GOLD COAST, Australia — It was raining, and it was pouring for Michael Phelps' return to international competition. It was anything but boring. The 18-time Olympic gold medalist advanced to the 100-meter freestyle final at the Pan Pacific championships with his time of 48.45 seconds ranking him third overall in the preliminaries and second quickest among the 12 Americans. For Phelps, it was a step toward the 2015 world championships only four months back into competitive swimming after a short-lived retirement following the 2012 Olympics. By John Pye. SENT: 672 words.
LONDON, Ontario — On the eve of the Canadian Pacific Women's Open, So Yeon Ryu, Na Yeon Choi and Inbee Park got together for dinner with some fellow South Korean golfers. While Park picked up the tab after winning the LPGA Championship, all three benefited from the night out. Ryu set a new course record with a 9-under 63, Choi was one shot behind her and Park three off the lead after the first round of the $2.25-million tournament at the London Hunt and Country Club. SENT: 694 words.
FBC--STADIUM BEER SALES
Walk through the tailgate area at a college football stadium, and beer drinking is as common a sight as fans adorned in jerseys of their favorite players. A growing number of schools are bringing the party inside, opening taps in concourses that traditionally have been alcohol-free zones. North Texas, SMU and Troy University will begin beer sales to the general public this season. They're among 21 on-campus football stadiums where any fan of legal age can grab a brew. That's more than twice as many as five years ago. By Eric Olson. UPCOMING: 995 words by 4 a.m.
— FBC--Stadium Beer Sales-List.
— HOUSTON — FBC--Houston Preview. By Chris Duncan. UPCOMING: 610 words by 4 a.m.
— FBC--Race for a Better Helmet. By David Brandt. SENT: 1,049 words.
— TEMPE, Ariz. — FBC--T25-Arizona St-Kelly's Rise. By John Marshall. SENT: 734 words.
Phoenix's Sandy Brondello is the WNBA's coach of the year and Mercury center Brittney Griner is the defensive player of the year, said a person close to the situation. The pair will receive their awards Friday night in Phoenix before the Mercury host Los Angeles in the Western Conference semifinals opener, the person told The Associated Press. Brondello guided the Mercury to a 29-5 record — setting the league record for wins — in her first season in charge and Griner set a WNBA record with 129 blocks. She averaged 15.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 3.8 blocks this season. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 330 words.
PHOENIX — The Phoenix Mercury race into the WNBA playoffs with the wind of a record-breaking season at their back. They won a league-record 29 games, 16 of them in a row in one stretch to tie a WNBA mark. They have a multitude of talent — Diana Taurasi, Candice Dupree, Penny Taylor and DeWonna Barner. But the biggest reason, quite literally, for Phoenix's success, is the young woman in the middle. Brittney Griner is emerging as the dominant player she was expected to be when the Mercury chose her as the No. 1 pick out of Baylor last year. By Al Bravo. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 a.m.
— SECAUCUS, N.J. — BKL--WNBA-Draft Lottery. By Doug Feinberg. SENT: 462 words.
— ATLANTA — BKL--Dream-Coop's Battle. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 820 words.
— BOSTON — BBA--Angels-Richards. SENT: 230 words.
— NEW YORK — TEN--US Open-Draw. By Rachel Cohen. SENT: 500 words.
— DENVER — HKN--Avalanche-Giguere Retires. By Pat Graham. SENT: 366 words.
— PITTSBURGH — GYM--US Championships. By Will Graves. SENT: 788 words.
— INDIANAPOLIS — NCAA Reforms-O'Bannon Appeal. By Michael Marot. SENT: 450 words.
— SAI--America's Cup. By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 675 words.
— WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — TEN--Winston-Salem. By Bill Kiser. SENT: 325 words.
— NEW HAVEN, Conn. — TEN--New Haven. By Pat Eaton-Robb. SENT: 542 words.
— SNOQUALMIE, Wash. — GLF--Champions Tour. SENT: 510 words.
— CHICAGO — SOC--Howard-US Sabbatical. SENT: 338 words.
Friday's Time Schedule
Baltimore at Chicago Cubs, 2:20 p.m.
Chicago White Sox at N.Y. Yankees, 7:05 p.m.
San Francisco at Washington, 7:05 p.m.
St. Louis at Philadelphia, 7:05 p.m.
Houston at Cleveland, 7:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at Toronto, 7:07 p.m.
Seattle at Boston, 7:10 p.m.
Atlanta at Cincinnati, 7:10 p.m.
Kansas City at Texas, 8:05 p.m.
Detroit at Minnesota, 8:10 p.m.
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:10 p.m.
Miami at Colorado, 8:40 p.m.
San Diego at Arizona, 9:40 p.m.
L.A. Angels at Oakland, 10:05 p.m.
N.Y. Mets at L.A. Dodgers, 10:10 p.m.
Carolina at New England, 7:30 p.m.
N.Y. Giants at N.Y. Jets, 7:30 p.m.
Jacksonville at Detroit, 7:30 p.m.
Oakland at Green Bay, 8 p.m.
Chicago at Seattle, 10 p.m.
Chicago at Atlanta, 7:30 p.m.
Los Angeles at Phoenix, 10 p.m.