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Ian Woosnam to headline Wales Senior Open

Welsh golfer Ian Woosnam will headline this year's Wales Senior Open in Newport.

The event takes place at the Celtic Manor Resort on May 29-31.

Woosnam, a winner of five Senior Tour and 29 European Tour titles, will be joined in the city by a host of fellow former Ryder Cup players and the winners of more than 750 tournaments worldwide.

Welsh golfer Ian Woosnam says he is looking forward to playing in front of his home fans. Credit: European Tour Communications

It's great for the Senior Tour and also for Wales that the Wales Senior Open is back on the schedule. Obviously I’d love to add the tournament to my list of wins, so I’ll be trying my best to get my hands on the trophy at Celtic Manor this year.

It’s always nice to play in front of your home fans, so hopefully we’ll get a big crowd to come out and support us all, just like we had at Porthcawl for the Senior Open last year.

– Ian Woosnam

Wales' Carlin wins gold

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Jazz Carlin won gold in the 400 metres freestyle at the British Championships in a time fast enough to take her to the world championships in Kazan this summer.

The 24-year-old touched in a time of four minutes 03:51 seconds to banish her bad memories of the London Aquatics Centre and finish almost a second inside the qualification time for the prestigious world championships in July.

It was also Carlin's second-fastest time in this discipline and saw her achieve redemption after her failed qualification attempt for the London 2012 Olympics.

Swimming with glandular fever, she finished fourth in her heat and did not make it to her home Olympics - but this result went some way to softening that blow.

The last time I raced in this pool it didn't go the way I wanted.

But I'm a completely different swimmer now and I want to be building on that in the summer. I feel a lot stronger mentally, it is all about accepting the journey and the highs and lows - you have got to get used to that and become the best you can be. Hopefully the next couple of years can go my way.

It will be great to race people at the Worlds, they will be going even faster and I have to be on my game then. I'm really looking forward to it and I'm so glad I got my time.

– Jazz Carlin, 2014 Commonwealth 800m freestyle gold medallist

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Wales 'seeded side' in Rugby League World Cup qualifiers

Wales are to be a seeded side in the main European Qualifying Tournament for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup when the draw is made in November, 12 months before the final berth is decided.

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The tournament, which will be played in Autumn 2016, will consist of six sides, split into two groups of three with each nation playing one home and one away game.

Ireland are the other seeded side, so will not face Wales in a group, while the four other teams will be determined this year via the European Championship B and C competitions.

The winners of each group will qualify automatically while the second placed finishers will play off for the third and final European berth at Leigh Sports Village on November 5th 2016.

The composition of the two groups will be decided using three live draws based on seniority of competition to maintain balanced groups. One team from each pot will be in Group 1 and one will be in Group 2.

The European Championship B competition is at its halfway stage with Serbia, Russia and Italy each with two wins from three games. Ukraine prop up the table having lost all three of their games so far. All teams have faced each other once with the return games taking place this year.

European Championship C will be a three team competition between Greece, Malta and the winner of an upcoming qualifying game between Latvia and Spain in Riga on May 9.

The matches will be played between October 15th and November 5th 2016.

It is with great excitement that I look forward to the upcoming three years of international rugby league. We are all excited and invigorated by the challenges that World Cup qualification involves.

– John Kear, Wales Rugby League Head Coach

Disappointing night for Welsh clubs as Cardiff, Newport and Wrexham fall to defeat

Cardiff, Newport and Wrexham all fell to defeat in this evening's round of fixtures in what proved to be a disappointing night for the Welsh sides.

Cardiff traveled to promotion chasing Ipswich and got off to the worst possible start - Freddie Sears netting after just 3 minutes at Portman Road.

Russell Slade's men slipped to defeat against Ipswich. Credit: PA

Cardiff did equalise through an Eoin Doyle header, but goals form Cole Skuse and a last minute David Murphy strike sealed the win for Ipswich, who consolidate their place in the Championship play-off places.

In League 2 Newport suffered a knock to their play-off ambitions, going down 2-0 to Southend.

Goals from Cian Bolger and Stephen McLaughlin secured victory for the Shrimpers, who harbour their own promotion hopes. Newport slip to 9th following the defeat.

Meanwhile in the Conference Carl Darlington suffered his first defeat in charge of Wrexham with his side falling to a 2-1 defeat to relegation threatened Welling.

Andy Bishop's late goal wasn't enough for the Dragons, who remain in mid table.

Glamorgan hit by Leicestershire fight back

Angus Robson and Ned Eckersley put together an unbeaten partnership of 169 as Leicestershire’s batsmen replied strongly to Glamorgan’s first innings score of 513-9 declared.

David Lloyd picked up his maiden first class half century. Credit: PA

Robson, who scored 1086 championship runs for Leicestershire last season, closed on 82 and Eckersley on 81.

Earlier, David Lloyds’s maiden first class half-century ensured Glamorgan passed 500 before captain Jacques Rudolph declared in mid-afternoon.

Resuming on 294-2, the Welsh county quickly lost overnight centurion Will Bragg, before Colin Ingram went for 34.

With little bounce in the pitch, Mark Wallace also went leg before, given out for 10 despite being well forward to an Ollie Freckingham delivery, and Ben Raine trapped Graham Wagg in front for 5.

Dean Cosker failed to pick up any runs for the away side. Credit: PA

Leicestershire picked up the wickets of Craig Meschede, caught behind by Niall O’Brien off the bowling of Shreck for 30, as the visitors looked to pick up the scoring rate after taking lunch on 421-7.

Glamorgan also lost Dean Cosker, caught behind without scoring swinging at Freckingham, but despite being hit on the helmet by a Shreck bouncer, the 22-year-old Lloyd took on a series of short balls, hitting nine fours in going to his half-century off 58 balls.

Number eleven Andy Carter, on loan at Glamorgan from Nottinghamshire, also went to his first-class best, hitting 21 off 20 balls before Rudolph called his players in.

When Leicestershire began their reply, opener Dan Redfern hooked Carter for six over long leg, but then failed to get on top of an attempted drive at left-armer Graham Wagg, and was caught at point by Cooke for 24.

“A maiden first class 50 means a lot, it's been a bit up and down so far for me in the first team, but to get in there and try and get some runs kind of lifts something off my shoulders and hopefully I can get some more runs in the future.

“There's a bit in the wicket if you bowl it in the right place but we didn't really seem to find the right channels. Hopefully if we come back and hit good areas then there'll be a bit more, and maybe a bit of cloud cover, so fingers crossed."

– David Lloyd, Glamorgan
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