Summer News

Jason Smith drives against Puerto Rico at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

The Australian men’s basketball team has defeated Turkey 69-54 at the Diego Gianatti International Basketball Tournament in Italy overnight.Sydney Kings guard Jason Smith top scored for the Boomers with 13 points while Australia’s Russian-based forward David Andersen added 12 points

Andrew Schacht and Josh Slack celebrate their bronze medal at the 2007 World Championships in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Andrew Schacht and Joshua Slack ended Brazil’s run of men’s medals at the beach volleyball World Championships as the Australians upset

Grant Hackett after winning the 800m freestyle at the National Titles in Brisbane on 6 Dec 2006.

Losing his three world titles in Melbourne this year might turn out to be the best thing that has happened to Grant Hackett.

2007 Australian Sailing Team

Australian sailing bosses have warned selection for next month's final Olympic test event at Qingdao in China is not a shoe-in for the 2008 Beijing Games.

Grant Hackett after winning the 800m freestyle at the National Titles in Brisbane on 6 Dec 2006.

Grant Hackett has left no doubt about his intentions at next year’s Beijing Games.He is aiming for a record third gold medal in his pet event the 1500 metres freestyle, but the 400m freestyle and the 10km open water swim are very much on his radar.In Sydney today for the announcement of a partnership between Uncle Tobys and the 2008 Australian Olympic Team Hackett made it clear three gold medals were within his grasp.

Troy Elder in control against Korea in Rockhampton where he scored twice, 16 August 2006.

The Kookaburras have put the two losses to Germany behind them and come out firing in the first of three games against Spain, winning 3-0 in Bilbao overnight. The win was set up in defence with the Kookaburras blocking Spain's seven penalty corner attempts and 24 circle penetrations, while making the most of their opportunities, scoring off the only penalty corner they received for the day.

Australian Basketball

Coach Brian Goorjian is relying on a 36-year-old rookie point guard to ensure the Australian men's basketball team qualifies for the Beijing Olympic Games.The Boomers face New Zealand in a crucial three-game series next month, with the victor guaranteed a place in the 2008 Olympics.

Nikki Hudson playing against New Zealand at the Sydney Olympics.

National coach, Frank Murray, has announced the Hockeyroos squad to compete in the Beijing Olympics' test event from August 8-13.Taking place twelve months out from the Beijing Olympics, the Good Luck Beijing Tournament will see the Hockeyroos test the new surface and facilities

Pat Johnson at the 2005 World Athletics Championships in Helsinki.

Experienced campaigners Tamsyn Lewis and Matt Shirvington are the latest additions to the Australian team for the 11th IAAF World Championships which kick off in Osaka, Japan, in 39 days time.Australia will send a team of 43 athletes to the world titles which commence on August 25

Jana Pittman in the 400m hurdles final at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, where she placed 5th.

Jana Rawlinson made it back-to-back wins, Steve Hooker returned to the winners list and Craig Mottram and John Steffensen both won silver medals in an impressive night for the Australians at the British Grand Prix in Sheffield overnight.In a much anticipated contest, Mottram was monstered by one of the best distance