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Hooker turns to sports psychologist in bid to beat the yips

Chris Barrett Steve Hooker is placing his faith in a sports psychologist to help him evade a return of the yips in the final rundown to the Olympic pole vault competition.

How we'll turn the British sports minister into a dribbling Kookaburra

Senator Kate Lundy.

Samantha Lane Picture this: a British sports minister, dressed in a kookaburra-print shirt, dribbling a hockey ball through Australia House in central London.

Crowds laud royal jolly good sports

Olympic Notebook John Huxley PRINCE Philip once famously remarked of his daughter Anne, now Princess Anne, ''if it doesn't fart or eat hay she just isn't interested''.

Coates delivers blunt message to Olympics sports bosses

John Coates

Samantha Lane AUSTRALIA'S Olympic chief, John Coates, has put the presidents and chief executives of the country's sports federations on notice, revealing he suspected some were not giving their all to the London...

Sports bible boost for our medal hopes

Olympic rings, mounted on a barge, are positioned in front of Tower Bridge on the River Thames in London February 28, 2012.  REUTERS/Andrew Winning    (BRITAIN - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT CITYSPACE SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

Chris Barrett, London Modest and even dim predictions abound about Australia's medal tally at the London Olympics.

Rio Olympics 2016: Team of refugees to participate under Olympic flag

IOC President Thomas Bach.

VICTOR MATHER A small team of international refugee athletes will participate in the Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro this year, Thomas Bach, the president of the International Olympic Committee, confirmed.

International Olympic Committee steps up anti-corruption fight for Rio Games

'Nonsense' .... John Coates says London is not a 'Plan B' for the IOC.

Phil Lutton The International Olympic Committe is talking tough on gambling and manipulation of results, putting in fresh regulations ahead of the Games in Brazil.

Sydney Sevens: Quade Cooper to debut as he joins Rio Olympics push

Phil Lutton Toulon star Quade Cooper says he's feeling the nerves as he tries to book his ticket to Rio and fulfil an Olympic dream.

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Christian Sprenger had a sinking feeling before he retired from swimming

Phil Lutton When Christian Sprenger started losing his 'feel' for the water, the former world champion swimmer knew his time as an athete was starting to run out.

'Why am I swimming so fast?': Mitch Larkin still coming to terms with rise to the top

Phil Lutton The world champion backstroker will be at the heart of Australia's push to rebound in the Olympic pool when Rio arrives later this year.

Rio Olympics 2016: Contract for Games' tennis centre cancelled

The city of Rio de Janeiro cancelled the construction contract for the Olympic tennis centre on Thursday, just 200 days before the start of the games.

2016 Rio Olympic Games: Clay target shooter James Willett has gold in his sights

Double trap competitor James Willett, of Mulwala, training at the Majura Park Gun Club in Canberra.

Lee Gaskin Clay target shooter James Willett is aiming at Olympic gold just over a year after taking up the double trap discipline.

Canberra walker Brendon Reading supports Russia ban after making first Olympics

Sport.  Canberra race walker Brendon Reading has qualified for the 50km race walk at the Rio Olympics.   9 January 2016.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Jon Tuxworth It's a challenge very few athletes face - squaring off against your own coach at an Olympics.

Rio Olympics 2016: Australian Olympic Commitee predicts bumper gold medal tally

Medal hope: Emily Seebohm won the gold medal in the 200m backstroke at the FINA World Championships in August.

Tom Decent The Australian Olympic Committee has predicted Australia will buck the trend of a declining medal haul since Sydney 2000 and win 13 gold medals at the Rio Olympic Games, almost doubling its haul from...

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Rio Olympics 2016: Olympians grapple with social media policy, after warnings from Anna Meares, Sally Pearson and Emily Seebohm

Tweet-free: Sally Pearson and Anna Meares switched off their social media accounts during the London Olympics.

David Sygall The exponential rise of social media is best summed up by the fact that in Beijing in 2008 it was a non-issue and in London in 2012 it cost Australia medals.

Kellie White overcomes horror injuries to make Hockeyroos Olympic training squad

Jon Tuxworth Kellie White feared her Olympic hopes may have been crushed for good after virtually two years out with back-to-back serious knee injuries.

Rio 2016 Olympics: Athletes will now get free air-conditioning

The beach in Rio.

Tariq Panja Organisers of Rio de Janeiro's 2016 Olympics have changed course and will now provide air conditioning in 10,500 athlete bedrooms after initially planning to ask for payment as part of cost-cutting...

Sporting scandals an opportunity for change, says IOC president Thomas Bach

Thomas Bach:

The global corruption and doping scandals engulfing sports this year are an opportunity for organisations to undergo change and earn back lost credibility, the president of the International Olympic...

Jessica Ashwood makes record-breaking return, setting Australian record in 1500 metres

London Olympian Jessica Ashwood has made a record-breaking return home, setting an Australian and Australian all-comers record in the 1500 metres on the opening night of the Australian Short Course...

Max Markson says Jared Tallent missed out on Olympic pot of gold

David Polkinghorne and Chris Dutton Marketability changes with the colour of your Olympic medal.