DAVID MILLAR is getting married near London on Saturday, but he has one final engagement before he hangs up his racing bike for the winter, and it is a big one. In the town of Mendrisio, on the Swiss-Italian border, Millar will today lead the biggest and most professional British team in history into the world championship road race, which is set, explained a weary Millar on Friday, to be "a very brutal war of attrition" over 260 hilly kilometres.
HE IS AN American hero: a Tour de France winner who almost died and was written off, before staging one of the most remarkable comebacks in sporting history. But his name is not Lance Armstrong, it is Greg LeMond, who, 20 years ago this summer, won his second Tour by what remains the smallest ever margin – just eight seconds over Laurent Fignon.
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ALOT OF professional athletes have performance anxiety or whatever psychology wants to call it, but winners, born winners like me, they just want sunshine blown up their arse."
WITH huge fanfare, it was announced last week that close to half a billion pounds is to be pumped into grassroots sports initiatives over the next four years.
FEW organisations symbolise the increased professionalisation of sport in Scotland as effectively as Commonwealth Games Scotland (CGS). A decade ago, the organisation charged with selecting the Scottish team, and taking it to wherever the Games were held every four years, relied heavily on volunteers and resembled a local sports club rather than a national body.
Search is on for talent worthy of McRae legacy WHEN the late Colin McRae was inducted to the Scottish Sports Hall of Fame last week, his father, Jimmy, revealed that there are a number of initiatives in the pipeline, which would act to commemorate the three-time world rally champion while also seeking out his successor.
ONE of the best signings of the football season so far seems to have been Spartans' of Edinburgh Ladies Football Club, at least if the league table is anything to go by. There they sit, in their new guise as 'Spartans Women's FC,' second in the league, three points behind Celtic but with a game in hand.
BEFORE the Commonwealth Youth Games got underway in Pune there were rumours that the senior games in Delhi, in 2010, could be in grave danger, with some even talking of the worst case scenario – that the games be handed back to the last host, Melbourne – becoming a genuine possibility.
WHAT is happening with the London Olympics Nations and Regions programme? It's a good question, and you will be lucky to find any answers on the London 2012 website.
HAVING missed out on election to the executive board of the IOC in August, Sir Craig Reedie has hinted that he is likely to stand again next year, with his chances of success a second time round perhaps boosted by his recent appointment to the 2016 evaluation commission.
HAMPDEN Park on Friday witnessed the first event organised by the re-branded Winning Scotland Foundation – formerly the Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation – and it provided a large audience, including Frank Hadden, John Collins, Tony Stanger and Lee McConnell, with a memorable introduction to the work of Professor Carol Dweck.
A RESHUFFLE at sportscotland has created a vacancy at Scottish Gymnastics where Mike Roberts has earned great acclaim for his work as chief executive. Roberts is to take up the role of Director of Sports Development at the national sports agency, a new post created in a restructure prompted by the Scottish Government's decision to merge sportscotland with the Scottish Institute of Sport.
THERE was a subtle but significant change of emphasis and tone in the speech made by First Minister Alex Salmond during Friday's reception to honour Scotland's Olympians.
ANYONE who logged on late last week to the website of the Scottish Institute of Sport Foundation might have been surprised and a little confused to see no mention whatsoever of the organisation.
SPEAK to many of those involved in elite sport in Scotland and you will find them in full agreement that coaching is an area which has been too reliant on volunteers, and is in desperate need of investment and training.
ONE upshot of Andy Murray's waltz to the Wimbledon title is that a simmering feud between the two websites that report on his earthly movements in cyberspace is likely to intensify. In what might be called the War of the Websites, Murray's official site, andymurray.com, has been at loggerheads with the unofficial murraysworld.com.
A WONDERFUL weekend's racing at the Meadowbank velodrome served to illustrate exactly what is going to be missed when, as City of Edinburgh Council confirmed last week, the facility is flattened. The only welcome news is that the cycling track has a stay of execution – it will remain until 2011, when, if all goes to plan, Glasgow's indoor velodrome should be completed.
AT AN ungodly hour in London last Thursday morning a small group of people gathered in the Adidas store on Oxford Street. They were there to unveil the official Team GB kit for Beijing, and among their number were seven potential medallists.
A MAJOR event on the calendar this year, though not one you are likely to have heard much about so far, is the Commonwealth Youth Games, being held in Pune, India, in October.
IT WOULD be safe to assume that the most recent edition of Goldzone, the magazine of the Scottish Institute of Sport, will be the last to include an editorial like the one penned in its pages by Dougie Donnelly, the now departed chairman.