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RIO DE JANEIRO -- After winning his fifth medal at the Rio Olympics,?Michael Phelps?dismissed the idea of participating in the 2020 Games. Air Force 1 Offerte .The most decorated Olympian of all time finished his individual races with a three-way tie for the silver medal behind?Joseph Schooling?of Singapore in the 100-meter butterfly Friday night.Im not competing in four years, Phelps told reporters, rejecting comments made by?Ryan Lochte?earlier Friday about Phelps possible presence in Tokyo.He said hes going to retire after 2012, and I was the only one that said hed come back, Lochte said about Phelps. And I think hes coming back again. He loves that excitement, loves that challenge on the block against seven swimmers. I think with a different purpose, hes going to come back and push his limits. Ill be back and I want him back because we push each other. USA needs this. Hes been the backbone.Phelps, who will be 35 in 2020, closed the door right after stepping down from the podium.Ill clarify: Ryan [Lochte] doesnt know what hes talking about. Im not coming back in 2020. I saw that today and I thought, Oh, thanks Ryan! Throwing me out there for another four years. If he wants to come back for another four years, it will be fun to watch, Phelps said.Throughout Phelps comeback for Rio, he insisted the 2016 Games would be the last competition of his career. But during a news conference last week, Phelps left open the possibility of competing after these Olympics.Ill say this just in case of a comeback ... my potential last Olympics. Just so you guys dont beat me to death if I come back. No, Im not. But Ill just say that, Phelps told reporters while answering a question about his son, Boomer, being able to see him compete in Rio. It was the first time Phelps had even hinted Rio might not be the end.Saturday will be the final day of swimming for Phelps in Rio and the last opportunity to add one more medal to his all-time Olympic record of 27. He will compete in the mens 4x100-meter medley relay final.The Associated Press contributed to this report. Nike Air Force 1 Ingrosso . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. Nike Air Force 1 In Vendita . LOUIS -- Rookie Tavon Austin has missed another day of practice, lessening the odds hell be ready for the St. http://www.scontateairforce1.it/ . But by the time the game started, the Toronto Raptors forward felt even worse. And, for three quarters, it showed as Gay shot a woeful three-for-13 from the field. ARLINGTON, Va. -- Even as one of the best defensemen in the NHL, Victor Hedman is in awe of Swedens blue line for the World Cup of Hockey.Hedman watches two-time Norris Trophy-winner Erik Karlsson and potential future winner Oliver Ekman-Larsson man the power play. He steps onto the ice with Tampa Bay defensive partner Anton Stralman to rekindle the same chemistry that got the Lightning to the Stanley Cup Final in 2015.And then he sees three-time Chicago Blackhawks Cup winner Niklas Hjalmarsson blocking shots and Mattias Ekholm and Hampus Lindholm moving the puck all over the ice. Swedens defense may be one of the best units constructed in international play.The competition there is, especially on D, its pretty remarkable, Hedman said. You look at the guys that didnt make it. You have that kind of talent on the back end, it makes you appreciate being here.John Klingberg of the Dallas Stars who finished sixth in Norris Trophy voting last season, missed the cut and Sweden is already one injury replacement in after Niklas Kronwall withdrew from the World Cup, which begins Saturday in Toronto. Yet the greatness of the Swedish blue line isnt just in its depth of talent but in its diversity.Karlsson, the Ottawa Senators captain, is a point-producing machine who can play 30 minutes a game just like Hedman, a 6-foot-6 force who doesnt give up much skating with his size. Ekman-Larsson of the Arizona Coyotes is a balance of that, someone who has tried to model his game after Hall of Fame countryman Nicklas Lidstrom.Obviously we feel very fortunate that we have that many defensemen we can pick from and all kinds of different defensemen, too, coach Rickard Gronborg said. It feels like we have quite a few players to choose from, and we have excellent players that are not on the team but obviously weve got to make a cut somewhere and these are the guys we feel like were going to win the battle with when the tournament starts.Sweden reached the final at the 2014 Sochi Olympics after somehow leaving Hedman and Stralman off the roster and benching Ekman-Larsson. This defense is deeper and more talented -- and has the benefit of time.I just think wee have a little bit more experience, Karlsson said. Air Force 1 Scontate Uomo. Most of the guys that are here played in the Olympics and that was two years ago, and everybody since then has gotten more mature and more experience and become better players, so I think thats why we have a better blue line now than we did two years ago.Henrik Lundqvist, who was a big part of the run in Sochi and who backstopped Sweden to gold at the 2006 Olympics, said it was hard to rate this group against previous ones he has played on. But the New York Rangers goaltender appreciates his countrys proud heritage on defense, which is becoming a national tradition.Its been one of our strengths throughout the years, I think, to have a good D group, Lundqvist said. I think a lot of D-men growing up in Sweden really learn how to read the game well and play the puck well. They dont just dump it in and go. They really try to make plays. I think every time I come to the national team, you get surprised how well they move the puck and pass the puck.Canada has Norris winner Drew Doughty, big Shea Weber and other top NHL players on its blue line, but Sweden has the best group of puck movers in the tournament. The power play was impressive in an exhibition victory against Finland on Saturday, and there is still time to tweak things before Sweden plays its World Cup opener Sunday against Russia.Lundqvist said Sweden is still working on clicking as a unit, which is dangerous for the other seven teams. And there are enough versatile pieces to survive penalties, injuries and for players to be used at their positions of strength.I think everybody on the blue line can do everything, Ekman-Larsson said. Were good skaters, were really good with the puck. Hopefully we can use that in our favor.NOTE: Sweden on Monday named Patrik Berglund of the St. Louis Blues to replace sick forward Rickard Rakell on its roster. Rakell has been hospitalized in Gothenburg, Sweden, with an unspecified illness.---Follow Stephen Whyno on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/SWhyno . ' ' '