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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Michael Phelps didnt have much time to savor his double gold-medal night.He was back at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium on Wednesday, getting started on his bid to win the 200-meter individual medley for the fourth straight time.After five hours of sleep, Phelps said he actually felt rather fresh for the afternoon preliminaries. He cruised through his heat with the third-fastest time overall, 1 minute, 58.41 seconds, which trailed only American teammate Ryan Lochte (1:57.38) and Germanys Philip Heintz (1:57.59).It really wasnt that bad, said Phelps, who won both the 200 butterfly and 4x200 freestyle relay late Tuesday night. Ive been able to put my body through things like this over the years. Hopefully I can keep it rolling one more time.The 31-year-old Phelps moved on to the evening semifinals, carrying on his bid to become a four-time champion in an event he first won at the 2004 Athens Olympics. The 200 IM is one of two races that Phelps can win for the fourth straight time, along with the still-to-come 100 butterfly.Phelps said hes been texting with former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Lewis, talking about the right way to end his career. Lewis closed out with a Super Bowl victory.Leaving everything in the pool one last time is what Im going to do, Phelps said. If thats good enough to win, well see.The Americans also led preliminaries of the womens 4x200 freestyle relay with a group that, in a bit of a surprise, included Missy Franklin.Even though she finished second at the U.S. Olympic trials, which normally wouldve meant giving her the afternoon off along with expected anchor Katie Ledecky, Franklins poor form prompted the coaches to rest Leah Smith instead.Anytime I can be on a relay -- whether its morning, night, in practice, whatever it is -- it means the absolute world to me, said Franklin, who didnt even qualify for the final of the 200 freestyle and has only one individual event left after the relay. We got out there and did our job. We needed to get them a good lane tonight. We know our coaches are going to make the decision putting our best foot forward.With Ledecky and Smith assured on being on the team for the final, that left two available spots. Allison Schmitt, competing in what is likely the final event of her career, clearly earned one of them with a blistering split time of 1:55.95.Franklin (1:57.03) and Melanie Margalis (1:57.04) were essentially even, though Franklins experience and resume as a five-time medalist at the 2012 London Games would seemingly give her an edge for the fourth position. Cierra Runge was the slowest of the group, 1:57.75.I want whats best for this team, Franklin said. If thats not including me, then thats what I want. If thats including me, then thats what I want. I want whats best for us and best for our country, no matter what.In other events Wednesday afternoon, world-record holder Cate Campbell of Australia was top qualifier in the 100 freestyle with an Olympic-record time of 52.78. Simone Manuel of the United States took the second spot, followed by Sarah Sjostrom of Sweden and defending Olympic champion Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands.Another American, Abbey Weitzeil, advanced with the seventh-fastest time. So did Campbells younger sister, reigning world champion Bronte, in the eighth spot.Rikke Moller Pedersen of Denmark set the pace in the womens 200 breaststroke, which provides another chance for American Lilly King and Russias Yulia Efimova to carry on their rivalry. This one doesnt figure to be as dramatic as their showdown in the 100 breast.King, who beat Efimova for the gold in the shorter race after calling out the Russians doping history, is not nearly as dominant in the longer race. She barely qualified for the semifinals with the 15th-best time. Efimova was eighth.Russias Evgeny Rylov led the way in the 200 backstroke, followed by Chinas Xu Jiayu, Australias Mitch Larkin and Americans Ryan Murphy and Jacob Pebley.Murphy already won gold in the 100 back.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at His work can be found at Lebron 14 Low Black . The native of Mont-Tremblant, Que., captured a World Cup downhill event Saturday, his second this year and fifth career victory on the circuit. Mens Nike Basketball Shoes LeBron Zoom Soldier 10 Cool Grey . - The Washington Redskins have cut defensive lineman Adam Carriker and punter Sav Rocca. . -- Matt Rupert scored once in regulation and again in the shootout as the London Knights extended their win streak to nine games by defeating the Owen Sound Attack 4-3 on Friday in Ontario Hockey League action. Kyrie S1 Hybrid For Sale . Booth picked up 65 caps after making her national team debut in 2002 at the age of 17. She most recently played for Sky Blue FC of the National Womens Soccer League. "It just felt like it was my time to move on," she said in a phone interview from her hometown of Burlington, Ont. Kobe XI Elite Low Black . Rinne played two periods in his first game since left hip surgery in early May. Gabriel Bourque scored 3:07 into the second period and Austin Watson tallied 5:15 later for Nashville. Europes League of Legends campaign started on such a disastrous note that many had given up hope. In the process, such doubters had overlooked H2ks history of prowess on the Rift, dismissing its viability following a 1W-2L showing before the start of the second week of the 2016 World Championship.H2k, however, decided there would be no EUlogy after all. It qualified to the World Championship playoffs in style, winning four games in a row -- twice against EDward Gaming, one of the favorites going into the tournament.The doubters forgot that, on paper, H2k had been a clear favorite for Group B qualification. It had the potential to upset EDG provided the squad performed to the standard it showcased in Europe throughout the year.Week One: AdaptationThe whole may be greater than the sum of its parts, but the parts certainly matter. H2k players Marcin Jankos Jankowski, Kostantinos FORG1VEN Tzortziou and Oskar VandeR Bogdan had had limited international experience before their World Championship appearance, and they hadnt undergone the rigors of scrimmages and stage play on a global scale.In theory, H2k features strong lanes with a penchant for brutal dominion over opponents. In practice, its more of a challenge than it might seem to translate a lane advantage into a win. For example, the teamwork required may be daunting, and difficulties might be further aggravated by the stage fright that many performers experience when playing in an unfamiliar place. For VandeR and his teammates, the World Championship represented such an environment.H2k held the initiative throughout its first two games, although it only won one of them, but its third bout (against EDG) was over at the start. The Europeans execution lacked polish, leaving them vulnerable to devastating counterattacks. Ahq feasted upon H2ks lack of vision (and ensuing exploitable decisions), and EDG capitalized on lapses of focus across the board to snowball from the top lane down.Without those lapses, H2ks moves would have tipped the game in its favor as it would have preserved map control while building an advantage, as was the case against INTZ eSports. However, the teams reliance on Andrei Odoamne Pascu as a sparkplug for teamfight initiation ended up failing it as much as the backline did, and his foray into Rumble against EDG turned fruitless following a series of misplays in a counter-gank situation.Week Two: ConfidenceDespite their week one showing, H2k was not done. The talk about the region -- much of which was rather fatalistic -- did not apply to this squad, as it held the keys to a number of tiebreaker situations for second place.dddddddddddd. H2k would still be able to contend for first place if they swept their week two contests 3-0.Throughout H2ks journey through the European League Championship Series (counting 2015), the team has relied on contributions from the top lane off of a limited gold income, and Odoamne had demonstrated his ability to impact other lanes with comparatively less gold than his counterparts across the world. His Jayce against ahq received more jungle attention and reminded opponents of his ability to play tanks and carries to successful effect; his takeovers on Rumble were surprising unless one looked deeper: his 0W-4L stat on Rumble in 2016 before week two concealed an 8W-3L record in 2015.The bottom laners also hit their stride as VandeR steered away from the risky gambles he had made during week one, allowing Odoamne, Ryu Ryu Sang-wook and Jankos to snowball the lane if they hadnt already.Come crunch time, the focus and communication jitters that plagued H2k disappeared, save for an ahq Baron Nashor steal, which left the team speechless until VandeR reinitiated the communication process, according to an interview. The often-emotional crew (with Jankos at the core) was able to refocus on the game and evaluate its winning conditions on-the-fly, paving the way for a Group C takeover.A new hopeIn retrospect, H2ks first-place seed in Group C allowed it to dodge a hefty bullet. As the sole Western first seed alongside three South Korean squads, it has been able to postpone confrontations with SK Telecom T1, ROX Tigers and Samsung Galaxy to the semifinals at the soonest.Had it finished second in the group, its road to the finals could have been comparatively testier, if not impossible. Instead, EDG will be the one facing SK Telecom T1 and -- if it succeeds -- the winner of the ROX Tigers versus Royal Never Give Up contest in the semifinals.H2k had the best possible outcome among second seed opponents, drawing the unpredictable Albus NoX Luna -- the first wildcard team to ever qualify for Worlds quarterfinals. Despite its undeniable prowess, ANXs defeats at the hands of ROX Tigers and G2 Esports highlighted decisionmaking blunders from the jungle, a weakness Jankos would be wise to exploit come Oct. 16. 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