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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Basketball

Lauren Jackson, Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips and Elizabeth Cambage back for Opals

Jon Tuxworth Four seasoned campaigners with their own points to prove are ready to return the Australian Opals to the glory days of old.

Basketball

Gunners hope Green can revitalise SEABL season

Garlon Green

Jon Tuxworth Gunners believe it will take a few weeks before star American import Garlon Green finds his groove.

Basketball

Opals coach Brendan Joyce says no panic despite rocky build-up to September's FIBA World Cup

Jon Tuxworth The Australian Opals have lost some of their biggest stars for September's FIBA World Cup, but coach Brendan Joyce already has eyes on their replacements.

Basketball

Cal Bruton heads campaign as 'D-Day' for Canberra Cannons consortium bid looms

Jon Tuxworth and Chris Dutton NBL Hall of Famer Cal Bruton is working to revive the Canberra Cannons and his son, C.J., looms as a potential recruit for a new basketball team.

Basketball

Opals star Nat Hurst keen to play SEABL for Canberra Capitals

Nat Hurst in action for the Canberra Capitals.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Capitals Academy are hopeful Australian Opals star Nat Hurst will play for them this SEABL season.

Robert Colton and Bul Kuol in selection camp for the FIBA Under-17 World Championships

Sport.  Sudanese immigrant Bul Kuol who now lives in Canberra has been picked for the Australian Development Squad camp at the AIS to be held on the 20-24 of January.  17 January 2014.  Canberra Times photo Jeffrey Chan.

Jon Tuxworth ACT under-18 representatives Robert Colton and Bul Kuol are one step closer to Australia selection for August's FIBA Under-17 World Championship after they were invited to the final selection camp.

Rugby League

Tim Sheens urges Josh Papalii not to rush return for tilt at Test squad

Josh Papalii will be out for 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury.

Jon Tuxworth Australia coach Tim Sheens says injured Raider Josh Papalii's sole focus should be returning for Canberra as he races the clock to be fit for May's Test against New Zealand.

Swimming

Canberra swimmer Bonnie Zhang won't rush Olympic challenge

Bonnie Zhang

Jon Tuxworth Canberra swimmer Bonnie Zhang won't rush Olympic challenge

Equestrian

Natalie Blundell wins World Equestrian Games

Equestrian rider Nat Blundell and her horse Algebra.

Jon Tuxworth Yass equestrian rider Natalie Blundell has declared she's ready to "go out with a bang".

Locker Room

Feminine Raiders for a good cause

Canberra Raiders player Sami Sauiluma, with teammate Tony Milford, is dolled up to raise money for the Cerebral Palsy Alliance.

Jon Tuxworth Raiders players got in touch with their feminine side for a very worthy cause last week.

Cricket

Sheffield Shield preview: Former Manuka curator Nathan Lyon's roots stay strong

Former Manuka Oval curator and Australian Test spinner Nathan Lyon will line up for NSW in the Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at Manuka Oval starting on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth Despite his Test sucesses, Nathan Lyon knows the ''former curator'' questions are inevitable when he returns to Manuka. 

Cricket

Jason Behrendorff looks forwards to Canberra player reunion at NSW-WA Shield clash

Jason Behrendorff and Ryan Carters, both from Canberra, will play for WA and NSW respectively in the Sheffield Shield game at Manuka this week.

Jon Tuxworth His fearsome pace bowling destroyed England and South Africa, but it is a guiding hand from Mitch Johnson which Jason Behrendorff hopes helps him build an international career. 

Cricket

Nathan Lyon, Justin Langer back Manuka Oval as quality Test venue

Canberra Times - Sport - March 10 2014
Former Canberra cricketer, now Australian Test spin bowler, Nathan Lyon will be making a Canberra comeback this week to play for the NSW Blues in their Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at Manuka Oval.
Photo Elesa Kurtz

Jon Tuxworth and David Polkinghorne Nathan Lyon and Justin Langer have backed the push for Manuka to host Test cricket.

Cricket

Cricket NSW boss Andrew Jones backs Manuka Oval for Sheffield Shield final

Manuka Oval under lights.

Jon Tuxworth Manuka Oval has firmed as favourite to stage the Sheffield Shield final should NSW win hosting rights.

Racing

Trainer Sam Kavanagh emerges from father Mark's shadow with Midsummer Sun

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MAY 11: Glen Boss riding Midsummer Sun wins the Peter Street Handicap during Melbourne Racing at Caulfield Racecourse on May 11, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Sam Kavanagh admits having a Melbourne Cup-winning trainer as a father ''has its ups and downs''.

Basketball

Sports commission to undertake major review of WNBL

Carrie Graf

Jon Tuxworth Basketball Australia has enlisted the ASC to undertake a broad review of the WNBL.

Racing

Black Opal Stakes day draws on rich and famous

Jon Tuxworth Wilderness's hopes of lining up in Sunday's Black Opal Stakes hinge on a Wednesday barrier trial.

Athletics

Robert de Castella says Melissa Breen should not miss Olympics

Jon Tuxworth Robert de Castella says the AOC's medal obsession hurts athletes such as Canberra sprinter Melissa Breen in the ''tough'' events.

Basketball

Australian Opal Abby Bishop keen to return to Canberra Capitals after stint in Hungary

Canberra Capitals star Abby Bishop with her five-month-month old niece Zala.

Jon Tuxworth Capitals star Abby Bishop has signed to play in Hungary on a short-term contract.

Basketball

Basketball ACT announces David Leaney as new president

Jon Tuxworth Basketball ACT has announced David Leaney as its president for at least the next two years as it prepares for one of the most challenging eras in its history.