Elfyn Evans finished fourth on Rally Italy, despite losing his battle for position with Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai) today by less than a second. Just 7.9 seconds separated them going into today’s final four stages, but an inspired Mikkelsen set fastest time on all of them. Evans thought he’d finished fifth, before runaway leader Ott Tänak (Toyota) hit steering problems on the final stage – dropping him behind the Welshman and putting Evans back up into fourth. But Evans and co-driver Scott Martin were disappointed – the smallest of margins of being a little too cautious on the hairpins in their M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC proved to be the difference between standing on the podium or not.
Callum Sheedy played 13 minutes for England at Twickenham a fortnight ago, but that would not stop him still playing for Wales as the match was uncapped. The Cardiff-born Bristol Bears fly-half could also still play for Ireland, but Peter Jackson reckons it’s surely make-your-mind-up time. Unless he happens to be a student of Barcelona FC, Callum Sheedy will probably have never heard of Laszlo Kubala. Different footballers, different times but the same grass-hopper mentality towards national allegiance, the same identity issues.
Rhys Enoch has set himself an ambitious target of a top 16 finish at the US Open as he bids to underline it as his breakthrough tournament. The Welshman has already entered the record books with a second round 66 at Pebble Beach on Friday – the fourth lowest US Open round ever recorded at the course. Enoch - who turns 31 today (Sunday) – is hoping to celebrate his birthday in style by finishing high enough on the final leaderboard to earn an automatic place in next year’s tournament.
Jazz Carlin is four months into the rest of her life after 14 years as an international swimmer. Wales’ Commonwealth champion and Olympic medallist spoke to Liz Byrne about life after swimming, her hopes, her fears, and her body. When double Olympic silver medalist Jazz Carlin announced her retirement from the pool she embarked on a new life that has brought a host of changes where excitement coexists with uncertainty. Carlin revealed she would be quitting the pool in February 2019 following a career that encompassed the misery and desolation of missing out on a home Olympics in 2012 through to the joy of double silver in the 400m and 800m freestyle four years later in Rio de Janeiro.
Teenage quarterback Harry Taylor has plenty of experience to call on during his rookie season with the South Wales Warriors in which he’s been throwing touchdowns for fun. The 19-year-old product of the club’s youth system is being guided through the season by starting QB Dean Jackson and, as his dad says, the college student comes from “a football family”. Though Taylor, from Cardiff, is in his first season of senior British American Football Association National League action he has been involved with the Llanharan-based Warriors since he was 13 and played for an “American high school style football programme” at the SGS College Bristol Academy of Sport.
Elfyn Evans completed a very long, baking hot and bone shaking Saturday in Rally Italy in fourth position – and there will be no easing off on the final day on Sunday, as the M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC driver starts it just 7.9 seconds ahead of fifth placed Andreas Mikkelsen (Hyundai). While the top three edged out a bit of a gap at the top of the leaderboard, Evans was embroiled in a very close battle with the Norwegian driver. Co-driven by Scott Martin, the Welshman will want to hold onto fourth, as it will give him extra points and put him in pole position to benefit from any mistakes or misfortune that happen ahead of him.
Rhys Enoch will tee off at the third round of the US Open on Saturday afternoon, boosted by the confidence gained from the round of his life. The young Welshman fired an astonishing 5-under-par 66 at Pebble Beach – the second best round of the day. Only tournament leader Gary Woodland, who shot 65, managed a better score on the day as Enoch made the cut, despite opening with a round of 78 on Thursday.
James Broome will go head-to-head with his Great Britain teammates this weekend, when the Welsh carriage-driver competes at the Tristar Welsh National event at Cricklands. Two weeks ago, Broome – son of show jumping legend David – was part of the GB team that won a bronze medal at the Nations Cup in Holland. On Saturday and Sunday, he will be in opposition to colleagues Daniel Naprous and Wilf Bowman-Ripley at an event in Crick that counts as both a qualifier for the UK National Championships as well as a selection event for the British team.
Mike Flynn hailed his ‘unbelievable’ players after Newport County’s 2-0 League Two win at Yeovil Town. The home team had 67 per cent possession during the first half, but County showed a defensive resilience and assertiveness. Just after the hour Ben Kennedy provided a pinpoint delivery for Robbie Willmott to power home... Read More
Newport County have had a two-week break from League Two fixtures and now travel to play relegation battlers Yeovil Town on Saturday. The Exiles still have hopes of qualifying for the play-offs and manager Michale Flynn is taking inspiration from Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Flynn spent time with Klopp at Liverpool’s training... Read More
Michael Flynn brought out a Sir Alex Ferguson-style hairdryer at half-time during Newport County’s 1-0 League Two home win against Cheltenham Town. “The first-half was one of the worst games of football I’ve ever seen,” said Flynn. “We were terrible, nowhere near, sloppy in possession, weren’t brave in possession because nobody wanted... Read More
Manager Michael Flynn apologised to Newport County fans suffered a disastrous 6-0 home defeat against promotion rivals Yeovil Town at Rodney Parade. County went into the match boasting a 100 per cent League Two home record and supporters responded to Flynn’s plea for them to turn out in force with almost... Read More
Newport County are the only team in League Two with a 100 per cent home record and they take on in-form Yeovil Town at Rodney Parade this afternoon (3pm). Yeovil are unbeaten in their last five matches and County manager Michael Flynn says: “It would be massive to keep our home... Read More
Joe Ralls had to look in from afar when Cardiff City last earned promotion to the Premier League, but this time he’s a heartbeat for the Bluebirds. The midfield player who grew up in Aldershot is ready for his top flight debut against Bournemouth on Saturday (3pm). “It’s been a mad few... Read More