Football

Spain's football team crashes out of Games

Spain's bid to add Olympic gold to their world and European titles ended in failure on Sunday with a shock 1-0 loss to Honduras.

Football gold for Mexico

Jorge Enriquez of Mexico falls to the ground with jubilation as team-mates celebrate winning the gold medal after the Men's Football Final between Brazil and Mexico on Day 15 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Wembley Stadium on August 11, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images) *** BESTPIX ***

Mexico's players celebrated after winning gold in the men's football final match between Brazil and Mexico at Wembley stadium during the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Olympics

How the Iraq war nearly ended London's Olympic dream

The Princess Royal (L) listens as Chairman of the British Olympic Association Craig Reedie speaks during a news conference in Singapore July 4, 2005. Paris, London, Madrid, New York City and Moscow are competing to win the right to host the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in an IOC vote which will be held on July 6 in Singapore. The Princess and Reedie are in Singapore to support London's bid. REUTERS/Bazuki Muhammad

Chris Barrett The founding father of the 2012 Olympics helped Tony Blair schmooze London its ticket to host the Games and saw the war in Iraq nearly bring it all down in flames.

Olympics

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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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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US holds a master class for Brits

Hoop dreams: LeBron James (left) tries to get around Luol Deng.

Jim White, Manchester Of all the golds that might be heading Britain's way, there won't be one coming in basketball.

Controversial flyer mulls leap to AFL but rules out Solomon duel

FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2009 file photo, Australia's John Steffensen starts a Men's 400m first round heat during the World Athletics Championships in Berlin. The Australian Olympic Committee has said Steffensen will run on the country's track team at the London Olympics. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Daniel Lane JOHN STEFFENSEN has ruled out challenging Australian Olympic teammate Steve Solomon to a duel to decide who should run the individual 400 metres event in London because he fears it could have a...

Athletics

Who is Steve Solomon?

Steven Solomo.

Will Brodie The young athlete unwittingly drawn into the John Steffensen selection saga is a rapidly improving, chocolate-loving, 19-year-old Twitter novice who has just won a bronze medal at the World Junior...

London 2012

Samuels in league with Bennett for gold medal tilt

Discus thrower Dani Samuels is one of Australia's key medal hopes in track and field at the London Olympics.

Michael Gleeson Rugby league may not be an Olympic sport, but revered coach Wayne Bennett could prove a significant player in these Games.

Wayne's words: how Samuels got her belief back

Dani Samuels

Michael Gleeson RUGBY LEAGUE might not be an Olympic sport, but revered coach Wayne Bennett could yet have a significant part in the Games.

Steffensen to relay support

John Steffensen.

Daniel Lane, Sydney John Steffensen rules out challenging Steve Solomon to duel to decide who should run 400.

Harry heads for the beach as royal cheerleader

Harry

Gordon Rayner in London The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry will attend almost 30 events between them during the London 2012 Olympics, and there are no prizes for guessing who bagged a ticket to the beach...

Those dopes are no surprise, says Abdi

Abdi

Chris Barrett Australian steeplechaser Youcef Abdi is not surprised one of his rivals has been sprung for alleged doping on the eve of the Olympic Games because he had cheated before.

Three brown cows, two billy goats ... and Ali in the ceremony?

Muhammad Ali prepares to light the Olympic flame in the opening ceremony for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.

Georgina Robinson They will tell us that 12 horses, three cows, two goats, 70 sheep and a trio of sheep dogs will grace the main stadium during Danny Boyle's hugely hyped Olympics opening ceremony on Friday night.

Hooker backs up Steffensen's Beijing abuse claims

Steve Hooker and John Steffensen.

Michael Gleeson Australian team captain Steve Hooker today backed up John Steffensen's claims that he had been poorly treated by an athletics official at the Beijing Olympics, saying the incident continued to...

Steffensen allegations loom large over team

Steffensen

Michael Gleeson in Tonbridge The Australian Athletics team are domiciled in Kent south of London. They are ensconced in an earnest and expensive public school of grand buildings where cricket is being played daily on a...

Olympics

Ross threatens Olympic walkout

Ross

Daniel Lane Sprinter Josh Ross is warning the Australian Olympic Committee he will abandon the London Games if he does not receive a legitimate explanation for the reason behind his federation failing to...

London 2012

Mickle's bag of tricks could soon contain an Olympic medal

DELHI, INDIA - OCTOBER 09: Silver medalist Kim Mickle of Australia competes 
in the women's javelin final at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium during day six of 
the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games on October 9, 2010 in Delhi, India. (Photo by 
Michael Steele/Getty Images) 


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Michael Gleeson Kim Mickle threw the javelin so hard at last year's world championships she ripped the muscle from the bone and broke a rib. She called it a niggle. She is that sort of girl.

Mickle's magic tricks

Kim Mickle

London: Kim Mickle threw the javelin so hard at last year's world championships she ripped a muscle from the bone and broke a rib. She called it a niggle. She's that sort of woman.

Super natural

Michael Gleeson, London Kim Mickle has fun with her skills, writes Michael Gleeson in London.