This week in sports

By Janene Gibbons
February 12, 2009

USA Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps suspended for three months

Michael Phelps was suspended from competition and has lost financial support for three months, effective Thursday, Feb. 12. These repercussions have been handed out in response to a recent photograph in News of the World, a British tabloid. The photograph was of Phelps smoking a marijuana pipe during a house party back in November at the University of South Carolina. Phelps has publicly apologized for his “regrettable behavior and bad judgment.” The Kellogg Company, who put Phelps’ picture on the cover of their cereal boxes after his Olympic wins, has stated that it will not renew its sponsorship contract with Phelps.

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson arrested

Former Atlanta Falcons running back Jamal Anderson was arrested at an Atlanta nightclub on Sunday, Feb. 8. Anderson has been charged with felony cocaine possession and misdemeanor marijuana possession. Police were alerted by an off-duty officer working security at the club. The incident occurred early Sunday at the Peachtree Tavern in Buckhead, GA, according to police spokesman Otis Redmond. Redmond said that a second man, whose name was not immediately available, was arrested as well. Both men were taken to Fulton County Jail.

Cable set to become Oakland Raiders head coach

Tom Cable has lost the interim designation from his title on Tuesday, Feb. 3, and retained his position of head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Owner Al Davis interviewed a handful of other candidates for the job, including new Giants offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and Green Bay assistant coach Winston Moss before deciding to keep Cable. Cable, who replaced Lane Kiffin, went 4-8 this season as opposed to going 5- 11 during Kiffin’s reign.

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