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Crowley anti-doping hearing date set

Ryan Crowley.

Jon Pierik 12:56 AM   Fremantle midfielder Ryan Crowley will miss the opening month of the season, as he awaits his hearing before the AFL's anti-doping tribunal in May.

AFL boss says he feels for Essendon players

AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan.

12:56 AM   AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has confirmed there is no suggestion that the charged Essendon players had any knowledge of alleged doping.

Player power: why Hird can't afford to lose his players

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Wayne Carey 12:28 PM   I’ll never forget the day I challenged Denis Pagan about the way he was pushing us at the Kangaroos. I honestly thought he was being tough on a few players. All he said back to me was ‘I don’t care if the players like me, but they will respect me’. How times have changed.

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Giants and Suns embrace the rise as Bombers wait

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Peter Hanlon   Nick Riewoldt calculated that it was his 11th season-launching captain's call. He looked over at the mob surrounding his Essendon counterpart with genuine compassion. "Poor Jobe, the last three years ..."

Former Don wants to press on with legal action

Sources said Hunter intended to take his "pre-litigation" action within days.

Samantha Lane   The Victorian Supreme Court has rejected a pseudonym application by a former Essendon player who is considering launching legal action against the AFL, and his old club, over a medical issue related to the Bombers' ill-fated supplements program.

Watson concedes Bombers' nerves ahead of tribunal verdict

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Jon Pierik   As 16 of the 18 participating AFL captains were directed on to the lush turf of Etihad Stadium on Wednesday, there was one man the media was ready to pounce upon.

Dons could ‘skew’ year for other teams

Geelong president Colin Carter.

Samantha Lane   The entire 2015 AFL season, including the finals series, will be compromised if drug bans lead to Essendon fielding a severely weakened team and the AFL does not find a way to address the matter for rival clubs.

Captains steer clear of Blues, Pies and Dons

Carlton players leave the field after losing to West Coast.

Daniel Cherny   AFL club captains have fallen dramatically off the Collingwood, Carlton and Essendon bandwagons in their annual 2015 predictions survey.

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Former Don plans legal action against AFL, Essendon

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Jake Niall and Samantha Lane   The former Essendon player is planning to take legal action against the AFL and the Essendon Football Club.

Bellchambers happy to wait for contract talks

Tom Bellchambers battles in the ruck with Mark Jamar.

Jon Pierik   Frontline ruckman Tom Bellchambers will wait until the season unfolds before opening serious contract negotiations with Essendon.

Bombers in the 'trenches', says Sheedy

Kevin Sheedy speaks to the media during the Essendon season launch on March 16.

Jon Pierik   Essendon legend Kevin Sheedy says there has never been a tougher time for the club, admitting it is in the "trenches" ahead of an uncertain start to the home-and-away season.

Bolton ready for start of his first Ironman

After a year of 4.30am starts, former Bomber Mark Bolton is ready to take on one of sport’s great challenges.

Samantha Lane   Mark Bolton has become a lot of things in football retirement. Husband of Alex, father of Maggie, co-founder and CEO of not-for-profit youth homelessness organisation, Ladder, head the list of the most profound.

Crowley case held up by Essendon tribunal

It can be difficult to keep abreast of what is really going on in the Essendon supplements saga.

Jake Niall and Samantha Lane   While the verdict for the 2012 Essendon-ASADA case will be handed down on March 31, the parties are prepared for the prospect that players might not receive penalties until after round one if they are found guilty.

Hird prepares to field Bombers' 'best' team

James Hird talks to assistant coach Matthew Egan as he leaves the coaches box during a break in the game.

Jon Pierik   As their date with the AFL's anti-doping tribunal nears, Essendon coach James Hird is still preparing for the Bombers to field their "best" team for the season opener against Sydney.

Bombers score first win of pre-season

Melbourne’s Jeff Garlett, who booted four goals, sprints past Mark Baguley.

Jon Pierik   They may have had only seven of their best 22 players on the field but Essendon's poise was pivotal as they claimed a shock two-point win over Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Friday night.

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Follow all the pre-season action live from Etihad Stadium as the Bombers face the Dees.

Bombers preparing for all tribunal outcomes, says chairman Little

"This is responsible governance and appropriate corporate planning:" Paul Little.

Essendon Football Club chairman Paul Little (right) says "scenario planning" for the AFL anti-doping tribunal's March 31 finding on the long-running supplements case is "covering all possible outcomes".

Cotchin returns to lift Tigers

Tigers skipper Trent Cotchin.

Ronny Lerner   Richmond captain Trent Cotchin has shrugged off a hamstring complaint to be fit for the Tigers' final practice match against North Melbourne at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Lloyd already impacting positively on Daniher

Essendon forward Joe Daniher says he's more confident with his goalkicking.

Ronny Lerner   Promising Essendon key forward Joe Daniher is already feeling more confident in his goalkicking routine having spent the pre-season working with legendary Bombers sharpshooter Matthew Lloyd.

Dons hold separate AFL player meetings

Essendon's Mark Harvey.

Matt Murnane   Essendon are holding separate team meetings because of concerns their top-up players could eventually inform rival AFL clubs about sensitive game plan information.