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Rugby star Gough fined for assaulting ex-girlfriend

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Ian Gough was fined for assaulting his ex-girlfriend. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Rugby player Ian Gough has been fined £1,000 for assaulting his beauty queen ex-girlfriend.

The 37 year old, who plays for Newport Gwent Dragons, was found guilty of grabbing former-Miss Wales Sophia Cahill and pushing her against his van as he dropped off their two-year-old son at her house in January.

In a victim impact statement read at Croydon Magistrates' Court, Miss Cahill - who is now engaged to pop star Dane Bowers - said she has suffered from anxiety and panic attacks since the incident and had been targeted on social media.

Gough had denied assault by beating, but was found guilty after a trial. He was fined £1,050 and ordered to pay a £105 victim surcharge, £775 towards prosecution costs and £200 compensation to Miss Cahill.

Speaking outside the court, Gough said he will appeal the conviction.

While I accept the court has to follow its procedures, I do not accept the guilty conviction against me. I am currently appealing the conviction.

– Ian Gough

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Collins out of Wales squad with hamstring injury

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West Ham defender James Collins has withdrawn from the Wales squad set to play Andorra due to injury. Credit: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Wales international James Collins has withdrawn from the squad's Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra. The Football Association of Wales says the West Ham defender is suffering from a hamstring injury.

He's been replaced by Newcastle United's Paul Dummett for the match on 9th September.

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Newcastle United's Paul Dummett has been called up to the Wales squad for the Andorra game. Credit: David Davies/PA Archive

UEFA Euro 2016: Wales squad to face Andorra named

The Wales squad has been announced for the forthcoming UEFA Euro 2016 qualifier against Andorra.

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Wayne Hennessey - Crystal Palace; Kyle Letheren - Dundee; Owain Fon Williams - Tranmere Rovers #ANDvWAL

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James Chester - Hull City; James Collins - West Ham United; Ben Davies - Tottenham Hotspur; Chris Gunter - Reading #ANDvWAL

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Adam Matthews - Celtic; Samuel Ricketts - Wolverhampton Wanderers; Neil Taylor - Swansea City; Ashley Williams - Swansea City #ANDvWAL

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Joe Allen - Liverpool; Emyr Huws - Manchester City (Loan Wigan Athletic); Andy King - Leicester City; Joe Ledley - Crystal Palace #ANDvWAL

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Aaron Ramsey - Arsenal; David Vaughan - Nottingham Forest; Gareth Bale - Real Madrid; Simon Church - Charlton Athletic #ANDvWAL

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Tom Lawrence - Manchester United; Hal Robson-Kanu - Reading; George Williams - Fulham; Jonathan Williams - Crystal Palace #ANDvWAL

Coleman to announce Euro 2016 qualifier squad

Wales manager Chris Coleman believes the 'holy grail' of qualifying for a major tournament is within reach if he can play his best team in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.

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The campaign starts in Andorra on 9th September, but it is the games against group favourites Belgium and Bosnia-Herzegovina as well as Israel and Cyprus which will determine whether Wales make it to France in 2016

Wales haven't qualified for a major final since the World Cup of 1958.

But, there is real hope this time that Coleman can turn that around by guiding a talented group of players to an expanded 24-team championship.

We're going into it with enthusiasm. Expectations are always high and it's all to play for. The holy grail for us is to qualify and we've got a chance to do that over 10 games with a little bit of luck. That's the objective.

– Chris Coleman, Wales manager

Real Madrid superstar Gareth Bale heads the list but Coleman can also call on the likes of Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey, Liverpool's Joe Allen and Swansea skipper Ashley Williams.

The squad will be announced later today.

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FT: Port Vale 2-3 Cardiff City

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90 - Goal! Michael Brown reduces the Cardiff advantage to just one goal. #Vale 2-3 #City

Cardiff City have beaten Port Vale 3-2 in the second round of the Capital One Cup. Cardiff City's Federico Macheda scored two goals in the second half. Port Vale's Michael Brown managed to secure a second goal for his side in two minutes extra time.

HT: Port Vale 1-1 Cardiff City

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Cardiff City are away to Port Vale in the Capital One Cup Credit: PA

It's a draw at half time with Cardiff City away to Port Vale. Joe Ralls scored the first goal for Cardiff 25 minutes into the game. Port Vale's Michael O'Connor secured the draw.

An unbeaten start by the Bluebirds was ended on Saturday when they lost to the Wolves on Saturday.

Wales training bases for Rugby World Cup announced

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Wales training at the Vale Resort in March. Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Wales' two training bases for next year's Rugby World Cup have been announced.

The Vale Resort on the outskirts of Cardiff and London Irish RFC will be home to Warren Gatland's side during the competition.

Tournament organisers England 2015 have announced the 41 team bases across England and Wales that will host the 20 competing teams.

Gatland's squad, which reached the semi-finals of the competition in New Zealand three years ago, will spend their time between the two venues for the duration of their four pool encounters.

We are delighted to confirm that Wales will be based at the The Vale Resort and at London Irish during next year's tournament.

A great deal of effort has been put in to select the approved bases and we are very pleased to be based at two excellence sporting venues.

– Warren Gatland

Wales will share the facilities with France.

Other training venues in Wales are the Celtic Manor Resort, near Newport, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Sports Wales National Centre, also in Cardiff, and Swansea University.

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