Wales - the best personalized free web-based Email en en Wales Gatland: Vunipola a big loss, rest of Lions 'pretty good' DUBLIN (AP) — Following the massive blow of Billy Vunipola's withdrawal, Warren Gatland reported the rest of his British and Irish Lions squad was fit or getting there a week out from leaving for New Zealand. A week after leading Saracens to the European club championship, No. 8 Vunipola pulled out on Sunday, a day after aggravating a right shoulder injur... Mon, 22 May 2017 20:22:00 GMT 2017-05-22T20:22:00Z The Black Eyed Peas to be Champions League final warm-up act NYON, Switzerland (AP) — The Black Eyed Peas will perform on the field before Real Madrid plays Juventus in the Champions League final. UEFA announced the warm-up act Monday for the match on June 3 at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, Wales. It is the second year the game will kick off after a concert. A performance by Alicia Keys mean... Mon, 22 May 2017 08:31:00 GMT 2017-05-22T08:31:00Z Swansea caps strong finish to EPL with 2-1 win v West Brom SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Swansea capped a strong finish to the Premier League season by beating West Bromwich Albion 2-1 on Sunday. Second-half goals from Jordan Ayew and Fernando Llorente saw Swansea come from behind at Liberty Stadium, meaning the Welsh team picked up 29 points from 19 games since Paul Clement took over as manager in early January. At that time, Swansea was i... Sun, 21 May 2017 18:30:00 GMT 2017-05-21T18:30:00Z Lions hooker Ken Owens hurts ankle and a doubt for NZ tour CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Hooker Ken Owens is a doubt for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand after hurting his ankle. Owens was injured in training with his Scarlets side this week, and ruled out of their Pro12 semifinal against Leinster on Friday. The nature of the injury wasn't elaborated on. Owens is expected to be assessed ... Thu, 18 May 2017 14:39:00 GMT 2017-05-18T14:39:00Z Real Madrid sets its sights on first Liga title in 5 years MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid is two games away from a feat it hasn't achieved in almost six decades: Winning the Champions League and the Spanish league in the same year. A draw in Malaga this weekend and a victory against Juventus in Cardiff next month would give Madrid its first double since 1958, when Raymond Kopa and Alfredo Di Stefano were leading the team. ... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:24:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:24:00Z Lions captain Warburton should be available for tour opener CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — British and Irish Lions captain Sam Warburton should be available for the New Zealand tour opener in less than three weeks, assistant coach Graham Rowntree said on Monday. Warburton has been out of action for more than a month because of a left knee ligament injury. The flanker met with 13 teammates on Monday, though he didn't train with them. ... Mon, 15 May 2017 18:34:00 GMT 2017-05-15T18:34:00Z German, Slovenian referees picked for European finals NYON, Switzerland (AP) — German referee Felix Brych has been picked to work the Champions League final between Juventus and Real Madrid. UEFA announced its choice Friday for the game in Cardiff, Wales, on June 3. UEFA also named Damir Skomina of Slovenia to referee the Europa League final between Ajax and Manchester United. That game wi... Fri, 12 May 2017 11:27:00 GMT 2017-05-12T11:27:00Z Benzema's great escape puts Madrid in Champions League final MADRID (AP) — It was an inspired piece of skill by Karin Benzema that shattered Atletico Madrid's hopes of a comeback in the semifinals of the Champions League. The French striker's spectacular move to evade three Atletico defenders led to the crucial away goal that helped put Real Madrid in the final against Juventus on June 3 in Cardiff. Thu, 11 May 2017 11:20:00 GMT 2017-05-11T11:20:00Z Roberts leading Wales on 2-test rugby tour in June CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Centre Jamie Roberts will captain Wales for the first time when he leads them to the south Pacific for rugby tests against Tonga and Samoa next month. Roberts, capped 91 times by Wales, leads a 32-man squad featuring 13 newcomers, eight of them forwards. Wales will play Tonga in Auckland in a doubleheader with the ... Tue, 09 May 2017 11:25:00 GMT 2017-05-09T11:25:00Z Argentina lurks as dangerous floater in Rugby World Cup draw New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina all in the same pool at the next Rugby World Cup? The prospect could soon become a reality. The draw for the pool stage of the 2019 tournament will take place in Kyoto, Japan, on Wednesday, and one of the four five-team groups is almost guaranteed to be a headline-grabber. Argen... Mon, 08 May 2017 18:10:00 GMT 2017-05-08T18:10:00Z Swansea beats Everton 1-0, out of EPL relegation zone SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Swansea moved out of the English Premier League relegation zone by beating Everton 1-0 thanks to Fernando Llorente's first-half goal on Saturday. The striker bundled in a far-post cross with his left shoulder in the 29th minute for his 13th goal of the season, allowing Swansea to climb above Hull and out of the bottom three with two games remaining. Hul... Sat, 06 May 2017 18:26:00 GMT 2017-05-06T18:26:00Z UK Conservatives gain in local election; Labour, UKIP sink LONDON (AP) — British Prime Minister Theresa May appeared on course for a sweeping election victory next month after her Conservatives made big gains in local elections at the expense of rivals on both the pro-EU left and the Euroskeptic right. Ballots were counted Friday from contests for local councils in Scotland, Wales and many parts of England, as we... Fri, 05 May 2017 16:30:00 GMT 2017-05-05T16:30:00Z British extremist with high-tech cufflinks jailed in London LONDON (AP) — A British extremist who concealed incriminating information in USB-equipped cufflinks was sentenced to eight years in jail for possession of articles for terrorist purposes and other charges. Samata Ullah, 34, of Wales, had pleaded guilty to five offenses in March and admitted membership in the Islamic State group. A London court revealed th... Tue, 02 May 2017 17:05:00 GMT 2017-05-02T17:05:00Z Cardiff hotels already full for Champions League final LONDON (AP) — Supporters wanting to stay in the city hosting this season's Champions League final are in for a shock. Hotels in Cardiff are expected to be completely full for the night of June 3, even though the semifinals haven't even been played yet. The only likely space available for fans in the Welsh capital is tents, some of which can cost up to $2,300 for the Saturday... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 13:41:00 GMT 2017-04-27T13:41:00Z Wales defender Taylor banned for 2 games for harsh tackle ZURICH (AP) — Wales defender Neil Taylor has been banned for two World Cup qualifying games for a red-card tackle that broke the leg of an Ireland opponent. The Welsh soccer federation said Wednesday that the FIFA disciplinary panel imposed the ban. Taylor, who plays for Swansea, will miss matches at Serbia on June 11 and against Austria on Sept. 2. ... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:15:00 GMT 2017-04-26T14:15:00Z Olympic champion Germany heads Women's WCup qualifying draw NYON, Switzerland (AP) — Olympic champion Germany has been drawn in a 2019 Women's World Cup qualifying group with Iceland, Czech Republic, Slovenia, and the Faeroe Islands. Only the seven group winners in Europe's qualifying program advance directly to the 24-nation tournament hosted by France. The United States is the defending champion. Tue, 25 Apr 2017 12:21:00 GMT 2017-04-25T12:21:00Z Swansea stops rot by beating Stoke but still in drop zone SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Swansea ended a six-game winless run by beating Stoke 2-0 but the team remains in the English Premier League relegation zone. Fernando Llorente's 10th-minute header and a deflected Tom Carroll strike with 20 minutes remaining lifted some of the gloom around Liberty Stadium. Just before Swansea extended its lead, St... Sat, 22 Apr 2017 16:21:00 GMT 2017-04-22T16:21:00Z Hansen says Lions counterpart Gatland "clutching at straws" WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says British and Irish Lions coach Warren Gatland may be "clutching at straws" by including 11 Ireland players in his 41-man squad for the June tour to New Zealand. In a radio interview Thursday, Hansen said Gatland seemed to be hoping the inclusion of players who took part in Ireland's historic... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 23:48:00 GMT 2017-04-19T23:48:00Z More woe for Hartley, Scots as Lions squad for NZ announced Another hotly anticipated squad announcement for the British and Irish Lions threw up familiar tales of woe for England captain Dylan Hartley and Scottish rugby on Wednesday. England supplied 16 players to an enlarged 41-man party for the toughest assignment in world rugby — winning a test series in New Zealand — but there was no room for its captain. ... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 15:59:00 GMT 2017-04-19T15:59:00Z Warburton to captain Lions; no place for Hartley, Launchbury Sam Warburton will captain the British and Irish Lions on their 10-match tour of New Zealand, leading a 41-man squad that contains only two Scottish players and does not include England forwards Dylan Hartley and Joe Launchbury. Warburton — the skipper for the 2013 tour of Australia — will be the second player to captain the Lions twice, after England gre... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 12:26:00 GMT 2017-04-19T12:26:00Z Madrid clubs back on top in European soccer MADRID (AP) — Madrid clubs are making a habit of succeeding in European soccer. For the third time in four seasons, both Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid have made it to Champions League semifinals. Real Madrid reached the last four for the seventh straight time on Tuesday by eliminating Bayern Munich 6-3 on aggregate after a hat trick from Cristiano Ronaldo in a 4-2 win at t... Wed, 19 Apr 2017 09:36:00 GMT 2017-04-19T09:36:00Z Time's up: Gatland to name hotly debated Lions squad for NZ It has been the subject of fevered debate in northern hemisphere rugby for months, providing a subtext to the recent Six Nations and occupying the thoughts of every elite player across Britain and Ireland. Who will make the Lions squad for the tour of New Zealand? The time for speculation is almost over. On Tuesday, Warren Gatland was meeting with his bac... Tue, 18 Apr 2017 13:18:00 GMT 2017-04-18T13:18:00Z Warburton, a potential Lions captain, out for about 6 weeks CARDIFF, Wales (AP) — Wales flanker Sam Warburton, one of the favorites to be captain for the British and Irish Lions' tour to New Zealand, has been ruled out for about six weeks because of a left knee injury. Cardiff Blues coach Danny Wilson gave the injury prognosis on Tuesday after Warburton strained medial ligaments while playing for the Welsh provinc... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 17:13:00 GMT 2017-04-11T17:13:00Z 'Britain' banned in Slovakia; call it UK or face fine BRATISLAVA, Slovakia (AP) — Great Britain doesn't exist in Slovakia. There's an institution with a power to issue fines of up to 6,600 euros ($7,000) for those who would disagree. The state Geodesy, Cartography and Cadaster Authority has warned Slovakian media that a 1995 law says the country that comprises England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Island man only be called the ... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 16:33:00 GMT 2017-04-11T16:33:00Z Tottenham stages late fightback, wins 3-1 at Swansea SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Tottenham scored three goals in the final 10 minutes of the game to fight back for a 3-1 win at Swansea on Wednesday, keeping the team in sight of first-place Chelsea in the Premier League. Dele Alli started the stunning comeback with an equalizer in the 88th minute, before Son Heung-min and Christian Eriksen added further goals in s... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:09:00 GMT 2017-04-05T21:09:00Z Premier League strugglers Swansea and Middlesbrough draw 0-0 SWANSEA, Wales (AP) — Swansea and Middlesbrough did little to alleviate their Premier League relegation worries with a 0-0 draw on Sunday. Swansea is only a point and a place above the relegation zone, while Middlesbrough is five points behind the south Wales club with a game in hand. The goalless draw highlighted the failings of both s... Sun, 02 Apr 2017 15:11:00 GMT 2017-04-02T15:11:00Z International break leaves Liverpool and Everton depleted LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — The international break has put a bit of a damper on the 228th Merseyside Derby. Both Liverpool and Everton will have depleted squads for Saturday's Premier League match because of injuries sustained by players while on international duty. Everton defender Seamus Coleman broke his right leg playing for Ireland ... Fri, 31 Mar 2017 13:51:00 GMT 2017-03-31T13:51:00Z 5 bodies found after helicopter crashes in UK mountains LONDON (AP) — Mountain rescuers have found five bodies with the wreckage of a helicopter that disappeared on a flight from England to Ireland, British police said Thursday. The privately-owned Twin Squirrel chopper failed to arrive in Dublin as scheduled after taking off Wednesday from Luton airport near London. The British and Irish co... Thu, 30 Mar 2017 17:01:00 GMT 2017-03-30T17:01:00Z English city-based Twenty20 tournament moves a step closer LONDON (AP) — A proposed new eight-team Twenty20 tournament in England moved a step closer on Tuesday in what the England and Wales Cricket Board called a "watershed moment". Desperate to secure another revenue stream and attract a new audience, the ECB wants to create a tournament of city franchise teams to rival India's IPL and Australia's Big Bash. ... Tue, 28 Mar 2017 16:59:00 GMT 2017-03-28T16:59:00Z Irish player breaks leg in European qualifier against Wales DUBLIN (AP) — Ireland captain Seamus Coleman has broken his right leg after a dangerous tackle by a Wales defender in a qualifying match for the 2018 World Cup on Friday. Coleman was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital after the 69th-minute challenge by Neil Taylor, who was shown a straight red card. Taylor went... Fri, 24 Mar 2017 23:30:00 GMT 2017-03-24T23:30:00Z