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.
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Cardiff Devils are desperately close to being genuine contenders to qualify for the Champions Hockey League last 32. They won’t make it through the groups this season, but the reigning Elite League champions are close to taking that next step. Devils lost 3-1 against Vaxjo Lakers in Sweden on Tuesday, but are... Read More
Canadian hit-man Mike Hedden leads Cardiff Devils’ scoring in Champions League ice hockey - and has Vaxjo Lakers in his sights this evening. Hedden has scored three goals and added an assist in four group fixtures for Devils and he is level with Vaxjo’s leading marksman Austin Ortega, a 24-year-old Californian. Ortega,... Read More
Canadian television commentator Aaron Murphy was full of praise for Cardiff Devils after their Champions Hockey League clash with SC Berne in Switzerland. The highly experienced Murphy tweeted after Devils were edged out 3-2: “To @cardiffdevils players, staff & fans - you can hold your heads high. “I’ve been calling @championshockey... Read More
Cardiff Devils were punished in Austria when they failed to take their chances and picked up far too many penalties. Overall, Devils produced a big performance against one of Europe’s leading teams, but they lost 4-2 against a clinical Red Bull Salzburg. They were on the penalty kill far too often, although... Read More
More than 300 Cardiff Devils fans are following their team on a European ice hockey mission to Austria and Switzerland. Captain Jake Morissette and his team fly out from Heathrow today for Champions Hockey League clashes with Red Bull Salzburg on Thursday and SC Bern this weekend. Club owners Steve King and... Read More
Layne Ulmer, Cardiff Devils’ experience centreman, will be a key player in their Champions League clash with SC Bern at Ice Arena Wales this evening. The Canadian playmaker believes in his Devils team-mates and says: “We have a quality team, we have speed and everything needed to succeed. “We proved that to... Read More