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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

If Chris Gayle fires, West Indies captain Jason Holder thinks 400 is a chance

David Polkinghorne Look out Zimbabwe, if Chris Gayle finds the destructive form he's famous for, West Indies captain Jason Holder is predicting a score   of 400 is within reach.

Racing

Gratz Vella aiming Mixed Blossom for Black Opal Stakes

Jockey Richard Bensley, second from left,  rides Mixed Blossom to victory in the Inglis Bonus Lightning Ridge 2YO Plate at Thoroughbred Park in Canberra on Sunday.

David Polkinghorne Trainer, jockey and connections bear canny resemblance to Black Opal Stakes win four years ago.

Melissa Breen claims 200m crown at Athletics ACT championships

Sport.  2014-15 AACT T & F Championships at the AIS Athletics Track.  Melissa Breen after running a time of 23.70 in the womens final of the 200m sprint.  22 February 2015.  Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne Melissa Breen is heeding the advice of one of our greatest sprinters as she sets her sights on Sally Pearson.

Sean Williams hopes Zimbabwe can repeat Ireland's upset of West Indies

Zimbabwe batsman Sean Williams at Manuka Oval on Sunday.

David Polkinghorne A disagreement with Zimbabwe's former coach left Sean Williams on the verge of retiring from international cricket, now he's shaping as a key figure as the Africans look to repeat Ireland's upset win...

Paralympian Evan O'Hanlon claims ACT able-bodied sprint crown

Evan O'Hanlon pictured during the 100m sprint heats.

David Polkinghorne Paralympic star Evan O'Hanlon is officially the fastest man in the ACT, including able-bodied sprinters.

Wests win over Eastlake opens up race for Cricket ACT minor premiership

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David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan are confident they can cover the loss of potential future England fast bowler Ed Barnard.

Canberra cyclist Rebecca Wiasak wins individual pursuit world track crown

Rebecca Wiasak, right, celebrates winning gold with bronze medalist Amy Cure.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Rebecca Wiasak could be excused for thinking Cycling Australia didn't want her.

Manuka Oval comes alive in Cricket World Cup debut with multicultural festivity

Ashwad Ahmed of Sydney.

David Polkinghorne Canberra's multicultural festival enjoyed an extended stay at Manuka Oval on Wednesday night.

Bangladesh start Cricket World Cup with easy win over Afghanistan

Bangladesh wicketkeeper Rahim Mushfiqur celebrates his side's win.

David Polkinghorne It was a Bangladesh victory that ruined dreams of an Afghanistan fairytale.

Afghanistan will be dancing in the streets if they beat Bangladesh: Geoff Lawson

Afghanistan coach Andy Moles has a big task ahead of him.

David Polkinghorne Australian great Geoff Lawson says there will be "dancing in the streets" of Afghanistan if they can continue the fairytale and upset Bangladesh in their Cricket World Cup debut at Manuka Oval on...

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

The Afghanistan World Cup cricket team at their training session on Manuka Oval on Monday.

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

Mathew Hayman

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.