Elfyn Evans finished fourth on Rally Italy, despite losing his battle for position with Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai) today by less than a second. Just 7.9 seconds separated them going into today’s final four stages, but an inspired Mikkelsen set fastest time on all of them. Evans thought he’d finished fifth, before runaway leader Ott Tänak (Toyota) hit steering problems on the final stage – dropping him behind the Welshman and putting Evans back up into fourth. But Evans and co-driver Scott Martin were disappointed – the smallest of margins of being a little too cautious on the hairpins in their M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC proved to be the difference between standing on the podium or not.
Callum Sheedy played 13 minutes for England at Twickenham a fortnight ago, but that would not stop him still playing for Wales as the match was uncapped. The Cardiff-born Bristol Bears fly-half could also still play for Ireland, but Peter Jackson reckons it’s surely make-your-mind-up time. Unless he happens to be a student of Barcelona FC, Callum Sheedy will probably have never heard of Laszlo Kubala. Different footballers, different times but the same grass-hopper mentality towards national allegiance, the same identity issues.
Rhys Enoch has set himself an ambitious target of a top 16 finish at the US Open as he bids to underline it as his breakthrough tournament. The Welshman has already entered the record books with a second round 66 at Pebble Beach on Friday – the fourth lowest US Open round ever recorded at the course. Enoch - who turns 31 today (Sunday) – is hoping to celebrate his birthday in style by finishing high enough on the final leaderboard to earn an automatic place in next year’s tournament.
Jazz Carlin is four months into the rest of her life after 14 years as an international swimmer. Wales’ Commonwealth champion and Olympic medallist spoke to Liz Byrne about life after swimming, her hopes, her fears, and her body. When double Olympic silver medalist Jazz Carlin announced her retirement from the pool she embarked on a new life that has brought a host of changes where excitement coexists with uncertainty. Carlin revealed she would be quitting the pool in February 2019 following a career that encompassed the misery and desolation of missing out on a home Olympics in 2012 through to the joy of double silver in the 400m and 800m freestyle four years later in Rio de Janeiro.
Teenage quarterback Harry Taylor has plenty of experience to call on during his rookie season with the South Wales Warriors in which he’s been throwing touchdowns for fun. The 19-year-old product of the club’s youth system is being guided through the season by starting QB Dean Jackson and, as his dad says, the college student comes from “a football family”. Though Taylor, from Cardiff, is in his first season of senior British American Football Association National League action he has been involved with the Llanharan-based Warriors since he was 13 and played for an “American high school style football programme” at the SGS College Bristol Academy of Sport.
Elfyn Evans completed a very long, baking hot and bone shaking Saturday in Rally Italy in fourth position – and there will be no easing off on the final day on Sunday, as the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC driver starts it just 7.9 seconds ahead of fifth placed Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai). While the top three edged out a bit of a gap at the top of the leaderboard, Evans was embroiled in a very close battle with the Norwegian driver. Co-driven by Scott Martin, the Welshman will want to hold onto fourth, as it will give him extra points and put him in pole position to benefit from any mistakes or misfortune that happen ahead of him.
Rhys Enoch will tee off at the third round of the US Open on Saturday afternoon, boosted by the confidence gained from the round of his life. The young Welshman fired an astonishing 5-under-par 66 at Pebble Beach – the second best round of the day. Only tournament leader Gary Woodland, who shot 65, managed a better score on the day as Enoch made the cut, despite opening with a round of 78 on Thursday.
James Broome will go head-to-head with his Great Britain teammates this weekend, when the Welsh carriage-driver competes at the Tristar Welsh National event at Cricklands. Two weeks ago, Broome – son of show jumping legend David – was part of the GB team that won a bronze medal at the Nations Cup in Holland. On Saturday and Sunday, he will be in opposition to colleagues Daniel Naprous and Wilf Bowman-Ripley at an event in Crick that counts as both a qualifier for the UK National Championships as well as a selection event for the British team.
Padraig Amond and Jamille Matt, Newport County’s prolific goalscorer, can launch a big Exiles promotion push over their final 14 League Two fixtures. Amond and Matt have 37 goals between them this season and County team-mate Fraser Franks told iFollowExiles: “There isn’t a better partnership in our division. “It’s outstanding. They have... Read More
Welshman Nathan Jones has vowed to put his own stamp on Stoke City after taking over as manager from the sacked Gary Rowett. The Potters have moved quickly to snap-up the 45-year-old from Luton Town having agreed a compensation package with the League One outfit and having been turned down... Read More
Former Wales international Andrew Crofts is playing a crucial role on and off the pitch for League Two Newport County. Captain Crofts, 34, has made a major impact at Rodney Parade and returns to the team for Newport’s home fixture against Notts County on Tuesday (7.45pm). “Us young players love the guy,”... Read More
dai-sport journalist Terry Phillips has been reporting on Cardiff City for a quarter of a century. Here is part one of his reflection on the Bluebirds’ promotion seasons. Frank Burrows and I had a love-hate relationship. There were times when we would meet at the Hilton Hotel in Newport and chat... Read More
Six of the best at Rodney Parade will push Newport County closer to the League Two play-offs dream. Manager Michael Flynn and his team have nine fixtures to play this season and half a dozen of those are at home. The Exiles held title-chasing Luton Town to a 1-1 draw and now... Read More
Welsh managers Michael Flynn and Nathan Jones go head-to-head at Rodney Parade in Newport on Saturday (3pm). Newport-born Flynn, aged 37, is manager of his home city club County, while Jones, a 44-year-old from the Rhondda, is in charge at Luton Town. Neither man can afford to see his team lose a... Read More