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3 things you need to know today about the Rio Olympics

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Team USA leads the medal count after five days in Rio with 11 gold, 11 silver and 10 bronze for a total of 32 medals. China is in second place with 23 medals (10 gold).

Here are the top stories you need to know about from today in Brazil.

1. Phelps, Lochte go head-to-head for gold

Thursday night's Olympic roundup will feature a marquee matchup between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are the favorites in the 200-meter individual medley final. The American duo had the two fastest times in the semifinals Wednesday night, with Phelps coming in at one minute, 55.78 seconds, less than a second faster than Lochte.

Another victory would be Phelps' 22nd career gold.

 Michael Phelps, left, celebrates winning a semifinal of the men's 200-meter individual medley ahead of second placed Ryan Lochte. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Michael Phelps, left, celebrates winning a semifinal of the men's 200-meter individual medley ahead of second placed Ryan Lochte. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

2. Ledecky leads US women to another gold

Katie Ledecky, 19, won her third gold of the Rio Olympics (fourth career gold) as the anchor in the US women's 4X200-meter freestyle relay Wednesday night. Ledecky began her leg of the race just under a second behind Australia before she destroyed the field and won by nearly two seconds.

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Missy Franklin, a star at the 2012 London games, was replaced by Maya DiRado – a decision the coaches thought was best for the team.

3. US men barely beat Australia in basketball

Australia led the US men's basketball team 54-49 at the half before Carmelo Anthony and Kyrie Irving took control of the game in the fourth quarter to lead Team USA to a 98-88 win. 'Melo finished with 31 points and Irving scored 10 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter.

Australia was expected to be one of Team USA's toughest challengers.

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Note: Simone Biles and Aly Raisman compete in the women's gymnastics all-around final on Thursday. The US men's gymnastics team finished fifth in the all-around final.

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