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.

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.

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.

Cycling

Governing body moves to ensure it's clean

Review: CA president Klaus Mueller.

Jon Pierik Cycling Australia president will urge board to authorise investigation of current staff.

Swimming

Thorpe's desire questioned

Ian Thorpe.

Jon Pierik Head coach Leigh Nugent unsure whether Thorpe has determination needed to dominate.

Basketball

'It went further than the swim team': Cambage's intriguing Twitter post

Liz Cambage

Jon Pierik London Olympian Elizabeth Cambage posted an intriguing message on Twitter on Tuesday, questioning whether the antics of disgraced swimmer James Magnussen had impacted on other female athletes during...

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

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

Star duo get by with little help from new friend

Jon Pierik Patty Mills and Aron Baynes have enough excitement just being part of the San Antonio Spurs' run to the National Basketball Association finals - but there has been an added bonus.

Basketball

Boomers mix with Beatle

Patty Mills.

Jon Pierik Patty Mills and Aron Baynes have enough excitement just being part of the San Antonio Spurs' run to the NBA finals - but there has been an added bonus.

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

NBA spur has Maric riding high for London

Aleks Maric.

Jon Pierik Aleks Maric has even more reason to help the Boomers to their their first Olympic medal.

Basketball

Jackson shrugs off US Olympic 'banter'

Australian mens and womens basketball squads for London announced today at The State Basketball Centre in Wantirna , Lauren Jackson
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Friday the 22nd of June 2012

Jon Pierik Basketball great Lauren Jackson has brushed aside claims the United States would only face tough competition at next month's Olympic Games if it fielded a second team, declaring the Opals were aiming...

Ingles angling for spot in starting line-up

Focused: Joe Ingles can't wait for the London Olympics.

Jon Pierik Joe Ingles is ready for some bigger challenges, writes Jon Pierik.

Opals in the mood for medal

Australian Opals

Jon Pierik Lauren Jackson brushes aside claims US faces no tough competition at Olympics.