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Michael Phelps is back for a sequel to his Olympic farewell. Nike Air Max Thea Grey Trainers .This time, he insists, it really is goodbye.After retiring and then un-retiring, Phelps will be in Rio as the first U.S. male swimmer to compete in five Olympics. He is already the most decorated athlete in the history of the games, with 18 golds and 22 medals overall, and at age 31 remains the biggest star in a sport that will also feature teen sensation Katie Ledecky and an increasingly diverse pool of potential champions from around the world.Look for Phelps to add significantly to his medal total. He qualified for his three best individual events and will likely be part of all three mens relays on the powerful U.S. team.Just dont expect another comeback.This is it, Phelps said. No more.Sure about that?Im done, he reiterated. The body is done. This is my last one.Phelps initially retired after the London Games, only to backtrack on that decision about 18 months later.Looking back to four years ago, Phelps said he didnt really want to be at the Olympics and wasnt in top condition, even though he was still good enough to capture four golds and two silvers. He came back with a rekindled passion for swimming, only to run into another major challenge when he was arrested for the second time on drunken driving charges.That led Phelps to completely overhaul his personal life. He went into therapy, gave up alcohol, got engaged, made peace with his estranged father and, in the biggest change of all, became a father for the first time when son Boomer was born in May.No matter what happens in Rio, this is how he really wants to go out.Here are some other things to watch at the swimming competition in Rio, which includes open water and the synchronized events:THE KATIE SHOW: Ledecky has gone from a surprise gold medalist in London to one of the worlds most dominant swimmers at age 19. She is the world-record holder and huge favorite in both the 400- and 800-meter freestyle, and could bring home another gold in the 200 free. In addition, she will anchor the 4x200 free relay for the Americans, making them the team to beat.AUSSIE COMEBACK: Australia has traditionally been the second-strongest swimming nation behind the U.S., but the team from Down Under endured a dismal showing in 2012 with only one gold medal and no individual victories. Look for a big comeback in Rio. The Aussies returned to form at last years world championships with seven golds and 16 medals overall. Sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell lead the way, along with Emily Seebohm and Mitch Larkin.NOT SO BUSY: Missy Franklin was one of the big stars in London, winning four golds and a bronze while competing in seven events. The 21-year-old American will have a lot more free time on her hands this time after a disappointing performance at the U.S. trials. Franklin qualified for only two individual events and her relay duties will be limited to the 4x200 freestyle. Its a similar story for another U.S. great, Ryan Lochte. The 11-time Olympic medalist sustained a groin injury on the first day of the U.S. trials and managed to qualify for only one individual race -- a far cry from the six events (four individual, two relays) he had in London.SHADOW OF DOPING: Gold medalists Sun Yang of China and Park Tae-hwan of South Korea will both swim in the Olympics after serving suspensions for performance-enhancing drugs. And several Russians were implicated in a huge state-sponsored doping ring. American Elizabeth Beisel said she is worried the competition in Rio wont be clean.HOME TEAM: While Brazil will field its largest swimming squad ever and have the crowd on its side, the home team will be missing its biggest star. World-record holder Cesar Cielo, a three-time Olympic medalist, stunningly failed to qualify at the Brazilian trials. Even so, the local fans should have plenty of reasons to cheer. Established swimmers such as Thiago Pereira, Bruno Fratus and Joana Maranhao are joined by up-and-comers Larissa Oliveira and Etiene Medeiros.LATE NIGHTS: For the second time in three Olympics, the schedule has been altered so the swimming events can be televised live in the U.S. during prime time. The change isnt quite as drastic as eight years ago in Beijing, when preliminaries were held in the evening and the finals the following morning. In Rio, the prelims have been moved back to 1 p.m. local time, while the finals wont begin until 10 p.m. -- both about three hours later than most meets.DIRTY WATER: The 10-kilometer open water races, a part of the Olympics since 2008, will be held against the gorgeous backdrop of Copacabana. The state of the water is not so pretty. There are major health concerns after Brazilian officials failed to live up to their pledge to clean up an ocean contaminated with raw sewage and potentially dangerous bacteria.RUSSIANS IN SYNC: Russias the overwhelming favorite in synchronized swimming, a sport known for hair gel, nose plugs, garish suits and dazzling showmanship. The Russians have not been beaten at the Olympics since 1996, and their only loss at the last three world championships came in a mixed-gender event that is not part of the Rio program. The only drama was whether theyd be cleared to compete. With that out of the way, Russia is good as gold.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at www.twitter.com/pnewberry1963 . His work can be found at http://bigstory.ap.org/content/paul-newberryAir Max Motion For Sale . The Swede became the first golfer to win the PGA Tours FedEx Cup and European Tours Race to Dubai in the same season. "It is still taking a little time to sink in what Ive achieved this week as was the case when I won the FedEx Cup but then it just kept getting better and better as the days went on and I am sure this will be the same," he said. White/Green Womens Nike 90 Air Max Leather Shoes .J. -- Josh Cribbs was in the Pro Bowl in February and out of a job six months later. http:///...grey-759986-071.html . The 20-year-old Pelicans big man glanced up and smiled widely at the well-wishers -- a fitting end to a day he wont soon forget. Davis responded to his selection earlier in the day as a Western Conference All-Star with 26 points and 10 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans overcame a 10-point fourth-quarter deficit to defeat the Minnesota Timberwolves 98-91 on Friday night. CINCINNATI -- The St. Louis Cardinals havent been able to put everything together this season. An injury-depleted offense, an erratic defense and an unreliable bullpen cost them games. The most dependable part of the team has let them down lately.Mike Leake gave up seven runs in five-plus innings on Thursday as the Cincinnati Reds pulled away to a 7-0 victory and took two of three in the series. For the fifth time in the last six games, a Cardinals starter failed to get much behind five innings.It all starts with our starting pitching, and weve been very clear about that from the beginning, manager Mike Matheny said. We know this starting staff can go on a long run, too, like the rest of the year and the postseason long run. We just need to get on a good roll.The Reds are on a good roll finally, winning all six of their series since the All-Star break. Brandon Phillips had three hits and left-hander Brandon Finnegan allowed two singles in six innings on Thursday.The Reds took two of three, giving them only their fifth series win in the last 23 between the NL Central rivals. For the first time since 1999, the Reds have won six straight series after the All-Star break.Phillips had a single and a pair of doubles, scored three times and drove in a run against former teammate Mike Leake (8-9). Ramon Cabrera drove in three runs, and Eugenio Suarez knocked in a pair.They were hitting some balls off the plate, Leake said. I got behind early in some counts. Thats a bad recipe, I guess.Finnegan (7-8) left after throwing 79 pitches on a humid, 88-degree afternoon. The bullpen gave up three singles while closing out Cincinnatis fourth shutout, which is tied with Milwaukee and Pittsburgh for the fewest in the NL.Reds first baseman Joey Votto went 0 for 4, ending a 17-game hitting streak that was the longest of his career.It was the second time that the Reds faced Leake since they traded him in the middle of last season as part of their ongoing rebuilding. On July 7 at Great American Ball Park, Leake allowed only one earned run in 7 1/3 innings of a 7-6 Reds victory that ended with Vottos homer in the bottom of the ninth.This time, he left thhe game after failing to retire a batter in the sixth, giving up eight hits and seven runs. Mens Nike Air Max TN Trainers Uk Navy Red White. After spending his first 5 1/2 seasons in Cincinnati, Leake suspects the Reds have an advantage because they know how he pitches.Im sure it plays a part, Leake said.Leake extended his streak without walking a batter to 35 innings, the longest in the majors this season. It ended when Adam Duvall walked on a full-count pitch to open the sixth. The club record is held by Bob Tewksbury, who went 44 innings without walking a batter in 1993. Duvall later scored on Phillips double, his third hit of the game.The Reds got a pair of runs in the second inning, all on hits to right field. Phillips singled, Scott Schebler doubled and Cabrera pulled a ball down the line for a two-run single. Phillips doubled again to right field in the fourth and scored on Suarezs sacrifice fly.STATSThe Reds won nine straight series after the All-Star break in 1999, when they lost a one-game playoff to the Mets for the NL wild card. ... The Cardinals got Brandon Moss and Jhonny Peralta back from the DL at the start of the series. Moss went 6 for 13 with two doubles and a homer in the series. Peralta was 2 for 10.TRAINERS ROOMCardinals: Leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter is expected to come off the DL over the weekend. Hes missed 29 games with a strained right oblique. He went 4 for 12 during a rehab assignment with a homer and a double.Reds: SS Zack Cozart was out of the lineup for the third consecutive game with a bruised finger on his throwing hand. ... Schebler was hit on the right side of the knee in the sixth but stayed in the game. He left after the inning as part of a double switch.UP NEXTCardinals: St. Louis returns home and starts a three-game series against Atlanta. LHP Jaime Garcia (7-8) is 2-1 in seven career starts against the Braves with a 4.32 ERA.Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (6-0) opens a series in Pittsburgh. Hes 0-1 with a 3.27 ERA in two career starts at PNC Park.---Follow Joe Kay on Twitter: http://twitter.com/apjoekay ;Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '
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