Phelps con­sid­er­ing Sil­i­con Val­ley op­tions

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Michael Phelps wants to dive into Sil­i­con Val­ley’s in­vest­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties as he tries to make the tran­si­tion from Olympic swim­ming star and prod­uct pitch­man to en­tre­pre­neur. “I would love to get in­volved, whether it’s in a cou­ple lit­tle star­tups here and there, take a lit­tle risk, have some fun and see where it goes,” the Bal­ti­more-raised Phelps said in an in­ter­view dur­ing a re­cent visit to San Jose, Calif., while ap­pear­ing at In­tuit’s Quick­Books soft­ware con­fer­ence. For now, Phelps isn’t pro­vid­ing any de­tails about what he is go­ing to do, though he says he has been get­ting ad­vice from ven­ture cap­i­tal­ists and other ex­pe­ri­enced in­vestors in Sil­i­con Val­ley star­tups. Phelps is ex­plor­ing ways to ex­pand his busi­ness ven­tures be­yond en­dorse­ments and a line of swimwear and other cloth­ing bear­ing his “MP” logo. “I am get­ting my feet wet,” Phelps said with a grin. “2017 will be a big year.” BASE­BALL: The Wash­ing­ton Na­tion­als and catcher Jose Lo­ba­ton agreed to a one-year deal, avoid­ing ar­bi­tra­tion be­fore to­day’s non­tender dead­line. The con­tract is worth $1.575 mil­lion plus a $25,000 per­for­mance bonus if he reaches 200 plate ap­pear­ances, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion. It is the sec­ond straight year that the sides have come to terms on a raise be­fore the non­tender dead­line; Lo­ba­ton signed for $1.387 mil­lion last De­cem­ber to stay on as Wil­son Ramos’ backup for a third sea­son. But with Ramos, a free agent, likely out of the pic­ture, Lo­ba­ton, 32, who MLB Trade Ru­mors pro­jected would make $1.6 mil­lion through ar­bi­tra­tion, could as­sume an in­creased role in 2017. VAR­SITY BOYS BAS­KET­BALL: The Wil­liam Wells Chal­lenge, fea­tur­ing four of the area’s top teams, is set for Dec. 10, at UMBC’s RAC Arena. The open­ing game, at 4:30 p.m., will fea­ture No. 1 Mount Saint Joseph against No. 2 Poly. The night­cap, at 6:30 p.m., will pit No. 9 St. Frances against No. 13 Pat­ter­son. Tick­ets cost $10 in ad­vance or $15 at the door. VIP court­side seats are $50. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Corrigan Sports at 410-605-9381. VAR­SITY GIRLS BAS­KET­BALL: Syd­ney Mitchell scored 11 points, but No. 7 Se­ton Keough lost its sea­son opener, 49-45, to vis­it­ing El­iz­a­beth Se­ton. The Road­run­ners (1-0) led the en­tire game. COL­LEGE FOOT­BALL: De­fen­sive end-line­backer Lawtez Rogers, a three-star prospect who plays at Eleanor Roo­sevelt in Prince Ge­orge’s County, com­mit­ted Thurs­day night to Mary­land, he an­nounced on Twit­ter. Rogers, 6 feet 4, 235 pounds, also had in­ter­est from Rut­gers and Tem­ple. MEN’S COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: Grant Riller made 20 of his ca­reer-high 26 points in the sec­ond half and Col­lege of Charleston earned a 70-64 vic­tory over vis­it­ing Navy. The Cougars (5-3) made 20 of 29 free throws in the sec­ond half and 27 of 36 for the game while the Mids (3-5) were just 10-for-18. Ge­orge Kier­nan, one of three to foul out for Navy, had 15 points and Shawn An­der­son had 14. … St. Mary’s ju­nior cap­tain De­laszo Smith ( An­napo­lis) was named Cap­i­tal Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Player of the Week. ... Sal­is­bury (4-0) is ranked No. 19 in the first D3hoops.com men’s Top 25 of the sea­son. WOMEN’S COL­LEGE BAS­KET­BALL: Mary­land se­nior guard Sha­tori Walker-Kim­brough and se­nior cen­ter Bri­onna Jones (Aberdeen) were se­lected to the 25-player watch list for the Wade Tro­phy, awarded to the best player in Divi­sion I, by the Women’s Bas­ket­ball Coaches As­so­ci­a­tion. MEN’S COL­LEGE WA­TER POLO: Johns Hop­kins sopho­more Gior­gio Cico was named to the Al­lMid-At­lantic Wa­ter Polo Con­fer­ence East Re­gion first team. Se­nior Matt Fraser made the sec­ond team. —

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