Oli McBurnie is set to return for Swansea City at home to Sheffield United this weekend after recovering from the illness that forced him to miss their last two games. The Swans striker sat out the FA Cup victory at Aston Villa as well as the draw at Preston, but manager Graham Potter believes his leading scorer is sharp enough again to face the Blades. "With Oli it is one of those things where he was ill last week, a bit low, and then he has picked something else up,” said Potter.
Newport County are to help their fans with the long trip to Middlesbrough in the FA Cup by paying half their costs. The gesture is a thank you by the club for their supporters’ role in their giant-killing run that has taken them through to the fourth round. Manager Mike Flynn and his team earned a stunning 2-1 victory over Leicester City in the third round before being handed a fourth round trip to the Riverside Stadium on January 26.
Tesni Evans hopes to play her part in bringing New Yorkers to a standstill when she plays her first match at the JP Morgan Tournament of Champions this weekend. The Welsh No.1 – who broke into the world’s top 10 on the back of stunning performances in America last year – rates the event as one of the sport’s best due to its iconic location. Imagine a glass squash court dropped into the main passenger concourse at Waterloo train station during rush hour and you get an idea of the impact made by hosting the championship at New York’s Grand Central Terminal.
Josh Adams has been ruled out of a comeback this weekend as the Wales wing battles for fitness ahead of the Six Nations. The Worcester Warriors star has not played since injuring his hamstring last month and the club have warned that any setback now could lead to another six to eight weeks on the sidelines. That would be another significant blow for Wales who are already without Leigh Halfpenny for an unspecified further period as he tries to overcome the effects of concussion.
Everton striker Oumar Niasse has arrived in Cardiff to complete his loan move to the Bluebirds - and he could be joined by Manchester United’s Marouane Fellaini. But Emiliano Sala’s proposed move to South Wales has been delayed after he was sent on from the Nantes subs bench in their French Ligue 1 fixture against Nimes on Wednesday. That effectively rules put any chance of Sala arriving in time for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Newcastle United, although it is believes Kenneth Zohore has recovered from injury and available to return.
By Owen Morgan The busy cross country season continues for Welsh athletes this weekend at the IAAF Northern Ireland International Cross Country event. Welsh Athletics has selected a strong team to compete in the Celtic and Home Countries International match which is incorporated into the event in Belfast. European Cross Country Championships silver medallists Charlie Hulson, of Liverpool Harriers, and Swansea Harrier Kris Jones are selected fresh from representing Great Britain at the Simplyhealth Stirling XCountry last weekend.
Liam Williams’ first defence of his British Middleweight title will see boxing return to an iconic London venue. The Church Village man will face England’s Joe Mullender on March 8 at The Royal Albert Hall, which stages only its second professional boxing show since the 1990s. The talented Williams (19-2-1-KO14) produced a sensational stoppage of Mark Heffron at the Manchester Arena to claim the title in December and is back in action to defend his title against former English champion Mullender (11-2-KO5).
Wrexham have given a new contract to current caretaker manager Graham Barlow – even though he insists he has no intention of becoming their permanent boss. Instead, Barlow – who stepped into the void after the departure of Sam Ricketts for Shrewsbury this week – will remain as assistant manager,... Read More
Sam Ricketts has taken charge at Shrewsbury Town - and Wrexham have launched their search for a new manager. Wrexham’s club statement said: “We did everything possible to retain Sam's services. However, once this interest became known, Sam expressed his desire to speak to them regarding their vacancy. "Shrewsbury triggered elements in... Read More
Michael Flynn dismissed speculation linking him with the vacancy at Shrewsbury - and paid tribute to experienced striker Padraig Amond after Newport’s 2-0 win against Colchester. On the Shrewsbury rumours, Flynn said: “I have genuinely not heard anything. “I am just carrying on. If an approach did come in then the football... Read More
Former Bluebirds’ defender Semi Ajayi is relishing his Championship challenge ahead. The big centre-half played a key role for Rotherham in their 2-1 League One play-off final success against Shrewsbury Town and then revealed he has committed to the Millers for two years. “So pleased to have joined @OfficialRUFC permanently till 2020,”... Read More
Shrewsbury Town 2, Cardiff City 1 Manager Neil Warnock’s Bluebirds suffered their first pre-season defeat against League One Shrewsbury at Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium in Shropshire. The experienced Warnock won’t worry at all about losing and will ensure his City squad learn the lessons. They play Livingston at home on Friday. Shrewsbury are... Read More
Cardiff City take on Shrewsbury Town for the third successive year at the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium tonight (Tuesday, 7pm). The Bluebirds won 4-0 last season, while the teams drew 2-2 in 2015. Cardiff play their fifth first team pre-season fixture, having scored 12 goals and conceded three in their opening four... Read More