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Watch Michael Phelps play raucous 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale

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Not even Michael Phelps‘ famous Condor Flap arm swings could calm him down before playing at the loudest venue in golf — the 16th hole at TPC Scottsdale.

Phelps came up a bit short on his wedge shot during a pro-am at the Waste Management Open on Wednesday. Phelps, who lives in nearby Paradise Valley, Ariz., was playing with fellow Under Armour athlete Jordan Spieth at the event.

Phelps live streamed his 16th hole experience on his Facebook page.

Phelps has plenty of golf experience, playing in a European Tour pro-am, Michael Jordan‘s Celebrity Invitational and a celebrity match at last year’s Ryder Cup (where he also did the Condor Flap). He also appeared on Golf Channel’s “The Haney Project” with famed instructor Hank Haney.

He is best known in golf for recording, reportedly, the longest televised holed putt, a 153-footer at the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

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2026 Winter Olympic host: Milan-Cortina

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Italy will host the 2026 Winter Olympics, with Milan-Cortina winning an IOC vote over a Swedish-Latvian bid centered on Stockholm-Are.

After Winter Games in Vancouver (2010), Sochi (2014), PyeongChang (2018) and Beijing (2022), they return to a traditional European site for the first time since Italy hosted in Torino in 2006.

The two bids were left after five others dropped out for various reasons, all in 2018: Calgary, Canada; Erzurum, Turkey; Sapporo, Japan; Graz, Austria and Sion, Switzerland.

With the 2024 and 2028 Summer Games hosts both decided two years ago (Paris for 2024, Los Angeles for 2028), next up is the 2030 Winter Games. The U.S. has already said that if it bids, it will be with Salt Lake City, which held the 2002 Winter Olympics.

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Japan’s gymnastics worlds team: no Kohei Uchimura, Kenzo Shirai

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Not only is Kohei Uchimura going to miss the world championships, but so is 11-time world medalist Kenzo Shirai.

Japan finalized its five-man team for October’s worlds in Stuttgart, Germany, following a national-level meet this past weekend. Uchimura, arguably the greatest gymnast in history, was already out of the running, sidelined with his latest round of injuries.

Shirai, reportedly slowed by a left ankle injury this season, did compete this weekend. But he finished fifth on floor exercise and third on vault, his two best events, and did not earn one of the last two spots on the world team.

Uchimura, a two-time Olympic all-around champion with six world all-around titles, misses worlds for the first time since 2007. Shirai, a 22-year-old with four world titles between floor and vault, had competed in every worlds since debuting in 2013, just after his 17th birthday.

Without their two stars, Japan sends a relatively inexperienced team. Kazuma Kaya and Wataru Tanigawa, both 22, are the only men who have been to a worlds (and were part of the 2018 silver-medal team). The youngest member is 17-year-old Daiki Hashimoto.

Japan has earned a team medal at every Olympics and world championships since 2003, a streak bettered only by the U.S. women.

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