Scotland tour ends on low note with UAE defeat in Dubai

Scotland were outgunned by the United Arab Emirates as their Tri-Series campaign ended with a morale-denting defeat in Dubai yesterday.

Scotland batsman George Munsey in action for Grange. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Michael Jones is strong on Scotland debut but Irish prevail

A fine debut knock by Michael Jones went unrewarded yesterday as Scotland slumped to defeat against Ireland in Dubai.

Ben Stokes has been charged with affray in connection with a fight outside a Bristol nightclub last year. File picture: AFP/Getty Images

England cricketer Ben Stokes charged with affray over nightclub fight

England all-rounder Ben Stokes has been charged with affray after a fight outside a Bristol nightclub, the Crown Prosecution Service said.

Tom Sole  decided not to follow a famous father into rugby, but he's doing fine at the crease instead.  Photograph: Alistair Linford

Tom Sole all set to take his Scotland chances

Being the offspring of a rugby union legend, Tom Sole admits, leaves one with impossibly large boots to fill. The paterfamilias, David, was a marauding prop with few peers in his pomp with Scotland and the Lions. His four children, each with sporting gifts of their own, have ventured also into the sphere. But without needless hype or burden.

James Anderson speaks at the end the last day of the Ashes. Picture: AP

England ‘outplayed in key Ashes moments’ admits Jimmy Anderson

England’s failure to capitalise on opportunities in key moments of the Ashes resulted in their 4-0 loss to a “far better” Australia side, Jimmy Anderson admitted after the series drew to a close in Sydney.

Mason Crane nearly collides with England team-mate Mark Stoneman as he attempts a catch. Picture: Getty.

The Ashes: Mason Crane gets huge lift from ‘awesome’ debut

Mason Crane was inspired to take up cricket by Shane Warne but is hoping to avoid emulating the Australia great as he continues his Test debut at the SCG.

England's Mark Stoneman walks onto the SCG during a nets session. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA Wire

Mark Stoneman back in Sydney looking to end Ashes on a high

Mark Stoneman has the chance to live out a dream which took hold more than a decade ago on his first visit to the Sydney Cricket Ground to watch England in the Ashes.

Hearts youngster' Harry Cochrane announced himself with a goal in the stunning 4-0 win over Celtic. Picture: Craig Williamson/SNS

10 up-and-coming Scottish youngsters to watch in 2018

The new year brings new challenges and a clutch of Scottish sporting youngsters are ready to step up to the plate across a range of disciplines. Here are ten of the best.

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Australia captain Steve Smith, right, and Mitchell Marsh walk off after the fourth Test ended in a draw. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty

Melbourne pitch under fire as Steve Smith thwarts England

A “stinker” of a surface in Melbourne was painted as the villain of the Boxing Day Test as England had to settle for a stalemate against Australia.

Alastair Cook celebrates after reaching his century. Picture: Getty Images

Alastair Cook’s first Ashes century since 2011 is ‘best of his career’

Alastair Cook’s first Ashes century since 2011 has been described as arguably the best of his career by former England team-mate Graeme Swann.

David Warner celebrates after reaching his century during day one of the Fourth Test. Picture: Getty Images

David Warner helps guide Australia to early control in Boxing Day Test

England’s tenacity brought scant reward as centurion David Warner and his Australia captain Steve Smith carried the opening day of the fourth Test.

Australia celebrate the final wicket of Chris Woakes in the third Test to win the Ashes. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA Wire

Trying time for England but Joe Root praises players’ efforts

Joe Root insists his England team cannot be faulted for effort despite losing the Ashes at the earliest 
opportunity this winter.

England's Jonny Bairstow looks to the sky after reaching his maiden Ashes century. Picture: AFP/Getty Images

Jonny Bairstow fulfils childhood dream with Ashes century

Jonny Bairstow’s first Ashes hundred has instantly become his new personal favourite.

England batsman Dawid Malan plays a stroke on his way to an unbeaten 110 on day one of the third Test. Picture: Paul Kane/Getty

Centurion Dawid Malan enjoys battle with Aussie pace attack

Dawid Malan enjoyed every minute of the Australia pace barrage he had to withstand on his way to a maiden hundred which has breathed new belief into England’s Ashes campaign.


Rumour Mill: EPL star keen on Celtic switch | Ferguson wants McGinn at Ibrox | Lennon slams ref

West Brom ace admits he’d love to play for Celtic; Barry Ferguson ‘disappointed’ Rangers haven’t targeted John McGinn and NeilLennon slams referee after failure to award stonewaller

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England's Alastair Cook walks out for a nets session at the WACA in Perth. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA Wire

Players have to smarten up fast, says Alastair Cook

Alastair Cook says England must wise up to a changed world if they are to regain the respect of their supporters.

England's Jonny Bairstow speaks to the media in Perth. Picture: Will Russell/Getty Images

We’ve let Root down, admits Bairstow

Jonny Bairstow admits England’s Ashes tourists have let captain Joe Root down with their off-the-field behaviour - and need to start winning back the trust of their supporters.

England Lions opener Ben Duckett has been fined over an incident in a Perth bar. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA

England batsman suspended after Perth bar incident

Ben Duckett is to remain with the England Lions tour of Australia but will play no further part in any remaining matches and has received a final written warning over his conduct.

Australia off-spinner Nathan Lyon celebrates after dismissing England's Moeen Ali at the Adelaide Oval. Photograph: Cameron Spencer/Getty

England’s runmakers need big scores to avoid Ashes whitewash

The truth is the 2-0 scoreline is no surprise. England have competed, even controlled or dominated sessions, but never have they grasped a match and bent it to their will as some of the Australians have in this Ashes series.

Suspended all-rounder Ben Stokes has been included in England's squad for their one-day series against Australia. Picture: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP/Getty Images

Ben Stokes named in England’s one-day squad to face Aussies

Ben Stokes is in line to make his England return next month after he and Alex Hales were provisionally selected for the one-day international series against Australia.

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