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.

Swimming

Ian Thorpe's hospitalisation prompts calls for athlete support

John Coates

Samantha Lane AOC president says the AOC 'is simply not resourced enough' for athlete transition programs.

Cycling

Luke Durbridge wins the day but Zak Dempster leads Bay Cycling Classic

Samantha Lane Luke Durbridge won the day at Portarlington with a commanding ride in wild wind.

Cycling

Victoria's Brenton Jones has won the Bay Cycling Classic

Pumped: Brenton Jones crosses the finish line to win the Bay Cycling Classic

Samantha Lane Three years after mid-race crash left him in an induced coma, Victorian triumphs.

Cycling

Matt Goss, Chloe Hosking win round two Bay Cycling Classic races

Canberra Cyclist Chloe Hosking

Samantha Lane Top Australian talents Matt Goss and Chloe Hosking triumphed on day two of the Bay Classic.

Cycling

Stuart O'Grady's admission leads to expulsion from athlete's commission

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Samantha Lane Stuart O’Grady’s admission to doping will trigger his removal from the Australian Olympic Committee’s athletes’ commission and has been condemned by an unsympathetic AOC.

Cycling

O'Grady 'said he would sign stat dec'

Samantha Lane Cyclist advised AOC in writing that he was prepared to sign saying he had never doped.

ASC shows displeasure by cuts to athletics, swimming

Aus Mens swim team front the media to admit to their behaviours in London - bringing the swim team into disrepute. James Magnussen, Cameron McEvoy and Eamon Sullivan admit to taking Stilnox tablets. Photo: Edwina Pickles. 22 Feb 2013.

Samantha Lane No longer merely on notice for governance failings and mediocre performances, Swimming Australia and Athletics Australia have had their federal government funding slashed.

Olympics

High-profile sports pay for mediocrity

Sailing a winner: Mathew Belcher and Malcolm Page celebrate gold in London.

Samantha Lane Swimming Australia and Athletics Australia have had their federal government funding slashed.

Cycling

White seeks redemption after six months in sin bin

FILE - OCTOBER 13: Former USPS cyclist and Lance Armstrong team mate, and now Director of Orica-GreenEDGE Cycling Team, Australian Matthew White has been named as part of the USADA inquiry into the actions of the USPS team last decade. White has been named in an affidavit by American Floyd Landis. BOULDER, CO - NOVEMBER 14:  (L-R) Matt White of Australia and Julian Dean of New Zealand mingle with the crowd as the Boulder Theater played host to the presentation of the 2008 Slipstream/Chipotle Professional Cycling Team on November 14, 2007 in Boulder, Colorado.  (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Samantha Lane After telling authorities everything he knows about doping, and serving a backdated six-month ban for his sins, cyclist Matt White hopes to be reinstated as a director of Australia's professional...

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Cycling

White keen for return

Matt White

Samantha Lane After telling authorities everything he knows about doping, and serving a backdated six-month ban for his sins, former cyclist Matt White hopes to be re-installed as a director of Australia's...

Basketball

Basketball Australia admits gender bias

Samantha Lane The admission from Basketball Australia to ''glaring'' gender discrimination in its longstanding travel policy for national teams is yet to draw criticism from Olympic team boss Nick Green who says...

Culture of denial

Lance Armstrong.

Samantha Lane The first and biggest domino in cycling has fallen. Where and how will it all end?

Cycling

No denying it, cycling must face the music

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Samantha Lane When Lance Armstrong won his record seventh Tour de France in 2005 he stood on the victory dais on Paris's Champs-Elysees and said: ''The people who don't believe in cycling, the cynics, the...

Cycling

Coach Sutton placed in an induced coma after crash

Shane Sutton

Samantha Lane SHANE SUTTON, the Australian coaching chief of the British cycling team, was put in an induced coma after he suffered bruising to his brain following a road cycling accident in which he also broke...

Cycling

Top bike coach in coma

Shane Sutton and Bradley Wiggins.

Samantha Lane Australian coaching chief of British cycling team in an induced coma after road cycling accident.

Meares lured by Rio gold

Riding high: Anna Meares is all concentration at the London Olympics. She will ride on to the 2016 Games.

Samantha Lane Not satisfied with her London triumph, Anna Meares commits to another four-year campaign.

Cycling

Team's drug audit holds no fears for riders

Standing tall: Cyclists Simon Clarke, Matt Goss, Rachel Neylan and Amanda Spratt on Wednesday.

Samantha Lane GreenEDGE's Matt Goss and Simon Clarke declare themselves clean.

Swimming

Neil takes fall for flop in the pool at London

James Magnussen

Samantha Lane SWIMMING Australia's chief executive is the latest casualty of the sport following the country's Olympic flop.

Swimming

Neil a casualty of Olympic flop

James Magnussen in London.

Samantha Lane Swimming Australia’s chief executive latest casualty following country's Olympic flop.

Cycling

Rogers abandons Wiggins for Contador

Michael Rogers

Samantha Lane AUSTRALIAN champion Michael Rogers has abandoned the world’s best road cycling team.