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ASADA: Appeal of Tribunal’s decision “a very live option”

ASADA has deferred the decision on whether they will appeal yesterday’s ‘not guilty’ findings by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal.

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Ignorance isn’t innocence, but let’s give Bombers the benefit of the doubt

The Essendon players still on AFL lists can breathe a sigh of relief, knowing they can take the field for their teams for the season opener.

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The Roar’s AFL expert tips and predictions: Round 1

The 2015 AFL season is upon us! This year The Roar’s panel of expert tipsters will be scratching their heads and putting their titles on the line, bringing you their tips and predictions each and every round.

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The landmark players’ victory at the AFL anti-doping tribunal has prompted a renewed storm of criticism about the controversial 2012 Essendon supplements regime.

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He’s not quite promising a magical 100-goal campaign, but superstar forward Lance Franklin is plotting to deliver a stylish encore in his second AFL season with the Sydney Swans.

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James Hird has hailed the AFL anti-doping tribunal’s decision as a vindication of Essendon’s position that their players were never given any banned substances.

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Essendon chairman Paul Little is hopeful that ASADA will allow the supplements saga to end once and for all by choosing not to appeal against the AFL anti-doping tribunal’s verdict.

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The AFL anti-doping tribunal has savaged Essendon over the club’s 2012 supplements program and said there was too much reliance on Stephen Dank.

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Former ASADA chief executive Richard Ings has urged the body to respect the ruling of the AFL’s anti-doping tribunal and not appeal the not guilty verdict received by 34 past and present Essendon players.

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Everyone failed in the drugs saga, now let’s play some footy

To the relief of most open-minded football fans, the Essendon players have been found not guilty after more than two years of the now infamous drugs saga.

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NOT GUILTY: AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal clears Essendon players

BREAKING: The 34 past and present Essendon players involved in the Bombers’ controversial supplements program of 2012 case have been found not guilty by the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal, the AFL has confirmed.

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Will we ever know what really happened at Essendon?

“Not guilty.” After 785 days of investigations and legal battles, those two words were uttered by AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal chairman David Jones with respect to the 34 current and former Essendon players tied up with the club’s doping saga.

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Essendon players cleared: How the supplements saga played out

After more than two years of speculation, the AFL Anti-Doping Tribunal handed down their verdict on Tuesday afternoon, clearing the 34 past and present Essendon players embroiled in the supplements saga.

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AFL hit by new doping scandal

Collingwood pair Lachie Keeffe and Josh Thomas have tested positive to clenbuterol, threatening their careers and rocking the AFL with a fresh doping scandal.

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The news sent a shockwave through the 2010 world road cycling championships in Geelong.

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The landmark AFL anti-doping tribunal findings on the Essendon supplements saga are far from the end of the matter, no matter what happens.

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Josh Thomas of the Magpies

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Damien Hardwick, Senior Coach of the Tigers

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Alastair Clarkson, Senior Coach of the Hawks

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Justice prevails for Essendon players

By Jackson Clark, Today Video
Justice prevails for Essendon players

Regardless of whether or not the AFL made the correct decision, I am glad that the 34 current and former Essendon players were found not guilty.

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The AFL Missing Links: Geelong and Gold Coast get set for a premiership charge

Two new recruits, one an experienced goal kicker and the other a six-game, hard-at-it midfielder will hold the key for their team’s finals assault.

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North Melbourne are more than capable of making the top four

As the return of the footy season is only days away, North Melbourne are preparing to launch an assault on the top four.

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2015 AFL season preview: Sydney Swans

By Stirling Coates, Today Video
2015 AFL season preview: Sydney Swans

Statistically 2014 was Sydney’s best ever home-and-away season, but that all meant very little after a shocking capitulation in the grand final.

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2015 AFL season: Round 1 preview

By mastermind5991, Today Video
2015 AFL season: Round 1 preview

It has been over six months since Hawthorn won its 12th premiership at the expense of their former favourite son, Lance Franklin.

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Three forwards set to shape their team’s destiny in 2015

The Coleman Medal is ruled by the forwards manning the key position posts, and they are absolutely crucial to team structure.

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Bomber faith: Why the fans flew true

Like many other boys, I had a large James Hird poster on my wall as a child. On the back of my door was an equally large Matthew Lloyd poster.

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Cleaning up the AFL might seem a way off, but it’s not unachievable

Our popular spectator sport Aussie rules has been bombarded with unfavourable stories recently, such as revelations regarding Fremantle’s Ryan Crowley.

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The AFL Missing Links: Essendon and Fremantle both short of talls

Today’s Missing Link looks at a couple of youngsters who will look to expand their team’s forward line. Essendon will look to a new draftee to fill the hole left by Stewart Crameri, while Fremantle will pin its hopes on a towering former rookie to ease his skipper’s burden.

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Gary Ablett is still the best, but he’s not the most valuable

These ‘best AFL player’ lists have become rather boring. Everybody knows Gary Ablett Jr is the best – he has been for years. Let’s try something new and rate a player’s current value, rather than their current skill level.

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Round 1 AFL preview: Adelaide vs North Melbourne

The first clash at Adelaide Oval for 2015 should be an intriguing one, with the Adelaide Crows taking on North Melbourne.

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2015 AFL season preview: St Kilda Saints

By Stirling Coates, 31 Mar 2015 Video
2015 AFL season preview: St Kilda Saints

It was a season to forget for St Kilda in 2014, claiming the dubious honour of becoming the first established club to claim the wooden spoon in the latest expansion era.

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How will Martin and Leuenberger fare for the Lions?

Many have been excited about watching the Brisbane Lions since the conclusion of last season.

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AFL’s seven biggest heroes and villains

By Tiarne Swersky, 31 Mar 2015 Video
AFL’s seven biggest heroes and villains

There was a time when our opinions of AFL players were based purely on their on-field performance. However throw in social media, off-field antics, million-dollar contracts and off-season transitions, and villains and heroes have never been more clear-cut.

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Working Class Hero: Ben Cousins, a football player

Thanks to a downward spiral that oscillates between the bizarrely comical and the sickeningly tragic, it looks like Ben Cousins will be remembered by the bulk of this generation as a drug addict first, and a brilliant football player second.

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The AFL Missing Links: Carlton and Collingwood

The second instalment of ‘The Missing Link’ explores two Melbourne clubs that are predicted to struggle this season.

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Richmond Tigers Trent Cotchin

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A frustrated Patrick Ryder of the Essendon Bombers. Photo: Anthony Pearse

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Richmond's Brandon Ellis celebrates a goal

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Phil Walsh is out to prove that 2014 was no fluke. (Photo: Michael Willson/AFL Media)

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Jack Ziebell of the Kangaroos

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Richmond's Brandon Ellis celebrates a goal

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Melbourne coach Paul Roos

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Hugh Goddard and Paddy McCartin

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Daniel Rich of the Lions

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