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Selby's title defence is off

The Barry boxer's IBF featherweight title fight against Jonathan Barros on Saturday night has been called off. The fight was due to take place in Las Vagas but the Nevada Athletic Commission has said that the Selby's Argentine opponent doesn't meet its requirements.

The 29-year-old was booked in on the undercard of Carl Frampton's WBA featherweight title clash with Leo Santa Cruz, with Selby eyeing up a bout with the winner if he did the business against Barros.

Barry boxer's fight is off Credit: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire/PA Images

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Gareth Bale named FAW's 'Player of the Year'

Gareth Bale has been named Player of the Year by the Football Association of Wales.

Credit: David Davies/EMPICS Sport

The 26th FAW awards, held last night, celebrated a historic year for Welsh football.

Chris Coleman won the FAW Special Award for his leadership of the national team, while Joe Allen was awarded Fans' Player of the Year and Players' Player of the Year.

Cook thanks Cardiff crowd after first Test victory

England captain Alastair Cook thanked the crowd in Cardiff for their loyal support and praised Joe Root for his performance.

Alastair Cook celebrates Ashes win in Cardiff. Credit: PA

He said he was very happy with the way his side played as they enjoyed a 169 run victory over Australia in the first Ashes Test to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Chasing 412 to win, Australia lost four wickets for nine runs in 35 balls and were bowled out for 242 in Cardiff.

"It was a brilliant performance and just while we mention the crowd, over the four days they have been absolutely fantastic and the support the have shown the whole team - coming to the ground and singing when it was getting a little flat - and I think English cricket this summer really appreciates the support we've got."

– Alastair Cook, Captain

Man of the match Joe Root, who celebrated his seventh Test century during the match, was pleased with the result in the Ashes opener and was delighted to contribute with his 134 first-innings total, also claiming two wickets and two catches over the four days.

"It was nice to pick up a couple of wickets. I'm just really thrilled to be a part of this win. The guys have played well all week and as a team I thought we performed exceptionally well. First up in an Ashes series you want to make sure you put a marker down and we really wanted to get off to a good start and it's good to get that win ahead of the rest of the series and hopefully we can now back that up at Lord's."

– Joe Root, Batsman

Free bike rides aim to get more women cycling

Welsh Cycling has seen plenty of success for women at the top end of the sport in recent years with Becky James, Elinor Barker and Manon Carpenter all doing it for the girls on the world stage.

However, at a grass roots level, take-up among women and girls is still low.

To combat that a new campaign has been launched to try and get more girls in the saddle.

Alexandra Lodge joined one group in Newport that's trying to lead the way.

Breeze Rides are currently only running in Monmouthshire, Cardiff, Newport and Swansea but may be rolled out across Wales later this year.

Find your nearest Breeze ride here

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Bellamy accepts three-match ban

Cardiff City's Craig Bellamy Credit: PA

Cardiff City striker Craig Bellamy has accepted a three-match ban, after he was caught apparently striking Swansea City's Jonathan de Guzman during Saturday's South Wales derby.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskaer chose not to risk further punishment by launching an appeal against the FA's decision. It means the Bluebirds forward will miss tonight's home clash with Aston Villa.

Wales announce squad for first World Cup clash

Wales have announced their squad for the first match of their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign.

Among the 19-men selected for the squad are three potential debutants - Warrington's Rhys Evans, Larne Patrick of Huddersfield Giants and Anthony Walker of St Helens.

"I think we have a really strong team for the opening game. We're going into it with confidence but we know that we'll have a tough time against Italy especially after their win over England last week.

“I'm pleased that Tyson Frizell has overcome his injury. He, and of course all of the others, have worked hard to be here. We now can't wait for Saturday to play in front of a packed house at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.”

– Iestyn Harris, Wales coach

Wales will face Italy on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, with kick-off at 4:30pm.

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