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.

Tennis

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

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

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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.

Goodes accepts apology for teen's slur

Jon Pierik The 13-year-old girl who racially abused Sydney Swans star Adam Goodes has apologised.

Basketball

Gaze predicts bright future for new-look NBL

Andrew Gaze.

Jon Pierik Australian great says financial security and expansion must be on top of the agenda of the new National Basketball League.

Basketball

To go gold, Opals must walk the walk, says Joyce the voice

Brendan Joyce.

Jon Pierik New Opals coach says there was too much talk of winning a gold medal before London Olympics, declaring it is time for the team to 'walk the walk'.