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.

Sport

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

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

Generic athletics

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...

AFL

Panel ruling imminent on Stephen Dank

Stephen Dank.

Samantha Lane The federal government-appointed Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel has reconvened, with the task of judging Stephen Dank high on its agenda.

AFL

New Zealand AFL crowd expected to fall

St Kilda's Trent Dennis-Lane with a young fan.

Samantha Lane The second AFL game on foreign soil for premiership points is expected to draw a significantly smaller crowd than last year's historic clash.

Cycling

Nick Green tipped to take over from Adrian Anderson at Cycling Australia

Nick Green.

Samantha Lane Adrian Anderson's imminent departure from Cycling Australia opens the door for ex-Olympic team boss Nick Green to take over as CEO of an organisation in such dire financial shape it could receive a...

AFL

Stephen Dank to talk again ... in Ballarat

Mark Jackson and Stephen Dank

Samantha Lane Stephen Dank is hitting the speaking circuit again, this time in Ballarat.

AFL

Sports Minister beefs up anti-doping panel

Federal Minister for Sport and Health, Peter Dutton.

Samantha Lane The anti-doping panel that will sit in judgment of Stephen Dank has been bolstered to a body of six, with the appointment of two law-enforcement experts.

Drugs in Sport

Fricker appointment restores Anti-Doping Rule Violation panel validity

Generic drugs in sport

Samantha Lane Under fire over the most significant drugs investigation in Australian sport’s history, the government has named veteran administrator Dr Peter Fricker as a new member of the expert panel...

Richmond Tigers AFL club leads way in affirmative action in sport study

Tigers pioneers: Peggy O’Neal and Brendon Gale.

Samantha Lane Richmond Football Club is leading a pioneering affirmative action project, with Australian Sports Commission and AFL backing, to investigate the real and perceived blocks to women reaching the...

Sports boards failing on female representation

Hockey Australia is the lone shining example.

Samantha Lane Only one of the Australian Sports Commission’s most richly funded sports has met a soon-to-be-mandatory 40 per cent female board member ratio.

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Cycling

Anti-doping expert Nicki Vance calls on cyclist Stuart O'Grady to reveal all

Former Australian cyclist Stuart O'Grady.

Samantha Lane Cyclist urged to come clean once independent commission set up to draw line over drug-infested era.

Drugs in Sport

Aurora Andruska to depart ASADA

Aurora Andruska is stepping down, placing yet more doubt on the status of the investigation into possible doping at Essendon and Cronulla.

Samantha Lane and Adrian Proszenko Australia's top anti-doping official will leave her position in May.

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Athletics

Western Bulldogs vice-president Susan Alberti pledges $12,000 cheque to Melissa Breen

Bulldogs, Breen

Samantha Lane and Michael Gleeson Random acts of kindness. Sometimes they're small, sometimes they're more substantial. And sometimes, as Australia's fastest woman Melissa Breen can now certify, they arrive in the form of a $12,000...

Cycling

Simon Clarke wins Herald Sun Tour after stage called off

Champion Simon Clarke poses with his trophy.

Samantha Lane The last stage of cycling's Herald Sun Tour has been called off because of safety concerns about possible bushfires.

Cycling

Stuart O'Grady goes under the radar on return to cycling

o'grady

Samantha Lane Stuart O'Grady has made a low-key return to cycling, joining the new president of Cycling Australia and owner of his former pro team, Gerry Ryan, among the guests at Saturday's stage of the Jayco...

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Cycling

Simon Clarke just three climbs away from tour victory

Simon Clarke

Samantha Lane Not so long ago, Simon Clarke was far more familiar with being the supporter rather than the supported.