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.

AFL

Dons' finals deadline

Samantha Lane The AFL's determination to protect the 'integrity' of this year's finals series is behind its wish to have the Essendon doping scandal settled in August.

Inside (the finals) Play

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Samantha Lane Amy Burgoyne - Wife of Shaun and mother of Ky, 6, Percy, 3, and Leni, 6 weeks.

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

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

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...

Richmond president plays it cool

Peggy O’Neal at Punt Road Oval on Friday.

Samantha Lane Peggy O'Neal will take to the pulpit on certain issues, but has no intention of proffering regular opinion on matters on which others are better qualified to present.

AFL

Tiger president happy to work in the background

Richmond club logo

Samantha Lane Unfazed by critics who say she's been largely silent while Richmond's season has plunged, Tigers president Peggy O'Neal says she will do her best work behind the scenes.

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

Essendon supporters sign up for more despite horror season

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Samantha Lane Club predicts it will set a membership record of more than 60,000 in 2014.

AFL

Lawyers mock AFL Commission-led review of Essendon doping probe

James Hird

Samantha Lane An AFL Commission-led review of how the code's administration dealt with the Essendon doping probe has been savaged by lawyers who represented James Hird through the scandal.

AFL

ASADA report faces legal threats

Lawyers generic

Samantha Lane Moves are under way to challenge the legal validity of ASADA's interim report into Essendon's supplements program.

ASADA warns league chief of potential privacy breach over doping report

Andrew Demetriou

Samantha Lane Andrew Demetriou's stated aim to make the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's report into Essendon public would be opposed by the government agency leading the investigation under federal law.

AFL

Jess slams AFL over drug probe

One fan shows his support for James Hird.

Samantha Lane Veteran AFL player agent says drugs probe into Essendon is "fatally flawed".

AFL

Demetriou 'conflicted'

Essendon leaving the field

Samantha Lane James Hird's legal team believes the league boss has a conflict of interest in the case.

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AFL

ASADA report: James Hird's three-pronged attack

James Hird.

Samantha Lane James Hird has mounted an extraordinary challenge to the AFL Commission by demanding a public hearing of the supplements case by an independent tribunal no sooner than two weeks after the conclusion...

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AFL

Hexarelin not among Hird charges

James Hird.

Samantha Lane It has emerged that the 18-page document outlining the AFL's charges against Hird contains no allegation he used WADA-banned drug Hexarelin.