Adam Cooper

Adam Cooper joined The Age in 2011 after a decade with AAP, the country's news service. Email or tweet Adam with your news tips.

Lawson kept in dark over sacking

Adam Cooper Coach Geoff Lawson claims Pakistan's record under his tutorage is one of the best in world cricket and has no idea why his contract won't be renewed.

Lovett ready for success at Essendon

Adam Cooper and Leonard Siragusa Andrew Lovett has embraced Essendon and is determined to make his time at the AFL club successful after he could not be traded, according to his manager.

Creator worried about too much Twenty20

Adam Cooper The man hailed for inventing Twenty20 cricket admits the international calendar might not be able to cope with star-studded competitions played worldwide.

Hawks set to snare Swan O'Keefe

Adam Cooper and Sam Lienert Hawthorn have moved swiftly to strengthen their AFL premiership side, securing pole position to claim Sydney forward Ryan O'Keefe.

Clubs to tread carefully in trade week

Adam Cooper Chris Judd is not available but it's likely that recruiting conservatism will still continue during the AFL's trade week.

Crawford not forgotten at celebrations

Adam Cooper Shane Crawford had gone AWOL but his catchcry went on without him.

Coach expects Hawks to be hungry again

Adam Cooper Hawthorn coach Alastair Clarkson expects the AFL premier's focus to shift on to 2009 quickly, and has tipped his players to be hungry for more success.

Clarkson backs change to rushed behinds

Adam Cooper Hawks coach Alastair Clarkson expects his side's generosity in rushing 11 Geelong behinds in the AFL grand final to be the last time the rule is applied.

Thompson wonders if occasion got to Cats

Adam Cooper Despite the loss to Hawthorn, Geelong coach Mark Thompson is preaching defiance, telling the AFL club's faithful he is already thinking about next season.

Thompson feels for missing Wojcinski

Adam Cooper and Sam Lienert Geelong coach Mark Thompson maintains David Wojcinski is still in the Cats' best side despite the half-back being dumped for the AFL grand final.

Hawks' Taylor gets share of hard ruck

Adam Cooper and Sam Lienert Overlooked Hawthorn ruckman Simon Taylor will use Geelong rival Mark Blake as inspiration for bouncing back from the pain of missing out on an AFL grand final.

Rioli out to match uncles' deeds

Adam Cooper Hawthorn's Cyril Rioli is proud of his family's success in AFL grand finals, but admits the pressure is on to emulate the deeds of his famous uncles.

Ling to help Cats settle nerves

Adam Cooper Geelong vice-captain Cameron Ling will play a key role in settling any last-minute nerves among the Cats before the AFL grand final against Hawthorn at the MCG.

Roughead more at ease in front of goal

Adam Cooper Hawthorn forward Jarryd Roughead says he is now a better set shot for goal than this time last year.

One Hawks ruck faces grand final dumping

Adam Cooper Hawthorn are bracing to provide one of their ruckmen with the hard-luck selection tale of this year's AFL grand final.

Nervous AFL week for Williams, Chapman

Roger Vaughan and Adam Cooper Hawthorn forward Mark Williams and Geelong's Paul Chapman face nervous starts to the AFL grand final week, but Luke Hodge looks set to play in the decider.

Saints want to improve for 2009 season

Adam Cooper Far from taking solace at playing off for a spot in the AFL grand final, St Kilda acknowledge the gap between them and the best will take some bridging in 2009.

AFL career ends for Saint Kilda's Harvey

Adam Cooper St Kilda champion Robert Harvey bowed out of the AFL in sadness after his side was smashed by Hawthorn in the preliminary final at the MCG.

Dogs not banking on luck to beat Cats

Adam Cooper Rodney Eade says the Bulldogs do not need luck to topple their Goliath, and expects a positive showing against Geelong in Friday night's AFL preliminary final.

Selection Gamble for Cats

Sam Lienert & Adam Cooper Geelong's Ryan Gamble could be the beneficiary of Paul Chapman's injury blow, with the Cats forced to make at least two changes for the AFL preliminary final.