Collingwood fitness chief Bill Davoren vows to increase players' training loads for a second straight season and says that despite perceptions, injury numbers fell this season.
Melbourne is investigating the costumes worn by two of its players at Mad Monday celebrations.
A showdown is looming on Wednesday as some of the game's most powerful figures prepare to confront NRL chief Dave Smith over his plan to demand independent directors at clubs, and raise other issues that have left them increasingly disenchanted with League Central.
Ten teams have bowed out for season 2014. Their performances are rated.
Racing Results for Monday, September 1
Dustin Martin almost a Giant, always a Tiger.
Shane Warne is wrong. Adam Goodes is not a stager, at least not on Saturday in the eyes of the AFL's match review panel, which gave the dual Brownlow medallist the all-clear.
John Howard, former prime minister and unabashed cricket tragic, has been lured into a formal role with the sport four years after Cricket Australia's bid for him to take the ICC vice-presidency bit the dust.
Spectators rising to their feet to witness a miracle Manly try have been blamed for an NRL timekeeper missing referee Matt Cecchin signalling time-off in the dramatic final minute at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.
Chris Dawes is set to miss the first round of 2015 while Ben Rutten has preserved – narrowly – his record of lasting his entire 12-year career without suspension.