Ian Thorpe reportedly will reveal he is gay
Australian media report five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a television interview with English talk-show host Michael Parkinson.
Thorpe to reveal he is gay in TV interview
Australian media report five-time Olympic gold medalist Ian Thorpe will reveal he is gay in a television interview with English talk-show host Michael Parkinson, to be broadcast in Australia this weekend.
Thorpe will end speculation about his sexuality in the tell-all interview to be broadcast on Channel 10, the Sunday Telegraph said.
In his 2012 autobiography, “This Is Me,” Thorpe said, “For the record, I am not gay and all of my sexual experiences have been straight. I’m attracted to women, I love children, and aspire to have a family one day.”
Thorpe, 31, retired from the pool in 2012 after winning nine medals and setting 22 world records.
Phelps wins again
Michael Phelps won a race for the second straight day, taking the 100-meter backstroke in 53.88 seconds at the Bulldog Grand Slam meet in Athens, Ga. Ryan Lochte was second in 54.40.
Hewitt to face Karlovic
Australian Lleyton Hewitt is getting a third shot at a title at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I.
The third-seeded Hewitt will face 6-foot-11, hard-serving Ivo Karlovic of Croatia in the final Sunday.
Karlovic, seeded second, ousted Samuel Groth of Australia 6-4, 6-4. Hewitt, who lost in the 2013 final to Nicolas Mahut, beat seventh-seeded American Jack Sock 6-1, 6-2.
Hewitt also dropped the 2012 final, losing to 6-foot-10 American John Isner and his big serve.
“There’s not a lot I can do until I go out there and play,” Hewitt said of getting ready for Karlovic. “I’m not going to find a lot of 7-foot guys to come and serve at me.”
The semifinal matches were played after the induction ceremonies for a five-person class for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, highlighted by Lindsay Davenport.
Ogwumikes to collide
Sisters Nneka and Chiney Ogwumike, both No. 1 draft choices from Stanford, play against each other for the first time as pros Sunday.
Nneka, 24, and the Los Angeles Sparks visit Chiney, 22, and the Connecticut Sun. Their parents will be among about 30 family members at the game.
“We made up shirts that say, ‘Sparks will fly and the Sun will shine,’ ” said Ify Ogwumike, the players’ mother. “It’s going to be a special weekend, a little different.”
In games Saturday, Washington won at Tulsa 91-74 and Atlanta downed host Indiana 93-74.
Track and field
Ahye zooms to victory
Michelle-Lee Ahye of Trinidad and Tobago cemented her burgeoning sprinting reputation by winning the 100 meters at the Glasgow Grand Prix in Scotland.
A time of 11.01 seconds secured a ninth unbeaten final in 2014 for the year’s fastest woman. Ahye finished 0.09 seconds ahead of Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, a Jamaican recovering from a left-leg injury.
• Saul “Canelo” Alvarez of Mexico beat Erislandy Lara of Cuba by a split decision in a boxing match for 155-pounders in Las Vegas.
Alvarez (44-1-1) won on two judges’ scorecards, 115-113 and 117-111. One judge scored it 115-113 for Lara (19-2-2).
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