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Published Feb. 13, 2008


Michael Phelps was expressing his admiration for Dara Torres and her goal of making the U.S. Olympic team as a 41-year-old when somebody asked if he'd be attempting a similar feat around 2024.

Phelps didn't need any time to ponder the question Tuesday. He's long vowed to coach Bob Bowman that he's not swimming "a day past the age of 30."

"Once I hit that age, if I'm still going, the cap and goggles and suit are hanging up, and I'm done," Phelps, 22, said.


Murray, Baghdatis, Ferrero advance

Andy Murray, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Marcos Baghdatis won in straight sets to reach the second round of the Open 13 in Marseille, France.

The fourth-seeded Murray needed only 72 minutes to beat qualifier Jesse Huta Galung 6-4, 6-4 and No. 5 Ferrero landed 70 percent of his first serves to defeat Lee Hyung-taik 6-4, 6-1.

Baghdatis had 10 aces and broke the serve of 2006 winner Arnaud Clement in each set to win 6-3, 6-4.

BRASIL OPEN:Guillermo Coria defeated qualifier Francesco Aldi 6-4, 7-5 in Costa do Sauipe, Brazil, for his first win on the ATP Tour in 19 months.

SAP OPEN:Marat Safin withdrew from the upcoming event in San Jose, Calif., because of a stress fracture in his right leg and stomach flu.


Goodell, Specter meet today about Spygate

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and Sen. Arlen Specter are to meet today to discuss the Spygate case involving the Patriots. The league said the afternoon meeting will take place in Specter's office in Washington. The Pennsylvania Republican has asked Goodell to explain his decision to destroy the tapes and notes from the case.

GIANTS: Punter Jeff Feagles, 41,signed a two-year contract. He represented himself in negotiations and declined to say how much money he would earn.

PATRIOTS:Veteran free-agent linebacker T.J. Slaughter signed.

SAINTS: Former Bucs kicker Martin Gramatica signed a new contract.

VIKINGS: Defensive end Kenechi Udeze has a form of leukemia, which is cancer of the blood and bone marrow, the Associated Press reported.


COLLEGE FOOTBALL:SMU coach June Jones hired four assistants from Hawaii - Dan Morrison (assistant head coach/offense), Dennis McKnight (offensive line), Jeff Reinebold (receivers) and Wes Suan (running backs). He also hired Tam Hollingshead as director of high school relations. ... Indiana players James Bailey and Demetrius McCray were arrested last weekend on misdemeanor disorderly conduct charges, and teammate Darius Johnson also was arrested after campus police said he was found passed out in a residence hall stairwell and struggled with medics inside an ambulance. Johnson faces preliminary charges of resisting arrest, illegal consumption and public intoxication. ... West Virginia punter and kicker Pat McAfee joined the soccer team and will participate in both squad's spring practices and fall seasons.

HORSES:Jockey Jose Santos has settled his libel lawsuit against the Miami Herald over an article raising questions about his actions aboard 2003 Kentucky Derby winner Funny Cide.

OLYMPICS: Five-time national champion Blaine Wilson, 33, earned a spot on the U.S. men's gymnastics team and will receive funding for three months as he trains in an attempt to make his fourth Games.

RUNNING:Guy Morse, who as the executive director of the Boston Athletic Association is one of the top officials in charge of the Boston Marathon, was injured in a fall Feb.1 and had bilateral quadriceps surgery to repair ruptured tendons in both legs. ... Sprinter Dwain Chambers, banned between 2003-05 for steroid use,will run for Britain at the World Indoor Championships after winning a challenge against a ruling that said he was unable to run in a British vest until he had spent a year proving he was drug-free.

SOCCER: Brazilian midfielder Andre Rocha signed with FC Dallas.