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Jon Tuxworth

Jon Tuxworth is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

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Opals coach Brendan Joyce defends selection of Tessa Lavey over Nat Hurst for Turkey

Jon Tuxworth Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce has backed his shock decision to select rookie point guard Tessa Lavey over Canberra's Nat Hurst for the world championships, labelling her the team's 'quickest...

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Opals star Lauren Jackson ruled out of basketball world titles through injury

Under the knife: Lauren Jackson has had more surgery, and will miss the world championships as well as the start of the WNBL season.

Jon Tuxworth Star centre Lauren Jackson to also miss start of WNBL season for Canberra Capitals.

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Elizabeth Cambage blames arrogance for poor Australian Opals showing at 2010 World Cup

Opals star Liz Cambage is confident Australia won't bomb out at this year's World Cup.

Jon Tuxworth Opals star Elizabeth Cambage believes ''arrogance'' was behind their shock fifth placing at the last world cup

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Opals hope Nat Hurst and Leilani Mitchell will provide punch at world championships

Canberra Capitals player Natalie Hurst.

Jon Tuxworth They're rivals for the coveted starting point guard job, but Opals coach hopes duo can provide one-two punch.

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Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce wants Lauren Jackson's China club to ease her training workload

Sport.  Australian Opals vs New Zealand Tall Ferns.  Australian Opals player Lauren Jackson during the game at the AIS Arena.  18 August 2013. Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Jon Tuxworth Australian Opals coach Brendan Joyce has urged Lauren Jackson's Chinese club to reduce her hectic training schedule, admitting he's worried she's being overworked as she battles a niggling Achilles...

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Opals star Nat Hurst keen to play SEABL for Canberra Capitals

Nat Hurst in action for the Canberra Capitals.

Jon Tuxworth The Canberra Capitals Academy are hopeful Australian Opals star Nat Hurst will play for them this SEABL season.

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Opals star joins calls for equality

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Jon Tuxworth AUSTRALIAN Opals veteran Kristi Harrower says Basketball Australia rejected the team's request to be given six business class seats to travel to the 2008 Olympics, despite the entire men's side...

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Graf stuck in limbo over Opals job as Capitals position is up

SPORT -  Canberra Capitals take on Dandenong Rangers in the WNBL at the AIS Arena Bruce, Capital's coach Carrie Graf screams instructions. Canberra                                                                                                                                                   19th January  2013.                                                                                                                                                                   Photo by, Colleen Petch of The Canberra Times

By Jon Tuxworth THE Canberra Capitals are ''very confident'' of agreeing to terms with out-of-contract coach Carrie Graf before the end of the WNBL season.

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Graf sticks with Capitals, leaving Opals

Head coach Carrie Graf of Australia watches from the bench area during the Women's Basketball quaterfinal against China on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Basketball Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf will today confirm she will re-sign with the WNBL club after Basketball Australia confirmed she will not renominate for the Australian Opals post.

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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.

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Tolo back in Opals with point to prove

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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.

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Lauren Jackson says she 'doesn't have point to prove to anyone' in WNBL injury return with Canberra Capitals

Jon Tuxworth Lauren Jackson insists she can return to her best after a "nightmare" injury run. 

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Abby Bishop backs Canberra Capitals to step up early without Lauren Jackson

Jon Tuxworth Losing one of the world's best players always hurts, but Canberra Capitals forward Abby Bishop says she can shoulder the extra workload until Opals superstar Lauren Jackson returns from injury.

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New Canberra Capitals boss Lachlan Searle has big plans for basketball in ACT

Lachlan Searle has been appointed as the Canberra Capitals' general manager.

Jon Tuxworth New Canberra Capitals general manager Lachlan Searle wants the club to ''captivate Canberra'' on and off the court as it looks to boost its presence in a crowded sporting marketplace. 

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Lauren Jackson confident of playing in World Cup, Canberra Capitals season

Star power: Australian Opals player Lauren Jackson.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Capitals superstar Lauren Jackson is back running for the first time since major knee surgery this week.

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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.

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Australian basketball needs to take advantage of Patty Mills-mania

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Jon Tuxworth For seven glorious minutes on Monday afternoon, basketball captured the imagination of Australia's sporting public like never before when Canberra's Patty Mills exploded on the sport's biggest stage.