Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik

Jon Pierik is a sports writer with The Age, focusing primarily on AFL football, cricket and basketball. He has won awards for his cricket and basketball writing.

Basketball

Miami Heat player speculation underpins intriguing play-off series

Jon Pierik The late, great Detroit Pistons coach Chuck Daly always said his favourite time of the basketball year was the play-offs.

Motorsport

Daniel Ricciardo can finish the season as a top three driver, says formula one legend Alan Jones

Daniel Ricciardo

Jon Pierik Australian formula one legend Alan Jones says Daniel Ricciardo has the talent to finish the year as one of the top three drivers.

Cricket

James Sutherland confident cricket World Cup will be a huge success

James Sutherland.

Jon Pierik Cricket Australia chief is confident next year's World Cup will not be ambushed by the rise of Twenty20.

Basketball

Melbourne Tigers coach Chris Anstey fined for referee abuse, post-match criticism

Chris Anstey.

Jon Pierik Chris Anstey hopeful honesty will help generate greater support for NBL.

Tennis

Roger Federer must go back to serve and volley game, says John Newcombe

Roger Federer.

Jon Pierik Tennis great says he would like to see Federer regain the drive to regularly serve and volley.

Tennis

Maria Sharapova shrugs off shoulder injury before Australian Open

Well prepared: Maria Sharapova hits up at Melbourne Park.

Jon Pierik Russian prepared to grind her way through her opening Australian Open matches.

Tennis

Ashleigh Barty keen to take her chances against Serena Williams at Australian Open

Ashleigh Barty

Jon Pierik and Sam Lienert Australian wants to enjoy her chance to take on the world's top women's player.

Maria Sharapova ready to shoulder heavy Australian Open work load

Maria Sharapova

Jon Pierik While she may be one of the game's glamour stars, Maria Sharapova says she is prepared to grind her way through her opening Australian Open matches as she continues her comeback from shoulder surgery.

Basketball

Canberra teen Dante Exum is tipped to be a top-four NBA draftee

Dante Exum.

Jon Pierik Top NBA draft prospect will decide by February whether to nominate for premier competition.

Basketball

Dante Exum urged to accept NBA draft 'Tattslotto' win

Dante Exum.

Jon Pierik As Dante Exum prepares to make a decision on his basketball future, former NBA top pick Andrew Bogut has suggested the "smart" decision would be for him to turn professional next season.

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Tennis

China ready to stage fifth grand slam, says John Newcombe

Jon Pierik Tennis great says the sport should consider adding a fifth blue-chip event.

Basketball

NBL season in danger of being scrapped

NBL contest.

Jon Pierik Clubs need to prove they have the finances to orchestrate a de-merger or fall back.

Cricket

Night Tests in three years if Nine gets its way

night cricket

Jon Pierik As cricket bids to extend its reach, a senior Channel Nine official says night Test cricket could become a reality within three years.

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Basketball

Ex-Boomers coach Brett Brown takes on NBA's 76ers

Boomers coach Brett Brown

Jon Pierik Former Australian Olympic basketball coach Brett Brown has agreed to be the head coach of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers.

Basketball

ABC gives more dunk for its buck

Lauren Jackson.

Jon Pierik Basketball Australia to announce expanded broadcasting rights agreement with ABC.

Basketball

New coach talks up Boomers' chances

Excited: New Boomers coach Andrej Lemanis (right) with the Breakers' Will Hudson after the NBL grand final.

Jon Pierik Andrej Lemanis believes he has a squad that can achieve something "special".

Basketball

Lemanis to lead Boomers

Jon Pierik While Andrej Lemanis initially had tears at his farewell press conference as coach of the New Zealand Breakers on Wednesday, it was quickly down to business for Australia's new national coach.

Basketball

To go gold, Opals must walk the walk, says Joyce the voice

Brendan Joyce.

Jon Pierik New Opals coach says there was too much talk of winning a gold medal before London Olympics, declaring it is time for the team to 'walk the walk'.

Basketball

Gaze predicts bright future for new-look NBL

Andrew Gaze.

Jon Pierik Australian great says financial security and expansion must be on top of the agenda of the new National Basketball League.

Basketball

Gaze gets international gong

Andrew Gaze.

Jon Pierik Australian basketball great Andrew Gaze will be inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame.