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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Big Bash lights up the nation's capital

From left, Owen McCaughan, 9, Ryan McCaughan, 12 both of Conder and Trent Rogers, 12 of Gordon.

David Polkinghorne "Fire up Canberra" the big screens implored, the Big Bash circus is in town. And fire up it did.

Baseball

Jack Murphy wins Canberra Calvary's most valuable player award

Jack Murphy won the Cavs MVP award.

David Polkinghorne Cavalry's manager says the Toronto Blue Jays prospect is ready to take the next step.

Athletics

Melissa Breen and Sally Pearson to go head-to-head at Canberra Track Classic

Melissa Breen will take on Olympic gold medallist Sally Pearson at the AIS track on February 7.

David Polkinghorne Canberra get ready to rumble - Australian women's sprinting heavyweights Melissa Breen and Sally Pearson are preparing to do battle in  the nation's capital again at the AIS track on February 7.

Brad Hogg in no rush to follow 'young' Brett Lee into retirement

Brad Hogg continues to be a match-winner nearing his 44th birthday.

David Polkinghorne Evergreen tweaker Brad Hogg wants to squeeze every last leggie out of his career, and he admits to being a little bitdisappointed his former Australian teammate Brett Lee has pulled the pin on his...

Adam Gilchrist's top 10 highlights of the Big Bash League

Michael Klinger

David Polkinghorne Australian legendary keeper-batsman  Adam Gilchrist revolutionised the modern game and his explosive batting was a precursor to the  invention of Twenty20 cricket.

Sydney Sixers' Nic Maddinson shapes as Big Bash League X-factor

Nic Maddinson swings a ball to the boundary during his match-winning innings.

David Polkinghorne Adam Gilchrist and Damien Fleming back Sydney Sixers batsman Nic Maddinson to be the X-factor in the Big Bash League final at Manuka Oval on Wednesday, while stand-in Aussie captain Steve Smith...

Big Bash League final at Manuka Oval "disappointing" for Perth Scorchers fans

perth fans

David Polkinghorne Perth Scorchers chief executive Christina Matthews says it's disappointing for Perth fans the Big Bash League final isn't at the WACA Ground.

Canberra quick Jason Behrendorff only going to get better: Perth Scorchers bowling coach

Jason Behrendorff has taken 14 wickets in nine matches during the 2014/15 Big Bash League season.

David Polkinghorne Perth Scorchers quick Jason Behrendorff might be knocking on the door of the Australian team, but the man charged with returning Western Australia to a fast bowling production line feels he is still...

Racing

Nick Olive's Corsa Rosa an accidental winner at Canberra

Corsa Rosa powered hom to win race 2 at Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

David Polkinghorne If things had've gone to plan, Corsa Rosa would've been relaxing in a paddock with a mouth full of grass instead of grinding out a gutsy win at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park.

Tennis needs Kyrgios-esque characters rather than probots

Nick Kyrgios is a refreshing change compared to the monotone, robotic players on the tennis circuit.

David Polkinghorne Let's face it, the modern world of professional tennis can get pretty boring, with an endless stream of homogenous baseliners exchanging ground strokes from opposite ends of the court before...

Tristan Crawford to pitch game four for Canberra Cavalry

Tristan Crawford has pitching duties for the Cavalry on Sunday.

David Polkinghorne "He wants it, he's got it." Canberra Cavalry pitching coach Hayden Beard says  Australian international pitcher Tristan Crawford is good to go for game four in the do-or-die series against the...

Iraq winger Ahmed Yasin says his teammates are 'real men' playing with 'broken hearts' due to the war

Ahmed Yasin celebrates a goal for Iraq against Palestine in the group stage.

David Polkinghorne It's clear Ahmed Yasin has nothing but admiration for his Iraqi teammates.

Kembla Grange trainer Paul Murray says ongoing cobalt investigation is hurting his business

Kembla Grange trainer Paul Murray.

David Polkinghorne Kembla Grange trainer Paul Murray says it's been a tough seven months since his cobalt investigation began.

Iraq to play Iran in Asian Cup quarter-final after win over Palestine

Tawfiq Abuhammad of Palestine give Saad Abdulameer of Iraq an elbow to the face while challenging for the ball.

David Polkinghorne Soccer fans, Asian Cup officials and historians alike will salivate over the Iraq-Iran quarter-final set to descend on Canberra Stadium on Friday night after Iraq beat Palestine 2-0 in their final...

Baseball

ABL abandons wash-outs, Canberra Cavalry face do-or-die Sydney Blue Sox match

Marcus Lemon celebrates making a run.

David Polkinghorne The Canberra Cavalry's charge to the finals will be decided this weekend against the Sydney Blue Sox.

Racing

Queanbeyan jockey Adrian Layt thrown at Bathurst

In doubt: The feud between TVN's NSW and Victorian shareholders threatens the future of the racing broascaster.

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan jockey Adrian Layt could be excused for thinking he was at the Bathurst rodeo rather than the race track after his ride in the third, Butter Face, came out of the gates bucking. 

Perth Scorchers quick Jason Behrendorff sees Big Bash League as another Aussie audition

Jason Behrendorff and the Perth Scorchers are one win away from playing at Manuka Oval in the Big Bash final.

David Polkinghorne Every time Canberra quick Jason Behrendorff begins his run up, he sees it as an audition for the Australian team.

Cycling

Canberra cyclist Nathan Haas aims for Tour Down Under podium

Nathan Haas.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist would love to have Cadel Evans up there with him.

Soccer

Andrew Barr says sold out Canberra Stadium highlights Socceroos potential

Chinese fans make some noise.

David Polkinghorne and Jon Tuxworth Asian Cup organisers insist their hands were tied after fans were turned away from Sunday's sold out China-North Korea clash.  

Nuru Somi, Jacqui Slack win ACT sprint triathlon championships

Jacqui Slack on her way to winning the women's triathlon.

David Polkinghorne Sibling rivalry helped Canberra's Nuru Somi become one of the best triathletes in the nation's capital.