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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.

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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.

'Advantages to new competitions' say rugby regions

All four Welsh rugby regions have given their support to a breakaway Anglo-French competition. Key to the debate surrounding the decision are European fixtures.

The English and French clubs believe Celtic sides an unfair advantage by being able to rest their first choice players ahead of European fixtures without fear of slipping out of their respective top divisions.

ERC, the organising body of the current European set-up are due to meet on Wednesday to discuss the situation, but the likelihood of finding common ground now appears highly unlikely given the Welsh sides' support for a breakaway.

Regional Rugby Wales (RRW) on behalf of the four Welsh Regions confirms its full support for the proposed new Rugby Champions Cup Competitions.

Whilst there remain elements of detail to be confirmed, it is now clear that there are a number of significant advantages to the new competitions in equality of governance, format, qualification and distribution across the individual participating Clubs.

Consequently, RRW looks forward to working with the WRU to support their efforts and positive engagement in striving to ensure our teams are involved in strong, valuable European Clubs Competitions in time for next season.

– Regional Rugby Wales

Gareth Bale: What the papers are saying

The Welshman's potential move to Real Madrid is dominating many of the back pages this morning Credit: ITV News

The Daily Express reports Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas has said Spurs will be better without Bale, as long as chairman Daniel Levy continues to bring in the big name stars.

The Daily Post states Chris Coleman has admitted the ongoing saga could have an adverse affect upon Wales.

The Guardian reports that Villas-Boas has accused Bale of being unprofessional.

The Western Mail says that Spurs manager Villas-Boas fears the on-going Bale transfer saga will have an adverse affect upon Wales.

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Tennis "opportunities" across Wales

"Tennis gains its highest profile during the Wimbledon fortnight, so it's an ideal time to highlight the opportunities around Wales.

"You don't have to be a super athlete or ultra-competitive to enjoy tennis.

"The game comes in many forms these days - and most people play for fun, friendship and as part of a healthy lifestyle.

"These free sessions will help show how accessible tennis is - as one of the few sports you can play and enjoy at virtually any age, no matter what your ability."

– Peter Drew, Tennis Wales

Find free tennis sessions near you

As Wimbledon gets underway, various clubs across Wales are providing free tennis sessions for women and girls. It's hoped the scheme will encourage more people to take up the sport this summer. Clubs that are hosting free sessions include:

  • Diamond Tennis Academy, Cardiff
  • David Lloyd, Cardiff
  • Rhos-on-Sea LTC
  • Llantrisant TC
  • Cowbridge LTC
  • Flintshire Tennis
  • Mackintosh TC, Cardiff
  • Newtown TC
  • St Fagans TC
  • Crickhowell TC

Welsh women to benefit from free tennis offer

Women are being encouraged onto the courts this summer Credit: PA

Free tennis sessions are being offered to women in Wales. The scheme is part of Sport Wales' What Moves You campaign. As the world's greatest players descend on Wimbledon for two weeks, it's hoped more people will take up their raquets and make for the courts.

Britain's Laura Robson competes at Wimbledon Credit: PA
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