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League is the clubs priority this season.We know the main target this year

in Wave One Thu Dec 28, 2017 10:49 am
by wzh123 • 11 Posts

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Now that his flag-carrying duties are out of the way, Michael Phelps is eager to get started on his fifth Olympics.That will likely come Sunday in the 4x100-meter freestyle relay, a title the Americans are gunning to reclaim after getting chased down by the French in 2012.Phelps expected debut would be one of the highlights on the second day of swimming at the Rio Games, though hed have to share the spotlight with Katie Ledecky.Shell be seeking the first of an expected three individual gold medals, going in as a heavy favorite in the 400 freestyle. The only suspense seems to be whether shell break her own world record.Ledecky already picked up her first medal of the games, anchoring the womens 4x100 free relay to a silver-medal finish behind Australia on Saturday.Phelps, the most decorated athlete in Olympic history, wants to do his part for the mens relay team.Thats something Ive had the privilege to be a part of since 2004, and Im hoping to have the opportunity again, Phelps said. Its always super-fast and there are always some wild, crazy splits that take place.In 2008, the Americans memorably defeated the French when Jason Lezak rallied against Alain Bernard with the fastest 100 split in history, a victory that kept Phelps on course to win a record eight gold medals in Beijing.Four years ago, the French got their revenge when Yannick Agnel caught Ryan Lochte on the anchor leg.This time, its hardly a two-country race.The Australians figure to be in the mix, especially riding the momentum of an impressive opening night at the pool. They captured two gold medals, also taking the mens 400 free when Mack Horton held off defending Olympic champion Sun Yang of China, doubling up on the one gold medal they managed during their disappointing performance at the 2012 London Games.You can probably pick three or four teams that are going to have a chance to win that relay, Phelps said. The Australians made a significant charge over the past couple of years with their mens and womens teams combined. A lot of younger guys really stepped up, and that brings more excitement to the sport.The Americans are eager for gold after getting shut out on the first night of swimming, settling for three silvers. It was a first time they failed to win at least one race during an Olympic finals session at the pool since Aug. 14, 2008 -- the lone day Phelps didnt go for gold in Beijing.Phelps has been part of the 4x100 free relay at the last three Olympics, even though the 100 free has never been one of his individual specialties. Its unfathomable that the Americans would leave off a swimmer with 18 golds and 22 medals overall, especially after a dismal performance at last years worlds when the U.S. didnt even qualify for the final -- a performance that was especially galling to Phelps, who had to sit out the meet as part of his punishment for a second drunken-driving arrest.I do know that the coaching staff will put out the four fastest guys, whoever that is, Phelps said coyly. Im looking forward to either watching or being in that race.Also on tap for the second day of swimming: finals in the womens 100 butterfly, in which Swedens Sarah Sjostrom is favored to take down defending champion Dana Vollmer of the U.S., and the mens 100 breaststroke, where Adam Peaty of Britain already took down his own world record during the preliminaries.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at . His work can be found at . Nike Shox Nz Pas Cher .35 million, one-year contract that avoided salary arbitration. 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Antonio Conte will be looking to extend his perfect start as Chelsea boss when newly-promoted Burnley visit Stamford Bridge on Saturday.Contes side has picked up three straight wins to start the overall season, but none of those victories have come easily. The Blues (2-0-0) needed late goals from Diego Costa to beat West Ham and Watford in the Premier League, before Bristol Rovers gave them a scare, coming from 3-0 down to leave Chelsea sweating over their progression late in the 3-2 League Cup win.However, Chelsea arent alone in looking a little disjointed at this early stage of the season and are expecting another tricky afternoon this weekend.There are no easy games in the Premier League, said Victor Moses, who scored the decisive goal against Rovers. Its 11 versus 11 so it will be a hard game for us, but the most important thing is to work hard together as a team.Weve won three in a row, weve got quality players who can win us games, collectively and individually, and well keep growing together.Burnley (1-0-1) produced the shock result of the early season when they beat Liverpool 2-0 last weekend. The Clarets had just 19 percent of possession, but got the better of their illustrious opponents thanks to aggressive attacking transitions coupled with the pace and cutting edge of forward Andre Gray.But even the quality of Gray couldnt help a much-changed Burnley avoid extra-time defeat to Accrington Stanley in the League Cup on Wednesday. The striker came off the bench in the second half and looked like the most danggerous player on the pitch after his introduction… until a late goalmouth scramble earned the lower league side a famous win.ddddddddddddowever, Dyche wasnt overly concerned by his teams cup exit, insisting that the Premier League is the clubs priority this season.We know the main target this year: It doesnt mean were diminishing the thought of a cup, but the main goal is what were trying to achieve in the Premier League, we know that, Dyche said. We know the challenge thats ahead of us and we know theres a group that wed more be hoping to get points against and we know theres a group thats more difficult to get points against, particularly away from home, and Chelsea come into that.Dyche added.It is the beauty of football, thats why we all love it, when you can go away to these places with a bit of freedom, take on the game and see what comes your way, he said.Its obvious were not leading the market with finance and depth of squad, but what will become apparent, and it already has, is we are willing for the challenge and well give every inch of ourselves to achieve what we want.Chelsea have taken 10 points from their last four Premier League games against Burnley, and won the title on both of the last two occasions the Clarets were in the top-flight.However, Burnley will back themselves to at least score -- theyve found the net in all but one of their last either meetings with the Blues. 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