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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Australian football

Ainslie's NEAFL winless streak continues with Southport Sharks thumping

David Polkinghorne It should have been the perfect time to play a Queensland team - 10.30am in the middle of a frosty Canberra winter - but even the weather is going against Ainslie as their winless streak...

Carl Valeri the 'perfect fit' as Melbourne Victory captain: Paul Wade

David Polkinghorne Former Socceroos captain Paul Wade says Carl Valeri is the "perfect fit" to take over the Melbourne Victory captaincy from departed skipper Mark Milligan.

Southern Stars to target England captain Charlotte Edwards in women's Ashes

Hungry for success: ACT Meteors' Rene Farrell  will take part in the women's Ashes.

David Polkinghorne The last time Australia held the women's Ashes, ACT Meteors quick Rene Farrell took a hat-trick to help take down England.

Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Matthews targets Tour de France stage wins despite broken ribs

Battling on ... Michael Matthews did not suffer any broken bones in the massive pile-up during stage three of the Tour but he was badly bruised as cyclists ran over him.

David Polkinghorne The gutsy Canberran doesn't want to let a crash ruin his Tour two years in a row.

Paralympic swimmer Ellie Cole sets two world records on way to world championship gold

Sport.  Multiple Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Cole is back in Canberra to train at the Swimming Australia National Training Centre at the AIS.   9 January 2014. Canberra Times photograph by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Multiple Paralympic gold medallist Ellie Cole has overcome a double shoulder reconstruction that threatened to end her career to set two world records on the way to claiming a world title.

Queanbeyan beat Eastlake in AFL Canberra first grade

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan's Brett Fruend believes his side can push Belconnen and Tuggeranong in the ACT first grade AFL comp.

Canberra golfer Brendan Jones returns home due to family reasons

Brendan Jones is battling injury but is confident of rediscovering his best form.

David Polkinghorne Canberra golfer Brendan Jones has returned home to deal with family issues.

Volleyroos miss out on bronze, Kenya win group 3 of World Grand Prix at AIS

Left, Australia player Georgina Rowe in action.

David Polkinghorne  Volleyroos captain Shae Sloane couldn't believe what she was hearing when the tragic news of Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh's death came through.

Rush Indulgence makes it a Moruya quinella at Queanbeyan

Rush Indulgence wins a tight finish at Queanbeyan on Saturday.

David Polkinghorne Moruya trainer Michael Gatty owes Chicka Pearson a beverage.

Mark Webber says Daniel Ricciardo needs to 'weather the storm' at Red Bull

<i>Illustration: Matt Davidson</i>

David Polkinghorne Mark Webber says Daniel Ricciardo is in a "tough situation"  and just needs to "weather the storm" at Red Bull.

Sevens heaven a big Olympics motivator

Maroon fever: Patty Mills at Disneyland.

David Polkinghorne ACT flanker Sammy Maxwell says the lure of sevens at the Olympic Games is a "big motivator" to bring women and girls into the sport. 

Michael Matthews suffers fractured rib in Tour de France crash

Michael Matthews of Australia attempts to rejoin the peloton after being involved in Monday's crash.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cycling sensation Michael Matthews has reportedly suffered a fractured rib from the horrendous Tour de France crash that forced six riders to abandon the famous race.

Canberra's Mathew Hayman hopes missing Tour de France will make a Classic spring

Canberra's Mathew Hayman of Orica-GreenEDGE was devastated to be left out of this year's Tour.

David Polkinghorne Mathew Hayman hopes the "silver lining" to missing a TDF spot will be a strong showing in next year's Spring Classics.

Dawn Fraser apologises 'unreservedly' for Nick Kyrgios comments

Dawn Fraser on Today.

David Polkinghorne and Kate Aubusson Australian sporting icon Dawn Fraser has "unreservedly apologised" for her controversial comments about Australian tennis stars Nick Kyrgios.

Wimbledon 2015: Dawn Fraser defends comments on Nick Kyrgios as not racist

Nick Kyrgios has been accused of ''tanking'' against Richard Gasquet.

David Polkinghorne Olympic champion defends her controversial comments on Australian tennis star Nick Kyrgios.

Tuggeranong coach Nathan Costigan reflects on deaths of cousin Tara and Adelaide Crows coach Phil Walsh

Tuggeranong coach Nathan Costigan, cousin of Tara, pays tribute to Phil Walsh.

David Polkinghorne All Nathan Costigan could think about during the minute's silence was his two-year-old son and how important it was for him to be a good father.

Jockey Richard Bensley opens with hat-trick at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park

Richard Bensley rides Spirit Mania to victory in the benchmark 65 handicap (1200m) at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday for his third winner of the day.

David Polkinghorne You could barely wipe the smile of Goulburn jockey Richard Bensley's face at Thoroughbred Park on Sunday.

Eastlake and Ainslie fight out NEAFL draw at Manuka Oval

David Polkinghorne Eastlake coach Ben Waite predicted his side would beat Ainslie this year. In the end, centimetres beat him.

If anyone can do Tour de France-Giro d'Italia double it's Alberto Contador: Michael Rogers

Feted: Alberto Contador's Giro success can be traced back to the Tour Down Under 10 years ago.

David Polkinghorne  Michael Rogers might be a three-time world champion, but he needs a "great leader" like Spaniard Alberto Contador to make the sacrifices worth while.

Michael Matthews and Nathan Haas to make Tour de France debuts together

Tour debut: Despite success in the Giro d'Italia and Vuelta a Espana, Michael Matthews still hasn't ridden in a Tour de France.

David Polkinghorne Canberra's Nathan Haas and Michael Matthews 'grew up together on the bikes'.