Wales teenage star Ryan Astley has signed his first professional deal with Everton Football Club. The 17-year-old from Llanfair Caereinion in Powys has been hailed by the club's Under-23s coach David Unsworth as one of their greatest ever prospects.
For some, retirement means rest and relaxation but Wales' Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Dani Rowe will take on the London Classics challenge in her first year of retirement from professional cycling. The 28-year-old, who won Olympic team pursuit gold in London 2012, will run the Virgin Money London Marathon on Sunday 28 April, pedal the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on Sunday 4 August and swim the two miles at Swim Serpentine on Saturday 21 September to complete the iconic London Classics, the ultimate mass participation challenge.
As the Welsh regions rake through the ashes of another European campaign where all four got burned, envious glances are again aimed over the Irish Sea. Geraint Powell isn’t the only one turning green as he considers how Irish rugby has left the Welsh domestic game so far behind. Older readers will recall the 1991 Five Nations Championship, and a 21-21 draw in Cardiff between Wales and Ireland. It was the era when the annual fixture had become the “Wooden Spoon” decider, and a draw in 1991 saved both countries from the ignominy of a “whitewash” that season.
Cardiff Met’s Cup hero Adam Roscrow has paid tribute to former Swansea City defender Christian Edwards and the impact he has made on the striker. Roscrow’s two goals helped the students beat Cambrian and Clydach 2-0 to lift the Nathaniel MG Cup on Saturday. The victory ended the Met’s run of three defeats in showpiece finals and according to Roscrow highlighted the work done by Edwards as director of football.
Daniel James has been urged to reject any move to Leeds United and remain with Swansea City to lead their promotion challenge. Swans striker Oli McBurnie believes James can be a focal point around which a successful team can be built at the Liberty Stadium, having moved back up to ninth in the Championship table – six points off the play-offs – at the weekend. Leeds are keen to recruit James and any offer above £5m is likely to tempt Swansea’s owners to sell as they plead penury following their relegation from the Premier League.
Tesni Evans produced a dominant display to win her first match at squash’s JP Morgan Tournament of Champions in New York. The Welsh world No.10 beat England’s Millie Tomlinson in three games to make it through to the last 16 of the prestigious event and its iconic location at Grand Central Station. Evans had recently played Tomlinson at the Monte Carlo Classic in December and had been taken to five sets by the world No.25.
Rising Welsh marathon star Natasha Cockram has celebrated being named among the elite field at this year's Virgin London Marathon by setting a new personal best in America. The Micky Morris Racing Team athlete sliced a minute-and-a-half off her lifetime best for the 26.2 mile distance at the Houston Marathon on Sunday. Cockram, who only ran her first marathon last April, has now lowered her best mark by over 10 minutes since winning the Newport Marathon on her debut.
Welshman Jonathan Phillips says Great Britain's pre-World Championship ice hockey training camp has got off to a great start. The 28-man squad reported to the Skydome this week and GB are preparing for two international matches against Lithuania this weekend. GB host Lithuania in Milton Keynes on Saturday (7pm) and at Coventry’s... Read More
Ben Bowns says Cardiff Devils are ’Simply The Best’. Cardiff Devils netminder has been named the last Elite League Player of the Week in 2017-18 and said: “This is the best team this country’s ever seen.” The 27-year-old Yorkshireman played a massive part as his team scooped the PredictorBet Play-off title, beating... Read More
Great Britain have named their captaincy team for the World Under-18 Championship fixtures. GB, whose team includes Cardiff Fire’s Lewis Davies, are playing in Division Two group A against hosts Estonia, Australia, Korea, Lithuania and Poland. Sheffield Steelers forward Liam Kirk will captain the team with Jordan Buesa (Solway/Braehead) and Ben Solder (OHA, Canada)... Read More
Netminder Ben Bowns believes Lithuania will provide Great Britain with a stern test ahead of next month’s World Championship in Budapest. Yorkshireman Bowns, playing a leading role for Elite League leaders Cardiff Devils in their quest for title glory, helped GB earn promotion last season. Britain play in Division One of the... Read More
Four Cardiff Devils players and a Welshman who plays for Sheffield Steelers helped Great Britain win World Championship gold in Belfast. Goaltenders Ben Bowns and Thomas Murdy were in the GB squad along with Devils team-mates Mark Richardson and Matthew Myers. Cardiff-born Jonathan Phillips is the GB captain who led his team... Read More
Great Britain 4, Japan 0 Welsh forward Matthew Myers scored two goals for Great Britain on a night of national triumph in Belfast. Cardiff Devils player Myers scored his goals during the second period and gave GB a 4-0 lead against Japan in the World Championships. Both teams went into the final fixture... Read More