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Volume 6 No. 212

Leagues and Governing Bodies

The Australian Football League is "set to overhaul rules for northern state academies that Victorian clubs say allows rivals to quarantine young stars at cut-price rates," according to Jon Ralph of the HERALD SUN. AFL side Collingwood is "leading the charge as Sydney prepares to promote a star academy pupil onto its list." The AFL review "will take in academy selections plus father-son selections at all clubs." It "is expected clubs will be required to pay fairer rates for exclusive-access talent." Collingwood is one of a "number of clubs lobbying the league, believing they will soon pay millions in equalisation fees while access to talent remains far from equal." Collingwood President Eddie McGuire said, "I am red hot on this -- this is going to impact on every Victorian and South Australian and West Australian club" (HERALD SUN, 6/25).

The Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority has claimed it and the Australian Football League conducted "separate" probes into AFL side Essendon's supplements program, as suspended Essendon coach James Hird "officially dragged" current AFL CEO Gillon McLachlan and former CEO Andrew Demetriou into his Federal Court case, according to Jon Pierik of THE AGE. In a "flurry of paperwork lodged in the Federal Court on Wednesday night," the Bombers and Hird argued that the investigation, "as part of Operation Cobia, was 'ultra vires' (beyond the scope)" of ASADA's 2006 Act, its regulations and the National Anti-Doping scheme. In a "curious development," ASADA will ask in the hearing "whether any or all of the 34 former and current Essendon players issued with show-cause notices will need to give evidence or be part of proceedings." Hird "does not want the players involved and the players' lawyers believe they are not required to give evidence" (THE AGE, 6/25). In Sydney, Chip Le Grand reported Hird has flagged his "intention to force" ASADA to produce "all documented communication between senior ASADA and AFL officials throughout the contentious investigation" of the club's '12 supplement regime (THE AUSTRALIAN, 6/26).

DANK ARRESTED, RELEASED: In Sydney, Rania Spooner reported Victorian Police arrested and questioned sports scientist Stephen Dank "as part of ongoing investigations." Media outlets "have reported that Dank was questioned over the alleged theft of peptides." Dank is a "central figure" in the AFL and National Rugby League supplements scandals (SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, 6/25).

Professional Footballers' Association CEO Gordon Taylor said that a "minimum of three home-grown players per side should be required to start Premier League matches," according to Alan Jewell of the BBC. Taylor said that the England team will "not improve unless more home-grown players are given the opportunity to play Premier League football." Taylor: "The success rate has not been good enough. If football had been a university, we would have been closed down." England was "knocked out of the World Cup in the group stages after failing to win a game." A State of the Game study for the BBC in October found that English footballers accounted for "less than a third of all the minutes played in the first two months" of the '13-14 Premier League season (BBC, 6/25).

The Int'l Cricket Council "believes suspect bowling actions" should be scrutinized more, and "will review its testing and reporting procedures," according to the AAP. The ICC's cricket committee met in Melbourne on Wednesday, "looking at the glut of recent run-fests and asking match referees to check that fields are set with a maximum boundary size." Apart from the search for a "better balance between bat and ball, much of the discussion was centred on illegal actions." ICC GM of Cricket Geoff Allardice noted the group would "review the status quo over the next few months and report back" to the ICC CEOs' committee in October with recommendations. Those suggestions could include "ongoing screening for bowlers that pass their initial biomechanical tests after being reported, and better reporting processes" (AAP, 6/26).

The int'l athletics federation (IAAF) is set to "consider calls to ban top Russian coach Viktor Chegin following an online campaign led by Australian race walker Jared Tallent." Three-time Olympic Medalist Tallent has "used social media to voice his concerns about Chegin, who he claims has had 16 of his athletes banned for doping" (AAP, 6/25). ... Hockey India "threatened not to send" men's and women's field hockey teams to the Commonwealth and Asian Games, "citing lack of fund allocation from the government." The Sports Authority of India "downplayed it, saying that the issue will be sorted out as additional money will be given to HI" (PTI, 6/24).