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Date & time Nov 16 '19
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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Four years ago, she was the darling of the London Games, the 17-year-old high schooler who burst onto the Olympic scene and won a female-record five medals, four of them gold. Noe Ramirez Angels Jersey . Her bubbly personality and infectious, never-ending smile made her just as popular away from the pool as she was in the water.But on a windy Monday night in South America, Missy Franklins smile went away -- at least temporarily -- replaced by reddish, tear-filled eyes and a genuine sense of confusion. Her voice shook as she tried to explain how she failed to make the final in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing last in her heat and 12th overall in a time of 1:57.56.I wish I could tell you, Franklin said when asked what went wrong. I gave it everything I had and it just wasnt there. I did the best I could.Franklins time was nearly a half-second slower than her prelim time on Monday afternoon. It was the culmination of a challenging couple of years that included a back injury in 2014 and a circuitous career path that included swimming collegiately for Cal before returning to her age-group coach, Todd Schmitz, in 2015 in hopes of finding the form that stole the show in London. But it hasnt happened. Franklin was inconsistent at the Olympic trials in Omaha last month, failing to qualify for the U.S. team in the 100 backstroke, the event in which she won her first gold in London.In Rio, she was not a favorite for gold in either of her individual events -- Mondays 200 free or the 200 backstroke that she will swim on Thursday.I felt I tried a lot harder this morning, so to go slower is one of those things Ive been trying to wrap my mind around this year, whats been going wrong, but I havent been able to figure it out, Franklin said. But you dont understand everything, and understanding doesnt always bring you peace.Schmitz said Monday that he is unaware of any injuries affecting Franklin. But he and Franklin have both suggested that she has struggled at times to balance the pressures and expectations that come with turning professional and building a career off promotional endorsements. In London, she was the fresh-faced teenager who could do no wrong. In Rio, the world expects gold-medal greatness.It also isnt easy living up to a reputation of constant glee.I definitely think its something more than physical, Schmitz said. Obviously, we saw a little bit of that manifest itself at trials. There is clearly something that is not connected. She was nervous this morning -- you could see it.Franklins Rio Olympics arent over, not with the 200-meter backstroke looming Thursday, another event in which she won gold in London (in a world record time of 2:04.06). She will also compete in the 400-meter freestyle relay on Wednesday. Schmitz is optimistic the event will help lift her spirits.When she puts that cap on that says U.S. for a relay, whether its prelims, finals or both, whatever -- she brings her A-game, Schmitz said. That will help her kick over that barrier. Shes a gamer.Added Franklin: I need to keep my head up and doing what I can every day to be the best I can be right now. You just have to put it behind you.That process began seconds after Franklin spoke to reporters, when the swimmer stopped at the end of the interview area to watch on a television as teammate Katie Ledecky competed in the second semifinal of the 200 free. It is the utterly dominant Ledecky who will likely leave Rio not only with the title of the worlds greatest female swimmer -- something many had once said of Franklin - but also as the greatest swimmer in the world, period. Yet there Franklin stood, watching with great intent as Ledecky swam the second-fastest time of the semifinals. Franklin nodded up and down, clapped, and then walked away.Its easy for people to look at elite-level athletes and just think they are superhuman, Schmitz said. But they are just like the rest of us. They have good days and bad days. Its not the result we wanted. But she left it in the pool. And we have to learn from it. Dean Chance Jersey . As he recorded his 23rd and 24th points of the evening, a segment of the sellout Air Canada Centre crowd expressed their appreciation for the Raptors point guard with a smattering of MVP chants. Tommy La Stella Jersey . -- Devin Hester is done returning kicks in Chicago. https://www.cheapangels.com/2663j-kole-calhoun-jersey-angels.html . Booth picked up 65 caps after making her national team debut in 2002 at the age of 17. She most recently played for Sky Blue FC of the National Womens Soccer League. "It just felt like it was my time to move on," she said in a phone interview from her hometown of Burlington, Ont. ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Marcell Dareus is confident he can finally begin focusing on playing football after the Bills star defensive tackle spent a four-game suspension confronting personal issues ?? including attention deficit hyperactivity disorder -- that were holding him back.Im happy to be back, and Im a better person, Dareus said Wednesday, after rejoining the Bills for practice for the first time in six weeks.I really feel I got exactly what I needed. I really sought out help when I never really asked for it, so I can take the proper steps to really help myself be the person that I want to be.Dareus understands the onus is on him after being disciplined by the NFL for violating the leagues substance abuse policy for a second consecutive season.Talk is cheap, Dareus said, reiterating a comment he made in August, when first addressing news of his suspension. Its not about words. Its all action now.Dareus revealed he did not enter a rehabilitation facility, as he initially said he would when being excused from the team on Aug. 20.Instead, Dareus sought consultation from a life coach and leaned on the advice of several Bills Hall of Famers, including defensive end Bruce Smith.Dareus acknowledged one unresolved personal issue was ADHD, which hes struggled with since his college days at Alabama. He also said he received positive reinforcement from people who dont want anything from me.The Bills top-paid player previously complained hes tried to avoid returning home to Alabama because of various distractions.Im just happy with what I did over the four weeks. I really was proactive, Dareus said. Im really optimistic of the future.The first step takes place on Sunday, when Buffalo (2-2) travels to play Los Angeles (3-1).Though Dareus is on Buffalos exempt list, coach Rex Ryan fully anticipates him to be activated by the end of the week.You hope that they learn from the mistake that they make, thats the first thing, Ryan said.And then you hope that hes ready to go and hes eager and excited about the opportunity to come back and be part of this football team. And I can tell you rightt now the answer is yes. Custom Los Angeles Angels Jerseys. So its a great thing. Im happy to get him back, I can promise you that.Dareus is a two-time Pro Bowl selection and has been a starter since Buffalo selected him with the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft.At 6-foot-3 and 331 pounds, Dareus has been a disruptive force in the middle because of his strength to shed blockers and is also quick on his feet.Off-field issues have been the only concern involving Dareus.Though the NFL did not reveal the reason behind the suspension, Dareus said it was because of a missed drug test.His one-game suspension last year stemmed from Dareus being charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia after being stopped by police in his native Alabama in May 2014.The charges were dropped when Dareus agreed to enter an NFL substance abuse program.Also in May 2014, he was arrested after crashing his Jaguar into a tree near a busy suburban intersection not far from the teams practice facility. Dareus reached a plea agreement to have the charges dropped.Dareus declined to discuss his past by saying he wants to move forward.He rejoins a defense thats started showing signs of establishing an aggressive identity , and a team thats won two straight following a 16-0 win at New England on Sunday.The Patriots were limited to 277 yards, 13 first downs and blanked at home for the first time since 1993.In a 33-18 win over Arizona a week earlier, the Bills had five sacks and forced five turnovers.Dareus said the worst part of being suspended was watching the Bills play without him.Oh, man, it was a killer, bro, he said. It ate me up inside.Dareus said hes in good shape and is up for playing as many snaps as possible.Coach and them dont want me to kill myself, Dareus said, referring to Ryans plan of easing him back. Im pretty eager to get out there. I have a lot of pent-up aggression. Im ready to go, I can say that much.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL ' ' ' 

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