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Leader comment: Football’s unhealthy links with gambling

Former Rangers player Joey Barton is one of football’s most controversial characters, twice being convicted of violence and serving time in prison.

Scotland showed guts and composure to close out the win over Ireland in the Six Nations at Murrayfield in February.  Picture: Stu Forster/Getty Images

Lewis Moody’s claim Scots wilt under pressure is simplistic

Lewis Moody lobbed a 
grenade Scotland’s way yesterday when the former England captain suggested that Warren Gatland had selected just two of Vern Cotter’s team for the Lions’ summer tour of New Zealand because of the Scots’ mental fragility, despite them winning three of their five matches in this season’s Six Nations.

Scott Wight is unveiled as the head coach of the Scotland Women's Sevens team. Picture: Gary Hutchison/SNS/SRU

Scott Wight appointed coach of Scotland Women Sevens side

Scott Wight, the new head coach of the Scotland Women’s Sevens side, believes exposure to the abbreviated game can only help the nation’s best players as the XV-a-side squad continue to make strides.

Celtic players Calvin Nesbitt, Sam Wardrop and Aidan Mcilduff celebrate with the trophy after winning the Scottish FA Youth Cup final at Hampden. Picture: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

Celtic 3 - 0 Rangers: Youth Cup glory for Parkhead side

Celtic claimed the Scottish Youth Cup at the national stadium last night with a thumping victory over their Glasgow rivals in this battle of the under-20 teams, writes Ewing Grahame.

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Tottenham's Danish midfielder Christian Eriksen celebrates scoring the winner against Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Crystal Palace 0-1 Tottenham: Eriksen keeps title bid alive

Christian Eriksen kept Tottenham’s title hopes alive with a crucial strike to sink Crystal Palace 1-0.

Joey Barton placed 44 bets during his brief spell at Rangers.

Joey Barton: The gambler who had to be seen to lose

One observation to be made after reading Joey Barton’s suspiciously well-written and cogent response to the news he has been banned, with an appeal pending, for 18 months by the English FA for betting on football matches is that, yes, well, there’s worse crimes.

Edinburgh's Jason Tovey will be up against his former club Newport Gwent Dragons on Friday. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS/SRU

Jason Tovey out to end Edinburgh’s losing run versus Dragons

When Jason Tovey left the Dragons he said they were a team that had “gone backwards”.

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Hibs manager Neil Lennon said he was 'justified' in his selection. Picture: SNS

Neil Lennon defends decision to make 10 changes to Hibs team

Hibernian manager Neil Lennon last night defended his decision to make ten changes to his team as Raith Rovers left Easter Road empty-handed in their bid to avoid relegation from the Championship.

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Melrose's Jason Baggot scored two tries to help his side win the Border League title. Picture: Paul Devlin/SNS

Melrose 35 - 7 Gala: Rose clinch Border League title

Melrose comfortably lifted the Booker Border League title last night at Poynder Park, Kelso, for the first time since 2011 with a 35-7 win over holders Gala in the final to add to their BT Cup win at Murrayfield on Saturday.

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Pedro Caixinha says he felt ‘ashamed’ after Celtic defeat

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha says his team’s toothless display against Celtic on Sunday left him feeling ashamed.

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James Keatings opens the scoring for Hibs against Raith. He would also bag the winner. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Hibs 3 - 2 Raith: James Keatings wins it for champions

After the shock return of the boyband, Neil Lennon sent out a couple of kids and they were able to reward him with something the more experienced Hibernian players hadn’t been able to achieve all season – a win over Raith Rovers.

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Russia's Maria Sharapova blows a kiss after winning 7-5, 6-3 against Italy's Roberta Vinci at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Picture: Michael Probst/AP

Maria Sharapova makes winning return after doping ban

Maria Sharapova’s controversial return to competitive 
tennis was a winning one as she overcame Roberta 
Vinci 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Porsche Grand Prix in 

Joey Barton's Burnley are sponsored by an online bookmaker. Picture: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Banned Joey Barton says football must cut links to gambling

Joey Barton has called on football to reconsider its links with the gambling industry after the Football Association banned him for 18 months for breaking its betting rules.

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Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson are the first recipients of a new support package for up-and-coming Scottish professionals.

Picture: Kenny Smith

Grant Forrest and Ewen Ferguson benefit from new golf plan

Scotland’s struggle with the transition from amateur to professional golf over the past decade hasn’t necessarily been down to a lack of support. Team Scottish Hydro, after all, has provided backing for a number of players since it was set up in 2011, while £1 million was also invested through Scottish Golf Support Ltd, a partnership backed by the Scottish Government.

The new St. Petersburg's soccer stadium on Krestovsky Island, in St.Petersburg, Russia, which will host matches for the 2018 World Cup. Picture: AP

Video referees will be used at 2018 Russia World Cup

Video assistant referees will be used at next year’s World Cup in Russia, FIFA president Gianni Infantino has confirmed.

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Evan Williams' Gayebury won Perth's first-ever Listed race. Picture: Harry Trump/Getty Images

Top trainer Nicky Henderson seeks Perth double

Nicky Henderson, almost certain to be crowned champion trainer again when the jumps campaign ends on Saturday, is double-handed on day two of the Perth Festival.

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Former Rangers owner Sir David Murray arrives Glasgow High Court. Picture: SWNS

David Murray unaware Ticketus cash funded Craig Whyte Rangers bid

Sir David Murray has told a court he would “categorically” not have done a deal with Craig Whyte to buy Rangers if he thought the money to clear the club’s debts was coming from future season-ticket sales.

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Joey Barton spent the first half of this season at Rangers. Picture: John Devlin

Joey Barton banned from football for 18 months

Joey Barton has been suspended from all football activity for 18 months after admitting a misconduct charge relating to betting, the Football Association has announced.

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Kenny Miller is set to be offered a new deal. Picture: John Devlin

Rangers to offer Kenny Miller new contract - reports

Rangers are set to give Kenny Miller a new contract, according to the Scottish Sun.

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James Tavernier and Rangers will square off against Celtic once again this weekend. Picture: John Devlin

Rangers’ James Tavernier teased over ‘guard of honour’ tweet

Celtic fans have teased Rangers right-back James Tavernier on social media about a tweet he sent last season regarding his side receiving a ‘guard of honour’.

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