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Amber Army Marched To The Top Of The Hill . . . And Down Again, But The Duke Of Pill Will Return

Newport County will start the 2019-20 season in League Two, exactly the same place where ended this season. No promotion, no hike in the club’s income and no bigger stage for the players and their ambitious manager Michael Flynn. But Callum Ellis believes he saw enough at Wembley to be convinced that the Amber Army can embark on another march to the summit when August comes around. When the dust settles on Newport County’s play-off final defeat against Tranmere Rovers, manager Michael Flynn and his squad of players will sit down and reflect on what might have been. A controversial decision by referee Ross Joyce not to award Flynn’s side a penalty five minutes before the end of normal time turned out to be a bitter pill to swallow.

Evan Makes Winning Return In Greece

Welsh tennis number one Evan Hoyt has overcome a shoulder niggle to win his first tournament back on court. Hoyt claimed his sixth title of the year at the Heraklion M15 tournament in Greece, coming back from 5-2 down in the final set against Austria's Jonas Trinker.

Jeremiah Finishes A Levels By Giving Rivals A Sprint Lesson

Last week Welsh sprinter Jeremiah Azu celebrated his 18th birthday by becoming the fastest junior in Europe. This weekend he marked the end of his A Level exams with a win at an international meeting in Belgium. The Cardiff Athletics speed merchant chalked up his latest 100m victory at the IFAM International Outdoor meeting in Oordegem.

Former Bluebird Adam Matthews Is Aiming For Wembley Lift-Off

Welshman Adam Matthews has set his heart on a return to Championship football next season. Swansea-born Matthews, who spent more than a decade with the Bluebirds, is in Sunderland's match-day squad for Sunday's League One play-off final against Charlton Athletic at Wembley Stadium. There is, though, no certainty about the immediate future of the 27-year-old Wales international because his four-year contract ends this summer.

Dragon's Back Race...The Ultimate Test Of Endurance And Bravery

Four-hundred-and-two ultra runners from around the globe set off from Conwy Castle in north Wales last Monday morning. Five days, 315km and 17 Welsh mountains later, 237 of them crossed the finishing line at Llandeilo in the south having completed the mammoth challenge.

Chief Tomas Francis Gets Ready To Block Liam Williams' Road To The Triple Crown

Tomas Francis will try to deny his Wales teammate Liam Williams the perfect season when they clash in the Gallagher Premiership final next weekend. The Exeter Chiefs prop will face the Saracens full-back at Twickenham in the showpiece of the English season after both came through their respective semi-finals. Williams has already won a Six Nations Grand Slam with Wales and a Heineken Champions Cup winners medal for Sarries and could become the first Welshman to win the ultimate triple if his club retain their domestic title.

Michael Flynn Blasts EFL After Newport County Denied In Wembley Play-Off Controversy

Michael Flynn gave a scathing verdict on EFL officials after seeing his battling but beaten Newport County side denied a place in League One next season. The County manager was furious that a key penalty decision went against his team as they lost their League Two play-off final 1-0 to Tranmere Rovers at Wembley. Before they were reduced to 10-men, Newport were pressing for the first goal of the game when referee Ross Joyce refused to award an 85th-minute penalty even though Emmanuel Monthe clearly tripped County striker Jamille Matt as he tried to go past the defender.

Padraig Amond Insists Michael Flynn Is Upwardly Mobile . . . And So Are Newport County

Padraig Amond believes Newport County manager Michael Flynn is destined for big things regardless of the outcome of today’s Wembley shoot-out. Amond will carry the goal-scoring duties as his club’s leading marksman when County face Tranmere Rovers in the League Two play-off final. For Amond and most of his teammates, promotion to League One would represent a new high-water mark in their playing careers, but the 31-year-old Irishman reckons his young boss will climb far higher.

Defending Champ Melissa Looking To Go The Extra Mile In Westminster

Wales' Commonwealth Games 1500m bronze medallist Melissa Courtney is hoping to launch her outdoor season by retaining the Vitality Westminster Mile title on Sunday. Courtney has just returned from a four week training camp in Arizona and is champing at the bit to get racing again.

Cardiff City Keeper Neil Etheridge Says He Wants To Get Back To The Premier League

Neil Etheridge has spoken of his desire to make a quick return to the Premier League. The Cardiff City goalkeeper – who was arguably the club’s most consistent performer during a season that ended in relegation two weeks ago – is desperate to play again at the top level. Etheridge has been linked with both West Ham and Brighton and although the 29-year-old has two years left on his current contract, manager Neil Warnock has said if the club received an offer of £20m, he would personally chauffeur Etheridge to the buying club.

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Wales Move To No.2 Team In The World As Joe Schmidt Marvels At Warren Gatland's Record

Warren Gatland has been praised by his countryman and rival Joe Schmidt after making history with a third Grand Slam – and lifting Wales to No.2 in the world rankings. The two coaches may have been at odds over whether or not to close the Principality Stadium roof before the game,... Read More

Farewell To The Six Nations For The Wales' Fab Four And Not Just The Duo

It's goodnight from them - Warren Gatland and Shaun Edwards - as they prepare for their final Six Nations games with Wales. But Rob Howley and Robin McBryde are also on their way and Harri Morgan says they have been worthy members of the band. A Grand Slam on the line,... Read More

Mike Ruddock Says Grand Slam Glory Is An Open And Shut Case

Mike Ruddock believes the destiny of the Grand Slam will be shaped by the decision on whether or not to have the roof closed at the Principality Stadium tomorrow. Leave it open and Ruddock considers the forecast wet conditions could just give Ireland – his resident homeland - enough of... Read More

Schmidt Is No Ordinary Joe . . . But He Still Falls Short Of The Recurring Winner, Warren Gatland

It’s red v green, Wales v Ireland and Gatland v Schmidt on Saturday and the outcome between two well-matched teams seems difficult to predict. For Robin Davey, though, Gatland’s ability to change and adapt put him a notch above his rival. Allied to a knack for creating the right emotional... Read More

Wales Can Shine In Six Nations If They Don't Freeze Under Friday Night Lights

The opening round of the Six Nations has thrown up two games that could be crucial to the destination of the trophy with Wales potential champions if they can overcome their French test though Ireland will start favourites. Geraint Powell, in his latest column for Dai Sport, reckons we will... Read More

Even Nine Wins On The Spin Leaves Wales Trailing Ireland When It Comes To Six Nations Prospects

The Six Nations is about to begin. All eyes will be focussed on Paris where Wales start the ball rolling against France. For Robin Davey, though, his eyes are green and envious of the Ireland team he predicts will win it all over again. Irish rugby is on the crest... Read More
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