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Why not consider supporters in cases of extreme fog?

As Ross County started the attack that would end with them going 3-1 up against Dundee United at Dingwall, there were audible boos and chants of “what a waste of money” coming from the away end.

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William Dempster was a proud member of Dunbar and Eyemouth Golf Clubs and his other sporting passion was football.

Comment: Why we all need to share our passion for golf

I bet there are people around the world who think us Scots drop straight from the womb on to the first tee on a golf course, such is our passion for the Royal & Ancient game. In truth, of course, that passion is mainly inherited, something I’ve been reminded about over the past week following the death of my own father, William Dempster.

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We might not see a packed Pittodrie on many more occasions, with the Dons hoping to flit west to Kingsford. Picture: Craig Foy/SNS

Aidan Smith: What’s not to like about Pittodrie?

During lulls in the play at my neighbourhood football stadium, no longer able to watch chugging dredgers because the redeveloped East Stand blocks out the Firth of Forth, I might glance at the old-timers in their bunnets enjoying the communal feeling and a bloody good moan. “Good on you, guys,” I’ll say to myself. “But you’d never have survived Straiton.”

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Finn Russell of Glasgow is tackled by Munster's Rory Scannell at Scotstoun. Picture: SNS/SRU

Allan Massie: Glasgow must be inventive to claim big win

The result at Scotstoun last weekend was disappointing. Of course it was. At the same time we had to admire the quality of Munster’s defence. To have conceded only three tries in five European Cup matches is remarkable, all the more so because all were scored after Munster were so far ahead as to be out of sight.

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David Hunter, left , Gavin Dear and Lewis Allison (CTO) with the Shot Scope wristband. Picture: Ian Georgeson.

Martin Dempster: Shot Scope puts Scotland on technology map

The days of Scotland leading the world in terms of making golf clubs may be long gone, but an Edinburgh-based company is putting the country on the map in the technology stakes.

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Celebration time: England captain Bobby Moore and his first wife Tina at a reception following their World Cup victory in July 1966.  Picture: Reg Burkett/Getty Images

Aidan Smith: Pele, Bobby Moore and Mexico ’70 memories

With the sort of diamond-sharp timing that was his signature, Bobby Moore has been re-born on TV just as the 1970 World Cup fades further into the past. Although the dramatisation of Moore’s life, in the first episode at least, makes no mention of his almost casual usurping of Pele, it’s impossible not to be reminded of the tackle as news of the once-great tournament’s “makeover” sinks in.

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Northampton Saints' Teimana Harrison is tackled by Leinster's Jack Conan and Ross Byrne. Picture: PA.

Allan Massie: Tough task for Glasgow Warriors

It’s crunch time for both Glasgow and Edinburgh today. Victory would almost secure them a place in the knockout stage of their respective European Cups. Defeat wouldn’t necessarily eliminate them, but would come close to doing so, especially in Glasgow’s case, since their last pool match is against Leicester at Welford Road. They might go into that needing a four-try bonus point win to earn one of the best runners-up spots – a very tough proposition.

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Aidan Smith: Bigger isn’t better in this grand World vision

Aidan Smith: Bigger isn’t better in this grand World vision

I have to admit to getting the new World Cup wrong. The radio crackled something about three-team groups and suddenly I was back in the 1970s: Willie Morgan was crossing the ball for Joe Jordan and we were on our way to Germany. Then, four years later, Martin Buchan was crossing the ball for Kenny Dalglish and, in Arthur Montford’s immortal words, it was “Argentina here we come!”

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Muirfield cant get it wrong for a second time when it comes to a new vote on admitting women members. Picture: Jon Savage

10 things, both on and off course, that would be good for golf in 2017

Is there really a golfer out there who doesn’t feel a 
tingle of excitement with the advent of a new year? Some mild weather to start 2017 signalled something of a rush to the first tee last week for a first hit, yours truly included with a most enjoyable visit to the excellent Leven Links.

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Scott Sinclair has been an excellent addition for Celtic. Picture: John Devlin

Marks out of 10 for every Scottish Premiership signing so far

Through a series of 12 seperate articles, Craig Fowler rated and reviewed every single singing made by Scottish Premiership clubs this season prior to the January transfer window.

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The Championship mustnt be an afterthought like Nationwides skateboarding ducks. Picture: Richard Austin/REX/Shutterstock

Aidan Smith: Come on BBC, show us the Championship table

What a night at Easter Road on Friday. Historians, archivists and casual collectors of canny, quirky facts about Scottish football have already logged it as a moment that won’t be repeated. Never again, they claim, will the second tier feature a game with such a big crowd, such a rollicking atmosphere, such ribald verse.

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Jack McGrath's high tackle on Morgan Parra in Ireland v France at the World Cup last October is the kind of offence the law-makers are keen to lose from the sport. Picture: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Allan Massie: Law-makers must make it profitable to go low

Glasgow were well below their best in Italy last week, yet came away with a bonus point win. Some of their play was surprisingly sloppy, and weak defence gave Treviso an easy try in the first minutes of the match. Glasgow of course raised their game when they had to, though Stuart Hogg’s try was fortuitous. If Tommy Allan’s grubber hadn’t bounced conveniently into Hogg’s grasp, Treviso might well have run on to it and scored. That would have been 12-0.

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Ricky Foster has been an excellent addition for St Johnstone. Picture: SNS

St Johnstone signings: How every recruit has fared this season

As Scottish Premiership clubs enter the January transfer window, Craig Fowler looks back upon their business so far this season and ranks every signing out of ten.

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Joey Barton, it's fair to say, did not live up to the hype. Picture: SNS

Rangers signings: How every recruit has fared this season

As Scottish Premiership clubs enter the January transfer window, Craig Fowler looks back upon their business so far this season and ranks every signing out of ten.

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Chris Burke reinvigorated Ross County's campaign. Picture: SNS

Ross County signings: How every recruit has fared this season

As Scottish Premiership clubs enter the January transfer window, Craig Fowler looks back upon their business so far this season and ranks every signing out of ten.

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Adam Barton has been a terrific signing by Thistle. Picture: SNS

Partick Thistle signings: How every recruit has fared this season

As Scottish Premiership clubs enter the January transfer window, Craig Fowler looks back upon their business so far this season and ranks every signing out of ten.

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Richard Tait was much-needed filler for the void at right-back. Picture: SNS

Motherwell signings: How every recruit has fared this season

As Scottish Premiership clubs enter the January transfer window, Craig Fowler looks back upon their business so far this season and ranks every signing out of ten.

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Souleymane Coulibaly: Unique in terms of Killie's summer recruitment - good and on a long-term deal. Picture: SNS

Kilmarnock signings: How every recruit has fared this season

As Scottish Premiership clubs enter the January transfer window, Craig Fowler looks back upon their business so far this season and ranks every signing out of ten.

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Billy King signed on a season-long loan from Hearts in the summer. Picture: SNS

Inverness CT signings: How every recruit has fared this season

As Scottish Premiership clubs enter the January transfer window, Craig Fowler looks back upon their business so far this season and ranks every signing out of ten.

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Ex-Celtic midfielder Massimo Donati arrived at the Superseal Stadium last summer. Picture: SNS

Hamilton signings: How every recruit has fared this season

As Scottish Premiership clubs enter the January transfer window, Craig Fowler looks back upon their business so far this season and ranks every signing out of ten.

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