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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 25, 2014
MESA, Ariz.   - Michael Phelps ended the first meet of his comeback on an odd note Friday, using his butterfly stroke to swim a 50-meter freestyle race that's never been part of his repertoire. He was swimming to tinker with his form, not to win. And the race proved a side note to a week with greater implications for the record-setting Olympian and the sport he has loved since childhood. Phelps' return sent a charge through what would have been a routine meet, and the shock waves will continue to ripple through the swimming world as long as he's around.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
MESA, ARIZ. - Michael Phelps did not forget how to win races in his 20 months away from competitive swimming. In the first swim of his comeback at the Mesa Grand Prix, Phelps posted the fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly at 52.84 seconds. “I was just so excited to swim,” Phelps said. “I literally was just so excited to get in and to race. You're going to hear this word a lot, but it was fun.” His longtime rival, Ryan Lochte, finished just behind at 52.94 seconds.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 24, 2014
MESA, Ariz. - There was a time, before the 2012 Olympics, when swimming became a grim exercise for its greatest practitioner, Michael Phelps.  The pool felt like a place of obligation, not joy, and thus Phelps walked away from the sport after bringing his record gold-medal total to 18 in London. That dread was nowhere in evidence Thursday when Phelps made his triumphant return to competitive swimming after a 20-month retirement. Phelps beamed on the starting block before his first race, acknowledging the effusive roar he'd received from a sellout crowd at the Mesa Grand Prix.  Then, he showed he could still swim a little bit. In a performance that wiped away any doubts about his form, Phelps posted the day's fastest qualifying time in the 100-meter butterfly at 52.84 seconds.
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By Jon Meoli and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
Last night's thunderstorms matched the gloom Orioles fans likely felt on their couches as the series opener with the Blue Jays progressed, so you're forgiven for not reading up on the rest of the night's action. That's why blogger/reporter Jon Meoli writes the Coffee Companion -- where every morning, Monday through Friday, he'll run back the biggest sports headlines from the previous day. Three-run shots - Blue Jays fans threw hats into center field late in Tuesday's game, marking their “hat trick” of three-run home runs in their 9-3 win over the Orioles . Toronto asked to check Miguel Gonzalez' glove for a foreign substance after four stellar innings from the Orioles starter, and the search turned up nothing.
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By Childs Walker and The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2014
MESA, ARIZ. - Michael Phelps couldn't say it enough times, even joking that he would bore questioners with his repetitive explanation for returning to competitive swimming. “I'm having fun,” he answered over and over Wednesday in his first public remarks since his comeback became official last week. Phelps, 28, will swim at the Mesa Grand Prix Thursday, his first race since he won his record-setting 18th gold medal at the 2012 Olympics. He said then he'd never be back, that he'd be relieved to live away from the pool for the first time in his life.
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By Childs Walker, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2014
For almost a year, the question was "if" Michael Phelps would return to competitive swimming. Now that Phelps is scheduled to end his 20-month retirement Thursday in Mesa, Ariz., a more nuanced question looms: Why? Phelps sounded fairly certain he no longer wanted to confine his life to the pool when he walked away from the sport after the 2012 Olympics. He had seemingly put the perfect exclamation point on his career, winning gold in his last race to bring his record medal haul to 22, including 18 golds.
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Peter Schmuck | April 15, 2014
We should all be so fortunate to be able to retire at age 27 and embark on an international quest to experience a world full of fun and privilege, but Michael Phelps - quite predictably - has come to realize that living the good life isn't going to be enough to keep him entertained. That's because there is a reason why he spent all those years getting up in the dark to swim all those endless laps. There's a reason why he is the greatest swimmer in history and the most decorated Olympian of all time.
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April 15, 2014
George Herman Ruth Jr., the pride of Pigtown, stayed in the game too long. In his last season and playing for the Boston Braves in 1935, the legendary Babe batted .181, could barely trot around the bases and stuck around mostly because he thought he'd be offered the manager's job, which he wasn't. The greatest baseball player in history retired just two months into his worst season playing for one of the losingest teams in the modern era. The sporting world is filled with cautionary tales of athletes who retired too late or staged unsuccessful comebacks.
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By Jean Marbella and Mike Klingaman, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Less than two years after he retired as the most decorated Olympian ever, Michael Phelps is diving back into competition next week - a move that could lead the Baltimore swimmer to his fifth Summer Games in 2016. Phelps will compete in the Arena Grand Prix, held in Mesa, Ariz., from April 24 to 26, USA Swimming announced Monday. It is his first competition since the London 2012 Games that brought his total medal count to 22, 18 of them gold. "The One has returned," swimming analyst Mel Stewart said, in what was typical of the delighted response to Phelps' decision.
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By Childs Walker and Philip Hersh and The Baltimore Sun | March 25, 2014
Michael Phelps' comeback inched closer to reality Tuesday when his longtime coach said the record-setting Olympian could swim in a meet “sometime soon.” “He looks like he is definitely in shape,” Phelps' coach, Bob Bowman, said. Though Phelps has been non-committal about a return to swimming, he stirred speculation last year when he rejoined the drug-testing pool for international competition. He has also worked out regularly at the North Baltimore Aquatic Club in recent months.
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