Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper joined The Age in 2011 after a decade with AAP, the country's news service. Email or tweet Adam with your news tips.

Dons feel the strain

Adam Cooper and Matt Murnane Skipper Jobe Watson admits Bombers stressed and flat during a turbulent past six weeks.

No change in contact rule in the wet: Gieschen

Jeff Gieschen.

Adam Cooper Umpires boss says new rule will not change for games played on wet surfaces.

Bulldog to have X-ray on possible broken rib

Koby Stevens (centre) is helped off the field on Saturday after he sustained an injury.

Adam Cooper and Emma Quayle Koby Stevens will have further tests ahead of round-one clash against Brisbane.

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Thomas takes care on contract

Dale Thomas

Adam Cooper Collingwood star content to delay contract talks until he regains his fitness and form.

Hardwick ponders slide rule

Hands up: Will Minson (left) and Ivan Maric battle in the ruck during Saturday's practice match.

Adam Cooper Richmond coach raises concerns over how the new rule will be interpreted in the wet.

AFL

Brisbane knocks Blues over

NAB Cup Final. Carlton v Brisbane. Brisbane celebrate their win at Etihad Stadium.

Adam Cooper It's been a long time, but Jonathan Brown never lost that taste for silverware.

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Lions, Blues at full strength

Brisbane's Jonathan Brown and Carlton's Marc Murphy hold the NAB cup.14th March 2013.Picture Sebastian Costanzo. The Age.

Adam Cooper Carlton coach Mick Malthouse has forecast more than one role for Chris Judd in his return for Friday night's NAB Cup final against Brisbane in a bid to continue developing greater flexibility in his...

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Rival coaches want to nab some silverware

Adam Cooper Rival coaches Mick Malthouse and Michael Voss are agreed their sides won't be holding back in pursuit of silverware in Friday night’s NAB Cup final at Etihad Stadium.

'Pesky cricketers' disrupting pre-season

Adam Cooper Carlton chief executive Greg Swann concedes Lions deserved to host NAB Cup final.

AFL

Buckley supports Swan's fine

Liam Pickering.

Adam Cooper Collingwood coach expresses disappointment over Dane Swan's interview.

Saints' burst makes Demons pay

Point made: Saint Stephen Milne celebrates a goal against Melbourne.

Adam Cooper St Kilda secures a third win from four pre-season games, this time over Melbourne.

Eddie McGuire 'a hypocrite' over Swan interview

Collingwood's Dane Swan.

Adam Cooper Dane Swan's manager has accused Collingwood president Eddie McGuire of hypocrisy over interview protocols and says he's prepared to fight the fine the Magpies impose on their Brownlow medallist.

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Fine not enough: McGuire

Eddie McGuire.

Adam Cooper Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says he would like to fine Dane Swan $25,000 if he could.

Brown's fresh approach

Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Jonathan Brown says he enters his first game of the pre-season as refreshed as he could be.

Brown rejuvenated and optimistic ahead of 2013 season

Veteran Brisbane Lions captain Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown says he enters his first game of the pre-season as refreshed as he could ever be and rejuvenated by the Lions' encouraging showings last year and over the summer.

AFL

McGuire slams Dane Swan and The Footy Show

Eddie McGuire

Adam Cooper Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says he would like to fine Dane Swan $25,000, even though he has no problem with what his star midfielder said in a televised interview.

Big guns hit track as the heat goes up

Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Key forwards Jonathan Brown and Nick Riewoldt will play their first games of the pre-season on Saturday.

AFL

Call to ban alcohol ads in TV sports

Greens Senator Richard Di Natale.

Adam Cooper A Greens senator pushing for gambling advertising to be banned in the AFL, also wants the promotion of alcohol tbe outlawed in sports broadcasts.

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Hird unfazed by unfolding drama at Cronulla

Essendon logo

Adam Cooper and AAP Essendon coach James Hird says it would be unrealistic to think the doping drama unfolding at Cronulla would not have been noted by his own players.

Scotland eyes return

Carlton's Heath Scotland.

Adam Cooper Carlton veteran to line up on Friday, but Chris Judd will sit out another match.