren’t good enough.

“I was just telling a couple of the other guys that it gets real, really fast,” Tucker said. “There are 90 guys here over the weekend, and after today, there [are] 75. So, it is pretty crazy how fast it all happens.”

As confident as Harbaugh and the Ravens are in Tucker’s ability, the reality is no one knows whether he will be able to handle the job. Admittedly in the best groove of his kicking career this summer, Tucker hasn’t dealt with the scrutiny that accompanies a rough stretch in which he misses a couple fields goals he’s expected to make.

But the coaching staff is betting that the maturity he exuded throughout the kicking competition will carry over if and when he pushes a 41-yarder wide right or has a 54-yard game-winning attempt blocked by a defensive lineman.

It happens to the best of them. The Ravens just hope it doesn’t come in the closing seconds of the AFC Championship game again.

“When you have a bad play or the momentum swings against you, you brush it off and you move on to the next one,” Harbaugh said. “That’s the same for kickers. I think he has what it takes to do that.”

Whether it’s unbreakable confidence or simply the naivety of a rookie, Tucker says he doesn’t think about failure. Depending on how you view it, the fact that he can’t recall any notable period at Texas in which he struggled might be a dangerous omen or the reflection of a young man who’s fortunate enough not to realize how difficult it can be to kick in the NFL.

As he’s done throughout the summer, Tucker intends to keep his focus on the next attempt, regardless of how high the stakes are raised in two weeks.

“[I] just think positively,” Tucker said. “And going back to what I’ve said about 100 times: ‘Just keep it simple, and take it one kick at a time.’ That’s all you can do.”

His collegiate career with the Longhorns figures to aid Tucker more than the typical rookie kicker’s college experience. Playing in front of 100,000 fans in Austin or making a 40-yard game-winner on the road against rival Texas A&M is as close as it gets to proper training for life as a kicker in the NFL.


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Phelps collects 18th gold medal in final race

Posted on 04 August 2012 by WNST Staff

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Olympic Bombardment

Posted on 01 August 2012 by Tom Federline

From a sports standpoint – there is absolutely no excuse to be experiencing the “Summertime Blues” – Eddie Cochran (1958), (rock version – The Who 1967, Blue Cheer 1968). Unless you are in seclusion or deprived with no access to computer or television, you should be in seventh heaven with the Olympics sports coverage. You can nit pick NBC’s coverage saying it’s to dramatic, to many commercials, Bob “Cosmetics” Costas is wearing to much make-up or has to much hair color, etc. etc. Bottom line – you have options. Due to the 5 hour time difference, you have the choice of whether to know the outcome of an event, wait for tape, run through the DVR.  The television and written media is almost at a point of being over whelming. The availability of  numerous sporting events and background insight is 24/7. My DVR is full and I have to tape over or delete. Bring on the Olympics.

The Good – All of it. Depending on your TV/computer package,  there is potential of up to 6 TV channels covering the events. And if you miss something, anything, you can find a replay of it somewhere, via the information highway. It’s fast, it’s furious, it’s entertaining and it’s only been 4 days. My highlights – Womens gymnastics – team gold, Phelps – medal #19, womens swimming – all of it, USA in anything. Extended coverage of the less popular sports: archery, table tennis (ping-pong at a serious advanced level), synchronized diving, badminton, rowing, etc. How about those Fab 5 Golden Girls

The Bad – Ryan Lochte over-load. Looks like NBC jumped on that bandwagon a little to early of that self-indulged individual. Way to blow the lead in the 4 x 100 freestyle swimming relay, Ryan. Take your arrogance and silver grills and go tryout for a numbnut on some bogus TV reality(?) show. I do not agree with the top 2 gymnasts from each country in qualifications advancing to determine the title of Best All-Around. The attempt of a “Fix” and the throwing of badminton matches – Chinese, South Koreans and Indonesia taking tournament into their own hands – http://www.nbcolympics.com/video/badminton/highlights-badminton-players-try-to-throw-match.html.

The Ugly – The Fix. Subjective judging – gymnastics, diving, boxing. I saw clear evidence of “The Fix” in each of these events and it is shameful. Gymnastics – did you see McKayla Maroneys vault last night? It was perfect, even in super slow motion. It stopped me dead in my tracks. I do not believe I have ever seen a more perfect execution of a gymnastics event. And neither had the commentators – Tim Dagget – “I would like the judges to explain where were the deductions?” Synchronized diving – identical dives, same degree of difficulty, Chinese NOT synchronized (85 points) – Mexicans nail it (72 points). It’s just wrong man. Columbia soccer player cold cocking USA player during match and the referees missing it –  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/30/lady-andrade-suspended-abby-wambach-punch-ban_n_1720132.html?ref=topbar.

The Olympics positives and negatives are running the gambit. Highs – USA womens skeet shooter Kimberly Rhode winning a gold medal (99 out of 100 clays) and medaling in her 5th olympics. Disappointments – Michael Phelps not winning his 3rd gold medal in his signature event – the 200m butterfly. Drugs (accusations) – 16 year old Chinese swimmer knocking 5 seconds off her best time and taking home the gold. Highly questionable. Unfortunately, there will be more on PED’s. The Thrill of Victory – Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt and their swimming accomplishments. USA womens synchronized diving gold. What are your impressions of the games so far?

I am still waiting to catch Brooks “The Tuna” Velour in the 50m freestyle swimming sprint final – http://mdlottery.com/mdlottery-tv/medal-madness-featuring-brooks-velour/  – best darn commercial I have seen in quite some time. Good, Bad or Ugly  – The London Summer Olympics 2012 – what a nice break.



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Michael Phelps Deserves A Statue

Posted on 01 August 2012 by Marty Mossa

I’ll preface this by saying I’m tired of hearing about Michael Phelps and especially about his mother. I’ve never met him before and I don’t know if he’s a good guy or a jerk. But this isn’t about Debbie Phelps, or Michael Phelps the person; I’m writing about Michael Phelps the athlete.

Put aside the over kill of Mrs. Phelps and Michael’s sister. Put aside the media over saturation point, put aside the DUI of 2004 in Salisbury or the “bong” incident of 2008. Let’s talk about Michael Phelps the swimmer.

Yesterday Phelps broke the all-time Olympic medal record of 18. At last count Michael has 19 medals accumulated over three Olympics. He earned two bronze and six gold medals in Athens, Greece during the 2004 Olympiad. In 2008 while in Peking, China, Michael earned eight gold medals. And thus far as of August 1, 2012 at 2:41pm e.s.t., Phelps has two silver and one gold medal in the London games. (Courtesy of http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/31/michael-phelps-olympic-record-most-medals_n_1725206.html)

Now as impressive as Cal Ripken’s “Iron” Man streak of 1982 to 1998; his feat was that of regional importance. His accomplishment was more appreciated by those in North America and maybe a few Latin American countries interested in American baseball.

But Michael Phelps is the most decorated athlete in the history of the Summer Olympics. He is not merely a regional hero or a hero in North America, he’s now and forever will be known throughout the entire globe.

Therefore despite my personal feelings about his family pimping themselves and exploiting his fame, I believe that it is a no brainer that Phelps should have a statue erected in his honor. I think the most appropriate place (as I saw suggested) would be in front of the National Aquarium at the Inner Harbor. I’m sure of course if Michael gets a trophy, Debbie would want one too. lol

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Lochte caught by French in relay, USA & Phelps take silver

Posted on 29 July 2012 by WNST Staff

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Phelps favored to win more golds than Lochte in London

Posted on 26 July 2012 by WNST Staff

Courtesy of Bovada, (www.Bovada.lv,  Twitter: @BovadaLV).  Included below are the Gold Medal counts for the US, who will win the most Gold Medals, a plethora of Men’s Hoops odds, swimming, track and field, and much more

Total Gold Medals for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics

Over/Under                    38.5

Most Gold Medals at the 2012 Olympics

USA                             4/7

China                            7/5

Russia                          25/1

Great Britain                  33/1

Total Medals for Team USA at the 2012 Olympics

Over/Under                    103.5

Men’s Basketball Props

Basketball – Men’s – Odds to win the Gold Medal

USA                                         1/8

Spain                                        13/2

France                                      28/1

Argentina                                  28/1

Lithuania                                   33/1

Russia                                      33/1

Brazil                                        40/1

Australia                                   100/1

Great Britain                              250/1

China                                        400/1

Nigeria                                      500/1

Tunisia                                      1000/1


Basketball Men’s – Odds to win Silver

Spain                            4/9

France                          7/1

Argentina                      7/1


Basketball Men’s – Will USA and Spain meet in the finals?

Yes                              4/5


What will be the average margin of victory for the USA Men’s Basketball Team at the 2012 Olympics?

Over/Under                    25.5


What will be the largest margin of victory for the USA Men’s Basketball Team?

Over/Under                    45.5


What will be the smallest margin of victory for the USA Men’s Basketball Team?

Over/Under                    12.5


Lebron James – PPG for the tournament?

Over/Under                    17


Lebron James – APG for the tournament?

Over/Under                    4.5


Lebron James – RPG for the tournament?

Over/Under                    6.5


Kobe Bryant – PPG for the tournament?

Over/Under                    13.5


Kevin Durant – PPG for the tournament?

Over/Under                    17


Carmelo Anthony – PPG for the tournament?

Over/Under                    13.5


Historical Matchups – Who will Average More Points Per Game

(Whole Tournament) 

Lebron James                            -2

Michael Jordan (1992)                +2

(Note: Jordan averaged 14.9 pts per game)


Kevin Durant                              +1

Charles Barkley (1992)               -1

(Note: Barkley averaged 18 pts per game)


Kobe Bryant                              -.5      

Karl Malone (1992)                     +.5

(Note: Malone averaged 13 pts per game)


Historical Matchups – Who will Average More Assists Per Game

(Whole Tournament)

Chris Paul                                 Pick

Magic Johnson (1992)                Pick

(Note: Magic averaged 5.5 assists  per game)

Game 1 Lines

USA                 -24.5                -8000               167.5

France              +24.5                +1400


Total Points – Team USA



Total Points – Team France



Margin Of Victory

USA by 1-5                               18/1

USA by 6-10                              10/1

USA by 11-15                            6/1

USA by 16-20                            9/2

USA by 21-25                            4/1

USA by 26 or more                    1/1

France by 1-5                            50/1

France by 6-10                          200/1

France by 11-15                         250/1

France by 16-20                         300/1

France by 21-25                         350/1

France by 26 or more                 400/1

Odds to win Gold Medal

Swimming – Men’s 400m Individual Medley

Ryan Lochte (USA)                    2/3

Michael Phelps (USA)                1/1


Swimming – Men’s 200m Individual Medley    

Ryan Lochte (USA)                    4/5

Michael Phelps (USA)                6/5


Athletics – Track – Men’s 100m

Usain Bolt (JAM)                        7/10

Yohan Blake (JAM)                    3/2

Tyson Gay (USA)                       10/1

Justin Gatlin (USA)                    20/1

Ryan Bailey (USA)                     20/1

Asafa Powell (JAM)                    25/1

Christophe Lemaitre (FRA)          50/1


Athletics – Track – Men’s 400m

LaShawn Merritt (USA)               1/1


Athletics – Track – Men’s 110m Hurdles

Aries Merritt (USA)                     5/4


Athletics – Track – Women’s 100m Hurdles

Lolo Jones (USA)                       33/1


Athletics – Track – Women’s 100m

Allyson Felix (USA)                   7/1


Athletics – Track – Women’s 200m

Allyson Felix (USA)                    1/2


Soccer – Women’s

USA                             7/4


Soccer – Men’s

Brazil                            3/2

Spain                            12/5


Tennis – Men’s Singles

Novak Djokovic                          3/2

Roger Federer                            2/1

Andy Murray                              9/2


Tennis – Women’s Singles

Serena Williams                       3/2

Maria Sharapova                        4/1

Victoria Azarenka                      5/1

Venus Williams                         40/1


Tennis – Women’s Doubles

Williams/Williams (USA)            4/5


Miscellaneous Props

Who will win more Gold Medals at the 2012 Olympics?

Michael Phelps (USA)                -175   (4/7)

Ryan Lochte (USA)                    +140   (7/5)


Who will finish higher in the Men’s 400m Individual Medley?

Michael Phelps (USA)                +130   (13/10)

Ryan Lochte (USA)                    -160   (5/8)


Who will finish higher in the Men’s 200m Individual Medley?

Michael Phelps (USA)                -130

Ryan Lochte (USA)                    EVEN


Will Usain Bolt (JAM) win both the Men’s 100m and 200m Gold Medals?

Yes                  +125   (5/4)

No                    -175   (4/7)


Will the USA win both the Men’s and Women’s 4x 400m relays Gold Medals?

Yes                  EVEN

No                    -130


Will the USA win both the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Gold Medals?

Yes                  -600   (1/6)

No                    +400   (4/1)

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Olympic Trials

Posted on 06 July 2012 by Tom Federline

It’s hot. If you can’t be in a pool, in the bay or in the ocean, you might as well be reading my blog in air conditioning. I wish I was in a pool, heck I can even smell the chlorine. The pool thoughts reminded me of the Olympic trials which were on last week. Hope you caught some of the coverage on NBC and NBCSN. The focus was on swimming, gymnastics and track and field. I thoroughly enjoyed coming home from work and catching extended highlights prior to prime time coverage later in the evening. It was hot, I had to work, it was hot, limited outside activity, it was hot and the Orioles are not………..so bring on the Summer Olympics 2012. 

It was actually a refreshing surprise, to witness the formulation of the US Olympic Team. Watching these athletes compete at such a high level and watching their dreams being realized or crushed due to a matter of tenths of a second or tenths of a point, really gripped me. Making the team or winning the event is nothing new to me or to any of us. Maybe it was because I was cheering for “all of them”, instead of  routing “only for the Americans” or “only for the ones who don’t look like they are on steroids”. Maybe it was because the top two or three spots got to go. Maybe it was the drama and the realization that the culmination of years of training was unfolded in the matter of minutes or seconds. What ever it was, congrats Team USA, ya got me hooked.

There were some new terms thrown at me, like “qualifying standards” and “A or B levels”. Bottom line the athlete could win the event but NOT make the team if they did not meet Olympic standards. BOOOOOOO, Olympic committee, with a goofball rule like that, there would have never been an Eddie “The Eagle” Edwards or an initial Jamaican bobsled team. You train, you win, you are the best in your country for an Olympic event, your country (or sponsors) have footed the bill to get you to the Olympics, guess what? You have earned the right to go. The US almost didn’t have a discuss thrower. Every country should have a discuss thrower. The cool thing is, the guy qualified on his last throw, surpassing the Olympic minimum of 65 meters (that’s 213.5 feet for us Americans). He was like 6 inches short prior to his last throw. This guy can throw a “saucer” over 200′ and some wimpy selection committee judge is not going to let this athlete compete? WRONG. You go Lance Brooks. Following are names that stood out to me, during the trials:

Track and Field – Amy Acuff (yes, this is her 5th Olympics -high jump), Allison Felix (sprints), Ashton Eaton (Decathlon), Wallace Spearmon (200m),  and Matthew Centrowitz (1500m – Broadneck High). I had the pleasure of watching Matt Centrowitz run a few years back, thanks to my step-nephew who was particpating in high school track (at a top level I might add). The young  lad could run like a deer, seemingly effortless with gears no one else had.

Womens (Girls) Gymnastics – Jordan Weiber (all around – 16 years old), Aly Raisman (Floor and vault – 18 years old).  Most of them are 16 – do they even have a drivers license? The minimum age is 16. Sixteen? Mens Gymnastics – John Orozco (all around – 19 yrs old) and Jonathan Horton (rings, horizontal bar – 26 years old). The women have a bulls-eye on them and are expected to medal. The guys are underdogs and that’s a nice spot to be in.

Swimming – The United States is just strong. Women – Missy Franklin and Allison Schmitt, you are going to hear those names almost as much as these next two . Men – Ryan Lochte and some guy named Phelps. There is quite a wake building, concerning the Lochte/Phelps potential duals in the pool. Hope that all pans out. The swimming events are going to be where it’s at. It amazes me how those swimmers/dolphins can cut through the water like they do. I finally bought a pair of fins for in the ocean (body surfing and boarding). 1 – they work. 2 – it was so cool to swim with those things on. Now I know how those top swimmers feel when cutting through the water – a cool sensation.

I am currently not up on all the sports the Olympics have to offer. We all soon will be. I am a fan of the more obscure sports, pentathlon, archery, rowing and of course synchronized swimming. I am sure there are Marylanders that have made the team also. So offer your thoughts and info. that I haven’t touched on. It’s all good.

I’m looking forward to July 27 – August 10th. We need some feelgood stories. We need a break in the heat. We need minimal bad press, i.e “roids”. We need the Wide World of Sport. It’s hot. It’s so hot, It’s “Hotter than Hell’ – KISS. Hopefully the US  Team can stoke the fire. U-S-A…. U-S-A…..U-S-A.



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Phelps wins rematch against Lochte in Omaha

Posted on 27 June 2012 by WNST Staff

OMAHA, Neb. — Michael Phelps got back at Ryan Lochte, stretching out to win a thrilling 200-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials.

Phelps got off to a stronger start that usual, leading at the first turn and holding the advantage through all four laps Wednesday night. Both swimmers got a big boost off the final turn, with Lochte charging hard to chase down the winningest Olympian ever. But Phelps stretched out his right arm at the wall, touching just ahead of Lochte. The winning time was 1 minute, 45.70 seconds — five-hundredths of a second ahead of Lochte.

Both will head to London to resume their rivalry at the Olympics.

Phelps had a busy night, hustling to the warmdown pool to get ready for the semifinals of the 200 butterfly.

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