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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Racing

Matthew Dale has two winners at Canberra with Karakuchi and Coco Miss

David Polkinghorne All roads lead to Sydney for Canberra trainer Matthew Dale's  three successful girls.

Cycling

Michael Rogers primed to push for Tour de France stage wins: Stephen Hodge

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David Polkinghorne Former Canberra cyclist Stephen Hodge says Michael Rogers can be a gorilla in key breakaways in the mountains, just like he was at the Giro d'Italia in May.

Cycling

Orica-GreenEDGE's Michael Matthews using Michael Rogers as inspiration

Michael Matthews turned in a star performance at the Giro d'Italia.

David Polkinghorne Michael Matthews looks to fellow Canberran Michael Rogers for inspiration for recovering from injury.

Homophobia in sport

Ian Thorpe's tough decision highlighted by commentator Brian Taylor's homophobic slur, says ACT Deputy Chief Minister Andrew Barr

Treasurer Andrew Barr.

David Polkinghorne Brian Taylor's homophobic slur highlights why it is so tough for athletes like Ian Thorpe, says Andrew Barr.

Cycling

New ACTAS coach Ben Cook predicts golden age for Canberra cycling

Ben Cook.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cycling is experiencing a golden era and Ben Cook is the man charged with ensuring that success continues.

Racing

Trainer Matthew Dale gets an early return from breeding prospect Coco Miss

Canberra trainer Matthew Dale.

David Polkinghorne It was Coco Miss' breeding that caught Canberra trainer Matthew Dale's eye.

Football

Belconnen United keep pressure on Canberra National Premier League rivals

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David Polkinghorne Midfielder Tom McLachlan's gutsy brace has fired Belconnen United three points clear at the top of the Canberra National Premier League table and put pressure on the chasing pack in what is shaping...

Football

Cooma Tigers shoot to second as Canberra FC loses two in a row

On target: Stephen Domenici.

David Polkinghorne Stephen Domenici scored the winner for the Cooma Tigers to give Canberra FC its second straight defeat.

Cricket

Cricket Australia opens door for Manuka Oval to have permanent international fixture

Australia will play South Africa at Manuka Oval in November.

David Polkinghorne Proteas to play Aussies in Canberra.

Cricket

Rene Farrell gets Cricket Australia contract

Rene Farrell.

David Polkinghorne Rene Farrell continues her cricket renaissance, with Cricket Australia naming her as one of 15 contracted Southern Stars on Wednesday.

Racing

Thoroughbred Park back on track after surface renovation

David Polkinghorne Two senior jockeys will rate Thoroughbred Park's grass track on Tuesday after Canberra Racing officials gave it the green light to host its eight-race meeting next Friday.

Soccer

Andy Rakic returns from Europe to join Canberra FC

Andy Rakic has returned home after playing soccer professionally in Europe and is playing for the club he played for in juniors, Canberra FC.

David Polkinghorne After 12 years plying his trade in Croatia, Germany and Luxembourg, Andy Rakic is back where it all began with his old coach - if his clearance from Germany ever comes through.

Soccer

Robbie Deeley wonder strike gives Canberra Olympic victory over arch-rival Canberra FC

Sport. Premier League Soccer at O'Connor Oval between Canberra FC (red tops) and Canberra Olympic (blue tops). Olympic's Josh Gaspari, on the move. June 8th. 2014 The Canberra Times photograph by Graham Tidy.

David Polkinghorne Wonder strike guides Olympic to victory.

Football

Canberra City winger Gimale Essacu dreams of playing for Papua New Guinea on the world stage

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David Polkinghorne Canberra City winger Gimale Essacu's face lights up at the mere mention of the World Cup.

Mountain Biking

Blair has his sights set on Games gold

While most athletes find the nine-to-five grind a hindrance to elite performance, the 35-year-old is the opposite and said his job as an ACTEW Water project manager had helped him train more.

David Polkinghorne Queanbeyan mountain biker Andrew Blair spent every day of the working week on Mount Stromlo.

Former ACT sports minister Andrew Barr wants infrastructure to be his legacy

Andrew Barr at Manuka Oval, which he hopes will be a legacy of his time as ACT sports minister.

David Polkinghorne When Andrew Barr was a child, he was known as the rugby league computer and could reel off his Western Suburbs hero Terry Lamb's every statistic.

Racing

Peter Snowden says Black Opal worthy of group 2 status

SPORT Sinjorn ridden by Peter Nobl wins the second racee at Randwick on 23 November 2013. Trainer Peter Snowden pictured Pic JENNY EVANS

David Polkinghorne Top Sydney trainer Peter Snowden thinks Canberra's $275,000 Black Opal Stakes is worthy of group 2 status.

Black Opal Stakes

'A bloody hard race to win' but locals still saddle up

Frank, left and Joe Cleary.

David Polkinghorne The Cleary connection still runs strong at Black Opal Stakes, writes David Polkinghorne.

Cricket

Nathan Lyon, Justin Langer back Manuka Oval as quality Test venue

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Former Canberra cricketer, now Australian Test spin bowler, Nathan Lyon will be making a Canberra comeback this week to play for the NSW Blues in their Sheffield Shield match against Western Australia at Manuka Oval.
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Jon Tuxworth and David Polkinghorne Nathan Lyon and Justin Langer have backed the push for Manuka to host Test cricket.

Cycling

Narrabundah Velodrome to reopen on Monday

Narrabundah Velodrome wil reopen on Monday.

David Polkinghorne Revamped Narrabundah velodrome to "improve training dramatically" for Canberra's cyclists.