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ABC TV Package - Conducted Interview with talent: Tammy van Wisse.

Work Experience - Conducted solo interview for ABC News with Tammy van Wisse, former Australian marathon swimmer. Interview grab between: 00.31 - 00.37. ..... Ultra-marathon swimmer Chloe McCardel will attempt a seemingly impossible task later this month, as she looks to be the first person to swim four consecutive crossings of the English channel
By Jessica Whitty
MSN

Was Football Safer Back in the Day?

In a finding that suggests football used to be a less dangerous sport, a small study shows that men who played in high school in the 1950s and 1960s may not be at increased risk for dementia or memory problems. Nor did they show increased rates of Parkinson's disease or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease.
By Hannah Farr Pietsch
MSN

Why Nathan Dyer must remain a Swansea City player

If you would have said that Nathan Dyer would be going out on loan to Leicester City for the 2015/16 season and returning home a Premier League winner, I’d have thought you were as barmy as the Foxes’ title win. But that’s what happened, and Dyer was a part of Leicester’s amazing achievement which saw them triumph ahead giants Manchester City, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, who exuberate world-class talent in their ranks.
By Declan Terry
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Why It’s Time to Snap Up a Good Used Car

If you dream of finding a nice used — but not abused — car at a reasonable price, it is just about time for you to shop. Auto dealers expect a flood of used cars­ – about 800,000 – to come into dealerships this year as a record number of leases mature, according to NADA Used Car Guide, a Division of J.D. Power. The influx of such “pre-owned” cars – adding about 33 percent to what is currently available — is expected to continue through 2018. That influx is expected to drive down used-car price
By Nancy Dunham
MSN

Opinion: Jordi Amat should start against Norwich

After the outstanding win against Arsenal on Wednesday night, one of the most satisfying findings from the game was the performance of defender, Jordi Amat. Since signing for the Swans in the summer of 2013 from Espanyol for £2.5 million, I’ve been one of Amat’s biggest admirers. Most of the time when I’ve seen him on the field, he’s looked pretty reliable in defence, and is very good with the ball at his feet, as per the stereotypical Spanish footballer. Plus, his attitude is second to none.
By Declan Terry
MSN

Ospreys sign Crusaders ace

Ospreys have secured the signing of versatile Crusaders back, Kieron Fonotia. Capable of playing on the wing or in the centre, Fonotia will join up the Pro12 outfit later on this year, ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. The 28-year-old was born in Christchurch, New Zealand and has been a very useful asset for the Crusaders for the last two Super Rugby seasons. He helped the club to a Super Rugby final in 2014, although the Crusaders lost to Waratahs. With Ospreys currently struggling with some injures in the backline, Fonotia will come in and help the Welsh club add depth and quality.
By Declan Terry
MSN

Phillips: "Coaches just don't like Hook"

Former Welsh international scrum-half Mike Phillips has said that the Wales coaches just simply don’t like Gloucester star man, James Hook. Hook has been exceptional for the Cherry & Whites this season in the Aviva Premiership, although despite his brilliant form, he’s still being left out of Warren Gatland’s Wales squads. The 30-year-old fly-half already has 82-Wales caps to his name, however, he’s been completely shut out of Gatland’s plans for some time now, missing out on most of the 2015 World Cup as well as this year’s Six Nations tournament.
By Declan Terry
MSN

Wales sweat over Davies & Charteris injuries

Wales coach Warren Gatland is sweating over the fitness of duo Jonathan Davies and Luke Charteris, with the two Welshman picking up knocks which rule them out of Top 14 action this weekend. Davies and Charteris were both released from the Wales camp in the week, with Gatland allowing them to return to their respective French clubs to play on Saturday. However, both players have now been ruled out of action with injuries. Davies has been ruled out of Clermont’s game against Castres with a groin injury, which will surely worry Gatland as he tries to mount a push for the Six Nations title – with Davies firmly as his first choice outside-centre.
By Declan Terry
MSN

Pro12: Ospreys 27-13 Edinburgh

On a rainy Friday night in Swansea, it was the Ospreys who carried on their Champions Cup push with a well-earned 27-13 win over Edinburgh. With the slippery conditions halting any slick attacking rugby, the game was dominated by both packs, who kept it a tight and feisty affair. After two penalties apiece from Ospreys’ Sam Davies and Edinburgh’s Greig Tonks, the opening try of the match came in the 26th minute when Sam Beard stole the ball from Dan Lydiate, and the resulting attack finished with prop Allan Dell crossing the line.
By Declan Terry
MSN

Scarlets sign South African international prop

Scarlets have signed South African international prop Werner Kruger on a three-year deal. Kruger joins the Pro12 club from Super Rugby side Bulls, and will join up with the Welsh club ahead of the 2016/17 season. The 31-year-old has four Springbok caps to his name, as well as coming up to the Northern Hemisphere with a wealth of Super Rugby experience. He made just under 250 showings in South Africa for Blue Bulls and Bulls in 13 years playing rugby in his home-land. Having just lost prop Rhodri Jones to rivals Ospreys, Kruger will come in as a straight replacement in the Scarlets front-row. Scarlets coach Wayne Pivac says that Kruger can strengthen his side at the set-piece: “We’re pleased to announce that Werner will join us ahead of the forthcoming 2016-17 season.” “He will further strengthen us at the set piece and will bring vast experience having played both sides of the scrum. To have a player of Werner’s experience available for the whole season is something we haven’t had for some time.”
By Declan Terry
MSN

Tom Habberfield signs new contract with Ospreys

Ospreys scrum-half Tom Habberfield has signed a new three-year contract at the Welsh club. Having made his debut for Ospreys in 2012, the 23-year-old has acquired 67 appearances for the Pro12 outfit, and has made his name as a very reliable back-up scrum-half for Steve Tandy’s men. With Rhys Webb’s long-term injury making him absent for the season up until now, Habberfield has filled in superbly – beating New Zealand international Brendon Leonard to the number-nine shirt on a good few occasions too. Starting his career at Bridgend, Habberfield caught the eye after some scintillating showings in the Principality Premiership. He was then called into Wales’ Sevens squad shortly after his breakthrough. With the quick scrum-half penning a future three years at the Liberty Stadium, this will be seen as a good news for all parties concerned. Speaking about his new contract, Habberfield said: “I’ve been part of the system here a few years now, I’ve grown up here, so I’m excited about what the future brings.” “I’m really enjoying my rugby and I’m fortunate that I’ve been able to get a lot of game time this season so far. When you look at the other nines in the squad, with Brendon Leonard playing well and Rhys Webb back at the weekend, it makes you realise the standard I have to hit consistently every week if I want to stay around the matchday 23.”
By Declan Terry
MSN

Handre Pollard out for nine months

Blue Bulls and South Africa fly-half Handre Pollard will miss the Vodacom Super Rugby season after rupturing cruciate ligaments in training. Pollard featured greatly for the Springboks in the 2015 World Cup, playing at 10 whilst South Africa finished in third place. And despite being just 21-years-old, the extremely accurate goal-kicker is highly regarded as a huge talent in the rugby world. However, after things were going pretty well for the 20-capped Springbok, Pollard will now face his first major setback of his career after a demoralising long-term injury. Bulls head coach Nollis Marais said of the injury: “Handre was easing back into training, his first phase of final rehab before being cleared to play and was busy with a passing drill when he injured himself.” “This is pretty devastating for all of us, as Handre was a key player for us.” The Bulls will now try to soldier on for the 2016 Super Rugby campaign without one of their most promising assets in the back-line. Jurgen Visser is the man likely to occupy the Bulls’ number 10 shirt for now, which is not such a devastation as they have the quality in their squad to improve on last season’s second-place finish, with the likes of Pierre Spies, Francois Hougaard and Arno Botha also in their squad.
By Declan Terry
MSN

Chris Ashton loses appeal for eye gouging

England and Saracens winger Chris Ashton has lost his appeal for making contact with the eye of Ulster’s Luke Marshall last month. Ashton appeared to gouge the eyes of Ulster centre Marshall during a Champions’ Cup group stage game on 16th January at Allianz Park. Despite originally being called-up to England’s Six Nations campaign by new coach Eddie Jones, Ashton will now miss out after losing his appeal, meaning that he will be out of action for ten weeks, but more significantly, the 28-year-old will be unable to feature in England’s 2016 Six Nations tournament. It’s a massive blow for Ashton and for England, with the pacey winger having a tremendous season for Aviva Premiership leaders, Saracens. Ashton insists that he never intended to make contact with Marshall’s eyes, and admits that he’s extremely disappointed. “I now plan to look ahead to the rest of the season and work as hard as I can during my ban,” he added in a statement on the Saracens website. “I vehemently maintain that I have never made an attempt to intentionally make contact with the eye area of any other player. “To miss out on the chance to represent my country and Saracens during this period is extremely disappointing, but the judgement stands and it is one that I will respect and accept.”
By Declan Terry
MSN

Leighton James: Barrow will be a Swansea City star

Former Swansea City star Leighton James says that winger Modou Barrow will become a star for the Swans next season. Barrow has been very bright in a white shirt this season, with his electric pace and brilliant trickery proving to be a real problem for opposing left-backs. Now, in his column in the South Wales Evening Post, James – who made 88 appearances for Swansea – has claimed that Barrow can be ‘a real star in 2016/17’. “Mo Barrow is going to be a Swansea City star next season.” “The winger has already caught the eye with a number of impressive performances, mainly from the bench. But I see so much more potential in Barrow — he could be a real star in 2016-17.” “The lad looks to have become a lot stronger based on recent showings.” Barrow joined Swansea from Swedish side Ostersunds in the summer of 2014, and has become a real prospect since making an impressive debut in a home win against Arsenal in November 2014. The 23-year-old Gambian international has been used quite often this season for the Swans – mainly from the bench, with his energy and speed a huge asset against tired full-backs. Read our article, where we fully agree with Leighton James, here.
By Declan Terry
MSN

Davies will be fired up, says Roberts

Wales centre Jamie Roberts has claimed that Jonathan Davies is ‘fired up’ for Wales’s Six Nations opener against Ireland on Sunday. Warren Gatland’s men face the Irish at the Aviva Stadium, with the two sides looking to obtain silverware after respective World Cup heartbreak. Now, Roberts, who will play alongside Davies in the centre on Sunday, says the Clermont man is raring to go after injury ruled him out of the 2015 World Cup. “I’ve played a lot of rugby with Jon down the years, and if we do play on Sunday it will be our 40th match together,” Roberts said to ESPN. “He is a quality player who has shown big moments in big games. He is a good guy who does his best for the side. “I said it last week, but I’ve had injuries myself and I know how hard that must have been for him watching the World Cup, to have done all that preparation and not be part of it. “He has come back in and is bouncing around the place, ready to go. He has had a good month or so with Clermont, getting back to match fitness. I think you will see a fired-up Jonathan Davies in Dublin, no doubt about that. Roberts is set to to win his 75th Wales cap on Sunday in Dublin, and is looking forward to future successes in the famous red shirt. Davies too, is an integral part of the Welsh backs, and with the two centres fit, they’ll cause teams considerable trouble at the Six Nations. “We are both athletic, big guys, and we’ve worked hard on improving our passing skills, reading each other in attack and defence, and letting things become second-nature”, Roberts added.
By Declan Terry
MSN

England ready to snatch Sam Underhill from Wales & Scotland

England are ready to offer Ospreys starlet Sam Underhill an international call-up in the summer to clinch the flanker’s future services, according to the Daily Mail. Underhill, who has burst onto the scene at Pro 12 side Ospreys recently, is currently being monitored by Eddie Jones as he looks to give the open-side an international cap to tie him down to rugby with England. The United States-born 19-year-old will not be eligible to play for Wales for another two-and-a-half years while he also does qualify to play for Scotland through a grandparent. However, an England call-up for their summer tour of Australia is now looking likely for Underhill, who will then go on to represent England for the rest of his career, after already representing them at U18s level. Due to recent form, Underhill is also being monitored by several Aviva Premiership teams who are looking to acquire an exceptional prospect. The young forward featured at open-side for Ospreys in their recent Champions’ Cup win over Clermont and was absolutely tremendous against the strong Top 14 club, making an astonishing 18 tackles. Remember the name…. Sam Underhill.
By Declan Terry
MSN

Mark Warburton favourite to become next Swansea manager

Rangers manager Mark Warburton is odds-on favourite to become next Swansea manager, if Garry Monk was to be sacked. BetVictor have installed Warburton as favourite to take over the reins at the Liberty Stadium, at 10/11. Warburton started his managerial career at Brentford in 2013 and worked wonders in West London, helping the Bees to League One promotion in his first season, and then guided them to a play-off semi-final in the Championship last season. However, months before the end of Brentford’s successful season in 2014/15, Brentford confirmed that the 52-year-old would be departing for the 2015/16 campaign, with the Bees owners trying to ‘remodel the club’. In the summer, Warburton took over at Scottish club Rangers and has managed them to a very pleasing start to the season at Ibrox. Swansea manager Garry Monk is now under undoubted pressure, after succumbing to Leicester City on Saturday in another awful performance. The Swans have only acquired one win since August, and now many fans are calling for Monk’s head following these unacceptable showings. Could Monk’s Swansea career be over? And could Mark Warburton succeed him? It’ll be very interesting to find out. Link to original article: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/sport/transfers/mark-warburton-favourite-to-become-next-swansea-manager/ar-AAg3VvX
By Declan Terry
MSN