Posted: 30 June, 2016

Michael Diamond's Olympic Dream Shot Down

AOC Say No To Diamond's Hopes of Rio Glory

The Australian Olympic Committee have told Michael Diamond he is ineligible to compete at this summer's Olympic Games. 

The two-time Olympic gold medallist and former world record holder faces drink-driving and fire-arms charges, to which he has pleaded not guilty. But it appears the AOC have considered the controversy too much ahead of the Games and have informed Diamond that he won't be considered for selection.

Diamond met the AOC in Sydney today when he learnt the news that he would not be competing for Australia in what would have been his seventh Olympics. 

Shooting Australia have announced they will stand by Diamond and offer any support needed. 

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Posted: 30 June, 2016

Bernard Tomic Uses The Word "Retard" In Wimbledon Press Conference

Controversial again

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Bernard Tomic has been criticised over his use of the word "retard" during a Wimbledon press conference.

The 23-year-old was responding to a question about being made to wait on court for his opponent, Spaniard Fernando Verdasco.

Learning disability charity Mencap has now called for the world No.19 to apologise.

In a post-match conference, he was asked: "Tennis etiquette requires that both players arrive on court at the same time. You were kept waiting about eight minutes. Any idea why?"

Tomic replied: “Yeah, well, I think because he was up in the locker getting something taped on as when I left and I thought he was leaving, so I just happened to walk out.

"Yeah, I did get to the court prior to him very early, and unfortunately I had to stand on court like a retard."

Ciara Lawrence, who has a learning disability and is a campaigns support officer at Mencap, slammed the Australian's language.

"I'd like the player to apologise and would encourage him to meet people with a learning disability so he can understand why the word is so damaging and offensive," she said.

"Time and time again I hear this word used as if it has no effect. People clearly don't understand how upsetting and offensive this is to people with a learning disability like me.

"It makes people with a learning disability seem not as people but as second-class citizens, and is no different to discriminating against someone who is gay or black."

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Posted: 29 June, 2016

Olympics Heartbreak For Sally Pearson

Breaking news

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Australia's Olympic champion hurdler Sally Pearson has reportedly torn a hamstring in training and won't compete at the Rio Games.

More to come.


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Posted: 29 June, 2016

Jason Day Pulls Out Of The Olympics

'It is with deep regret I announce that I will not be competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games'

World No.1 Jason Day has joined the exodus of top level golfers by pulling out of the Rio Olympic Games due to concerns over the Zika virus.

The reigning US PGA Championship winner had long spoken of the desire to compete for Olympic gold as golf returns to the summer Games for the first time in 112 years but the 28-year-old refuses to put his family at a health risk.

"It is with deep regret I announce that I will not be competing in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games this coming August in Rio de Janeiro," Day said in a statement.

"The reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife's future pregnancies and to future members of our family."


Day stressed his decision was purely health related with the mosquito-borne virus being linked to severe birth defects and possible neurological problems in adults.

Last month, 150 health experts issued an open letter to the UN health agency calling for the Games to be delayed or relocated "in the name of public health".

He joins fellow Australian Marc Leishman, Rory McIlroy, Branden Grace, Charl Schwartzel, Louis Oosthuizen and Vijay Singh as others choosing not to attend Rio citing Zika while the likes of Adam Scott and Graeme McDowell have declined for other reasons.

"I have always placed my family in front of everything else in my life," Day continued.

"Medical experts have confirmed that while perhaps slight, a decision to compete in Rio absolutely comes with health risks to me and to my family.

"My wife Ellie and I have been blessed with two wonderful and healthy children and our plan is to have more.

"While it has always been a major goal to compete in the Olympics on behalf of my country, playing golf cannot take precedent over the safety of our family.

"I will not place them at risk. I hope all golf and Olympics fans respect and understand my position."

Day hopes golf remains an Olympic sport for years to come and the Queenslander intends to push for selection again in 2020 when Japan hosts the games.

With Scott and Leishman also out, the two spots for the Australian team would currently fall to Scott Hend and Marcus Fraser although Matt Jones could yet usurp them before the July 11 cut off.

Meanwhile Day has confirmed he will represent Australia at the World Cup in Melbourne in November.

It will come a week after making his first appearance at the Australian Open since 2013 with confirmation of his place in the field expected soon.

Royal Sydney hosts the Australian Open from November 17-20 before Kingston Heath welcomes the World Cup on November 24-27.

Scott is likely to join Day at both events as is American two-time major winner Jordan Spieth.

Talks also continue for Rickie Fowler to make the trip down under setting up a great fortnight for local fans. 

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Posted: 21 June, 2016

LeBron's Block Broken Down

The numbers are pretty impressive from the massive Game 7 moment.

It seems that scientists have had a busy couple of days.

Fresh from discovering that scientists have defined the perfect female body, another group of sports scientists have broken down the crucial milliseconds that led to THAT block by LeBron James.

If you were watching the final excruciatingly awesome minutes of Game 7 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors, you'll know exactly what we're talking about.

Many say this was the defining play in the final minutes, which holds credence seeing the Cavs went on to win their very first championship when the momentum swung after this play.

The 93-89 Game 7 win marked the first time in NBA History that any team has overcome a 3-1 deficit to become NBA Champions. Well done Cavs. And well done LeBron.

#OneForTheLand | #NBAChampions

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Posted: 21 June, 2016

AOC Calls For Extra Security In Rio

Kitty Chiller speaks out after Aussie Paralympians robbed at gunpoint

The Australian Olympic Committee has called on organisers of the RIO Games to mobilise their security force now following a number of violent robberies on athletes in the Games city.

“The Rio organisers need to introduce the extra security precautions as soon as possible before an athlete gets hurt. We have written to them today asking them to address this issue,” said Kitty Chiller, Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic Team.

She was speaking after two members of Australia’s Paralympic sailing team were confronted by men armed with a gun on Sunday morning. Sailor Liesl Tesch and team official Sarah Ross were out cycling when both had their bikes stolen by attackers.

“This is not an isolated incident, athletes have been mugged while training or competing in Rio Test events and we want our athletes protected. I am sure the Australian Paralympic Committee (APC) shares our view following this latest incident.”

The Rio Organising Committee has promised to mobilise a security force of 100 thousand police, military and other personnel in time for the Olympic Games which begin on August 5.

The security force will remain in place for the Paralympics which begin on September 7.

“We have briefed our athletes leading into the Games. Basically we are saying that if you are confronted by criminals, comply, handover your belongings and don’t argue. This is exactly what the two Paralympians did on Sunday.

The Brazilian authorities introduced a massive security force for the Football World Cup in 2014, which provided protection for the athletes and the thousands of visitors to the country.

Kitty Chiller concluded “There have been several shooting incidents in the past couple of weeks. This is disturbing. We have a duty of care to the athletes and officials. We are taking over 400 young athletes to the Games, we need to ensure they are protected at all costs.”

“Maybe the Organising Committee should mobilise their Gamestime defence force early. Do it now.”


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Posted: 18 June, 2016

Jason Day Has Horror Start To US Open

Tough start for the Aussie

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Jason Day has had a horror start to the US Open and is in danger of missing the cut after falling nine shots off the lead late in the second round.

Day shot a six-over par 76 in the first round, his worst round in three years, and was one under after 15 holes in the second round to sit equal 56th, well behind co-leaders Dustin Johnson and Andrew Landry on four under.

The projected cut line of five over puts Day in a precarious position.

Fellow Aussie Adam Scott sits in a better position at even par, ranked equal 14th.

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Posted: 17 June, 2016

"Kyrgios And I Don't Tank"

Tomic speaks out

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Bernard Tomic believes he and Davis Cup teammate Nick Kyrgios are unfairly branded "tankers", saying they fight for every point - even if it doesn't always look like it.

Tomic also let his actions do some talking on Thursday with a gutsy, come-from-behind victory over Spain's Fernando Verdasco lifting him to the quarter-finals at the Queen's Club and helping dispel his tanking reputation.

The 23-year-old recovered from a first-set tiebreak thrashing on Thursday to defeat the tricky former world No.7 6-7 (2-7) 6-4 6-4 and book a Friday (Saturday morning AEST) clash with Luxembourg's Gilles Muller for a final-four spot.

For much of his career Tomic has been forced to face accusations of tanking.

The explanation, for him, is simple: his relaxed body language can be misinterpreted as not caring, when in fact he often uses it to lull opponents into a false sense of security.

"When you look at Nick and I, we don't return the greatest, so sometimes we're down 30-love, 40-15 in games, and when a guy hits a good serve, it tends to look like we walk (away from the serve)," he said.

"But we are really there (competing).

"People sometimes ... accuse me of tanking (but) sometimes that's the way I sort of come back into the match.

"So sometimes I think people misunderstand me.

"Sometimes I use being down in a match as opposed to being ready and on your feet, sometimes I like to change it and do it my way.

"And sometimes it looks that I'm not trying ... But really I'm competing mentally for every point."

It is Tomic's maiden quarter-final appearance at Queen's, and Thursday's result gave him a 4-1 record over the tricky Verdasco, who was at times unplayable but also piled up the errors in his search for scorching winners.

Tomic threw away a golden opportunity to take an early stranglehold on the match when, up 4-2 in the opening set, he allowed Verdasco to break back and ultimately force a tiebreak.

Verdasco, who had looked uncomfortable and miscued one forehand so badly that it exited the complex and landed in a neighbouring park, then sprung to life and demolished the Australian in the tiebreak with a barrage of winners that left Tomic standing with hands on hips staring at his support box and laughing in disbelief.

"Sometimes Fernando can play amazing and there is nothing you can do," Tomic said.

Tomic wasted little time in regaining parity, however, breaking Verdasco twice to secure a 4-0 lead en route to taking the second set.

He was quick to pounce in the decider as well, grabbing the break in the third game before serving out the match in two hours and two minutes.

Muller, meanwhile, played all of his get-out-of-jail cards in a stunning 3-6 7-6 (18-16) 7-6 (9-7) win over seventh seed John Isner.

Muller, who holds a 3-0 record over Tomic, saved an incredible ten match points against the big-serving Isner.

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Posted: 16 June, 2016

Jason Day Once Again Proves Why He's Australia's Nicest Sportsman

What a hero!

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Ahead of the US Open, Aussie golfer and all-round nice dude Jason Day was having a practice round at Oakmont.

Playing alongside Chris Crawford, Day was lining up for a bunker shot on the 6th hole when Crawford's caddie, Bill Henaghan, took a tumble.

But it was worse than first thought...

Describing the incident to Golf Australia, Day explained:

"He was walking around the bunker pretty quick to get out of my way, I think, and he fell down a little bit and I hear this 'snap' and I thought that sounded weird.

"I turned around and he [Henaghan] said, 'Jason, I've just snapped my ankle'.

"I said, 'What?' and he said it again, 'I've snapped my ankle. I'm OK, so you go ahead.' He was actually asking me to hit.

"I was [saying], 'Mate, I'm not going to hit, I'm going to try to get a medic over here' ... and then he was taken care of.

"Poor fella, I feel so sorry for him. He was probably so jacked to caddie at the U.S. Open, especially at Oakmont, and then to have it done on hole six of a practice round two days before it all starts, that's pretty devastating."

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Posted: 16 June, 2016

Heartbreak For Andrew Bogut

Bad news...

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Andrew Bogut has been ruled out of the NBA Finals and is in danger of not being able to play for Australia at the Rio Olympics due to a knee injury.

Speaking exclusively to Triple M, Australian Olympic bronze medallist Liz Cambage said she feels for Bogut.

“It’s sad to see an athlete go down, no matter who they are and what spot they’re playing. I think the boys haven’t had Andrew for a few years now… they should be fine. We’ve got such a strong team here in Australia," Cambage said.

“We just lost Lauren to retirement so it’s a part of sport. Last Olympics we didn’t have Penny Taylor and we’re so lucky to have her back now so every year it changes.”

“You fill in holes and you make do with what you have. We’re lucky we have such a strong basketball culture with lots of good players to back up.”

“I went down a week before world champs two years ago and the girls still got bronze medal - injuries happen to the best of us.”



Andrew Bogut's knee injury is a problem for the Golden State Warriors, but it is potentially an Olympic medal vanquishing catastrophe for the Australian men's basketball team.

The Warriors announced on Wednesday that their Melbourne-born centre would need "six to eight weeks" to recover from the bone bruises suffered in a fall in Monday's NBA Finals game five against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

If the timeframe is accurate, Bogut will be on the borderline of being fit to lead the Boomers in Rio.

The Olympics start on August 5 - seven weeks away.

"I was worried it would be worse," Warriors coach Steve Kerr told reporters.

"Maybe an ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) or something.

"It's bad news for our team.

"Boges has made an impact for us in this series."

Bogut fell awkwardly over Cavaliers guard JR Smith and suffered bone bruises to the proximal tibia and distal femur.

If the Warriors defeat the Cavaliers in game six in Cleveland on Thursday (Friday 11am AEST) they will clinch back-to-back NBA titles, but if they lose the championship decider will be game seven in Oakland on Sunday.

The Warriors will welcome back dynamic power forward Draymond Green, who served a one game suspension for multiple flagrant fouls in the playoffs.
Bogut is the Warriors' starting centre, but has only been averaging 16.6 minutes per game.

It will be the Warriors' small, mobile "Death Lineup" of Green at centre, forward Harrison Barnes and guards Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Andre Iguodala who Kerr will largely be relying on in game six.

Cavaliers' LeBron James agreed.

"It doesn't," James, when asked if Bogut's absence would impact the Cavaliers' game plan.

"We are going to continue to attack and continue to not turn the ball over and stop Steph and Klay from having those barrages from the perimeter."
Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis has said he will give Bogut every opportunity to make the team.

Few other nations can boast a bona fide NBA champion starting centre on their squads and Bogut, who skipped the 2012 Olympics to recover from injuries, was focused on leading the Boomers to their first medal.

With Bogut as a defensive anchor and skilled passer, Australia's other NBA players Patty Mills, Matthew Dellavedova and Joe Ingles will have more opportunities to score.

The Cavaliers' Australian-born All-Star Kyrie Irving, who will likely play for Team USA in Rio, is aware of Bogut's influence on a game.
"Rim protection is big with Andrew," Irving said.

"We understand that."

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Posted: 14 June, 2016

Andrew Bogut Injured In Game 5 Of NBA Finals

Bogut has been carried off the floor

Andrew Bogut has been helped to locker room after suffering an apparent leg injury in 3rd Quarter of Game 5.

Bogut was writhing in pain on the floor clutching his knee before being taken from the court.

"Warriors tell me Andrew Bogut is resting up, taking weight off his left knee in locker room. Too early to assess damage," Triple M Reporter Seb Costello tweeted.

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Posted: 9 June, 2016

Shaquille O’Neal Labels Andrew Bogut ‘Australian BBQ Chicken’

Don't mess with the Shaq!

 NBA Legend Shaquille O’Neal says the current Golden State Warriors wouldn’t beat Shaq and Kobe Bryant’s LA Lakers at their peak.

“Today's rules, we'd kill 'em because just like you can't hand check Steph Curry, you can't hand check Kobe, either,” Shaq said on the Dan Patrick sports show.

“And Bogut, Bogut would have been Australian barbecue chicken.”

“My opinion, I think we would have killed them. I mean, 'cause I definitely would have put Klay and Steph on the ground when they come through the lane with the finger roll. Definitely. I don't know if they could take that pain two or three times.”



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BLOG 2: Cavs MUST play Delly

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