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OMAHA, Neb. -- Michael Phelps surged to the wall, and then whipped around to spot his time.That number wasnt really important.The only thing that mattered was No. 5.Phelps became the first male swimmer to qualify for five Olympics with a victory in the 200-meter butterfly at the U.S. swimming trials Wednesday night, another huge milestone in the water but even more significant given whats happened away from the pool.A second drunken-driving arrest. A re-evaluation of his life. An impending marriage. And his first child.With 7-week-old Boomer in the arms of his mother at the CenturyLink Center, Phelps cruised to a victory that meant as much personally as all those triumphs that came before.The most decorated athlete in Olympic history is Rio bound.With everything thats happened and being able to come back, that was probably harder than any swim Ive had in my life, Phelps said. Just being able to finish how I want to is so important to me. Getting on this team is what I wanted to do.He wasnt the only one feeling a bit of redemption.Missy Franklin turned in one of the gutsiest performances of her career to earn a spot for Rio in the 200 freestyle. One night after she struggled to seventh in the 100 backstroke -- an event she won four years ago in London -- there was plenty of speculation that shed be hard-pressed to qualify for any individual events at these games.Franklin herself sounded as though shed be happy just getting on the team as a relay swimmer.Turns out, shell be busier than that in Brazil.While Katie Ledecky romped to victory in the 200 free, earning a second individual event at the Olympics, Franklin rallied over the second half of the race to claim the runner-up spot.Franklins coach, Todd Schmitz, pumped his fists and charged down the steps of the arena to congratulate his bubbly swimmer, one of the biggest stars of the London Games.She finally had reason to smile.Last night was really tough and coming back from that, I was telling myself, `Im not done fighting. Im not done with believing in myself, Franklin said. Thats probably the most proud race Ive ever swam in my entire career, coming back from such a loss last night and telling myself that I still have it in me to do whatever I believe I can do.Phelps held off a stiff challenge from Tom Shields to win the 200 fly -- the first event Phelps ever swam at the Olympics, 16 years ago in Sydney.One day before his 31st birthday, Phelps came full circle in the race hes always considered his baby.Phelps touched in 1:54.84 -- far off the world record of 1:51.51 he set at the 2009 world championships while wearing one of the high-tech suits that have since been banned.Theres time to work on his speed between now and Rio.For now, Phelps sounds like an Olympic rookie talking about the thrill of going back to the Olympics, where hell get a chance to add to the already staggering amount of hardware hes accumulated at the last four Summer Games: 18 golds and 22 medals overall.He also joined a pretty exclusive group with Dara Torres, who made five Olympics on the female side.I just said, `Welcome to the club, the now-retired Torres said. Just to see his emotions and how excited he was and relieved, it was really nice to see.Going along for the ride this time is Boomer, who wore noise-canceling headphones adorned with American flags so he wouldnt be startled by the huge roar that went up when his daddy touched the wall first.After the award ceremony, Phelps ran around the deck to find his fiance, Nicole Johnson, and their child. They all embraced at the edge of the stands, Phelps leaning in to kiss their boy while Nicole pulled the swimmers head close to her.Phelps couldnt help but reflect on his stumbles since London, most notably another DUI arrest in 2014 that prompted him to take a whole new look at his life. He reconnected with his long-estranged father, gave up alcohol and committed himself to closing his career with a flourish.He had retired after London, but changed his mind.This time, Phelps insists, it really will be his final Olympics.He can share this with his son one day, said Torres, who competed at the Olympics after becoming a mother. It makes the Olympic experience a little bit different when you have a child.Ledecky added the 200 free to her rapidly growing Olympic schedule, winning comfortably with a time of 1:54.88. She already won the 400 free and still has two more events to go in Omaha.But all eyes were on Franklin, who touched in 1:56.18 to edge out Leah Smith by just under a half-second. Allison Schmitt, the defending gold medalist, settled for fourth but that will at least be good enough to get another London star on the team as a relay swimmer.Ledecky and Franklin embraced on deck after climbing out of the pool.Shes one tough cookie, Ledecky said. 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Discount Nike Football Jerseys .ca looks back at the stories and moments that made the year memorable.Day one of free agency was as chaotic as ever, with a vast number of the best-available players being snapped-up as soon as the signing window opened. Regardless of what happens during the season, the effects of this free agency window will be felt in the coming months and years, with some enormous contracts being dished out, instantly raising the market value of a number of NFL players.A number of teams have already made a big statement of intent. Risks have been taken, and massive sums of money have been spent. Meanwhile, others still look like they have a huge amount of work to do on the personnel front. Although as history shows, it is not always the teams who spend big at this stage that go on to achieve success. Granted there are really no winners or losers at this stage - that will be determined when the teams return to the field in September. But, we take a look at who might just have given themselves a proper shot at success when the season returns.WINNERSOakland Raiders Sean Smith is the latest big-name arrival in Oakland Key arrivals: Bruce Irvin (linebacker), Kelechi Osemele (offensive tackle/guard), Sean Smith (cornerback)Verdict: The Raiders long held a reputation for dreadful drafting, and struggled on the field. But, they appear to have got the draft side of things right having developed 2014 pick Khalil Mack into one of the best defenders in football, and have Derek Carr, one of the best young quarterbacks in the league.And it looks like they might just have got free agency right too. Bruce Irvin never quite developed into the dominant force in Seattle that the Seahawks anticipated, but alongside Mack, he will provide one of the most fearsome-looking pass rushes in football.Kelechi Osemele was widely regarded as the premier offensive lineman available, and the Raiders paid big to get their man, handing the former Ravens star a massive five-year, $60m contract. It is the largest deal for a guard by some distance. But, it should be an excellent signing. With excellent physicality and blocking ability, Osemeles acquisition will allow Carr to continue to flourish, while running back Latavius Murray could also be in for a solid season.The club have also agreed a four-year, $40m deal with cornerback Sean Smith, who has been one of the NFLs most consistent at the position for a number of years, and upgrades a needy secondary, following the retirement of Charles Woodson. Review the opening night of free agency as Brock Osweiler and Olivier Vernon made high-profile moves. Jacksonville JaguarsKey arrivals: Malik Jackson (defensive end), Tashaun Gipson (safety), Chris Ivory (running back), Brad Nortman (punter), Marcedes Lewis (tight end, re-signed)Verdict: With a starting cap room of $79m, the Jaguars had the largest pool of money available to them in the NFL. So it should come as no surprise that they have spent big. Like Oakland, the Jaguars have a young squad, and one that only looks like getting better. The one disappointment for them was that they were not available to sign defensive end Olivier Vernon, despite a big push. Malik Jackson joins Jacksonville with a Super Bowl win to his name They added to the offence built around young quarterback Blake Bortles by bringing in Jets running back Chris Ivory on the back of a career-year, and as a physical, bruising back he will complement TJ Yeldon.But it was on the other side of the ball they they needed to make their mark, and they have done. In Super Bowl touchdown-scoring defensive end Malik Jackson, the Jags have a player in his prime, and he will be the finishing touch to an already imposing looking offensive line. Jacksonvilles best deal, perhaps, is the signing of safety Tashaun Gipson on a five-year, $35.5m contract. Despite coming off of a poor 2015 in Cleveland, Gipson is one of the top playmaking safeties around and could prove a steal.WINNERS... FOR NOWNew York GiantsKey arrivals: Jason-Pierre Paul (defensive end, re-signed), Olivier Vernon (defensive end), Janoris Jenkins (cornerback), Damon Harrison (defensive tackle)Verdict: The Giants went on what can only be described as a spending spree, and are perhaps the most difficult team to assess. They dished-out around $200m worth of contracts on Wednesday, aimed at addressing the glaring needs on their defence. Olivier Vernon is now the highest-paid defensive player in the NFL There is no question they have done that, but the pressure will be on right away to prove the players were worth the money. Former Miami defensive end Olivier Vernon has been signed to a mammoth five-year, $85m contract and will now be the highest-paid defensive player in the entire NFL.Plus, Janoris Jenkins has been signed to a huge five-year, $62m deal making him the second-highest paid cornerback in the game. Inconsistency has been an issue for Jenkins, so there will be much interest on how this one plays out.The pressure will be on new head coach Ben McAdoo immediately. While the value will be questioned, come September, the Giants will have put themselves in a position to make a charge in the unpredictable NFC East.Houston TexansKey arrivals: Brock Osweiler (quarterback), Lamar Miller (running back), Jeff Allen (guard) Highlights of new Houston quarterback Brock Osweiler’s Week 11 performance for Denver Broncos against Chicago Bears. Verdict: The Texans have taken a chance on Brock Osweiler, there is no doubt about that. The former Denver quarterback has agreed a four-year, $72m contract - despite only making seven starts in the NFL. But, this is a player who has learned under Peyton Manning for four years and been on a Super Bowl-winning team, and certainly has a lot of upside.The Texans will hope Osweiler is the long-term solution they have craved since 2013. After using seven different quarterbacks in the last two seasons, head coach Bill OBrien will finally believe he has the player he needs.If Osweiler pans out as Houston hope, they could be on the road to success.They also signed running back Lamar Miller from Miami, on a four-year, $26m contract. With all-time rusher Arian Foster now gone after an injury-hit 2015, the Texans have secured the man they can take theiir running game forward - and Miller can also catch a pass.dddddddddddd Losing guard Brandon Brooks was a blow, but softened by the arrival of Jeff Allen from Kansas City.Philadelphia EaglesKey arrivals: Nigel Bradham (linebacker), Brandon Brooks (guard), Ron Brooks (cornerback), Chase Daniel (quarterback), Leodis McKelvin (cornerback, return man), Rodney McLeod (safety), Sam Bradford (quarterback re-signed)Key departures: Nolan Carroll (cornerback), Walter Thurmond (safety), Kiko Alonso (linebacker - traded), Byron Maxwell (cornerback - traded), DeMarco Murray (running back - traded) DeMarco Murray has joked that his year in Philadelphia felt like a Verdict: Philadelphia sneak into the winners section perhaps more down to the departures from the club than who they have brought in. New general manager Howie Roseman has shipped-out former coach Chip Kellys expensive flops, and has began to rebuild accordingly.Philly have sent linebacker Kiko Alonso and cornerback Byron Maxwell to Miami. Alonso has missed 21 games over the past two seasons with injury, while Maxwell, amid shoulder problems, never showed why Kelly gave him a six-year, $63m contract. This move gets two ineffective and expensive players off of the team, and has also seen the Eagles swap draft picks with Miami, meaning they will now pick eighth in 2016.Roseman has also offloaded the disappointing DeMarco Murray to Tennessee, after a year with an average of a mere 3.6 yards per carry.Quarterback Sam Bradford has been retained, and at $18m a year, looks not too bad a price compared to Brock Osweiler and Kirk Cousins. Chase Daniel will provide competition there, while safety Rodney McLeod is a good value signing from the Rams.TO BE DETERMINED.....Miami DolphinsKey arrivals: Mario Williams (defensive end), Kiko Alonso (linebacker - traded), Byron Maxwell (cornerback - traded), Isa Abdul-Quddus (safety) Byron Maxwell arrives in Miami with a number of question marks surrounding him Key departures: Rishard Matthews (wide receiver), Lamar Miller (running back), Olivier Vernon (defensive end), Brent Grimes (cornerback), Greg Jennings (wide receiver)Verdict: All of the reasons why that trade works out better for Philadelphia are above. They have taken over two big contracts on players who have badly struggled in the past year, and Miami now move out of the top ten picks of the draft.The Dolphins spent big last summer on Ndamukong Suh, and the former Detroit defensive tackle did not perform as a player on a six-year, $114m contract should. But, Miami have dished out the big money again.One player they didnt go all out for was their own defensive end Olivier Vernon, widely regarded as the best free agent available. The New York Giants stumped up, and made him the highest-paid defensive player in football. In his place, 31-year old Mario Williams has arrived from Buffalo on a two-year, $17m deal. Like Alonso and Maxwell, Williams is coming off of one his least productive seasons, and the jury will be out on the 2006 No 1 draft pick.Houston also nabbed Miamis starting running back Lamar Miller, paying him just under $7m a year. It is a little surprising that the club couldnt offer similar, and instead, the Dolphins now have another need at another position. Free Agency LIVE! Keep a track of the very latest moves MUCH TO DODenver BroncosKey arrivals: Von Miller (linebacker, re-signed), Derek Wolfe (defensive end - re-signed)Key departures: Brock Osweiler (quarterback), Malik Jackson (defensive end), Danny Trevathan (linebacker), Evan Mathis (guard), Peyton Manning (quarterback - retired) Peyton Mannings retirement was expected to see Brock Osweiler take over as Denver quarterback Verdict: The curse of the Super Bowl win has certainly struck for Denver. Just a month on from their finest hour in Santa Clara, they now find themselves without a quarterback and with a couple of big holes on defence.Peyton Mannings retirement was no secret. So, all signs pointed towards Brock Osweiler, the 25-year old groomed to replace Manning since 2012, being the man to replace him - especially after performing well after filling in for the former Colt for half of the regular season. But general manager John Elway reportedly wouldnt go above $16m a year, and the Texans swooped in with an offer of $18m a year to steal Osweiler away.In a league devoid of top-quality quarterbacks, options for the Broncos will be slim. Colin Kaepernick and Robert Griffin III are probably the best options available, considering there appears to be no interest in Ryan Fitzpatrick.Elsewhere, Malik Jackson headed to Jacksonville, while linebacker Danny Trevathan left to join old head coach John Fox in Chicago. But, perhaps the next big stumbling block for the Broncos will be Von Miller. Beyond the franchise tag, the effect of Olivier Vernons gigantic deal on the NFL will no doubt affect Millers value - the Super Bowl MVP may think he deserves to be the highest-paid defensive player, and that is something Elway will have to address. Could the Broncos call upon Robert Griffin III? Cleveland BrownsKey arrivals: NoneKey departures: Travis Benjamin (wide receiver), Tashaun Gipson (safety), Alex Mack (center), Mitchell Schwartz (offensive tackle)Verdict: The Browns have lost a number of big-name players - and Johnny Manziel still is not one of them. With Hue Jackson in charge, and a new front office, a fresh start for the ever-struggling club is understandable, but letting go of the talent they have allowed to leave without much of a fight is questionable.Center Alex Mack voided his contract, and looked like he had his heart set on leaving. Atlanta swooped, and signed arguably the top player in the position in the NFL. However, Mitchell Schwartz - again, one of the best tackles in the NFL - was negotiating with Cleveland, when the club suddenly pulled their offer. That is despite Schwartz not missing a single game since being drafted in 2012. Mack took things into his own hands, but letting Schwartz go has left many questions. Travis Benjamin will be catching passes for the Chargers next season Tashaun Gipson, as discussed earlier, is one of the top playmaking safeties in the league, while wide receiver Travis Benjamin was allowed to join San Diego without much of a whimper. That is despite Benjamin having his best year in 2015, catching 68 passes for 966 yards and five touchdowns.It is a strange start to the new football year for Cleveland, and leaves them with even more pressing needs than they already had.HONOURABLE MENTIONSThe Cincinnati Bengals kept hold of safety George Iloka and cornerback Adam Jones, which is very good business indeed. But, they also lost their No 2 and No 3 wide receivers in Marvin Jones to Detroit and Mohamed Sanu, who has gone to Atlanta. They have simply paid the price for having two of the best available in a free agency class very thin on wide receivers.Chip Kellys arrival at the San Francisco 49ers had many expecting a big free agency splash, similar to Philadelphias chaotic 2015 showing. But, in the end, a team already with a number of glaring needs lost long-time starting guard Boone, adding only a backup quarterback in Thad Lewis, although they did manage to re-sign tackle Ian Williams. Also See: Free Agency LIVE! 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