Adam Cooper

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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.

Graham worth a punt as a coach: Costa

Adam Cooper Geelong president Frank Costa believes former player Ben Graham will seek a coaching role in the AFL if unsuccessful in continuing his NFL punting career.

'Cat empire' sounds cool to Thompson

Adam Cooper Geelong coach Mark Thompson is focused on creating a dynasty at the AFL club, but says it's premature to bestow greatness on it yet.

Bulldogs prepare for test against Cats

Adam Cooper Coach Rodney Eade believes growing maturity has his Western Bulldogs better equipped to challenge Geelong in next week's first AFL preliminary final.

No time to celebrate: Western Bulldogs

Adam Cooper Preliminary finals are rare for the Western Bulldogs, but captain Brad Johnson says there is no sense of achievement among his AFL side at this point.

Bulldogs backmen make amends

Adam Cooper Dale Morris and his fellow Western Bulldogs knew there was only one way to make amends for falling victim to Hawthorn last week - don't let it happen again.

Dogs penalised for interchange blunder

Adam Cooper The Western Bulldogs have earned the dubious honour of becoming the first team to incur an interchange penalty in an AFL final, but it wasn't costly.

Tough questions ahead for Sydney

Adam Cooper Paul Roos was wrong when he declared recently his side would have little impact in the AFL finals but now the tough appraisal must be made of Sydney.

Saints move on after Geelong humbling

Adam Cooper St Kilda coach Ross Lyon insists his AFL players possess that special something and have put last weekend's humbling well behind them.

Burns a good chance to play Saints: Pies

Adam Cooper Collingwood's Tarkyn Lockyer says Scott Burns and Simon Prestigiacomo are good chances to play St Kilda in Saturday night's AFL semi-final at the MCG.

Warne spin camp has Clarke ready to bowl

Adam Cooper A spin camp with Shane Warne has Michael Clarke ready to become more than just an occasional bowler in next month's Test cricket series in India.

A long way yet to go for Bangladesh

Adam Cooper Jamie Siddons signed up for a challenge, and on that front, coaching the Bangladesh cricket team hasn't let him down.

Aussie cricketers hope for bumper crowd

Adam Cooper Australia are hopeful of enticing a bigger crowd to watch them play Bangladesh in Saturday's third one-day cricket international at TIO Stadium.

Lee back, spinners a worry for Australia

Adam Cooper Brett Lee's looming return to bowl for Australia in India has been tarnished by injuries to the cricket side's two main spinning options.

Selectors to chat with Hayden on future

Adam Cooper The promise of Australia's next generation of one-day cricket openers will prompt selectors to discuss Matthew Hayden's ambitions in the shorter game.

Beaten Bangladesh play in right spirit

Adam Cooper Bangladesh have had two drubbings to Australia in the past week but they have at least won admirers for playing cricket in the right spirit.

Lee 'absolutely' ready to play in India

Adam Cooper Brett Lee says he is "absolutely" available and ready to play Test cricket in India next month despite the recent break-up of his marriage.

McGain takes early lead in spin-off

Adam Cooper Bryce McGain took the early lead in the battle to earn selection as Australia's specialist spinner on the tour of India with three wickets in a warm-up game.

Lee to join team after marriage split

Adam Cooper Brett Lee will reunite with his Australian cricket teammates on Thursday for the first time since the break-up of his marriage.