MAGIC MIKE (IN THE POOL)

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Michael Phelps wraps up his fi­nal Olympics with an un­prece­dented 18th gold medal and a 22nd medal over­all, cov­er­ing three glo­ri­ous Sum­mer Games. He re­ceives a tro­phy in­scribed, “To Michael Phelps, the great­est Olympic ath­lete of all time.” Phelps retires with twice as many golds as any other ath­lete. “I was able to put the fi­nal cherry on top of the sun­dae,” said Phelps, whose last event was the 400 med­ley re­lay. “There’s noth­ing left for me to do here.”

The United States wins more golds (46) and more medals (104) than any­one else.

Ath­letes with Austin ties haul in scores of medals, in­clud­ing Sanya Richard­sRoss’ re­demp­tive gold in the 400 me­ters.

■ Lance Arm­strong de­cides not to fight se­vere sanc­tions lev­eled against him by the U.S. Anti-Dop­ing Agency.

■ USC is voted No. 1 in the pre­sea­son foot­ball poll. The Tro­jans will fin­ish 7-5 and un­ranked.

■ The Round Rock Ex­press fol­lows up its 2011 first-place cam­paign with a los­ing record in 2012.

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