Underdog Aussies notch up landmark day in table tennis

Peter Hanlon Being an Olympian means so much to William Henzell, he turned his life upside down 18 months ago to ensure he did it once more with feeling.

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 lays team low


Samantha Lane A bout of food poisoning in the Australian badminton camp has rendered three of the five-member Olympic unit bed-ridden, ruling them out of a pre-Games tune-up against Great Britain.

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...


'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.

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.

Brits return to Blitz mentality

Members of the armed forces walk past the Olympic rings on the perimeter of the Olympic Park in Stratford, the location of the London 2012 Olympic Games, in east London July 15, 2012. The head of private security firm G4S said on Saturday his firm only realised just over a week ago it would not be able to supply enough venue guards for this month's London Olympics, as he publicly apologised for the embarrassing failure. On Thursday, the government said it would deploy additional troops after it became clear G4S was unlikely to provide the expected 10,400 guards it was contracted to do because of problems processing applicants.      REUTERS/Andrew Winning (BRITAIN - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS SOCIETY SPORT OLYMPICS)

Karen Kissane For those trying to organise security for the London Olympics, the blame games are already up and running.

Let the blame games begin: security lapses cast dark cloud over London


Karen Kissane Poor weather and London's notorious traffic snarls could be the least of the problems when the 2012 Olympics begin next week.

Olympics more important than grand slam: Tomic

Bernard Tomic is chasing Olympic glory.

Bernard Tomic says he is more intent on winning a gold medal than a grand slam and that the Olympic format gives him more chance of success than at a major.

Dellacqua serenely faces Williams double-threat

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Chris Barrett The formidable Williams sisters are ‘‘beatable’’ on the grass of south-west London despite lifting 10 Wimbledon singles titles between them – as well as five doubles championships – in a decade of...


Hewitt's still fighting for the green and gold

Lleyton Hewitt.

Chris Barrett The framed picture on the stairs inside the All England Club's Millennium Building is a reminder of what Lleyton Hewitt has given Wimbledon and what the storied setting has given him.

London calling: daily guide to the Games - Part II

Giant Olympic rings mounted on a barge float on the River Thames yesterday.

Peter Hanlon Part two of our daily guide to the 2012 Olympics. Here's the shorthand version of all the moments that should not be missed.

Harry heads for the beach as royal cheerleader


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...

Rusty nails officials over Olympics doubles snub

Lleyton Hewitt.

Robert Dillon Ever-confident Lleyton Hewitt has declared himself a realistic chance of collecting a medal at the London Olympics — and maintains that he deserved the chance to make it two.

All dressed up ... in a uniform he doesn't like: Olympian's opening ceremony outfit misery


Georgina Robinson Few Australian athletes liked the green, white and grey Olympic opening ceremony uniforms in Athens eight years ago. But no one dared voice that opinion in public.

Don't be fooled by the purse-strings agenda

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Richard Hinds In the lead-up to these Olympic Games, Australians have again been subjected to the great Olympic con.

Your daily guide to the 2012 Olympics

Awesome oarsmen: from left, William Lockwood, James Chapman, Drew Ginn and Jushua Dunkley-Smith.

Worried you’ll miss something at the London Games but too busy to study the schedule?

Tomic faces tough test in first round

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Chris Barrett Bernard Tomic is facing a stiff test in his bid to replicate his dream run at Wimbledon last year in the Olympic tournament at the All England Club, having been drawn to meet Japan's world No.

Memoirs of a top Chinese gymnast

Fan Ye.

All but a handful of China's 396 Olympians competing in London have qualified for the Games under the patronage of the country's monolithic Soviet-style sports system.

Same old story for Stosur as she's bundled out on grass


Chris Barrett Samantha Stosur will turn from Olympic athlete to spectator this week after being bundled out of both the singles and doubles draws on a forgettable first day for Australia's women at Wimbledon.