Phelps Entering 2 Events at Charlotte Grand Prix

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Phelps Entering 2 Events at Charlotte Grand Prix

Michael Phelps will take another step in his comeback at a Grand Prix meet in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 16.

His coach, Bob Bowman, told The Associated Press on Monday night that Phelps has entered the 100-meter butterfly and 200 freestyle at the Charlotte Grand Prix, though Bowman is not sure Phelps will compete in both.

The events are on the same day, keeping in line with the plan to build up Phelps' endurance, but cut back on the sort of grueling, multi-day programs he once swam.

Phelps returned to competition at a meet in Arizona less than two weeks ago, his first since retiring after the 2012 London Games as the most decorated athlete in Olympic history.

He competed in two events at the Mesa Grand Prix, finishing second to longtime rival Ryan Lochte in the 100 fly and matching the fourth-fastest time in the world this year. Phelps also competed in the 50 freestyle, but used his preliminary heat to work on his butterfly and finished 42nd overall against swimmers who were using the much faster stroke.

``We were encouraged by his performances in Mesa and look forward to trying a 200 in Charlotte,'' Bowman said in a text message.

Phelps also has put his name in for the final Grand Prix meet of the season in Santa Clara, California, next month, though he is taking the comeback one step at a time and not committing to any long-term goals.

Still, it's clear he wouldn't be putting in the work if the 2016 Rio Olympics were not his primary focus. Phelps has already competed in four Summer Games, winning 18 golds and 22 medals overall.

The Grand Prix schedule provides tuneups for the U.S. national championships in August, where teams will be chosen for the Pan Pacific Championships later that month and next year's world championships in Kazan, Russia _ an important steppingstone for the Olympics.

Phelps is the three-time defending Olympic champion in the 100 fly, so it's obvious that race would be part of any Olympic plan. He won the 200 free at the 2008 Beijing Games _ during his record eight-gold performance _ but dropped the event in London.

After the Charlotte meet, Phelps will head to Colorado for high-altitude training beginning May 27.

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Smart move: GW adds Harvard grad transfer

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Smart move: GW adds Harvard grad transfer

Harvard forward Patrick Steeves, a 3-point shooting threat, has committed to George Washington men's basketball program, a source revealed to CSNmidatlantic.com.

The 6-foot-7 Steeves, a native of Montreal, graduates from Harvard next month. He is eligible immediately at GW and has two years of eligibilty remaining. 

Injuries plagued him early in his career with the Ivy League program, but he turned in a solid 2016-17 campaign with averages of 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.4 assists. Steeves shined from long range, sinking 45.8 percent (33 of 72) of his 3-poit attempts.

California, Vanderbilt, Northwetern and Richmond were also after Steeves, accorrding to a source.

Steeves joins a massive contingent coming to help for the 2016-17 season. The Colonials lost four players to graduation from a team that won 28 games last season and captured the season-ending NIT championship under coach Mike Lonergan. 

Former Seton Hall transfer Jared Sina is eligible after sitting out last season. The heady guard and Steeves will help offset the perimeter loss of seniors Patricio Garino, Joe McDonald and Alex Mitola. 

Incoming big man recruit Kevin Marfo headlines a five-player class. The Colonials also lot starting center Kevin Larsen to graduation.

Leading scorer and rebounder Tyler Cavanaugh returns along with fellow starting forward Yuta Watanabe.

New Redskins WR Doctson provides update on his surgically repaired wrist

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New Redskins WR Doctson provides update on his surgically repaired wrist

New Redskins wide receiver Josh Doctson says he’s fully recovered from the wrist injury that cut short his senior season at TCU.

Doctson, who was drafted No. 22 overall by Washington on Thursday, had pins surgically inserted into his left wrist after a defender fell on him during the Horned Frogs’ 49-29 loss at Oklahoma State on Nov. 7.

Doctson missed TCU’s final two regular season games and eventually was ruled out of the Alamo Bowl, as well. The 6 foot 2, 202 pounder was also forced to withdraw from the Senior Bowl.

Doctson, however, told reporters on Thursday night that he’s been full-go since late February.

“I was full strength by the end of the combine,” he said via conference call from Chicago. “There’s nothing wrong with my wrist, nothing wrong with my body.”

Doctson added: “Everything is working 100 percent, and like I said, I’m ready to get back on the field.”

Which, of course, is good news since the Redskins plan to use their new receiver extensively in 2016 and he’ll need all of the practice reps he can get this spring and summer. Rookie minicamp is scheduled to be held at Redskins Park early next month and will be followed by the start of OTAs on May 24.

Will Ravens use extra picks to make trades in NFL Draft rounds 2 and 3?

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Will Ravens use extra picks to make trades in NFL Draft rounds 2 and 3?

With eight picks remaining in the draft, including the fifth pick in the second round (No. 36 overall), the Ravens are just getting started making moves. Here are three reasons why the Ravens might make a trade Friday night during round 2 or round 3:

1. The Ravens need to strengthen their chances of getting a quality pass rusher or corner.

If the Ravens want a corner or pass rusher who can step in and contribute next season, it’s getting late. Before the draft, Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta said he felt more pressure thinking about the second-round pick (No. 36) than he did the first round. The Ravens won’t sit around and wait if they sense all the players they covet slipping away. Don’t be surprised to see the Ravens trade up in either Round 2 or 3 to target a player they want. Corners still on the board include Mackensie Alexander of Clemson, Kendall Fuller of Virginia Tech, Xavien Howard of Baylor, and Cyrus Jones of Alabama. Pass rushers on the board include Kamalei Correa of Boise St. and Noah Spence of Eastern Kentucky. The third round could be too late to get any of those players.

2. The chance to get UCLA inside linebacker Myles Jack makes the start of Round 2 even more fluid.

Jack is a first-round talent who is only available due to concerns about his knee. Many teams, including the Ravens, could be thinking about picking Jack, or trading up to get him.

3. If the Ravens keep all of their picks, all nine players are unlikely to make the team.

The Ravens already have a crowded roster at several positions, including running back and tight end. They will also bring in more free agents once the draft is over. It makes sense to trade a pick or two, in exchange for a player who helps them next season.