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.

Sports bosses to address integrity issues

Samantha Lane Hundreds of Australia’s top sporting bosses, set to gather in Melbourne for an unprecedented integrity symposium, will be encouraged to candidly address an issue billed as one of their most...

AFL

O'Brien return delayed until major issues are resolved: Pert

Harry O'Brien.

Samantha Lane No date has been fixed for Harry O'Brien to resume playing for Collingwood.

AFL

Supplements scandal: Change to Medicare policy could cost millions

John Stensholt and Samantha Lane The fallout from the Essendon drugs scandal could end up costing professional sports clubs and athletes millions of dollars through a recent change in government policy regarding Medicare claims and...

AFL

Blues make determined move to secure Casboult

Levi Casboult has enjoyed two four-goal games in 2014, most recently last weekend.

Samantha Lane Carlton has moved to lock in key forward Levi Casboult, viewed as an increasingly valued talent within the club and arguably the most improved player on the Blues’ list in an otherwise...

AFL

Aurora Andruska quietly departs ASADA role

Aurora Andruska.

Samantha Lane Aurora Andruska’s work for the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority is over, with the CEO-turned-consultant making a unannounced departure from the organisation on Monday.

Drugs probe

Players lash out at AFL, medico over Essendon drugs saga

Ian Prendergast.

Samantha Lane A speech by the AFL's chief medical officer is just the latest grievance held by the AFL Players Association over the league's handling of the Essendon drugs investigation.

AFL

Essendon board could be facing scrutiny

essendon logo

Samantha Lane Essendon's board, virtually unchanged through a doping probe that has seen an overhaul of the club's football department, could yet be scrutinised for a program the AFL's medical boss believes...

AFL

ASADA ups ante on Essendon

Essendon chairman Paul Little (centre) arrives at the Federal Court with the club's legal team.

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has moved to bolster its case against Essendon players – and Stephen Dank – by seizing an interview where the biochemist discussed the use of...

AFL

Drugs body should share evidence with players: Richard Ings

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority should not hesitate to share with Essendon players the evidence it has gathered to mount the case they used prohibited drug Thymosin beta 4, argues former...

AFL

Footballers could be secretly serving suspensions, says anti-doping official

Drugs in AFL

Samantha Lane AFL players who are being investigated by the anti-doping authority could already be secretly serving voluntary suspensions; even before cases are formally launched against them, resolved, or aired...

AFL

ASADA invokes Lance Armstrong dope formula

Essendon.

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has built a ''non-presence'' drug case against 34 Essendon footballers, adopting a strategy similar to the one used to ban Lance Armstrong without a...

AFL

ASADA show-cause notices for Dons

Essendon.

Samantha Lane, Jake Niall A total of 34 notices will be issued to players, querying the use of the peptide thymosin.

AFL

ASADA issued Essendon show-cause notices on 'considerable body of evidence'

Essendon.

Samantha Lane Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority CEO Ben McDevitt has confirmed the issuing of 34 show cause notices to past and present Essendon players charged with breaching drug rules.

AFL

Essendon challenges ASADA, AFL

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Samantha Lane and Jane Lee Essendon and its outcast senior coach, James Hird, are combining forces in a stunning Federal Court appeal of the drugs investigation conducted jointly by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority...

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AFL

Little regrets over Dons scandal

Paul Little

Samantha Lane Essendon chairman Paul Little has described his club's decision-making in the days before the launch of last year's unprecedented doping investigation as misguided.

Sports Minister Peter Dutton promises no let-up from ASADA despite budget funds cut

Peter Dutton.

Samantha Lane A million-dollar budget cut and imminent reduction in staff at the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will have no impact on the ongoing AFL and NRL drug investigations, according to Minister...

AFL

No ASADA action on Robinson

Dean Robinson.

Samantha Lane Unlike Stephen Dank, Dean Robinson has not received a show-cause notice from the national sports anti-doping agency for his involvement in the Essendon saga.

AFL

Retired footballers to get free brain scans

Sherrin

Samantha Lane The AFL has committed to funding an unlimited number of brain scans for retired footballers.

Andrew Demetriou on experts panel at sports integrity forum

afl boss andrew demetriou

Samantha Lane Outgoing AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou will join an expert panel at an unprecedented integrity forum for Australian sports bosses.

AFL

Richmond's board demands answers on club's poor form

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick.

Samantha Lane The president of besieged Richmond says radical overhaul at the club would be pointless and, while sorely disappointed by a “temporary setback” on-field, has backed coach Damien Hardwick...