Tim Lane

Tim Lane

AFL

Sleeping giant looms over footy's fragile web

Tim Lane The Socceroos' bubble burst disappointingly in the end. From channelling Eddie McGuire - "What a big week it's been in football" - ebullient Australian fans were soon reminded of another slogan: a...

Carlton needs serious rebuild to rediscover AFL glory

Carlton coach Mick Malthouse.

Tim Lane As David Parkin tells it, when John Elliott interviewed him about a return to the Carlton coaching job in late-1990, an appraisal of the playing list was sought.

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Winning now not so foreign

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Tim Lane Once again a Swans premiership has been made possible by their inspired trading.

Dark artists drop the ball

Tim Lane The tanking scandal and the Folau debacle show the dangers of tinkering with footy's natural order.

Sports science has its place

Tim Lane Independence and transparency is the key to ensuring that all sport's yardsticks are not tarnished.

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Melbourne with Roos, win city?

Tim Lane The arrival of Sydney's great coach is a new chapter in the tale of two cities.

AFL needs less shuttlecockups

Tim Lane IT WILL be a relief to the AFL to know it isn't alone in facing the reality that its rules might, under certain circumstances, encourage manufactured under-performance; or 'tanking' in the vernacular.

Off-field wins? No tanks, AFL

Tim Lane While the issue of tanking had to be addressed, the AFL's ''solution'' is not one that is appropriate.

Life of Mick, Blue messiah?

Tim Lane Carlton has a long history of bringing in outsiders to produce instant results - it's not always worked.

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Jack's 'lost in mail' story has a stamp of doubt

Kieren Jack re-signed with the Sydney Swans today.

Tim Lane and Roy Masters A Sunday Age investigation has raised doubts about the veracity of a statutory declaration.

AFL

All-clear on Jack deal can't be taken seriously

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Tim Lane AFL credibility in the Jack affair quickly melts away under scrutiny.

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Investigated, whitewashed?

Rugby league legend Garry Jack and his son Kieran Jack.

Tim Lane There are lingering questions about irregularities in Kieren Jack's drafting to Sydney.

A knockout, Buddy Ali

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Tim Lane Hawthorn's Lance Franklin is developing into something truly unique.

Smaller clubs on the mooove

Tim Lane It's not just cattle on King Island, where three footy teams are going hell for leather for supremacy.