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.

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Andrew Demetriou threatened over drug crisis

Andrew Demetriou.

Samantha Lane AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has revealed he has received serious threats during the drugs crisis engulfing the game.

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Brendon Gale says a woman could be next AFL CEO

Peggy O'Neal, Brendon Gale and Andrew Demetriou on Friday.

Samantha Lane Having committed Richmond to a groundbreaking project aimed at rectifying gender imbalance in sporting hierarchies, Tigers boss Brendon Gale says there is no reason why the next AFL chief executive...

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Richmond Tigers AFL club leads way in affirmative action in sport study

Tigers pioneers: Peggy O’Neal and Brendon Gale.

Samantha Lane Richmond Football Club is leading a pioneering affirmative action project, with Australian Sports Commission and AFL backing, to investigate the real and perceived blocks to women reaching the...

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James Hird given clear 'protocols' on airing grievances

A large media pack looks on during Essendon chairman Paul Little's media conference on Wednesday.

Samantha Lane James and Tania Hird's anger over the fallout of the Essendon drugs scandal was perhaps destined to explode.

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Sacking James Hird would be "outrageous", says QC

Julian Burnside, QC

Samantha Lane Amidst furious speculation about James Hird's future, the barrister and human rights advocate who led his dealings with the AFL last year says a sacking would be an 'outrageous' response to fresh...

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All eyes on Australia over drugs: John Fahey

Former WADA president John Fahey.

Samantha Lane As the anti-doping cases in the AFL and NRL climax, the World Anti-Doping Agency's director-general, and the powerful authority's recently departed president, have highlighted how the crucial next...

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James Hird interview was highly strategic

In James Hird's sign-off appearance before he is expected to return to Australia in July, the motivations and desired message were very clear.

Samantha Lane The controversial Essendon figure wanted fans to know his intentions and where he stands with the club.

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Joel Bowden could replace Matt Finnis at AFLPA

Joel Bowden.

Samantha Lane Joel Bowden has confirmed his interest in returning to the AFL Players Association as its CEO after current head Matt Finnis departs to take over at St Kilda - a move that was formalised today.

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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.

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Milne 'likely' to play before case resolved: Demetriou

Stephen Milne

Samantha Lane AFL boss Andrew Demetriou has said it is "highly likely" that Stephen Milne will resume playing for St Kilda before his rape charges are resolved.

Saints back Milne to return soon

Out of the team: Stephen Milne leaves St Kilda training on Friday. He will miss Saturday's match against Melbourne.

Samantha Lane AFL boss says it is ''highly likely'' that forward will resume playing before rape charges resolved.

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Dons' finals deadline

Bombers captain Jobe Watson leads his team.

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.

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League ready for Milne fallout

Stephen Milne.

Samantha Lane AFL boss Andrew Demetriou confesses to mixed feelings on the matter.

ASADA says it followed world body's guidance

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Samantha Lane Authority maintains it has always been guided on peptide by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

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Demetriou 'hopeful' of ASADA findings in August

AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou

Samantha Lane Andrew Demetriou says the AFL "can't see a reason" why the findings of the ASADA probe into Essendon won't be delivered before the finals series gets underway.

Stick with code, says WADA

John Fahey.

Samantha Lane WADA president John Fahey underlines that global code ''only document that matters'' in doping cases.

Scientist set to sue Demetriou

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Samantha Lane EXCLUSIVE Defamation case expected to be lodged by Stephen Dank's legal team within a month.

No end date to ASADA inquiry

CEO Andrew Demetriou at the AFL drugs press conference.

Samantha Lane AFL chief executive Andrew Demetriou has suggested the probe into Essendon could continue beyond the tabling of the ASADA report.

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Privacy concern over ASADA report

Generic drugs in sport

Samantha Lane Andrew Demetriou's stated aim to make report public would be opposed by ASADA.

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.