Phelps shows he’s back, and ready for Olympics

Leaving no doubt that he’ll be ready for the Rio Olympics, Michael Phelps turned in his fastest time in the 200-meter butterfly since setting the world record in a high-tech suit six years ago.

Phelps’ stunner – 1 minute, 52.94 seconds at the U.S. national championships in San Antonio, Texas, on Friday night – came after months of lackluster performances.

It would have been good enough for gold at this year’s world championships in Kazan, Russia, where Hungary’s Laszlo Cseh won in 1:53.48.

Phelps was kicked off the U.S. team for the world championships as punishment for a second drunken-driving arrest.

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: James Guy rallied Britain to victory over the United States on the last lap of the 800 freestyle relay, an event the Americans had won at every worlds since 2005.

The U.S. took two silvers in the 200 breaststroke. Kevin Cordes finished 0.29 seconds behind in the men’s race at 2:08.05, and Micah Lawrence rallied from fourth to finish second in the women’s race in 2:22.44, 1.29 seconds back.


NHL: An investigation involving Blackhawks star Patrick Kane stems from an alleged incident at his lakefront mansion over the weekend, police in his western New York hometown confirmed.

Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett confirmed the investigation for the first time in a brief public statement, but did not offer any more details or take any questions from the media.

The Buffalo News reported Thursday the investigation is related to a rape allegation.

 Ducks right wing Jakob Silfverberg agreed to a four-year, $15 million. Silfverberg set career highs with 13 goals and 26 assists last season.


CITI OPEN: Reigning U.S. Open champion Marin Cilic moved into the semifinals at Washington for the first time since 2010 by beating 18-year-old Alexander Zverev of Germany 7-5, 7-6 (3).

That set up a rematch of last year’s U.S. Open final against No. 2 seed Kei Nishikori, who beat Sam Groth, 6-4, 6-4.

BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC: Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic advanced to the semifinals at Stanford, California, beating Croatia’s Ajla Tomljanovic 6-2, 6-4.

ROGERS CUP: Maria Sharapova pulled out of next week’s women’s event in Toronto with an injured right leg.

– From news service reports