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06:22 AEST Tue Aug 7 2012

Olympic news briefs:

LONDON - While 20 million Britons were captivated by live BBC coverage of Usain Bolt charging to Olympic 100 metres glory, in the United States it was a different story.

Many an American athlete has over the years grumbled about the attention paid to track and field at home, but to neglect to show the biggest race of this or any year live seems a staggering move.

At 9.50pm UK time - 4.50pm in New York - you could watch men's boxing action on CNBC, women's track cycling on NBC, women's volleyball on NBCSN and wrestling finals on MSNBC.

The NBC athletics broadcast from the Olympic Stadium began just before 7pm EDT - approaching midnight in the UK, long after the last stadium spectators had departed.

"I think (in the USA) we struggle a little when the Olympics is not held in the States," said American DeeDee Trotter, whose bronze-medal winning effort in the women's 400m wasn't shown live.

PA

LONDON - An administrative error resulted in Valerie Adams' name being left off the official start list for the women's shot put at the London Olympics.

Adams, the defending Olympic champion, was omitted from the list of starters for the event before a new list was issued including her name.

She is listed as the 16th competitor in Heat A, but her profile does not appear on the official website.

A statement for the New Zealand Olympic Committee said it was taking the situation extremely seriously and was committed to finding out what occurred.

NZN

LONDON - London Underground cleaners are to stage a fresh strike in a continuing row over an Olympic bonus.

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union employed by contractors will walk out for 48 hours from Thursday, following action around the opening weekend of the Games.

"With the eyes of the world on the London Olympics, the many millions enjoying the events around the globe must not forget the London transport cleaners on minimum pay rates doing some of the dirtiest jobs in often appalling conditions with no Olympics recognition and reward whatsoever," said RMT general secretary Bob Crow.

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LONDON - American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo has been expelled from the Olympic Games after testing positive for marijuana he said he ate accidentally before arriving in London.

Delpopolo tested positive for metabolites of cannabis after competing on July 30.

He apologised to the United States team in a statement acknowledging he was "embarrassed by this mistake".

"My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realise had been baked with marijuana, before I left for the Olympic Games," Delpopolo said in a statement released by the US Olympic Committee.

"I look forward to representing my country in the future, and will rededicate myself to being the best judo athlete that I can be."

Delpopolo "shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card cancelled and withdrawn immediately", the International Olympic Committee said.

The IOC said it would ask the International Judo Federation to alter the standings in Delpopolo's event, where he placed seventh.

AP

LONDON - London's Olympics chief says the games are showing the true face of the city exactly a year after riots engulfed it in violence.

Sebastian Coe says the world "saw a London I didn't recognise" during four nights of mayhem that erupted last August 6.

"What I am seeing at the moment is a London that I do recognise," he said.

The rioting was triggered by the police shooting, in disputed circumstances, of a 29-year-old man in the Tottenham area of north London.

A protest outside the local police station erupted into violence, and arson and looting spread over four nights across the city and beyond.

Five people died in Britain's worst street violence for decades.

Coe said that London has been on "a very important journey" since then.

AP

LONDON - Olympic officials say there will be zero tolerance for any more incidents such as the throwing of a plastic bottle onto the track before Sunday's 100-metre final.

"Throwing a bottle on to the field of play is unacceptable, it's not just unacceptable at an Olympics Games but at any sporting event and anybody who does that will be removed," said LOCOG chief Sebastian Coe.

London police say they have arrested the man, who has not been identified or charged.

The suspect was reportedly hit by a Dutch judo champion after he threw the bottle on the track moments before the start of the 100-metre final.

AP

LONDON - Algerian middle-distance runner Taoufik Makhloufi has been cleared to run in the Olympic 1500m final after he was earlier thrown out of the Olympics for not trying hard enough in his 800m heat.

The International Association of Athletics Federations originally said its race referee found Makhloufi guilty of "failure to compete honestly with bona fide effort."

IAAF rules state that "an athlete shall be excluded from participation in all further events in the competition."

But Olympic organisers later released an official statement confirming his expulsion had been withdrawn.

The 24-year-old Makhloufi had already won his heat and semi-final in the Olympic 1500m.

AP

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