Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

AFL

Collingwood's Gary Pert fears AFL equalisation could have McDonald's effect

Jon Pierik CEO cannot remember a time when more clubs were under financial stress.

Maria Sharapova ready to shoulder heavy Australian Open work load

Maria Sharapova

Jon Pierik While she may be one of the game's glamour stars, Maria Sharapova says she is prepared to grind her way through her opening Australian Open matches as she continues her comeback from shoulder surgery.

Tennis

Maria Sharapova shrugs off shoulder injury before Australian Open

Well prepared: Maria Sharapova hits up at Melbourne Park.

Jon Pierik Russian prepared to grind her way through her opening Australian Open matches.

Tennis

Ashleigh Barty keen to take her chances against Serena Williams at Australian Open

Ashleigh Barty

Jon Pierik and Sam Lienert Australian wants to enjoy her chance to take on the world's top women's player.

Tennis

Roger Federer must go back to serve and volley game, says John Newcombe

Roger Federer.

Jon Pierik Tennis great says he would like to see Federer regain the drive to regularly serve and volley.

Tennis

China ready to stage fifth grand slam, says John Newcombe

Jon Pierik Tennis great says the sport should consider adding a fifth blue-chip event.

Basketball

Menora Foods to sponsor WNBL

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Jon Pierik Weeks after a call on big business to back women's sport, the WNBL has become a beneficiary.

Basketball

Canberra teen Dante Exum is tipped to be a top-four NBA draftee

Dante Exum.

Jon Pierik Top NBA draft prospect will decide by February whether to nominate for premier competition.

Basketball

Dante Exum urged to accept NBA draft 'Tattslotto' win

Dante Exum.

Jon Pierik As Dante Exum prepares to make a decision on his basketball future, former NBA top pick Andrew Bogut has suggested the "smart" decision would be for him to turn professional next season.

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International Rules First Test: Australia beaten by Ireland in series opener as Lance Franklin's attitude fails to impress

Mathew Stokes.

Jon Pierik Australia had been urged to bring a "razzle dazzle" style to its opening international rules Test, but it was the Irish who shone after a 22-point victory at Breffni Park on Saturday night.

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Basketball

ABC gives more dunk for its buck

Lauren Jackson.

Jon Pierik Basketball Australia to announce expanded broadcasting rights agreement with ABC.

Basketball

Ex-Boomers coach Brett Brown takes on NBA's 76ers

Boomers coach Brett Brown

Jon Pierik Former Australian Olympic basketball coach Brett Brown has agreed to be the head coach of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

Cricket

Night Tests in three years if Nine gets its way

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Jon Pierik As cricket bids to extend its reach, a senior Channel Nine official says night Test cricket could become a reality within three years.

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AFL

O'Brien and Pies meet to discuss his future

Harry O'Brien

Jon Pierik Collingwood will meet disgruntled star Harry O'Brien on Sunday, with uncertainty over whether he will return to the club.

Basketball

NBL season in danger of being scrapped

NBL contest.

Jon Pierik Clubs need to prove they have the finances to orchestrate a de-merger or fall back.

Basketball

WNBL scores airline sponsorship deal

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Jon Pierik The WNBL has secured a major airline and sponsorship deal with Virgin Australia.

Basketball

Star duo get by with little help from new friend

Jon Pierik Patty Mills and Aron Baynes have enough excitement just being part of the San Antonio Spurs' run to the National Basketball Association finals - but there has been an added bonus.

Basketball

Boomers mix with Beatle

Patty Mills.

Jon Pierik Patty Mills and Aron Baynes have enough excitement just being part of the San Antonio Spurs' run to the NBA finals - but there has been an added bonus.

Basketball

Gaze gets international gong

Andrew Gaze.

Jon Pierik Australian basketball great Andrew Gaze will be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.

Cricket

Nine uncertain over deal

Jeff Browne.

Jon Pierik Channel Nine uncertain if it will match Ten's $500 million bid to poach cricket rights.