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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Governor-General Peter Cosgrove calls Afghanistan the 'fairy-tale' of cricket World Cup

David Polkinghorne Australia's Governor General Peter Cosgrove has labelled Afghanistan the "fairy-tale nation" of the Cricket World Cup and coach Andy Moles just hopes his side doesn't "freeze" in its first visit to...

Manuka Oval security beefed up to 24 hour protection for the Cricket World Cup

A security guard next to the pitch at Manuka Oval on Sunday ahead of the first Canberra game of the Cricket World Cup.

Chris Dutton and David Polkinghorne Manuka Oval gets 24 hour protection as organisers ramp up security to protect Cricket World Cup from corruption.

Australian football

Canberra AFL scrap proposed NEAFL draft

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David Polkinghorne AFL Canberra has scrapped its plans to hold a draft to distribute Ainslie's and Eastlake's NEAFL  players to first grade clubs, instead allocating those players to their junior clubs when...

Canberra Capitals' Carly Wilson backs Jess Bibby for one more WNBL season

Carly Wilson has backed Jess Bibby to play on.

David Polkinghorne Former Opals guard Carly Wilson  is still in shock over the Canberra Capitals' sudden end to the WNBL season and feels like she should be going training on Monday to get ready for a finals...

Orica-GreenEDGE captain Mathew Hayman signals intention to ride til he's 40

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David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Mathew Hayman wants to keep riding professionally until he's forty.

World's best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan to kick-start Bangladesh's Cricket World Cup campaign at Manuka

Shakib Al Hasan played for the Melbourne Renegades last month.

David Polkinghorne The world's best all-rounder, a batting average second only to the great Sir Donald Bradman and the fastest scorers in the first five overs in one-day internationals.

Canberra Capitals' WNBL finals hopes dashed by Sydney Flames victory

SPORT: Basketball: Canberra Capitals take on the Townsville Fire at the AIS Arena in Bruce. Canberra Capitals player Abby Bishop is dejected after loosing to Townsville Fire. 14th December 2014. Photo by Melissa Adams of The Canberra Times.

David Polkinghorne One three-pointer was all that separated the Canberra Capitals from the WNBL finals after the Sydney Flames beat the Townsville Fire 82-80 in Sydney on Saturday night.

Javed Ahmadi a key player in Afghanistan's cricket World Cup campaign

David Polkinghorne Javed Ahmadi is Afghanistan's answer to "The Big Show" and Aussie fast-bowling great Geoff Lawson thinks he's one of the 10 players to watch at the Cricket World Cup.

Canberra Capitals face nerve-wracking wait to see if they play WNBL finals

Stephanie Talbot of the Canberra Capitals in action.

David Polkinghorne The waiting game is on for the Canberra Capitals after they kept their season alive on Friday.

Canberra Capitals face do-or-die WNBL clash against Bendigo Spirit

Capitals' Abby Bishop (right), and Adelaide's Laura Hodges (left) in action.

David Polkinghorne Caps must beat Bendigo and then hope other results go their way.

Canberra's Nathan Hart and Bec Wiasak picked for world championship track cycling team

David Polkinghorne Canberra duo set to make world champs debut together.

Jared Tallent confident of getting Olympic gold

David Polkinghorne Aussie race-walking star Jared Tallent is confident of getting an Olympic Games medal upgrade from silver to gold  -  he just doesn't know how long it will take.

World Cup boss John Harnden hoping AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle help sell out Manuka Oval

AB de Villiers and South Africa play Ireland at Manuka Oval on March 3.

David Polkinghorne Cricket World Cup organisers are hoping excitement machines AB de Villiers and Chris Gayle will help Canberra deliver  three capacity crowds at Manuka Oval as cricket's showpiece looks to build...

Commonwealth bronze medallist Jess Trengove almost takes wrong turn on path to Rio Olympics

Second placed Jess Trengove, crosses the line.

David Polkinghorne Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Jess Trengove has a long, twisting path mapped out to the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro next year, but she almost got lost trying to complete the first step at...

Melinda Gainsford-Taylor says the Sally Pearson-Mel Breen rivalry will push them to bigger heights

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Sally Pearson of Queensland and Melissa Breen of the ACT run in the womens 200 metres during the 2015 Canberra Track Classic on February 7, 2015 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne Former world champion sprinter Melinda Gainsford-Taylor believes the growing rivalry between golden girl Sally Pearson and Australian 100-metre record holder Mel Breen will not only push the pair to...

Canberra Track Classic books world champs tickets, although Lauren Wells falls agonisingly short

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07: Kathryn Mitchell of Victoria celebrates throwing a World Championship qualifing distance in the womens Javelin throw during the 2015 Canberra Track Classic on February 7, 2015 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne Want a ticket to the world championships? Then come to Canberra.

Sally Pearson backs Canberra to host athletics nationals – on one proviso

Sport. 7th February 2015. The Australian Athletics Tour, Canberra Track Classic. Infigen Energy Women 100 meters, with Melissa Breen and Sally Pearson after the race.

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David Polkinghorne It's unanimous. The Canberra Track Classic should be a permanent fixture on Athletics Australia's summer calendar and Olympic Games champion Sally Pearson has backed it to host the nationals –...

Sally Pearson outruns shadow Mel Breen at Canberra Track Classic

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Sally Pearson of Queensland and Melissa Breen of the ACT run in the womens 200 metres during the 2015 Canberra Track Classic on February 7, 2015 in Canberra, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

David Polkinghorne Golden girl Sally Pearson says the fear of losing drives her and that fear is starting to manifest itself in the shape of her new shadow and Australian record holder Mel Breen.

Athletics

Alex Rowe aiming for world champs qualifier at Canberra Track Classic

Rowe holds the record along with Ralph Doubell,? who set the mark of one minute 44.4 seconds at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico, and the 22-year-old wants to hit the ground running at the Canberra Track Classic on Saturday to book his place to the world championships in Beijing in August.

David Polkinghorne And he's backed Canberra to host the nationals, on one proviso.

Coach Matthew Beckenham says beating Sally Pearson an important step for Melissa Breen

Breen Pearson was an ultra-consistent performer and a close result with a quick Pearson would also be a good result.

David Polkinghorne Coach Matthew Beckenham says Canberra sprint queen Melissa Breen has the perfect chance to start silencing doubts she can compete against the world's best when she takes on Australian golden girl...