Live: a golden parade as Sydney celebrates Olympic stars

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Liam Phillips, Glenda Kwek, James Robertson Several roads in Sydney's CBD are set to close as the city plays host to the first welcome home parade for Australia's London Olympics team this afternoon.

London after-party takes heat out of old Spice Girls row

The Spice Girls win over old nemesis Liam Gallagher

Megan Levy It's the ultimate sporting event that unites countries from around the world.

Bolt secured relay baton despite disqualifation threat

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Georgina Robinson Is there no limit to Usain Bolt's powers?

Lundy highlights sport's gender bias

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Basketball at Olympic Park , Australia v China in the womens quarter final , Australia's Lauren Jackson drives to the basket.

Samantha Lane The second-class treatment of Australia's female Olympic basketballers was merely tip-of-the-iceberg evidence of the ingrained gender discrimination that still exists in sport, according to Federal...

Melbourne Stars chasing Bolt for Big Bash League

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Chris Barrett The world's fastest man, Usain Bolt, could be steaming in from the Members End at the MCG this summer with an audacious plan hatched to have the Jamaican track superstar play in the Twenty20 Big Bash...

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Lessons of defeat as important as spoils of victory

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Richard Hinds For some of us, these Olympics finished where they were supposed to begin, with Australia taking on the home team in a battle that had been labelled - accurately, it transpired, given recent fortunes...

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'Faith in humanity restored': Olympics fan reunited with ticket thanks to Aussie

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Georgina Robinson An Australian man reunited a devastated Canadian sports fan with a lost Olympics ticket in London last week.

Flag honour for sailing success

Samantha Lane THE performance of sailor Malcolm Page has been highlighted as Australia's most outstanding of the London Games and he has won closing ceremony flag-bearing duties for his efforts.

Six to watch: Sunday 12 August

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Scott Spits The men's marathon, United States v Spain in the men's basketball gold medal match, the men's mountain bike final and the closing ceremony are among the events to watch on the final day of the London...

For flag-bearing duties, it's Page's turn

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Samantha Lane It could have been a hurdler, it could have been a cyclist — but the Olympic performance of gold medal-winning sailor Malcolm Page has won him closing ceremony flag bearing duties.

Added Spice: Closing ceremony to be a musical tribute

Victoria Beckham.

Owen Gibson and Patrick Kingsley The Spice Girls, Muse and George Michael are all tipped to perform at the Olympic closing ceremony.

The Olympic dress-up derby

Olympic spirit manifests itself in all manner of garb and decoration, as these sports fan show.

Who will carry the flag? Green keeping cards close to chest

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Samantha Lane Some say Sally Pearson has the flag in the bag. Others argue Anna Meares’ against-all-odds win at the velodrome will see her lead out the Australian team at the closing ceremony in London on Sunday.

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What price medals?

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Chris Johnston, Marc Moncrief, Caroline Wilson AUSTRALIA'S performance at the London Olympics, its worst result in 20 years, has cost taxpayers $10 million for each medal won.

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Resort left feeling 50 shades of grey

Weymouth on the coast in Southern England

John Huxley PERHAPS Madame Zara, gypsy ''fortune-teller to the stars'', should have seen it coming. But while the Olympic sailing has been a source of gold galore for Australia, it looks like being a financial...

Six to watch: Saturday 11 August

Scott Spits Mo Farah's attempt to back up his 5000m victory with a triumph in the 10,000m, the men's and women's 100m relays, the men's 10m platform diving and Australia's women's basketball bronze medal game...

Bouncing back: silver medal-winning trampolinist stays upbeat about living with HIV

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Georgina Robinson The Olympic silver medallist Ji Wallace says finding out he was HIV positive was like "a bomb going off" in his head.

'What's with all the bad karma?' Pendleton refused entry to BMX

Victoria Pendleton.

Scott Spits The London Olympics isn't getting any easier for Great Britain's Queen of the Velodrome, Vicky Pendleton.

British PM laughs off French suspicions of cheating

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Samantha Lane SUSPICIONS about Great Britain’s dominance at the Olympic velodrome has moved British Prime Minister David Cameron to defend the team that collected seven of a possible ten gold medals on the track...

Australian scatters father's ashes on Olympic track

An Australian woman has admitted taking the ashes of her late father -- an Olympic silver medallist -- trackside to the London Games and scattering them over the triple jump run-up.