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Top 10 medal-winning moments from Rio

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The U.S. Olympic team came away with 121 medals during the Rio games that concluded on Sunday. Among those were 46 gold, 37 silver and 38 bronze. They won golds in 14 different sports that included ending long droughts in certain events. Of the 121 medals, 77 came from swimming, track and field and gymnastics. Some of the medal-winning performances stand out among some of the others. At the risk of slighting medal-winning performances, here is this observer’s top 10…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Wednesday

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Day 12 of the Rio Games features medal action in track and field, beach volleyball, wrestling and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): TRACK AND FIELD Expect a good showdown between Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands and Tori Bowie of the U.S. in the 200 meters at 10:30 p.m. following semifinals Tuesday night. Bowie is coming off a silver in the 100. There’s no worry about Allyson Felix, the reigning Olympic champ, because she didn’t qualify…

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His career over, Michael Phelps looks forward to being full-time dad

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Michael Phelps has nothing left to do at the pool. He’s ready to start branching out. At the top of the list: being a father. The most decorated athlete in Olympic history insisted again Sunday that his swimming career is over, less than 24 hours after claiming his 23rd gold medal in the 4×100-meter medley relay. He ditched the athletes village and spent the night with his fiancee, Nicole Johnson, and their 3-month-old son, Boomer. “Being apart from him for…

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Rio officials have message for Michael Phelps: Now that you’re done, go enjoy the Olympics

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Organizers of the Rio Games have a message for Michael Phelps: Start your latest retirement by going out and enjoying the Olympic city. Rio Games spokesman Mario Andrada offered congratulations to Phelps on Sunday, one day after the U.S. swimming star – and the most decorated Olympian in history – competed for presumably the final time. Phelps’ last swim was one where he helped the U.S. win a relay gold, the 23rd Olympic title and 28th medal overall in his…

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Phelps wins 23rd Olympic gold with relay win

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Michael Phelps closed out the Rio Olympics in the only way imaginable. Gold. Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4×100 medley relay and Nathan Adrian finished it off, giving the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal. If that was the end, and Phelps insists it is, what a way to go out. He would finish his career with 28 medals overall, having won five golds and a…

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Time to start talking about Simone Biles as the best ever

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The first one was for the team. This one was a little more personal. The next three for Simone Biles could be for the record books. Where to start judging Biles after her romp to gold in the gymnastics all around? Perhaps by beginning the conversation with talk about the best in history. She already owns three world championships, and now has two Olympic golds. Before an appreciative crowd Thursday at the Olympic gymnastics arena, she capped off her latest…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Friday

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Day 7 of the Rio Games features medal action in swimming, track and field, track cycling, fencing, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): SWIMMING Will Michael Phelps add even more gold to his Olympic career? We’ll see when the men’s 100 meter butterfly finals are held Friday at 10:12 p.m. Phelps has the world and Olympic (Beijing) records in the event and qualified in the semifinals Thursday night after winning the 200 individual medley…

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