Recovery will be the key for Hawthorn this week as they fight to remain in touch with the top eight against Port Adelaide on Thursday night.
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When the Blues take to the field against North Melbourne on Sunday, they will come across a former teammate who would have been more than handy.
While Essendon's immediate Dreamtime focus is tackling Richmond at the MCG on Saturday night, another dream is to lure Dustin Martin to the club.
EON sports, the digital 24-7 sports radio network, has been forced to abandon local programming due to cost issues.
Ken Hinkley says coaches can go "crazy" worrying how to negate Geelong's potent midfield but he claims he will not send a specialist tagger to the man who could destroy his Port Adelaide side on Thursday night.
The AFL says there is no specific terror threat at matches this weekend, with security to remain tight.
The presence of veteran defender Matthew Boyd does not guarantee the Western Bulldogs victory. But his absence goes a long way towards condemning them to defeat.
The controversy over the resting of players could return should the AFL introduce a wildcard weekend before the finals.
The Gold Coast Suns are awaiting more details about the new collective bargaining agreement before contract negotiations reopen with co-captain Steven May.
St Kilda will look to open contract negotiations with coach Alan Richardson later this season and have revealed they have the salary-cap capacity to poach two star players worth almost $1 million each a season.