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The Latest: Michael Phelps celebrates 31st birthday in pool

The Latest on the Olympics ahead of the Rio Games (all times local to Rio):

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Happy birthday, Michael Phelps.

Phelps marked his 31st birthday at the U.S. Olympic swimming trials Thursday by posting the second-fastest time in morning preliminaries of the 200-meter individual medley.

Women's basketball team continues to honor Olympic pioneers

When USA Basketball hands out jerseys to members of its national women's basketball team before they attempt to win a sixth straight Olympic gold medal at the Rio Games, it will also provide them with a history lesson.

"We let every player know who has worn that number before," said Carol Callan, the director of the national team. "I think it's important they have an appreciation for that when they put that uniform on."

NBC-Virtual Reality

Here come the virtual reality Olympics ... for Samsung users

NEW YORK (AP) — Athletes in Rio will compete to be the fastest sprinter and highest jumper at the Olympics this August. But there's another test underway as well: How well can virtual reality capture sporting events?

NBC says it will provide 85 hours of virtual reality programming during the Rio Olympics in August — though only to users of Samsung Galaxy smartphones and the Samsung Gear VR headset. It's the first time Olympics programming will be available in VR.

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