Olympian makes waves

Wearing a tiny swim suit and flashing his abs, Michael Phelps created quite the distraction.

The Olympic great, who is working as an assistant swim coach at Arizona State University this year, helped the school’s college basketball team on Thursday in Tempe, Ariz.

Phelps appeared from behind the ASU student section’s infamous “Curtain of Distraction,” standing between two shirtless students with 13:47 left to play.

With gold medals around his neck and a yellow swim cap on his head, and little else, Phelps stripped and danced as Oregon State’s Stephen Thompson Jr. missed two foul shots. The moment drew the loudest cheers from the crowd at Wells Fargo Arena.

Azizona State won 86-68.

Singer to help produce show

Grammy-winning singer John Legend signed on to help produce the off-Broadway show 3 Mics, written and performed by comedian Neal Brennan. It begins its run Feb. 23 at the Lynn Redgrave Theater in New York.

Brennan, the Emmy-nominated co-creator of the TV series Chappelle’s Show, will be directed by Drew Barr. In the show, Brennan uses three microphones to share his stories and wit.

The show will be backed by Legend’s production company, Get Lifted Film Co.

Actor stands behind Ted Cruz

Hollywood actor Clint Howard is backing Republican Ted Cruz for president.

Howard is the younger brother of director and actor Ron Howard.

Howard says in a Friday statement that Cruz “has courage to fight and take the flak from people who want to undermine” his ideas.

Cruz calls Howard “an excellent actor and a true patriot.”