Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton

Phil Lutton is the sports editor for brisbanetimes.com.au.

Cut the dribble - just bring back the Bullets

Phil Lutton The end of summer in Brisbane in 2008 was also the end of the city's professional basketball team. On February 28, the Bullets lost an overtime game to the Melbourne Tigers at the Convention Centre.

Basketball is back - but what about the Bullets?

Glory days: Brisbane Bullets celebrate their 2007 grand final triumph.

Phil Lutton It was the news Brisbane basketball fans had wanted to hear since the Bullets shuffled off the court in 2008, heads down, waiting for a white knight to save their crumbling franchise.

Position vacant: Queenslander required to beat up Paul Gallen

Phil Lutton It should be the easiest job vacancy to fill in the entire state.

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Langer gives Hayden home truth on Hughes

Phil Hughes has tinkered with his style as he battles to cement a permanent spot in the Australian side.

Phil Lutton Former Test opener tells mate that Hughes is better than young Hayden.

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Cigars and women can wait as Scott promises to KO Leapai

Logan's Alex Leapai and American Malik Scott face off ahead of their October 24 bout in Brisbane.

Phil Lutton Malik Scott has a few hobbies he'd like to pursue once he retires from the fight game. In no particular order; dancing with his daughter, educating the world about quality cigars and bedding bevies...

Paul Gallen not on radar as promoter Noel Thornberry plans Alex Leapai's return

Paul Gallen

Phil Lutton Boxing promoter Noel Thornberry says Paul Gallen hasn't signed to appear on the undercard to his star heavyweight Alex Leapai as the rugby league star begins his ASADA ban.

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Cate Campbell, relay fire as girls close out golden Pan Pacs

Phil Lutton Cate Campbell has taken a giant step towards the elusive 50m freestyle world record, equalling the fastest non-supersuit time as she raced to gold on the final night of the Pan Pacs Championships on...

World at Katie Ledecky's feet as new US superstar emerges

 Ledecky celebrates after the 400-metre freestyle final on the Gold Coast.

Phil Lutton It didn't take long for Katie Ledecky to outgrow the 25-yard indoor pool at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart, in Bethesda, Maryland. It was never a fair contest, really.

Relays reloaded: Australians unseat Americans at Pan Pacs

Swimmers

Phil Lutton Australia's mens 4 x 100m freestyle relay team, that famously misfired in London, has rebounded to form with a stirring victory over the United States at the Pan Pacs championships on the Gold Coast.

Michael Phelps returns in golden touch after emphatic Pan Pacs victory

Michael Phelps holds up his men's 100m butterfly gold medal.

Phil Lutton There are attempted comebacks in swimming, where the old magic that used to rocket champions through the water has gone for good.

Melanie Schlanger typifies Olympic reaction to Sharks bans

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Phil Lutton Melanie Schlanger says punishments handed down had seemingly made it clear that there was one rule for athletes competing in cashed-up sports like league and one rule for everybody else.

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Cameron McEvoy stuns big guns with Pan Pacs sprint gold

Cameron McEvoy.

Phil Lutton Gold Coast underdog Cameron McEvoy produced the breakthrough swim of his career to stun the superstars of world sprinting with gold in the men's 100m freestyle final of the Pan Pacs.

Cate Campbell flies as superstars assemble for Pan Pacs sprint showdown

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Phil Lutton In the midst of the return of Michael Phelps to international competition and the showdown between Nathan Adrian and James Magnussen, it was Australia's Cate Campbell that lit up the pool on a...

Emily Seebohm finally sinks Missy Franklin

Home quinella: Belinda Hocking and Emily Seebohm.

Phil Lutton If ever Emily Seebohm was going to put a stake through the demons of London, this was the night. The Olympic silver medallist has taken a giant step towards mending the mental scars of 2012 by...

Schlanger swim at Pan Pacs raises more questions

Melanie Schlanger.

Phil Lutton Melanie Schlanger has raised further questions over the controversial decision to leave her out of the 4 x 200m relay in Glasgow with a commanding swim at the Pan Pacs to secure a spot in Thursday...

Michael Phelps says retiring was the easy part, returning to the water has been hard

Michael Phelps.

Phil Lutton On the final night of competition in the London Olympic pool, the incomparable Michael Phelps was taking his victory lap, waving his giant hands to the crowd and bathing in the deserved adulation as...

Missy Franklin in doubt for Pan Pacs swimming

Injury blow: Missy Franklin.

Phil Lutton American superstar Missy Franklin remains in doubt for the Pan Pacific Swimming Championships after succumbing to back spasms during training on the Gold Coast.

Boxing

Daniel Geale unfazed as Gennady Golovkin camp take victory for granted

Phil Lutton World title aspirant Daniel Geale believes the Gennady Golovkin camp has dismissed him as a serious threat and are already scouting their next fight, just weeks before the bell has even sounded at...

Brisbane Roar search for next Besart Berisha

Former Roar striker Besart Berisha will be tough to replace for coach Mike Mulvey.

Phil Lutton A-League champions back in training search for striker goes on.

Alex Leapai: Portrait of a contender

Alex Leapai

Phil Lutton The rise, the unravelling and the redemption of Alex Leapai.