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James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

ASADA was investigating Essendon in 2011, court told

Aurora Andruska

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Aurora Andruska has revealed in court Essendon was being investigated for the use of performance enhancing drugs as early as 2011.

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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AFL wanted ASADA to appear as 'the bad guys', court hears

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik A high-ranking federal government figure told a senior anti-doping official that the AFL wanted the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to appear as "the bad guys" over penalties in the Essendon...

James Hird and Essendon boss Paul Little insist there is no rift

Neil Young arrives at court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird and Essendon chairman Paul Little insist there is no rift between them and that the suspended coach will "absolutely" take the reins in season 2015.

ASADA could reissue show-cause notices, court told

Earlier this week Essendon lawyer Neil Young said the club could be destroyed if show-cause notices went ahead.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has warned if its joint investigation with the AFL into the Essendon supplements program is deemed unlawful it could reacquire the same information within...

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

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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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.

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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Judd cools Malthouse hopes

Carlton captain Chris Judd

Adam Cooper Chris Judd is sure he and his Carlton teammates will know exactly where they stand under Mick Malthouse, but has warned against expecting all the Blues’ problems to be instantly solved.

Judd: Mick not the messiah

No expectations: Chris Judd.

Adam Cooper Carlton skipper warns against expecting all the Blues' problems to be instantly solved.

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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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.