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Michael Phelps, Missy Franklin expected for Santa Clara Grand Prix

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Michael Phelps is expected to enter the third meet of his comeback in Santa Clara, Calif., next week.

Phelps and Missy Franklin are the headliners for the Santa Clara Grand Prix in a press release from USA Swimming for the June 19-22 meet.

Phelps, 28 and the most decorated Olympian ever with 22 medals, swam competitively for the first time since the London Olympics at meets in Mesa, Ariz., and Charlotte, N.C., in April and May.

He finished second to longtime rival Ryan Lochte in a 100m butterfly in Mesa and won the event in Charlotte, where Lochte didn’t swim due to a knee injury. He also swam the 200m freestyle in preliminaries in Charlotte.

It is not known if Lochte will swim in Santa Clara.

Franklin, 19, is coming off a strong freshman season at California, where she won the 200-yard freestyle NCAA title.

Olympic champions Nathan Adrian, Tyler ClaryNatalie CoughlinAnthony ErvinMatt Grevers and Allison Schmitt are also expected to compete in Santa Clara, the final Grand Prix event before the U.S. Championships in Irvine, Calif., from Aug. 6-10.

Phelps is also expected to swim in a meet in Athens, Ga., during the July 11-13 weekend.

The U.S. Championships serve as a selection meet for the biggest international competitions the next two years, the Pan Pacific Championships in Gold Coast, Australia, later in August, and the 2015 World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

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U.S. men’s gymnastics program undergoes changes

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Members of the U.S. Men's National Gymnastics Team gather before day two of the 2016 Men's Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 25, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri.  (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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U.S. men’s national team coordinator Kevin Mazeika‘s contract will not be renewed at the end of the year as USA Gymnastics makes changes after missing the men’s team podium at a second straight Olympics.

Mazeika was the U.S. men’s head coach at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, where the U.S. men earned team medals at a non-home Games for the first time. He then served as national team coordinator from 2009 through this year.

The U.S. men finished fifth at the last two Olympics.

USA Gymnastics will replace the national team coordinator role with a high-performance director “focused on sustained international success.”

“The coaches, committee members and staff did a thorough review of the existing structure and results, and then took a hard look at what is needed to prepare our athletes for success heading toward Tokyo and beyond,” USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny said in a press release.

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Kayla Harrison begins MMA career

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 12:  (BROADCAST - OUT) Judoka Kayla Harrison of the United States poses for a photo with her gold medal on the Today show set on Copacabana Beach on August 12, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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Two-time Olympic judo champion Kayla Harrison has joined mixed martial arts promotion World Series of Fighting, which says she is moving to MMA but won’t set a debut fight for at least a year.

Harrison, 26 and all but retired from judo, has been asked time and again for years about her interest in pursuing MMA. That’s in part because of former training partner Ronda Rousey‘s overwhelming success after she switched from Olympic judo.

Harrison hasn’t responded to messages seeking comment.

Harrison will serve as a commentator and brand ambassador before getting into MMA competition. Her commentating debut will be at WSOF 34 in New York on Dec. 31 on NBC.

Earlier this month, Harrison reiterated that she had offers on the table to sign a mixed martial arts contract, with interest from at least three “big” promotion companies.

Harrison has taken boxing and jiu-jitsu lessons as far back as 2013, which should boost her MMA potential.

To compete in MMA, Harrison will require a weight cut from her Olympic judo class of 172 pounds.

Rousey competes at 135 pounds, the heaviest women’s weight class in UFC. WSOF plans to develop a women’s program as Harrison readies for her debut.

“I’m interested in MMA in an aspect where competitors are treated as competitors and not as celebrities or as showmen,” Harrison said earlier this month, while emphasizing her admiration for Rousey. “I’m not interested in being a talker or someone who is all about the show.”

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