Boomers impress US basketball coach

Phil Lutton Not long after his band of merry NBA megastars had torn the beating heart from the chest of arch-rivals Argentina, Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski was handing out praise for the fighting spirit of...

Aus v USA Men's Basketball

Unites States forward LeBron James, left, jumps to score during during a men's quarterfinal basketball game against Australia

Australia played the USA in the Men's Basketball Quarterfinal in London with the USA winning a comfortable 119-86 victory.


Teams have 'strategically' lost basketball matches: Opals coach


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...

USA basketball stars win gold

London Olympic Games  2012 , North Greenwich Arena 
Basketball mens gold medal match USA v Spain , Lebron James and The USA team celebrate winning gold
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Sunday the 12th of August 2012

LeBron James has declared his gold-medal winning United States "one of the best teams ever" as the group of superstars combined to clinch Olympic Games glory against Spain in a final score of 107-100.


Injury-hit US name basketball squad

The injury-hit United States named its 12-man basketball squad for the London Olympics, with Blake Griffin, Andre Iguodala and James Harden nabbing the final three roster spots.

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Mills magic puts boom into Boomers

Patrick Mills

Chris Dutton He destroyed Britain and now Patrick Mills has set his sights on leading the Australian Boomers to one of the biggest upsets in Olympic Games basketball history.

Russia stalls, putting Opals in firing line against US

Chris Dutton IT COULD have been simply an off day, but Russia's loss to France in the women's basketball is certain to reignite the tanking debate after their last Olympic Games pool match.

Missile can use London flop as launchpad for Rio redemption: Phelps

Michael Phelps

Michael Cowley Michael Phelps has a simple message for James Magnussen: Olympics don't get any easier, but a disappointment on sport's largest stage can prove to be a catalyst for greatness – as it was for...

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Six to watch: Monday 6 August

Patrick Mills

Scott Spits Spectators will want to catch the women's pole vault final and men's 400m final in athletics.

'Second to a Brit': Australia's Olympic journey so far

Mitchell Watt celebrates winning silver.

Greg Baum Last night, Mitchell Watt represented Australia's last fingerhold on its Olympic dignity.

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


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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Force kids to do sport: Coates

Olympics 2012, AUSTRALIAN Olympic Committee president John Coates.

Caroline Wilson, London Olympic chief John Coates has urged Australian swimming to ''have a look at themselves'' and also blamed the federal government's failure to introduce compulsory school sport in the wake of...

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Russia's capitulation raises eyebrows


Chris Dutton It could have simply been an off day but Russia’s loss to France in the women’s basketball has reignited the tanking debate after a bizarre performance in their last Olympic Games pool match.

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Live coverage: London Olympics Day 9

Usain Bolt

Phil Lutton It's the day we've all been waiting for ... men's 100m final day. The day when Usain Bolt can etch his name in history by defending his crown as the world's fastest man.

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Mills hits buzzer-beating three-pointer to down Russia

Australia's Patrick Mills sank a three-pointer at the game-ending buzzer to give the Boomers a thrilling 82-80 triumph over previously undefeated Russia at the Olympic men's basketball tournament.

$2m a second: what the gold is worth to Bolt


Glenda Kwek Less than 10 seconds on the track and more than $19 million in sponsorships ... and that was before this morning's 100-metre final.

Mills hits buzzer-beating three-pointer to down Russia

Patrick Mills

Chris Dutton A Patrick Mills buzzer-beater will send the Australian Boomers into the quarter finals oozing with confidence as they toppled Russia on Monday.

Rapper's delight: Ludacris cheers Durant and Co to crushing win


Phil Lutton Well-known American rapper Ludacris was in the crowd for the USA-Argentina match at the Olympic Basketball Arena, but he wasn't the only thing ludicrous about the show.

Fears that deliberate losses are widespread

China's Yu Yang

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

Live coverage: London Olympics Day 10

Steve Solomon

Daniel Sankey Australia has been waiting nine days for its second gold medal of the 2012 London Olympics — finally, that wait could be over today with Tom Slingsby sailing for gold in the Laser class.

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