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Steve Clarke surveys latest damage to a Scotland narrative in freefall | Ewan Murray

Manager admits he is on an international management learning curve as dismal home defeats by Russia and Belgium sink inThis doesn’t feel like a time for learning curves, even if Steve Clarke concedes that is precisely what he is in the midst of. Scotla…

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Anne van Dam takes strength from offbeat route to Solheim Cup debut

Dutch 23-year-old with the ‘perfect’ swing has managed to break the mould on her journey from Arnhem to GleneaglesIt would be an exaggeration to portray Anne van Dam’s journey towards the Solheim Cup as unorthodox. Yet of the 24 participants at Gleneag…

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Steve Clarke trusts in Scotland players rising to Belgium challenge

• ‘Maybe it’s a good fixture – there’s no expectation,’ says Clarke • Roberto Martínez says Romelu Lukaku is ‘happy and refreshed’An encounter with the top-ranked team in the world would not be everyone’s idea of salvation, just days after a harrowing …

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Scotland’s Oli McBurnie to keep mouth shut in Belgium buildup

Striker rues tainting preparations before Euro 2020 qualifier defeat to Russia: ‘The whole episode was a shock to me’The last thing Oli McBurnie needed was a leading role in another video nasty. As Scotland tumbled to defeat against Russia, the Sheffie…

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Scotland’s Oli McBurnie told to make amends for video by sinking Russia

• Steve Clarke: ‘Best thing he can do is go out and score’ • Striker expected to start Euro 2020 qualifier at HampdenSteve Clarke has challenged Oli McBurnie to demonstrate his dedication to Scotland with performances. The Sheffield United striker caus…

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Old Firm derby offers Neil Lennon chance to turn page on Cluj backlash

Despite Celtic’s Europa League progress only beating Rangers will put lid on discontent over Champions League eliminationThat Celtic had already begun their journey home from Stockholm by the time Steven Gerrard cavorted along the Ibrox touchline in ce…

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Celtic’s Neil Lennon shrugs off talk of title battle before Old Firm derby

• Celtic manager says both teams have improved since last season• ‘Is this game a defining moment? Ask me in February or March’Neil Lennon insists improvement at Celtic should not be ignored as they head into the first Old Firm derby of the season.Lenn…

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Rory McIlroy plays down the money factor after FedEx Cup success

• Northern Irishman won on biggest pay day in golf history• ‘I realise I’m privileged, but winning is way more important’It may placate those offended by the largesse of a golfer scooping $15m for tournament success to hear that the value of that prize…

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Slow golfers to face stiffer penalties on European Tour next season

• One-shot penalty introduced for two poor times per round• Slow coaches face £26,000 fine – up from £9,000The European Tour is to step up efforts to eradicate slow play by increasing penalties from the start of next season.With the pace of play in the…

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Hurry up and make an example of Bryson DeChambeau over slow play

If the focus on the world No 8 results in improvement on slow play then the criticism of the player will have been justifiedA hilarious scene played out on the penultimate day of this year’s Latin America Amateur Championship. While irked – and worried…

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Caledonian Braves break new ground in Scotland by crossing continents

More than 800 people from 30 countries are backing a club that is breaking the mould in Scottish footballChris Ewing has heard enough ridicule to last him a lifetime – or until 2025 certainly. That year was pinpointed by him for a position in Scotland’…

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Scottish Premiership preview: Celtic flex muscles in hunt for nine in a row | Ewan Murray

Neil Lennon has the resources to maintain club’s dominance while Rangers face a key season in bid to end trophy droughtThat it seems almost offensive to compare Celtic’s class of 2019 to the side who delivered a European Cup amid domestic dominance, a …

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Open winner Shane Lowry warns rivals: ‘I feel like I can beat anyone now’

• Irishman says Portrush victory has given him new confidence• Medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics is now on his radarShane Lowry, having comfortably converted the opportunity that came his way at the Open Championship, believes the sight of his name on leade…

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Open winner Shane Lowry warns rivals: ‘I feel like I can beat anyone now’

• Irishman says Portrush victory has given him new confidence• Medal at 2020 Tokyo Olympics is now on his radarShane Lowry, having comfortably converted the opportunity that came his way at the Open Championship, believes the sight of his name on leade…

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Reliving Rory McIlroy’s ‘out-of-body’ Royal Portrush 61 as Open looms

Fourteen years ago, Aaron O’Callaghan and Stephen Crowe played with a 16-year-old McIlroy during an amazing roundAs Rory McIlroy tees off in the tournament he placed on a pedestal the moment Royal Portrush was reconfirmed as an Open Championship venue,…

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Padraig Harrington: ‘It’s huge for the Open to go back to Portrush’

Major returns to Northern Ireland for the first time since 1951 and the Ryder Cup captain believes it is a symbol of moving forwardThe innocence of youth was useful as the Troubles raged in Northern Ireland. Padraig Harrington bears testament to that, …

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Portrush Orange parade gives the Open an embarrassing problem | Ewan Murray

The conclusion of the third round of this year’s Open will be greeted by flutes and drums in Portrush and a depressing look back to a Northern Ireland beset by sectarian divisionWhen the Portrush Sons of Ulster’s Facebook page becomes essential reading…

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Rory McIlroy thunders on to US Open after storming win in Canada

• McIlroy heads to Pebble Beach as favourite• ‘My consistency this year has been great,’ says McIlroyIf Rory McIlroy’s golf really is all about his state of mind, it is little wonder the odds on the 30-year-old winning a second US Open title had come c…

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Tiger Woods’ Pebble Beach mauling a once-in-a-lifetime feat of greatness | Ewan Murray

Rory McIlroy remains in awe of Woods’s 2000 US Open victory, while Brooks Koepka eyes history of his own this yearThey were the best of times within the best of times. If peak Tiger Woods was the year 2000, nothing emphasised his dominance more than th…

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Rory McIlroy fires a nine-under 61 to win Canadian Open by seven shots

• Northern Irishman heads to US Open in good heart• McDowell sinks 30-footer to make Royal PortrushRory McIlroy was narrowly denied only the 11th sub-60 round in US PGA Tour history but one of the most dominant displays of his professional career, in v…