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.
Rhondda Netball are calling on supporters to back their bid for a share of £1m as they aim to develop more role models and leaders within their organisation. Having already become a regional winner, the Valleys netball charity – one of the largest female sports participation programmes in Wales – need online votes to win the top cash prizes on offer. Rhondda Netball have already made the shortlist to win a share of Persimmon Homes’ Building Futures £1million pot, supporting under-18s across the UK.
Newport County manager Michael Flynn believes he has taken an important step in rebuilding his squad for the new season, having re-signed defender Scot Bennett. Having already seen Jamille Matt slip through his fingers when the striker moved to League Two rivals Forest Green Rovers, Flynn was determined to secure Bennett as the first keystone to his reconstruction job following the shutdown of last season. There remains a great deal of re-shaping for the County manager to do before the new campaign, but he views the retention of Bennett – who seemed destined to leave after the running down of his previous contract – as crucial to those plans.
Jamie Clarke has confessed he thought he would be going home after round one of the Betfred World Championship. The world No. 89 from Llanelli – the lowest ranking player in the tournament in Sheffield – is instead preparing a second round match on Friday after beating world number four Mark Allen, 10-8. Clarke produced a superb display on Tuesday night but admitted: “I haven’t looked at the draw. I just looked at Mark Allen and thought, I’m going home.
You’ve waited five months for racing to restart, you fly to Italy for the Covid-19 delayed opening round of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup and then one of your team-mates crashes the car before you get the chance to drive it. The situation doesn’t bare thinking about, does it?
The Welsh Assembly Government has today pulled the plug on what was going to be the long awaited return of motor racing at Pembrey Circuit – even though this weekend’s now postponed BTRDA Rallycross Championship event was going to be run behind closed doors.
Coach Steve Morison’s young Bluebirds remain unbeaten after three Professional Under-23 Development League matches under his leadership. Kieron Evans scored a late equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw for Morison’s men against Ipswich Town at Cardiff City Stadium after they had earned wins in their previous two games. Morison made four changes... Read More
Neil Harris Watches Bluebirds' Striker Suffer Injury Again During Comeback Match For Development Team
Bluebirds manager Neil Harris watched striker Isaac Vassell suffer on his return to playing action at Cardiff International Sports Stadium. Vassell, who hasn’t played a first team match since August limped off after 24 minutes of Cardiff’s 3-1 Professional Under-23 Development League win against Watford. Vassell was running onto a Brad Smith... Read More
Cardiff City (u-18) 0, Coventry City (u-18) 1 It simply wasn’t the Bluebirds’ day in this Professional Under-18 Development League fixture at Cardiff Sports Campus. They hit the crossbar and a post twice Isaak Davies missed from a penalty and the visiting Sky Blues scored the only goal from a spot-kick of... Read More
Ipswich Town (u-23) 3, Cardiff City (u-23) 1 Teenager Shamar Moore, who has made one first team appearance for the Bluebirds this evening, scored Cardiff City’s goal in their Professional Under-23 Development League match against Ipswich Town. Attacking player Moore, who replaced Isaac Vassell for the second half of the Carabao Cup... Read More
City First Team Trio Joe, Curtis And Omar Called Up for Bluebirds' Development Team Against Millwall
Professional Under-23 Development League Cardiff City 2, Millwall 1 Goalkeeper Joe Day, Curtis Nelson and Omar Bogle were first team players named in Cardiff City’s under-23 starting line-up against Kevin Nugent’s Millwall. Former Bluebirds centre-forward is an Academy coach at Millwall and was in charge of their team at the Cardiff Sports Campus. Day,... Read More
Ipswich Town 3, Cardiff City 1 Academy coach Matthew Bloxham and his Bluebirds under-18 team suffered in Suffolk and are now intent on bouncing back against Charlton Athletic. Cardiff City conceded three goals in the first 23 minutes against Ipswich Town away and the home team were in control for the rest... Read More