Joel Makin bowed out of the El Gouna International in Egypt after a battle lasting more than an hour. The Haverfordwest-born player took world No 5 Paul Coll to a tie-break in the opening game of their third round which he led early on.
Alys Thomas added the 100m butterfly title to her 200m gold while Lewis Fraser broke the Welsh 50m butterfly record on a night when the promise of youth and the rewards that come from resilience were all on display as the British Swimming Championships concluded in Glasgow. While 28-year-old Thomas clinched her golden double an eye-opening meet concluded for 16-year-old Matt Richards who was seventh in the 200m freestyle, twice lowering the British Age Group record on the final day.
Tesni Evans fended off a fightback from Hollie Naughton to reach the third round of the El Gouna International in Egypt. The 26-year-old took the first two games 11-9, 11-8 and looked set for a comfortable victory against the unseeded Canadian.
Leandro Bacuna insists Cardiff City have what Aston Villa lacked three years ago – the unity to stay in the Premier League. The Bluebirds midfielder – who could replace Aron Gunnarssson against Liverpool today – was part of the Villa squad that crashed out of the top level in 2016. It was a divided dressing room, he says, full of finger-pointing accusations among players against a chaotic backdrop of four different managers in the same season.
Mark Williams launched a scathing attack on 'pathetic' World Snooker chiefs after they allegedly denied his son access to his dressing room before his first round victory in Sheffield. The 44-year-old saw off England's Martin Gould 10-7 at the Crucible Theatre to begin his bid for a fourth title.
Georgia Davies tried to find some hope in disappointment after she responded to her failure to qualify for the World Championships in South Korea by winning gold in the 50m backstroke at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow. Davies did not attempt to hide her devastation after she failed to make the selection time in the 100m backstroke on the second night at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
It’s hard to deny that it’s been an underwhelming season for Bala Town, particularly in the second-half of their campaign where until yesterday they had managed just a single victory in Phase 2. Mike Hayes’ second-half winner coupled with a Chris Venables brace might just be the platform the Lakesiders so desperately need to launch their play-off campaign. Bala have not been the competitive outfit that we’ve come to expect in recent campaigns and this season the club are at real risk of missing out on European qualification for the first time in five seasons – a scenario which could make a significant impact on the club’s budget moving forward.
Former England hero Dean Richards believes the absent threat of relegation in the Guinness Pro14 helped Wales win the Grand Slam. Richards, now coaching director at Newcastle Falcons, has called for the English Gallagher Premiership to be ring-fenced rather than operate with promotion and relegation. It would have titled the... Read More
Wales have been described as a team “nowhere near their peak” by former England No.10 turned pundit Stuart Barnes. Assessing the fall-out from Wales’ stunning 21-13 victory over England last weekend, the Sky Sports analyst has claimed Wales have more to deliver in World Cup year. Warren Gatland’s team face... Read More
Warren Gatland has told his players to climb into England tomorrow in Cardiff - but warned them to stay within the laws. The Wales coach has joined Eddie Jones in a spot of mind games before the Six Nations showdown, although his appear a more subtle attempted manipulation than the... Read More
Warren Gatland reckons England’s chariot could get stuck behind a cavalry of Welsh tractors when they come over the Severn Bridge on Friday afternoon. The Wales coach could barely conceal his astonishment when he heard of the travel plans of their Six Nations rivals ahead of Saturday’s showdown in Cardiff.... Read More
Eddie Jones has made two enforced changes to England's XV for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Wales in Cardiff. Prop Ben Moon and wing Jack Nowell will both start as the Red Rose's head coach again insisted England were facing the best Welsh team ever who would be playing the... Read More
Wales are on a roll, but the momentum will come to a halt on Saturday night, argues Robin Davey. England, for all their injury issues, will have too much firepower as evidenced by their two bonus points so far in this tournament compared to Wales’ none. It’ll be be all... Read More