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.

Samantha Lane

Essendon player representative has zero tolerance for athletes who do the wrong thing

Essendon's legal represenative David Grace.

Samantha Lane David Grace, Athletics Australia’s president and the QC who represented Essendon players in Federal Court this week, says athletes must take full responsibility for everything they ingest.

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Athletics

Two-year ban for father of junior hurdles champion Daniela Roman

Still competing: Daniela Roman.

Samantha Lane The father of Australia’s banned 100 metres junior hurdles champion, Daniela Roman, has been suspended from coaching for two years for the serious anti-doping offence of tampering.

Cycling

Cycling 'the cleanest in years', says Cadel Evans

'The best thing I think I could do for the sport was be a good example to the sport.'

Samantha Lane Cadel Evans says cycling has turned the corner since the depth of its drug-riddled and corrupt past was exposed through the stunning downfall of Lance Armstrong, which triggered an overhaul of the...

Cycling

Cadel Evans keen to ride on in 2015 - with BMC

Cadel Evans

Samantha Lane Cadel Evans has declared his intention to ride on in 2015 and has decided he wants to stay at BMC, where his current deal is shortly set to expire.

Cycling

Richie Porte needs to stay calm as Tour pressure intensifies, says Cadel Evans

Tour leader Vincenzo Nibali (left) with Richie Porte

Samantha Lane Richie Porte may be ideally placed at second overall in the Tour de France, but Cadel Evans, the first and only Australian winner of the event, fears the 29-year-old Tasmanian is vulnerable –...

Cadel Evans to announce new Victorian race

Cadel Evans

Samantha Lane Cadel Evans has taken the extraordinary step of making a rare, mid-year trip to Australia to announce Victoria has landed the a major new international cycling race.

AFL

Essendon yet to agree AFLPA health-monitoring scheme

Essendon’s chief operating officer Xavier Campbell said the club was committed to the health monitoring.

Samantha Lane A proposal for how the health of Essendon players should be monitored – for at least the next five years – remains unsettled nearly five months after a document co-authored by AFL and AFL...

AFL

Past players embrace AFL concussion study

Experts will identify cases demanding closer attention and refer respondents for brain scansning accordingly.

Samantha Lane Australian football retirees concerned by the potentially dire after-effects of concussion have responded in droves to a landmark study - set to involve fully-funded brain scans - for the code.

Australian codes warned on WADA breakaway

Federal Sports Minister Peter Dutton.

Samantha Lane The AFL and NRL have been warned they would effectively be disowned by government if they sought to break away from World Anti-Doping Agency requirements and run their own tailor-made programs.

Drugs in sport

ASADA set to issue 51 players with drug notices

Hard edge: New ASADA chief Ben McDevitt has a law enforcement background.

Samantha Lane, Jake Niall, Brad Walter and Adrian Proszenko The 16-month drugs probe into Australian sport has climaxed following the preparation of a slew of show-cause notices for players by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority.

AFL

Carlton fails in bid to poach Hawks' list manager Graham Wright

Carlton logo

Samantha Lane An audacious mid-season move by Carlton to poach Hawthorn’s list manager Graham Wright misfired despite a five-year offer that would have doubled the recruiting chief’s pay.

Drugs in Sport

Federal police investigation found no ASADA leaks

Ben McDevitt.

Samantha Lane Australian Federal Police conducted a four-month investigation of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority to determine whether the agency had leaked privileged information during the ongoing AFL...

New sports anti-doping boss supports review of AFL and NRL inquiries

Hard edge: New ASADA chief Ben McDevitt has a law enforcement background.

Samantha Lane The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's new boss says he would support an all-encompassing "lessons learn" review of the body that has been increasingly scrutinised through AFL and NRL...

Drugs in sport

'Blackest day' in sport slammed as political stunt

Former WADA president John Fahey.

Samantha Lane Former WADA boss and the outgoing AFL CEO lament press conference as a concocted stunt that harmed the unprecedented investigations that ensued.

Sport

Leading sports academic slams Essendon for 'win-at-all-costs' defiance in supplements investigation

Bombers

Samantha Lane Critical of Essendon officials for championing a culture that represents all that is wrong with sport throughout last year's doping investigation, a leading sports business academic has depicted the...

Junior hurdles champion Daniela Roman lashes out at drug testers

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Samantha Lane Facing a 16-month ban from all sport for refusing to produce a urine sample, Australia's junior 100 metres hurdle champion Daniela Roman has lashed out at "clueless and unprofessional" testers.

Sports bosses to address integrity issues

John Bertrand.

Samantha Lane Hundreds of Australia’s top sporting bosses, set to gather in Melbourne for an unprecedented integrity symposium, will be encouraged to candidly address an issue billed as one of their most...

Drugs in Sport

New ASADA boss takes hard line

Hard edge: New ASADA chief Ben McDevitt has a law enforcement background.

Samantha Lane The tough talking new boss of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has promised to take up the unresolved cases haunting the AFL and NRL with a sense of “urgency”, but has stressed that...

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Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority gets new and permanent boss

Aurora Andruska

Samantha Lane A new - and permanent - boss of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has been selected to manage the critical closing stages of cases that have tarnished the AFL and NRL for more than a year.

Cycling Australia undertakes major reform

The meeting was chaired by Gerry Ryan.

Samantha Lane The hierarchy of financially-crippled Cycling Australia has signed off on profound change with a rare slashing of the board among a raft of reforms at the organisation that was in the firing line of...