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5 things you need to know this weekend

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Michael Phelps grabbed the silver medal in the men's 100-meter butterfly.(Photo: Erich Schlegel, USA TODAY Sports)

[h=2]Phelps, Biles and Bolt<span style="color: Red;">*</span>highlight Day 8<span style="color: Red;">*</span><span style="color: Red;">*</span>in Rio[/h]The U.S. women’s gymnastics team, Michael Phelps and Usain Bolt are likely to highlight a busy weekend at the Rio Olympics. Phelps is expected to swim the final Olympic race of his career Saturday in the men’s 4x100-meter medley relay final, an event the U.S. has historically dominated.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Bolt will race in the 100-meter prelims Saturday morning, and then likely the semifinals later Saturday and the finals Sunday night. Also on Sunday,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>event finals begin in women's gymnastics. Gabby Douglas and Madison Kocian compete in the uneven bars, and Simone Biles will look to win gold on the vault, the first of three event finals she will compete in.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>For more info on the<span style="color: Red;">*</span>weekend action, here is a<span style="color: Red;">*</span>handy schedule.


Usain Bolt starts his quest for a three-peat, and it's the last day of swimming with Michael Phelps, Lilly King and Simone Manuel competing for gold. USA TODAY Sports' Rachel Axon preps you for what to watch for on Saturday, Aug. 13. USA TODAY Sports

[h=2]The NFL is back with preseason competition[/h]NFL is back, and you won’t be without the pigskin again until February. The first week of the preseason slate is underway, and here are 13 players to watch. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo made an uneven debut as the Patriots’ short-term starter, Mark Sanchez shined for the Broncos and Carson Wentz, the No. 2 pick in the draft, was the main attraction for Philadelphia Eagles fans. Saturday will feature four games, and Sunday will have one. On Saturday afternoon, the Seahawks begin the post-Marshawn Lynch era at 4:30 p.m. ET (NFL Network), while the Cowboys visit the Coliseum for the Rams’ first game in the Los Angeles market in 20 years at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).
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[h=2]Heavy rain to continue in Louisiana[/h]The low-pressure storm creating chaos in southern Louisiana is expected to continue through the weekend, with rainfall battering the region. The National Weather Service on Friday extended flash flood warnings until late Saturday night. Floods and the threat of high water caused numerous cancellations and closures Friday, when Gov. John Bel Edwards declared a state of emergency for the entire state. The Louisiana National Guard helped local agencies rescue people trapped Friday in homes in Youngsville’s Highland Ridge neighborhood, where around 100 homes have flooded.
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[h=2]Cuba's Fidel Castro turns 90[/h]Former president and leader of the Communist party in Cuba Fidel Castro will celebrate his 90th birthday Saturday. Events<span style="color: Red;">*</span>are planned across the country, and<span style="color: Red;">*</span>his birthday comes just over a year after the United States and the island nation restored diplomatic relations. The revolutionary icon<span style="color: Red;">*</span>has kept out of<span style="color: Red;">*</span>the public eye in recent years, but spoke to school children in April for his first appearance since July 2015. Castro and President Obama did not meet when the U.S. leader visited in March, but Castro wrote<span style="color: Red;">*</span>shortly afterward, “We don't need the empire to give us anything.”
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[h=2]SpaceX plans another Falcon 9 launch<span style="color: Red;">*</span>[/h]SpaceX's<span style="color: Red;">*</span>second mission in just over three months takes flight early Sunday as a Falcon 9 rocket will carry a communications satellite into orbit.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>The launch, scheduled to depart from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:26 a.m. ET,<span style="color: Red;">*</span>will carry a new<span style="color: Red;">*</span>satellite<span style="color: Red;">*</span>– called<span style="color: Red;">*</span>JCSAT-16 –<span style="color: Red;">*</span>22,300 miles over the equator to<span style="color: Red;">*</span>serve as an orbital spare for Sky Perfect JSAT's 16-satellite fleet.<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Sunday's voyage is the latest from the audacious<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Tokyo-based<span style="color: Red;">*</span>satellite operator, who will try to land the first stage of the<span style="color: Red;">*</span>Falcon 9<span style="color: Red;">*</span>on a ship stationed down-range in the Atlantic Ocean.


SpaceX released stunning new footage from several recent Falcon 9 launches and reentries. SPACEX

And the essentials:
Be Inspired: She was expected to die<span style="color: Red;">*</span>but is now training for a marathon instead.
Weekend TV: Wondering what to watch this weekend? TV critic Robert Bianco looks at Celebrity Family Feud and BrainDead.
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