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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Cycling

Track cyclist Alex Bird moves on from snub to nationals swansong

David Polkinghorne Canberra's Alex Bird says he was ''miffed'' with Cycling Australia selectors, but he bears no grudges or regrets.

Baseball

Jon Berti on fast track to Major League Baseball

SPORT: Canberra Cavalry presentation night at the Woden Tradies,Phillip. Cavalry player Jon Berti winner of Michael Collins MVP award. 27th January 2014. Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times
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David Polkinghorne Canberra Cavalry coach Michael Collins thinks Jon Berti has what it takes to play Major League Baseball.

Paracylcling

Test spin leads Paul Kennedy to tandem racing

David Polkinghorne Paul Kennedy is a goalballer who thought cycling might help him get over a torn anterior cruciate ligament.

Baseball

Canberra Cavalry charge into finals after Perth Heat answer prayers

David Polkinghorne Huddled around laptops and iPads at Brisbane Airport, the Canberra Cavalry have never been happier to see a Perth Heat grand slam.

Swimming

Swim team culture no longer toxic, says optimistic Coutts

David Polkinghorne Alicia Coutts says the Australian swimming team's much-maligned culture was ''so much better'' last year.

Winter Olympics

Paul Narracott backs Jana Pittman's bobsled efforts

David Polkinghorne Jana Pittman can make a smooth transition to bobsled at next month's Sochi Games, says Paul Narracott.

Basketball

Bishop guides Capitals to narrow win

Sport. WNBL match at the AIS Arena between the Canberra Capitals (blue) and the Melbourne Boomers. Caps guard, Natalie Hurst, finds a way past Nicole Romeo. January 25th. 2014 Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

David Polkinghorne Carrie Graf says there's a reason why Abby Bishop is described as a ''monster''.

Tennis

Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis may battle for Davis Cup singles spot

David Polkinghorne Nick Kyrgios and Thanasi Kokkinakis may be forced to do battle with each other for a Davis Cup singles berth.

Tennis

Nick Kyrgios feat moulds tennis dream for ACT

Australian Open Tennis Day 4 Melbourne Park ,  Nick Kyrgios during his match against Benoit Paire on Margaret Court Arena tonight
Photo Pat Scala The Age
Thursday the 16th of January 2014

David Polkinghorne Tennis Australia wants to use young gun Nick Kyrgios' rise through the tennis ranks to turn Canberra into the claycourt capital of Australia.

Cycling

Mathew Hayman begins his journey to last frontier, Tour de France

David Polkinghorne There's one ''big hole'' in Commonwealth Games gold medallist Mathew Hayman's 15-year career - he has never ridden in the Tour de France.

Tennis

Velocity loses Nick Kyrgios but gains Chanelle Scheepers

Chris Dutton, David Polkinghorne The Canberra Velocity men's team has lost a superstar but the women's squad will boast a marquee signing on Monday.

Baseball

Perth Heat pitchers too hot for Canberra Cavalry bats

David Polkinghorne Canberra Cavalry need to win all four games against Brisbane this weekend to ensure they play finals.

Tennis

Nick Kyrgios confident he can go five sets

Chris Dutton, David Polkinghorne Davis Cup rookie Nick Kyrgios insists he has the stamina to play five-set tennis.

Ginninderra wins but confusion reigns over one-day cup final four

David Polkinghorne Ginninderra celebrated an unlikely double bonus-point win thinking it had snuck into the final four of the John Gallop Cup on Saturday.

Wheelchair Rugby League

ACT inches closer to setting up wheelchair rugby league competition

Sport: Wheelchair Rugby League Australia. Members of the Wheelaroos line up against each other in an exciting match up to show case the emerging sport. Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra. Anthony Frahm and Daniel Begman in action. 18th of January 2014. Canberra Times Photograph by Katherine Griffiths

David Polkinghorne Canberra's first taste of wheelchair rugby league has the governing body confident they can start a competition.

Baseball

Cavs remain in the hunt for play-offs after Murphy inspires a come-from-behind win

David Polkinghorne Four Jack Murphy words were the last things Canberra Cavalry fans thought they would hear on Saturday night.

Lawn bowls

ACT bowling clubs search for ways to survive

David Polkinghorne Optimism remains that bowls will remain part of the ACT's sporting scene, writes David Polkinghorne.

Baseball

ABL: Defence costs Canberra Cavalry dearly against Perth Heat

David Polkinghorne Canberra coach Michael Collins says the defence let starting pitcher Brian Grening down against Perth.

Tennis

Masur tips Kyrgios to light up Open stage

Australian Open 2014- Day 3. Nick Kyrgios from Australia practicing on court 9. 15th of January 2014.  The Age news Picture by Joe Armao

David Polkinghorne Australian tennis great Wally Masur has backed Canberra's Nick Kyrgios to "light it up'' on the world stage.

Tennis

'The Stalk' a formidable opponent for Nick Kyrgios

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 14:  Benoit Paire of France plays a backhand in his first round match against Frank Dancevic of Canada during day two of the 2014 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 14, 2014 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Robert Prezioso/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne At 1.96 metres tall and just 80 kilograms, it's not hard to understand why Benoit Paire is nicknamed ''The Stalk''.