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Apr 24, 2014

‘Grandfather’ Phelps plays down Rio prospects

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Michael Phelps is playing down expectations about his return to competitive swimming but the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a mind-boggling 18 gold medals, is finding it tough to sell himself as an underdog.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old fronted a packed media conference on the eve of his eagerly-awaited comeback at a U.S. swimming Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona.

Apr 24, 2014

Swimming-’Grandfather’ Phelps plays down Rio prospects

PHOENIX, April 23 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps is playing down expectations about his return to competitive swimming but the most decorated Olympian of all time, with a mind-boggling 18 gold medals, is finding it tough to sell himself as an underdog.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old fronted a packed media conference on the eve of his eagerly-awaited comeback at a U.S. swimming Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona.

Apr 23, 2014

Phelps ditches one of his planned comeback events

PHOENIX (Reuters) – Michael Phelps has withdrawn from one of the three events he planned to compete in at his eagerly-anticipated return to competitive swimming.

Phelps had entered the heats for the 50 meters freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the three-day U.S. Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona, starting on Thursday.

Apr 23, 2014

Swimming-Phelps ditches one of his planned comeback events

PHOENIX, April 23 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps has withdrawn from one of the three events he planned to compete in at his eagerly-anticipated return to competitive swimming.

Phelps had entered the heats for the 50 metres freestyle, 100m freestyle and 100m butterfly at the three-day U.S. Grand Prix meet in Mesa, Arizona, starting on Thursday.

Apr 22, 2014

Phelps facing toughest challenge yet

By Julian Linden

(Reuters) – Michael Phelps has been swimming against the tide all his life. Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong, setting the standard for Olympic achievement with his 18 gold medals.

But now, almost two years after retiring from swimming and two months shy of his 29th birthday, the American is plunging into uncharted waters by attempting a comeback where the risk-reward ratio is heavily stacked against him.

Apr 22, 2014

Swimming-Phelps facing toughest challenge yet

April 22 (Reuters) – Michael Phelps has been swimming against the tide all his life. Time and time again he has proved the doubters wrong, setting the standard for Olympic achievement with his 18 gold medals.

But now, almost two years after retiring from swimming and two months shy of his 29th birthday, the American is plunging into uncharted waters by attempting a comeback where the risk-reward ratio is heavily stacked against him.

Apr 14, 2014

Spieth emerges as shining light after Masters debut

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Jordan Spieth may have missed his chance to become the youngest Masters champion but the 20-year-old showed he could yet be a champion for the ages.

The baby-faced Texan belied his tender years with a stunning debut at Augusta National, finishing tied for second behind Bubba Watson after flirting with history.

Apr 14, 2014

Scott frustrated after challenge fades

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Adam Scott was left to rue what might have been after his Masters defense ended with a whimper on Sunday.

The Australian’s prospects of claiming back to back titles were already a long shot after he started the final day six shots behind the eventual winner Bubba Watson.

Apr 13, 2014

McIlroy finishes Masters in top-10

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Rory McIlroy ended a frustrating Masters on a high with his best round of the tournament on Sunday to record his first top-10 finish at Augusta National.

A day after he suffered the embarrassment of being beaten by a non-competing amateur marker, McIlroy provided a reminder of what is capable of with a final round of three-under-par 69.

Apr 13, 2014

Watson upbeat about Masters prospects

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) – Bubba Watson was feeling good about his chances of winning a second Masters title despite squandering a sizeable lead in Saturday’s third round, and for good reason.

After starting the day three shots in front then extending his lead to five strokes early in his round, the American’s advantage quickly whittled away.

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