Could Phelps lose his medals?

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Could Phelps lose his medals?

By PAUL NEWBERRY Michael Phelps retired from swimming with more medals than any other Olympian. Don't expect him to lose any of them because of ad campaign for Louis Vuitton. Phelps' longtime agent, Peter Carlisle, dismissed any suggestion Friday that the retired swimmer may have violated International Olympic Committee rules when provocative pictures for the campaign were leaked on the Internet during the London Games. The IOC, under a provision known as Rule 40, prohibits athletes from promoting non-official sponsors during a nearly monthlong period around the games. Among the possible sanctions: stripplng medals won by an offending athlete. Carlisle told The Associated Press there's no issue with the IOC because Phelps did not authorize use of the pictures, which were leaked by a source that still isn't known and appeared on several Web sites. In fact, the agent added, there are dozens of similar, unapproved uses of most top athletes' names and images during any Olympics. "He didn't violate Rule 40, it's as simple as that," Carlisle said in a telephone interview. "All that matters is whether the athlete permitted that use. That's all he can control. In this case, Michael did not authorize that use. The images hadn't even been reviewed, much less approved. It's as simple as that. An athlete can't control unauthorized uses any more than you can guarantee someone isn't going to break into your house." The ad campaign, which revolves around pictures taken by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz, officially began on Thursday -- the day after the IOC ban ended. Among the pictures: one that shows Phelps in a bathtub, wearing only goggles and a skimpy brief, another that depicts him sitting on a sofa, wearing a three-piece suit and chatting with former Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina, whose record for most overall medals he broke at the London Games. "I can't count on every hand in this office the number of unauthorized uses that happen during the games period," Carlisle said. "We uncover them by the dozens. Some are by companies we don't even know. It happens constantly." Phelps won four golds and two silvers at what he insisted was his final Olympics, raising his career totals to 18 golds, two silvers and two bronzes. The 27-year-old American retired as soon as he finished his final race in Britain. Carlisle expects his client to still be a force in the world of marketing. Look no further, he said, that the Louis Vuitton campaign, in which Phelps is following other iconic figures such as Sean Connery, Bono and Mikhail Gorbachev. "In many ways, this is one of the greatest illustrations of how Michael has transcended swimming, and arguably even sports," Carlisle said. "Only global icons are even included in that campaign. If you go through the list of celebrities who've been part of it, it's pretty remarkable."

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Derrick Rose wants to play with Knicks for the rest of his life

Derrick Rose wants to play with Knicks for the rest of his life

It appears that Derrick Rose likes his new team, the New York Knicks. After just 18 games with New York, the former MVP says that if he has his choice he will never play anywhere else.

Here is what Rose told SLAM Magazine in an article released Friday:

"We’re building the culture. We’re building the foundation now. I’m under a one-year contract so of course I want to play the rest of my life here. But it takes time, it takes patience to figure out how every one is going to fit, if it is going to fit and going from there."

Rose, 28, has found success with the Knicks, who are a solid 9-9 so far. Rose is averaging 16.4 points and 4.8 assists per game. Those are almost identical to what he put up last season in Chicago, but Rose feels there is another gear he will tap into before the year is over:

"At some point in the season, I know I’ll be able to play the way I normally know how to play. First we gotta learn how to win."

It sounds like Rose wants to be in New York for a long time. Whether their front office feels the same remains to be seen.

[Via SLAM Magazine]

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Nationals decline to tender the contract of Ben Revere

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Nationals decline to tender the contract of Ben Revere

Ben Revere was brought to Washington in the hopes he could solve the centerfield and lead-off issue that plagued them the previous year. After just one year, the Nationals have decided to move on from Revere as they declined to tender him.

The move makes Revere a free agent after a .217/.260/.300 season that fell way below expectations. Revere tied his career-high with two home runs and added 24 RBI while scoring 44 runs. 

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