Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth

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

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,...

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.

Swimming

Canberra swimmer Bonnie Zhang won't rush Olympic challenge

Bonnie Zhang

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

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.

Basketball

Graf records to stand test of time

Sport. WNBL Canberra Capitals Vs Sydney Flames. Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf during the game against the Sydney Flames at the AIS Arena.   5 October 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf is closing in on Tom Maher’s long-standing wins record.

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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Basketball

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...

Basketball

Patience will pay off for Hurst: Graf

Natalie Hurst

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf believes Nat Hurst is capable of playing for Australia well into her 30s.

Basketball

Joyce has the coaching pedigree to help bring out the best in Opals

MERCURY SPORT-BASKETBALL  National basketball League NBL game between Wollongong Hawks and Gold Coast Blaze. Blaze players train at Wollongong Entertainment Centre prior to the game on Friday night. Blaze coach Brendan Joyce arrives for training  Thursday 13 November 2008  Pic by Andy Zakeli SPECIAL 84997

Jon Tuxworth Brendan Joyce is backed to succeed as the new Australian Opals coach.

Basketball

Caps season to start on the road

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals fans will have to wait until round three of the 2012-13 WNBL season to witness the return of Lauren Jackson at home in Canberra after the draw was released today.

Another tough start for Caps

Canberra Capitals player Lauren Jackson.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals skipper Jess Bibby has urged local fans not to take the return of Lauren Jackson for granted as the club looks to recover from an ''un-Canberra Capitals-like'' season.

Basketball

No rush on Jackson decision

Lauren Jackson

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Capitals will wait until Lauren Jackson is analysed by the club's medical staff before answering speculation she could undergo surgery before her rich deal even begins.