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Cardiff City's Mick McCarthy Wanted To Call Someone To Cheer Him Up . . . He Rang Steve Bruce

Under fire Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy admitted he rang up Steve Bruce before his 1,000th game as a manger because he wanted “to speak to someone who is feeling worse than me”. For Bruce it was 1,000 and out after the 3-2 home defeat for Newcastle United against Spurs and McCarthy could well follow him onto the dole queue if his side suffers an eighth successive defeat to Middlesbrough on Saturday. “I spoke to Steve the week before and I actually rang him because I thought I’d find someone who is feeling worse than me. He was top of my list,” said McCarthy.

No Ordinary Joe . . . Hawkins Keen To Keep Pace With Football Pal Rubin Colwill As Ospreys Bid To Topple Munster

The top end of the Swansea Valley has been a hotbed breeding ground for sporting talent for years. Bleddyn Bowen, Robert Jones, Greg Thomas, Justin Tipuric and Ben Davies are just some of the stars the local schools have honed in various sports. The current crop isn’t bad, either – Wales and Cardiff City footballer Rubin Colwill and Ospreys centre Joe Hawkins, who plays against Munster on Saturday night, and who spoke to Graham Thomas. Joe Hawkins is keen to follow his old football rival Rubin Colwill onto the full international stage, but is happy to bide his time. Ospreys centre Hawkins and fellow 19-year-old Colwill – already a senior Wales football international after a breakthrough year at Cardiff City - used to play football against each other as 15-year-olds, until Hawkins gave his sole attention to rugby.

Brinn Bevan Vows To Build On Positives Of Return To World Stage

Brinn Bevan said he had “mixed emotions” after marking his return to gymnastics’ world stage. Wales’ 2016 Olympian was back competing for Great Britain at the 2021 Artistic World Championships in Kitakyushu, Japan alongside fellow Wales Commonwealth Games contender Joe Cemlyn-Jones – who was making his debut at a major championship. It was the first time since 1987 that Wales had two senior men’s artistic gymnasts in the Great Britain team in the same year for an Artistic World Championships.

Gemma Grainger's Wales Reach 200th Milestone Against Toughest Opposition So Far

Neil Warnock Tells Cardiff City: You Got Me Out But You Should Have Been Careful What You Wished For

Neil Warnock has told angry Cardiff City fans: “Be careful what you wish for.” The Bluebirds’ former manager returns to his old club for the first time with fans in the ground since he was sacked almost two years ago. Warnock brings his Middlesbrough side to the Welsh capital with many home fans having regularly called for current boss Mick McCarthy to be fired.

Archie Davies And Ffion Tynan Can Take Welsh Golf Global Again, Says Performance Chief

Welsh golfers Archie Davies and Ffion Tyan are currently in the USA, learning their craft in the most demanding competitions in the world for prospective professional golfers – the American collegiate system. Their progress is proof that the future of elite golf in Wales is in good hands with those players acting as role models for the grass roots, as Tom Prosser reports. Jamie Donaldson was the last Welshman to represent Europe at a Ryder Cup back in 2014, but with a new winning mindset introduced by Golf Wales, hopes are high that the next Welsh golfing star may be just around the corner. Gillian O’Leary - director of performance for Golf Wales - says one of her biggest tasks since swapping her native Ireland for Wales has been to change the mindset of some of the golfers she works with.   

Wales' Captain Sophie Ingle Is "Excited To Get Back" As They Prepare To Take On Slovenia And Estonia

Mick McCarthy Admits Talks With Cardiff City Owner Vincent Tan. . .After A Run Of Seven Straight League Defeats

By Tom Prosser Cardiff City lost their seventh straight league game last night away to Fulham and manager Mick McCarthy admitted that his future at the club is in serious doubt. The defeat marked the Bluebirds worst run of form since 1933. "It leaves me on the back end of a really horrible run of results," said McCarthy. "And if football is true to its usual stuff then we know what happens.

Joel Piroe? He Needs To Relax In Front Of Goal, Jokes Swansea City's Russell Martin

Russell Martin insists there is still much more to come from Swansea City after the head coach lavished more praise on match-winning pair Joel Piroe and Jamie Paterson. Both players scored for the second successive game as the Swans beat high-flying West Bromwich Albion on Wednesday night to make it back-to-back victories in the Championship for the first time this season. The 2-1 victory – achieved after Martin’s side had fallen a goal down inside the opening minute – has lifted the club up to 15th place, four points off the play-off spots.

Mick McCarthy's Cardiff City Future Hangs By A Thread. . .As Bluebirds Hope To End Worst Run Since 1985 Against Fulham

By Paul Jones Under-fire Cardiff City boss Mick McCarthy will be hoping to halt an alarming run of six straight Championship defeats, when his side travel to Craven Cottage to face third place Fulham this evening (Wednesday). This is Cardiff’s worst league return since 1985 and the fans are stunned that the veteran boss is yet to receive his marching orders. Former Cardiff players, Bobby Decordova-Reid and Harry Wilson now play their football at Fulham and could inflict further pain on their former club tonight.

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Darren Campbell: We Need To Open Athletics Tracks Or Risk Losing A Generation Of Talent

Darren Campbell has fears young talent may already have been lost from athletics because of the effects of Covid-19 restrictions. The Wales-based former Olympian tells Owen Morgan the sport must quickly find a way of opening up venues to more than just elite performers. Olympic gold medallist Darren Campbell has... Read More

Trevor Birch Warns Football Clubs To Get A Grip Or Face Shutdown

Former Swansea City chairman Trevor Birch has warned football clubs to obey the rules over Covid-19 or face another complete shutdown for the game. Birch – now EFL chief executive – has written a letter to all clubs in the Football League, including Cardiff City and Swansea, warning them not... Read More

Jonathan Davies Says Wales Are Paying For Slow Response After Lockdown

Jonathan Davies believes Wales are paying the price for the country’s late return to rugby after lockdown. The Wales and Lions centre – a keystone of Warren Gatland’s successful team for over a decade – is currently part of a national team that has suffered six straight defeats under Wayne... Read More

Welsh Premier League And Wales Women's Teams Facing "Firebreak" Shutdown

Welsh domestic men’s and women’s international football is facing shutdown for a month as a result of the new “firebreak” lockdown imposed by Welsh Government. Fully professional sport – defined as those who earn their living through sport – will be allowed to continue during the new restrictions which come... Read More

It's As Easy As MCB . . . Melissa Courtney-Bryant Hits The Ground Running (Fast) Around Post-Lockdown Europe

During lockdown, Melissa Courtney-Bryant could be seen in videos produced by Sport Wales, showing the nation how to do a proper warm-up routine before home-based exercise. Now, she’s back warming the tracks across Europe with some super-charged performances as she tells Owen Morgan. Melissa Courtney-Bryant is certainly making up for... Read More

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... Read More
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