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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Long-term contracts a gamble, but some athletes earn the right

Jon Tuxworth It's easy to criticise when all the water has gone under the bridge, once the event has come and gone.

Former Canberra Capitals boss says LJ 'worth the punt' as new era begins

Lauren Jackson has left a legacy in Canberra, says former Canberra Capitals boss Mark Cartwright.

Jon Tuxworth The man who orchestrated Lauren Jackson's landmark Canberra Capitals deal says it was "worth the punt".

Kristi Harrower has fingers crossed Lauren Jackson can bow out on top at Rio

Lauren Jackson during the 2012 London Olympics.

Jon Tuxworth Kristi Harrower hopes Lauren Jackson will get the chance to bow out of the international game on her own terms.

Cycling

Canberra rider Chloe Hosking to bypass Olympics and focus on world championships

Chloe Hosking has decided to focus on the world championships over the Olympics next year.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra cyclist Chloe Hosking will bypass a chance at Olympic redemption to focus on world championship glory as she continues her return from a serious hand injury.

Baseball

Canberra Cavalry relinquish top spot after splitting series in Adelaide

Bryan Pounds hit a home run in Canberra Cavalry's 5-3 loss to Adelaide on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Cavalry remain confident they can secure the top seed and host the Australian Baseball League championship series, despite giving up No.

Racing

Matthew Dale, Brenton Avdulla combine for running treble at Canberra

Jockey Jeff Penza (yellow cap) on Nat King Cu wins race two at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra trainer Matthew Dale finished off an outstanding year in style by combining with jockey Brenton Avdulla for a running treble at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday. 

Surf boats

Canberra Vikings desperate to pillage back George Bass Surfboat Marathon crown

Jon Tuxworth Losing is tough enough, let alone after 190 kilometres of rowing across seven gruelling days where heat stroke and hypothermia can stop crews in their tracks. 

Athletics

Olympic glory at Rio comes first over festive indulgence for Canberra athletes

Olympian Lauren Wells won't be going overboard on the Christmas pudding.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra hurdler Lauren Wells is a self-confessed Christmas junkie, and prides herself on the homemade cards she crafts each year. 

Michael Jones content to man Brumbies ship and steer clear of Sydney to Hobart

Ahoy there: Brumbies boss Michael Jones still harbours a strong passion for sailing.

Jon Tuxworth Brumbies boss Michael Jones doubts he will ever tick the Sydney to Hobart off his bucket list.

Christmases come at once for Canberra Cavalry imports at Percy households

Kim and Matt Percy host Canberra Cavalry's Michael Click, Cord Sandberg, Tom Percy, Bryan Ponds, Jason Leblebijian, Betty Percy, David Harris and Hugh Percy.

Jon Tuxworth When a Canberra Cavalry player is billeted by ground announcer Matt Percy and his family, the unofficial initiation is usually a big spoonful of Vegemite. 

Canberra Capitals to play at Belconnen with city move delayed until next season

The Canberra Capitals will play home games at Belconnen in the New Year.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Capitals have shelved plans to move home games to the National Convention Centre until next season, and 

Weary Canberra Capitals fail to close out first WNBL win in Adelaide loss

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals miss golden chance to break longest losing drought in club history. 

Teenage tweaker Ben Taylor spins Norths to crucial win over Weston Creek

Ben Taylor was rapt with his effort on Saturday.

Jon Tuxworth Teenage tweaker Ben Taylor produced his breakthrough first grade performance on Saturday. 

Kellie White overcomes horror injuries to make Hockeyroos Olympic training squad

Kellie White (left) and Emily Smith were honoured with a street parade in Crookwell.

Jon Tuxworth Kellie White feared her Olympic hopes may have been crushed for good after two years out with injury.

The Canberra Capitals' creche providing perspective in less-than-festive season

Future starting five: From left, Bentley, Zala, Charli, Parker and Maddison.

Jon Tuxworth As the losses pile up, a tribe of toddlers are helping to ease the pain for the Canberra Capitals. 

High jumper Brandon Starc brimming with confidence as he targets Olympic glory

High jumper Brandon Starc training at the AIS on Friday. Starc is targeting a medal at the Rio Olympics.

Jon Tuxworth Four years ago, high jumper Brandon Starc and his cricketing older brother Mitchell set up a camera in their father's garage to help him deal with his media shyness. 

Canberra Capitals desperate to break WNBL duck in brutal Perth-Adelaide double

Canberra Capitals player Abby Bishop is furious with the brutal weekend schedule.

Jon Tuxworth Abby Bishop brands scheduling of WNBL games 'disgraceful', 'dangerous' and 'unprofessional'.

Will Cooper organises Ballin' for Eli to support 'little brother' Elijah Arranz

Will Cooper,16 of Higgins is organising a 24-hour basketball tournament to raise money for Elijah Arranz.

Jon Tuxworth Will Cooper was in tears when he heard the kid he had taken under his wing as a 'little brother' was in a skydiving accident.

Christmas a time to remember Tony Campbell for Cleary racing clan

News
Jockey Jason Devrimol rode Lochte to an easy win in the Maiden Plate at Queanbeyan on Tuesday.

Jon Tuxworth He made a cameo behind the microphone two years ago, but Queanbeyan trainer Joe Cleary knows no one can fill the void left by late race caller Tony Campbell. 

Canberra's Alison Bai crashes out of Australian Open wildcard playoffs

Alison Bai, pictured at last month's Canberra International, has been knocked out of the Australian Open wildcard playoffs.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra's Alison Bai will put all her focus on qualifying for the Australian Open mixed doubles draw after she was upset by little-known Victorian Belinda Woolcock in the first round of the singles...