Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane

Samantha Lane is a sports writer with The Age's sports section. She joined The Sunday Age's sports team in 2005, where she specialised in the coverage of Australian Rules football, before joining the daily Age in 2007. She has a wealth of multi-media broadcasting experience since starting her journalism career in 2002 at www.afl.com.au. She is also a panellist on Network Ten's Before the Game. Samantha covered the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games, the 2008 Beijing Olympics and will be reporting extensively on the 2012 London Olympics.

Former WADA boss John Fahey believes Essendon players may serve longer bans

John Fahey has welcomed the Federal Court decision.

Samantha Lane Former World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey believes the likelihood of Essendon footballers serving longer suspensions for banned drug use has increased due to “certain people with big egos...

ASADA trumps Essendon in Federal Court battle

James Hird speaks to the media on his first day back at Essendon after serving a 12-month suspension.

Samantha Lane Essendon players face the prospect of suspensions after the AFL club lost its court battle with Australia's anti-doping authority over its supplements program.

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Former ASADA boss Aurora Andruska vindicated

Aurora Andruska.

Samantha Lane Portrayed only weeks ago as a bumbling, unconvincing witness responsible for bungling the biggest doping investigation in the history of Australian sport, Aurora Andruska was glowingly praised in the...

ASADA determined to go after players

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Samantha Lane The doping cases against 34 current and past Essendon players will be picked up in earnest following the resounding dismissal of a Federal Court challenge mounted by the club and its senior coach.

James Hird keeps option of suing AFL and ASADA up his sleeve

Options... James Hird

Samantha Lane If successful in Federal Court, James Hird will weigh up suing the AFL, and the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority, in a high stakes decision that would be informed by any fallout reviews of the...

Bombers to consider appeal after Federal Court finding on ASADA probe

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Samantha Lane Under mounting pressure for its choices in a doping investigation that has tainted two AFL seasons and could yet bleed into another, Essendon's board will determine whether the club's costly, and...

GWS chief David Matthews gets over loss of battle for Lance Franklin and wishes for Swans win

GWS chief David Matthews.

Samantha Lane Jilted, just 12 months ago, after AFL superstar Lance Franklin slipped through Greater Western Sydney’s fingers, club chief Dave Matthews says he now hopes the gun forward leads the Swans to...

AFL committed to kicking gender imbalance into touch, says executive member Dorothy Hisgrove

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Samantha Lane The AFL executive steering industry-wide change to address the game’s relationship with women says the penny has finally dropped at league headquarters on the complex and historically vexed...

Bombers still owe $1.6m of AFL fine

Yet to pay fine: Mark Thompson.

Samantha Lane A year after the AFL issued Essendon a record $2 million fine over the supplements scandal, and fined premiership coach Mark Thompson $30,000 for his part in the affair, the club has made just one...

Players to be briefed on medical monitoring

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Samantha Lane Every footballer who took part in the condemned supplements program run at Essendon in 2011/12 is to be briefed in coming days on the medical monitoring arrangements the club has officially committed...

Tigers commit to lead on gender issues

Leading the push for equity: Peggy O'Neal and Brendon Gale.

Samantha Lane Richmond will radically transform the way it recruits, promotes and looks in order to be the AFL leader on gender equity – eventually with an equal male/female staff mix – and become the...

Ian Prendergast wants to stay at AFLPA

Keeping on: Ian Prendergast.

Samantha Lane The AFL Players Association’s hierarchy could be revamped further in light of Ian Prendergast’s preference to stay at the organisation and work alongside new boss Paul Marsh, despite...

Bombers referred to 'process'

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Samantha Lane Federal sport minister Peter Dutton has stonewalled the latest advance from Essendon chairman Paul Little to discuss the AFL club’s ongoing, and increasingly costly, doping investigation.

Jeff Kennett takes aim at Paul Little

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Samantha Lane Jeff Kennett has pilloried Paul Little following the Essendon chairman’s call for the federal government to step in and provide a “circuit breaker” to resolve the Bombers’...

ASADA praised Essendon coach James Hird and allayed fears over Stephen Dank

Tick of approval: James Hird.

Samantha Lane The full details of a taped meeting between Essendon footballers and a senior Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigator last year reveal the assurances players received about their...

AFL, NRL doctors join global sport leaders in New York for concussion meeting

The NFL has indicated willingness to fund concussion-related research projects with major sports abroad.

Samantha Lane AFL and NRL medical chiefs will meet representatives of America’s National Football League, the US National Hockey League, FIFA and the International Equestrian Federation as part of a global,...

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Show us who's boss, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham tells Gillon McLachlan

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Samantha Lane Calling on the AFL, under fresh leadership, to stamp its authority, Sydney chairman Andrew Pridham has singled out Gillon McLachlan, saying the new CEO must show the competition who is boss.

Andrew Pridham upholds a grand tradition in defence of the Swans

In the spotlight: Andrew Pridham in Melbourne on Friday.

Samantha Lane As far Sydney Swans chairmen and inflammatory acts are concerned, the benchmark was set years ago, and high.

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Swans chairman blasts attack on club

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Samantha Lane Fed up with sniping from Victorian rivals about Sydney’s talent-laden list and recruiting coups, Swans chairman Andrew Pridham has named it a “targeted attack” that he refuses to...