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Greg Champion puts the future of footy before his beloved Adelaide Crows

Neil McMahon Greg Champion is nominally a Victorian, born in Benalla and a resident of Melbourne now for 35 years. But don’t be fooled – his heart belongs to the Adelaide Crows.

Ruthless Port pummels Blues by 103 points

Chad Wingard and Matthew White celebrate another Port goal.

Ashley Porter Carlton has endured some dark nights, but rarely have so many Blues done so little.

Buddy Franklin loss tougher than Gary Ablett, says Cats boss Colin Carter

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Jon Pierik While they have been the fiercest of rivals for seven seasons, with another chapter to be played out at the MCG on Saturday night, there is also great respect between Geelong and Hawthorn.

ASADA deal with Essendon would be improper, claims lawyer

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Jon Pierik As the AFL prepares to slap a life ban on sports scientist Stephen Dank, a lawyer who acted as an adviser to Essendon last year says any attempt by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Agency to broker...

The growing influence of Alastair Clarkson

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Caroline Wilson Alastair Clarkson’s push to regulate the business of AFL coaching has gathered a momentum which must surely earn him the title as the most influential coach in the game and one of the most...

Stefan Martin and Anthony Miles head hidden gems in Alternative All-Australian team

With Stefan Martin the Brisbane Lions secured a genuine bargain.

Garry Lyon There are hidden gems on all AFL lists, who for a variety of reasons, are just awaiting opportunity to prove that they are capable of not only playing AFL football, but influencing games at AFL level.

St Kilda drops to bottom of Victorian membership table

Daniel Cherny St Kilda’s steep decline in on-field fortunes has been mirrored off the field, with the Saints dropping to the bottom of Victorian clubs in the official AFL club membership figures, released by...

Essendon coach Mark Thompson says loss of Dyson Heppell 'difficult to cover'

Essendon coach Mark Thompson joins the Ice Bucket Challenge at training.

Daniel Cherny Essendon coach Mark Thompson concedes Dyson Heppell is a difficult man to cover, but believes his side is capable of overcoming the star midfielder’s absence to defeat Gold Coast on Saturday.

Brian Dixon's mission to take Australian rules to the world

Ireland captain Mick Finn and Papua New Guinea skipper John James with the International Cup ahead of Saturday's final.

Martin Flanagan Ever since I can remember, Brian Dixon has been championing the idea that Australian football should be an international game.

Hawks won't be flippant against Cats, says coach Alastair Clarkson

Alastair Clarkson introduces a fan to the players at Waverley Park on Friday.

Jon Pierik Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson says his Hawks cannot afford to adopt a "flippant" attitude to Saturday night's clash against Geelong, admitting his team is still trying to work out the best way to...

Bans, bargain bans, going cheap

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Greg Baum So, charged to get to the bottom of the first great drugs-in-sport crisis in Australian history, ASADA's solution is a sweetheart deal? For the 17 Cronulla players, suspensions backdated so far that...

Close wins no accident for cool Cats

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Rohan Connolly Carlton led Geelong by seven points with under five minutes left on the clock last Friday night at Etihad Stadium.

'Everyone dives, I'm just a bad actor,' says North's Lindsay Thomas

Lindsay Thomas dramatically exaggerates contact in the back against Geelong's James Kelly.

Liam Mannix North Melbourne’s Lindsay Thomas says all AFL players stage for free kicks – he’s just a particularly bad actor when it comes to getting away with it.

Tagger: Six steps from Brent Harvey to Curtly Ambrose

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Peter Hanlon One day, we'll reflect that the saddest part of this sorry saga was that football looked to rugby league for a steer on what to do next.

West Coast Eagles dilemma: where will Dean Cox be in 2015

Big shoes to fill: Dean Cox will retire from playing at the end of the season to take up an extended coaching role at the Eagles.

Brad Elborough As the sun seemingly goes down on Dean Cox's career, speculation is building as to what he'll be doing in 2015.

Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson keen for Cats showdown

Hawk Jordan Lewis during Hawthorn training session at Waverley Park on Friday.

The meeting of Hawthorn and Geelong all but guarantees a legendary match, despite Clarkson's poor record against the Cats.

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Gillon McLachlan denies knowledge of ASADA offer

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.

Stathi Paxinos AFL chief executive Gillon McLachlan has denied that he has officially received an offer from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority that proposed a six-month sanction for Essendon players on...

Lowest VFL goalkicking totals in 100 years

Liam McBean (right) has kicked 35 goals in the VFL season so far.

Brent Diamond The days of VFL spearheads kicking large tallies of goals appear to be a thing of the past with this year’s Frosty Miller Medal winner set to land on the lowest tally since Footscray’s...

Boots for Kids campaign reaches outback Papunya

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Michael Gleeson When football came to town, so did the people. Unfortunately when the AFL teams left the town, the people did not.

ASADA denies tabling ban deal with AFL

ASADA denies it has tabled offer with AFL boss to reduce bans for Essendon players

ASADA denies it has tabled an offer with AFL boss Gillon McLachlan to reduce bans for Essendon players caught up in the AFL club's controversial supplements program.