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Ronaldo front-runner for UEFA’s best player award - Bale fifth favourite at 16/1

Christiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale are shortlisted for UEFA’s best player in Europe award. Credit: PA

On the back of the shortlist being announced for UEFA’s best player in Europe, William Hill makes Cristiano Ronaldo the 1/4 favourite to bag the award.

He is quite some way ahed of Lionel Messi, who at 5/1 is the second favourite and third favourite Antoine Griezmann at 7/1.

Gareth Bale is fifth favourite, with odds 16/1.

Cristiano Ronaldo has helped both his club and his country to glory this season and for this reason, he is the clear favourite to win the best player in Europe accolade.

– Joe Crilly,William Hill spokesman

Wales international Tomas Francis extends contract with Exeter Chiefs

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Wales prop Tomas Francis has signed a new deal with Exeter Chiefs, the Aviva Premiership side have announced.

Francis, 24, saw his current contract extended by the club and will now ply his trade at Sandy Park until 2019. The prop featured for Wales during the rugby World Cup and in this year's Six Nations.

The 14-time capped Wales international has impressed since moving to Exeter from London Scottish two years ago.

Speaking to the club's website, head coach Rob Baxter is pleased to have extended Francis' stay and wants to help him continue his development during that time.

I know he is delighted with that, and we are obviously very pleased that a player who came to us from the Championship and has been with us for a couple of seasons now sees his long-term future with us.

– Rob Baxter, Exeter Chiefs head coach


I Am Team GB: Get involved in biggest ever sports day

On Saturday 27 August 2016 our Olympic heroes will be helping create the nation’s biggest sports day and everyone is invited to take part.

There will be thousands of free events across Wales and the rest of the UK.

Called I Am Team GB and brought to you by ITV and The National Lottery, there will be free events taking place across Wales and the rest of the UK.

There are lots of ways to get involved, with sports clubs hosting events up and down the country. Here are just a few examples:

To find out about events happening near you, or to get your own club involved, head to I Am Team GB


Two Wales players make Euro 2016 team of tournament

Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsay were stars of Wales' Euro 2016 campaign Credit: PA

Joe Allen and Aaron Ramsay have been named in the Euro 2016 team of the tournament.

Star man, Gareth Bale, does not feature. Instead, his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo is the striker.

The full team is:

  • Rui Patricio (POR)
  • Joshua Kimmich (GER)
  • Jerome Boateng (GER)
  • Pepe (POR)
  • Raphael Guerreiro (POR)
  • Toni Kroos (GER)
  • Joe Allen (WAL)
  • Antoine Griezmann (FRA)
  • Aaron Ramsay (WAL)
  • Dimitri Payet (FRA)
  • Cristiano Ronaldo (POR)
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