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England's Hockey team captain Brett Garrard.

England's tough Hockey challenge

31 Jan 06 02:15
Four players from the Great Britain team which finished ninth at the Athens Olympics will travel to Melbourne as part of England’s Hockey challenge.
New Zealand Cycling Champion Sarah Ulmer.

NZ cyclists throw golden gauntlet

31 Jan 06 01:27
New Zealand has named its biggest Cycling team ever, and has thrown down the challenge that they only want to take gold home from Melbourne.
Jade Edmistone of Australia after the 50m breastroke final during the Games Swimming Trials.

A new pool, a new world record

31 Jan 06 00:56
By the time she climbed out of the new Melbourne Sports and Aquatics Centre pool, Jade Edmistone had smashed her own 50m Breaststroke record in her first race in the purpose built outdoor undercover pool.
The crew of the life boat Spirit of Guernsey with the Queen's Baton on the small Channel Island.

Triathletes Channel Islands rivals

30 Jan 06 04:03
Thirty one-year-old Guernsey triathlete Damian Thacker heads to Melbourne in March to fulfil a four-year mission – to outrace his fellow Channel Islands competitors from Jersey.
Craig Mottram at the World Athletics Championships.

Mottram gears up for the Games

30 Jan 06 01:01
Craig Mottram has showed Commonwealth Games rivals what’s in store for them in March with a stellar performance in the two mile race at the Boston Indoor Games.
World Number Two, Lee Chong Wei.

Champion misses Malaysian team

30 Jan 06 00:47
Malaysian shuttler Mohd Hafiz Hashim has been denied a chance to defend his Commonwealth gold in Melbourne after Malaysian selectors opted for two singles and three doubles players to form their Games squad.
Australian Open Men’s sensation Marcus Baghdatis.

Baghdatis inspires Cyprus sports passion ahead of Games

27 Jan 06 05:57
The now familiar chants accompanying Australian Open Men’s sensation Marcos Baghdatis are likely to make their return in March, as the Cypriot tennis player awakens his country’s sporting aspirations ahead of the Commonwealth Games.
Sprint king Matt Shirvington is back as a 100m Sprint force.

Emotional Shirvington on pace for Games

27 Jan 06 04:11
Australian sprinter Matt Shirvington has announced his return to form by squeezing out a narrow victory against Australia’s best at the Athletics Australia Telstra A series in Canberra.
Siti Zalina Ahmad of Malaysia during the 2002 Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

Cup to test Commonwealth bowlers

27 Jan 06 03:30
The Cup will pit Australia against Commonwealth rivals New Zealand and Malaysia, and will give the teams a test run at the State Lawn Bowls Centre, the venue for the Games competition.
Australia's 400m Hurdles champion Jana Pittman is in fine form for the Games.

Pittman could target Hurdles and Sprint double

27 Jan 06 02:10
Australian Hurdling star Jana Pittman could be considering a shot at double 400m gold in Melbourne following her return to grand prix racing in Canberra.

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Fireworks at the MCG at the closing of Melbourne 2006.
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