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The low down from those in the know

Banned Essendon players will take their long-running saga to Switzerland in a last-ditch bid to be cleared of doping charges.

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Port Adelaide say the AFL’s ruling that prevents it and three other clubs signing top-up recruits to replace banned former Essendon players lacks sense.

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Cripps extends Blues contract until 2019

Carlton midfielder Patrick Cripps has taken a leap of faith on the Blues, extending his contract until the end of 2019.

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Cloke out of Magpies’ leadership group

Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury says they’re nothing untoward about Travis Cloke’s exclusion from the AFL club’s leadership group.

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All ten Victorian clubs will have the opportunity to develop future talent through academies from 2016 onward after the AFL today announced they have given each club funding to establish academies in allocated areas throughout Victoria and the Northern Territory.

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Hawthorn, we (may) have a problem

The Hawks seem to have cracked the AFL’s secret code to permanent success, so what follows should be taken with a note of caution. Hawthorn’s list management situation is precarious, and while a ‘fourpeat’ may be on, it might be the last shot the Hawks have at the flag for some time.

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Damien Hardwick won’t be handed a new coaching deal at AFL club Richmond unless he can meet key benchmarks.

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ASADA says it is up to the AFL to decide whether Dyson Heppell’s promotion of an Essendon sponsor is appropriate.

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The many dimensions of the McCarthy situation

The Giants’ loss of a promising key forward is one of many dimensions to the Cam McCarthy crisis, and is arguably the least significant in this year of football.

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Hawthorn’s campaign for a fourth-straight AFL premiership has suffered a significant blow with Jarryd Roughead to miss half the season.

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Hawks’ fourpeat hopes take a hit as Roughead requires PCL reconstruction

Hawthorn’s hopes of completing a historic ‘fourpeat’ have taken a blow with the news that star forward Jarryd Roughead will miss the first half of the 2016 season.

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Greater Western Sydney say they have granted key forward Cameron McCarthy indefinite leave from the AFL club to deal with “personal issues”.

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Return of the king: Ablett’s back, his kingdom in ruin

For Gary Ablett Jr, the 2016 season represents more than the prospect of taking his team to the finals for the first time. It’s his chance to remind everyone who is king of the AFL.

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Newly-appointed Brisbane Lions vice-captain Dayne Beams is urging his teammates to keep the faith.

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As one of the Essendon 34, Mark McVeigh has been banned from performing his role as assistant coach with Greater Western Sydney this season. As such, the Giants have announced NEAFL development coach Nick Walsh as interim backline coach, with Nick Maxwell to assist him in a “specialist role”.

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A reluctant Brendan Goddard has stepped forward to captain Essendon in 2016.

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Port Adelaide Power player Chad Wingard (left) possess the ball against the Hawthorn Hawks

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James Hird. Photo: Craig Golding

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article

The Tigers need to evolve

By Adrian Polykandrites, 4 Feb 2016 New author!
The Tigers need to evolve

Make no mistake, Richmond can win this year’s premiership.

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The AFL needs fewer academies, not more

By Josh Elliott, 4 Feb 2016
The AFL needs fewer academies, not more

There’s a great acronym that I’m sure many of you have heard of before. KISS, or Keep It Simple, Stupid is a good principle for life – the simpler something is, the more likely it is to work the way you want it to.

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Who can fill Jarryd Roughead’s gap?

With the loss of Jarryd Roughead, some will be saying the Hawks’ season is done. But for Hawthorn, when one cog goes down, another will fill its place.

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How your AFL team will fare in 2016: Collingwood

After working through the bottom part of the ladder we move into the top ten, and the next two teams both feature a coach and playing group under pressure to deliver from a passionate fan-base that have expectations far beyond what has been delivered in recent times.

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Richmond to finally crack the top four in 2016

By William Cornwill, 3 Feb 2016
Richmond to finally crack the top four in 2016

After three straight elimination final losses, the Tigers have high expectations for this season.

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Adelaide Crows: 2016 AFL season preview

By Nick Croker, 2 Feb 2016
Adelaide Crows: 2016 AFL season preview

I am putting forward my predictions for each AFL side, starting with the Adelaide Crows.

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Damien Hardwick could get the chop in 2016, and he’s not alone

Damien Hardwick’s job as an AFL senior coach looks to be on the line this season after Richmond CEO Brendon Gale yesterday said the Tigers wouldn’t necessarily look to offer him a contract extension before the season begins – and he’s not the only coach facing the chop in 2016.

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Is Alex Rance the best player in the AFL?

At first glance, the question posed above might seem absolutely ludicrous.

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Top five AFL players: 21 and under

By Jayme Markus, 1 Feb 2016
Top five AFL players: 21 and under

In making this list players must be aged 21 years old or younger right now, and I tried to hit a sweet spot of past performance and future potential.

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Should the AFL consider a Big Bash League-style fixture?

Like all great topics for off-season debate, the AFL fixture has endless possibilities but essentially never changes. It’s a tried-and-true discussion piece – and I’ve decided to weigh in.

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Carlton 2016: An optimisitc view

By Macca, 31 Jan 2016
Carlton 2016: An optimisitc view

In recent times we Carlton supporters have been subjected to a barrage of negative analysis, from people claiming the list is “cooked” and our under-23 players consists solely of “Patrick Cripps and GWS rejects” to claims that Essendon without their banned 12 will still beat the Blues’ best side.

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Jack Grimes at the crossroads

By Dylan Matthews, 31 Jan 2016
Jack Grimes at the crossroads

When we think of AFL Players who have everything to play for in 2016, Jack Grimes must nearly top the list.

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Maybe it’s just not for you, Cam

By Josh Elliott, 30 Jan 2016 Video
Maybe it’s just not for you, Cam

Yesterday the Giants announced that third-year key forward Cam McCarthy would be returning home to Western Australian indefinitely, on grounds of homesickness.

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2016 AFL season predictions

By Nick Croker, 30 Jan 2016
2016 AFL season predictions

I have put together a series of season predictions for every team in the 2016 season.

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How your AFL team will fare in 2016: Adelaide Crows

We have moved through seven sides and forecast a bleak 2016 for Essendon, Brisbane, Carlton, Melbourne, Gold Coast, St.Kilda and the GWS Giants.

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2016 AFL preview: Western Bulldogs best 22

By Luke Sicari, 27 Jan 2016
2016 AFL preview: Western Bulldogs best 22

The Western Bulldogs were the fairytale story of the 2015 season, and head into the new season filled with expectations and under a larger microscope.

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Matt Priddis of the West Coast Eagles

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AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan

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Port Adelaide Power player Chad Wingard (left) possess the ball against the Hawthorn Hawks

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Sydney Swans player Lance Franklin reaches after kicking a goal

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Tom Boyd in action. Photo:Michael Willson

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Jobe Watson Essendon Bombers AFL

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Fremantle Dockers player Nat Fyfe

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Callan Ward GWS Giants

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Nick Riewoldt of St Kilda marks the ball

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