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.

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

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

Drugs expert doubts AFL passport claims

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Samantha Lane Expert says it will take more time and money before the AFL could build a system comparable to cycling's.

Bombers to consider appeal after Federal Court finding on ASADA probe

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Samantha Lane Under mounting pressure for its choices in a doping investigation that has tainted two AFL seasons and could yet bleed into another, Essendon's board will determine whether the club's costly, and...

Former WADA boss John Fahey believes Essendon players may serve longer bans

John Fahey has welcomed the Federal Court decision.

Samantha Lane Former World Anti-Doping Agency boss John Fahey believes the likelihood of Essendon footballers serving longer suspensions for banned drug use has increased due to “certain people with big egos...

ASADA trumps Essendon in Federal Court battle

James Hird speaks to the media on his first day back at Essendon after serving a 12-month suspension.

Samantha Lane Essendon players face the prospect of suspensions after the AFL club lost its court battle with Australia's anti-doping authority over its supplements program.

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James Hird keeps option of suing AFL and ASADA up his sleeve

Options... James Hird

Samantha Lane 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...

Jeff Kennett takes aim at Paul Little

Jeff Kennett:

Samantha Lane Jeff Kennett has pilloried Paul Little following the Essendon chairman’s call for the federal government to step in and provide a “circuit breaker” to resolve the Bombers’...

Essendon player representative has zero tolerance for athletes who do the wrong thing

Essendon's legal representative David Grace.

Samantha Lane David Grace, Athletics Australia’s president and the QC who represented Essendon players in the Federal Court this week, says athletes must take full responsibility for everything they ingest.

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ASADA praised Essendon coach James Hird and allayed fears over Stephen Dank

Tick of approval: James Hird.

Samantha Lane The full details of a taped meeting between Essendon footballers and a senior Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigator last year reveal the assurances players received about their...

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

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.

AFL

Essendon board could be facing scrutiny

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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

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.

AFL

New Stephen Dank roadblock for ASADA

Sports Scientist Stephen Dank.

Samantha Lane Stephen Dank’s judgment day with anti-doping authorities has been stalled, after a seven-member expert panel that had been preparing to make the critical next call on the central figure in Australian...

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AFL

Sports Minister beefs up anti-doping panel

Federal Minister for Sport and Health, Peter Dutton.

Samantha Lane The anti-doping panel that will sit in judgment of Stephen Dank has been bolstered to a body of six, with the appointment of two law-enforcement experts.

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...

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

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...