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Aberdeen a club on the move but silverware shortfall still rankles | Ewan Murray

Derek McInnes’s side have an itch to scratch in the League Cup final against Celtic on Sunday and a trophy would sit well for a club with off-pitch developments in the worksIt would be no consolation to Brendan Rodgers but if Aberdeen were to be the si…

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Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson add scrappy to crappy in The Match | Ewan Murray

Gambling links increases tawdryness of Las Vegas event and, while title belt wouldn’t fit around Mickelson’s waist, Woods looked uncomfortable in more ways than oneThat the soundbite that will forever be identified with The Match emanated from a basket…

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Woods v Mickelson: The Match is merely a vulgar $9m marketing exercise | Ewan Murray

The notion that glory for Mickelson at Shallow Creek would offset trailing at Augusta National is faintly ludicrousRemoving the whiff of vulgarity will be no mean feat as “The Match” tees off on Friday in Las Vegas. Those already offended by Tiger Wood…

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Woods v Mickelson: The Match is merely a vulgar $9m marketing exercise | Ewan Murray

The notion that glory for Mickelson at Shallow Creek would offset trailing at Augusta National is faintly ludicrousRemoving the whiff of vulgarity will be no mean feat as “The Match” tees off on Friday in Las Vegas. Those already offended by Tiger Wood…

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Francesco Molinari: ‘As a kid I’d get angry on the course and break a club’

Italy’s first major winner has had an epic 2018 but it was his father’s golf bans that helped him become a Ryder Cup winnerIt would be forgivable if the closing stages of the Race to Dubai revert to a crawl. Francesco Molinari’s epic 2018 must have ens…

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Michael Duberry on football after tragedy: ‘I tried to focus but you couldn’t ignore it’

The helicopter crash in Leicester has sad parallels with the death of Chelsea’s vice-chairman Matthew Harding in 1996From a professional career that spanned two decades and hundreds of matches, it is understandable that Michael Duberry can instantly re…

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Craig Levein: ‘I get far less stressed about things than I used to’

The Hearts manager has learned to relax more after a heart attack in the summer, and he and his team are happy and flying high as they prepare for a League Cup semi-final against CelticSpecial guests will be in attendance when Heart of Midlothian host …

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Le Golf National: a hole-by-hole guide to 2018’s Ryder Cup course

From a blind tee shot on ‘The Camel’ to a huge bunker on ‘The Hills of Colin’, this year’s venue is full of surprises and dangerAs if a Ryder Cup opening wasn’t scary enough, water lies all the way down the left-hand side, as can be particularly tricky…

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Rory McIlroy: ‘My proudest moments are majors; my best experiences are Ryder Cups’

The Northern Irishman will tee off in his fifth Ryder Cup on Friday and having tasted defeat for the first time two years ago he is desperate to be back on the winning sideRory McIlroy; the Ryder Cup years. It is difficult to know where to start. Even …

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Europe team does not fear Tiger Woods, says Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn

• We know we haver got to play our best against USA, he adds • Tiger is ingrained in the team atmosphere, says Jim FurykThomas Bjørn says his Europe Ryder Cup team will adopt a no-fear approach to facing a resurgent Tiger Woods at Le Golf National this…

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Tiger Woods: I didn’t know if I’d ever win again after my injuries

• 14-time Major winner ends five-year wait for victory• ‘To get 80 wins is a pretty damned good feeling’The professional rejuvenation of Tiger Woods has delivered moments of personal significance. Last November, when starting out on his latest comeback…

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Ian Poulter: ‘If Thomas Bjørn asks me to play five times, I’ll be ready’

After a spell in the wilderness Ian Poulter has returned to Europe’s Ryder Cup team at 42. Many things had to alignHow Ian Poulter will relish the familiar feeling. Two years ago he quietly exited stage left at Hazeltine having sampled the Ryder Cup in…

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Tiger Woods one round from first win in five years after 65 at East Lake

• Woods takes three-shot lead into Tour Championship finale• Rose and McIlroy leading the charge from the 30-man fieldThe moment the golf world has been waiting for – not long after it collectively doubted it could ever happen – is tantalisingly close….

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Jim Furyk’s US college boys face stern French test to retain Ryder Cup | Ewan Murray

Americans are firm favourites but home advantage and strong putters could allow Thomas Bjørn’s Europe to upset the oddsIt is an indicator of how perceptions around the United States’ Ryder Cup team have altered that the disarray surrounding their last …

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Tiger Woods and Justin Rose share halfway lead at Tour Championship

• Woods has not won on PGA Tour since 2013• Rose recently installed as world No 1Tiger Woods sits joint top of a PGA Tour leaderboard after 36 holes for the first time since 2015 after a second round of 68 at the Tour Championship. Woods, who is seekin…

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Tiger Woods fires a five-under 65 to share East Lake lead with Rickie Fowler

• Former No 1 holds 28-foot putt on 18 for an eagle• Rory McIlroy shoots 67 with seven birdiesThe Ryder Cup marketing boost money cannot buy relates to Tiger Woods’s return to the competition falling immediately after a first victory in five years. The…

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LPGA Tour makes swing towards mixed golf events and more prize money

• Talks between men’s and women’s tours in US and Europe• Brittany Lincicome featured as exemption on PGA Tour in JulyThe prospect of golf’s leading men and women competing in the same event is edging closer, according to the head of the LPGA Tour who …

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Alex McLeish expectant of upturn in Scotland fortunes after sticky start

• Scotland have won just one match in previous five • McLeish: ‘This is where it really begins’It would be unfair – for now – to draw comparisons between this Scotland setup and Only Fools and Horses. Nonetheless, smiles were inevitable on Sunday as Al…

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Scotland manager Alex McLeish under pressure to deliver Albania win

• Hosts beaten 4-0 by Belgium in Friday’s friendly • One win from five matches since McLeish’s returnIf it seems extreme to be in the territory of must-win matches within seven months of an international managerial appointment, Alex McLeish has become …

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Scotland’s Andy Robertson relishing captaincy as McLeish hopes for new era

• Young Scot will lead team out to face Belgium at Hampden• Robertson set to be deployed as wing-back alongside back threeAndy Robertson’s career regularly prompts flashbacks. The most pertinent one for now relates to 16 July 2014 and a Dundee United p…