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.
Welsh athletes will be looking to continue their successful return to action when they travel to Lancashire for this evening's prestigious Podium 5K event. Leading a strong Welsh contingent in the women’s field will be Jenny Nesbitt and Clara Evans. The Cardiff Athletics clubmates will be looking to follow up their excellent wins in Lisburn last weekend.
Former Wales star turned adventurer Richard Parks knows all about survival – and he believes keeping heads above water is all anyone in rugby can do at present. As the professional end of the game in Wales prepares to return in a fortnight, the man now renowned for toughing things out in a hostile environment reckons it’s going to take a huge effort to avoid the dangerous currents within the sport he used to play. After weeks of talks over pay cuts, the united front shown by the regional players collapsed when those at the Scarlets did their own deal by signing new contracts – leaving the Welsh Rugby Players Association looking weak and ineffective.
Canadian forward Mike McNamee has committed to Cardiff Devils for the 2020-21 Elite League season. McNamee is the 10th player to re-sign for the Devils for the new campaign and the sixth import. “Mike is such a versatile player, highly skilled, great defensively and also has so much offensive talent,” said club managing director Todd Kelman.
With rallying currently still stuck in a ditch as other sports in Wales start to resume, past glories are all that’s on offer. So, the perfect excuse to hear from Wales’ swashbuckling former British Rally champion David Llewellin, who tells Paul Evans of his infamous highs and lows chasing the Welsh International Rally title. High speed impatience to score victory on his home Welsh International Rally undoubtedly delayed David Llewellin from lifting the winners’ trophy. The most spectacular of these, beyond limits misdemeanours, came in 1986, when he crashed his Metro 6R4 not once, but twice.
The first golf Major since lockdown begins today in San Francisco when players tee off at the US PGA. It’s another sporting instance where the men’s game is further down the road to recovery than the women’s – a discrepancy that Wales’ Lydia Hall finds all too familiar, as Graham Thomas reports. Lydia Hall flies back into the UK at the start of August – as determined to be high on the leaderboard at the Ladies Scottish Open as she is to help shake up women’s golf. After six months spent in Australia – four more than intended because of lockdown amid the global pandemic – the current Welsh No.3 has had plenty of time to assess her sport and its injustices.
Jonny Williams is hoping his one-year contract extension with Charlton Athletic can trigger more glory at the delayed European Championship finals next summer. The Wales midfielder – who was Chris Coleman’s occasional joker in the pack for the national team four years ago – has opted to extend his time with his current club. The 26-year-old was unable to stop Charlton going straight back down from the Sky Bet Championship last month – a year after he helped the Addicks into the second tier with promotion via the League One play-offs.
Can newcomer Sam Moore make the same impact as Nick Williams? The son of former Wales lock Steve Moore certainly has big boots to fill. Moore has been impressing everyone in training at Cardiff Blues since joining from Sale Sharks and turning his attentions away from representing England to playing for the land of his father, uncle and the city where he was born. A knee injury helped to take him off Eddie Jones' radar and now he will get the chance of a new beginning in a Blues shirt.
Danny Newcombe has been handed the job of leading Welsh hockey into next year’s European Championships after being named as the new head coach following Zak Jones’ move into the team GB set-up. Hockey Wales have adopted the tried and trusted football ‘boot room’ policy of promoting from within in the wake of Jones’ departure. Newcombe has worked alongside Jones as his assistant for the past two years and has been working within the Welsh hockey coaching network for almost a decade.
Scott Ruscoe will lead The New Saints side into their latest European campaign in three weeks' time, quietly encouraged by his summer transfer activity. With last season's disappointment and off-field wrangling behind them, Ruscoe has been able to focus entirely on preparing his team for what will be his fourth season in charge. His recruitment has seen three senior players come into the fold: in defence, midfield and attack.
Wales are on a four-year high after their 2-0 Euro Championship win against Azerbaijan and are back in Cardiff feeling positive. That is a first European Championship qualifying away win since September 2015 (v Cyprus under Chris Coleman). Ryan Giggs and his team will finish second in group E if they beat... Read More
Cardiff Devils 2, MAC Újbuda 4 The music man took cantre stage for Cardiff Devils after their final pre-season fixture against MAC Újbuda at the Viola Arena. Canadian ice hockey forward Mike McNamee, who loves playing the guitar and singing in his spare time, provided the post-game entertainment for Devils fans in... Read More
Cardiff Devils 2, Fehervar 4 Canadian defenceman Sam Jardine celebrated his 26th birthday by playing for Cardiff Devils in their second pre-season match at their Viola Arena home rink. Jardine, who twice won the Kelly Cup in North America, has switched from Growlers in Newfoundland to Devils and says after his first... Read More
Cardiff Devils 5, Fehervar 2 Former Boston Bruins forward Masi Marjamaki became an instant hit with Cardiff Devils, scoring two goals and producing a man of the match performance against Hungarian side Fehervar AV19. Former Boston Bruins forward Marjamaki (2), Joey Haddad (2) and Sean Bentivoglio scored Devils’ goals in a feisty,... Read More
While Merthyr Town were earning a 3-0 Southern Football League win in Basingstoke, Cardiff Fire were left without a game in the Hampshire town. The Martyrs were victorious, while Fire quickly switched their focus to Sunday’s National League ice hockey clash with Swindon Wildcats after their trip to Basingstoke Buffalo was... Read More
Czech-born Lukas Smital, the highly experienced Slough Jets coach, leads his team into their ice hockey clash with Cardiff Fire at Ice Arena Wales this evening (Sunday, 6pm). Fire were edged out 4-3 by Basingstoke Buffalo in their first fixture of the season and are fired up to earn victory against... Read More