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Fiji 27-22 Scotland: Scots pay price for errors in Suva

Scotland’s mission to finish their summer tour unbeaten failed as they lost 27-22 to Fiji in Suva.

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Finn Russell's charge-down try against Australia in Sydney was impressive. Picture: David Gibson/Fotosport

Allan Massie: Sydney tries illustrated Scotland’s class

It was Twickenham, either 2001 or 2003. I forget which but England ran up 40 points on both occasions, scoring altogether a dozen tries to Scotland’s none. In one of the matches we had almost all the ball for the first ten minutes or quarter of an hour. A few days later Chris Paterson said he thought England were happy with that. “They like to let you have possession early just to prove you can’t do anything with it.” Scotland didn’t, I assume, take the field in Sydney with that attitude. Yet they might have done so. Overall, according to the official statistics, Australia had 59 per cent of possession and 70 per cent of territory, but still lost. More to the point the first two Scottish tries came when Australia had secured possession.

Rugby union
Livingston's Jackson Longridge, Celtic's Leigh Griffiths, and Arbroath's Colin Hamilton help launch the Ladbrokes Premiership, League 1, and League 2 fixtures for the upcoming season. Picture: SNS

Leigh Griffiths not prepared to play second fiddle at Celtic

Harry Kane’s stoppage-time equaliser for England at Hampden notwithstanding, Leigh Griffiths could scarcely have finished last season on a higher note with both club and country.

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Rodger Arneil, now 73 and living in the Cotswolds, played in two Lions tours during the 1970s. Picture: SWNS

Interview: Rodger Arneil on touring with Lions and Scotland

Rodger Arneil, the redoubtable Scotland back-row and British Lion, lives in the Cotswolds village of Adlestrop, a pimple of a place celebrated in wistful verse by Edward Thomas before the poet got himself killed in the Great War – but the village lacks a high-grade gastro-pub, which the Chipping Norton Set who have country retreats nearby must find dashed awkward.

Scotland
Hibs striker Simon Murray launches the Ladbrokes SPFL fixtures for the 2017/2018 season. Picture: SNS

Simon Murray ready to lead Hibs charge as he emulates dad

Simon Murray knows that his dad has been there and worn the shirt, after all Hibernian’s summer signing grew up 
listening to the stories. But he says he is looking forward to writing a new chapter all of his own.

Hibernian
Alex Rae launches the Manorview Legends charity football match being played at Hamilton's SuperSeal Stadium next month. Picture: SNS

Alex Rae: Pedro Caixinha has gambled with Rangers signings

Alex Rae was interviewed by manager Pedro Caixinha for the No 3 role at Rangers last season. The post eventually went to another former Ibrox player, Jonatan Johansson, but that has not prevented Rae from dispensing advice to the Portugese.

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Rangers chairman Dave King. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

Leigh Griffiths says Dave King’s Celtic claims are ‘mad’

Leigh Griffiths has ridiculed Rangers chairman Dave King’s claim that Celtic should have taken greater advantage of the Ibrox club’s four-year absence from the top flight of Scottish football.

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Andy Murray will play two exhibition matches. Picture: PA.

Andy Murray to play at Hurlingham ahead of Wimbledon defence

Andy Murray is to warm up for Wimbledon with two exhibition matches at the Aspall Tennis Classic at Hurlingham next week. The world 
No 1 has entered following his early exit at Queen’s Club, where he suffered a shock loss to world No 90 Jordan Thompson on Tuesday.

Tennis
Graham Bell clinched victory with a closing 72.

Wire-to-wire win for Graham Bell in Scottish Seniors

Given that he’d been three-over after just three holes in the opening round, Downfield’s Graham Bell pulled off a remarkable wire-to-wire win in the Scottish Seniors Championship at Royal Burgess.

Golf
Kyle Lafferty arrives at Tynecastle with his wife Vanessa for talks with Hearts. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Kyle Lafferty at Tynecastle for Hearts talks

Kyle Lafferty was at Tynecastle yesterday for talks about a possible summer move to Hearts. However, it is understood there remains a considerable gap between player and club in terms of salary.

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Lions full-back Liam Williams holds on to the ball during a training session at Eden Park. Picture: David Rogers/Getty Images

Risk can bring reward for British & Irish Lions in Auckland

There have been 480 minutes of rugby played on the British and Irish Lions tour so far, which pales in comparison to the countless broadcast hours and oceans of newsprint expended upon speculation about what might unfold in Auckland this morning.

Rugby union
Ryan Moore on Winter wins the Coronation Stakes on Day Four of Royal Ascot. Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Coronation Stakes is a Winter wonderland for Aidan O’Brien

Dual Classic heroine Winter continued her fantastic season with an assured victory 
in the Coronation Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Horse Racing
Dan Evans in action for Great Britain during a Davis Cup match. The British No 3 has admitted he failed a drugs test.  Picture Ian Rutherford

Tennis star Dan Evans admits he failed drugs test

British number three Dan Evans has revealed he failed a drugs test in April after testing positive for cocaine.

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No tickets will be sold to Celtic fans for Windsor Park. Picture: SNS

No tickets on sale to Celtic fans for Linfield match

Travelling Celtic fans will not be issued with tickets for the club’s Champions League qualifier in Belfast should Linfield overcome La Fiorita of San Marino to progress.

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Ann Budge and Hearts were not best pleased with the fixture list announcement. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Six biggest gripes with the 2017/18 Premiership fixture list

Today saw the release of the Ladbrokes Premiership fixture list for the 2017/18 season. When the SPFL makes the announcement, or any announcement in fact, it’s usually met with widespread derision from the fans of Scottish football. We love our football in this country, and we love moaning about it even more.

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Hibs and Rangers will meet on the second weekend of the season for the first time since the 2016 Scottish Cup final. Picture: Neil Hanna

9 tasty encounters in the 2017/18 Scottish Premiership

After the fixture list was announced by the SPFL earlier today, we look at nine of the most keenly anticipated matches in the opening months of the new Ladbrokes Premiership season.

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Mike Ashley. Picture: Ian MacNicol/AFP/Getty Images

Mike Ashley’s MASH sells its stake in Rangers International

Mike Ashley’s investment vehicle MASH Holdings Limited (MASH) has sold its entire shareholding in Rangers International Football Club PLC (RIFC).

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Celtic's Leigh Griffiths launches the Ladbrokes Premiership fixtures for the upcoming season. Picture: SNS

Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths: Dave King claims are ‘ludicrous’

Leigh Griffiths has told Dave King he is talking nonsense after the Rangers chairman claimed Celtic should be further ahead of his Ibrox side.

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Ex rugby player Doddie Weir at the Greenyards earlier this year. Picture; Greg Macvean

Doddie Weir thanks well-wishers following MND announcement

Doddie Weir has taken to social media to thank well-wishers after he announced that he was suffering from motor neurone disease.

News 1
Darren McGregor will return to Ibrox with Hibs on the second weekend of the season. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Hibs defender Darren McGregor fears Rangers backlash at Ibrox

Darren McGregor has warned Hibernian face a backlash when they visit Ibrox just two games into the new Ladbrokes Premiership season.

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