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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Racing

Canberra jockey Kayla Nisbet considers retiring

David Polkinghorne Canberra apprentice Kayla Nisbet is considering retiring as a jockey and is taking three months off competitive riding to consider her future in the sport.

Baseball

Canberra Cavalry boasts one of best starting pitcher rotations in ABL

Tim Atherton in action  for Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks. He's returning to the Canberra Cavalry.

David Polkinghorne Canberra Cavalry operations manager Tom Vincent says it will have one of the best starting pitcher rotations in the Australian Baseball League this season after bringing Tim Atherton back to his...

Cricket

Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien hopes to reproduce fastest World Cup century at Manuka Oval

Irish cricketer Kevin O'Brien in the nets at Manuka Oval.

David Polkinghorne Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Sir Viv Richards are the names that come to mind when you think about the fastest World Cup century, but that honour goes to Ireland all-rounder Kevin O'Brien.

Mountain Biking

Tim Eaton endures fractured kneecap to reclaim NSW-ACT Downhill Mountain Bike crown

Sport.  NSW-ACTState Series at Stromlo Forest Park.  Rider Tim Eaton.    5 October 2014 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

David Polkinghorne It took doctors seven months to discover he had a cracked knee cap, but Canberra's Tim Eaton reclaimed the NSW-ACT Downhill Mountain Bike Series elite men's crown at Mount Stromlo on Sunday.

Mountain Biking

Tegan Molloy inspired to claim world downhill crown by roommate Caroline Buchanan

Tegan Molloy says the success of roommate Caroline Buchanan pushed her to win the world downhill crown.

David Polkinghorne Rooming with multiple world champion Caroline Buchanan proved to be the catalyst for Jindabyne downhill mountain biker Tegan Molloy to claim her own world crown.

Cycling

Robbie McEwen predicts Tour de France heartache to drive Michael Matthews to 2015 glory

Michael Matthews should come back better after missing the Tour de France.

David Polkinghorne It was the crash that ruined Michael Matthews' 2014 Tour de France dream, but Aussie sprint king Robbie McEwen thinks it could result in  the Canberra young gun having a massive 2015 including a...

Cricket

Calypso king Phil Simmons hoping to guide Ireland to World Cup contention

Irish Cricket Team coach Phil Simmons at the Irish Embassy in Canberra.

David Polkinghorne Ireland coach, West Indies all-rounder Phil Simmons, has grand plans for next year's Cricket World Cup

Baseball

Pirates pitcher John Holdzkom's success underlines merit of Australian Baseball League

David Polkinghorne Australian Baseball League general manager Ben Foster says they always knew they were a breeding ground for the next Major League stars, but John Holdzkom's rapid rise from obscurity to play-offs...

Australian football

Jeremy Rowe re-signs as Belconnen Magpies coach despite team dropping out of NEAFL

David Polkinghorne But still wants to coach at a higher level.

Racing

Frank Cleary to target Queanbeyan Cup with That's Freedom

That's Freedom.

David Polkinghorne That's Freedom is no Black Caviar, but legendary trainer Frank Cleary will push on towards the Queanbeyan Cup after his gutsy all-the-way victory in the benchmark 60 handicap (1460 metres) at the...

Football

Lucy Zelic and Sally Shipard say women's soccer World Cup on synthetic pitches discriminatory

Former Matildas midfielder Sally Shipard and SBS television presenter Lucy Zelic at Floriade promoting the Asian Cup.

David Polkinghorne Canberra soccer identities say FIFA's decision to play women's World Cup on synthetic pitches is discriminatory.

Football

Melbourne Victory take down Canberra United 4-2 in W-League clash

Michelle Heyman

David Polkinghorne Canberra coach says penalty against them harsh, but sloppy defending and poor finishing reason for loss.

Cycling

Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews takes on his idol Cadel Evans at world championships

Michael Matthews, in training for the World Championships in Spain.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Michael Matthews has looked up to Cadel Evans as a role model from the moment he saw him dominate a world championship, but that respect won't stop the 24-year-old from trying to...

Cricket

Mountainous escape from Afghanistan war takes Samiullah Shinwari into cricket

Samiullah Shinwari, takes a photo on his phone of team mates having an impromptu backyard game near the Wide Brown Land sculpture at the National Arboretum in  Canberra.

David Polkinghorne Afghanistan all-rounder Samiullah Shinwari was too young to remember his family's trek through the mountains, as his mother and father fled the war to seek safety in neighbouring Pakistan.

Cricket

Matt Condon warms up for first-grade debut but Afghanistan still wins thriller against Comets

Comets batsman Andrew Harriott survives an LBW appeal by keeper Shafiqullah Shafiq off the bowling of Samiullah Shenwari.

David Polkinghorne ACT Comets young gun Matt Condon✓ had the perfect tune-up for his Sydney first-grade debut for Michael Bevan's✓ Easts, testing himself against international side Afghanistan at Manuka...

Racing

Trainer Nick Olive makes Tony Campbell Memorial Cup Day his own

Nat King Cu.

David Polkinghorne It was the Tony Campbell Memorial Cup Day, but you could be excused for thinking it was Nick Olive✓ Day at Thoroughbred Park on Friday, when the Canberra trainer cleaned up.

Australian Football

Canberra draft hopefuls to grace MCG on grand final day in biggest week of their lives

Serious business: Logan Austin and Jack Steele will play in the AFL grand final curtain-raiser on Saturday.

Jon Tuxworth, David Polkinghorne Canberra draft hopefuls Jack Steele and Logan Austin are not getting ahead of themselves.

Saturday Serve

Cadel Evans rates as one of Australia's all-time greats – of any sport

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David Polkinghorne It's arguably the greatest moment in Australian sport – when Cadel Evans pedalled his way into history as the first Aussie to win the Tour de France.

Racing

Trainer Nick Olive's Nat King Cu meditates on a win in Tony Campbell Cup

Canberra trainer Nick Olive.

David Polkinghorne Canberra trainer Nick Olive says promising gelding Nat King Cu is a thinker.

Cricket

ACT Comets' Blake Dean still has a lot to learn despite breaking batting record

Record setter: Blake Dean.

David Polkinghorne Blake Dean has broken an Andy Flower batting record, but isn't expecting to become the world's best batsman.