Adelaide Crows

Adelaide's Thompson fit for opener

Scott Thompson.

Dual club champion Scott Thompson is in the frame for Adelaide's AFL season-opener despite not being sighted in pre-season games.

Crouch on the couch for first two months

Brad Crouch watches from the sidelines after sustaining an injury during the match against Port Adelaide on Saturday.

Adelaide onballer Brad Crouch will miss the initial two months of the AFL season because of a broken foot.

Crows prove too strong for Port

Take-off: Patrick Dangerfield of the Crows contests a mark.

Ashley Porter   It was built up as a showdown, but it was so much about Adelaide giving the "low down" on what we can expect under new coach Phil Walsh this season.

Hinkley wants to know availability of ex-Bombers

Port coach Ken Hinkley looks on during the game against the Crows on Saturday.

Ashley Porter   Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley on Saturday hinted at the frustration of the season being two weeks away and not knowing whether Angus Monfries and star recruit Patrick Ryder will be available because of their link with Essendon and the drawn-out ASADA saga.

Cotchin returns to lift Tigers

Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin.

Ronny Lerner   Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has shrugged off a hamstring complaint to be fit for the Tigers' final practice match against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Reilly on the mend, but not thinking about footy

Ronny Lerner   Adelaide veteran Brent Reilly has broken his silence since undergoing emergency surgery to repair his fractured skull five weeks ago.

Clark makes an early bang in his new home

On form: Mitch Clark of the Cats (centre) celebrates a goal with teammates.

Peter Hanlon   It took 16 minutes for the people of Geelong to extend Mitch Clark a heartfelt welcome to his new football home, as he made his way to the Simonds Stadium bench for the first time. He'd already kicked three goals, which moved a few in the surprisingly small crowd to do their clapping on their feet.

Thompson in doubt for Crows' season opener

AFL.Round 21.Western Bulldogs v Adelaide Crows. Adelaide's Scott Thompson tackled by Bulldog's Luke Dahlhaus and Liam Picken at Etihad Stadium.18th August 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Ronny Lerner   Adelaide veteran Scott Thompson is in doubt to feature in the Crows’ season opener against North Melbourne at Adelaide Oval on April 5.

Stevie J to miss another week but Selwood returns

Steve Johnson

Jon Pierik   Geelong is confident Steve Johnson will have enough time to be match fit for the season-opening blockbuster against Hawthorn despite ruling the mercurial forward out of this week's NAB Challenge clash.

Pay TV negotiating deal with AFL coaches

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse, under pressure from his own club to improve his media performances in the final year of his current contract, has not yet agreed to take part.

Caroline Wilson   The AFL coaches are negotiating an annual $500,000 deal with Fox Footy that which will see opposing coaches hold joint post-game press conferences.

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Lynch will be spoken to: Larkins

Tom Lynch goes down injured on Sunday.

Daniel Cherny   Prominent sports physician Peter Larkins says Adelaide forward Tom Lynch will likely be spoken to about the way he plays football after his latest head knock.

Kangaroos coach happy despite loss to Crows

Jarryd Lyons of the Crows gets boot to ball under pressure from Daniel Wells of the Kangaroos.

Ashley Porter   It was only a practice session, but North Melbourne coach Brad Scott left the seaside town of Port Lincoln a happy man with confirmation his key forward Drew Petrie is no longer a one-man band.

Adelaide's Lynch in head injury scare

Adelaide's Tom Lynch is attended to after being concussed in Sunday's NAB Challenge match.

Ashley Porter   Players going in head-first and suffering head injuries has again become of concern with Adelaide's Tom Lynch suffering further serious concussion during today's NAB Challenge match against North Melbourne in Port Lincoln.

Live NAB Challenge scores: Adelaide v North Melbourne

James Frawley at Aurora Stadium.

Follow the pre-season action as Adelaide takes on North Melbourne.

Crows' new coach admits he's too intense

Self-examination: New Adelaide
Crows coach Phil Walsh.

Caroline Wilson   Every day since he snatched the Adelaide coaching job with a performance that left the Crows' interview panel speechless, Phil Walsh has learnt something new about himself and the game that he has ferociously devoured for most of his 54 years.

Hinkley: No need to lower rotations cap

Ken Hinkley believes the game is in good shape.

Daniel Cherny   Port Adelaide coach Ken Hinkley has poured cold water on Adelaide counterpart Phil Walsh’s idea to further reduce the AFL’s interchange cap.

Walsh wants fewer rotations

Phil Walsh has called for a further reduction in interchanges.

Caroline Wilson   Phil Walsh has become the first current AFL coach to push for a further reduction in interchanges, saying the league failed to make the tough decision at the start of last season when it compromised on 120 rotations a game.

Reilly's recovering strong: Crows coach

Crows defender Brent Reilly.

New Adelaide coach Phil Walsh wants one thing from his club's pre-season matches - no injuries.

Sloane calls for loyalty scheme for one-club players

Rory Sloane:  "I'm very comfortable where I sit at this footy club. It's pretty well documented how I feel about the players here."

Caroline Wilson   Adelaide star Rory Sloane has proposed a loyalty scheme for footballers who remain one-club players. 

Sloane looks to be developing into a stayer

Caroline Wilson dinkus Dinkus

Caroline Wilson   The strong impression picked up after more than an hour with Rory Sloane is that he will end his playing career at the Adelaide Football Club. True, he is evasive regarding his future because some big offers have come his way and as he says football is a business after all.