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What we have learnt from AFL, NRL drugs scandals

The NRL has issued penalties to the Cronulla Sharks over its drugs scandal. Freelance writer Sally Whyte compares that to how the Essendon Bombers were treated by the AFL over their own ‘supplements’ transgression.

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Media briefs: Adelaide news war … footy double act … Mipsterz …

The Australian wants everyone to know it pays its senior staff well and they do a great job, OK? Plus other media tidbits of the day.

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Media briefs: Tele v Media Watch … Chiko rolled … exclusive watch …

Labor supporters tried to sell the Coalition’s broadband plan overseas, but no one was buying.

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Where has old-fashioned politicking gone?

Crikey readers talk the leaders’ debate, the AFL peptides scandal and boredom on the campaign trail.

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Essendon was stupid, but it’s the AFL with governance issues

James Hird and the Essendon football club have been at least reckless, but it’s the AFL with the most questions to answer in a drugs saga set to spoil this year’s final series for fans.

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Tips and rumours

Essendon scandal has flashbacks of waterfront dispute … ABC focussing too much on ABC24? … ex Labor staffer takes to the skies …

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Inside the AFL drugs saga: the games journos, spinners are playing

Behind the ongoing drugs saga at AFL club Essendon is a daily game between footy reporters and the spinners trying to shape the story. Crikey investigates the leading players.

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Athletes ask for more exemptions for ‘therapeutic’ substances

Authorities have received more applications for exemptions under anti-doping regulations since the latest drugs in sport scandal. But ASADA insists that could just be a coincidence.

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Football faithful hit back at evidence-free drugs probe

Essendon fans are angry at their treatment by the Australian Crime Commission and the investigation into drugs and administration. And the media is also in fans’ sights.

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Swimming against the tide: do athletes make good bosses?

The report into culture and administration at Swimming Australia is damning. There was a critical failure of leadership, under a system that doesn’t put the best in charge, writes sports researcher Dr James Connor.

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Essential: ban all sports betting, says a public fed up with drugs

Dire warnings on drugs in sport have been taken up by the public, with Essential Research finding high levels of concerns about drugs (and betting) in sports. But fans won’t necessarily be turning off their TVs …

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Despite corruption, the last thing we need is a world sport police

Given the corruption in sport, we must wonder — why is the reality so far from the ideal? Sport is not beyond the foibles of mere mortals — it is just like the rest of the things we do. And we should certainly not allow further investigative bodies, beyond national control, to police it.

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Doping in sport: what Australia can learn from Spain

The Australian government and ASADA, in damage control over allegations of sports doping, can learn from how Spanish authorities have approached the issue, writes Martin Hardie.

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Basketballers on coke, it’s the end of sport as we know it

The very existence of drugs has sucked the life out of sport. The era of the glorious four-minute mile is drawing to a close — although sport will stagger on because big media needs it.

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Want drug-free athletes? Give women’s sport a go

The furore over drug use in (male) sports creates an opportunity for women — ignored by the media and sponsors — to win more attention. Crikey publisher and Netball Australia director Marina Go makes the case.

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Obviously NSW Labor weren’t on the peptides

Crikey readers go off.

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The real sacrifice of athletes — giving up their privacy

We ask a lot of athletes, and with a drug cloud over elite sport in Australia we will ask to invade their privacy even more. It’s unfair and pointless, writes sports researcher Dr James Connor.

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Bombshell sports probe: drugs and corruption to ‘disgust’ fans

Sports fans are bracing for the worst as sports and justice chiefs dropped a bombshell today: allegations of the widespread and systematic use of performance-enhancing drugs in Australian sport.

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How Crikey bought banned peptides online in 30 seconds

Growth hormone-releasing “peptides” might be rife in Australian sport. And no wonder — Crikey purchased a vial for nix from a US distributor in under a minute.

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AFL drugs probe: crime links and the doctor who advised

Crikey speaks to the doctor who advised Essendon conditioning staff on the supplements at the centre of a scandal that could blow up the AFL — and potentially other sports.

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Getting to the truth of cycling’s doping culture

After booting out the cheats, cycling needs stronger leadership to clean up the sport and get to the bottom of systemic doping programs, writes sports and anti-doping consultant Catherine Ordway.

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Armstrong, Pharmstrong, Livestrong: is the future strong?

Cycling enthusiast Jeremy Dore is troubled by the case of alleged drug cheat Lance Armstrong. It threatens not only the future of the sport, but a very important charity effort.

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Time to look at illicit drugs in racing

Racing’s attitude to illicit drugs is still reflective of how sports like AFL used to think, writes Back Page Lead’s Ralph Horowitz.

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Ben Johnson: Yes I took steroids, but my drink was spiked

Sprinter Ben Johnson is notorious in sport for being busted as a drug cheat at the 1988 Olympics. But his new autobiography will reveal how he was framed with a spiked drink because of sponsors, says Johnson.

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Let’s say no to the ‘just say no’ drugs in sport policy

With Tour de France champion Alberto Contador testing positive for a banned substance it is time to completely reconsider how we, the fans, and therefore governments deal with drugs in sport, write Dr James Connor and Dr Jason Mazanov.

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