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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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.

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Bombers fight 'invalid' report

James Hird.

Samantha Lane James Hird's lawyers launched formal challenge to ASADA, claiming that the interim report the government agency prepared for the AFL is invalid, and citing no less than 27 points of conjecture to...

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Dank not interviewed for Switkowski report into Bombers

Steve Dank.

Samantha Lane The mastermind of Essendon's supplements program was not interviewed or asked to contribute to the Ziggy Switkowski report commissioned to independently assess the internal processes and possible...

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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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Essendon doesn't expect infraction notices, says Paul Little

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Samantha Lane Essendon chairman Paul Little has re-stated his view that it is unlikely the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority will issue infraction notices after investigating the Bombers.

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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Bill Kelty warns James and Tania Hird

Bill Kelty:

Samantha Lane AFL Commissioner Bill Kelty says James and Tania Hird need to decide whether they 'want to continue the saga' of the Essendon drugs investigation that marred last season and has over boiled again...

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Stephen Dank says Essendon players will avoid sanctions

Stephen Dank considers question.

Samantha Lane Stephen Dank, the central figure in the most damaging drugs scandal to hit Australian sport, has predicted the "body count" will grow.

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Lawyer says James Hird has not received show-cause notice

Essendon Bombers coach James Hird.

Samantha Lane One of the lawyers who has acted for James Hird through the supplements saga, Steven Amendola, told Fairfax Media on Thursday night that the Essendon coach had not received a show cause notice from...

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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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'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.

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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...

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...

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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.

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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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Still time to interview Dank, says minister

Senator Don Farrell

Samantha Lane Don Farrell guarantees that anti-doping agency will have power to interview witnesses.

Scientist set to sue Demetriou

demetriou

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

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Zaharakis' refusal may sting players

David Zaharakis

Samantha Lane Refusal to participate in Essendon's injecting program may reflect poorly on his teammates.

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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.