Summer News

Eamon Sullivan of Australia models the new Speedo swimsuit during a launch at the University of New South Wales on February 12, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

Australia's hopes of dominating the swimming world championships have suffered a major blow with Olympic stars Eamon Sullivan and Hayden Stoeckel ruled out.Freestyle sprint ace Sullivan has withdrawn for the championships, which start in Rome on July 26, after struggling to overcome a virus that has hampered his preparation while in Europe for the past six weeks.

Record-setting Emma Snowsill has taken a safety-first approach and withdrawn from this weekend's round of the triathlon world championship series in Kitzbuhel.With Snowsill desperate to win an unprecedented fourth world championship later this year in front of her home-town fans on the Gold Coast, the Olympic gold medallist has opted not to race in Austria with a hip complaint.

Sally McLellan wins the 100 Metres Womens during the World Athletics Tour Melbourne at Melbourne Olympic Park March 5, 2009 in Melbourne, Australia.

Olympic silver medallist Sally McLellan had blown away a world-class field, including the Olympic champion, to win the 100m hurdles at the Athletissima meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland overnight.

Andrew Lauterstein of Australia celebrates after the Men's 100m Butterfly Final held at the National Aquatics Centre during Day 8 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 16, 2008 in Beijing, China.

In a dream build-up for the world championships, dual Olympic medallist Andrew Lauterstein has broken both the Australian and Commonwealth 100m butterfly record. Racing at the Giorgio Armani swim meet in Milan, the 22-year-old broke the 51-second barrier for the first time

Nathan Jawai of the Australian Boomers poses for a photograph after the morning session of the Boomers squad training camp at the Frank Stewart training hall in the AIS on June 22, 2006 in Canberra, Australia.

Despite a fourth quarter comeback that saw Australia’s men’s basketball team within striking distance of victory, China defeated the Boomers 74-61 in the second of two international friendly matches in China.

Stephen Lambert (R) of Australia celebrates the bronze medal with Fergus Kavanagh following Australia's victory over the Netherlands at the Olympic Green Hockey Field on Day 15 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games on August 23, 2008 in Beijing, China.

Kookaburras goalkeeper Stephen Lambert has announced his retirement from international hockey.Lambert originally loomed likely to continue on following the 2008 Beijing Olympics after he was selected in coach Ric Charlesworth’s 2009 national squad following the 2009 Australian Hockey League.

Work continues on the Olympic Stadium and the surrounding Olympic Park on May 15, 2009 in London, England.

Australian Olympic official Kevan Gosper has heaped praise on London’s Olympic preparations saying the transformation of a wasteland in the city’s east is unmatched

Patrick Mills at the Boomers Camp

For five excruciating hours Patrick Mills sat patiently in New York's Madison Square Garden theatre watching 54 other young basketball prodigies realise their dreams and receive an invitation to the NBA.

Stage winner Simon Gerrans of Australia and team Credit Agricole celebrates his win during stage 15 of the 2008 Tour de France from Embrun to Prato Nevoso on July 20, 2008 in Prato Nevoso, Italy.

Successful Australian Simon Gerrans is mystified as to why he has been left out of the Cervelo Test Team for next month's Tour de France, a decision slammed as "outrageous" by one of his former coaches. Gerrans, who was a stage winner on last year's tour and also in the Giro de'Italia in May this year, was

Eamon Sullivan of Australia models the new Speedo swimsuit during a launch at the University of New South Wales on February 12, 2008 in Sydney, Australia.

There are fears next month's world swimming championships will descend into a farce with widespread condemnation of FINA's decision to ignore scientific advice and approve controversial swim suits.