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.
Vale of Glamorgan
Vale of Glamorgan's Jockey Isabel On Course For Welsh Title After Gelligaer Point-to-Point Success On Flash Klass
Vale of Glamorgan's Isabel Williams chalked-up her fifth point-to-point winner of the season at the well attended Gelligaer Farmers Hunt Steeplechases. Isabel, the 21-year-old daughter of leading Welsh National Hunt trainer Evan Williams, has high hopes now of retaining her Welsh Lady Riders Championship title. In a thrilling finish to the young horse maiden race four of... Read More
Risk A Fine, Trained By Rugby Ace Gareth Moore At Pyle, Earns Hunter Chase Victory At Stratford Races
A 10-year-old horse called Risk A Fine, trained at Pyle near Bridgend by former rugby star Gareth Moore, won the hunter chase at Stratford and in doing so denied runner-up Master Baker a four-timer (writes Brian Lee). Risk A Fine, a winner of a similar event 17 days ago, was partnered... Read More
Pembrokeshire's James Bowen had only two rides at Warwick in midweek and won on both of them - an 89-1 double (writes Brian Lee). Both were trained by fellow Welshman Christian Williams at Ogmore-By-Sea. The double was initiated when six-year-old Fifty Shades, a 5-1 chance, won the handicap chase by a length... Read More
Dual purpose trainer John Flint took the M&M Green Haulage Handicap Chase at Ffos Las (writes Brian Lee). His 10-year-old course and distance winner Lac Sacre finished 12 lengths ahead of the Evan Williams-trained Sutters Mill. Lac Sacre, a 9-1 chance, was partnered by Paddy Brennan. Earlier in the day, Williams' Flight To... Read More
Isabel Williams and Jack Tudor, who both live in the Vale of Glamorgan, rode winners at Ludlow, writes Brian Lee. Isabel, riding Burn Baby Byrne for her National Hunt trainer father Evan, scored a one-and-a-half lengths win over Mabela in the Weatherbys TBA Mares' Handicap Hurdle. Jack was aboard the seven-year-old Hidden Charmer in the... Read More
Wales' leading Arabian horse racing jockey Charlie Price is equally comfortable over the sticks as he is on the Flat and at Chepstow he won the opening novice hurdle handicap (writes Brian Lee). Price is attached to Vale of Glamorgan trainer Tim Vaughan's yard. Riding 11-year-old Flanagans Field for Bargoed's Bernard Llewellyn,... Read More