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Gary Player says game needs victory for ‘superstar’ Tiger Woods

Gary Player laughs as he reveals that he was tasked with keeping answers tight when interviewed during a dinner the previous night. “I had to do it very briefly, I was instructed… that was very hard for me!’

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Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin has come out as gay. Picture: Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP

Moira Gordon: Football must play its part in ending gay taboo

I admit it. When Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin revealed that he is gay and the club shared images of support for their player and used the hashtag #SoccerForAll, I found it hard to be tolerant. After all, when will the Americans accept that the sport we all love is football. Not soccer.

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Naomi Broady in action. Picture: Nathan Stirk/Getty Images for LTA

Tim Henman’s Wimbledon warning to British wild cards

With a record number of British women gaining a Wimbledon wild card this year, Tim Henman says he is disappointed that only two of their male counterparts were deemed ready or worthy of a similar invitation into the iconic Championships, which get under way tomorrow.

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Kenny Miller is unveiled as Livingston's new player/manager. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

Livi boss Kenny Miller will ask Rangers for young players on loan

Kenny Miller was unveiled as the new Livingston player/manager yesterday and immediately revealed that people had been lining up to dissuade him from trying to combine jobs.

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Tim Henman has been at The Gleneagles Hotel competing in the Brodies Invitational on the Champions Tour. Picture: Alan Rennie

Tim Henman tells tennis fans not to expect Andy Murray miracles

Tim Henman knows better than most that perspective is something usually lacking as Britain counts down the weeks, days and hours to Wimbledon.

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Oliver Bozanic was keen to return to Europe. Picture: SNS.

Oliver Bozanic hopes Hearts switch can lead to Socceroos recall

Four years ago Oliver Bozanic was competing with Spain and Netherlands on the global stage, a member of the Australia squad, living out his boyhood dreams at the Brazil World Cup.

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Josh Taylor's promoter Barry McGuigan. Picture: Ross MacDonald/SNS

Barry McGuigan: Josh Taylor won’t let world title shot slip by

Josh Taylor is facing the riskiest fight of his career but promoter Barry McGuigan believes that kind of challenge simply gets the Prestonpans boxer’s juices flowing.

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History supports Jerome Boateng's belief that Germany will come good when it matters. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/Getty

German fire smoulders but Jerome Boateng has belief

We need the greed, we need the fire,” said Germany’s Jerome Boateng, as he tried to justify his belief that the defending champions can turn a lacklustre build-up into another spell of world domination.

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Grace Reid has trained at the Royal Commonwealth Pool in Edinburgh for most of her life. Photograph: Ross Parker/SNS Group

Grace Reid trains her sights on European Diving Championships

Grace Reid has had to contend with allergies all her life and knows that even a trace of nut in her food could spark a dangerous reaction, but she has proved she can take care of herself in and out of the pool.

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James Heatly gets in a practice dive at Edinburgh's Royal Commonwealth Pool. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Diver James Heatly gets a little help from his furry friend

This year’s Commonwealth Games proved profitable in more ways than one for Scottish diver James Heatly.The Edinburgh athlete returned home from the Gold Coast with a well-earned bronze medal but simply making the team brought its own reward – in the shape of a labradoodle named Baxter.

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Don Cowie, modelling Hearts' new home kit, felt the players weren't pushed hard enough under Ian Cathro last summer. Picture: SNS

Hearts gear up for flying start with tougher training regime

Hearts are determined to hit the ground running this term.

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Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi have put up impressive numbers in their professional careers but World Cup glory has so far eluded both players. Picture: AFP/Getty.

World Cup: Last chance saloon for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

What came first, the chicken or the egg? It is a conundrum that has taxed philosophers even as far back as Roman times.

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Kayleigh Grieve, Uefa's marketing manager for women's football, watches Scotland take on Belarus at Falkirk Stadium. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Interview: Kayleigh Grieve on making football cool for teenage girls

The daughter of Scottish Cup winner Ian Cameron, Kayleigh Grieve grew up watching men’s football, but now she is one of the leading figures in the worldwide drive to grow the female game.

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Dame Katherine Grainger, chair of UK Sport, was in Dunblane to address the sportscotland High Performance Conference. Picture: Peter Devlin

Katherine Grainger: Sport is an incredible teacher

There have been setbacks before and there have been challenges. But Katherine Grainger did not earn the title of Dame or her Olympic gold medal by succumbing to those.

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Scottish cyclist Katie Archibald at the Sir Chris Hoy velodrome. Picture: Rob Casey/SNS

Moira Gordon: Let’s not let 2014 buzz die and fall off the podium

For a nation which still boasts far too many coach potatoes, Scotland has proved itself more than adept when staging major sporting events.

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Bernhard Langer will be back on the Old Course next month ' and possibly in 2021.  Photograph: Nicolas Asfouri/AFP/Getty Images

Age is no barrier to Bernhard Langer’s Open ambitions

Emotions ran high as Bernhard Langer walked off the 18th green at St Andrews in 2015. Aged 57, he believed he had played his final ever round in The Open. Worse still, he feared he had just completed his last competitive round at the historic Old Course. his fear was he would be well past it by the time the championship rolls back round to the home of golf in 2021.

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Jayne Nisbet's success in changing her life culminated in the Commonwealth Games in 2014 ' and a new career as a motivator. Photograph: Ian Rutherford

How athlete Jayne Nisbet beat bulimia to become an inspiration

Before there is any meeting set or any time agreed for a chat, the e-mail address and Twitter handle offer more than a hint at the way Jayne Nisbet has turned her life around.

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Bernhard Langer acknowledges the crowd during the 2005 Open Championship  in St  Andrews. Picture: Andrew Redington/Getty

Bernhard Langer: St Andrews is perfect stage for history bid

He has admitted that the Open Championship was the one that got away but age has not withered his determination and Bernhard Langer has worked hard to ensure there would be no such profligacy on the seniors tour.

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Grant Ferguson road tests the mountain bike trails at Cathkin Braes which will be used for the Glasgow 2018 European Championships. Picture: Ross Parker/SNS

Mountain biker Grant Ferguson relishes prospect of home venue

Zipping up and down the dips and hills and effortlessly manoeuvring round the last few chicanes on the revamped Cathkin Braes mountain bike course, Grant Ferguson looks at home.

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Scot Gemmill has been unable to study footage of Scotland's opponents from Togo. Picture: SNS.

Scot Gemmill relies on instinct as Scotland U21s face the unknown

A year ago Scotland Under-21s defeated Brazil at the Toulon Tournament to make it through the group stages and although they lost to eventual champions England in the semi-finals, they redeemed themselves to win the third-place play-off against Czech Republic.

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