SAMANTHA LANE 10:30pm 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 national drug agency.
JON PIERIK 7:00pm A leading sports lawyer believes Friday's findings in the Federal Court could have a major bearing on James Hird's future as coach of Essendon.
JON PIERIK 8:39pm COMMENT: The AFL finds itself in an invidious position heading into Justice John Middleton's judgment day.
JON PIERIK 7:04pm Decision time: Essendon and James Hird v the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority
Caroline Wilson and Jake Niall Essendon forward/ruckman Paddy Ryder met Brisbane Lions on Tuesday afternoon to discuss a possible move to the Lions.
Essendon caretaker coach hopeful he will be able to stay at the club, tipping an announcement as early as this week.
CAROLINE WILSON Preliminary finalists Port Adelaide could become a genuine bidder for disenchanted Bomber Paddy Ryder as D-Day approaches for a decision from the 26-year-old who was due on Tuesday to hold another set of separate talks both with Essendon and his manager Paul Connors.
JON PIERIK The legality of transcripts used by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to issue show-cause notices against 34 current and former Essendon players will be a key factor when a Federal Court judge makes his ruling this week on the legality of an investigation into the Bombers' supplements program.
JON PIERIK The AFL's preliminary final weekend could potentially be overshadowed when Essendon and James Hird find out on Friday whether they have won their court case against the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.
MATT MURNANE Prominent player agent Peter Jess says clubs should do anything in their power to tempt the best players to join them, as Essendon star Brendon Goddard branded the approaches to top Bombers as "unethical".
JON PIERIK Brendon Goddard has told teammate Paddy Ryder he is "crucial" to Essendon's hopes of a premiership and says he needs to remain with the club to fulfil his potential.
JON PIERIK Mediation between Essendon and its former fitness chief Dean Robinson failed to broker a settlement on Friday, pushing the two parties closer to what looms as an explosive trial.
CAROLINE WILSON James Hird's breakthrough first meeting with a somewhat threadbare group of senior AFL coaches underlined again the exiled Bomber's deep personal dislike of Andrew Demetriou and a threatening regime that Hird believed hijacked the investigation into the dangerous drugs program run by his club.
MATTHEW LLOYD Mark Thompson, James Hird and Damien Hardwick were all former Essendon teammates of mine and all had one thing in common - their self-belief and courage made their teammates walk taller.
PHIL LUTTON Brisbane has confirmed it will offer Paddy Ryder a contract within days as the Bomber prepares for a meeting with Essendon club chiefs before Friday.
SAMANTHA LANE The AFL Players Association’s new CEO has urged every footballer who participated in Essendon’s 2011/12 supplements regimen to sign up to a medical monitoring program for at least the next five years.
JON PIERIK Melbourne's bid to find a successor for Paul Roos has progressed, with the Demons given official permission to interview Essendon assistant Simon Goodwin.
JON PIERIK The Dean Robinson camp is still awaiting documents from former Essendon media advisor Liz Lukin, as the Bombers and Robinson prepare for mediation on Friday.
Essendon has identified how its use of the ball was a crucial factor in its elimination final loss to North Melbourne.
LIAM MANNIX The AFL Players Association’s most valuable player award has serious clout among the 18 clubs. We assess the front-runners.
Mark Thompson has indicated he is likely to stay at Essendon and will not entertain offers from rival clubs.
MATT MURNANE What went right for Essendon in season 2014? And what went wrong?
Emma Quayle and Matt Murnane The future of Paddy Ryder could start becoming clearer in the next few days.
ROHAN CONNOLLY Essendon has dealt with plenty of uncertainty off the field. But there's plenty to be sorted out for the Bombers on it as well.
Essendon midfielder David Myers did not mince his words after elimination final fadeout against North Melbourne.
DANIEL CHERNY Outgoing Essendon coach Mark Thompson has made an impassioned plea for the 34 players who have been served show-cause notices by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to have their fates determined once and for all.
DANIEL CHERNY North Melbourne coach Brad Scott proud of his side’s resilience in win over Essendon.
JAKE NIALL This was the final the season needed. In a year beset by complaints about fixturing and still fixated with Essendon’s legal battles, these rivals from the north-west part of town produced both a large crowd and a goosebump game.
ROHAN CONNOLLY Throughout this season, both North Melbourne and Essendon have been unable to find anything like the sort of consistency they’d like.