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Scottish sports stars should 'safeguard lucrative deals'

Gold medals are only part of the equation for young sports stars. Rosemary Gallagher finds out what they should think about in legal terms

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Scotland's Callum Hawkins collapsed while leading the Commonwealth Games marathon on Sunday with just a mile-and-a-half to go. Picture: Jeff Holmes/Handout Photo/PA Wire.

Marathon runner Callum Hawkins discharged from hospital after collapse

Scotland’s Callum Hawkins has been discharged from hospital, his country has confirmed.

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Scotland's Samantha Kinghorn. Picture: PA

Scot Samantha Kinghorn dedicates marathon race to gran with cancer

Tragedy has been a vicious interloper in the universe of Samantha Kinghorn. Unwanted and unkind in its intrusions upon the 22-year-old’s sense of normality, her paralysis below the waist came when compacted snow and the beam of a forklift combined to rob her of her ability to walk when she was barely a teen.

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David Young, from Shotts, taught himself how to throw the discus and learned the sport simply by trial and error.

Scottish discus legend and the tragedies that held him back

With athletes of the calibre of Lynsey Sharp, Mark Dry, Jake Wightman among others representing Scotland at the Gold Coast Games, expectations of a decent medal haul are understandably high. Eighty years ago, when the Games’ predecessor, the British Empire Games, were held for the first time in Australia, in Sydney in 1938, things were very different.

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Eilidh Doyle won her semi-final to progress to the final of the women's 400m hurdles. Picture: Getty Images

Commonwealth Games: Eilidh Doyle wins heat to reach 400m hurdles final

SCOTLAND’S most decorated athlete of all-time Eilidh Doyle made impressive progress to the final of the women’s 400m final as she won her semi-final.

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Mark Stewart celebrates winning the gold medal in the Men's 40km Points Race Final track cycling. Picture: Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Commonwealth Games: Scots enjoy super Sunday with three golds

Scottish athletes have enjoyed a super Sunday at the Commonwealth Games, securing a further eight medals and smashing yet more records.

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Scotland's Lee McConnell, right, after winning bronze in the 400m hurdles at the 2006 Commonwealth Games. Autralian Jana Pittman, centre, and Natasha Danvers-Smith of England, left, won gold and silver. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Melbourne 2006 Games hold special memories for Lee McConnell

The 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne will always be dear to Lee McConnell. Not because they were her favourite “Commies”, but because the one-lap specialist overcame a few obstacles – quite literally – to gain a much-cherished prize. For, after those Games, McConnell could add “medal-winning hurdler” to her CV.

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Jim Alder at his home in Ellington, Northumberland, with his 1966 Commonwealth Games marathon gold medal round his neck.'Picture: John Millard.

Interview: Jim Alder on getting lost and still winning marathon gold

Scotland’s marathon man gives me very precise directions to his home in the village of Ellington – “as in Duke” – on the Northumberland coast but almost inevitably I get lost and have to seek help in the busy post office. “Who is it you’re here to see?” asks an old-timer in the queue. “Jim Alder,” I say. “Ah Jim. He used to run past my house every morning and now he walks, picking up litter as he goes. A right character.”

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Commonwealth Games: Team Scotland kick off opening ceremony

Team Scotland was the first nation out into the arena for the opening ceremony of the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast.

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In pictures: The 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

The 2018 Commonwealth Games got underway today as 71 nations paraded through Carrara Stadium in Australia’s Gold Coast.

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How well do you remember the Games?

Quiz: How well do you remember the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games?

4 years have past since Glasgow hosted the Commonwealth Games.

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In pictures: memories of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

As the 2018 Commonwealth Games get underway we recall some of the finest moments from Glasgow’s time in the spotlight four years ago.

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Eilidh Doyle is named as Team Scotland's flag bearer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in the Gold Coast, Australia. Picture; PA

Commonwealth Games: Does the event have a future beyond 2022?

The run-up to each new Commonwealth Games brings with it a host of familiar talking points. Questions over the event’s relevance in the 21st century, the reluctance of some star names to take part, and the usual dominance of the same few countries at the top of the medals table all threaten to overshadow the sporting extravaganza before the first starting gun is fired.

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Isla Short overcomes two broken backs to go for Games gold

Isla Short has broken her back twice, leading to the compression of her spine and the loss of two centimetres in height.

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Eilidh Doyle: Carrying Scotland flag is ‘biggest honour’

For someone who strives fiercely to be first across the finish line, Eilidh Doyle should feel at home when she steps out as the public face of Scotland’s Commonwealth Games campaign on the Gold Coast tomorrow.

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The Great Edinburgh Cross Country event attracted a world-class field, including Mo Farah and Laura Muir. Picture: Bill Murray/SNS

Great Run to move Edinburgh cross country showpiece event to Stirling

A deal has been struck to save January’s international cross-country event in Scotland, with organisers Great Run poised to agree a three-year deal to move the prestigious event to Stirling.

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Scottish cyclist Katie Archibald. Picture: Jeff Holmes

10 Scottish athletes poised to win medals at the Commonwealth Games

From the largest team ever to travel away, Scotland has a coterie of athletes ready and able to win medals and here are ten in a good position to shine on the Gold Coast, writes Moira Gordon

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Eilidh Doyle is named as Team Scotland's flag bearer for the 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony in the Gold Coast, Australia. Picture: PA

Commonwealth Games: Eilidh Doyle named Scotland’s first female flag bearer

Eilidh Doyle has been named as Scotland’s flag bearer for Wednesday’s 2018 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony on Australia’s Gold Coast.

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The opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games at Celtic Park. Picture: Jane Barlow

Glasgow and Gold Coast seek lasting benefits from Commonwealth Games

Athletes arriving in Gold Coast for the 2018 Commonwealth Games could be forgiven for wondering why the event is not held in Queensland every four years. Blessed with a subtropical climate and miles of white sand beaches, it is a world removed from the previous host city of Glasgow.

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