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A slimmed down and happy Michael Phelps said his passion for swimming is bringing him back to the sport, 18 months after his retirement following the London Olympics.

The 22-time Olympic medalist will swim in competition Thursday for the first time since Aug. 4, 2012, a gap of 628 days. Phelps is swimming only in the 100-meter butterfly on the first day of the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, scratching from the 100 freestyle. He also could swim in the 50 free, doing butterfly stroke, on Friday. [Continue Reading]

What is swimming without Michael Phelps? We’re happy he’s back and we don’t care who he’s doing it for. One last run for Michael Phelps!



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Their names were written on the corners of his racing bib. Martin. Sean. Krystle. Lingzi. “They helped carry me through,” Meb Keflezighi said after one of the most memorable victories in the Boston Marathon’s 118-year history. Keflezighi became the first American man since 1983 to wear the laurel wreath. He did so when this city needed it the most. With the backdrop of so much tragedy, in front of those gravely wounded in last year’s attacks and in memory of the four killed last year, Keflezighi raised his arms in victory as he crossed the finish line at 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. He looked up to the sky, then kissed the ground three times. He took a bow, then emotion won out as he put his hands over his face and broke into tears. [Continue Reading]

There are no inspirational words that can be said that haven’t already been said. Nothing will bring back the lives of those who were killed during last year’s marathon. The inspiration comes from every single person that ran the marathon yesterday. Every single person that was part of the event. And those that were lost will never be forgotten.



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There are all sorts of reasons why Liverpool would be popular champions across much of England, except Manchester. There is the emotion of the Hillsborough anniversary. There is the residual good will for the way Liverpool showed that English clubs can compete consistently in Europe. There is the feeling that, unlike Chelsea and Manchester City, Liverpool would not have had the title bought for them by its owners. But the 3-2 victory at Norwich on Sunday that took Liverpool five points clear with three matches to play displayed yet another aspect of its appeal: Liverpool games are so darn entertaining. In 35 games, Liverpool has scored 96 goals, eight more than Manchester City and 29 more than the third-most potent team, Chelsea. Just how thrillingly dangerous that attack is was shown in the first 11 minutes as Raheem Sterling and Luis Suárez fired Liverpool to another quick lead. [Continue Reading]

I’m not a Liverpool fan, but man are they enjoyable to watch. I would have absolutely no problem if they won the English Premier League. Between Sterling, Sturridge, and Suarez – you have three of the most entertaining players in the league. Suarez isn’t a likeable guy – but he’s the player of the year and it isn’t even close. I can’t remember the last time it was as obvious as that.



Gareth Bale paid back all of his world-record transfer fee with one lung-busting, Spanish Cup-winning wonder goal. It was his 20th for Real Madrid, his first against Barcelona. The match had been dubbed the game of his life and he produced the goal of his career to settle it.

There were shades of ‘Taxi for Maicon’ when he picked the ball up on the halfway line and steamed down the left. Bartra barged him off the field but he still went past the young defender, cut into the area and shot past Jose Pinto. [Continue Reading]

What a brilliant match. It’s what we’ve come to expect from Real vs. Barca, but they always seem to remind us. This is one of those goals in which a big name player new to a team officially earns his uniform. This would be that case. It was also a reminder of how incredible Bale can be. We forgot that for a minute



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Donald Trump never did run for governor of New York. But now he might be on to his next project: buying the Buffalo Bills. “It’s very serious,” Erie County Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy said. “He’s long had an interest in professional sports.”

Langworthy, who met with Trump in Manhattan on Monday, said the billionaire is “doing all due diligence” as he considers making an offer to purchase the franchise. The acquisition would be close to $1 billion, Langworthy said, although it’s unclear at this point if Trump would work by himself or with an ownership group to make a bid. [Continue Reading]

Well, I guess all the professional sports teams are going to be owned by rich celebrities at some point. At least that’s how it’s trending. I don’t really know if the NBA can handle Mark Cuban and Donald Trump. It actually could be pretty interesting and entertaining.



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Michael Phelps is expected to come out of retirement and compete in his first meet since the 2012 Olympics next week, his coach confirmed to USA TODAY Sports. This move paves the way for the 22-time Olympic medalist to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, which would be Phelps’ fifth Games.

​USA Swimming announced Monday that it expects Phelps, along with other swimming stars such as Ryan Lochte and Katie Ledecky, to compete at the Arena Grand Prix in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24-26.​ [Continue Reading]

You know how bummed we were about the all the athletes who have retired and unretired – this is not one of them. Welcome back Michael – we didn’t want you to leave. You make swimming much more exciting.



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For all his quirkiness, including the homemade swing and the rambling interviews and the — believe it or not — Twitter conversations with his followers on the morning of the final round of a major championship he is leading, Bubba Watson is a remarkable talent. Watson put his ability on full display Sunday, shooting a final-round 69 at Augusta National to pull away from Jordan Spieth on the back nine and win his second Masters in three years. Only eight other players have won the Masters in such a short span — including Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Jack Nicklaus. [Continue Reading]

Watson put himself in some pretty elite company winning the Masters on Sunday. It wasn’t the drama we had hoped for, but credit to Watson for a very, very solid round. You kind of knew in the back of your head that the kid would be up against it going into the final round of the Masters giving Watson even a greater chance. It’s amazing to me – some guys just seem to solve the riddle of Augusta. Watson is one of them.



Ross Barkley justified his own hype in Everton’s 3-0 win at Newcastle, netting a goal of the season contender to open the scoring against Alan Pardew’s men. Showing off the pace, skill and confidence which has won him a regular starting berth under Roberto Martinez this season, Barkley picked up the ball inside his own half and didn’t stop running.The England man, who on this evidence looks certain of a plane ticket to Brazil this summer, proceded to travel almost the entire length of the pitch, powering his way beyond Paul Dummett and Cheick Tiote. [Continue Reading]

The kid is an absolute future star. I would keep him on the World Cup roster just in case you need an injection of energy and creativity. He’s also a clinical finisher. The future is bright for this kid.





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