Murphy, Walker hit by injury setbacks

CARLTON captain Marc Murphy and defender Andrew Walker have been struck down by injury on the eve of the NAB Challenge.

AFL won’t wipe hands of Karmichael

AFL chief Gillon McLachlan says the league has no intention of distancing itself from former Gold Coast Sun Karmichael Hunt.

Riewoldt takes break after family tragedy

ST KILDA captain Nick Riewoldt will take an indefinite break from football to grieve the passing of his younger sister Madeleine to Aplastic Anaemia.

Tragedy as Nick Riewoldt’s sister dies

ST KILDA captain Nick Riewoldt will take an indefinite break from football to grieve the passing of his younger sister Madeleine to Aplastic Anaemia.

AFL needs academies for game to grow

A SYDNEY businessman who has invested more than $3M into the Swans and Giants academies slams Eddie McGuire for his shortsighted views.

Higgins eager to help Kangas make jump

NORTH Melbourne recruit Shaun Higgins is confident his best football still lies ahead of him as he savours a fresh start at the Kangaroos.

Giants record loss despite AFL handouts

GREATER Western Sydney received an extra $1.75 million from the AFL in loans and prepayments last year — but still recorded a $530,000 loss.

Blood checks offer Paddy peace of mind

ST KILDA’s No. 1 draft pick Paddy McCartin says he will need to check his blood levels up to 16 times a game to help combat his diabetes.

Longmire: Improvement left in Buddy

LANCE Franklin can take his game to another level in his second year with Sydney, according to coach John Longmire.

‘Twisted up’: Greenwood explains exit

COLLINGWOOD recruit Levi Greenwood felt the situation at North Melbourne became too twisted up and he needed to make a clean break.

Clark a confirmed starter for Cats

MITCH Clark is set to end his football exile, with Geelong set to play the key forward plus several new faces during the NAB Challenge.

No NAB but Power will unleash Paddy

PADDY Ryder and Angus Monfries have officially withdrawn from the NAB Challenge but will play in Port Adelaide’s intraclub match.

Bulked up Billings ready to go

ST KILDA fans will see a lot more of Jack Billings this year. Literally. The young gun has put on 6kg of muscle this pre-season.

Fellow Blues gutted for Kreuzer

CARLTON forward David Ellard admits the players were gutted by the latest setback to injury-plagued big man Matthew Kreuzer.

NAB Challenge: state of play

ULTIMATE NAB CHALLENGE GUIDE. The young guns expected to play, the stars still sidelined and which teams are playing to win.

Rookies rule SuperCoach popularity contest

DESPITE being the most expensive player in the game, Gary Ablett is the most popular pick but rookies dominate the top 50.

Rookies rule SuperCoach popularity contest

DESPITE being the most expensive player in the game, Gary Ablett is the most popular pick with rookies dominating the top 50.

New faces primed for Pies, Hawks

JAMES Frawley is set to play his first game for Hawthorn while the Pies will unleash a first-round draft pick in Thursday’s NAB Challenge opener. SEE THE SQUADS

Hinkley, Walsh at odds over interchange

TWO AFL coaches are split on whether reducing the number of allowed interchanges per match would improve the game. VOTE: Does the AFL need to further cut the number of interchange rotations?

Brown backs earlier free agency push

AFL players have pitched for free agency after six seasons — down from eight — as negotiations on player movement ramp up.

Suns to ramp up Jaeger’s load

JAEGER O’Meara will next week finally return to full training following off-season surgery.

Bulldogs to unleash leaner, fitter Boyd

NEW Bulldogs spearhead Tom Boyd will unveil a much leaner figure in the club’s NAB Challenge opener against Richmond on Saturday.

Baaaalllll! We’re way ahead of you

UMPIRES will fall in line with fans when they enforce a stricter interpretation of the holding the ball rule this season.

SuperCoach jury 2: Verdict on 10 stars

SHOULD we pick Lance Franklin, Dustin Martin and Patrick Dangerfield in SuperCoach? The experts deliver their verdict on the star trio and seven more.

AFL launches probe into medals betting

THE AFL has launched a review of betting protocols surrounding its major medals as police investigate last year’s plunge on Lewis Taylor’s Rising Star win.

SuperCoach scouting report

SEVEN AFL clubs were in action over the weekend with intra-club or practice matches — who starred, and which players put up their hand for SuperCoach selection?

Long wants historic AFL post

“WE need an indigenous commissioner.” Essendon champion Michael Long has declared he wants to be the next AFL commissioner.

Kangaroos must take next step

NORTH Melbourne defender Michael Firrito says the players will be letting themselves down if they don’t take the next step in 2015.

Freo in action but Fyfe catches the eye

CHAMPION playmaker Nat Fyfe was the undisclosed main act to a Fremantle intra-club practice match before a ball was even kicked.

1D damage a pain in Eagles’ plan

WEST Coast is angry it has been forced off Subiaco Oval for up to a month after damage to the surface from the One Direction concert.

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