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David Polkinghorne

David Polkinghorne is a sports reporter at The Canberra Times.

Racing

Frank Cleary to target Queanbeyan Cup with 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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

Cricket

Afghanistan prepares for Cricket World Cup in Canberra

All smiles: The Afghanistan cricket team trains at Manuka Oval on Thursday.

David Polkinghorne Long tough, journey for Afghanistan team leads to playing ACT Comets at Manuka Oval.

Locker Room

ARU chief Bill Pulver floats plan for retired rugby star Pat McCabe to become a referee

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David Polkinghorne Will retired Wallaby Pat McCabe step into a new career as a rugby union referee?

Cycling

Jess MacLean wins world championship silver in women's team time trial

Jessie MacLean.

David Polkinghorne Canberra cyclist Jessie MacLean wins silver as part of the Orica-AIS team time trial in Spain.

Golf

Canberra golfer Nikki Campbell finishes in top 10 at Tenerife Open

Canberra's Nikki Campbell.

David Polkinghorne Finishes strongly to grab equal fifth at the Tenerife Open.

Cricket

ACT Comets' Vele Dukoski selected for NSW Country

ACT Comets all-rounder Vele Dukoski.

David Polkinghorne All ACT Comets gun all-rounder Vele Dukoski needs to do to find inspiration is to is look at his hands.

ACT Meteors aiming for Big Bash League final double-header

Rene Farrell.

David Polkinghorne ACT Meteors coach Andrew Dawson has one goal in mind – playing in the women's Twenty20 final on Manuka Oval.

Cricket

Michael Bevan backs Canberra Big Bash team

ACT Comets player Matt Condon will benefit from Michael Bevan's expertise.

David Polkinghorne Michael Bevan says the nation's capital deserves a bigger role in Australian cricket.

Football

Canberra backed as A-League venue after FFA Cup success

Homecoming: Melbourne Victory and Socceroos star Carl Valeri in action on Tuesday night.

David Polkinghorne Socceroos midfielder Carl Valeri says Canberra has shown it should be home to the next A-League team.

Cricket

SA Redbacks' Nick Winter hoping summer brings one-day debut

Ready: Canberra's Nick Winter.

David Polkinghorne Canberra fast bowler confident he can make his Sheffield Shield debut this summer.

Racing

Winona Costin warms up for group 1 debut with win at Canberra

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David Polkinghorne Boom apprentice jockey Winona Costin will go into the biggest day of her short career and her group 1 debut a winner after saluting in the final race at Canberra's Thoroughbred Park on Friday.

Cycling

Canberra's Michael Matthews glitters but misses stage gold at the Vuelta a Espana

Matthews fell agonisingly short of adding to his stage-three win, which put him in the overall leader's jersey for three days, with John Degenkolb? narrowly beating him in the bunch sprint to continue the German's outstanding Vuelta.

David Polkinghorne But confident he has time to get his second stage win of the tour.

Cricket

Michael Bevan takes Canberra's Matt Condon under his wing

David Polkinghorne Matt Condon would run around the house in Michael Bevan pads - now he can learn from him.

Golf

Canberra golfer Brendan Jones confident he can return to winning ways after finishing third in Japan Tour event

Brendan Jones.

David Polkinghorne Australia's most successful player in the land of the rising sun feels like a rookie again.

Racing

Canberra horses allowed into $300,000 NSW Country Championships

David Polkinghorne Canberra Racing will avoid loss of talented horses from nation's capital, says trainer Nick Olive.