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

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...

Football doping probe ends first phase but threat to AFL and NRL remains

Doping

Samantha Lane Testifying before a Senate estimates committee hearing on Wednesday, the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's outgoing chief declared at an end the first phase of an investigation that has...

John Fahey says AFL drug notices coming

John Fahey.

Samantha Lane The World Anti-Doping Agency's former president, John Fahey, says he believes there is now "sufficient information" for infraction notices to be issued "against a number of people" involved in...

Stephen Dank says Essendon body count will grow in supplements saga

Samantha Lane Stephen Dank, the central figure in the most scandalous drugs case to hit Australian sport, has predicted Essendon players will avoid sanctions but says the ''body count'' in the ongoing saga will...

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'Body count' will grow, says Dank

More fallout to come: Stephen Dank at Friday's function at Crown.

Samantha Lane Biochemist Stephen Dank predicts Essendon players will avoid sanctions but says the "body count" in the supplements scandal will grow.

AFL

Bombers take to Twitter to stand by James Hird

James Hird, coach of the Essendon Football Club leaving home the morning after  the Dean Robinson television interview.

Samantha Lane Essendon players have thrown their support behind embattled coach James Hird, taking to social media to present a united front against the latest attack on the club legend.

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

AFL flaws 'contributed to drug saga'

Phil Cleary

Samantha Lane Failings in competition more broadly highlighted by industry and employment law experts.

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Early action could have stemmed damage to game, club: AFL

Samantha Lane The AFL has accepted it must take some responsibility in the Essendon supplements affair

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AFL accepts role in supplements saga

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Samantha Lane The AFL has accepted it must take some responsibility in the Essendon supplements affair, admitting that earlier intervention might have mitigated the damage for the club and competition.

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The long haul

Ted Richards.

Samantha Lane It has taken years for this Bomber turned Sydney Swan to achieve overnight success.

A crippled Swan on top of a world of pain

Ted Richards.

Samantha Lane In the high emotion of a premiership aftermath, the truth so often pours out. Particularly when it has been concealed, or even denied, in the days before.

Dons briefed on 'golden rules' for questioning

Essendon skipper Jobe Watson.

Samantha Lane EXCLUSIVE Essendon players were given a detailed written briefing to prepare them for ASADA interviews.

AFL

Games must form part of bans: Ings

Essendon.

Samantha Lane Ex-ASADA boss believes it is impossible for Jobe Watson to avoid doping rule violation charge.

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History shows it doesn't bode well

Wade Lees.

Samantha Lane Prior to the Essendon scandal, a VFL footballer was banned before his doping case was heard.

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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.