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RIO DE JANEIRO -- Switzerlands Fabian Cancellara announced last winter that he will be retiring at the end of this cycling season. Dillon Brooks Grizzlies Jersey . After he won the gold medal in the mens time trial Wednesday at age 35 and Kristin Armstrong won the womens time trial just one day short of her 43rd birthday, he was asked whether he might reconsider retiring.No, he swiftly replied. Definitely not.If youre 35 or 43 or whatever your age, its everyones choice, he continued. I knew it was going to be a special year when I said I would retire at the end of the season.Cancellara said he was uncertain whether he will ride in another race again this year, but if not, he went out in special fashion. Riding a difficult course in windy, drizzly conditions, the man known as Spartacus won with a time of 1 hour, 12.15 seconds that was 15 seconds faster than silver medalist Tom Dumoulin of the Netherlands. Tour de France champ Chris Froome took bronze.That guy came by me pretty fast, American Taylor Phinney said of Cancellara. Hes somebody I always looked up. Talk about somebody who believes in himself and has put in a great career. So Im happy for him. Hopefully this can be a nice cherry on top of a big career.Cancellara, who has been racing professionally for 16 years, is one of the sports top and most famous cyclists. A great rider in the Classics, he also has worn the yellow jersey in the Tour de France 29 times while winning seven stages there. He won a gold medal in the time trial at the 2008 Olympics as well.Im just grateful I came out here and I was healthy and I came through, Cancellara said. Im just super proud. Reaching this today means a lot for me. This is sports highest event that the world presents. And when you win a gold medal in your retirement year? I think Im just proud.This wont give me any doubts about my retirement.Phinney finished 22nd, five minutes and nine seconds behind Cancellara, while fellow U.S. rider Brent Bookwalter was 23rd. The son of Olympic medalists David Phinney and Connie Carpenter-Phinney, Taylor Phinneys career took a gruesome hit two years ago when he suffered a severe leg fracture.Phinney was disappointed by his finish and frustrated with the steep climbing on the course -- It was definitely a bitch -- but says he feels better where he is now after recovering from his broken leg.I have the motivation, I have the determination, he said. Considering the last couple years I have to be happy. Happy with where my heads at, happy with where my bodys at. He said riding Wednesday was a step up, albeit not a step as quite as I had dreamed.At 26, Phinney is a much younger athlete than Cancellara or Armstrong, but he will be 30 when the 2020 Olympics are held, and he looks to perform better there. Considering how well the older cyclists did Wednesday, he has plenty of motivation.Im motivated to do what I can over the next four years and continue to grow, he said. Honestly, I was in a head space even a couple months ago where I was really down on this sport. And being able to train for this has really turned my head around and gotten me to a point where I understand what Im doing here. And thats all you can really hope for.Cancellara, however, will not be competing against him. Hell just be looking back at everything he has accomplished, including Wednesdays gold medal ride.It was a perfect day, Cancellara said. A perfect day to make history and make another hook you can put on the side and look back on everything you did. ... Reaching this makes me proud and super happy and thankful for this day. Shareef Abdur-Rahim Jersey . It might not have mattered. While the Dodgers are preparing for the playoffs, the Padres showed their future has promise behind two rookies. 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Sacramento, 11th in the Western Conference, ends a five-game road trip in Dallas.The Kings lost 106-98 at New York on Sunday. Sacramento battled back from a 21-point deficit to make it a game in the fourth quarter before running out of gas.I think well be fine, Darren Collison told the Sacramento Bee. Weve just got to figure out how to compete at a higher level. Not from a physical side, but a mental side, and try to limit our mistakes mentally.Cousins is off to a great start, averaging a career-high 29.1 points and 10.5 rebounds. The seven-year pro is third in the NBA in scoring and 11th in rebounding.Closing out games is point of contention for the All-NBA center.Most guys, adrenaline gets going in those last couple of minutes, Cousins told the Bee. Youre going to find out who has the most heart in those last situations, and (Sunday) it was them. I dont think theres any one thing you can do or talk it over. Its who wants it the most in those last couple minutes.Dallas has failed to qualify for the playoffs only once since 2001. Unless something dramatic happens with this injury-ravaged club, this season will be about ping-pong ball positioning.The Mavericks are without Dirk Nowitzki, Andrew Bogut and J.J. Barea. Bogut injured his right knee in Mondays 109-101 loss to Charlotte. Seth Curry (kneee) is making progress, but is officially listed as questionable against the Kings. Memphis Grizzlies Jerseys. Dallas led for much of the second half before faltering down the stretch. The Hornets outscored the Mavs 34-23 in the fourth quarter to pull away.Two days after their best performance of the season in a 107-82 rout of Chicago, the Mavs fell flat with the game on the line. Dallas coach Rick Carlisle pinned the collapse on a lack of effort late.Why we fell into that, Im not sure, he said. Maybe we were resting on the laurels of our one-game winning streak.Charlotte outrebounded the Mavericks 55-35. Losing Bogut in the first quarter didnt help, but Carlisle didnt use losing his starting center as an excuse.The thing thats most disappointing is the rebounding numbers, he said. After really going toe-to-toe with Chicago and playing even on the boards, we got wiped out (Monday) by 20, which shouldnt happen. That points to effort.Dallas won two of its previous four games before Monday, and was competitive in the other two. That qualified as progress in a campaign thats off to the worst start since Mark Cuban bought the team in 2000.Losing their edge in the fourth quarter against Charlotte -- the Mavs were up 11 in the third -- didnt sit well in the locker room.We just went cold for whatever reason and we just cant do that, Wesley Matthews sad. We have to be crazed dogs from the tip to the final buzzer and that is how we have to play. That is how we have been playing. We have been that way for the last, however many games, we showed that identity.The Mavericks won 22 of the last 27 regular-season meetings against Sacramento, but the Kings claimed three of the four games last season. ' ' '