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MICHELE Timms has turned 50.
JOHN Gardiner was one of a kind, though it was of a kind with which we are fortunately familiar in Australia.
ANDREW Bogut has said it and now dual-Olympians Joe Ingles and Brad Newley have reiterated it. The Boomers aren't chasing a medal in Rio, they're panning for gold.
AMID the euphoria of the Boomers qualifying for their 12th consecutive Olympics this week, there was no palpable sense of relief on the one man whose head lay squarely on the chopping block.
NOW THAT was impressive.
IT'S close to impossible to understand what it must be like to be a giant among men, yet still walk among men on a daily basis.
NOT sure what anyone else thinks of when they hear "Wellington" but for me if it's not Waterloo - the battle, not the Abba song - it's Puss in Boots.
HANDS up if you think the Boomers would have beaten New Zealand in the Oceania opener if Patty Mills hadn't played.
TAURANGA is a beautiful New Zealand seaside town, the country's fifth largest city with 127,000 people and white, coastal surf beaches lazily beckoning holidaymakers.
AUSTRALIA's Opals took care of business tonight in Tauranga, beating New Zealand 80-63 - an unflattering and not representative scoreline - to qualify for the Rio Olympics.
ROD Laver Arena was packed, the basketball was tense and Australia came away with two strong wins. What's not to like about Oceania Day 1?
TRAGICALLY for Damian Martin, he ran out of time.
IT’S pretty rare for management to say it’s in everyone’s best interests to have a strong union but that’s exactly what BA, the NBL and WNBL have said today about the Australian Basketballers’ Alliance.
IN case you were wondering, Damian Martin's lower leg injury may not be as bad as first feared and you can see Oceania's Game 2s from New Zealand.
THE Opals and Tall Ferns both have named their teams for Saturday and Monday’s Oceania Series for Rio Olympic qualification and you know New Zealand will have a red hot go.
PATTY Mills will play the Oceania Series – was there truly any doubt once Dante tore his ACL? – and in other news, his Boomers teammate Nathan Jawai is being linked to Perth Wildcats.
WARM-UP games for major internationals are necessary and it is an absolute tragedy for Dante Exum that he injured his knee today for the Boomers against Slovenia.
OLYMPIANS and long-time South Australian basketball superstars Joe Ingles and Brad Newley top the bill for the Free Throw Foundation's next Adelaide lunch on Friday, August 21.
BASKETBALL legend Lindsay Gaze to be honoured at a Gala Dinner served up by Australia’s top chef.
IT is an honour and privilege to represent your country on an international stage.