Argus tipster Melissa still in the hunt for national title

5:29pm Tuesday 22nd April 2014

SOUTH Wales Argus racing writer Melissa Jones is still in the running to be crowned Britain’s top tipster as the jumps season ends on Thursday.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Loan system is easy to fix

South Wales Argus: UNFAIR: Thibaut Courtois, seen here with Wales' Gareth Bale, will miss the biggest games of his career

8:37am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

NOW for some moans about loans.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Time to pick County's player of the season

South Wales Argus: INFLUENTIAL: Striker Chris Zebroski is my player of the season

8:22am Tuesday 22nd April 2014

IN the coming days your Argus will be asking you to name your Newport County and Newport Gwent Dragon of the season.

DAVID HARRISON: Time for Glamorgan to build on perfect start

South Wales Argus: Glamorgan's Michael Hogan celebrates after taking the wicket of Surrey's Steven Davies during the LV=County Championship, Division Two match at The Kia Oval, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday April 6, 2014. See PA story CRICKET

10:22am Saturday 19th April 2014

WE couldn't have asked for a better start to the season and now we have got the chance to lay the foundations for a promotion push.

MELISSA JONES WRITES: Welsh impress north of the border

7:18am Saturday 19th April 2014

THE Peter Bowen trained Al Co ran the race of his life to capture last Saturday's Scottish National at Ayr.

CHRIS KIRWAN: History repeating for Dragons ahead of Millennium Stadium date

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Dragons v Scarlets Judgement Day 2013
Pat Leach (2231467)

10:07am Thursday 17th April 2014

FORGET Judgement Day, it's more like Groundhog Day for Newport Gwent Dragons ahead of this weekend's Millennium Stadium double-header.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons' lack of 'possibles' won't be missed by regional rivals amid WRU wrangling

South Wales Argus: Newport Gwent Dragons versus Connacht
POWER RUN Dragon Jack Dixon (4803815)

10:02am Thursday 17th April 2014

JUDGEMENT Day is supposed to pit rivals for the Wales squad against each other in front of a big crowd at a Test venue.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Treasure County Championship and Glamorgan skipper

1:42pm Tuesday 15th April 2014

YOU might be forgiven for thinking that cricket in England and Wales is something of a sore subject at the moment.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Edinburgh has a big issue with his strikers

South Wales Argus: Newport County v Wycombe Wanderers
First half shot from Christian Jolley (5376447)

10:12am Tuesday 15th April 2014

IT was an absolute credit to the Newport County supporters that Christian Jolley received nothing but goodwill before ending his goal hell on Saturday.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: This is the biggest game of our season

South Wales Argus: FIGHTING SPIRIT: We need to show more aggression in defence, like Kevin Feely against Plymouth

11:22am Saturday 12th April 2014

I SEE that Wycombe manager Gareth Ainsworth has labelled today’s game against us as the biggest in their season and it’s the same for us.

MELISSA JONES: Court Minstrel looks to call the tune

7:51am Saturday 12th April 2014

WELSH wonder Court Minstrel makes the long journey north to make his bid for successive Scottish Champion Hurdles this afternoon, buoyed by a commanding victory at Aintree.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need to find a new way to halt the slide

South Wales Argus: Dragons v Edinburgh - Rodney Parade. Hallam Amos goes in hard on Jack Cuthbert. (5106748)

9:57am Thursday 10th April 2014

"Finishing 11th in the Celtic League is not acceptable," declared Newport Gwent Dragons boss Lyn Jones when looking back at last season's finish in the RaboDirect Pro12.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Away silence highlights Pro12 weakness

9:55am Thursday 10th April 2014

HAT doffed to the mightily impressive Pontypridd following that headed to Penzance to see their side triumph against Cornish Pirates in the British and Irish Cup last Sunday.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Pulis is enjoying greatest ever success

11:01am Tuesday 8th April 2014

IT IS no secret that I was never a big fan of John Toshack when he was Wales manager.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County have off-field problems, but the chairman going on holiday isn't one

10:01am Tuesday 8th April 2014

I SERIOUSLY doubt that there is a single one of us who hasn't dreamed of what it would be like to win the lottery.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: We need to put Pompey loss behind us to halt Spirites' promotion charge

South Wales Argus: FIGHTING SPIRIT: I thought we'd get a point after Ismail Yakubu's goal against Portsmouth

11:03am Saturday 5th April 2014

IT'S taken us all a week to get over the home defeat to Portsmouth last Saturday.

MELISSA JONES: Your Grand National guide

South Wales Argus: ALL SET: Boston Bob (nearside) and Paul Townend win the Betfred Melling Chase during Ladies Day of the Crabbie’s Grand National 2014 Festival at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool, yesterday ahead of today’s main event

5:07am Saturday 5th April 2014

ARGUS racing pundit Melissa Jones gives you a pinstickers' guide to the 2014 Crabbie's Grand National.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need a tighthead, but Adam Jones is not worth falling out over

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need a tighthead, but Adam Jones is not worth falling out over

10:59am Thursday 3rd April 2014

IF NEWPORT Gwent Dragons were offered the services of a Wales and Lions prop would they accept? Damn right, but steadying up their struggling scrum with Adam Jones might not be a price worth paying.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Cleverly needs someone who is going to tell him when he's wrong

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10:04am Tuesday 1st April 2014

IF he is a gambling man, it is probably safe to assume that Nathan Cleverly is better than most of us.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: At last, we're going in the right direction

South Wales Argus: DEADLY: Here I am about to score my second goal at Portsmouth last month

11:32am Saturday 29th March 2014

WELL, the last week has certainly seen an upturn in fortunes for me and, more importantly, the team with one win, two clean sheets and four precious points.

MELISSA JONES: Former Grand National hope Beshabar to enjoy active retirement

7:00am Saturday 29th March 2014

AS the Grand National looms a Welsh horse who never made it to the world's famous race is about to embark on a new life.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Plenty of wheeler-dealing needed at Rodney Parade

South Wales Argus: WHAT A SCORE: Newport Gwent Dragons wing Aled Brew scores the first of his two tries against Treviso last night  Picture: MARK LEWIS

9:10am Thursday 27th March 2014

THE response was X-rated when Harry Redknapp was labelled as a wheeler dealer in a post-match interview back in 2010.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Regions have played the Euro spat superbly

9:00am Thursday 27th March 2014

THE chief executives of Newport Gwent Dragons and Cardiff Blues made their stance pretty clear as they stood shoulder to shoulder on the Arms Park pitch on New Year's Day.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: What a shame we never saw Calzaghe v Ward

1:42pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

IT was many happy returns to Wales' greatest ever boxer yesterday as Joe Calzaghe turned 41.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Shock signing and victory have proved the right medicine

1:41pm Tuesday 25th March 2014

PANIC OVER and crisis hopefully averted with Newport County AFC finally back to winning ways over the weekend.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: We know this is a defining week for us

South Wales Argus: Newport  County AFC v Dagenham & Redbridge – Pictured is Newport County player Robbie Willmot with the ball. (4730217)

9:48am Saturday 22nd March 2014

IT has been another truly disappointing week for us and we know that we are well, well beyond the stage of calling our run of bad form a blip.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales in desperate need of a Faletau deputy

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN: Wales in desperate need of a Faletau deputy

10:01am Thursday 20th March 2014

PEPE Reina has been to four major football tournaments but has tasted action just once, a Euro 2008 group game against Greece when qualification was already assured.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Nothing wrong with a bit of Six Nations tinkering

9:50am Thursday 20th March 2014

'IF it ain't broke, don't fix it' is the usual response to suggestions of tinkering with the format of the Six Nations.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons need to hold their nerve in final furlong

9:50am Thursday 20th March 2014

IT'S crunch time in Newport Gwent Dragons' season, regardless of whether qualification for Europe's frontline competition is up for grabs.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Conspiracy theorists have got carried away with Pipe and Flynn issue

11:00am Tuesday 18th March 2014

I WILL continue on the County theme by addressing what remains an elephant in the room, namely the impending exits of Mike Flynn and David Pipe.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: It will take more than one bad run to convince me Edinburgh is the wrong man

South Wales Argus: Newport Manager Justin Edinburgh (left) celebrates with his team after they score a second goal during the Capital One Cup, First Round match at the AMEX Stadium, Brighton. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 6, 2013. See PA story SOCCER

10:32am Tuesday 18th March 2014

SO It appears we need to talk about Justin.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: We're all in this together

South Wales Argus: TEAM EFFORT: Let's hope for more scenes like this tomorrow

1:21pm Saturday 15th March 2014

THERE’S no getting away from it, tomorrow’s clash with Exeter at Rodney Parade is a massive game for both sides.

MELISSA JONES: Bob's Worth backing in Gold Cup

South Wales Argus: Ballynagour ridden by Tom Scudamore (left) before winning the Byrne Group Plate chase during St Patrick's Day at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 13, 2014. See PA story RACING Cheltenham. Photo c

5:39am Friday 14th March 2014

BOBS Worth is a confident choice to keep his unbeaten Cheltenham record intact and keep the sun shining on punters at what has been a glorious Festival.

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Watch out for At Fishers Cross

South Wales Argus: ON WAY TO VICTORY: Eventual winner O'Faolains Boy (centre left) ridden by Barry Geraghty competes with Smad Place ridden by Robert Thornton during the RSA Chase during Champion Day at Cheltenham yesterday

7:15am Thursday 13th March 2014

WALES’ AT Fishers Cross is taken to spoil the party for Ireland as their rampant raid is launched on today’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

MELISSA JONES SAYS: Watch out for At Fishers Cross

South Wales Argus: ON WAY TO VICTORY: Eventual winner O'Faolains Boy (centre left) ridden by Barry Geraghty competes with Smad Place ridden by Robert Thornton during the RSA Chase during Champion Day at Cheltenham yesterday

6:12am Thursday 13th March 2014

WALES’ AT Fishers Cross is taken to spoil the party for Ireland as their rampant raid is launched on today’s Ladbrokes World Hurdle.

MELISSA JONES WRITES: Let's hope for some Modus magic

South Wales Argus: GREAT PERFORMANCE: Jezki, ridden by Barry Geraghty, on their way to winning the Stan James Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy from My Tent Or Yours ridden by Tony McCoy (right) during Champion Day at Cheltenham Racecourse yesterday

7:39am Wednesday 12th March 2014

TAKE a deep breath and wish for a little luck in readiness for Modus magic at Cheltenham this afternoon.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Biggest test for Edinburgh will be arresting County's slump

10:02am Tuesday 11th March 2014

MY travels to Mansfield at the weekend were actually a pretty good metaphor for the travails of Newport County AFC at present.

MELISSA JONES: Tent at the ready for Festival day one

7:30am Tuesday 11th March 2014

MY TENT or Yours can silence the doubters by storming up the Cheltenham hill in today’s beast of a Champion Hurdle.

MELISSA JONES: The Welsh trainers dreaming of Festival glory

9:06am Saturday 8th March 2014

IT'S the weekend before Cheltenham when all through the house, the tipsters are studying with clicks of the mouse.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: I will try and make the most of any chance that comes my way

South Wales Argus: Wales' Gareth Bale takes a free kick during the International Friendly at Cardiff City Stadium, Cardiff. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday November 16, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Wales. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire

8:12am Saturday 8th March 2014

THE sun has finally made an appearance in Newport after taking a long-term leave of absence and in midweek it certainly felt like the gloom had lifted for me as well.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Flynn and Pipe call was tough one to make

12:37pm Tuesday 4th March 2014

I FOUND myself torn between the professional and the personal in regard to the surprising news exclusively revealed in the Argus last week pertaining to the futures of David Pipe and Mike Flynn.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Tim Harris will be greatly missed at County

10:51am Tuesday 4th March 2014

SOME comments on the departure of Tim Harris as director of football and hopefully an opportunity to debunk some myths.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: I can't lie, it has been a tough week

South Wales Argus: TOUGH TIME: As you can see here, I've always been proud to pull on the County shirt

6:46am Saturday 1st March 2014

I AM not going to lie in this column and as such, I can’t pretend this hasn’t been one of the worst weeks of my career to date after I was told I won’t be getting a deal for next season.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Euro peace deal won't stop rumblings of discontent

South Wales Argus: CHRIS KIRWAN: Euro peace deal won't stop rumblings of discontent

10:12am Thursday 27th February 2014

THERE is a lingering fear that a European rugby peace deal will ultimately be as successful at solving disputes as the League of Nations.

CHRIS KIRWAN: Dragons' front row emergency shows limitation of Premiership

10:01am Thursday 27th February 2014

THE saying that the proof of the pudding is in the tasting is an extremely apt one when referring to the signings of hefty front row forwards.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: County can't moan about their pitch... ever

10:46am Tuesday 25th February 2014

I BET Jimmy Dack regretted bringing up to the state of the Rodney Parade pitch a second after he did so on Saturday.

MICHAEL PEARLMAN SAYS: Wales should be brimming with confidence over reaching 2016 European Championships

South Wales Argus: Wales' Gareth Bale (centre) is challenged by Croatia's Mateo Kovacic (right) during the FIFA World Cup Qualifying, Group A match at the Liberty Stadium, Swansea. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday March 26, 2013. See PA story SOCCER Wa

10:07am Tuesday 25th February 2014

WHEN the football powerhouse nations of Bosnia and Israel contest the European Championships final in Paris in the summer of 2016, no Welsh football fan will be surprised.

MIKE FLYNN SAYS: We're heading for the play-offs and I want to play my part

South Wales Argus: DEADLY: Here I am about to score my second goal at Portsmouth last month

11:25am Saturday 22nd February 2014

WE produced probably our best performance of the season to beat Oxford in midweek and another display like that against Cheltenham today should see us right back in the hunt for a play-off place.

MELISSA JONES: Gwent racehorse Modus on track for Cheltenham

9:11am Saturday 22nd February 2014

DREAMS of Cheltenham Festival glory are very much alive for the connections of Modus, reported to be thriving ahead of his date with destiny.

CHRIS KIRWAN: New recruits must get rid of Dragons' scrummaging baggage

10:03am Thursday 20th February 2014

NEWPORT Gwent Dragons are tenacious and spirited yet are undone by their shortcomings in the tight five – a situation that has been repeated almost as many times as The Shawshank Redemption on ITV4.

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