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Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte go at it one last time

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Olympic roommates Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte maintain a relaxed vibe at the athletes’ village. There’s an ongoing card game in their suite, and they amuse themselves with endless Snapchat sessions. It’ll be all business on Thursday night. They’ll race against each other for the final time in the 200-meter individual medley, ending a 13-year rivalry that has been one of the greatest in swimming history. The Americans are the top two all-time performers in the event. Phelps and Lochte…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Thursday

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Day 6 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, rugby, track cycling, swimming, fencing, judo and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): GYMNASTICS American Simone Biles heads into the women’s individual all-around starting at 4 p.m. She won the world championships in 2013, 2014 and 2015. Aly Raisman, who also shared in the U.S. team gold Tuesday, is in Biles’ rotation. The two start on the vault. Keep an eye on Biles’ floor routine:…

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Missy Franklin not in freestyle relay final

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The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local): 9:40 p.m. If Missy Franklin is going to claim her first swimming medal of the Rio Olympics, it will have to come while she’s on dry land. Franklin competed in the preliminaries of the 4×200-meter freestyle relay, but her time wasn’t fast enough for the coaches to give her a spot in the evening final. Allison Schmitt posted what was by far the fastest split time…

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Michael Phelps feeling grateful after latest golden haul

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Michael Phelps took to Instagram after an emotional night at the Olympic Aquatics Center in which he upped his gold medal total to 21 with two enthralling wins, one avenging a stinging loss at the 2012 London Games. The 31-year-old Phelps held on for a victory in the 200-meter butterfly, edging a field that included Chad le Clos, the winner in London. He got to meet some of his U.S. teammates afterward, perhaps the only athletes as famous as he is.…

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Gray skies and green water at the Rio de Janeiro Games

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Skies and pools both darkened Wednesday as the sun-splashed Rio Games gave way to gray clouds and murky green waters. The Rio de Janeiro Olympics were drenched in rain and continued questions about why the diving well and water polo pools look so much like neglected aquariums. The third day of the men’s water polo tournament began in green-tinged water, though not nearly as dark as the neighboring diving well at the aquatics center. It was crystal blue the day…

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Olympic TV advertisers not getting bang for their bucks

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Each morning, SaintPetersBlog readers will find a piece advising them of the top Olympic events on television for that day. Perhaps viewers from around the country need to check out the lineup as well. Over the first few days of Olympic coverage, ratings are not what they should be. In fact, they were  down to 1992 levels until they began an upswing on Monday. Beginning with the mediocre opening ceremony on Friday, the Olympics were more than three ratings points…

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What to watch at the Rio games on Wednesday

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Day 5 of the Rio Games features medal action in gymnastics, swimming, judo, fencing and more. Here are some things to watch (all times local): SWIMMING A day after Michael Phelps won his 20th and 21st golds, he and Ryan Lochte will be looking to get to the semifinals in the men’s 200-meter individual medleys. Phelps took first Tuesday night in the 200-meter butterfly and later teamed with Lochte as half of the gold medal winning 4×200 meter freestyle relay team.…

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