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David Law makes his way to the presentation ceremony after winning the ISPS Handa Vic Open at 13th Beach Golf Club in Australia. Picture: Michael Dodge/Getty Images

Martin Dempster: Winning has become nice habit for David Law

Even David Law himself admitted he didn’t quite see it coming. Not just yet anyway. The Aberdonian had missed the cut in more than half of his previous 17 European Tour starts across nine seasons and his best finish was joint-26th. In short, he was still learning his trade at the top level.

Golf
Alfredo Morelos and Scott McKenna were both sent off after tangling at Pittodrie. Pic: SNS/Craig Williamson

Aidan Smith: How many times do we want to see Morelos and McKenna tangle? A lot

What did we do for fun in the old days? We went to the game, we stood in the rain and watched the players kick lumps out of each other, and then we came home. There might have been highlights on TV that night but they’d be brief, eccentrically edited and with a very good chance that the coverage would miss the most eye-watering of all the skin grafts conducted without anaesthetic on the pitch. And if by some fluke the worst challenge had found its way into the excerpts, the commentator would refrain from drawing attention to it, or at least he’d cloak it in some heroic euphemism.

Premiership

13 great signings made after the January transfer window

The transfer window has closed but that doesn’t necessarily mean your club’s business is done just yet. There have been hundreds of deals completed by Scotland’s clubs outwith the window over the past 15 years, as they look to use free agents and loan deals to improve their squad for the run-in. Here is a selection of some of the best.

Premiership
Scotland head coach  Gregor Townsend in action as a player in 1998. Picture: Michael Cooper/Allsport

Allan Massie: Russell as important to Scots as Townsend in his pomp

Scotland have had too many bad days against Italy, most recently on the final day of last year’s Six Nations, to be complacent today. Most people thought Italy unlucky not to win that one. It certainly wasn’t Scotland’s only sloppy performance against the Italians. Moreover Glasgow and Edinburgh players are well aware that the two Italian clubs in the Pro14 are a tough proposition these days. So Gregor Townsend and his players know that they will have to be good to win.

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