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.

Cricket

Night Tests in three years if Nine gets its way

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.

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

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

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

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'.

Basketball

NBL looks to go it alone

NBL.

Jon Pierik The National Basketball League could soon break away from Basketball Australia and be run by its own group of business leaders.

Basketball

Lemanis to lead Boomers

Jon Pierik While Andrej Lemanis initially had tears at his farewell press conference as coach of the New Zealand Breakers on Wednesday, it was quickly down to business for Australia's new national coach.

Basketball

New coach talks up Boomers' chances

Excited: New Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis (right) with the Breakers' Will Hudson after the NBL grand final.

Jon Pierik Andrej Lemanis believes he has a squad that can achieve something "special".

Basketball

Gaze calls for shift to winter season

Andrew Gaze.

Jon Pierik Andrew Gaze says said there's merit in the season running from March to October.

Basketball

NBL players call for big changes

NBL contest.

Jon Pierik National Basketball League players have expressed fears the competition is at the crossroads, declaring it is time to consider scrapping the player rankings system, lifting the salary cap and moving...

Basketball

How basketball can rebound

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Jon Pierik The NBL is at a crossroads, and tough decisions must be made.

Basketball

WNBL has plan to top the nation

Kristina Keneally.

Jon Pierik Basketball Australia chief executive Kristina Keneally wants the Women's National Basketball League to be the country's premier women's sporting competition.

Nine wary of bidding war

Hamish Mclennan.

Jon Pierik Channel Nine seems reluctant to enter a bidding war for cricket broadcasting rights.

Basketball

'It went further than the swim team': Cambage's intriguing Twitter post

Liz Cambage

Jon Pierik London Olympian Elizabeth Cambage posted an intriguing message on Twitter on Tuesday, questioning whether the antics of disgraced swimmer James Magnussen had impacted on other female athletes during...