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.

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.

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...

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.

Stephen Milne repeatedly told 'no' by woman, court hears

Stephen Milne.

Adam Cooper Former St Kilda player Stephen Milne had sex with a woman despite her repeatedly saying "no", a court has heard.

AFL

Bombers doctor 'gravely concerned'

Dr. Bruce Reid.

Adam Cooper Bruce Reid fears AFL Commission would hear charge against him in biased manner.

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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AFL

Goddard made decision that was 'outside team structure': Watters

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard walks with coach Scott Watters during training in July, 2012.

Adam Cooper St Kilda coach Scott Watters has lashed out at Brendon Goddard, accusing the star player of making big money his priority in joining Essendon.

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A timeline on 'tanking' in the AFL

Sherrin football

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

Tanking: now the government is involved

Adam Cooper Victoria's gambling regulator has been asked how to ensure punters have confidence in the integrity of AFL games amid the tanking investigation centred on Melbourne.

AFL

Bulldogs rue fixture's financial hit

Brad Scott and Brendan McCartney.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Battling Dogs one of five teams banished from the Friday night timeslot.

Current Demons unaffected by tank turmoil: Clark

Mitch Clark

Adam Cooper and Caroline Wilson Melbourne forward Mitch Clark says the tanking investigation circling his club is having no impact on the players as they prepare for the 2013 season.

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Edwards to face wrath of leadership group: Hardwick

Adam Cooper RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick has indicated recruit Aaron Edwards will face further punishment for being drunk in public last weekend.

Wilderness for Dees: Kennett

Mark Neeld oversees Melbourne's first training run on Thursday.

Adam Cooper Former Hawthorn president says Demons could face a decade in the AFL wilderness.

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AFL

Sheedy weighs in on Demons' woes

Kevin Sheedy

Adam Cooper Kevin Sheedy says he saw "problems coming" at Melbourne when granted a "Clayton's interview" by the Demons for their then-vacant coaching position in 2007.

Sheedy spotted demons at Melbourne

Kevin Sheedy

Adam Cooper KEVIN SHEEDY says he saw ''problems coming'' at Melbourne when granted a ''Clayton's interview'' by the Demons for their then-vacant coaching position in 2007.

Tigers won't go easy on Edwards

Aaron Edwards.

Adam Cooper Richmond coach indicates recruit will face further punishment for being drunk in public.

Sheedy saw Dees' problems coming

Kevin Sheedy.

Adam Cooper Veteran coach says he foresaw problems when interviewed by Demons in 2007.

Bomber chief to stay on

Ian Robson.

Adam Cooper Essendon confirms that Ian Robson will stay on as chief executive.

AFL

Rodan relishes new role at Demons

David Rodan

Adam Cooper Melbourne recruit David Rodan expects his various experiences to be handy in mentoring his younger teammates, but is hopeful he can stay at the club long enough to see the circle of success turn.