Series draw may have saved Lions says legend McBride

Willie John McBride believes the British and Irish Lions may have been saved from extinction by the performance of this year’s side in New Zealand.

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England captain Joe Root will find himself under increasing pressure in the next few weeks.  Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images

England must stand and deliver against South Africa

Two matches played and both sides will think they could win the series. England and South Africa are surprisingly well matched. A smattering of world-class players, a few decent workers at Test level and enough wannabes lacking real quality to make each session compelling.

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Mikael Lustig says Celtic must not underestimate Rosenborg

Rosenborg will travel to Celtic hankering after a past where European adventures allowed them to rub shoulders with the finest from Spain and England, from Germany and Italy.

Vern Cotter did what he was employed to do at Scotland, building a team and building confidence in his players. Photograph: Paul Devlin/SNS

Vern Cotter says he left Scotland at right time

Former Scotland coach Vern Cotter believes his departure occurred at the right time to allow his successor Gregor Townsend the opportunity to build a squad capable of making an impression at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.

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Dundee United’s Paul McMullan happy with James Forrest label

Paul McMullan insists he’s happy to be labelled Dundee United’s James Forrest – and paid tribute to the way the Celtic and Scotland winger helped him at Parkhead.

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David Drysdale tees off at the 15th during the third round of the Open at, Royal Birkdale. Picture: Ian Rutherford

David Drysdale takes Route 66 into the spotlight

Is there really a more under-rated golfer than David Drysdale? I’d say that’s extremely doubtful because the Cockburnspath man rarely gets any real credit for carving out a very respectable career since turning professional just over 20 years ago, writes Martin Dempster.

Would you believe it? Branden Graces caddie Zack Rasego breaks the news of the record round to the player. Left: Grace drives at the 15th.
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Amazing Grace – Branden sets a Major record

Branden Grace didn’t even know. Just as well, maybe, as the two-footer he was faced with to become the first male golfer to card a 62 in a Major would probably have felt much longer. It wasn’t until after he’d rolled that in that the 29-year-old South African was made aware of his record-breaking feat.

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‘Other Celtic fans have reached the end of their tether’

Supporter: a person who is actively interested and wishes success for a particular sports team.

Chris Froome couldnt win a first stage of the year but did increase his lead and effectively win his fourth Tour.
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Mellow yellow: Chris Froome set to win the Tour de France

Chris Froome is set to win his fourth Tour de France title after increasing his lead in yesterday’s penultimate time trial in Marseilles.

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Glasgow-bound Dave Rennie’s Chiefs reach Super Rugby semis

Dave Rennie’s Waikato Chiefs made it through to the Super Rugby play-off semi-finals by beating the Stormers 17-11 in Cape Town, where replacement Shaun Stevenson sealed it with a try four minutes from the end.

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Froome has won on a route which seemed custom-designed to curtail his strengths. Picture: Philippe Lopez/Getty Images

Chris Froome’s right this Tour was his toughest test

Chris Froome warned this year’s Tour de France would be his toughest yet, and as he prepares to celebrate victory in Paris he has been proven right.

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Travel: Cruise some of Europe’s top cultural sights in style

If I entertained any doubts about taking a Silversea cruise from the Iberian peninsula to France, the fact that it would start in Lisbon, and that we could arrive a day early and stay at the Four Seasons Ritz hotel soon put them to rest.

A wealth of plastic makes it all too easy to dip into the red. Picture: PA/Thinkstock

Bank heeds warnings on overdraft costs – and so should you

It can be all too easy to regularly dip in and out of an overdraft without fully considering the overall cost – and whether borrowing could be cheaper elsewhere.

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Princes tell of Diana’s last phone call on day she died

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry have revealed that their last conversation with their mother was a brief phone call on the day she died that now weighs “heavily” on William’s mind.

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Sir  Chris Hoy on promotional duties for Sky TV, Livingston.

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British Cycling heeds Hoy’s call in diversity vote:

British Cycling members have answered the call of Sir Chris Hoy and voted to amend the sport’s governance structures.

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‘Rush’ to detect dementia attacked by NHS expert

A leading psychiatrist for older adults has criticised a Scottish Government dementia strategy which he claims was based on meeting targets and led to unethical behaviour in a rush to diagnose patients with “early Alzheimer’s disease”.

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James Millar and Ros Ball: How to rear heroes and heroines

This week’s gender furores – around a female Doctor Who and the Advertising Standards Agency report on gender stereotypes – demonstrate precisely why we wrote our book, The Gender Agenda.

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Labour candidate  Ian Murray arrives at Meadowbank.

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Refusal to give pledge on EU bank funding

The UK government has been attacked by Labour for failing to provide assurances that Scotland will be able to access funds from the European Investment Bank (EIB) after Brexit.

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Jodie Whittaker is to be paid the same as her predecessor, Peter Capaldi. Picture: Colin Hutton/BBC

Dani Garavelli: Time Lady won’t drag us out of Dark Ages

Is it terrible to admit I was underwhelmed by the Doctor Who announcement? Not for the, “Oh my God, a shape-shifting Time Lord can’t have breasts” reason, obviously. That would make me a retrogressive idiot, and there were enough of those about in the hours that followed. Nor because the actor chosen was Jodie Whittaker and I had set my heart on Tilda Swinton. True, I thought Whittaker was lacklustre in Broadchurch. But the show’s producers have said she aced the audition, so I will watch with an open mind. No, it’s more that the great unveiling felt a bit too gimmicky, a bit too superficial, a bit too let’s-pat-ourselves-on-the-back-for-being-so-enlightened to signify real change.

Brexit minister David Davis listens to EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier. Picture: Thierry Charlier/Getty

MPs ready for summer recall if Brexit talks stall

Pro-Remain MPs are prepared to demand that parliament is recalled early if Brexit talks suffer a summer collapse, it has been claimed.

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