Sports bible boost for our medal hopes

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.

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...


Graf admits her future is unclear

Crystal Ja Australian women's basketball coach Carrie Graf concedes her future is undecided, but the veteran mentor says she's in no rush for that to change.

Athletes ready to roll up and wow

Jim White Here's something I discovered recently: it is not easy controlling a wheelchair. Certainly not the kind used in wheelchair rugby, which look as if they have been knocked up out of an old supermarket...


Tarnished gold: Tallent calls for drug cheats to lose it all

Jared Tallent.

David Polkinghorne Two-time Olympic silver medallist Jared Tallent wants proven drug cheats to have all their past achievements made invalid regardless of when they tested positive.

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Wet weather threatens to rain on Games' parade


Samantha Lane Two Olympic venues are waterlogged and are hastily being resurfaced as Games organisers review their contingency plans due to downpours that threaten to spoil the two-week London event.

Food poisoning hits Australia's badminton team

Generic badminton

Samantha Lane A BOUT of food poisoning in the national badminton camp has rendered three of the five-member Olympic unit bedridden, ruling them out of a pre-Games tune -up against Great Britain, and affected the...

Sally Pearson can clear Olympics hurdle, insists Cathy Freeman


Georgina Robinson Cathy Freeman has warned Olympic gold medal favourite Sally Pearson to change nothing following her shock defeat in London at the weekend.


Second-class Olympians fume over team gender bias

Australian Opals.

Samantha Lane A row has erupted over the second-class treatment female Olympians receive compared to their male counterparts, including Australia's women basketballers.

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Sleeping pill ban riles Mark

Russell Mark

Samantha Lane Having complained loudly, and at length, about an enforced night-time separation from his wife in London's Olympic village, shooter Russell Mark yesterday said reports of his rooming gripe were...

Pearson warning

Sally Pearson

Georgina Robinson Cathy Freeman has warned Olympic gold medal favourite Sally Pearson to change nothing following her shock defeat in London.

Trickett might not fit into final four despite form

Libby Trickett

Michael Cowley MANCHESTER: It's the closest her coach Stephan Widmer has seen the comeback version of Libby Trickett looking like the old version, but she will have a fight to win a place on the 4x100 metres...


Pearson urged not to leap to conclusions

Cathy Freeman

Georgina Robinson CATHY FREEMAN has warned gold medal favourite Sally Pearson to change nothing following her shock defeat in London.


Staying one jump ahead

Mitch Watt

Michael Gleeson, Monaco One jump might be enough. Not to win - that is not what he is chasing here - but one jump might be all Mitchell Watt bothers with tonight at the Monaco Diamond League meet, which is the long jump...

Female stars relegated to the underclass

Liz Cambage

Samantha Lane Federal sports minister Kate Lundy has hit out at the discrimination that resulted in Australia's women Olympic basketballers flying to London in economy class, while the men travelled in business...

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'Saddest day': injury forces Nadal out of Olympics


Olympic champion Rafa Nadal's withdrawal from the London Games because of injury deprived the tournament of one of its biggest attractions and left Spain reeling on Thursday.

Travel policy rewrite after second-class flights fury

Liz Cambage

Samantha Lane Basketball Australia has been embarrassed into action after revelations about economy versus business seats.

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