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Andrew Bogut and Liz Cambage in Twitter war of words

A war of words has broken out between two of Australia’s biggest basketball stars on the eve of the Rio Olympics.

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Boomers open Rio warm-up games with tough win over Argentina

The Australian Boomers have bounced back from a poor first half performance to record a one-point victory over Argentina in their first Rio Olympics warm-up game, with NBA Champion Matthew Dellavedova hitting the winning shot.

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Over 100 Russian athletes banned for Rio

At least 105 athletes from the 387-strong Russian Olympic team announced last week have been barred from the Rio Games in connection with the country’s doping scandal.

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Rowing Australia has welcomed the decision of FISA, (International Rowing Federation) to award a qualification place for the Rio Olympics to the Australian women’s eight after the Russian crew were barred from competing.

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Australian athletes finally moving into Rio Olympics village

Australian athletes arriving in Rio on Tuesday night will move straight into the Olympic village after nearly all plumbing and electrical problems were fixed.

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Sack IOC president Thomas Bach for double standards

If former head Jacques Rogge was still IOC president, Russia would be banned from the Rio Olympic Games for disgracing the movement.

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The IOC has proved itself to be a joke

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) is guilty of gross double standards and has underlined its gutless and rudderless self.

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Blocked dunnies and leaky pipes: Rio’s Olympic Village deemed ‘unlivable’

There’s more bad news out of Rio de Janeiro this morning, as the Olympic Village has been deemed “unlivable.”

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Porte confident Olympics will be his retribution

A bittersweet Tour de France has left Australian cycling star Richie Porte confident he can be a medal contender at the Rio Olympics.

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Australian Olympians arriving in Rio over the next three days will be relocated to hotels due to major plumbing and electrical hazards in the athletes’ village.

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Chiller backs IOC decision not to ban Russia

Australian Olympic team boss Kitty Chiller has backed the International Olympic Committee’s decision not to place a blanket ban on Russian athletes competing at the Rio Games.

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Reports: Entire Russian team to be banned from Rio 2016

The entire 387-person Russian team will be banned from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, according to reports being made by The Mail on Sunday.

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Usain Bolt makes winning return in London, hamstring fine

Usain Bolt marked his return from injury by winning the 200 metres at the London Diamond League meet in his final race before heading to Rio in search of three more Olympic titles.

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45 more athletes from Beijing, London Games test positive for doping

Another 45 athletes have tested positive for forbidden substances in a second round of retests of samples from the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Friday.

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Thomas Bach and the IOC are trying, but failing

IOC president Thomas Bach’s reluctance to ban Russia from the Rio Games and name newly-found drug cheats from Beijing and London has made a mockery of an organisation that predecessor Jacques Rogge fought so hard to clean up.

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Is Rio 2016 about to descend into farce?

Breaking news: There will be myriad drug cheats competing at Rio 2016. Medals will be hung around the necks of doped athletes. Some will be found out, others will not. Some will retain those medals for all time.

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Guanabara Bay in Rio de Janeiro

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IOC President Thomas Bach (Source: Wikipedia Commons)

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The Roar of the crowd

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9 days to Rio: Kieren Perkins’ greatest gold medal

The 1500 metre freestyle became Australia’s flagship event in the pool at the back end of the 20th century and the early 2000s.

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10 days to Rio: Track cycling’s fiercest rivalry

Track cycling is exciting. It is pure speed, adrenaline, risk taking and bike handling that, in some events lasts barely a handful of seconds.

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Australian Steelers: Back-to-back gold beckons in Rio

Australian Steelers, the Australian national wheelchair rugby team, is going for back to back gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics. Wheelchair rugby is commonly referred to as ‘murderball’ and it’s always one of the many highlights at the Paralympics.

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11 days to Rio: The barefoot marathon runner

Nowadays, the Olympic marathon is dominated by athletes from East Africa, but before Rome 1960, no-one from the continent’s eastern countries had even won a medal. When Abebe Bikila broke that duck, he did so in extraordinary circumstances.

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Kidnapping of New Zealand athlete continues shambolic Rio buildup

If you thought the failure of the IOC to implement a blanket ban on Russian athletes, or the reportedly appalling conditions of the athletes’ village were bad news, spare a thought for Jason Lee.

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The futility of collective punishment: Russia, doping and WADA

Collective punishment has a primitive resonance. It lacks focus, is disproportionate, and is, by nature, poor in its judgment. It suggests that responsibility is cultural, total, and institutional, flickering in the moment of vengeance.

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12 days to Rio: This century’s greatest Olympic fails

With just 12 days left until the Rio Olympics get underway, we thought it’d be the right time to look at some of the less fortunate moments from the past few Olympics. After all, everyone loves a good old fashioned fail, right?

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Winners and losers from the IOC’s decision not to ban Russia.

It’s been a tough day for anyone who believed in fairness.

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13 days to Rio: Matthew Mitcham makes history

Matthew Mitcham’s incredible dive at the 2008 Beijing Olympics wasn’t exactly well-received in the arena. After all, he had just snatched away gold from the host nation. But in Australia, it sent the country into a frenzy.

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Compared to their unimpressive past, Nigerian basketball is on an all-time high. Consecutive Olympic qualifications and a first Afrobasket title are achievements that have been rightly celebrated by Nigerian basketball fans.

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Toothless IOC sticks to its gums regarding Russian doping

By Brad Cooper Olympic swimming champion., 25 Jul 2016
Toothless IOC sticks to its gums regarding Russian doping

The IOC overnight predictably chose the legal route over the populist, with its decision not to impose a blanket ban on the Russian Olympic team for Rio following the damning McLaren report.

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14 days to Rio: The Kookaburras win their first gold medal in 2004

Dubbed one of the best hockey teams of all time, the Kookaburras of 2004 would deliver Australia its first hockey gold medal, in extra time.

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The fastest men on Earth: Why Usain Bolt and his rivals fascinate us

Every four years, for approximately 9.63 seconds, the world holds its collective breath.

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15 days to Rio: Shane Gould’s sweet success at Munich

Shane Gould’s swimming career didn’t last long but her legacy will be etched in Australian Olympic history forever.

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A history of rugby union at the Olympics

By Vinnie Gorham, 22 Jul 2016 Video
A history of rugby union at the Olympics

Rugby union will feature at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games for the first time since 1924, this time in the form of sevens.

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Australia’s Olympic team has most countries covered for size

Most of the leading nations have finalised their teams with the Rio Olympics only a few days away.

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Roy Jones Jr

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Athens 1896 Olympic medal

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James Marburg Brodie Buckland men's pair rowing

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Greg Louganis diving

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Australian athlete Marjorie Jackson competing at a club meeting in Sydney (Wikipedia Commons).

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