Zinedine Zidane had admitted that Gareth Bale does not fit in with his current Real Madrid side as speculation grows the Wales skipper's time at the Bernabeu is up. The club's world recored £85million buy was an unused sub as a nightmare season ended with a 2-0 home defeat to Real Betis.
Jess Roberts saw her unbeaten run at the OVO Energy Tour series ended after she was beaten into second place in Durham. The Carmarthen-born rider was competing for the fourth time in little over a week having triumphed in the previous rounds in Redditch, Motherwell and Aberdeen.
He fought back the tears, and vowed to return to rugby sooner rather than later, but Ceri Sweeney had every reason to smile at the weekend after bringing down the curtain on a great career. More than 20 years after making his Pontypridd debut against Ebbw Vale, with his PE teacher Paul John as his scrum-half, the 39-year-old former Wales outside-half steered his side to a 47-19 win over Principality Premiership champions Merthyr. It was the perfect way to bow out at Sardis Road and both teams formed a guard of honour to welcome him onto the field.
Graham Potter will hold talks with Brighton today over their vacant managerial position after the Seagulls agreed to pay the release clause in his Swansea City contract. The 43-year-old was offered a new contract by the Swans in an attempt to ward off Brighton's interest, but told his employers he's keen to move quickly into managing in the Premier League after just one season working in the Championship. Brighton saw an initial approach to Swansea knocked back on Tuesday with Potter still having two years left on the deal he signed when he joined the club from Swedish side Ostersund last summer.
Friday night’s play-off clash between Llanelli and Pontypool has brought plenty of sympathy for the losers as Pooler were yet again denied promotion to the Welsh Premiership following a 27-16 defeat. But as Paul Jones reports, this was a game with so much to lose for two of the most famous names in Welsh rugby. All the pre-match talk had been about whether or not Pontypool’s three year dream to reach the top tier of the semi-pro game would become a reality at the end of their second unbeaten season in the Championship, but few had considered what the play-off game at Aberavon meant to Llanelli.
Cardiff Met are chasing glory, history and a big bundle of cash when they visit Bala Town today in a make-or-break Europa League play-off final. The tie is worth £194,000 in prize money to the winning side but for the students it is also about securing European qualification for the first time in their history after heartbreaking defeats in the previous two play-off finals. Met midfielder Will Evans believes his team are feeling confident of ending their unwanted play-off record following an impressive semi-final display against Caernarfon Town.
Jade Jones made it fifth time lucky in Manchester by defeating holder Ah-Reum Lee to be crowned World taekwondo Champion. Wales' double Olympic Games gold medallist had won silver and bronze medals at her previous four world appearances since 2011.
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Mike van der Hoorn insists his future at Swansea City is still not settled – despite the club announcing at the weekend they had added a year to his current deal. The Swans captain plans to speak to manager Graham Potter about his future this week as one of a... Read More
Graham Potter always stressed it was a long shot, but after watching Swansea City’s play-off dream die an unnecessary little death the manager admitted they were not among the best six teams in the Championship. Despite leading 2-0 against Hull City at the Liberty Stadium with only 13 minutes to... Read More
Graham Potter insists Swansea City will just focus on winning rather contemplating the chances of a successful late charge into the play-offs. Another Daniel James-inspired victory – this time over Stoke City on Tuesday night – has moved the Swans to within seven points of sixth-placed Aston Villa. Given that... Read More
Swansea City have been linked with a move for Middlesbrough’s Danish international striker Martin Braithwaite, although Graham Potter has downplayed suggestions there will be much trade coming into the Liberty Stadium next month. Braithwaite – who played for the Danes in their 2-1 victory over Wales last month – has... Read More
Mike van der Hoorn has admitted Swansea City have not measured up to the standards being set at the top of the Championship. The Swans captain conceded his team feel short during their humbling 4-1 defeat at home to leaders Norwich City. The result dropped the club to ninth position... Read More
Mike van der Hoorn has told his Swansea City team-mates they need to be far more ruthless if their promotion campaign is not to falter. The Swans lost 2-1 at Rotherham on Saturday, despite dominating almost the entire match and leading 1-0 until the final 11 minutes. “We have to... Read More