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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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Darren Smith opened the scoring for Stirling Albion

League Two round-up: Stirling Albion keep 100 per cent record

Early pacesetters Stirling Albion kept up their 100 per cent start to the league season with a comfortable 2-0 victory over bottom side Edinburgh City who remain without a point. Darren Smith set the dominant league leaders on their way, finishing off a slick break in the 31st minute.

League Two
Anna De Keersmaeker, 

choreographer.

Kelly Apter: Imitation can be the sincerest form of plagiarism

They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, but back in 2011 when Beyoncé released her Countdown video, Belgian choreographer Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker was feeling far from flattered.

Culture
He does it his way: Brendan Rodgers says hell set his own standards and let the other Scottish clubs take care of themselves. Photograph: Craig Foy/SNS

Brendan Rodgers’ priorities are clear for Celtic

Barring a collapse unseen in the 62-year history of European competition, Celtic will rubberstamp their £30m-earning place in the Champions League group stages on Tuesday in Astana following their midweek 5-0 blitz.

Football
England had a No.1 hit with Back Home in 1970, and they soon were, though not as soon as Scotland in 1978. Photograph: Getty Images

‘A daft football team hiding daft dreams under daft perms’

Edinburgh at Festival-time is always an unholy racket and this year the dial has well and truly been turned up to 11 with a musical inspired by Brexit competing with satirical ditties about Donald Trump striving to be heard above difficult opera, challenging symphonies and former boy soprano Alex Salmond attempting the odd warble during his Fringe chat-show.

Football
Kieran Tierney, right, competes with Astana's Patrick Twumasi

Kieran Tierney has an old head on young shoulders

Kieran Tierney isn’t only not long out of school. Refreshingly, for all the 20-year-old has achieved, the Celtic defender isn’t too cool for it either.

Celtic
The chances of Blair Kinghorn challenging Finn Russell, right, for the No.10 jersey have been hampered by Edinburgh playing him at 15. Photographs: SNS

Gregor Townsend must focus on Scotland’s stength in depth

Gregor Townsend had a reputation for changing his starting Glasgow XV more often than his underpants but the new national coach admitted that he simply couldn’t afford the same tactic with Scotland.

Rugby union
Carlton skipper Ali Evans, pictured bowling,  believes his teams tough run to the final will help them when they face Watsonians. Photograph: Toby Williams/TSPL

Carlton and Watsonians aim to make history

Carlton and Watsonians head into today’s Citylets Scottish Cup final with both Edinburgh clubs looking to win the trophy for the first time.

Cricket
Elise Christie revealed it took her two years to recover from Russia. Picture: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Elise Christie puts Sochi behind her as she targets Korea

Three-and-a-half years ago, the nation lived through the agonies of Elise Christie’s Sochi nightmare as not once, not twice, but three times her gold medal hopes crumbled in a tempestuous swirl of disqualifications and crashes.

Olympics
Celtic's Anthony Ralston at full-time get rave reviews. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

Leigh McCulloch and Bredan Rodgers both hail Anthony Ralston

The under-strength nature of the Celtic side that defeated his Kilmarnock team 2-0 yesterday brought no shame for Lee McCulloch over the latest loss to Brendan Rodgers side. That is because the Ayrshire club’s manager believes one of those understudies will have a starring role at international level in the not-too-distant future.

Premiership
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha looks anxious during the game against Hearts. Picture: Alan Harvey/SNS

One point out of six? It’s not a concern, says Rangers boss

Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha tried to play down dropping points at home for the second successive week, claiming instead that it provides evidence of opposition sides now showing Rangers greater respect at Ibrox.

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Europe need miracle to come out on top in Solheim Cup

Europe will need to pull off the best fightback in the event’s history to win the 15th Solheim Cup after losing more ground to the Americans in another sensational fourballs session in Des Moines.

Golf
In 1972 Celtic goalkeeper Evan Williams dives to keep the ball from Pat Stanton of Hibs at Parkhead

Has football become too dangerous for our children?

Playing under the floodlights on European glory nights at a packed Easter Road stadium, Hibs legend Pat Stanton would think nothing of towering above opponents to win another decisive header.

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Scotlands Catriona Matthew lines up a putt with her caddie Mike Patterson yesterday. Photograph: Getty Images

Catriona Matthew playing a blinder at the Solheim Cup

No matter what happens on the final day of the 15th Solheim Cup, one cast-iron certainty to come out of the contest is that Catriona Matthew will have a pivotal role in the next instalment of this transatlantic tussle. And maybe not as captain, the job she has almost certainly been earmarked for when the event is staged at Gleneagles in 2019.

Golf
Marcel Siem of Germany celebrates chipping in on the 9th green during day three of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Matchplay in Passau, Germany. Picture: Getty Images

Germany’s Marcel Siem sets sights on a home win

Germany’s Marcel Siem is aiming to emulate compatriots Bernhard Langer and Martin Kaymer after reaching the semi-finals of the Saltire Energy Paul Lawrie Match Play.

Golf
Rangers manager Pedro Caixinha remains upbeat despite dropped points. Picture: SNS/Rob Casey

Pedro Caixinha: Rangers are progressing despite dropped points

Pedro Caixinha reckons Rangers have finally earned the respect of their opponents - even though they now trail Celtic by five points just three games into the season.

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Inverness CT's Collin Seedorf in action with Morton's Robert Thomson. Picture: SNS/Bruce White

Inverness CT 1 -1 Morton: ICT get off the mark

Such are the slender margins in the second tier, it takes no great stretch of the imagination to envisage last night’s two bottom clubs – Inverness Caley Thistle and Falkirk – finishing the campaign as Championship promotion rivals.

Championship
Joe Cardle nets for Dunfermline. Picture: Michael Gillen

Dunfermline Athletic 3 - 1 Falkirk: Cardle hits brace

Nine-man Falkirk lost their cool as bitter rivals Dunfermline registered their first victory in this fixture in 11 attempts.

Championship
Dundee United's Scott MacDonald holds off Brechin's Paul McLean. Picture: SNS/Bill Murray

Dundee United 1 - 0 Brechin City: United win ugly

This was winning ugly at its best. Dundee United barely resembled a team widely expected to stroll towards the Championship title, but all that will matter little should they proceed towards clinching promotion.

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Celtic's James Forrest evades Greg Taylor. Picture: SNS/Craig Williamson

Five things we learned from Kilmarnock 0 - 2 Celtic

Celtic eased to victory at Rugby Park with a much-changed side. Joel Sked has his say on the win.

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