Around the Nation (April 14): Olympic great Michael Phelps ends retirement

BETH HARRIS AP Sports Writer Published:

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SWIMMING

Olympic icon Phelps ends retirement

Michael Phelps is coming out of retirement, the first step toward swimming at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The 22-time Olympic medalist will compete for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics at a meet in Mesa, Ariz., on April 24-26.

USA Swimming said Monday that Phelps is expected to join fellow Olympians Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky at the Arena Grand Prix at Skyline Aquatic Center.

Phelps returned to training last fall and re-entered the U.S. drug-testing program. He has completed his six-month waiting period to be eligible for competition by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

Phelps turns 29 in June and is the winningest and most decorated athlete in Olympic history. He captured 18 gold medals and 22 medals overall at the last three Summer Games. He broke Mark Spitz's record for a single Olympics by winning eight gold medals at Beijing in 2008.

BASKETBALL

Dumars officially stepping down as Pistons' GM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Joe Dumars is stepping down as the Detroit Pistons' president of basketball operations.

The team made the move official Monday, with owner Tom Gores saying the Pistons are "turning the page" and Dumars saying it's time for a new chapter. Dumars will remain an adviser to the ownership team.

Detroit lost its home finale Sunday, dropping to 29-52 with one game remaining in the season. The Pistons will miss the postseason for a fifth consecutive year.

After the game, players expressed disappointment in how 2013-14 has gone. Now they have little choice but to wait and see who will be in charge of basketball operations in the future -- and whether that person will be able to bring some stability to the franchise.

NBA suspends Kings' Cousins for 16th technical

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins has been suspended one game without pay by the NBA for receiving his 16th technical foul of the season.

The NBA said Cousins will serve his suspension during Wednesday's season finale against Phoenix. He was called for a technical foul in Sacramento's 106-103 win over Minnesota on Sunday night after waving his arm at an official.

The technical foul was Cousins' first since Feb. 25 and ended the longest stretch of his career without one.

Ogwumike chosen first overall by Sun in WNBA Draft

UNCASVILLE, Conn. -- Chiney Ogwumike has been selected as the No. 1 pick by the Connecticut Sun in the WNBA Draft.

Ogwumike on Monday night joined her sister Nneka, drafted by Los Angeles in 2012, as the only siblings to be chosen No. 1 in the WNBA. STATS says Peyton and Eli Manning are the only other siblings to be taken No. 1 in the history of the four major sports.

Chiney Ogwumike finished her stellar career at Stanford as the top scorer and rebounder in Pac-12 history.

COLLEGE

Duke's Parker to make NBA decision on Wednesday

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Jabari Parker says he plans to "set up an appointment" with Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski when he returns to Durham, N.C., on Tuesday and he will decide Wednesday whether to declare for the NBA Draft or return to college for his sophomore year.

Parker was in Oklahoma City to accept the Wayman Tisdale Award as college basketball's top freshman. He says his decision will be based on where he can grow the most.

Parker says he'll talk with Coach K and "lay out my options, but I'm just really glad I get the best of both worlds."

Parker was the highest-scoring freshman in Duke history (19.1 per game) and is the first freshman to lead the Blue Devils in scoring and rebounding.

Michigan State's Harris going pro

Michigan State shooting guard Gary Harris is entering the NBA Draft as a sophomore.

Harris averaged a team-high 16.7 points last season, helping his team win 29 games, including the Big Ten tournament championship. He shot 43 percent overall and made 81 of 230 3-point shots. The native of Fishers, Ind., was an Associated Press All-America honorable mention and All-Big Ten player.

Last season, Harris became the first player in Michigan State history to be named Big Ten freshman of the year and to be voted MVP by his teammates.

The school made the announcement on Monday.

Kentucky's junior Cauley-Stein stays

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Kentucky has announced that 7-foot center Willie Cauley-Stein will return for his junior season.

Cauley-Stein missed the final three games of the Wildcats' run to the NCAA championship game after sustaining a left ankle injury in the Midwest Region semifinal against Louisville. He had been projected as a possible top-15 NBA Draft pick but said in a statement Monday he wanted to return and move closer to earning his degree.

He also wants to help Kentucky make another run at a title after watching from the bench.

ENTERTAINMENT

Ultimate Warrior died from cardiovascular disease

PHOENIX -- Authorities in Phoenix say former pro wrestler The Ultimate Warrior died of cardiovascular disease.

Maricopa County spokeswoman Cari Gerchick says that's the finding from an autopsy conducted Thursday by the county Medical Examiner's Office.

The 54-year-old wrestler's given name was James Hellwig. He collapsed April 8 while walking with his wife to their car at a Scottsdale hotel and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Scottsdale police have said there were no signs of foul play.

The Ultimate Warrior was one of pro wrestling's biggest stars in the late 1980s.

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