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London confident of avoiding Games curse

LONDON (Reuters) - London organisers are confident future planning for 2012 Games venues and the Olympic Park will stop the curse that has plagued other host cities from infecting Britain's capital.

Badminton the biggest loser after eight expulsions

LONDON (Reuters) - The festering issue of draw rigging in badminton has finally erupted on the biggest sporting stage and while the expulsion of eight players at the Olympics will eventually blow over, it is sure to leave a sizeable scar.

China's Yu quits sport over badminton debacle

LONDON (Reuters) - Disgraced Chinese badminton player Yu Yang has quit the sport after being disqualified from the Olympics along with seven other women for deliberately trying to lose to secure an easier draw in the knockout rounds.

Ye's beginnings hint at swimming prowess

HANGZHOU (Reuters) - At the Chen Jing Lun Sports School in the picturesque city of Hangzhou, the slogan,

Adlington on course to defend 800m freestyle title

LONDON (Reuters) - Rebecca Adlington, Britain's best hope of winning gold in London's Olympic pool, charged into the final of the women's 800 metres freestyle with the fastest qualifying time on Thursday.

Swimming - Bovell fastest in splash and dash

LONDON (Reuters) - Trinidad and Tobago's George Bovell turned on the afterburners to win the opening round of the men's 50 metres freestyle at the London Olympics on Thursday.

Olympic swimmer Missy Franklin inspires tragedy-hit Colorado

DENVER (Reuters) - For a state that has seen a deadly movie theatre shooting and devastating wildfires this summer, the performance of Colorado resident and Olympic gold-medal swimmer Missy Franklin has been one bright spot - in and out of the pool.

Swimming - Franklin fastest in 200m backstroke heats

LONDON (Reuters) - American teenager Missy Franklin stayed on course to add to her golden haul at the London Olympics when she posted the fastest time in the heats of the women's 200 metres backstroke on Thursday.

Beating the blues

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Swimming - Soni's Pacific training gets her gold again

LONDON (Reuters) - Swapping laps of the pool for hours in the Pacific paid off for American Rebecca Soni, as the breaststroke champion took gold in the 200 metres on Thursday and broke her second world record in 24 hours.