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SWIMMER PHELPS FACES DRUNKEN DRIVING CHARGE

Michael Phelps, who won eight medals at the Athens Olympics, was arrested last week in Salisbury, Md. and charged with drunken driving.

A trooper saw the 19-year-old swimming sensation go through a stop sign Thursday night, state police said Monday. The trooper saw signs of intoxication and arrested Phelps for driving under the influence, police said.

Phelps, of Baltimore, also was charged with violation of a license restriction and failure to obey a stop sign. The legal drinking age in Maryland is 21.

"I want to say that last week I made a mistake. I wanted to share my feelings and I know that getting in a car with anything to drink is wrong, dangerous and is unacceptable," Phelps told The Associated Press.

"I'm 19, but I was taught that no matter how old you are you should always take responsibility for your action, which I will do. I'm very sorry this happened."

UTAH'S BCS CHANCES HURT BY DROP TO 7TH

The top five schools held their positions in the latest Bowl Championship Series standings but unbeaten Utah was bumped down one spot from No. 6 by Texas.

The top five remained Southern California, Oklahoma, Auburn California and Wisconsin.

Utah is trying to become the first team from a non-BCS conference (Mountain West) to play in a BCS game. A top six finish can guarantee Utah a spot in what probably would be the Fiesta Bowl -- which delivers a payout of about $14 million. A top-12 finish makes the Utes eligible for consideration.

BCS standings on D7.

In other college football news, Syracuse tailback Walter Reyes suffered a torn muscle in his right shoulder Saturday and will not play against Temple.

BOXER, PROMOTER FOUND GUILTY OF FIXING FIGHTS

A federal jury convicted a boxing promoter and his fighter of conspiring to fix nationwide bouts over a five-year period.

Robert Mitchell, 42, of Irmo, S.C., and boxer Thomas Williams, 35, of Landover, Md., were each convicted of one count of conspiracy to commit sports bribery and one count of sports bribery and attempted sports bribery.

The pair fixed the fights from March 1995 to August 2000 to enhance the boxing career of professional heavyweight fighter Richie "the Bull" Melito, Jr., said Daniel G. Bogden, U.S. attorney for Nevada.

AROUND AND ABOUT

* Churchill Downs banned about a dozen jockeys for threatening to boycott races in a dispute over health insurance. The jockeys claim the track could easily afford additional coverage.

Jockeys scratched from the rest of the meet, which runs until Nov. 27, include Rafael Bejarano, Robby Albarado, Calvin Borel, Mark Guidry, Willie Martinez, Brian Peck and Craig Perret.

* Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Michael Johnson and Joan Benoit Samuelson lead the list of the 2004 inductees to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame. Other inductees will be athletes Michael Conley, Jack Davis, Otis Davis, Gerry Lindgren and John Pennel; contributor Dr. Evie Dennis and coach Stan Huntsman. The induction ceremony will be held Dec. 3.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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