The Scotland winger got a big wake-up call when he was dropped and won't be complacent again
THE NEW face and hair of Scottish rugby may be appearing across continents, climbing Everest and among soldiers in Afghanistan, but the young man himself is remarkably relaxed.
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After guiding Norwich City to back-to-back promotions, manager Paul Lambert is gearing up for next week's Premier League kick-off. Norwich open the season against Wigan Athletic so the former Scotland and Celtic midfielder will spend his 42nd birthday tomorrow watching the Latics in friendly action against Villarreal
There was never any doubt about where Andy Robinson was going to spend yesterday afternoon. After all, Mike Tindall, the England rugby captain whose royal nuptials snarled up the Royal Mile yesterday, is not just one of the Scotland coach's countless proteges, he was his first disciple.
MARTIN HARDIE is hoping that, having helped Dunfermline gain promotion to the Scottish Premier League, history won't repeat itself.
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KRIS COMMONS met his former boss Colin Calderwood in Edinburgh recently. You can imagine the conversation starting with the Celtic winger asking the Hibernian manager: "What are you doing still here?"
THE relentless deluge is drowning the pavements in the centre of Dundee. Yet, almost 20 years on from the greatest moment of her career, you still expect Liz McColgan to come running through the torrent, hair tied tightly back, arms swinging, ready to grind come rain or shine.
A FIFTH national athletics title, Jayne Nisbet admits, would be one means to commemorate her 23rd birthday this weekend. Yet mere victory in the Scottish Championships at Glasgow's Scotstoun Stadium would not merit undue celebration.
WHEN a 45-year-old man hits the streets on a Harley Davidson, it is easily interpreted as evidence of a midlife crisis.
Chubby Chandler is talking about the quirks of golf and life and how a year ago he was sitting with his head in hands in California after Graeme McDowell, the player he once managed, won the US Open at Pebble Beach.
Richard Gasquet has a game plan. It may not be quite what the training manuals advocate, but it is a plan nonetheless.
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NEIL LENNON has packed far too much into his four decades on earth to subscribe to the old adage that life begins at 40.
Phew, I'm thinking, Gordon Strachan's not around. Suddenly I feel like the spotty cub reporter of hard news that I used to be - secretly relieved when there was no answer at the home of an especially tricky customer (cue disbelieving editor: "What did you use to knock at the door - a feather-bloody-duster?").
In an interview that began with some discussion about Rangers' plight with the taxman then veered off into a complete evisceration of the Ibrox old guard before swinging round to deal with what he calls a damaging culture of leaks inside his new club, Craig Whyte had much on his mind.
PERHAPS the years living in Scotland gave her an unfair advantage but Elena Baltacha came through the rain interrupted week in Nottingham to win the AEGON Challenge title yesterday, beating Petra Cetkowska 7-5, 6-3.
John Surtees was disqualified from his first race for being under-age but there was no stopping the teenager who went on to become the only man ever to be crowned world champion on both two and four wheels
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