Adam Cooper

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Bombers could be destroyed if court case is lost, claims lawyer

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Essendon lawyer Neil Young QC fears a Federal Court finding against the club could "effectively destroy its business" .

Essendon wants to use 'covert secret transcript' as evidence in case, court hears

James and Tania Hird arrive at court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Solicitor for Essendon made a secret recording of an ASADA official addressing Bombers players.

James Hird signed AFL settlement under 'duress', court hears

James Hird

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird has revealed in court he signed a deed of settlement with the AFL last year over Essendon's supplements program under "duress, threats and inducements".

ASADA was investigating Essendon in 2011, court told

Aurora Andruska

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Former Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority chief Aurora Andruska has revealed in court Essendon was being investigated for the use of performance enhancing drugs as early as 2011.

ASADA pressured by AFL and government, court told

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper The pressure Australia's anti-doping authority was under from the former Labor federal government and the AFL to resolve the Essendon supplements scandal last year was laid bare in court on Tuesday,...

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James Hird tells Federal Court he disagreed with two Essendon chairmen over ASADA probe

Essendon thumbnail.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik Suspended coach James Hird says he disagreed with public statements made by successive Essendon chairmen about the club's stance on the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority probe into the Bombers'...

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AFL wanted ASADA to appear as 'the bad guys', court hears

Essendon in the Federal Court.

Adam Cooper and Jon Pierik A high-ranking federal government figure told a senior anti-doping official that the AFL wanted the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to appear as "the bad guys" over penalties in the Essendon...

James Hird and Essendon boss Paul Little insist there is no rift

Neil Young arrives at court.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper James Hird and Essendon chairman Paul Little insist there is no rift between them and that the suspended coach will "absolutely" take the reins in season 2015.

Righto, you soccer jokers, here's a few tips from fair-dinkum football on sure-fire scheduling

Adam Cooper The goals have flowed and the atmosphere makes you want to dance the samba in your pyjamas, but listen here, world soccer, you could learn something when it comes to scheduling.

AFL

Essendon players choose not to join Hird, club case against ASADA

Essendon drug crisis dink.

Adam Cooper, Jon Pierik The identities of the 34 Essendon players issued with show-cause notices will not be revealed in the Federal Court after a lawyer representing the group said they would not be joined to proceedings.

AFL

Harcourt's shock speech added to Hird's case

Centre of attention: Peter Harcourt.

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Essendon and James Hird have officially added shock comments made by chief AFL medical officer Peter Harcourt to their list of claims that they believe will strengthen their case that the joint probe...

Stephen Milne repeatedly told 'no' by woman, court hears

Stephen Milne.

Adam Cooper Former St Kilda player Stephen Milne had sex with a woman despite her repeatedly saying "no", a court has heard.

AFL

Bombers doctor 'gravely concerned'

Dr. Bruce Reid.

Adam Cooper Bruce Reid fears AFL Commission would hear charge against him in biased manner.

Supreme Court to hear Bruce Reid's arbiter bid in Essendon supplements case

Bruce Reid

Adam Cooper A Supreme Court hearing in two weeks' time will determine whether Essendon Football Club doctor Bruce Reid will have a charge against him heard by an independent arbiter.

AFL

Goddard made decision that was 'outside team structure': Watters

St Kilda's Brendon Goddard walks with coach Scott Watters during training in July, 2012.

Adam Cooper St Kilda coach Scott Watters has lashed out at Brendon Goddard, accusing the star player of making big money his priority in joining Essendon.

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A timeline on 'tanking' in the AFL

Sherrin football

Compiled by Adam Cooper A timeline on the tanking issue in the AFL

Tanking: now the government is involved

Adam Cooper Victoria's gambling regulator has been asked how to ensure punters have confidence in the integrity of AFL games amid the tanking investigation centred on Melbourne.

Current Demons unaffected by tank turmoil: Clark

Mitch Clark

Adam Cooper and Caroline Wilson Melbourne forward Mitch Clark says the tanking investigation circling his club is having no impact on the players as they prepare for the 2013 season.

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Judd cools Malthouse hopes

Carlton captain Chris Judd

Adam Cooper Chris Judd is sure he and his Carlton teammates will know exactly where they stand under Mick Malthouse, but has warned against expecting all the Blues’ problems to be instantly solved.

Judd: Mick not the messiah

No expectations: Chris Judd.

Adam Cooper Carlton skipper warns against expecting all the Blues' problems to be instantly solved.