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Sam Finds Silver Lining In Glasgow....Now For That Tokyo Time

A thrilling first day of action at the British Athletics Indoor Championships in Glasgow saw Welsh athletes claim four medals with the promise of more to come on Sunday. Cardiff's Sam Gordon led the way for Wales with a silver medal in a closely fought men's 60m final. Gordon started the day well by winning his heat in a time of 6.82, before clinching his place in the final by finishing second to Adam Thomas in 6.80 in his semi.

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France Insist Shaun Edwards' Heart Belongs To Paris Now

France team manager Raphael Ibanez has praised Shaun Edwards’ professionalism as the former Wales defence coach prepares for his Cardiff return. Edwards spent 12 years on Warren Gatland’s coaching team, helping Wales to win four Six Nations titles — three of them Grand Slams — and reach two Rugby World Cup semi-finals. After the World Cup in Japan, Edwards accepted a contract from France and has helped Les Tricolors win their first two Six Nations matches. On Saturday, they are chasing a first victory in Cardiff since 2010.

Sports Technology Has Taken Flight Like A Pair Of Nike Alpha Fly . . . And No-One Knows The Destination

You don’t have to be a ranting Premier League football manager, raging against VAR, to understand how technology is changing every aspect of sport. From parkrun to Eliud Kipchoge, sport is being dramatically altered. Graham Thomas speaks to some of those at the sharp end of the transformation. In Wales – as in so many other countries around the world – runners watched in awe and open-mouthed disbelief as Eliud Kipchoge became the first athlete to run the marathon in under two hours back in October. Not everyone, though, was concentrating on the Keynan superstar’s grimace as he bounded along the road in Vienna. Many top class runners were looking at what Kipchoge had on his feet and wondering if the technology of the Nike Alpha Fly might give them wings, too.

Callum Paterson . . . The New Patron Saint Of Cardiff City's Lost Causes

Callum Paterson has become a symbol of Cardiff City’s street-fighting resurgence, according to his manager Neil Harris. Scotland international Paterson has scored four goals in his last seven games for the club, propelling them from the middle reaches of the Championship to within touching distance of the play-off places. The 25-year-old has done it – says his manager – on the back of hard work and a resourceful attitude, plus the advice given from his boss who scored 156 goals during his own career as a striker.

Welsh Athletes Head To Glasgow And Pembrey But With Eyes On Tokyo And Paris

Hundreds of Welsh athletes are preparing to compete in wildly contrasting conditions this weekend. But the goal for many of the elite athletes competing at each venue will be the same – taking the next step towards representing Great Britain at the summer’s two big international events. Some of the nation’s top track and field athletes will battle for medals at the British Indoor Athletics Championships in the relative calm of the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on Saturday and Sunday.

France Question Wales' Handling Of Dan Biggar After Head Knock

France have questioned Wales’ handling of Dan Biggar’s recovery from a head injury – despite the recruitment of a concussion specialist to oversee the player’s return. In a sideswipe from France team manager Raphael Ibanez that followed the former hooker’s dismissal of cheating allegations made against his team as “childish”, Ibanez stoked the fires before Saturday’s Six Nations clash in Cardiff. "It was a blatant, childish attack,” said Ibanez in reference to the claims of Wales prop Wyn Jones who had previously stated that France would cheat at scrum time.

WRU Sets Up £100k Fund To Help Flooded Clubs Get Back On Their Feet

The Welsh Rugby Union has set aside £100,000 to support clubs affected by Storm Dennis. The WRU has been working to assess the impact of the storm in rugby communities in Wales and has announced it will provide extra help and funding to the affected clubs. An 'exceptional circumstances' fund of £100,000 has been created, while the WRU is sourcing other resources to help tackle the problems.

Wayne Pivac Insists 859 Caps Will Weigh Heavily In Wales' Favour Against France

Wales will field the most capped team in Six Nations history on Saturday – and head coach Wayne Pivac hopes that experience can be a factor against France. The Wales starting line-up contains a record 859 caps, with more than half the side having played at least 50 Tests and skipper Alun Wyn Jones edging close to 140 for his country. It breaks the previous best mark of 822 set by Italy against Scotland in 2012.

Simply The Tightest Group I Have Coached Says Cardiff Devils' Andrew Lord After Last Gasp Elite Victory

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Great Britain's Olympic Dream Ends In Hungarian Clash

Great Britain’s Olympic dream ended when they slipped up 4-1 in their qualifying clash with Hungary at the Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham. Cardiff Devils forward Matthew Myers scored for GB, but they finished second in the qualifying group Hungary take the lone spot in the next stage. Hungary now go to Latvia... Read More

Welsh Pain For Great Britain Kitman Jason And Welsh Pleasure For Matthew In Ice Hockey Olympic Qualifiers

There has been pain and pleasure for Welshmen during the Olympic ice hockey qualifying tournament in Nottingham. Great Britain kit manager Jason ‘Taffy’ Ellery suffered when he was hit in the face by a puck during the 4-3 win against Romania, while Cardiff Devils’ Matthew Myers scored for GB from a... Read More

Welshman Jonathan Great Britain Captain And Leads Bid To Qualify For 2022 Winter Olympics In Beijing

Welshman Jonathan Phillips has been named Great Britain captain ahead of their opening match at the ice hockey Olympic qualifying tournament in Nottingham. Former Cardiff Devils forward Phillips continues to wear the ‘C’ with regular assistant, Devils’ Mark Richardson an assistant captain alongside him. GB’s second assistant captain is Robert Farmer, who... Read More

'We Have Quality Players To Build Promotion Push' Says Upbeat Bluebirds Manager Neil Harris

Neil Harris is Cardiff City’s 17th manager since Terry Phillips started reporting on the Bluebirds almost a quarter of a century ago. Today, Harris is in charge of his new team for the first time, away at Charlton Athletic. Essex-born former Millwall manager Neil Harris is back in London on a Bluebirds’... Read More

Wales Can Hurt Teams . . . But We Can No Longer Surprise Them, Says Joe Allen

Joe Allen has warned that Wales can no longer use surprise to ambush their opponents when they go to the Euro 2020 finals next summer. The Wales midfielder is a survivor from the 2016 team that reached the semi-finals in France, but believes that campaign – and this week’s qualification... Read More

Wales Have Climbed A Mountain . . . But Now We Can Go Higher, Says Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs believes buoyant Wales can arrive at the finals of Euro 2020 next summer on a rising tide of young talent and priceless experience. The Wales manager insists his team can deliver far more than they showed in their comfortable 2-0 victory over Hungary that clinched their place at... Read More
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