Phelps upset over swim cap rules
LONDON — Michael Phelps is perturbed he can’t wear insignias of the U.S. flag on both sides of his swimming cap at the London Olympics.
Phelps posted a tweet Thursday complaining about rules that say swimmers can wear flags on only one side of the cap.
He tweeted: “Front and back of our caps... We used to be able to have front and back side with flags but for some reason there are rules that tell us we cant do that anymore? Smh gotta love an organizing committee telling us we can’t do that anymore.”
The tweet included a link to a photo showing a white cap with the flag and Phelps written under it in black letters on one side; the other side has a small Speedo logo.
When Phelps won a record eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he wore a black swimming cap with his name and flag on both sides.
International swimming’s governing body FINA issued the new same-side guidelines last year; they were included in IOC rules for London posted in May.
LSU picked to win SEC title
HOOVER, Ala. — LSU has been picked to win its second straight Southeastern Conference championship.
The Tigers got the nod in the Western Division over Alabama, the team that beat LSU in the BCS championship game in January. Arkansas was picked to finish third in the West, followed by Auburn, Texas A&M, Mississippi State and Mississippi in a vote by the 222 media members attending the league’s media days .
Georgia was picked to win the Eastern Division, followed by South Carolina, Florida, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Kentucky.
South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore received the most votes on the first team, followed by LSU cornerback Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama center Barrett Jones.
LSU led the league with seven first-team selections, Alabama had five. The West had 20 of the 26 first-team selections.