RIO DE JANEIRO -- Ashton Eaton retained his title as the best all-around athlete in the world by tying the decathlon Olympic record and, within minutes, had stepped back for track and fields ultimate superstar to take center stage again.What more could the now two-time Olympic champion Eaton do Thursday night to get just a little sliver of the limelight that beams down so brightly on Usain Bolt?Not much.I had the pleasure of being in the same era as Usain Bolt, Eaton said. I mean, the guys last name is Bolt, hes the fastest man ever, you cant write a story like that.You can try.For his own tale, Eaton made it back-to-back Olympic and world titles in the decathlon, an event the American has ruled since he rebounded from silver at the worlds in 2011 to claim the next four major gold medals available. From throwing, to jumping, to running, Eaton can do it all.But then Bolt -- a Jamaican who just deals in speed -- roared around the bend at the Olympic Stadium to win the 200 meters in 19.78 seconds, completing act two of his three-part quest for gold and history in Rio.Maybe there was some comfort for Eaton -- and loads of other athletes looking to be the one to shine -- with Bolts suggestion afterward that hes nearly done.On the straight, my body didnt respond. Im getting old, said Bolt, who was trying to break his own world record of 19.19.Fridays 4x100-meter relay final is all thats left now between Bolt and an historic three golds at three straight Olympics. Concentrating on not messing that up for Bolt, a Jamaica team led by Asafa Powell got into the final in a pretty important moment for the big mans legacy. They only finished second in their heat behind Japan, but Jamaicas in.There was some pressure to make it to the finals, Powell said, relieved he didnt have to deliver any bad news as Bolt prepared for the 200 final.Wednesday produced an awesome hour for the U.S. track team, according to Tianna Bartoletta. By Thursday night, that had evolved into a pretty great 24 hours.Alongside Eatons triumph, Ryan Crouser led an American one-two in the shot put, also setting a new Olympic record of 22.52 meters to win his first major title from world champion Joe Kovacs.Dalilah Muhammad kept the U.S. total ticking on with gold in the womens 400-meter hurdles and Ashley Spencer added a bronze, with another American 1-2 only just thwarted by Denmarks Sara Slott Petersen. Kerron Clement later won his first individual Olympic gold in the 400-meter hurdles.We are making history out here, Muhammad said of the U.S. teams gold rush.The crowd at a near-full Olympic Stadium was constantly reminded of that with a series of medal ceremonies through the day, most of them starting with: Oh, say can you see...With three days remaining, the United States was up to 24 medals in track and field, eight of them gold. The U.S. won 29 medals, including nine golds, in London.For a few short moments, the U.S. womens 4x100 relay team was a little like Bolt: They were the only ones everyone was looking at.Leading off, Bartoletta nestled into the starting blocks in lane 2 for the teams re-run -- all on their own and against the clock only -- after they fumbled the baton in their original qualifier. The second chance came after a U.S. protest. With just that clock and the crowd for company, the Americans took the baton around in 41.77 seconds to reach the final.Our coach said before we went out there, `Its just like practice, just the whole world will be watching, said English Gardner, who ran the third leg.Eaton finished with 8,893 points, digging deep through the final lap of the last event, the 1,500 meters, to cross the line third, incredibly matching exactly the Olympic record after 10 events over two days.How cant there be one stinking point in there somewhere? Eaton said.Eaton had briefly darted away from the decathlon to congratulate Clement as his teammate knelt exhausted in the midday sun after winning the hurdles, an indicator of the feel-good surging through the U.S. track team right now.Croatias Sara Kolak won the womens javelin, another first-time Olympic champion like Crouser.And South Africas Caster Semenya, the outright favorite for the womens 800-meter title, qualified fastest for the final as she breezed to victory in her semifinal heat, unchallenged, in 1 minute 58.15 seconds.Semenya, another compelling story at these games but for different reasons to Bolt, will run in the 800 final on Saturday.By then, Bolt will be done at the Olympics forever.Ive worked all my career, all my life, for this moment, Bolt said. So hopefully people can read about me as the greatest.---AP Sports Writer Raf Casert contributed to this report. Blake Wheeler Jersey .J. -- Marty Brodeur beat the Pittsburgh Penguins yet again. Adidas Jets Jerseys . 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DAVIE, Fla. -- The man in the middle of the Miami Dolphins years-long malaise is back, and wondering how long hell last.Pro Bowl center Mike Pouncey returned to practice Tuesday after missing the first four games of the season because of a broken left hip that raised concerns about his career. It was his third hip injury since 2014.Talking to the doctors, all the what-ifs came into play, Pouncey said before practice. You start questioning how long you can play in the league and how physical this game is. Im fortunate to be back as fast as I am.When I first injured this hip, there was a lot of doubt in my mind -- would I ever come back and be the same player? I guess well see today.Pouncey, 27, acknowledged hes mindful of the long-term effects his injuries to both hips might have.We all have concerns long term, every guy that plays in the NFL, he said. But right now Im not too much concerned. I wouldnt put myself in the position to hurt myself or have a setback if I wasnt ready to play.Pouncey rejoins a team off to another slow start heading into Sundays game against Tennessee . The Dolphins are 1/3 in large part because of a sputtering offense that has had trouble running the ball and protecting Ryan Tannehill.Pouncey should help in both areas. Despite his health issues, he was chosen for the Pro Bowl each of the past three years, and might be Miamis best player.He can make a huge difference, Tannehill said. With the belief this team has in him, his work ethiic, the example he sets day in and day out at practice, as well as the player that he is, itll be great to have him back.dddddddddddd.A first-round draft pick from the University of Florida in 2011, Pouncey has yet to play on a winning team in Miami. Hes optimistic that can still change this season, despite the slow start.Weve been in this position before, he said. Its only four games in. Weve got 12 games left. Were looking forward to turning this season around and winning a bunch of games here.Pouncey had been sidelined since the second exhibition game against Dallas on Aug. 19.Some pile jumper from the Dallas Cowboys jumped on me, said Pouncey, who failed to get the players identity.He declined to predict whether hell play Sunday, although it seems likely barring a setback. He praised first-year coach Adam Gase for urging patience regarding the timetable.Even Miamis defensive players were happy about Pounceys return to practice.Obviously hes one of our leaders, and a guy that can obviously get the job done and play at a very high level and bring other guys around him, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh said. So Im excited to have him back.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP-NFL---Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve-Wine. 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