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Elfyn Evans Slips To Fifth As Rally Monza Leaderboard Changes

Good morning.....and welcome to Dai Sport's live blog as Elfyn Evans bids to become the first Welsh driver to be crowned World Rally Champion. The 31-year-old is lying fourth after Thursday's opening special stage of Rally Monza on Thursday.

Neil Harris Insists Fanless Cardiff City Are "Not Fussed" By Watford Supporters

Neil Harris insists he is “not fussed” by the presence of Watford fans for Cardiff City’s visit to Vicarage Road on Saturday. The Bluebirds manager is more concerned by the continued absence of his own club’s fans from home games which he says is leading to unfairness within the Championship. Fans returned to Football League matches for the first time in 266 days on Wednesday as clubs in tiers one and two welcomed back supporters.

Zoe Backstedt's World Cup CX Campaign Hit By COVID-19 Rules

Zoe Backstedt's chances of claiming another UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup victory this month have been dashed by COVID-19 regulations. Cycling's governing body has cancelled the junior women's races that were scheduled to take place victory in Belgium, in Namur on 20 December and Dendermonde on 27 December.

It's A Case Of Steady Elfyn As Evans Launches WRC Title Bid In Monza

Elfyn Evans admitted he took it steady as he got his bid to be crowned World Rally Champion underway in Monza. Having had a spin in the pre-event shakedown earlier in the morning, the title pacesetter took a cautious approach on SS1 in Monza's F1 circuit.

Diversity Levels In Welsh Sport Described As "Shameful" After New Survey

Former Wales striker Nathan Blake has told sports in Wales to stop talking and start doing something about their lack of diversity. His call comes after an ITV Wales investigation revealed levels of diversity that were described as "shocking" and "shameful" by Race Council Cymru. A survey conducted showed there are only 19 people from a Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic background out of 765 employees across some of Wales' biggest sports governing bodies.

FAW Back Laura McAllister Bid For FIFA

Laura McAllister has been backed by the Football Association of Wales to bring expertise and insight to world football’s governing body. Professor McAllister – a former Wales captain, former chair of Sport Wales and now professor of public policy and governance at Cardiff University – has is standing for election to FIFA’s council. Nominated by the FAW and backed by the other home associations, McAllister is bidding to become UEFA’s designated female representative on FIFA council.

Gerwyn Price Facing All-Wales Clash When He Starts World Championship Bid

Gerwyn Price could face an all Wales clash when he begins his bid for the William Hill World Darts Championship later this month. The No 3 seed has been drawn against either countryman Jamie Lewis or Luke Woodhouse in the second round.

Wales Golf Events To Return Next Year In New Finals Format

Golfers around Wales will be able to enjoy the first Club Finals Weekend next year, with several of the traditional tournaments being wrapped into one event. The COVID-19 pandemic meant those events were cancelled in 2020, but also saw lessons learned which have contributed to planning ahead for their hopeful return in 2021.

Elfyn Evans' Shakedown Spin A Timely Warning For WRC Title Bid

Elfyn Evans discovered just how treacherous this weekend's World Rally Championship title decider could be as he spun on the pre-event shakedown in Monza. The title pacesetter was caught-out at one of the chicanes in the snowy and slippery conditions on the F1 circuit.

Made In Dolgellau, Forged In Cumbria, Crowned In Monza - The Path To World Glory Taken By Elfyn Evans

Elfyn Evans is on the verge of becoming the first Welshman to win the FIA World Rally Championship drivers’ title, with just the final Rally Monza (3-6 December) between him and glory. And after a remarkable first season with the Toyota team, the 31-year old Dolgellau ace doesn’t need to win the event to secure the title.

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New Kit, New Jonathan Davies . . . But Wales Star Feared For His Future After Injury KO

Jonathan Davies feared he would never play for Wales again following the injury which sidelined him for almost a year. The 32-year-old centre is set to pull on the Wales jersey for the first time since their World Cup third-place play-off defeat against New Zealand on November 1. Davies, who has featured... Read More

Scarlets' Relief As Jonathan Davies Is Back . . . But Says He Has A Fair Way To Go

Jonathan Davies admits it will take some time for him to return to his world class best after he made his long-awaited comeback. The Wales centre returned to action for the first time in nearly a year as his Scarlets side were beaten 25-15 by the Ospreys in Llanelli. Both... Read More

Swansea City May Face Must-Win With Erwin

Swansea City may have to put their faith in the hands of back-up goalkeeper Erwin Mulder to keep their promotion hopes alive. Mulder – who has not started a game for the club for 16 months – is on stand-by to come in to the side at Nottingham Forest on... Read More

Matthew Jones Once Snatched Gary Speed's Armband . . . Now, He Wants To Continue His Vision

Matthew Jones was a Premier League teenager with the world at his feet. He packed a lot into six years, but a career-ending back injury brought desperation, depression, uncertainty, but finally fulfilment through coaching. Newly appointed in charge of Wales U18s, he tells Owen Morgan about growing up, growing wise,... Read More

Ellis Jenkins Turns To Andy Murray And Cold Showers In His Bid For Cardiff Blues And Wales Comeback

Ellis Jenkins had a dampener put on his career almost 18 months ago when he badly injured his knee. As if that wasn’t bad enough, the 27-year-old Cardiff Blues and Wales flanker is now forced to start every day with an icy cold shower. It is all part of an... Read More

Cardiff City's Alex Smithies . . . On Keeping Clean Sheets And A Strong Mind As The Goalmouth Stays Empty

Alex Smithies has gone 10 weeks without conceding a goal but these are still testing times for goalkeepers – locked down with nothing to keep at bay except their own frustrations - as the Cardiff City keeper told Graham Thomas. Like all goalkeepers, Cardiff City’s Alex Smithies is used to... Read More
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