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Eyes on London: Badminton scandal, a mother's love

Associated Press

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 1 2012 7:57 a.m. MDT

LONDON — Around the 2012 Olympics and its host city with journalists from The Associated Press bringing the flavor and details of the games to you:

OUT OF THE GAMES

Punishment was swift — and harsh.

Indonesia's Olympic team leader says eight female badminton doubles players have been disqualified from the London Games after trying to lose matches to receive a more favorable place in the field.

Erick Thohir tells The Associated Press the Indonesian team will appeal.

The Badminton World Federation investigated two teams from South Korea and one each from China and Indonesia. It accused them of "not using one's best efforts to win a match" and "conducting oneself in a manner that is clearly abusive or detrimental to the sport" in matches Tuesday night.

— Rob Harris — Twitter http://twitter.com/robharris

SAMBA IN THE VILLAGE

Music is an important part of the Brazilian makeup, and the women's Olympic football team is no different — win or lose.

Following Tuesday's 1-0 defeat to Britain at Wembley Stadium, the Brazilian players streamed toward the bus with their bags in one hand and various instruments in the other. Veteran midfielder Formiga carries a pandeiro and forward Cristiane holds a tantan while other teammates stream past with timbas and caixas that combine to produce that famed samba sound we associate with the likes of the sun, sand and the beautiful people of Rio de Janeiro's Ipanema Beach.

If you're lucky enough to be in the athletes village before Brazil plays, you can actually catch a performance too.

"We start playing after leaving our rooms in the village until we step on to the bus," Cristiane explains. "It continues to the stadium. It starts to quiet down once we get to the locker room since we have to get prepared."

Brazil will have to conjure up some of its best bossa nova for its quarterfinal match Friday in Cardiff with World Cup champion Japan awaiting at the Millennium Stadium.

— Paul Logothetis — www.twitter.com/PaulLogoAP

DIFFERENT SHOES

Oscar Pistorius had both legs amputated as a baby, and he credits his mother for his incredible success since then.

"My mother said to us in the morning : 'Carl — this is my brother — you put on your shoes and Oscar you put on your prosthetic legs and that is the last I want to hear about it.' I grew up not really thinking I had a disability. I grew up thinking I had different shoes."

The South African sprinter will be the first double-amputee athlete to compete at any Olympics when he runs in the 400 meters in London on Saturday.

— Raf Casert — Twitter http://www.twitter.com/rcasert

PLAYING THE QUEEN

It was a bit of movie trickery to give the impression that Queen Elizabeth II was actually parachuting out of a helicopter to mark the start of the Olympic Games. And it got AP movie critic Christy Lemire thinking about how many times the queen's been portrayed in major films.

Here's what she came up with.

— "The Queen" (2006): Helen Mirren was positively withering in a performance that earned her a well-deserved Academy Award for best actress.

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