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08.01.2019 10:50
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Michael Phelps has to clear out more space in his medal case.Time to make room for gold No. 19.With yet another dazzling performance, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history added to his staggering haul Sunday night in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, giving the United States a lead it never relinquished.When I was on the block, I honestly thought my heart was going to explode out of my chest, Phelps said. I was so hyped tonight and so excited.Defending Olympic champion France was out front when Phelps dove into the water on the second leg, taking over for leadoff swimmer Caeleb Dressel. Even though the 100 free isnt one of Phelps specialties -- he has never swum it individually at the Olympics, only in the relays -- he blazed down and back in a stunning 47.12 seconds, a time that was faster than all but the three anchors on the medal-winning teams, three of the best in the world at that distance.Coming off the wall I thought my kick-out was great, Phelps said. I just wanted to hammer it, hit the touch and give them a bigger lead.That he did.Ryan Held kept the Americans in front before giving way to Nathan Adrian, the nations best sprinter.At that point, it wasnt really in doubt.But Phelps wasnt taking any chances, pounding the starting block and shouting toward Adrian as the anchor made the turn for home.When Adrian touched the wall first in 3 minutes, 9.92 seconds, Phelps thrust his right arm in the air and looked toward his infant son, Boomer, nuzzling in the arms of his mother, Nicole Johnson, the roaring crowd blocked out by the babys noise-canceling headphones.Little Boomer wont remember what his daddy did this night.But that gold medal will never let him forget.France took the silver in 3:10.53, while Australia claimed the bronze in 3:11.37, holding off a Russian team that was booed during the introductions -- a reminder of the drug scandal that has rocked the nation. Vladimir Morozov, initially banned from the Olympics, was one of Russias relay swimmers.Those ill feelings were pushed aside by the sight of Phelps once more climbing to the top step of the medal podium.Phelps likely will take his medal count to heights that may never be matched by the time hes done in Rio.Hes still got three individual events, and will surely swim two more relays. Given the form he showed in his Rio debut, five more golds are certainly within reach. As it stands, hes got 23 medals overall.Thats the fastest 100 free Ive ever gone in my career, so I hope thats a good sign, Phelps said. I guess well see over the next couple of days. But Im very pleased with the start.For Phelps, it was the fastest relay time hes ever produced at the Olympics. Faster even than 2008, when his Great Haul of China -- a record eight gold medals that broke Mark Spitzs longstanding record -- included a time of 47.51 in the 4x100 free relay.At age 31, the guy can still amaze.After the race, Phelps reached down to help Adrian out of the pool.While he did it, millions of Americans watching at home saw several purple dots on Phelps back and shoulder.Some kind of new tattoo? Did he take a nap on a bed of tennis balls?No, the circles are the result of cupping, a therapy technique that athletes use to help their muscles recover and perform at their best. It involves a therapist heating small glass cups, then placing them on the skin and pulling them from the body to loosen and relax the muscles.Some experts are skeptical of the treatments effectiveness, but Phelps has been using it regularly for a while.Later, while taking that familiar victory lap around the pool -- a route he knows so well -- a single tear ran down his cheek.Phelps no doubt was remembering the ups and downs of the past four years. A second drunken-driving arrest. Six weeks of therapy. Giving up alcohol. Getting engaged to Johnson. Reconnecting with his estranged father. Becoming a father himself for the first time.Phelps retired four years ago, insisting he was done with swimming, only to return for what he calls his real farewell, the one that will send him out the way he really wants to go.It felt good to get my last 400 free relay of my career with this thing around my neck, he said. It feels good to get it back.Now, to make more room in the case. 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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. CLEVELAND -- About four months before the 2011 draft, over a hundred scouts descended upon the baseball complex at a private academy west of Orlando. They were there to eye a couple of teenagers born in Puerto Rico who would become the drafts most coveted shortstops.At 12 years old and with minimal knowledge of English, Javier Baez and Francisco Lindor left the island and moved to Florida. They excelled with sparkling play, Baez for Arlington Country Day School in Jacksonville and Lindor for Montverde Academy, which hosted that hyped high school game.That was like a mini World Series, said Baez on Monday, reminiscing about the game his team won in their senior years. That was a special evening. So many scouts, so much attention.Five years later, Baez and Lindor will face each other again as rivals in the World Series, starting Tuesday.Baez is a slick second baseman with the Chicago Cubs. Lindor is a smooth shortstop for the Cleveland Indians.Breakout stars of the postseason with their exceptional play and poise, Baez and Lindor also epitomize a talented crop of players from Puerto Rico.In the 2011 draft, the Indians drafted Lindor with the eight overall pick, and the Cubs picked Baez with the next one. Theres also Carlos Correa, the Houston Astros shortstop who in 2012 became the first Puerto Rican drafted first overall and who won the AL Rookie of the Year in 2015.We spent a ton of time with both of them, said Indians scouting director Brad Grant. Javy was a really good player, too. We went back and forth with those two. And our scouts did a really a good job of getting to know them. In the end, what separated it for us, it was Franciscos ability to play short, which is very hard to coome by.dddddddddddd. And a switch-hitter on top of it, with offensive abilities as well.The 22-year-old Lindor marveled Monday about the similar path he shares with Baez ever since they were kids in Puerto Rico.We follow the same route to the majors. He left to help his family, and I did the same for mine, looking for a better future, Lindor said. We are two shortstops from Puerto Rico, drafted eight and nine, now playing each other in the World Series, still growing. This is insane. Its a blessing. I feel so proud for Puerto Rico.Both their families moved to the United States so they could polish their talents, enduring hardships along the way.In Baezs case, they also wanted his sister, Noely, to get better health care for spina bifida, a disabling birth defect. Noely died at 21 years old in April of 2015. Baez was 12 when his father, Angel Luis, died after suffering a head wound in a fall in the bathroom at home.Its just unreal that I will be playing against him, said the 23-year-old Baez. Our families are very close. His family spent Thanksgiving with us two years ago. And as players, its like were the same. We play to have fun, and do crazy things on the field.Baez won co-MVP honors in the NL Championship Series. On Saturday night, soon after he helped the Cubs beat the Los Angeles Dodgers to advance to their first World Series since 1945, Baez was texting with Lindor.`Is this a dream? Lindor recalled texting when speaking with reporters. I said, `I think so. I havent woken up yet and I dont want to wake up. Im living my dream, let*s keep doing the same. 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