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RIO DE JANEIRO -- When Michael Phelps decided to come out of retirement, he circled one race in particular on the Olympic schedule.The 200-meter butterfly.At the London Games, in what was supposed to be his Olympic farewell, Phelps was leading as he came to the wall in the stroke he does better than anyone.But he mistimed the finish, glided a little too long, and was edged by Chad le Clos.That result has irked Phelps ever since.On Tuesday night, hell get a chance to make amends against the South African.Call it the Rematch in Rio.Should be a fun race, Phelps said.Le Clos knows hell be facing the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, a highly motivated rival still at the top of his game as he showed in leading the United States to a stirring victory in the 4x100 freestyle relay.But Le Clos isnt backing down.May the best man win, he said. Ill race my heart out.A pair of Hungarians could also be part of the mix. Tamas Kenderesi posted the fastest time in the semifinals, edging out Phelps, and five-time Olympic medalist Laszlo Cseh put up the third-fastest time. Le Clos was fourth, not bad considering it was the back end of a grueling double, coming less than an hour after he claimed silver in the 200 freestyle.Of course theres a huge rivalry between Michael and myself, Le Clos said. I race to win and I want to beat Michael.Television cameras caught Phelps with a serious game face before the semifinal swim as he stared in the direction of Le Clos, a moment Twitter users immediately flipped into memes poking fun at Phelps intensity.Phelps will be going for the 20th gold medal of his career, but the South African has plenty of motivation, too. His parents, both battling cancer, are cheering him on in Rio.Its been very difficult, to say the least, the last few months, Le Clos said. When you swim for something greater than yourself, it can help you to achieve great things.Phelps will actually have two chances for gold on Tuesday. He will also be part of the 4x200 freestyle relay, a race the Americans have won at the last three Olympics.The U.S. will have a good shot at another gold in the womens 200 free, with Katie Ledecky looking to make it 2-for-2 in the longer freestyle events. She already crushed the world record in the 400 free, in addition to anchoring the Americans to a silver medal in the 4x100 free relay.Ledecky was second in the semifinals behind Swedens Sarah Sjostrom, gold medalist in the 100 butterfly.Its only a semi, Ledecky said. Its the third round that counts.Ledecky and Sjostrom arent the only women dominating at the pool.Hungarys Katinka Hosszu became the first two-time swimming gold medalist at the Rio Games with a victory in the 100 backstroke.Shell be favored for a third gold in the 200 individual medley, having obliterated the world record in the 400 IM. American Maya DiRado and Britains Siobhan-Marie OConnor, who was fastest in the semifinals, appear to be the most serious challengers to the Iron Lady.Phelps also took aim at swimmers linked to doping, an issue that has been at the forefront on the heels Russian doping scandal. Harsh words have been directed as athletes such as Yulina Efimova and Sun Yang, who previously served doping suspensions.Phelps joined the chorus of those demanding a clean competition.Youre probably going to see a lot of people speaking up more. I think something needs to be done, he said. 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WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- If there ever was a David versus Goliath matchup in the NHL, the New York Rangers versus the Winnipeg Jets is it.Hockeys largest population base versus its smallest, a team with more than 90 years of history versus one with just five (in its most recent incarnation), a squad with four Stanley Cup victories and a perennial contender versus one with not only zero championships but not a single playoff game win.Heck, the original Jets history goes back to the days of the World Hockey Association when the Rangers outbid virtually every other NHL team to sign Swedish superstars Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson away in 1978.So, yeah, you could say the Jets are polishing up their slingshots in advance of facing the blue shirts Thursday night at 7 p.m. (CST) at the MTS Centre. This is the second and final meeting between the two squads. The Rangers defeated the Jets 5-2 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 6.The Jets have been relying heavily this season on super rookie Patrik Laine, who not only leads all first-year players with 17 goals, but is tied with some guy named Sidney Crosby atop the NHL goal-scoring parade. The Winnipeggers will need some help from some slumping players to take the pressure off the 18-year-old, including his linemate, Nikolaj Ehlers. The 20-year-old notched 15 goals and 38 points last year but has only managed four goals and 19 assists while playing primarily on the top line this season.He is currently mired in a 14-game goal drought but hes not losing any sleep over it.Im still scoring points, were winning games -- its not a big deal for me, Ehlers told the Winnipeg Sun. So Im not too worried. But I wouldnt mind that one goes in soon.Hes not getting much sympathy from Laine.He cant score in Playstation, either, he said.Presumably, Henrik Lundqqvist is between the pipes whenever the two youngsters play the video game version of the Rangers but that wont be the case on Thursday as backup Antti Raanta will get the start.ddddddddddddRangers coach Alain Vigneault said he believes Lundqvist, who hasnt cracked the top 10 in goals against average, save percentage, win and shutouts this season, has another level.Hes our top player, you know. Hes been doing it for quite a few years. I would tell you that you look at any team right now thats winning and they are getting consistent Grade A goaltending. Were no different than anybody else. We need consistent Grade A goaltending, he told the New York Post.Both teams will be without key cogs in their wheels. The Jets hope to welcome center Mark Scheifele back after missing three games with a lower-body injury but theyll still be without defenseman Tyler Myers (lower body) and forwards Nic Petan, Shawn Matthias and Joel Armia, all out with lower-body injuries, too.The most notable absence in the Rangers lineup is center Rick Nash, who is out with a groin injury. Others who wont be suiting up include forwards Pavel Buchnevich (back spasms), Matt Puempel (concussion) and Mika Zibanejad (broken leg).If the game turns into a battle of specialty teams, the ice will definitely tilt in favor of the New Yorkers. The Jets power play is 21st in the league, operating at 15.5 percent, a significant drop from the Rangers, who are currently in ninth position and 21 percent. The Rangers kill off 84 percent of all the penalties they take, good for 10th in the NHL, far ahead of the Jets, who emerge unscathed from 80 percent of their short-handed situations, or 24th best. ' ' '



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