The federal government-appointed Anti-Doping Rule Violation Panel has reconvened, with the task of judging Stephen Dank high on its agenda.
Alex Leapai's trainer Noel Thornberry will urge WBA officials to ensure Wladimir Klitschko doesn't turn the world title fight into a wrestling match when the rival camps convene for a crucial rules meeting on Friday.
Former St Kilda coach Grant Thomas has lashed out at comments made by his successor Ross Lyon, accusing the now-Fremantle enforcer and other defence-oriented coaches of being responsible for a perceived downturn in the quality of football as a spectacle.
It is now beyond dispute that any suggestion Lance Franklin and his rockstar lifestyle would be left to their own devices in a big city not obsessed with Australian football was fanciful.
The AFL has acknowledged that the umpires have not paid enough frees for pushes in the back over the past couple of rounds.
He laughs heartily at the prospect, but says his new role hasn't evolved quite so far just yet. ''I've heard 'utility' a couple of times, but no, not 'Collingwood defender Alex Fasolo'. That hasn't happened yet.''
North Melbourne will be armed and ready should Fremantle send Ryan Crowley to its key playmaker Brent Harvey for an Anzac Day re-match of their eventful battle from round 13 last year.
Two players returned to Australia and signed for Melbourne Victory this season in a bid to boost their World Cup prospects.
A 'devastated' Lance Franklin says he was not texting or speeding in the lead-up to his car accident.
Sydney Swans star recruit Lance ''Buddy'' Franklin has been issued with a traffic infringement notice for negligent driving after he was involved in a car crash in Sydney's east on Wednesday night.