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Chris Dutton

Chris Dutton is a sporters reporter at The Canberra Times.


Lauren Jackson backs Abby Bishop to be an Australian Opals captain after parenting policy forces her to withdraw from world championships

Chris Dutton Australia's greatest female basketballer Lauren Jackson has endorsed Abby Bishop as a future Opals captain, despite a new parental policy forcing the "overnight single mum" to withdraw from the world...


Lauren Jackson backs Abby Bishop to be an Australian Opals captain despite parenting policy forcing her to withdraw from world championships

Abby Bishop watches Lauren Jackson train.

Chris Dutton Lauren Jackson has endorsed Abby Bishop as a future Opals captain, despite this week's controversy.


Canberra superstar Lauren Jackson says knee surgery will prolong her career

Chris Dutton Basketball superstar Lauren Jackson said her career could have been at risk had she tried to play on with a knee injury.


Opals star Lauren Jackson to miss four months with injury

Lauren Jackson.

Chris Dutton Australian Opals superstar Lauren Jackson will miss four months of basketball as she recovers from knee and Achilles tendon surgery.

Parenting rules force Abby Bishop to miss basketball world championships

Family before country: Abby Bishop will not go to the basketball World Championships this year.

Chris Dutton A new Basketball Australia parental policy has forced Canberra's Abby Bishop to put family ahead of playing for her country and quit her world championship dreams.


WNBL: Canberra Capitals' MVP award tops tough year for Abby Bishop

(l-r) Carly Wilson, Isabelle Strunc, Abby Bishop and Sarah McAppion at the Canberra Capitals end of year dinner.
The Canberra Times
19 February 2014
Photo Jay Cronan

Chris Dutton Newly-crowned Canberra Capitals MVP Abby Bishop says she is a ''package deal'' with niece Zala.


Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf says players are playing for their WNBL careers

Carrie Graf

Chris Dutton Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf has put her team on notice with five games left in the WNBL campaign.


Basketball ACT chief executive Tony Jackson quits amid board and staff tension

Chris Dutton Increasing tension between the Basketball ACT board and staff led to chief executive Tony Jackson's decision to quit just two years into his tenure.


Canberra Capitals move to Tuggeranong for winning feeling

Sport.  Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf during the game at the AIS Arena.  25 October 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Chris Dutton The Canberra Capitals will consider moving games back to Tuggeranong next season to cut costs.


The Capitals welcome their new cardinal Abby Bishop

London Olympic Games  2012
Basketball at Olympic Park , Australia v China in the womens quarter final , Australia's Abby Bishop competes for a rebound against Song Gao
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Tuesday the 7th of August 2012

Chris Dutton They missed out on superstar Lauren Jackson but the Canberra Capitals have declared Abby Bishop ‘‘the next best thing’’.


Jackson in holding pattern as Capitals sweat on decision

Lauren Jackson in action at the AIS Arena against the West Coast Waves
The Canberra Times
15 February 2013
Photo: Jay Cronan

Chris Dutton Lauren Jackson will wait until June before deciding on her immediate future and won't be rushed into committing to a WNBL comeback for the Canberra Capitals next season.


Graf backs Joyce choice

SPORT  - Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf returned back to Capitals training today after the death of her father, at the Belconnen Basketball Centre, Canberra.
22th November 2012
Photo : Colleen Petch of the Canberra Times

Chris Dutton New Opals coach Brendan Joyce's biggest challenge will be adjusting to coaching women, Carrie Graf says.


Harrower tips Hurst for glory

Chris Dutton Australian Opals great Kristi Harrower has backed Nat Hurst to become an international star.


Tolo turns Capitals down

Marianna Tolo.

Chris Dutton Former Capitals star Marianna Tolo has turned down an approach from Canberra as she aims for glory in Europe


Coach eyes Jackson for 2020 Games

Opals - Australia v Brazil at The new State Basketball Centre Knox.
Australia's Captain Lauren Jackson.
Photo by Gary Sissons.

Chris Dutton Lauren Jackson might have to wait for ''her time'' to be flag bearer but Australian coach Carrie Graf believes the superstar's chance will arrive in the future after urging her to continue to an...


Rediscovering passion: Canberra basketballer's round the world journey

9 July 2012, Sport, Journalist Chris Dutton.  Canberra Times Photo by Jeffrey Chan. Former Canberra Capital Abby Bishop at Canberra Airport before flying out to the 2012 London Olympics.

Chris Dutton Basketball has taken Abby Bishop around the world but as she prepares for the biggest moment of her career, the former Canberra Capital revealed she almost quit when she lost her passion for the...


It's time for fringe stars to shine: Graf

Opals coach Carrie Graf on the side line.

Chris Dutton Carrie Graf admits the Canberra Capitals will play their first pre-season trial ''under-manned',' but the supercoach has urged her fringe players to step up and show they're ready for an increased...


Bibby back on target in mixed Capitals' trip

Picture: Gary Sissons. 
Photo taken at Dandenong Basketball Stadium.
Jessica Bibby.

Chris Dutton Canberra Capitals skipper Jess Bibby hopes she has rediscovered her attacking flair after scoring 72 points in three games as the team prepares for the start of the WNBL season.


Gloves off already as Boomers report Ardossi

Chris Dutton The WNBL season hasn't even started but the Bulleen Boomers have lit the fuse in their rivalry with the Canberra Capitals after a bizarre decision to report Brigitte Ardossi for striking in a...


Ardossi shrugs off Boomer barbs to battle on for Capitals

Canberra Capitals player, Brigitte Ardossi . Pic taken at the Belconnen Basketball Centre.

Chris Dutton Brigitte Ardossi wants to prove she's not a ''dirty player'' and has vowed to continue her physical game style despite the Bulleen Boomers' bizarre decision to accuse her of striking.