Quick hits – Thorpe reveals he’s gay

July 13, 2014 

SWIMMING

Thorpe reveals he’s gay

Australian swimmer Ian Thorpe, whose five-medal performance at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney captivated his country and served as powerful motivation for a young Michael Phelps, has revealed in an Australian television interview that he is gay.

Thorpe, a two-time Olympian and a nine-time Olympic medalist, made the acknowledgment in a sit-down interview broadcast Sunday night. He shares a manager with Michael Parkinson, who conducted the interview.

Thorpe, 31, a public figure since he burst onto the international scene at the 1997 Pan Pacific Championships as a 14-year-old, has been treated recently for depression and alcohol abuse.

In recent years, Thorpe has reportedly had financial setbacks.

In his memoir, “This Is Me,” published in 2012, Thorpe addressed his depression, which dates to his teens, and denied longstanding rumors that he was gay, writing that he dated only women and hoped to marry and have children.

Thorpe retired in 2006, when he was 24. In 2011, Thorpe tried a comeback with an eye toward competing in the 2012 London Olympics, but he failed to make the finals at the Australian trials.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Alabama player arrested for DUI

Police say Alabama defensive lineman Jarran Reed was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol.

Tuscaloosa police say Reed was stopped early Sunday after hitting another car while both backed out of parking spots. Police say Reed drove a 2011 Dodge Charger toward the parking lot’s exit before he was pulled over.

A police department news release said the 21-year-old junior college transfer’s blood alcohol level registered as .13 percent. The legal limit in Alabama is .08 percent.

Reed practiced with the Crimson Tide during the spring after transferring from East Mississippi Community College, along with fellow defensive lineman D.J. Pettway. Both are expected to contend for playing time.

TENNIS

Hewitt breaks through

At Newport, R.I., Lleyton Hewitt won in his third time in the final match at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, beating second-seeded Ivo Karlovic 6-3, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3). ...

At Bastad, Sweden, Pablo Cuevas defeated fifth-seeded Joao Sousa 6-2, 6-1 in the Swedish Open final at the Bastad Tennis Stadium. ...

At Stuttgart, Germany, Roberto Bautista Agut defeated Lukas Rosol 6-3, 4-6, 6-2 in the Mercedes Cup final for his second career title. ...

At Bucharest, Romania, top-seeded Simona Halep overpowered second-seeded Roberta Vinci to win the Bucharest Open final 6-1, 6-3 for her eighth WTA title. ...

At Bad Gastein, Austria, Andrea Petkovic took another step toward a return to the top 10 of the WTA rankings by winning her second title of the season at the Gastein Ladies. The 20th-ranked German beat Shelby Rogers of the United States 6-3, 6-3.

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