Jonathan Davies has admitted that it will be “tough” saying goodbye when he captains the Scarlets for the final time against Cardiff Blues this weekend.
The 27-year-old, who has been capped 39 times for Wales, will make the move to French club Clermont Auvergne at the end of the season.
“I won’t say I’m an emotional kind of guy, but I do have my moments,” Davies is quoted as saying by Wales Online. “Maybe when it is all done, I will have a quiet moment to myself, reflect and be proud of what I have done here.
“I don’t know how I will feel to be honest. Over the last couple of years you have seen boys who have left and go through all that stuff after the game. Now it is my turn. It will be nice to say goodbye but it will be tough.”
The Scarlets will be looking to avenge their recent Judgement Day defeat against the Blues when the two sides meet.
Sunrisers Hyderabad have ended their slump by beating Rajasthan Royals by 32 runs in their Indian Premier League clash.
Hyderabad took to the crease first with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Aaron Finch, who racked up a combined 37 before Dhawan was bowled out by Shane Watson for 33.
Dhawan, who hit seven boundaries, became Hyderabad’s top scorer of the innings with Irfan Pathan behind him on an unbeaten 21 from as many deliveries.
Watson and Rajat Bhatia starred for Rajasthan in the bowling stakes by taking three wickets apiece as their opponents posted a total of 134-9 after 20 overs.
Rajasthan were dealt an early blow in their reply when Ajinkya Rahane was caught out by David Warner for a duck from a Bhuvneshwar Kumar delivery.
Karun Nair and Sanju Samson tried to steady the attack, but Nair fell after 12 runs, while Samson shortly followed after scoring 16 from as many balls.
The rest of the order failed to launch a comeback for Rajasthan as they were declared all out on 102 with five balls remaining.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin has revealed that things are “going in the right direction” with regards to negotiations over a new contract.
The 25-year-old didn’t sign an offer sheet with any other team as a restricted free agent this off-season and there is a possibility that he could agree to a multi-year deal with his current franchise.
“I will say things are going in the right direction. I don’t know how much time it’s going to take. They’ve got the draft to deal with. So we are in preliminary talks. But hopefully we will figure something out soon,” Baldwin said, the Seattle Times reports.
Baldwin has caught 130 passes for 1,932 yards and two touchdowns in three regular seasons with the Seahawks, along with 16 catches and a touchdown in five playoff appearances.
Andy Murray has admitted that he needs to add more consistency to his game having been knocked out of the Madrid Open in the third round.
The British number one, who returned to action this week following a month out, suffered a 6-3 6-2 defeat at the hands of Santiago Giraldo on Thursday evening.
“He played very well from start to finish and didn’t make many mistakes,” Murray is quoted as saying by The Express. “I didn’t make it hard enough for him in the second set. Towards the end, I didn’t put enough pressure on him to force him to make errors.
“He dictated most the points and deserved to win. It’s tough, because some days just now I’m playing well, and then the next day I’m not playing well at all. Sometimes in matches I’m playing really well for periods, and then other times not great at all.
“I need to become more consistent. My best tennis or my base level has to stay the same for a lot longer. It’s not necessarily a case of going out there and practising loads of stuff on the court. I need to be mentally stronger and mentally a bit more switched on for longer periods in matches.”
Murray is back in action next week when he takes part in a Masters 1000 event.
LaMarcus Aldridge has said that the San Antontio Spurs “set the tone” during the opening game of their Western Conference semi-final playoff against the Portland Trail Blazers.
The Spurs, who are the top seeds in the West, never trailed as they wrapped up a 116-92 win.
Aldridge, who was Portland’s top scorer during the meeting, told reporters: “They did what championship teams do. They came out and set the tone early.
“Most of the guys on [Portland's] team haven’t even been in the second round and they’ve won championships. They’ve been here. I think they definitely came out and they let us know how it’s going to be.
“They knew where we were going to do [plays]. They tried to deny guys on certain sets. They tried to force guys to their weak hand. They did what good teams do. I think guys are going to learn from it.”
The Trail Blazers are in the conference semi-finals for the first time since 2000.
Andy Murray has survived a scare in today’s second-round match against Nicolas Almagro at the Madrid Masters, securing a 6-1 1-6 6-4 win after virtually giving away his second set.
The 2013 Wimbledon winner was dominant in the early stages, breaking his 28-year-old opponent’s serve twice.
The Spaniard did manage to get on the board with a service hold in the sixth game, but in the end it was too little too late as Murray finished the set off by holding serve in the seventh.
The second set was a different story, however. Almagro fired 10 winners and won six games in row to take the set 6-1 and level matters.
Nevertheless, Murray was able to weather the storm and managed to blast a forehand winner down the line to claim the third and final set 6-4 and proceed to the third round.
The 26-year-old Brit will now face Santiago Giraldo after the Colombian overcame Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in straight sets.
Marin Cilic has eased into the second round of the Madrid Open with a straight-sets win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa.
The Croatian was dominant throughout the one-sided encounter as he defeated his opponent 6-1 6-1 with just 55 minutes on the clock.
Cilic, 25, will now face Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu for a spot in the third round.
Qualifier Mathieu will be playing his first match of the tournament against Cilic after receiving a bye in the first round.
AC Milan welcomed rock band Kasabian to the San Siro for their derby clash against Inter Milan on Sunday.
The Leicester band were given Milan shirts pitch-side before Clarence Seedorf‘s team clinched a 1-0 victory over their rivals.
The club tweeted from their official page: “A great band is here at the San Siro to support the redblacks… the @KasabianHQ! #insideACM #MilanInter.”
Milan are currently eighth in the Serie A table, while Inter are three points ahead in fifth.
Atletico Madrid president Enrique Cerezo has said that he is not surprised that the Primera Division title race was blown wide open this weekend.
Barcelona‘s chances of retaining the title appeared to be over when they dropped points in a 2-2 draw with Getafe on Saturday.
However, Atletico’s 2-0 defeat at Levante on Sunday and Real Madrid‘s 2-2 draw with Valencia means that all three teams are stil firmly in the race.
“Everyone’s enjoying it. They said Barca were out but I never believed it,” he told RAC1.
“I always said that until you’re mathematically satisfied, you can’t give a verdict. A lot can happen to the theories.”
As it stands, Atletico are three points clear of second-placed Barcelona at the top of the table, while Madrid, who have played a game less, sit five points behind the leaders.
Former Indianapolis Colts general manager Bill Polian believes that Carolina Panthers GM Dave Gettleman will not be swayed by key off-season departures in the Draft.
The Panthers lost wide receivers Steve Smith, Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn in free agency, leaving their wideout corps depleted for the 2014 season.
Polian told ESPN: “He will not panic. He will not be swayed by outside noise. He will not be bothered with anything that is written or said about any prospective player.
“He’s going to make the judgment that he’s going to make based on his experience, based on his evaluation and based on the input he gets from evaluators he trusts on the staff.”
Polian and Gettleman worked together as part of the backroom staff of the Buffalo Bills 20 years ago.