Adam Cooper

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Magpies keen to work with clubs, AFL to fight drugs

Adam Cooper and Will Brodie Collingwood president Eddie McGuire says Pies want to encourage other clubs to address problem.

AFL's illicit drugs policy needs an overhaul, says McGuire

Eddie McGuire.

Adam Cooper Collingwood president Eddie McGuire has called for the AFL's illicit drugs policy to be overhauled, claiming the system can no longer deal effectively with the drug problem.

AFL launches Demons tanking claim probe

Brock McLean

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper AFL launches investigation into claims made by former Melbourne midfielder Brock McLean that Demons tanked in 2009.

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Football

Tuck still the only player banned by AFL

Adam Cooper Travis Tuck is football royalty, son of Hawk great Michael Tuck, nephew of Gary Ablett snr.

A timeline on 'tanking' in the AFL

Sherrin football

Compiled by Adam Cooper A timeline on the tanking issue in the AFL

AFL

AFL to go in hard to curb drug use

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou

Adam Cooper AFL clubs will have their staff audited, sports science staff registered and be instructed to undertake mandatory reporting of any doping issue in an attempt to stamp out widespread illegal drug use...

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Drugs in sport

AFL doctor takes jab at treatment

Andrew Daff

Adam Cooper The medical officer advising the AFL Players Association says there is little need for players to be injected with supplements, and is hopeful ''regulatory sanity'' is restored over what products are...

AFL urges clubs: employ integrity officers

Adam Cooper AFL CHIEF executive Andrew Demetriou has urged clubs to employ their own integrity officers ahead of bolstering coaching panels in a bid to eradicate the problems similar to the supplement scandal...

Former AFL doctor says it was 'very rare' to inject players with vitamins

Andrew Daff

Adam Cooper The medical officer advising the AFL Players Association claims there should be little need for players to be injected with supplements, and is hopeful "regulatory sanity" is restored across the...

Connolly and Bailey bear the brunt of AFL tanking probe

Demons logo

Adam Cooper The AFL has suspended former Melbourne coach Dean Bailey and the club's ex-football operations manager Chris Connolly - both will keep their jobs.

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AFL priorities were wrong, says Roos

Paul Roos

Adam Cooper and Deborah Gough Ex-coach blames AFL for creating environment in which teams encouraged to perform poorly.

Football

Puzzled Newbold backs AFL boss

Andrew Newbold

Adam Cooper Jeff Kennett's successor as Hawthorn president says the AFL has made some puzzling rulings.

AFL

AFL says no power to strike deal with ASADA

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou.

Adam Cooper Andrew Demetriou confirms league inquired how players might beat two-year suspension.

AFL

AFL ponders earlier start to season to bolster northern markets

Andrew Demetriou.

Adam Cooper Future AFL seasons could start earlier and expand to 25 home and away games.

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Live coverage: AFL pre-season grand final

NAB Cup

Adam Cooper Coverage of the AFL pre-season grand final between Adelaide and West Coast from AAMI Stadium.

AFL backs removal of Scully banners

Angry Melbourne fans

Adam Cooper THE AFL has stood by the decision of security staff to remove banners from the MCG stands that accused Tom Scully of putting dollars ahead of loyalty in leaving Melbourne for Greater Western Sydney.

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.

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...

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.

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.