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Gold Coast's Nathan Bock retires from AFL

Nathan Bock

Gold Coast defender Nathan Bock has given up his battle with injury and retired from the AFL.

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James Hird decision influenced by media agendas, says Essendon coach Mark Thompson

Mark Thompson and James Hird discuss plans in 2012.

Daniel Cherny Interim Essendon coach Mark Thompson has suggested that the decision to keep James Hird away from a match-day role in 2014 was influenced by the media and public perception.

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Chris Scott says 'distasteful' free agency should be scrapped

Ditch it: Chris Scott says the free agency process is ''distasteful'', and should be scrapped.

Peter Hanlon Chris Scott has responded to speculation that Geelong is in the running to land Demon James Frawley by describing free agency as a ''distasteful'' process that is detrimental to loyalty and one he...

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West Coast Eagle careers on the line in AFL's final five weeks

Jacob Brennan.

West Coast coach Adam Simpson has warned his players that careers will be on the line over the next five weeks as he prepares to make some tough calls on his AFL squad.

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AFL Match Review Panel defends severe grading for Ty Vickery strike to Dean Cox

Ty Vickery collects Dean Cox.

Jesse Hogan Match review panel member Joel Bowden is expecting a base penalty of more than a month when Richmond's Ty Vickery faces the tribunal on Tuesday evening for his blow to West Coast's Dean Cox at the...

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AFL releases fixture for round 23

The Magpies and Hawks will open round 23.

Jesse Hogan Adelaide and Gold Coast are the only finals contenders scheduled to play on the final Sunday of the home-and-away season.

James Hird losing support of Essendon directors

James Hird’s employment agreement with Essendon involves clauses that could lead to his rich coaching contract being terminated should he break certain conditions.

Caroline Wilson The Essendon board meeting that ratified coach Mark Thompson’s ownership of the team for the remainder of the season also debated whether James Hird should return at all as senior coach for the...

Sharrod Wellingham grounded by knee injury

West Coast midfielder Sharrod Wellingham will miss the rest of the season.

West Coast midfielder Sharrod Wellingham is set to miss the rest of the AFL season after injuring his knee in the WAFL on Saturday.

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Richmond's Jake King retires from AFL

Jake King during the VFL game against Williamstown in April.

Daniel Cherny The AFL career of pugnacious Richmond forward Jake King has come to an end after the 30-year-old announced his retirement on Monday afternoon.

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Travis Cloke questions umpiring consistency

''We are getting somewhere'': Travis Cloke.

Jon Pierik Travis Cloke says Collingwood's on-field leaders need to take a stronger stance but has warned the Magpies' detractors not to "wipe us off" as the club fights to make the finals.

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Dean Cox not 'best of mates' with Ty Vickery

Dean Cox is helped off the ground on Friday night after being felled by Tyrone Vickery.

West Coast ruckman Dean Cox admits he's not the 'best of mates' with Ty Vickery, but is grateful to receive an apology from the Richmond big man.

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Let's red card a send-off system in AFL

Dean Cox had to be helped off the ground on Friday night after being felled by Tyrone Vickery.

Brad Elborough Let’s red card the idea of introducing a red card system into the AFL before it gets too far.

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Jarrad Waite frustrates Blues, Michael Jamison says

Important Blue: Jarrad Waite.

Blues hope Jarrad Waite's starring role in the club's win over North Melbourne is a wake-up call for the talented forward.

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Dad's advice helped Gary Ablett make tough call

Painful decision: Gary Ablett leaves the field in round 16.

Gary Ablett has revealed advice from his legendary father was pivotal in the tough decision to scratch himself from the rest of the AFL season.

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International rules concept at crossroads, warns Irish official

Ireland thrashed Australia in last year's international rules series.

Daniel Cherny A senior Irish official has called into question the future of the international rules concept, saying the hybrid game is at the crossroads.

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Ty Vickery sent straight to tribunal for hit on Dean Cox

Ty Vickery.

Richmond's Ty Vickery has been sent straight to the tribunal for striking West Coast's Dean Cox.

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Whatever Ty Vickery's penalty for Dean Cox blow, he won't do it again

Greg Baum dinkus

Greg Baum What is Ty Vickery's✓ right whack? This is now a question for the AFL tribunal when it sits on Tuesday.

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Stewart Crameri moves on with the Western Bulldogs

No regrets: Stewart Crameri is glad he moved on.

Emma Quayle The first time Stewart Crameri trained as a Western Bulldog, he was a name player, the high-priced recruit.

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Dean Cox has no memory of game or Ty Vickery blow

Disadvantage, Eagles: Dean Cox is helped off the ground on Friday night after being felled by Tyrone Vickery.

Liam Ducey Retiring West Coast Eagles ruckman Dean Cox said he has no memory of the crude round-arm hit that knocked him out against Richmond on Friday night.

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Live AFL blog with Rohan Connolly, midday

Alex Woodward of the Hawks celebrates his debut game.

Rohan Connolly The Age's voice of the people, Rohan Connolly, answers all your footy questions.

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