Tesni Evans fended off a fightback from Hollie Naughton to reach the third round of the El Gouna International in Egypt. The 26-year-old took the first two games 11-9, 11-8 and looked set for a comfortable victory against the unseeded Canadian.
Leandro Bacuna insists Cardiff City have what Aston Villa lacked three years ago – the unity to stay in the Premier League. The Bluebirds midfielder – who could replace Aron Gunnarssson against Liverpool today – was part of the Villa squad that crashed out of the top level in 2016. It was a divided dressing room, he says, full of finger-pointing accusations among players against a chaotic backdrop of four different managers in the same season.
Mark Williams launched a scathing attack on 'pathetic' World Snooker chiefs after they allegedly denied his son access to his dressing room before his first round victory in Sheffield. The 44-year-old saw off England's Martin Gould 10-7 at the Crucible Theatre to begin his bid for a fourth title.
Georgia Davies tried to find some hope in disappointment after she responded to her failure to qualify for the World Championships in South Korea by winning gold in the 50m backstroke at the British Swimming Championships in Glasgow. Davies did not attempt to hide her devastation after she failed to make the selection time in the 100m backstroke on the second night at Tollcross International Swimming Centre.
It’s hard to deny that it’s been an underwhelming season for Bala Town, particularly in the second-half of their campaign where until yesterday they had managed just a single victory in Phase 2. Mike Hayes’ second-half winner coupled with a Chris Venables brace might just be the platform the Lakesiders so desperately need to launch their play-off campaign. Bala have not been the competitive outfit that we’ve come to expect in recent campaigns and this season the club are at real risk of missing out on European qualification for the first time in five seasons – a scenario which could make a significant impact on the club’s budget moving forward.
Joel Makin will face No 7 seed Paul Coll after reaching the third round of the El Gouna International in Egypt. The 24-year-old, who had a first round bye, came through his second round tie with local player Mazen Hesham to earn the right to face the New Zealander.
It will soon be break-up time for Warren Gatland’s Wales coaching team. Robin Davey ponders their next moves and suggests Shaun Edwards’ job-share role as defence coach would leave him plenty of time to also sort out the Dragons. It’s World Cup year and Wales go in as Grand Slam... Read More
Wales and British & Irish Lions international Dan Lydiate made a Welsh cancer patient’s day by surprising her with a personal visit and signed merchandise at her home near Abergavenny. Helen Langley, 55, was diagnosed with stage four cancer in three places in 2017 and the illness has forced her... Read More
Former England hero Dean Richards believes the absent threat of relegation in the Guinness Pro14 helped Wales win the Grand Slam. Richards, now coaching director at Newcastle Falcons, has called for the English Gallagher Premiership to be ring-fenced rather than operate with promotion and relegation. It would have titled the... Read More
With another Grand Slam delivered, Warren Gatland now has his sights firmly on the World Cup in September. The build-up should have player welfare and team preparation at its heart. Instead, Robin Davey fears it’s mainly about the money. Grand Slam fever abounds in Wales and rightly so. The team's unforgettable... Read More
Alun Wyn Jones believes Warren Gatland is in line to be Lions coach again, but has not ruled out the possibility of him combining the role with the England job, rather than Wales. New Zealander Gatland will leave his post after the World Cup in Japan later this year, ending... Read More
Sam Warburton Says Only The All Blacks Should Worry Wales . . . And That Might Not Happen Until World Cup Final
Sam Warburton says the depth Wales coach Warren Gatland has created puts the Six Nations champions among the leading contenders heading to this year’s World Cup in Japan. The former captain believes only New Zealand hold anxieties for him as opponents at the tournament that starts in six months. Wales... Read More