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Saffy Sharif says Scotland are ready to bowl over ‘dangerous’ Sri Lanka

It was a souvenir that will endure, Saffy Sharif galloping around The Grange in unbridled euphoria once he had claimed the wicket that secured Scotland’s remarkable victory over England last summer. A priceless memory, a valuable moment of heroism that earned the pace bowler a lucrative cameo with Derbyshire and a chance on the county stage.

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Duncan Scott rounded off his week with victory in the 200m freestyle. Picture: Getty.

Duncan Scott signs off in style as he brings home gold again

Duncan Scott claims to value only the analysis of his coach Steve Tigg and his own personal evaluation. The narrow prism of an avowed achiever. Should the 21-year-old care to seek alternate critiques as the British Swimming Championships concluded last night in Glasgow, the reviews would surely be universally positive.

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Ross Murdoch, left, Adam Peaty and Craig Benson show off their medals after the men's 50m breaststroke. Pic: Craig Williamson/SNS

Duncan Scott ready to continue his Tokyo Olympic aspirations in 100m freestyle

The bucket list drafted by Duncan Scott and his coach Steve Tigg is extensive and ambitious. For swimming’s world championships in South Korea this July, the 21-year-old covets a crack at three individual events and some relays on top. Natural progression, extraordinary ambition, in the wake of his European and Commonwealth titles from last year and the Olympic 
silvers secured in 2016.

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Laura Muir crosses the line to win the 1500m title in Glasgow last night. Picture: SNS.

Laura Muir makes history with golden double

Golds, and resolute dominance, are becoming Laura Muir’s stock in trade. Records too, of which she now holds a decent clutch. History, genuine inscriptions in the pantheon of track and field, are rare and maddeningly difficult to obtain. Yet last night in Glasgow, inside the building where she frequently trains, the Scot became the first athlete in the half-century’s existence of the European Indoor Championships to acquire a pair of titles at successive editions. An unprecedented double-double. New ground indeed.

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Laura Muir hopes to leave rivals in her wake in Glasgow. Picture: Christopher Lee/Getty Images

Laura Muir ready for her own ‘Rumble in the Jungle’

Hidden beneath a knitted beanie, Laura Muir glided anonymously through the lobby of a Glasgow hotel yesterday, keeping a low profile, eyes solely on the prize. Even though the 25-year-old has grown ever more accustomed to the spotlight with each passing athletics season, there is a sense she would much rather let her glorious running speak pointedly for itself.

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Guy Learmonth is going for 800m gold on a home track in Glasgow. Picture: Alexander Hassenstein/Getty

Guy Learmonth out to eclipse idol Tom McKean’s 800m record

Guy Learmonth once had grand illusions of being a talismanic captain of his country when an important occasion was about to take place on Scottish soil. This weekend, the 26-year-old finally gets his wish. Growing up in the Borders, this was not quite as he imagined when he was launching a ball around in the company of childhood chum 
Stuart Hogg.

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Steph Twell wins the Lindsays Scottish National Cross Country at Callendar Park in Falkirk. Picture: Bobby Gavin/scottishathletics

Steph Twell wins Scottish cross-country title in Kilbarchan yellow

Sporting the yellow colours of Kilbarchan Athletics Club for the very first time yesterday in tribute to her Paisley-born mother, Steph Twell wanted to commemorate the occasion with a performance worthy of the vest. The family has long been based in southern England, where the two-time Olympian was born, but the Caledonian roots remain entrenched in the soil. And in the mud of Falkirk, Isobel’s daughter did her proud by claiming the Scottish cross-country title on her maiden appearance at the event.

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Britain's Laura Muir reacts after winning the women's one mile final at the indoor athletics Grand Prix at Arena Birmingham. Pic: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

Laura Muir breaks mile record in perfect prep for Euros

On Friday evening, Laura Muir sat in her hotel in Birmingham and signed 66 autographed photographs, enough to satisfy the demands of her growing band of admirers at yesterday’s Muller Grand Prix, she hoped. It was barely enough. On an afternoon when the 25-year-old created another small slice of history, everyone seemed to want a memento.

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High jumper Emma Nuttall is on the comeback trial this weekend. Picture: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

High jumper Emma Nuttall gets rehab help from Moby

“Green Sally up and Green Sally down. Lift and squat, gotta tear the ground.” The refrain from the song Flowers – a B-side by once-hip DJ Moby – is not well known. For Emma Nuttall, however, it was the theme to the Summer of 2018, not in the clubs of Ibiza but a gym in Birmingham where the former British high jump champion was rehabbing.

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Laura Muir on her way to winning the Women's 3000m final. Pic: Martin Rickett/PA

Laura Muir considering double-double bid at European Indoor Championships

Laura Muir’s ambitions are constrained by precious few limitations. Aiming high is the hallmark of a champion and for months, the 25-year-old has insisted that she would restrict herself to a single medal bid at next month’s European Indoor Championships in Glasgow, rather than attempting to defend the 1,500 and 3,000 metres titles she captured so impressively in Belgrade in 2017.

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