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It has been 15 years since Muffet McGraw and Notre Dame were No. 1 in the poll.The Irish hold the preseason top spot in The Associated Press womens basketball poll Tuesday, receiving 14 first-place votes from a 33-member national media panel. Notre Dame last held the No. 1 ranking on March 5, 2001. McGraw returns most of the core from a team that went 33-2 last season.She was happy for the compliment, but said she found the ranking a little high considering her team was coming off one of its most disappointing seasons in a few years.Id rather we earned it, McGraw said. Were coming off the worst season weve had in six years; it seems odd that were preseason No. 1.McGraw has had very good teams over the last 15 seasons that never reached the top spot. There always seemed to be someone just a little bit better.Other teams have had good teams too. Connecticut has had some pretty good teams in there, McGraw said. There was a year when yeah maybe, Stanford beat Connecticut, but then South Carolina went to No. 1.Baylor was a close second, four points behind the Irish. The Lady Bears garnered 12 first place votes.UConn, which has won 75 consecutive games and four straight national championships, was third. South Carolina and Louisville round out the top five teams.Maryland, Ohio State, Texas, UCLA and Mississippi State are next.Tennessee, which saw its run of 565 straight weeks ranked in the Top 25 end last season, is back in at No. 13. The Lady Vols have been in every one of the preseason polls except for the first one. They are one of four teams to not be ranked in the final poll, who are in the Top 25 now.National runner-up Syracuse was 14th while Final Four participants Washington and Oregon State were 17th and 25th.The SEC leads the way with six teams in the top 25. The Pac-12 and ACC each have five. UConn and 21st-ranked DePaul are the only two schools from non-Power 5 conferences to be ranked.The first regular-season poll will be Nov. 14 with two big games that night. Baylor hosts UCLA while UConn visits Florida State.Here are a few other poll tidbits:ITS BEEN A WHILE: Missouri is ranked in the preseason for the first time since 1984. The Tigers reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in a decade and return star Sophia Cunningham. Unfortunately they already lost second-leading scorer and top rebounder Jordan Frericks and reserve Bri Porter for the season with knee injuries.MISSING TRIANGLE: Duke is not ranked in the preseason for the first time since 1994-95. The Blue Devils arent the only member of Tobacco Road absent from the poll. North Carolina and NC State both are unranked, marking only the second time in the 41-year history of the poll that none of the three are in the preseason rankings. 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Its just a perfect way to finish.Phelps put the United States ahead to stay on the butterfly leg of the 4x100-meter medley relay, which gave the most decorated athlete in Olympic history his 23rd career gold medal Saturday night.If that was the end -- and Phelps insists it is -- the numbers are simply astonishing. No other Olympian has more than nine gold medals. With 28 medals in all, Phelps is 10 clear of anyone else.Its not even once in a generation, said his coach, Bob Bowman. It might be once in 10 generations that someone like Michael Phelps comes along.As Nathan Adrian touched the wall to finish the victory, Phelps gathered the other relay swimmers, Ryan Murphy and Cody Miller, in his arms. One night after his only setback of the games, an upset loss to Joseph Schooling in the 100 fly, Phelps was back on top.At age 31, he leaves Rio with five golds and a silver.I wouldnt change anything, he said. This is the best place Ive ever been in my life.In the stands, his fiancée, Nicole Johnson, bounced along to the music with their son, 3-month-old Boomer, cradled in her arms. Phelps is eager to spend a lot more time with them. He plans to marry Johnson after the Olympics and said he wants to watch his son grow -- and maybe even dole out a swimming lesson or two.What if Boomer wants to take all those medals to show-and-tell someday?I might let him take one, Phelps said with a grin.Maybe a bronze, Bowman chimed in.Most of the U.S. swim team was in the stands to watch Phelps finale, including the biggest female star at the pool, Katie Ledecky. The 19-year-old Ledecky joked that she was proud to be part of Phelps final Olympics -- twice. He initially retired after the 2012 London Olympics, only to decide about a year later to return.The comeback endured a huge setback with his second drunken-driving arrest in 2014, which led to Phelps being banned from the world championships last year. But it also sparked a turnaround in his personal life. He entered six weeks of inpatient therapy, and he got in touch with some of the issues that seemed to lead him astray.He quit drinking, reconnected with his estranged father, got engaged, moved to Arizona along with Bowman and became a father for the first time. Phelps sounds much more adamant this time when he says his swimming career is over.These games really showed his growth, teammate Anthony Ervin said. That human spirit, that capacity to heal, I think it showed in his swimming, it showed in his demeanor, and it certainly showed in his leadership on the team.Phelps was elected a team captain for the first time in his fifth Olympics and truly seemed to enjoy being around his fellow swimmers. He was still the same ruthless competitor, but he was also willing to join in when some of his younger teammates made a carpool karaoke video at their final training camp in Atlanta. He took a starring role, in ffact.dddddddddddd.Being Michael requires such isolation, Ervin said. Other people respect that. They give him that space because he is the greatest. But this time around, he started reaching out, reaching out to other people, bringing them closer, letting that gap be bridged. That was special.On a victory stroll around the pool, Phelps and his teammates grabbed a sign that said, Thank You, Rio.No matter what country you swim for, youre indebted to Michael Phelps for bringing a lot of exposure to the sport and making it a little more mainstream, Murphy said. If this is the end, that was a great way to cap off an incredible career.Murphy, who won two backstroke golds in Rio, put the Americans out front with a world-record split -- it counts because he was leading off -- before Britain surged ahead on the breaststroke with its own world-record holder, Adam Peaty.Phelps dived into the pool in second place. He wasnt there for long. On the return lap, Phelps powered through the water with his windmill of a stroke and surged ahead of James Guy to pass a lead to anchor Adrian.The race wasnt in doubt after that. Adrian pulled away on the freestyle to win in an Olympic-record time of 3 minutes, 27.95 seconds. Britain held on for silver (3:29.24), with Australia nabbing bronze (3:29.93).I think you could tell: I was more emotional after the relay this time than I was the last time, Phelps told NBC after the race. Its been an honor to be a part of all these relays. ... Ive had the opportunity to be on some of the greatest relays of all time. Its been an honor.Phelps leaves the pool with a record 23 Olympic gold medals in 30 Olympic finals.Watching his first gold medal in Athens, [Phelps] is someone Ive looked up to my whole life, Murphy said. To swim that last race with him and get gold, its really a dream come true.Phelps has maintained that Rio will be his final Olympic Games. After Saturdays race, he told NBC, Im just ready for something different. My swimming career might be over, but I have this future ahead of me, and I can just turn the page and start whatever I want.Its not the end of a career. Its the beginning of a new journey. Im really looking forward to that.?Saturdays victory came just minutes after the womens medley relay gave the United States its 1,000th Olympic gold medal at the Summer Games. The U.S. has won 33 swimming medals at Rio 2016, its most since 33 at the Sydney Games in 2000.The final two individual golds of the games went to?Pernille Blume of Denmark in the 50m freestyle, her countrys first swimming victory since 1948, and Italys?Gregorio Paltrinieri?in the grueling 1,500m free.?Connor Jaeger of the United States took silver in 14:39.48, while the bronze went to another Italian, Gabriele Detti, in 14:40.86.But the night belonged to Phelps, who walked out of the arena for the final time carrying the American flag that his mother handed him from her front-row seat, right next to Johnson and little Boomer, with a gold medal around his neck.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. ' ' '

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