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

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

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...

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''.

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.

Hooker turns to sports psychologist in bid to beat the yips

Steve Hooker

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.

No use crying poor, nobbling US team won't level the playing field

Glenda Kwek PATRICK Mills, $US1.1 million ($1.04 million). Kobe Bryant, $US27.8 million. That's the contrasting fortunes of the US and Australian teams that squared off in the quarter-finals of the Olympics.

AOC wants its star girls for parades

Laurie Lawrence

Caroline Wilson LEGENDARY swimming coach Laurie Lawrence has admitted he holds fears for Australia's homecoming athletes after the Olympic team failed to deliver on expectations in London.

Hooker soars again on biggest stage of all

Steve Hooker

Michael Gleeson POLE vault is a game of bluff. Bluff yourself that jumping almost six metres on a stick is a wise thing to do. Bluff your opponents that whatever they can do, you can go higher.

From hell in a wheelchair to golden glory for sailor

Australia's Nathan Outteridge and Iain Jensen

Robert Dillon FOR Nathan Outteridge, winning an Olympic gold medal was not the greatest moment of his life. Nor was letting one slip through his fingers the worst.

Athletics day 7 - Bolt wins final

Jamaica's Usain Bolt wins the gold medal in teh 200m final from lane 7. Photo by Steve Christo

Athletics day 7 - Usain Bolt is the first man in history to win the double: the 100m and 200m sprints.

Inspire a generation? Been there, done that, says Gabby

Gabby Douglas

Chris Barrett AMERICA'S latest sporting darling is not afraid of the limelight. Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old from Virginia who won double gymnastics gold in London and with it the hearts of millions in the US,...

Nose clips and sequins, it's synchronised swimming

Synchronized Swimming, Teams Event. Photo by Steve Christo

The Australian team ranked last of eight nations in the technical routine, which included moves dubbed the flamingo and porpoise.

Saori Yoshida wins gold, again

Saori Yoshida with her coaches.

Japan's Saori Yoshida celebrates her latest victory by hoisting her coach to her shoulders.

'Get a grip': Cambage takes a swipe at Rice and Kobe


Kobe Bryant and Stephanie Rice may have been spotted sitting side-by-side at the velodrome, smiling and giggling while taking in the Olympic sights, but it seems Australia's emerging basketball star...

Bryant-Rice 'romance' rumours boil over

Stephanie Rice.

Rumours of a budding romance between Australian swimmer Stephanie Rice and US basketball superstar Kobe Bryant gathered more momentum today, with a former Olympic teammate of Rice's declaring: "I...

Hard to win medals when turn-Coates takes breath away

Richard Hinds dinkus

Richard Hinds The Olympics are replete with breathtaking sights and sounds. The blur of Usain Bolt. The wash created by that human propeller Michael Phelps.

The Games are not Ashes clashes, folks

Anna Meares and Victoria Pendleton

Adam Cooper Let's get one thing straight - the Ashes aren't up for grabs in London right now. But you wouldn't know it with all the hype.

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Michael Rogers takes Olympic bronze, eight years late

Michael Rogers

Lee Gaskin Canberra's Michael Rogers is an Olympic medalist - eight years after the event.

Gorman grinds out 11th in Games' toughest test

Melissa Gorman

John Huxley THEY say that when the going gets toughest, the tough go marathon swimming. So it was for Australia's Melissa Gorman yesterday as she beat aching legs, complaining arms, wrenching guts and...

Drama on track but relay four fall short

Athletics Michael Gleeson mickgleeson NINE teams started, one pulled out mid-race injured, two teams were disqualified then one was reinstated, the South African team was cut off in their heat and did not finish but still made the final...