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Anger over use of facial recognition at south Wales football derby

Protest held before Cardiff v Swansea as fans say technology is taking away their rightsFootball supporters and civil rights activists have expressed anger and concern over the use of facial recognition technology for a derby match in south Wales.Two s…

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Emiliano Sala: police investigate ‘disgraceful’ image posted online

Mocked-up ‘boarding pass’ for the late footballer distributed on social mediaPolice are investigating after an image of a mocked-up “boarding pass” for the late Cardiff City footballer Emiliano Sala was distributed on social media.The 28-year-old Argen…

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Carabao Cup roundup: Norwich are dumped out by League Two Crawley

• Crystal Palace lose to Colchester after penalty shootout• Sheffield United, Brighton, Watford and Southampton winNorwich were dumped out of the Carabao Cup by League Two Crawley as Bez Lubala’s deflected first-half strike was enough to secure a 1-0 w…

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Pair face jail over leaked Emiliano Sala mortuary images

Sherry Bray and Christopher Ashford admit accessing CCTV of postmortem examinationTwo people are facing prison sentences after they admitted accessing footage of the footballer Emiliano Sala’s postmortem examination.The Argentinian’s body was recovered…

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Emiliano Sala: investigators find seat cushions on French beach

Accident investigators say pieces of cushion likely to be from aircraft that was carrying missing Cardiff City footballerThe first suspected pieces of wreckage from the plane that vanished with footballer Emiliano Sala on board have washed up on the Fr…

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Emiliano Sala family consider private search for missing footballer

Elite footballers join call to resume search for Cardiff City player and pilot off GuernseyRelatives of Emiliano Sala are investigating the possibility of launching their own search after the authorities in Guernsey halted their hunt for the missing fo…

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From the Maindy Flyers to the maillot jaune: Wales cheers on Geraint Thomas

In his boyhood Cardiff cycling club and across the nation, there is pride the Sky rider leads the Tour de France and hope he will winAround 22 years ago a skinny schoolboy with no competitive cycling experience took his bike down to the Maindy Flyers v…

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Anthony Joshua thumps boxing into the big time – but it’s gloves off for fans

Alcohol and cocaine blamed for crowd violence at local fights, with one announcer appealing: ‘Gentlemen, this is not football’These are heady times for boxing. Crossover stars such as Anthony Joshua, who last night defended his world heavyweight titles…

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Wales parade through Cardiff on open-top buses – video

360 video shows the Wales football team parading through the streets of Cardiff on board open-top buses following their return from Euro 2016 on Friday. Wales were knocked out of the tournament 2-0 by Portugal in the semi-finals of the competition on Wednesday at Parc Olympique Lyonnais

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Wales football team receive heroes’ welcome in Cardiff – video

The Wales football team return to Cardiff on Friday following their semi-final exit from the Euro 2016 tournament in France. The team defied all expectations by reaching the semi-finals of the competition. Before their exploits in France, the country had not reached a major tournament since 1958 when the side lost to Pele’s Brazil in the quarter-final

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Wales football team touch down to heroes’ welcome in Cardiff

Fans gathered at the temporarily renamed Cardiff Bale Airport to cheer on squad that reached the semi-finals of Euro 2016

The Welsh football squad touched down on home soil to a heroes’ welcome after defying expectations and winning the hearts of a nation in reaching the semi-finals of Euro 2016.

Scores of fans were in the arrivals hall at the temporarily renamed Cardiff Bale airport to catch a first glimpse of a group of players that came close to being the first British team to reach a tournament final for half a century.

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Cymru am byth: Cardiff fanzone roars after historic Wales victory

As their heroes wrote their names in folklore, thousands of passionate fans travelled from miles around to follow the Euro 2016 action in the capital

Throughout the game they sang, they chanted, they screamed, they yelled. And then, at final whistle, the Welsh fans hugged and kissed. In a heaving, passionate fanzone in Cardiff, grown men and women wept openly while children laughed with joy as they celebrated one of the greatest sporting triumphs in their nation’s history.

Related: Wales in dreamland after Hal Robson-Kanu’s magic touch stuns Belgium

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European Super Cup: Real Madrid v Sevilla in pictures

The best images from Cardiff City Stadium, where Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and James Rodríguez take on the Europa League winners

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Real Madrid aiming for every trophy this season, says Gareth Bale video

At a press conference ahead of his team’s match against Sevilla, Gareth Bale says Real Madrid have been working hard and want to win every tournament they compete in this season. The winger says he had a strong pre-season and is glad to be settled in b…

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Trinity Mirror launches digital-first strategy as users flock to websites

Trinity Mirror is to launch the next phase of its digital-first strategy with a restructure of its operations in the north-east by taking a giant step into the future.

Under the slogan Newsroom 3.1, the company is introducing a new publishing process in its Newcastle and Teesside newsrooms.

In the coming months a similar digital-first working system will be rolled out to the publisher’s other regional centres in Birmingham, Cardiff, Liverpool, Manchester and Huddersfield.

It comes against the background of a rapid increase in online audiences. Trinity Mirror recorded 119m page views on its regional sites in February alone, a year-on-year rise of 72%.

“There has been huge growth in the past year,” says the company’s regional chief, Neil Benson. Together, the regionals and the nationals (largely the Daily Mirror), are now drawing more than 60m uniques a month.

In a press release, Benson is quoted as saying: “Digitally, we have made great progress over several years but we now need to accelerate the growth and engagement level of our digital audiences.

“In an era when audiences want access to live-up-to-the-minute information across a variety of platforms, our working day will no longer be built around our print products.

“The new structure gives us the capability to produce more digital content all day and every day, while still producing brilliant newspapers.”

In practical terms, it means that the entire focus of newsrooms throughout the day will be on posting copy online. Previously, there was a tendency to favour digital in the mornings and then work on print after that.

Now content will be created in order to hit key digital audience spikes across the day, ensuring that users can find refreshed and new content each time they visit a website.

That online content will then be edited and packaged into the print versions of the north-east region’s newspapers – the Chronicle, Evening Gazette, Journal and Sunday Sun.

It amounts, in other words, to a change in the mind-set for the editors and journalists. Print comes second and with it, a change of editorial emphasis in the newspaper – “less megaphone, more discussion,” says Benson.

As for the effect on jobs, the overall size of the north-east’s editorial team will increase by 17. There will be 25 new roles but eight existing staff are at the risk of redundancy.

Among the new digital positions will be jobs specifically aimed at increasing audience engagement and driving traffic, such as social media editors, planning analysts and advance content writers.

In addition, two football roles will be created with a Newcastle United editor and a Middlesbrough FC editor.

Darren Thwaites, the publisher’s north-east editor-in-chief says: “The demand for local content is as great as ever and it’s our job to give the audience what they want, when they want it.”

Evidently, Newsroom 3.1 will make maximum use of content through SEO and social media as well as through digital analytics tools, such as Chartbeat and Omniture.

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… Sorry Spurs and Merseyside mayhem

James is joined by Sean Ingle, Raphael Honigstein and Gregg Bakowski to discuss an eventful weekend in the Premier League and around Europe.

As Tottenham lose 6-0 to Manchester City, the pod wonder how they can pick themselves up and rescue their season. And just how good are this City side?

In the high-scoring Merseyside derby, contentious refereeing decisions are given the once over, and the pod are purring over that Luis Suárez free-kick.

Cardiff equalise late on against Manchester United but David Moyes is happy with a point. Is he showing a shocking lack of ambition? The pod think so.

Plus there’s the big Borussia Dortmund v Bayern Munich game in Germany, trouble from the Ultras in Milan and Sid Lowe has news of some high-scoring games in Spain.