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Melissa Courtney-Bryant Absolutely Flies In Finland . . . And Wins In Close To PB

Melissa Courtney-Bryant came within a whisker of setting a new 1500m personal best on her first outdoor outing of 2020 on Tuesday night. The Welsh 3,000 and 5,000m record holder was in imperious form as she overcame a high quality field at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Finland. Courtney-Bryant produced a masterclass in front running before breaking the tape in a new meeting and stadium record of 4:03.69.

Mark Williams Blasts The Rocket . . . And Labels Ronnie O'Sullivan Disrespectful To Snooker's Young Guns

Mark Williams Blasts The Rocket . . . And Labels Ronnie O’Sullivan Disrespectful To Snooker’s Young Guns
Mark Williams has jumped to the defence of snooker’s young brigade and called Ronnie O’Sullivan “disrespectful” for his criticisms of their standards. Wales’ former world champion saw his pursuit of a third title ended by O’Sullivan on Tuesday when the five-time champion won their quarter-final 13-10 at the Crucible. It was a clash between two of the game’s ageing legends with Williams now 45 and O’Sullivan 44. But it was a contest given more spice by O’Sullivan’s comments that levels of performance among the younger generation was so low that he would, “have to lose an arm and a leg to fall out of the top 50.”

Port Talbot End Five Month Training Gap . . . And Get Back In The Groove

Port Talbot Ladies head coach Hayley Williams admits there was a fair degree of apprehension before her players went back to training this month.  After all, it had been a long time since the Welsh Premier Women’s League squad members had last got together for their twice weekly sessions. But thanks to a grant of just over £1,000 from the Be Active Wales Fund, the players are now back on the grass – although having to get used to new conditions and demands imposed by coronavirus restrictions. 

From Pool To Lake, To Open Sea . . . How Dan Jervis Has Toned His Body And Freshened His Mind

Dan Jervis went to swimming’s world championships last year and failed to cope with the anxiety of expectation. Now, after lockdown and time spent out of the pool, he tells Graham Thomas he will be a calmer man heading towards next year’s Olympic Games. Dan Jervis is glad to be back in the pool, but the Olympic hopeful admits lockdown has altered his outlook to training, swimming, and even life itself. The Commonwealth Games silver medal winner from 2018 is part of the small group of 11 elite Welsh swimmers currently back in the water in Newport.

Summertime . . . And The Winning 'Aint Easy For Welsh Clubs In Europe

Summertime . . . And The Winning ‘Aint Easy For Welsh Clubs In Europe
The draws have been made, the maps have been checked, and now Welsh football clubs are preparing for their summer stint in the sun. Matthew Burgess says the cards – as usual – are not stacked in the Welsh clubs’ favour, but one-game shoot-outs might yet enable the likes of Connah’s Quay and Barry Town United to make their mark. Anticipating how Welsh clubs will fare in European competitions is generally a difficult summer task at the best times, yet the ongoing impact of the coronavirus on Welsh football only serves to muddy the waters further. In football's new normal, all qualifying rounds are to be decided over one game and ties could be hosted at neutral venues - or determined without a ball even being played - should Covid restrictions dictate.

Alun Wyn Jones Is Eager To Start . . . And Impress The New Boss At The Ospreys

Alun Wyn Jones Is Eager To Start . . . And Impress The New Boss
Alun Wyn Jones may be poised to become the most capped rugby player in history – but his first plan is to impress his new boss. The Wales captain is scheduled to pass Richie McCaw’s mark of 148 international caps this autumn, but his more immediate aim is to show new Ospreys coach Toby Booth the true meaning of staying power. Jones has been involved in his 18th senior pre-season routine with the Ospreys in recent days, but his first since Booth became head coach and the former London Irish chief says: “He’s at the start of his career for me.

Connah's Quay Given Home European Clash . . . But Barry Town Face Long Trip

Cymru Premier clubs Connah's Quay and Barry Town have learnt the identity of their respective European opponents later this month. Connah's Quay will face FK Sarajevo at home in what will be the Nomads' first ever UEFA Champions League qualifying tie, while Barry Town have been handed an away draw to Faroe Islanders RSI Runavík in the UEFA Europa League.

Dewi Griffiths Runs Into Eye-Catching Form Ahead of London Marathon

Dewi Griffiths smashed his 5k personal best in a lightning-fast elite men's race at the Podium 5K event on Saturday evening. Cambridge and Coleridge athlete Marc Scott finished first in a new British record time of 13:20 at the event in Barrowford, Lancashire, a mark which was just outside the European record. But it was Griffiths' sixth placed time of 13:43, which caught the eye in the week that it was announced this year's London Marathon would be an elite only race.

Aaron Ramsey Ready To Come In From The Shadows As Andrea Pirlo Takes Charge At Juventus

Aaron Ramsey Ready To Come In From The Shadows As Andrea Pirlo Takes Charge At Juventus
Aaron Ramsey has been offered a route towards more regular starts in Italy after Juventus appointed Andrea Pirlo as their manager following the sacking of Maurizio Sarri. Former Italy and Juve midfielder Pirlo is a stated admirer of Ramsey and the expectation is that the Wales international will now move from being a peripheral influence in Turin to a central performer. Since moving to Italy from Arsenal a year ago, Ramsey has been among Juve’s substitutes more often than he has begun games and has rarely been given an extended run of starts.

Geraint Thomas Starts The Climb To The Tour De France . . . And Says The Legs Are Moving Nicely

Geraint Thomas Starts The Climb To The Tour De France . . . And Says The Legs Are Moving Nicely
Geraint Thomas believes his return to the road is nicely paced as the countdown starts to the Tour de France at the end of the month. The Team Ineos rider raced for the first time competitively when he finished 24th in a bunched sprint at the end of the opening stage of the Tour de l’Ain in Ceyzériat, France on Friday. The Welsh 2018 Tour de France winner has happy with his display and will look for further progress in the remainder of the tour which continues on Saturday with a stage in the Jura mountains that includes five categorized climbs.

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Connah's Quay Given Home European Clash . . . But Barry Town Face Long Trip

Dewi Griffiths Runs Into Eye-Catching Form Ahead of London Marathon

Aaron Ramsey Ready To Come In From The Shadows As Andrea Pirlo Takes Charge At Juventus

Geraint Thomas Starts The Climb To The Tour De France . . . And Says The Legs Are Moving Nicely

Jenny Nesbitt And Clara Evans Lead Welsh Hopes For Podium Places

Frostbite, Everest, Antarctica . . . None Of It Terrified Richard Parks As Much As Being Broke

The Unsung Hero Returns . . . Canadian Forward Commits To Cardiff Devils For New Elite League Ice Hockey Season

How Daredevil David Llewellin Eventually Ruled The Welsh International Rally

Lydia Hall Urges Golf's Male Multi-Millionaires To Join Justin Rose . . . And Back The Women's Game

Joker Jonny Aims To Be Part Of The Wales Pack Again Next Summer . . . By Coming Up Trumps With Charlton

Sam Moore's Turn To Fill Large Nick Williams-Shaped Hole For Cardiff Blues

Welsh Hockey Goes The Boot Room Route With Danny Newcombe Keen To Fill Zak Jones' Big Shoes

Scott Ruscoe Is Building A New New Saints . . . With Ryan Astles As The Cornerstone

Vote Rhondda Netball . . . For More Taylar Moores And Other Super Heroes Without Capes

Mike Flynn Starts The Newport County Rebuild With Scot Bennett As Foundation

"Awestruck" Jamie Clarke Thought He Was Going Home . . . Or, Maybe Not

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Alun Wyn Jones Is Eager To Start . . . And Impress The New Boss At The Ospreys

Frostbite, Everest, Antarctica . . . None Of It Terrified Richard Parks As Much As Being Broke

Sam Moore's Turn To Fill Large Nick Williams-Shaped Hole For Cardiff Blues

Ospreys Players Will Enjoy New Coach Toby Booth . . . So Long As They Don't P*** Him Off, Says Paul James

Jamie Roberts In March: "I'd Struggle To Play For Anyone Except Cardiff Blues" . . . August: "My Love For The Game Was Born On The Terraces Of Rodney Parade"

Ieuan Evans And Nigel Davies To Challenge Gareth Davies For WRU Role

Andy Haden . . . The All Black Who Refused To Lose - Especially To Wales

Dragons Keen To Add More New Faces . . . And Consider Move For Leicester Rebel Greg Bateman

WRU Told: Settle With Your Players Or Forget The £20 Million Loan

The Welsh Rugby Union have been told they need to settle their pay cut dispute with their players before they... Read More

Paul Asquith, Steve Cummins And Tom Botha Await Wales Call Up . . . As Next Names Up On Residency Rota

Paul Asquith, Steve Cummins and Tom Botha are all in line to soon qualify for Wales – a residency route... Read More

Cardiff Council Plans To Honour City's Rugby League Stars And Celebrate Its Diversity

A plan to honour Rugby League greats from Cardiff is being put together by the city's council which also hopes... Read More

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Port Talbot End Five Month Training Gap . . . And Get Back In The Groove

Summertime . . . And The Winning 'Aint Easy For Welsh Clubs In Europe

Connah's Quay Given Home European Clash . . . But Barry Town Face Long Trip

Aaron Ramsey Ready To Come In From The Shadows As Andrea Pirlo Takes Charge At Juventus

Joker Jonny Aims To Be Part Of The Wales Pack Again Next Summer . . . By Coming Up Trumps With Charlton

Scott Ruscoe Is Building A New New Saints . . . With Ryan Astles As The Cornerstone

Mike Flynn Starts The Newport County Rebuild With Scot Bennett As Foundation

Binns Wins On And Off The Pitch As Merthyr Man Lewis Juggles Time With Newport County

Swansea City In Fight With Birmingham For Middlesbrough Defender Daniel Ayala

Swansea City are keen to strengthen their squad by signing former Liverpool defender Daniel Ayala from Middlesbrough. The centre-back is... Read More

Cardiff City Pay Tribute To Keith Pontin

Cardiff City have paid tribute to their former Wales defender Keith Pontin, who has died aged 64. Pontin, who made... Read More

Cardiff City Connections Fuel Wembley Bid For Notts County . . . And Get Neil Warnock's Vote

Former Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock is backing his old club, Notts County, to play-off success at Wembley Stadium -... Read More

Play-Offs Over . . . But Who Will Now Speak Up For Locked Out Welsh Football Fans?

When will crowds be able to return to watch sport in Wales? From the evidence so far it doesn't seem... Read More

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The Unsung Hero Returns . . . Canadian Forward Commits To Cardiff Devils For New Elite League Ice Hockey Season

Pace Ace Sam's The Right Man For Cardiff Devils

Sam's The Man As Jardine Happy To Be A Devil Again

The Devilishly Difficult Job Of Filling The Shoes Left Behind In Cardiff By Andrew Lord

Evan Mosey Re-Commits To Cardiff Devils

Cardiff Devils Start From Scratch As Luke Piggott Follows Andrew Lord Through Exit

Andrew Lord Reveals His Golden Era At Cardiff Devils Is Over . . . As He Leaves For America

Mark Richardson Agrees New Deal With Cardiff Devils

Cardiff Devils' Stephen Dixon Signs For Another Season

Canadian centre Stephen Dixon is Cardiff Devils’ third import signing for the 2020-21 Elite League ice hockey season. Dixon followed... Read More

Cardiff Devils Face Swedes Farjestad Karlstad In Champions League Last 32

Cardiff Devils have been drawn against Swedish opposition in the Champions Hockey League. Head coach Andrew Lord and his team... Read More

Jack "Tex" Evans . . . The Amman Valley Kid Who Became The Hard Man Of The NHL

Which Welsh sportsman has made the biggest impression overseas? John Charles in Turin? Ian Woosnam at Augusta? Colin Jackson in... Read More

Cardiff Devils Confirm Joey Martin Is Staying For Season Number Seven

The GOAT is back with Cardiff Devils for the 2020-21 Elite League ice hockey season. Team captain Joey Martin -... Read More

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