Adam Cooper

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AFL

Bulldogs rue fixture's financial hit

Jon Pierik and Adam Cooper Battling Dogs one of five teams banished from the Friday night timeslot.

AFL

Clash jumpers should not be all white

Western Bulldogs in white.

Adam Cooper The standard of some AFL games has never been higher, but some of the teams look like they have been put through the wash. The colour has been drained and white is the new black.

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St Kilda delists Winmar

St Kilda's Nick Winmar

Adam Cooper Second cousin of club great gets the same treatment as his more famous relative.

AFL

Tippett a Swan, as Prismall, Garlett ignored

Kurt Tippett

Adam Cooper Reigning premier Sydney has finally got its man, by recruiting ex-Adelaide forward Kurt Tippett in the AFL pre-season draft on Tuesday.

Football

Tuck still the only player banned by AFL

Adam Cooper Travis Tuck is football royalty, son of Hawk great Michael Tuck, nephew of Gary Ablett snr.

Football

Buckley's chance to give everyone a go

Quinten Lynch

Adam Cooper Collingwood plans to use almost to its entire playing list through the NAB Cup.

Nothing to hide: Geelong

Geelong has been drawn into the investigation because Dean Robinson worked previously at the Cats.

Adam Cooper, Emma Quayle Investigation into Essendon's use of supplements will prompt discussions among conditioning staff at other clubs and is likely to lift the pressure on players to question any substance they are given.

Sports science body wants greater regulation

Generic test tubes.

Adam Cooper Australia's peak body for sports scientists claims its members' image has been damaged through the Essendon supplements scandal and has called on the AFL to better regulate the industry for the sake...

AFL

Bomber blow: Melksham breaks hand at training

Jake Melksham

Adam Cooper ESSENDON’S horror week worsened on Friday when young midfielder Jake Melksham broke his hand in the club’s intra-club match.

AFL

Injury adds to Dons' woes

Jake Melksham

Adam Cooper Essendon's horror week worsened on Friday when young midfielder Jake Melksham broke his hand in the club's intra-club match.

Morris eager to be old Dog among pups

Comeback: Dale Morris in Hamilton with the Dogs this week.

Adam Cooper Much has changed since Dale Morris last played an AFL game.

AFL

Minson agrees Dons' drama off-limits

Western Bulldog Will Minson

Adam Cooper Western Bulldogs ruckman swears he will not sledge Essendon players in Friday night's match.

Message loud and clear for Malthouse's Blues

Ball magnet: Carlton's Eddie Betts gets the jump on Docker Nathan Fyfe on Saturday night.

Adam Cooper Mick Malthouse admitted during the week he was impatient for Carlton to click to his way.

Blues coach highlights improved flexibility in win over Dockers

Eddie Betts.

Adam Cooper Mick Malthouse has nominated improved flexibility as the most significant step his side took in thrashing Fremantle by 70 points in their NAB Cup match at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night.

Big guns hit track as the heat goes up

Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Key forwards Jonathan Brown and Nick Riewoldt will play their first games of the pre-season on Saturday.

Brown rejuvenated and optimistic ahead of 2013 season

Veteran Brisbane Lions captain Jonathan Brown.

Adam Cooper Brisbane captain Jonathan Brown says he enters his first game of the pre-season as refreshed as he could ever be and rejuvenated by the Lions' encouraging showings last year and over the summer.

Hardwick ponders slide rule

Hands up: Will Minson (left) and Ivan Maric battle in the ruck during Saturday's practice match.

Adam Cooper Richmond coach raises concerns over how the new rule will be interpreted in the wet.

No change in contact rule in the wet: Gieschen

Jeff Gieschen.

Adam Cooper Umpires boss says new rule will not change for games played on wet surfaces.

Bulldog to have X-ray on possible broken rib

Koby Stevens (centre) is helped off the field on Saturday after he sustained an injury.

Adam Cooper and Emma Quayle Koby Stevens will have further tests ahead of round-one clash against Brisbane.

AFL

Brisbane knocks Blues over

NAB Cup Final. Carlton v Brisbane. Brisbane celebrate their win at Etihad Stadium.

Adam Cooper It's been a long time, but Jonathan Brown never lost that taste for silverware.