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Meet the Enemies Featured in the New GreedFall Expansion The De Vespe Conspiracy

Summary

  • Take a look at the new region and new enemies and their abilities that are in GreedFall’s new expansion, The De Vespe Conspiracy.
  • Discover or rediscover GreedFall with its Gold Edition and enjoy the most complete way to experience the game.
  • For Xbox Series X|S owners, enjoy GreedFall in 4K UHD, with highly improved visuals, fast loading times, and 60fps in performance mode!

We’re thrilled to invite you all back to the mystical Island of Teer Fradee with three exciting announcements!

Today, GreedFall is now Optimized for Xbox Series X|S, bringing 4K UHD resolution, fast loading times, and enhanced performance. On top of this, The De Vespe Conspiracy expansion is also available! For newcomers, this new story expansion comes bundled in the GreedFall Gold Edition along with the base game.

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The De Vespe Conspiracy is a new adventure accessible about halfway through the game, bringing you the full range of qualities that define GreedFall: exploration, intrigue, fantasy, memorable stories and characters, and engaging combat.

In this article, I’ll introduce you to the unique new abilities and tricks available to our new enemies and monsters, and maybe even give you all a sneaky heads up on how to avoid getting unexpectedly stabbed in the back by the Spadassins, a new faction of guards led by Aurélia de Vespe, the leading figure of the expansion.

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The Spadassins are leather-clad swashbucklers that aren’t too proud to coat their blades in poison, to protect their leader, Aurélia de Vespe. These unscrupulous fighters surprise their opponents by combining smoke screens and short distance teleports. And even when you think you’re out of their reach, their skill at throwing flasks of poison will dispel that notion. When you see one disappear in a cloud of smoke, be quick to ready your parry or increase the distance between you and them. The Spadassins aren’t the only enemy that utilizes the element of surprise.

As part of the expansion, we’ve revealed a now-uninhabited lava-marked coastal region for you to explore, known to the island’s local population as Aidág ol Creidaw, meaning The Flaming Blood. Here, you’ll come across the Egsregatt. Fierce and wily, these felines use the explosive power of its hind legs to catch prey unaware, then cut it down with claws and fangs. The curious mix of the beast’s features makes the Egsregatt master ambushers, so keep a wary eye on likely hiding spots, keeping in mind that the Egsregatt are strong climbers…

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Often hunting in packs, you’ll need to adapt your playstyle to escape them alive, making use of traps and stasis to slow their onslaught and counter their feints, dodges, and sudden pounces. Thanks to Teer Fradee’s rich variety of wilderness, several subspecies have emerged from the Egsregatt. We leave it up to you to learn their individual strengths and weaknesses.

We can’t wait for you to experience this new journey we’ve prepared for you, whether you set sail to Teer Fradee for the first time or delve into its new secrets as a seasoned explorer.

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Play GreedFall today on Xbox Series X|S to experience the game in its most beautiful state yet with 4K UHD resolution, fast loading, and enhanced performance. Greedfall also supports Smart Delivery, meaning you can update to the Optimized for Xbox Series X|S version for free and migrate your saved progress if you already own the Xbox One version. For newcomers, GreedFall: Gold Edition includes the base game and The De Vespe Conspiracy expansion, available today!

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Expand GreedFall’s RPG adventure with The de Vespe Conspiracy expansion, and discover a brand-new storyline on the island of Teer Fradee.

Navigate a web of intrigue, manipulation and secrets, as you unravel a nefarious conspiracy that threatens the balance of power. Explore a previously-undiscovered region of the island, battle strange new beasts and face off against a villainous new enemy faction in your hunt to uncover the truth.

This expansion brings a new region, enemy types, costumes, weapons and contracts, with a twisting narrative that expands on GreedFall’s acclaimed story.

• Experience an engrossing new adventure to unravel a conspiracy
• Explore the new Aidág ol creidaw region – also known as “The Flaming Blood”
• Find and craft new weapons and costumes
• Fight new beasts and human enemy types

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GreedFall’s Gold Edition is the most complete way to experience the critically-acclaimed RPG, including the base game and The de Vespe Conspiracy story expansion. Explore uncharted new lands as you set foot on a remote island seeping with magic, and filled with riches, lost secrets, and fantastic creatures.

Forge this new world’s destiny, as you befriend or betray companions and entire factions. With diplomacy, deception and force, become part of a living, evolving world – influence its course and shape your story.

• Engage in a core RPG experience – achieve quests and complete objectives in a multitude of different ways: combat, diplomacy, deception, or stealth.
• Complete freedom in character progression – play as a male or female, customize your appearance, and freely choose your abilities, spells and skills.
• Delve into a mysterious world of magic – begin a grand journey and uncover ancient secrets protected by supernatural beings, manifestations of the island’s earthly magic.

Forge your own destiny enjoying 4K resolution, highly improved visuals, fast loading, and 60 FPS in performance mode!

Author: Sébastien Di Ruzza, Design Director, Spiders
This post originally appeared on Xbox Wire

Meet the Hashira of Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles

Summary

  • Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles, the official game of the “Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba” anime, launches October 15 for Xbox
  • Get to know Giyu Tomioka, Shinobu Kocho, and Kyojuro Rengoku, three powerful members of the Hashira, the top-ranking group in the Demon Slayer Corps
  • Have a special look at Tanjiro Kamado (Hinokami Kagura), another playable character in The Hinokami Chronicles

You may have seen the exciting announcement last week that Sega is bringing Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles to North America and Europe for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on October 15! Developed by the team at CyberConnect2, The Hinokami Chronicles is a high-octane arena fighter that lets players relive the memorable moments of “Tanjiro Kamado, Unwavering Resolve Arc” and “Mugen Train Arc.”

Before we get into our topic for today, let’s talk about the overall plot of Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba. Set during the Taisho Period in Japan, Tanjiro, a kindhearted boy who sells charcoal for a living, finds his family slaughtered by a demon.

To make matters worse, his younger sister Nezuko, the sole survivor, has been transformed into a demon herself. Though devastated by this grim reality, Tanjiro resolves to become a “demon slayer” so that he can turn his sister back into a human and kill the demon that massacred his family.

Today, we’ll be talking about three members of the Hashira (the highest ranked members of the Demon Slayer Corps) that are part of the playable roster in The Hinokami Chronicles: Giyu Tomioka, Shinobu Kocho, and Kyojuro Rengoku. And as a special bonus, we’ll also show off Tanjiro Kamado (Hinokami Kagura)!

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First, let’s talk about Giyu Tomioka, one of the Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps the Water Hashira, who uses “Water Breathing.” A quiet, stoic man, he is the one who recruited Tanjiro for the Demon Slayer Corps.

Shinobu Kocho

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And then there’s Shinobu Kocho. One of the Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, the Insect Hashira, who uses “Insect Breathing.” Whether it’s a human or demon, she’ll maintain a polite demeanor while never letting her smile fade.

Kyojuro Rengoku

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Next, we have Kyojuro Rengoku. Yet another one of the Hashira of the Demon Slayer Corps, he is the Flame Hashira who uses “Flame Breathing.” He’s cheerful and eccentric, but never one to mince words.

Tanjiro Kamado (Hinokami Kagura)

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Finally, there’s Tanjiro Kamado (Hinokami Kagura). During the battle at Natagumo Mountain, Tanjiro remembers the memory of his late father’s kagura dance and applies that movement to learn a new Breathing Style: “Hinokami Kagura.”

These are just a few of the characters you’ll be able to play as when Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles launches for the Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One on October 15. Even better, those that pre-order the Digital Deluxe Edition will be able to play the game two days early on October 13! Stay tuned for more information as we draw closer to the game’s launch!

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Please note this is the Standard Edition. Be aware there is also a Deluxe Edition available, so please ensure your selection before purchasing. [Launch Edition Bonus] Character Unlock Keys – Demon Slayer Academy Giyu Tomioka, Demon Slayer Academy Shinobu Kocho [Digital Standard Edition Content] · Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles Game · Digital Version Bonus: Character Unlock Key – Demon Slayer Academy Tanjiro Kamado *Character Unlock Keys allow immediate access to play as the indicated characters in Versus mode. [Product Description] Become the blade that destroys demons! In solo play mode, walk the path of Tanjiro Kamado whose family is slaughtered and sister transformed into a demon. Experience the story depicted in the anime “”Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”” as Tanjiro fights to restore Nezuko’s humanity and battle the demon threat! Play Versus mode, which allows up to 2 players to battle in offline or online 2v2 battles with any combination of characters, including Tanjiro Kamado and Nezuko Kamado! With simple controls and exhilarating gameplay, rise up to become the strongest of the Demon Slayers! *A paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold is required to play Versus mode online. *The latest patch is required to access online play. *The content/specs may change without warning. *The Digital Version Bonuses are permanent bonuses. *The bonuses may be offered at a later time.
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Please note this is the Deluxe Edition. Be aware there is also a Standard Edition available, so please ensure your selection before purchasing. [Launch Edition Bonus] Character Unlock Keys – Demon Slayer Academy Giyu Tomioka, Demon Slayer Academy Shinobu Kocho Early Access – Available from October 13, 16:00 UTC [Digital Deluxe Edition Content] · Demon Slayer -Kimetsu no Yaiba- The Hinokami Chronicles Game · Character Unlock Keys – Demon Slayer Academy Nezuko Kamado, Demon Slayer Academy Zenitsu Agatsuma, Demon Slayer Academy Inosuke Hashibira · In-game Costumes – Butterfly Mansion Patient Wear for Tanjiro Kamado, Zenitsu Agatsuma, Inosuke Hashibira · Slayer Points (8,000 Points) · Digital Version Bonus: Character Unlock Key – Demon Slayer Academy Tanjiro Kamado *Character Unlock Keys allow immediate access to play as the indicated characters in Versus mode. *Slayer Points can be exchanged for in-game rewards. (8,000 Points can unlock access to 2 characters.) *In-game Costumes can be used in Versus mode. [Product Description] Become the blade that destroys demons! In solo play mode, walk the path of Tanjiro Kamado whose family is slaughtered and sister transformed into a demon. Experience the story depicted in the anime “”Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba”” as Tanjiro fights to restore Nezuko’s humanity and battle the demon threat! Play Versus mode, which allows up to 2 players to battle in offline or online 2v2 battles with any combination of characters, including Tanjiro Kamado and Nezuko Kamado! With simple controls and exhilarating gameplay, rise up to become the strongest of the Demon Slayers! *A paid subscription to Xbox Live Gold is required to play Versus mode online. *The latest patch is required to access online play. *The content/specs may change without warning. *The Digital Version Bonuses are permanent bonuses. *The bonuses may be offered at a later time. *Some of the items included in this set can be obtained through other products. Please be careful about duplicate purchases.

Author: Zachary Reese, Comms Specialist, Sega of America
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Meet the six women gymnasts representing the US in Tokyo

Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum will make up the four-athlete team. Mykayla Skinner and Jade Carey will compete individually.

ST. LOUIS — Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and Mykayla Skinner and Jade Carey will represent the U.S in gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympic games

Biles, the reigning world and Olympic gymnastics champion locked up her spot in Tokyo by easily winning the U.S. Olympic Trials on Sunday night. The 24-year-old’s two-day total of 118.098 earned her one of two automatic spots on the plane to Japan next month, where she will try to become the first female gymnast in more than 50 years to win consecutive all-around Olympic golds.

Sunisa Lee also grabbed the other automatic bid with a 115.832 while posting the top scores on beam and uneven bars and actually putting up a higher all-around score than Biles on the night.

The rest of the team was announced later Sunday night by the selection committee. Jordan Chiles — perhaps the most consistent American in 2021, Biles included — finished third Sunday.

Grace McCallum put together four solid routines to come in fourth, three-tenths ahead of Skinner, nabbing the fourth team spot.

MyKayla Skinner, an alternate in 2016, took the specialist spot a solid effort on Friday but fought through a sluggish beam routine and stepped out of bounds twice on floor, costing her crucial tenths of a point.

Biles will arrive in Tokyo as the face of her sport, U.S. delegation and perhaps the Olympic movement. She’s become more than just a gymnastics star since her coronation in Rio in 2016. Her consistent excellence — her last second-place finish in a meet came more than nine years ago — combined with her charisma and her possibility-pushing routines have thrust her into the company of Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt, athletes whose dominance on the world stage have made them Olympic icons.

Sports stops to watch when she does her thing. And after a difficult time grappling with the postponement of the Tokyo Games to the COVID-19 pandemic, Biles appears better than ever.

Well, most of the time.

Biles was spectacular on Friday. Not so much — at least by her remarkable standards — in front of a crowd of well over 20,000 inside The Dome at America’s Center that roared every time she stepped on the podium.

She nearly stalled out on her uneven bar routine and her balance beam set was a battle from the second she began her wolf turn early in her set. Biles reached down to grab the 4-inch slab of wood at one point and shortly thereafter hopped off in disgust. She drilled her “double-double” dismount — the one named after her — before trudging to her seat in tears. Her floor routine included a big hop out of bounds after her “triple-double” opening pass. Not that anyone noticed. She walked off to a standing ovation even as she gave coach Laurent Landi a somewhat exhausted-looking smile.

She has three weeks to fume and perfect in her bid to make history.

Biles earned five medals in Rio de Janeiro. She could do the same in Tokyo. And Lee has a chance to come home with a fistful of hardware too.

Lee, the 18-year-old from Minnesota is a wonder on the uneven bars, one of a handful of gymnasts on the planet who can out-Biles Biles on the event. Her series of intricate connections — all done with a fluidity and grace that makes it look effortless — are among the most difficult in the sport. Lee dealt with an Achilles injury that led her to a sluggish start to the 2021 competition season.

Those days are over. Lee, who will be the first Hmong American at the Olympics, finished a strong runner-up to Biles at nationals earlier this month and appears to be getting stronger with each passing week.

Jade Carey of Arizona also has an Olympic berth locked up after earning a nominative pot based on her World Cup performances. Carey will compete as an individual, meaning she will not be a part of the team competition.

The Americans will be heavily favored to win their third straight Olympic title and their talent pool is so deep that the selection committee is basically just naming the score if the U.S. is anywhere close to its A-game.

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Meet America's 1st Olympic skateboarding team

Decades after the likes of Tony Hawk carried this charismatic pastime into worldwide competition and capitalism, skateboarding has reached the pinnacle of sports.

LOS ANGELES — The 12 members of the first U.S. Olympic skateboarding team stepped on their boards and skated through a corridor of tall American flags in a joyful pack, headed toward an outdoor stage to meet the world together.

It was an appropriate introduction for a bunch of world-class skaters who will represent the best aspects of this American-born sport in Tokyo: No leaders, no followers — and plenty of love and support for the whole crew.

“I don’t know if any of us imagined we would ever be up here getting ready to skate in the Olympics,” said Nyjah Huston, the five-time world champion and California native recognized as the highest-paid skater in the sport’s history. “But we’ve all been working for this from a young age, even before it was possible.

“I love skateboarding because it’s the funnest thing on Earth, not only if you’re one of us getting ready to skate in the Olympics, or just a kid out there skating in your skate park,” Huston added. “It’s the freedom, the love that brings us together, and then the nonstop challenge, the progression. Skateboarding is the best.”

Huston is the most famous face among the 12 U.S. Olympians, who range from smiling teenagers to accomplished 30-somethings of different races, sexual orientations and gender identifications. They’ve all competed at their sport’s highest level, and they’re all eager to perform when competition gets underway July 25 at Ariake Urban Sports Park.

Huston is joined by Jagger Eaton and Jake Ilardi on the men’s street team, while Mariah Duran is teamed with Alexis Sablone and Alana Smith in the women’s street competition. Bryce Wettstein, Brighton Zeuner and Jordyn Barratt are the U.S. women’s park team, while Zion Wright, Heimana Reynolds and Cory Juneau comprise the men’s park team.

The group was appropriately unveiled in Southern California, where the sport was invented roughly 70 years ago in the parks, streets, plazas and empty swimming pools of 20th-century America’s sunshine wonderland.

Decades after the likes of Tony Hawk, Mark Gonzales and Rodney Mullen carried this charismatic pastime into worldwide competition and capitalism, skateboarding has reached the pinnacle of sports.

Josh Friedberg, a lifelong skater who now serves as USA Skateboarding’s CEO, teared up repeatedly Monday, both before and after he introduced the team.

“I think the weight of what we’ve accomplished is finally sinking in,” Friedberg said. “It was an overwhelming and exhilarating day to be here, to have the chance to work on something since you were 13 years old, and to finally have the chance to share that with the world.”

While the skaters all seemed thrilled by the spotlight trained on skateboarding, the American team also reflected the slight ambivalence among many lifelong skaters still adjusting to the Olympics’ welcoming inclusion of their beloved sport while it’s still frowned upon or outright criminalized in large public parts of the world — and while many skaters still don’t warm to the competitive aspects of what they consider a friendly, communal lifestyle pursuit, not a cutthroat athletic endeavor.

Some longtime skaters are still conflicted about how skateboarding’s welcoming ethos fits into the competitive Olympic framework — and that includes the 34-year-old Sablone, who is also an architect and artist living in New York.

“I never, ever would have expected this,” Sablone said. “Skateboarding is about freedom and all that stuff. In some ways, it’s not about competition, but here we are. … It’s not something I ever predicted, but it’s an incredible honor to be here doing this.”

Sablone noted that the sport’s tradition of free expression and individuality shone through even in the U.S. skaters’ choice of kits for their unveiling: Given several items of Team USA gear to choose from, all 12 skaters picked a unique look.

“Skateboarding has always been a home for me,” said the 20-year-old Smith, who became the youngest medalist in X Games history in 2013. “Growing up in not a very good household, the people that I’ve met through skateboarding have been my rocks. Every time I needed something, skateboarding was always there for me. I started all this at the lowest point, and I would like to say that this is one of my highs, and I get to do it with really great people.”

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Three reasons for Harry Kane's Euro 2020 struggles as England risk failing to meet target

Harry Kane spelled out before England‘s sleepy-eyed, wake-up call against Scotland that he regards reaching the Euro 2020 semi-finals as a bare minimum for his side. They will not do so unless he springs to life.

The substitution of the England captain for the second game running against the admirable Scots underscored his underperformance at this tournament so far.

Much was made ahead of it on England’s embarrassment of creative riches but one goal in two matches is a source of concern. Kane is their primary goal source but has delivered a resounding raspberry so far.

In 155 minutes on the field at Wembley he has managed just three goal attempts, two of which went wide and one of which was blocked. There has been nothing on target which, for Kane, over a span of two matches is almost unheard of.

It isn’t as if he is making up for his lack of effectiveness in front of goal in other areas. A largely anonymous Friday evening against Scotland saw him touch the ball just 19 times.

Something is missing. There are three possible explanations.

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The first is that he is simply knackered after the congested domestic season but then that could apply to most players at the Euros.

The second is that he is carrying an injury of some sort. His history of ankle issues at Spurs stretches back five years. There have been two more this year including one as recently as April, sustained against Everton.

The third is the one which looks most compelling, that the uncertainty over his future is weighing him down. Kane is the consummate professional but he is not a robot even if he sometimes sounds like one. Next season’s Premier League fixtures are already out and he does not know for certain where he will be playing his club football. Tottenham face Manchester City on the opening weekend. He could be running out for either team.

Gareth Southgate has plenty on his plate after the Scotland game but none more important than rebooting his World Cup Golden Boot winner and this is a subject on which he could help having put in a transfer request of his own at Aston Villa just before the 2000 Euros. He ended up staying but he too had it hanging over him during the tournament.

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While Southgate had, by that stage of his career, already had experience of a transfer having been sold by Crystal Palace five years previously, this is virgin territory for Kane. He had his loan spells early on in his career but essentially he has been a one-club man and his emotional investment in Spurs is deep. The wrench will be a big one if he leaves and not just for football reasons with a wife and three children to relocate.

Two quiet – make that silent – games in a row for Kane and there has been knee-jerk talk of axing him from the starting line-up. No-one is undroppable as Kane himself said after the Croatia win but that way insanity lies.

The England system has been built around Kane. Dismantling it now – in a tournament in which the side remains unbeaten and still on course to qualify for the knockout stages – would be crazy.

His only like-for-like replacement, Dominic Calvert-Lewin has scored four goals for England; Kane has scored 34. He is England’s totem.

Unless he does have an injury, he has to start Tuesday’s game against the Czech Republic and try to play his way back into form.

Kane has been binge-watching Game of Thrones episodes in his down time at this tournament. If he has reached season six he will have come across Jon Snow being brought back from the dead.

Kane’s situation is not quite so extreme but his resurrection against the Czechs is critical for the health of England’s tournament.

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Meet the 'old-timers' going against swimmers half their age at US Olympic trials

While swimming will always be a young person’s sport, there are 13 athletes in the 30-and-older club competing at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

OMAHA, Neb. — Amanda Weir just can’t bring herself to say the word “retirement.”

So, she’s still at the pool, still toiling away against kids half her age — if that.

“I don’t think I’ll ever officially end it,” said the 35-year-old Weir, who is attempting to make her fifth Olympics at the U.S. swimming trials that began Sunday. “I don’t think I’ll ever be able to stand behind the block and say this is my last race.”

While swimming will always be a young person’s sport, Weir has plenty of company in the 30-and-older club.

She and a dozen other such athletes are competing in Omaha, led by 40-year-old Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin.

“Obviously, I have a lot of memories and a lot of history, but it’s great to be back in it,” Ervin said. “My heart wants to be a little bit more competitive.”

Ervin, who shared gold in the 50-meter freestyle at the 2000 Sydney Games and improbably won that event again five years ago in Rio at age 35, is realistic about his chances in Omaha.

He’s seeded 40th in the 50 free — which seems appropriate — and would be more than satisfied simply to make the final. He knows his chances of qualifying for the Olympic team by finishing first or second are beyond remote.

This is essentially his farewell tour.

“God willing, I’ll be in finals and I can shake the hands of those guys who are going (to the Tokyo Games) and pass the torch, so to speak,” Ervin said.

Nathan Adrian has loftier goals at age 32.

Attempting to make his fourth Olympic team, the five-time gold medalist has bested testicular cancer and is seeded in the top 10 in both the 50 and 100 free.

But he also concedes the challenges of being a top-level swimmer while balancing a home life. His wife, Hallie, had their first child in February, a daughter named Parker.

“To be really, really, really fast, 100% top-speed training, you’ve got to be like a cat,” Adrian said. “You’ve got to sleep so much, you’ve got to lay down and watch Netflix all day and then come to the pool kind of walking slow and when you turn it on, you turn it on.

“I’m just not at the point in my life where I can really do that sustainably right now and be the kind of dad I want to be,” he went on. “When I get home, I want to hold Parker until she goes to sleep every time.”

The most prominent of the old-timers is 36-year-old Ryan Lochte, a 12-time Olympic medalist who became a husband and father after the embarrassment of Rio, where he lied about being robbed at gunpoint during a raucous night on the town with several U.S. teammates.

Lochte insists he’s gotten his life in order and is confident of not only making the U.S. team for the fifth time, but winning another medal in Tokyo.

But his times coming into Omaha aren’t too encouraging. His only real chance appears to be the 200 individual medley, where he’s seeded fifth.

If nothing else, he seems to have figured out life away from the pool.

“No matter how many times you get knocked down, it’s how you get up that defines you as a person,” Lochte said. “There’s more to life than being a rock star, having that rock star persona. I had a wake-up call and now I’m the happiest person ever.”

Swimming was once a sport that afforded few chances for making a buck once a college career was over.

After winning a then-record seven gold medals at the 1972 Munich Games, Mark Spitz retired at age 22.

Matt Biondi hung up his swimming trunks before his 27th birthday, frustrated at the lack of assistance from USA Swimming and stymied in his attempts to professionalize the sport.

These days, however, the top swimmers can make a comfortable living into their 30s, which has made it possible for someone such as 36-year-old Matt Grevers to stay in the water far longer than he might’ve anticipated earlier in his career.

Increased support from USA Swimming, more sponsorship opportunities and the new International Swimming League have kept some athletes around into their 30s, like their counterparts in the NBA and Major League Baseball.

That said, Grevers knows it can’t go on forever. He’s already making plans for his post-swimming life, launching a career in residential real estate and pondering the financial viability of investing in swimming schools.

Swimming, he said, is “week by week. I have really good weeks where I get really excited and think, ‘Hey, I could do this forever,’ and then there’s times I just feel so beat down and I’m like, ‘Man, I am 36 and I do feel it.’”

Aging swimmers can also pose challenges for their coaches, who must alter their methods and tactics for the 30-something crowd.

A young swimmer will dutifully follow their coach’s orders. An older swimmer doesn’t look at things that way.

“You have to keep it interesting enough where they enjoy what they’re doing,” said Dave Durden, who coaches Adrian and has worked with Ervin. “When they walk in the door at 18 and they look at the coach-athlete relationship, they look at me as the boss. … As they get older, they’re a co-owner in this.”

Which only makes it that much harder to walk away.

Take Weir, who has competed in three Olympics and trains in Atlanta. Even after having major neck surgery following the 2016 Rio Games, she still has such passion for swimming that she put herself through an arduous rehab, all with an eye toward making it to Tokyo.

The odds are certainly stacked against her. She’s seeded 34th in the 100 free and 49th in the 50 free.

But when she steps up on the blocks, gazes out on that lane in front of her and plunges into the water, it all seems worth it.

“I just love it. I love the training. I love the routine of it,” Weir said. “I don’t think I’ll ever fully retire from it. Even if I’m not competing for anything major, I’ll always be in the water.”

AP Sports Writer Beth Harris contributed to this report.

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Boris Johnson & Joe Biden body language 'odd' as they meet for first time 'Very different'

“Boris’s splayed hand and raised thumb suggest he is engaging the President in some amusing conversation and the President does reply with a wide, rictus-style grin that looks a little like an polite but over-performed, overkill signal.”

Judi claimed they are “very different”, with Johnson displaying “alpha power signals” while Biden looked more “elegant”.

She continued: “The intentional rituals suggest a desire to show bonding and friendly rapport between the two leaders although their body language clearly defines them as two very different characters.

“Boris sits splayed in his seat with his knees wide apart in an alpha power signal and his hand on his thigh.

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Video: Meet The Hori Flex, A Nintendo Switch Controller Built With Accessibility In Mind

UK distribution for the HORI Flex — the Japanese accessories manufacturer’s accessibility-focused controller — finally began last week and we were fortunate enough to get our hands on a sample of this rather remarkable new device.

This little controller (well, quite sizeable, actually) has been available in Japan since last year, and features a frankly baffling array of options and inputs which enable you to attach a variety of buttons, sensors, sticks and more via 3.5mm jacks to create a totally unique control set-up.

As you’ll see in the video above featuring the lovely Alex-from-Nintendo-Life (full name), this could be as simple as attaching a single button for a specific input, or creating a bespoke control environment tailored to your personal comfort and physical ability. Suddenly, playing one-handed or with your head or feet or any other method you so wish becomes viable, and the world of Switch gaming becomes much more inclusive. Check out the video above for a small sample of the potential this controller opens up for gamers of all abilities.

Alex looks at how the controller can be used for a variety of games, including Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Sonic Mania and several more. And if all that wasn’t enticing enough, the video also features Alex’s rather lovely kitchen (we haven’t been this jealous of an island since dreaming in Animal Crossing), plus shots of prime British feet.

What more could you possibly want of an evening? Grab yourself a beverage and enjoy.

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Bill Cosby denied parole board says needs more requirements

Bill Cosby denied parole board says needs more requirements

PHILADELPHIA — Bill Cosby has been denied parole by the Pennsylvania Parole Board, which cited a number of reasons for its decision, according to a letter from the board obtained by CNN.

Cosby, 83, is currently serving a 3-to-10-year sentence at a prison outside Philadelphia for drugging and sexually assaulting a former Temple University employee at his home in 2004.

The letter, which indicated the board’s decision was rendered on May 11, said Cosby must “participate in and complete additional institutional programs.”

The board cited Cosby’s “failure to develop a parole release plan” and a “negative recommendation by the Department of Corrections” as factors that contributed to the decision.

The letter stated that at Cosby’s next interview with the board, it will review and consider whether he has successfully participated in and completed a treatment program for sex offenders and violence prevention.

Cosby, according to the letter, must maintain a “clear conduct record.”

Andrew Wyatt, a spokesperson for the disgraced actor, said the news of the denial was no surprise to Cosby, his family, his friends and his legal team.

“Mr. Cosby has vehemently proclaimed his innocence and continues to deny all allegations made against him, as being false, without the sheer evidence of any proof. Today, Mr. Cosby continues to remain hopeful that the Pennsylvania State Supreme Court will issue an opinion to vacate his conviction or warrant him a new trial,” Wyatt said in a statement to CNN on Thursday.

Cosby was convicted and sentenced in 2018 in the first high-profile celebrity criminal trial of the #MeToo era, following a 2017 mistrial.

Last December, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard arguments regarding an appeal filed by Cosby’s legal team to overturn the conviction, and a ruling on the appeal has yet to be made.

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Meet Your Next Angel Investor. They're 19

Earlier this year, Johnnie Yu heard about a new startup looking to raise a small round. He liked the idea, so he cut a check. Yu is 21 years old and a junior at New York University. He’s also an angel investor, funding startups at their earliest stages. His investments are small—usually around $ 2,500—but they’re real: In exchange for the money, he gets a fraction of future equity in the companies, should they succeed. He sees his investments in emerging tech startups as a way to complement his parents’ portfolio, which is made up of more traditional assets like real estate.

Yu is part of a growing cohort of Gen Z investors who are beginning to make their mark on the startup ecosystem. Some of them are now old enough to work in VC firms or pursue careers as investors. Others, like Yu, are newcomers to angel investing, as new platforms and recent regulatory changes widen the aperture of who’s eligible to participate. Like-minded young people congregate on TikTok and Twitter, where talk of startups can lead to valuable connections and deal flow. A Slack group called Gen Z VC has more than 7,000 members, many of them still in their teens.

For many of these Gen Z investors, angel investing is less about getting rich and more about participating in the startup economy for the first time. “Everyone obviously hopes to get returns, but most of the time you’re going to lose your money,” says Dayton Mills, a 22-year-old founder who has started making angel investments. “A lot of the time you are buying access, and you’re hoping to get closer to people. That can have bigger effects than your investment itself.”

Historically, angel investing has been off the table for young people, because of wealth requirements set by the Security and Exchange Commission. Anyone can buy stock in a public company, but investments in private companies are riskier and more speculative, which has led to tighter regulations from the SEC. Since the 1930s, only people with an income greater than $ 200,000, or at least $ 1 million in net worth, could make angel investments—which excludes most Americans, and certainly most young people, from taking part.

Two regulatory changes have made investing more accessible: In 2016, the SEC created new rules allowing startups to raise more money through equity crowdfunding, taking smaller checks from people who don’t meet the definition of an accredited investor. And last year, it separately loosened its requirement for accredited investors, allowing for people with an “understanding of private markets” to become angels. Now, people who work for private funds or who have passed a licensing exam to demonstrate their “financial sophistication” can take part, even if they don’t meet the SEC’s wealth requirements. And those who don’t can still funnel money into a special-purpose vehicle, where a lead investor represents a group of individuals and combines their investments into one syndicate.

Mills and Yu, who are both members of the Gen Z VC Slack group, recently participated in a syndicate for a new dating startup called Snack. Its founder, Kim Kaplan, an older millennial and a dating industry veteran, actively courted Gen Z investors and set aside $ 500,000 of Snack’s latest round for a Gen Z syndicate on AngelList, a platform for matching startups to investors. Kaplan has also raised money from traditional VC firms, but she felt that it was important to involve young investors, too, because it gives her direct access to her target user. “I’m surprised that more companies haven’t gone down this route yet,” she says. “Why not have your customers on the cap table?”

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