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Hird, ASADA grilled in court appeal

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik James Hird was accused of "nailing his colours to the mast" of the Essendon supplements investigation but the relationship between the anti-doping body and the AFL also came under vigorous...

James Hird returns to court over ASADA ruling

James Hird arrives at the Federal Court on Monday morning.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik James Hird's legal team has reiterated its belief the probe by anti-doping authorities into Essendon's supplements program was unlawful.

Melbourne's Jeff Garlett to fight affray charge

Jeff Garlett.

Adam Cooper and AAP Melbourne recruit Jeff Garlett will fight a charge of affray in relation to an altercation outside a city bar.

Essendon supplements saga: Shane Charter questions timing of his arrest

Shane Charter arrives at court.

Adam Cooper and AAP A key witness in the doping case against 34 past and present Essendon players has questioned the timing of his arrest for possessing steroids, but maintains he has a strong defence.

James Hird's ASADA appeal fast-tracked, will be heard November 10

James Hird's appeal will be heard on November 10.

Adam Cooper James Hird has succeeded in having his appeal fast-tracked against a judge's ruling that Australia's anti-doping agency investigation into Essendon's supplements program was lawful.

ASADA could reissue show-cause notices, court told

Earlier this week Essendon lawyer Neil Young said the club could be destroyed if show-cause notices went ahead.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned if its joint investigation with the AFL into the Essendon supplements program is deemed unlawful it could reacquire the same information within...

ASADA warns it could re-issue show-cause notices, court told

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Body has warned if its joint investigation with the AFL into the Essendon supplements program is deemed unlawful it could re-acquire the same information within 24...

James Hird and Essendon boss Paul Little insist there is no rift

Neil Young arrives at court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird and Essendon chairman Paul Little insist there is no rift between them and that the suspended coach will "absolutely" take the reins in season 2015.

AFL wanted ASADA to appear as 'the bad guys', court hears

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik A high-ranking federal government figure told a senior anti-doping official that the AFL wanted the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to appear as "the bad guys" over penalties in the Essendon...

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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ASADA was investigating Essendon in 2011, court told

Aurora Andruska

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Aurora Andruska has revealed in court Essendon was being investigated for the use of performance enhancing drugs as early as 2011.

James Hird tells Federal Court he disagreed with two Essendon chairmen over ASADA probe

Essendon thumbnail.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik Suspended coach James Hird says he disagreed with public statements made by successive Essendon chairmen about the club's stance on the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority probe into the Bombers'...

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Bombers could be destroyed if court case is lost, claims lawyer

Up for the fight: Suspended coach James Hird and wife Tania arrive at the Federal Court with their legal team.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Essendon lawyer Neil Young QC fears a Federal Court finding against the club could "effectively destroy its business" .

James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

James Hird

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

Essendon wants to use 'covert secret transcript' as evidence in case, court hears

James and Tania Hird arrive at court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Solicitor for Essendon made a secret recording of an ASADA official addressing Bombers players.

AFL

Harcourt's shock speech added to Hird's case

Centre of attention: Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Essendon and James Hird have officially added shock comments made by chief AFL medical officer Peter Harcourt to their list of claims that they believe will strengthen their case that the joint probe...

AFL

Essendon players choose not to join Hird, club case against ASADA

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Adam Cooper, Jon Pierik The identities of the 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices will not be revealed in the Federal Court after a lawyer representing the group said they would not be joined to proceedings.

Righto, you soccer jokers, here's a few tips from fair-dinkum football on sure-fire scheduling

Adam Cooper The goals have flowed and the atmosphere makes you want to dance the samba in your pyjamas, but listen here, world soccer, you could learn something when it comes to scheduling.

Stephen Milne repeatedly told 'no' by woman, court hears

Stephen Milne.

Adam Cooper Former St Kilda player Stephen Milne had sex with a woman despite her repeatedly saying "no", a court has heard.

Supreme Court to hear Bruce Reid's arbiter bid in Essendon supplements case

Bruce Reid

Adam Cooper A Supreme Court hearing in two weeks' time will determine whether Essendon Football Club doctor Bruce Reid will have a charge against him heard by an independent arbiter.