Steve Cooper insists Swansea City are still fighting for automatic promotion despite admitting “time was precious” following his side’s 2-2 draw with Wycombe Wanderers. The gap between Swansea and second placed Watford is now down to six points after the latter surprisingly lost at Luton. Both contenders have four games to play and are due to meet at Vicarage Road on the final day of the season.
Alys Thomas has admitted she has a busy weekend of thanking people who helped her book a likely spot to Tokyo and the Olympics this summer. Wales’ Commonwealth Games champion confessed she had been ignoring messages on her phone after coming from behind to storm to victory at the British Olympic trials in London. Her victory – achieved inside the Games consideration time - in the women’s 200m butterfly means Thomas is set to be included in the Great Britain squad for her first Olympic Games at the age of 30.
Mick McCarthy was left 'raging' after seeing Cardiff City throw away victory at Reading. Kieffer Moore looked to have given the Bluebirds victory with his penalty three minutes from time.
Sir Gareth Edwards has led the tributes to his former captain and coach, John Dawes, who has died at the age of 80. Having served under him when Wales won the Grand Slam in 1971, and on the victorious British & Irish Lions tour to New Zealand later in the same year, Edwards then saw the other side of his former captain as the Wales coach. Dawes coached Wales between 1974-79 when they won four Triple Crowns and two Grand Slams. He won 18 of his 24 games in charge.
Dragons coach Dean Ryan has paid tribute to Lewis Evans’ “outstanding achievement” after the decision of the back row forward to retire. Evans has chosen to hang up his boots after a record-breaking 236 appearances for the region over a mammoth 15-year spell. The 33-year-old make his debut back in 2006 – in a back row that included former Wales captain Colin Charvis - and director of rugby Ryan said: “To play for one region as successfully and for as long as Lewis has is an outstanding achievement.
Mick McCarthy has told his players they must play for pride when they face Reading tonight – and if it’s absent there is something wrong. The Cardiff City manager has admitted the club’s chances of making the play-offs are all but gone after just one victory in their last seven matches. That sequence has left them 12 points adrift of sixth place, but McCarthy has urged his players to remember there are plenty of other considerations, including their obligations to fans as well as trying to secure further individual playing contracts.
Georgia Davies and Daniel Jervis must wait to see if their Olympic dream will be realised after neither was able to book their place at the British selection trials in London. Two-time Olympian Davies finished inside the Olympic consideration time in the final of the women’s 100m backstroke on Thursday night, but had to settle for third place in a tough final. Wales’ Commonwealth silver medalist Jervis won the men’s 800m freestyle, but was agonizingly outside of the time needed.
Welsh para-rower Ben Pritchard has earned more success by being named Disability Sport Wales’ athlete of the year. The City of Swansea Rowing Club member was given the award in recognition of his huge progress over the past 12 months that has put him on course for a Great Britain place at the Paralympics in Tokyo in August. Pritchard picked up the prize in the same week he secured a silver medal at the European Championships despite having to recover from Covid and back injuries earlier this year.
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