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  • 14 Aug
    导出博客文章RIO DE JANEIRO -- Michael Phelps has nothing left to do at the pool.Hes ready to
    start branching out.At the top of the list: being a father.The most decorated
    athlete in Olympic history insisted again Sunday that his swimming career is
    over, less than 24 hours after claiming his 23rd gold medal in the 4x100-meter
    medley relay.He ditched the athletes village and spent the night with his
    fiancee, Nicole Johnson, and their 3-month-old son, Boomer.Being apart from him
    for the last three weeks, four weeks from when I saw him last, hes grown so
    much, Phelps said. I changed a diaper last night. He was just sitting there
    looking at me, smiling the whole time. It brought a tear to my eye, just because
    he hasnt seen me in a while and it was so cool to see him smiling back at me and
    laughing and giggling.Boomer was sleeping when Phelps got to the hotel after
    what was presumably the final race of his career.I picked him up after I was
    done and just held him, Phelps said. Thats something Im really, really looking
    forward to, just watching him grow up.Phelps said hes eager to play catch with
    his son in the backyard, take him to sporting events, do whatever he can to be a
    huge part of Boomers life.Thats number one for me, Phelps said. I want to be
    there every step of the way. I dont want to miss a thing. Ive had so many people
    say to me, `You blink an eye, its over. They grow up so fast. Next thing you
    know, theyre going off to college. I dont want to miss anything.Phelps parents
    divorced when he was a child, and the swimmer had a strained relationship with
    his father, Fred, for years. Only after a second drunken-driving arrest and six
    weeks of inpatient therapy did Phelps reconnect with his dad, who cheered on his
    son a month ago at the U.S. Olympic trials but wasnt able to travel to
    Brazil.Phelps and his soon-to-be wife intend to continue living in suburban
    Phoenix, at least for the next couple of years. But he stressed that Baltimore
    will always be home.Phelps also talked about some familiar goals: working with
    his foundation to teach more children to swim and continuing his efforts to make
    the sport more popular -- not just in the United States but around the world.
    Hes already seen the growth that was sparked by his phenomenal success over five
    Olympics.In the only event he didnt win in Rio, he was beaten by a 21-year-old
    from Singapore, Joseph Schooling, who grew up idolizing the American star.
    Several of Phelps younger teammates talked of getting his autograph or having
    posters of him on their wall when they were children. He hopes to carry on that
    momentum, even though hes stepping away from competitive swimming.Phelps is not
    giving up the pool, however. He plans to keep swimming as part of his exercise
    regimen, hoping to keep his weight around the current 190 pounds.I will never
    let myself get to 230 pounds again, vowed Phelps, who put on weight after
    previous Olympics. Its great exercise. Its something I know how to do. It will
    be easy to pop in and swim two miles a couple of times a week. Ive always been
    so schedule-oriented. Im going to try to get on that earlier than later this
    time.When his news conference ended, Phelps bounded out of his chair.You guys
    wont see me at one of these things for a long time, he told reporters. See you
    later.---Follow Paul Newberry on Twitter at . His
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    promise behind two rookies.Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata empathises
    with those who believe football has become too commercialised and claims he
    would take a pay cut if the game was less business-orientated. The Spain
    international concedes he is not comfortable with the corporate side of the game
    and he believes some young players become arrogant after turning
    professional.The business side of football makes it seem as though the owners
    are now more important than the fans, Mata said in a Spanish television
    interview. Juan Mata, left, was part of the Spain squad that won the World Cup
    in 2010 Every player thinks hes Diego Maradona when he joins a big club. That
    happens to all of us but then you notice it in the younger players.You see kids
    who think theyre rock stars; wearing extravagant clothes and driving flash
    cars... sometimes you have to take them aside and have a word.I dont enjoy the
    business side of football. I love the game. I love training and competing.Id
    take a pay cut if there was less business involvement in the sport. Compared to
    the rest of society, we earn a ridiculous amount.dddddddddddd Its unfathomable.
    Juan Mata on footballers wages The 27-year-old also believes football players
    have become detached from the fans because of their astonishing earnings.Mata
    moved to Old Trafford from Chelsea for around £37m in 2014 and is believed to
    earn around £150,000 per week.And he has drawn comparisons between the wages of
    top footballers and others in society who have to deal with harsh economic
    reality throughout the world. Mata has said he dislikes the business side of
    football Football is very well remunerated at this level. Its like we live in a
    bubble. Compared to the rest of society, we earn a ridiculous amount. Its
    unfathomable, Mata said.With respect to the world of football, I earn a normal
    wage. But compared to 99.9 per cent of Spain and the rest of the world, I earn a
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