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Games salutes speed king Powell on marathon day

Asafa Powell stormed to the 100m title while Australian swim queen Leisel Jones smashed the 100m breaststroke world record on a marathon Monday at the Commonwealth Games. Jones claimed her third gold of the Games while teammate Libby Lenton clinched her fourth with her win in the women's 50m freestyle.

Chase for gold at Games gets personal

Australia's superstar women swimmers pushed the hosts futher ahead in the Commonwealth Games gold chase on Saturday as a fascinating battle for individual glory unfolded. Libby Lenton won her second gold in the pool as she continued her pursuit of six titles while compatriot Leisel Jones captured her second victory in what could be a unique breaststroke treble.

Aussie swimmers lift Games drugs gloom

Australia's superstar swimmers helped lift the doping gloom which had descended upon their weightlifting colleagues as action at the 18th Commonwealth Games got under way on Thursday. A total of 11 gold medals were to be decided with five in the pool on the opening day and the host nation's swimmers put down their marker by qualifying fastest into three of four finals.

World squash champ eyes clean sweep

World champion Nicol David has targeted the Commonwealth Games gold medal as she attempts to complete a clean-sweep of major squash titles. Malaysian star David became the first Asian woman to win the World Open when she triumphed in 2005, a golden year in which she also picked up the prestigious British Open title and claimed the world number one ranking.

Drug raid casts pall over Winter Olympics

Italian police raided the Austrian biathlon team, casting a shadow over a super Saturday that had seen two stirring performances on the slopes and a landmark gold won by a black American skater. The evening raid centred on the private quarters of the Austrian team.

So far, so bad as outsiders feel Winter Olympic chill

They came from far flung corners of the world with hope in their hearts. They'll be heading home with their tails between their legs. It's been a tough week for the no-hopers of the Winter Olympics but the super-flops of Turin will pack away plenty of positives in their suitcases.

Who is the greatest of them all?

The sporting year of 2006, packed with high-profile events dotted around the globe, will reignite fresh debates over best teams, greatest players. Brazil, England or Argentina for the World Cup? Bode Miller or Hermann Maier to snatch the Winter Olympics limelight?

Liverpool survive Champions League scare

Defending champions Liverpool survived a Champions League scare on Tuesday before booking their place in the multimillion-dollar group stages where they will be joined by a little-known Swiss team who were playing amateur football nine years ago.

England humiliated as Zidane is reborn

England's belief that they are serious World Cup contenders suffered a shattering reality check on Wednesday when Denmark sent them crashing to their worst defeat for 25 years. Fortunately for coach Sven-Goran Eriksson and his bunch of highly-paid but under-performing players, the shambolic 4-1 defeat in Copenhagen was a friendly international.

I won’t be Wimbledon champ, says Nadal

French Open champion Rafael Nadal insists he will not be Wimbledon king this year despite his blistering passage into the second round. The 19-year-old, who one day hopes to become only the second Spanish men's champion at the All England Club, crushed American veteran Vince Spadea 6-4, 6-3, 6-0 on his Centre Court debut.

Agassi crashes out of French Open

Andre Agassi's record 58th grand slam appearance ended in a shattering first-round defeat at the French Open on Tuesday, the loss surely marking the final act of the 35-year-old American's Roland Garros adventure. Dominant at the start and shaky at the finish, Justine Henin-Hardenne won her first-round match on Tuesday.

Sexy Safin ‘will be ready’ for French Open

Marat Safin has been voted the sexiest man in tennis, but it's success at the French Open he really craves as he desperately tries to pull his season out of a depressing tailspin. His second career grand-slam victory at the Australian Open in January has been the only highlight of what has become a wretched 2005.

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