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Michael Phelps leads 22 athletes in ESPN Body Issue

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Michael Phelps is used to wearing very little in competition. He’s baring all in ESPN The Magazine’s Body Issue.

Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with 22 medals, is one of the headliners in the magazine’s sixth edition featuring athletes posing nude. It hits newsstands July 11.

Ten of the 22 athletes are Olympians or Paralympians, including Sochi medalists Jamie Anderson, Aja EvansHilary Knight and Amy Purdy.

Olympians in last year’s issue included beach volleyball star Kerri Walsh Jennings (who posed eight months pregnant), snowboarder Elena Hight, boxer Marlen Esparza, soccer player Sydney Leroux, basketball player Swin Cash and tennis players Agnieszka Radwanska and John Isner.

Here’s the list of 22 athletes released by ESPN on Wednesday:

Jamie Anderson, Snowboard*
Tomas Berdych
, Tennis*
Aja Evans, Bobsled*
Prince Fielder
, Texas Rangers
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona Cardinals
Omar Gonzalez, Los Angeles Galaxy
Coco Ho, Surfing
Bernard Hopkins, Boxing
Ginger Huber, Cliff Diving
Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder*
Hilary Knight, Hockey*
Marshawn Lynch, Seattle Seahawks
Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream*
Lyn-Z Adams Hawkins Pastrana, Skateboarding
Travis Pastrana, Motorsports
Michael Phelps, Swimming*
Amy Purdy, Snowboard*
Megan Rapinoe, Soccer*
Jimmy Spithill, Sailing
Nigel Sylvester, BMX
Venus Williams, Tennis*
Danyelle Wolf, Boxing

* — Olympian/Paralympian

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Ryan Lochte: Katie Ledecky beats me in practice

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We already knew Katie Ledecky can beat the boys in practice, even an Olympic champion.

One of the many takeaways from this week’s Sports Illustrated profile of Ledecky is that she has beaten 11-time Olympic medalist Ryan Lochte in practice.

Ledecky and Lochte may rep different swim clubs — Ledecky in Washington, D.C., and Lochte in Charlotte — but they both take trips to the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., for altitude training.

“She swims like a guy,” Lochte said after training with Ledecky in Colorado Springs in March, according to SI. “I’ve never seen a female swimmer like that. … Her times are becoming good for a guy. She’s beating me now, and I’m like, What’s going on?

When Ledecky broke the women’s 1500m freestyle world record for the third time at the August 2014 Pan Pacific Championships, her time of 15:28.36 was .01 faster than Lochte’s 1500m free time at the 2004 U.S. Olympic Trials (one of the rare instances Lochte swam a 1500m free).

Ledecky has since re-broken the women’s 1500m free world record twice more, bringing it down to 15:25.48.

“I trained with her in Colorado once, and she made me look like I was stopping,” Lochte reportedly told media on his 31st birthday, Aug. 3 at the World Championships in Kazan, Russia. “She flew by me.”

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Jennie Finch to manage baseball team for one day

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Athens Olympic softball champion Jennie Finch will manage the Bridgeport Bluefish, an independent minor-league baseball team on Sunday and, reportedly, become the first woman to manage a men’s pro baseball team.

Finch, a pitcher, retired from softball in 2010, two years after her sport’s Olympic farewell in Beijing, where she and the U.S. took silver behind Japan.

Finch has been an advocate for softball’s return to the Olympics, which could happen in Tokyo 2020.

The International Olympic Committee is expected to decide in August if baseball and softball, among four other sports, will be added for the Tokyo Games.

Finch, who is married to former MLB pitcher Casey Daigle, is also known for having struck out Albert Pujols.

MORE: Jennie Finch, Lisa Fernandez weigh in on Mo’ne Davis

Looking fwd to guest managing the Bridgeport Bluefish this Sunday! ⚾️ #Baseball #BridgeportBluefish

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