Thursday 18 January 2018

In brief: Powell back in Cardiff line-up


WALES flanker Andy Powell has been named in the Cardiff Blues side to face Ulster tomorrow night (7.05).

Powell makes his first start for the club since being charged with drink-driving in the aftermath of Wales' Six Nations win over Scotland in February.

The flanker joins six other internationals returning from national duty with Leigh Halfpenny, Tom Shanklin, Tom James, Richie Rees, Martyn Williams and Gethin Jenkins all in the starting side.

Dai Young's outfit are just a point clear of Llanelli Scarlets, who they must finish above if they are to secure Heineken Cup rugby for next season.

Cardiff Blues (v Ulster) -- B Blair; L Halfpenny, C Laulala, T Shanklin, T James; C Sweeney, R Rees; G Jenkins, TR Thomas, T Filise; S Morgan, P Tito; A Powell, M Williams, X Rush. Reps: R Williams, S Andrews, A Pretorious, M Molitiika, G Cooper, S Norton-Knight/D Flanagan, D Hewitt.


Nicolas Roche came home sixth in yesterday's third stage of the Volta a Catalunya and jumped to fourth place overall.

Spaniard Xavier Tondo won the stage, with compatriot Joaquim Rodriguez claiming the overall lead. Tondo and Rodriguez broke away on the last climb of the stage and reached the finish line at La Seu D'Urgell together.

Another Spaniard, Luis León Sánchez of Caisse d'Epargne, counter-attacked in the closing kilometres to finish third.

Philip Deignan was 65th on the stage and is now 64th overall.


Captain Alastair Cook guided England to a 2-0 series win over Bangladesh with a controlled century in their nine-wicket victory in the second Test.

After a frustrating morning, which saw the tourists' target swell to 209 in a minimum 55 overs, Cook compiled a measured 109 not out in an unbroken 167-run stand with Kevin Pietersen (74no).

James Tredwell took the plaudits with the ball, finishing with four for 82 as the Tigers made 285 all out.


Florida will host the start of the transatlantic leg of the 2011-12 Volvo Ocean Race to Lisbon.

The Sunshine State has a long association with the event and this will be the fifth time it will welcome the world's premier offshore race.

Miami fought off tough competition from other North American ports in its bid to win back the event it previously hosted in the 2001-02. The boats will arrive after their charge north from the Brazilian port of Itajai.

Irish Independent

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