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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Basketball

Wilson a chance for Olympics as Penny drops out

Jon Tuxworth It's not the fashion any player wants their Olympic hopes to be enhanced.

Basketball

Luc Longley backs Aussie Boomers to shine without Patty Mills and Andrew Bogut

Warm welcome: Patty Mills and Aron Baynes were overwhelmed by the reception they received from the locals at Mills' ancestral home in the Torres Straight Islands.

Jon Tuxworth Australian basketball great Luc Longley has backed Andrew Bogut's decision to bypass the World Cup, adamant he will be motivated by a desire to get healthy and finish his NBA career on a strong note.

Basketball

Utah Jazz give Dante Exum green light to play for Australia at World Cup

NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Dante Exum.

Jon Tuxworth NBA draftee Dante Exum has been given the nod to play for Australia at the World Cup in Spain. 

Basketball

Boomers stars deserve better backing, says Luc Longley

Patty Mills will start an Australian tour with the NBA trophy on Wednesday.

Jon Tuxworth Australian Boomers great Luc Longley says the squad has more international stars than the Socceroos.

Basketball

Patty Mills ready to etch place in NBA history

Patty Mills of the San Antonio Spurs goes to the basket against the Miami Heat during Game Two of the 2014 NBA Finals at the AT&T Center.

Jon Tuxworth San Antonio can secure the championship with victory at home on Monday and avenge its heartbreaking seven-game finals loss to the Heat last season.

Basketball

Patrick Mills ready to step up in NBA playoffs: Andrew Gaze

Patty Mills helped San Antonio dominate Portland on Thursday.

Jon Tuxworth Andrew Gaze says Patrick Mills' star showings in the NBA playoffs will add to his market value.

Basketball

Dante Exum could be school's grade A superstar

Dante Exum starred for Lake Ginninderra College in the 2013  national schoolboys titles.

Jon Tuxworth Olympic gold medallists, Socceroos captains and tennis grand slam winners have walked its halls, but few could match the hype surrounding Lake Ginninderra College’s next superstar graduate,...

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Luc Longley hopes Dante Exum avoids falling victim to club v country battle

Dante Exum playing for Lake Ginninderra College in 2013.

Jon Tuxworth Australia basketball great Luc Longley hopes club versus country tug-of-war doesn't hinder Dante Exum's world cup hopes.

Swimming

Olympic swim coach would welcome Ian Thorpe as a team mentor

Swimming Australia National Head Coach, Jacco Verhaeren, at the Australian Institute of Sport in Canberra on Wednesday 19 February 2014.
Photo: Alex Ellinghausen

Jon Tuxworth Australia's head swimming coach would welcome troubled great Ian Thorpe back into the fold.

Swimming

Canberra swimmer Bonnie Zhang won't rush Olympic challenge

Bonnie Zhang

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

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

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

Australian Opals training at the AIS. (L-R) Penny Taylor, Erin Phillips, Lauren Jackson and Liz Cambage.

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

Basketball ACT gets Phil Brown on board, and Canberra Capitals could be the big winners

New ACT Basketball high performance director Phil Brown.

Jon Tuxworth Basketball ACT secure long-serving AIS women's coach Phil Brown as high-performance director.

Basketball

Capital Carley Mijovic can help meet Australian Opals' need for speed, says coach Brendan Joyce

SPORT: Canberra Capitals player Carley Mijovic pictured at the AIS Arena, Canberra. 17th December 2013. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Jon Tuxworth She is one half of the Canberra Capitals' ''baby bigs'' but Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce believes Carley Mijovic can step up to the big time at next year's world championships.

Basketball

Boom time for medals: Mills

Boomer Patty Mills races to goal. Australia v Greece, Farewell Series, State Basketball Centre, Knox, 25/6/2012. Pic: Mick Connolly

Jon Tuxworth Canberra star Patty Mills says the Boomers should view anything less than a World Cup medal as failure.

Basketball

Tolo back in Opals with point to prove

Sport
Marianna Tolo during the Opals training session at the AIS.
The Canberra Times
03 June 2013
Photo Jay Cronan

Jon Tuxworth Marianna Tolo will use the pain of her Olympic snubbing to prove a point after earning an Australian Opals recall.

Basketball

Action Jackson finds form

Australian basketballer Lauren Jackson.

Jon Tuxworth Lauren Jackson feels nothing but relief after 10 months on the sideline ended during the week.

Basketball

Capitals confident Isabelle Strunc can boost back court

Sport: Canberra Capitals Basketball Team announce a new high profile contract, Isabella Strunc. 11th of September 2013, Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Capitals are confident they’ll boast one of the WNBL’s most dangerous back courts after signing French guard Isabelle Strunc.

Basketball

Mills seizes his chance to reign at ‘The Palace’

Australian Boomers player Patty Mills.

Jon Tuxworth This was a special moment for Patrick Mills.

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I'm back: Carrie Graf ready to guide Caps to finals

After a challenging 2012 campaign, Carrie Graf says she's ready to take the Canberra Capitals back to the WNBL finals.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf says the fire in her belly is back after revealing her father’s death and a taxing Australian Opals Olympic campaign left her ‘‘burned out and emotionally...