AFL misses mark with Long snub

THE AFL Commission had an opportunity to make a formidable statement with Michael Long. It didn’t, writes Mark Robinson

Carry-over points erased in overhaul

RICHMOND and Fremantle have emerged as the big winners in the AFL’s tribunal overhaul which has erased all suspension carry-over points.

Injured Dees eye Round 1 return

MELBOURNE hopes to be close to full strength by Round 1, with Jack Watts, Jeremy Howe and Bernie Vince all expected to return in the NAB Challenge.

Davis extends contract with Giants

GWS co-captain Phil Davis has extended his contract with the Giants until the end of 2018.

How to beat second-year blues

IT’S talked about all the time in the sports world: second-year blues, when a rookie fails to live up to expectations the following season.

Bomber Heppell to have knee surgery

DYSON Heppell’s preparation for the home and away season has hit a roadblock, with the Essendon star to have minor surgery to a knee.

Pick the perfect 9 and win $25,000

IT’S fast and fun — welcome to the new way to win $25,000 every week of the footy season — SuperCoach Perfect 9.

Bulldogs eye AFL return to Whitten Oval

THE Western Bulldogs will start work on the possibility of bringing AFL football back to the Whitten Oval.

Young Cat makes strong claims

YOUNG Geelong midfielder Darcy Lang is reaping the benefits of an uninterrupted pre-season as he mounts a case to make the cut for the Round 1.

Docker Dawson signs new contract

ZAC Dawson has signed a two-year contract extension with Fremantle, tying him to the club until at least the end of the 2017 season.

Hinkley throws Nicks the Power keys

PORT ADELAIDE’S head coach Ken Hinkley will step aside for two AFL pre-season games, allowing defensive coach Matthew Nicks to take control.

MCG slashes the cost of pie and chips

SPORTS fans are in for a feast this year with the MCG winding back the clock 10 years on food and drink prices. So how much will you save?

We’re behind in preparation: Scott

NORTH Melbourne coach Brad Scott says his club is behind others in its preparations for the home and away season but is confident it has enough time to make it up.

SuperCoach scores: Crows v Kangaroos

EDDIE Betts top scores while Shaun Higgins and Jarrad Waite impress in Adelaide’s win over North Melbourne. ALL THE SCORES

Hardwick thrilled by young Tigers

RICHMOND coach Damien Hardwick says the Tigers must again play finals this year, happy for his club to set ambitious season goals.

New-look Wines works to new Port dimension

OLLIE Wines not only has a new look — with a leaner body — but also a new outlook on how he is to play extra roles in the Port Adelaide midfield this season.

Setback rules Swan Tippett out

SYDNEY forward KURT Tippett has suffered another injury setback and will not play in any of the Swans’ three NAB Challenge matches

Goal umpire turns Roos goalkeeper

ADELAIDE forward Eddie Betts was denied six points when his shot at goal hit the umpire and rebounded back into play. WATCH THE BIZARRE VIDEO

Squads: Demons unleash six recruits

MELBOURNE recruit Heritier Lumumba will make his debut for the club in Thursday’s NAB Challenge match against Fremantle.

Current pre-season format fine: Roos

MELBOURNE coach Paul Roos has backed the current AFL pre-season format and also delivered some tough news to top draft pick Christian Petracca.

FFA enlists Labor in battle of Etihad

SOCCER chiefs have enlisted the Victorian Government to convince the AFL to play ball as the codes’ bitter grand final ground dispute heats up.

AFL silent on review of Bombers’ saga

THE findings of an internal review into the AFL’s handling of the Essendon drugs scandal remain a mystery — 13 months after it was announced.

Bombers pin hopes on new breed

ESSENDON hopes history will repeat itself when it takes its next generation into Saturday’s NAB Challenge match against St Kilda.

No rushing Jezza’s Giant decision

THE equation for the GWS Giants is simple — start the season strong and lock in star forward Jeremy Cameron.

Is concussed Crow ducking mad?

IT’S a reflex action which has the potential to land Adelaide forward Tom Lynch in hospital with serious injuries. WATCH THE VIDEO

Transformers: who’s changed over summer?

SOME have bulked up and some have shed the kilos but all have one thing in common. When fans see these players during the pre-season, they may want to look twice.

Pre-season SuperCoach scouting report

SIX NAB Challenge matches and three intra-club games gave us a lot of key SuperCoach info. Who should we pick and who’s on the “don’t touch” list?

SuperCoach scores: Suns v Cats

JIMMY Bartel showed he’s still got plenty left in the tank while Zac Smith provided a surprise as a SuperCoach standout.

Top-up players get injury guarantee

ESSENDON’S top-up players guaranteed injury payments if they suffer serious injury but their state-league clubs will receive nothing.

Rich returns to architect Lions attack

DANIEL Rich showed he will add a new dimension to the Brisbane Lions as the architect of their counter-attack on his return from injury.

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