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Women's badminton quarter-finals

Leanne Choo and Renuga Veeran sunddenly found themselves in the quaterfinals after four teams were disqualified at Wembly Arena in London.  August 1st 2012.

The bombshell that saw the Chinese top seeds, four South Koreans and an Indonesian pair ejected gave a reprieve to Australian duo Renuga Veeran and Leanne Choo, who went through to play Canada in the...

Tanking taint spreads well beyond badminton

Samantha Lane ATHLETES are angry. Officials are embarrassed. But more significantly, Olympic competition is tainted.

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Chinese player quits badminton after match throwing scandal

Yu Yang.

One of the star Chinese badminton players disqualified from the Olympics for throwing a match has announced she is quitting the sport, saying her dreams had been "heartlessly shattered".

Badminton racket: teams charged ... for allegedly trying to lose

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Glenda Kwek Some of the world's top badminton teams are under investigation after two extraordinary matches in which doubles pairs appeared to fight hard ... to lose.

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Badminton team devastated after losing second chance match

Leanne Choo during the match.

Peter Hanlon The disqualification of eight athletes in the badminton doubles competition gave Australia's women's pairing a second chance. Losing it was devastating.

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Love turns golden for badminton duo

China's Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei.

Zhang Nan and Zhao Yunlei became the first boyfriend and girlfriend duo to win Olympic gold medals together.

Badminton boss 'sorry' as athletes expelled over match-fixing scandal

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Samantha Lane The head of international badminton has defended the sport's position at the Olympics in light of the scandalous disqualification of eight athletes for deliberately throwing matches.

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Eight badminton players sent home amid tanking fury

Samantha Lane and John Huxley EIGHT badminton players have been sent home from the Olympics after being disqualified for throwing matches in a case condemned by London Games boss Sebastian Coe as ''depressing'' and...

'They're just good at acting normally': Danish duo take aim at Chinese badminton

Denmark's Christinna Pedersen and Kamilla Rytter Juhl.

Samantha Lane Chinese badminton players, two of whom are among the eight women disqualified from the Olympics for deliberately throwing matches to improve their draws, have been accused of manipulating...

Food poisoning hits Australia's badminton team

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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...

It's time for burgers, badminton and bellyache

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Leaping Larry Certain symptoms herald the approach of the Olympic Games.

Tanking questions rear their head again as Spain avoid star US team after giving up 10-point lead

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Phil Lutton The Olympic tanking controversy descended into further farce last night with questions asked about a Spanish side that was steamrolled late in its basketball pool game against Brazil, a result which...

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Fan with tickets to every day of Olympics dies at the velodrome

Conrad Readman tweeted this photograph of himself with actor Zachary Levi outside the London Olympics Aquatic Centre. He wrote:

A British sports fan who had tickets for every day of the London Olympics died after collapsing at the velodrome at the Olympic Park, media reports say.

Everyone's a winner in the end

Anna Meares

John Huxley SPORTSMANSHIP - or, more topically, sports-womanship - lives. Just when it seemed that the modern Olympics may have become too intense, too all-consuming, too confrontational, old-fashioned notions...

We don't play to lose - others do, says Graf

Basketball Robert Dillon and Chris Dutton OPALS coach Carrie Graf made the remarkable claim on Wednesday that some international basketball teams ''strategically'' lose matches but denied Australia endorsed such policies or that it...

Australians gain a reprieve but the tank's empty

Peter Hanlon NEVER has the sport of goose feathers got itself in such a flap. The Olympic campaign of Australia's women's doubles pairing finally ended on Wednesday night, more than two days after it finished the...

60-second wrap

One bloody hundredth of a second. After the disappointment of the 4x100 metres relay, James Magnusson looked to have hit back in the best way with a gold medal in the individual 100m at the pool.

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Teams have 'strategically' lost basketball matches: Opals coach

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Robert Dillon and Chris Dutton Opals coach Carrie Graf has made the remarkable claim that some international basketball teams ‘‘strategically’’ lose matches but denied Australia endorsed such policies or that it undermined the...

Not cricket: what would Waugh the winner make of Olympic tankers?

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 6:  Steve Waugh and Ricky Ponting of Australia look on during the presentations after day five of the 4th Test between Australia and India at the SCG on January 6, 2004 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Robert Dillon Steve Waugh may never have competed at the Olympics but few would appear better qualified for the mentoring role - athlete-liaison officer, to be precise - he occupies with the Australian team in...

Twelve Olympic moments

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Peter Hanlon JUST as Usain Bolt has shown that an Olympic Games can be remembered for those who deliver on their promise, there is a flip side to the golden coin.