Jake Niall is a senior sports writer at 'The Age' specialising mainly in coverage of the AFL. He writes a weekly column for 'The Sunday Age' and has been on staff with 'The Age' or 'Sunday Age' since 1995. Jake, who combines original news with commentary, match-based writing, features and analysis, has won a number of awards, including the Alf Brown award for the best performer in AFL media in 2012, the Melbourne Press Club's 2007 Quill award for best sports story in any medium and a Walkley award, shared with colleagues Richard Baker, Nick McKenzie, Caroline Wilson and John Silvester, for best coverage of a major issue (Essendon scandal) in 2013.
Jake Niall Patrick Dangerfield has not yet made a decision, or informed Adelaide, on the question of whether he wishes to remain with the Crows or join Geelong as a free agent.
Jake Niall and Samantha Lane While the verdict for the 2012 Essendon-ASADA case will be handed down on March 31, the parties are prepared for the prospect that players might not receive penalties until after round one if they...
Jake Niall In a ground-breaking deal for sports broadcasting, Channel Ten has effectively been paid – by Netball Australia's sponsors – to put broadcasts of the sport on free-to-air television.
Jake Niall In explaining why Andy Murray couldn't match Novak Djokovic, consider not only his "distracted" state of mind, but this astonishing truth.
Jake Niall Protesters managed to get on centre court while unfurling a pro-refugee banner during the men's final of the Australian Open.
Jake Niall Andy Murray and Novak Djokovic were born a week apart in May 1987 and, as Djokovic noted, they have known each since they were kicking around courts at 11 or 12.
Jake Niall Don’t point the finger at his female coach if Andy Murray doesn’t win the Open.
Jake Niall Novak Djokovic was again extended by the troublesome Stan Wawrinka, but this time he survived the insurrection to reach his fifth Australian Open final.
Jake Niall In 2005, 17-year-old prodigy Novak Djokovic played a 19-year-old Swiss kid called Stan Wawrinka in the second round of qualifying for the Australian Open.
Jake Niall Tomas Berdych isn't simply facing off against Andy Murray for a berth in the Australian Open final. Berdych is tracing Murray's steps, following the Murray template.
Jake Niall Rafael Nadal had suggested he couldn't win the tournament, that he was ill-prepared, and on that score, he was right.
Jake Niall In an Australian Open in which Roger Federer is done and Rafael Nadal underdone, Novak Djokovic has confirmed his position at the top of the field.
Jake Niall From what one has gathered, Gary Ablett and Tom Scully, the first signings of the AFL's expansion clubs, were the only AFL footballers who were paid more than a million dollars in 2014.
Jake Niall Roger Federer had instinctively felt that Andreas Seppi wasn’t going to be one of those centre court strolls.
Jake Niall Provisionally suspended current and ex-Essendon players appear likely to require AFL Commission permission if they wish to play in the NAB Cup, with the ASADA hearing set to drag on into mid-February...
Jake Niall Last year, men's tennis entered unfamiliar, unpredictable terrain, which in turn invites an intriguing question - whether this men's Australian Open title will be won by the Four or "the field".
Jake Niall If you asked Tennis Australia to nominate a fourth round encounter that would fill both the centre court and guarantee millions of eyeballs, it would be a match-up between Nick Kyrgios and Roger...
Jake Niall If Bernard Tomic manages to defeat steady German Philipp Kohlschreiber on Wednesday, then Australian tennis will be assured of a player in the last 16 of the men's event – a stage last reached...
Linda Pearce and Jake Niall Pat Rafter is full of praise for the attitude of Thanasi Kokkinakis, but is no longer prepared to give behavioural advice to the other of Australia's talented tennis teens, Nick Kyrgios, until there...
Jake Niall Rafa doesn't like his chances. Roger, playing in his 16th Australian Open, is more optimistic. Serena says she wants it "more than anyone else". Our Samantha says she "knows what I want to do here".