The 2014 Buzz awards

GOOD, bad and ugly, 2014 was a big one for Australian sport. PHIL ROTHFIELD and Darren Hadland look at the big moments of an eventful year.

Is footy a sprint or a marathon?

ANALYSIS: DO YOU develop quick-burst players or endurance athletes to give yourself the best chance of winning games of football?

Early bird Cheney flies into best 22

ADELAIDE coach Phil Walsh has identified former Hawk Kyle Cheney as the new player most likely to make an impact at Adelaide next year.

All-star side stacked with guns

DANE Swan, Paul Chapman and Tom Liberatore could be named in the same team when the Calder Cannons pick their best side of the past 20 years.

Rohde leaves Power with second flag in sight

PETER Rohde is leaving Port Adelaide on a high.

Essendon hearing takes 24-day break

ESSENDON players will spend Christmas in the shadow of an anti-doping hearing with the case on hold until January 12.

Walsh undecided on Crows captain

NEW Crows coach Phil Walsh remains undecided on who will captain the club in 2015 while calling for a drastic interchange cut.

Jones an ‘explosive animal’: Malthouse

CARLTON coach Mick Malthouse has talked up the Blues’ off-season recruiting, labelling Liam Jones an “explosive animal”.

Hird verdict could derail ASADA case

A VERDICT in James Hird's Federal Court appeal against ASADA could be handed down next week.

Lions turn up pre-season heat

A SCORCHING pre-season has the Lions believing they can turn the Gabba into an early-season pressure cooker for visiting teams.

Want to run the match review panel?

ARE you someone has a proven history of making strange decisions? The AFL has the ideal job for you. Here’s Titus O’Reily’s take on the chairman role.

Hawks lock up Roughead

JARRYD Roughead wants to be a Hawk for life after signing a two-year extension that will see him in brown and gold until 2018.

SuperCoach 2015 positions revealed

DANE Swan, Brendon Goddard and Brett Deledio are much more attractive SuperCoach picks in 2015 but Patrick Dangerfield is on the nose. Find out why.

Crows want stronger bond with members

ADELAIDE coach Phil Walsh and chief executive Andrew Fagan are in a series of members’ forums to further connect with its core audience.

Chappy not trigger happy over contract

ESSENDON veteran Paul Chapman admits he played games when he should have rested in 2014 to help trigger another year in his contract.

Lycett ready to emerge from Cox’s shadow

SCOTT Lycett has been four years in the making and the West Coast big man is set to stamp an imprint on the AFL.

Guts and gut running Walsh’s formula

PHIL Walsh wants the Crows to play with more grunt and believes hard running rather than endurance will be king in 2015.

Pain delivers big gains for beefed-up Roo

JOEL Tippett spent hours in a gym he called “The Pit” and ate six meals a day in a bid to play a key role in North Melbourne’s flag assault.

New Crows skipper needs Boak-like qualities

NEW Adelaide coach Phil Walsh has revealed on-field leadership is his key criteria in picking his first captain.

Cat Thurlow released from hospital

GEELONG youngster Jackson Thurlow has been released from hospital after a serious kidney injury and will recover at home in Tasmania.

No Christmas contract for Ablett

UPDATE: GARY Ablett played a starring role in the Suns’ Christmas video message but there was no neatly wrapped contract extension under the tree.

Cubs can catapult Tigers into contention

RICHMOND defender David Astbury says the Tigers already have the talent to win a final after an inactive trade and free agency period. TRAINING PICS

Ablett offered big money extension

GARY Ablett is set to re-join the AFL’s highest paid list after being offered a massive contract extension by Gold Coast Suns.

Demons hope to reunite Jones brothers

MELBOURNE will next year target Nathan Jones’ younger brother, Zak, after re-signing the hard-nut captain for another four years.

Bombers blocked from ASADA hearing

ESSENDON has been blocked from sitting in on the anti-doping hearings that will decide the fate of its players.

Surgery sidelines Bombers tagger

ESSENDON tagger Heath Hocking will be out of action until February after having surgery to fix a groin injury.

AFL gives kids Sunday free kick

THE AFL has continued its fan-friendly re-structure with children under 15 given free entry to Sunday games in Melbourne.

Skipper Jones commits to Demons

MELBOURNE has received an early Christmas present with potential free agent Nathan Jones re-signing until the end of 2019.

Brutal session breaks Bombers

ESSENDON players were pushed to their physical and mental limits — and beyond — in 100 minutes of training torture. GREAT PICS

Tigers’ draftee to go under knife

RICHMOND remains confident its first-round draft pick won’t be sidelined too long despite having to undergo foot surgery.

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