MAGIC MIKE (IN THE POOL)
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.