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Tiger Woods’ hunt for more majors guarantees high drama at US PGA

Masters’ winner examining his 2000 triumphs at US Open, Open and US PGA for a boost as he prepares for BethpageThe golf world developed such a frenzied state as Tiger Woods claimed the Masters that the helpful vagaries of a new schedule were forgotten….

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Old Firm derby turns spotlight on Steven Gerrard’s first Rangers season | Ewan Murray

The tyro manager has established Rangers as the second-best team in Scotland but many problems remainWhether the Rangers support display appreciation towards Steven Gerrard or slink off quietly at the conclusion of their Ibrox season inevitably depends…

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British Masters clings on but golf’s great imbalance needs addressing | Ewan Murray

This week’s British Masters goes ahead thanks to Tommy Fleetwood’s generosity rather than the PGA and European Tours actually putting their heads togetherThere were reasons to celebrate Tommy Fleetwood’s status within the commonly self-serving world of…

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Neil Lennon has steadied the ship to keep Celtic on top – but what happens next?

Celtic’s interim manager has secured an eighth straight title and looks the right man to target 10 in a row – but there are recruitment questions once the celebrations are overCeltic’s retention of Scotland’s Premiership, with two games to spare, makes…

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Tiger Woods’s true legacy would be to end ‘the look’ that marks US golf’s race divide | Ewan Murray

Claiming a fifth Masters title was a remarkable triumph for Tiger Woods but the colour split at Augusta remains as stark as it was when he won his first Green Jacket 22 years agoThis time last week, we had all been reminded of “the look”. Tiger Woods, …

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Jordan Spieth must seize chance to arrest an alarming slide at Augusta | Ewan Murray

The American is without a victory since the 2017 Open and serious questions will follow if he does not do wellThere is method in the madness of dodging Masters hype. Patrick Reed, Sergio García, Danny Willett, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Ángel Cabrera an…

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Jordan Spieth must seize chance to arrest an alarming slide at Augusta | Ewan Murray

The American is without a victory since the 2017 Open and serious questions will follow if he does not do wellThere is method in the madness of dodging Masters hype. Patrick Reed, Sergio García, Danny Willett, Bubba Watson, Adam Scott, Ángel Cabrera an…

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Rory McIlroy: ‘I don’t need to fill a void in my life by winning majors’

In an exclusive interview, Rory McIlroy says he desperately wants to win the Masters to complete his collection of the top four but already has something more valuable and that is fulfilmentThe most astute observations about elite sport do not always c…

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Rory McIlroy: ‘I don’t need to fill a void in my life by winning majors’

In an exclusive interview, Rory McIlroy says he desperately wants to win the Masters to complete his collection of the top four but already has something more valuable and that is fulfilmentThe most astute observations about elite sport do not always c…

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Albane Valenzuela: the amateur golfer who turned down Augusta | Ewan Murray

The 21-year-old will compete at the ANA Inspiration, the first women’s major of the season, despite the temptation of AugustaThe green marketing machine has whirred into action early this year. The Masters can wait; Saturday will see the closing round …

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New Lennon plays it cool before his first Old Firm renewal | Ewan Murray

Celtic manager insists his future will not be defined by Sunday’s Rangers game as he prepares to face ‘modern great’ GerrardIf Neil Lennon’s pre-match demeanour is anything to go by, his return to the Old Firm fixture will not further intensify an alre…

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Alex McLeish’s future as Scotland manager in doubt amid talks with SFA

• Discussions may lead to McLeish’s departure• Scotland lost 3-0 in Kazakhstan last weekTalks between Alex McLeish and the Scottish Football Association on Thursday may well trigger the end of the 60-year-old’s second tenure as the Scotland manager.McL…

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Robert Garrigus drug ban sums up a PGA policy that seems only to catch unknowns | Ewan Murray

The small list of golfers who have fallen foul of the US Tour’s anti-doping policy is notably short on household namesBrad Fritsch, Vijay Singh, Doug Barron, Bhavik Patel, Mark Hensby, Scott Stallings, Robert Garrigus. Spot the odd man out.It is Singh …

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Old Firm hype allows SFA to hide sorry tale of grim football governance | Ewan Murray

Euro 2020 embarrassment has shown Scotland to be bereft of organisation, inspiration and strategy, and the Scottish Football Association is to blameLong before Sunday lunchtime the noise and conspiracy attached to a meeting of Celtic and Rangers will h…

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Does Scottish football really want to tackle wayward fans? | Ewan Murray

With an upsurge in fan misbehaviour, those in power should tackle this disease rather than concentrate on self-preservationIt was hardly a leap of faith to have envisioned sighs of relief in Scottish football’s high offices this month as chaos reigned …

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Smart money is on Rory McIlroy snapping out of Sliding Sundays

Four-times major winner has failed to win from the final pairing on the last nine occasions. What would Jordan Spieth give for this supposedly woeful situation?Rory McIlroy has encountered this statistical storm before. Only the day – and the year – ha…

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Brendan Rodgers rebuilt his reputation at Celtic but still has plenty to prove | Ewan Murray

Celtic’s domestic dominance under Rodgers cannot be disputed but a lack of progress in Europe is just one reason they should not feel bereft without himAt least Brendan Rodgers is consistent. Upon exiting Celtic, thereby causing uproar among an element…

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Brendan Rodgers rebuilt his reputation at Celtic but still has plenty to prove | Ewan Murray

Celtic’s domestic dominance under Rodgers cannot be disputed but a lack of progress in Europe is just one reason they should not feel bereft without himAt least Brendan Rodgers is consistent. Upon exiting Celtic, thereby causing uproar among an element…

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Leicester set to make quick move for Brendan Rodgers as new manager

• Club believe they can hire Rodgers this season• Celtic would demand £5m in compensationLeicester are stepping up attempts to hire Brendan Rodgers as their new manager immediately, with the club believing there is now the prospect of him being coaxed …

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Brendan Rodgers wants Celtic to ‘attack the game’ against Valencia

• Hoops take on Valencia in the Europa League on Thursday• Rodgers: ‘Let’s go and attack the game and enjoy it’Recurring trauma against continental opposition in recent times might have afforded Scottish football an inferiority complex, but Brendan Rod…