Michael Phelps dominated the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. Summer Nationals last night in Irvine, Calif., even though it wasn't the way he wanted to win.
Phelps was under his own world record pace at the halfway point, but faded over the final 150 meters and finished in 1 minute 55.26 seconds.
He tore off his cap, tossed it in the water and pounded the wall with his right fist, not needing to turn around and check the scoreboard. He had badly missed his two-year-old world mark of 1:53.93.
* OBITUARY: Sue Gunter, the Hall of Fame women's basketball coach who ranks third in all-time victories, died yesterday. She was 66.
LSU officials said Gunter, who had suffered from emphysema, died at her home in Baton Rouge.
Gunter had a career record of 708-308, including a 442-221 mark in 22 seasons at LSU. She was not credited for two years at Middle Tennessee, when her teams were 44-0, or her first four years at Stephen F. Austin, because official records were never turned over to the NCAA.
Even with the six missing years, Gunter ranked third in wins and games coached and fourth in 20-win seasons (21). Among women's college coaches, only Tennessee's Pat Summitt and Texas's Jody Conradt have more victories than Gunter.
Gunter went on medical leave during the 2003-04 season, and watched as protege Pokey Chatman led the Lady Tigers to their first Final Four. Gunter, tethered to an oxygen tank, continued to attend practices and film sessions for the rest of the season, but was unable to be at games.
* GOLF: For the 20th straight year, weather delayed the PGA Tour's only stop in Colorado, the International. Heavy, persistent rain wiped out play yesterday, meaning the tournament will begin today, when the forecast in Castle Rock for calls for a 30 percent chance of rain. . . .
Shelley Savage of Army Navy Country Club defeated Lisa Schlesinger of Norbeck CC, 4 and 3, to win the 76th annual Women's District of Columbia Golf Association championship at Washington Golf and Country Club. . . .
Jenny Suh of Fairfax advanced to the quarterfinals of the 105th U.S. Women's Amateur Championship in Roswell, Ga. Suh defeated Tiffany Joh, 2 up, then beat Lorraine Ballerano in 20 holes.
* SOCCER: The MetroStars plan to build a $92.2 million stadium that would give the MLS club a home of its own in Harrison, N.J. The MetroStars are in their 10th season at Giants Stadium. The team expects the 20,000-seat venue to open in June 2007.
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