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‘A money grab’: Rory McIlroy denounces Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour

McIlroy says he is ‘very much against’ proposed new tourAmnesty warns of Saudi ‘sportswashing’ of human rights abusesRory McIlroy has led the backlash against a breakaway golf tour that has shot back to prominence two weeks after football’s European Su…

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‘A money grab’: Rory McIlroy denounces Saudi-backed breakaway golf tour

McIlroy says he is ‘very much against’ proposed new tourAmnesty warns of Saudi ‘sportswashing’ of human rights abusesRory McIlroy has led the backlash against a breakaway golf tour that has shot back to prominence two weeks after football’s European Su…

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Saudi plan for breakaway golf tour rumbles on despite football backlash

Tens of millions on offer, with players as tour part-ownersSeptember 2022 launch mooted with 12-18 events per yearLess than a fortnight after the collapse of the European Super League it has gone unnoticed that a similar disruption plan remains in play…

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Rangers’ Kemar Roofe leads the way in spanking of 10-man Celtic

Unwanted parallels between this season and the one of 1999-2000 keep on coming for Celtic. Back then, an ill-fated project involving John Barnes and Kenny Dalglish left the club in dire need of a reset, which was subsequently provided by Martin O’Neill…

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Davis overhead kick helps Rangers knock Celtic out of Scottish Cup

Rarely in modern times have Celtic, so recently the dominant force in Scotland, been afforded such a string of chances at Ibrox. That there was never a sense those in green and white could take any of said opportunities – including a penalty – only sum…

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Fiery fairways at Augusta National to provide major test at Masters | Ewan Murray

Dustin Johnson sauntered to victory in November but the soft conditions are gone and the iconic course could show its teethA safe distance from the gates of Augusta National, badge selling appears slow. Parting with $600 would secure a practice-day tic…

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The curious case of Charles Coody, Augusta’s remarkable one-hit wonder | Ewan Murray

Charles Coody held off Jack Nicklaus to claim a stunning Masters win in 1971 … but never won on the PGA Tour againCharles Coody speaks with such charm that it feels impossible to depict him as a cold-blooded assassin. Yet 50 years ago this very week, t…

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Greg Norman: ‘I don’t reflect on losing the ’96 Masters – you move on’

Twenty-five years after his final-round capitulation handed the Green Jacket to Nick Faldo, the Australian prefers to focus on his role in Dustin Johnson’s 2020 Augusta winGreg Norman did not prevail at the Masters of 1996 or 2020. He was, though, inte…

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Celtic closing in on appointment of Eddie Howe as new manager after talks

Talks held in London with former Bournemouth managerCeltic interested in Roy Keane but Howe is No 1 choiceCeltic are increasingly confident of appointing Eddie Howe as their new manager, after discussions between the 43-year-old and the club’s principa…

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Lee Elder’s Masters moment will remind us how far golf still has to go on race | Ewan Murray

George Floyd’s death has accelerated golf’s diversity drive but Augusta has a troubled past and white faces still dominateLee Elder’s appearance next Thursday morning as an honorary starter for the 85th edition of the Masters will – metaphorically of c…

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Ryan Fraser fires in leveller to earn Scotland point in Israel

Even the upcoming visit of a hapless Faroe Islands team to Hampden Park is unlikely to provide Steve Clarke and Scotland with much solace. Whether they publicly choose to admit that or not, that is. Two points from as many fixtures to open World Cup qu…

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Ryan Fraser fires in leveller to earn Scotland point in Israel

Even the upcoming visit of a hapless Faroe Islands team to Hampden Park is unlikely to provide Steve Clarke and Scotland with much solace. Whether they publicly choose to admit that or not, that is. Two points from as many fixtures to open World Cup qu…

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John McGinn’s superb volley rescues point for Scotland against Austria

It should be to Scotland’s advantage that revelling in past achievements is not Steve Clarke’s style. After an absence from finals stretching back to 1998, progression to this summer’s European Championship was met with epic celebration. But Clarke has…

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Steve Clarke plots rare winning start for Scotland against Austria

Scotland start their 2022 World Cup qualifiers on ThursdayThey have won only three of their past 11 opening gamesThe ghosts of campaigns past mean Steve Clarke must urge Scotland to get off to a brisk start to World Cup qualifying when Austria visit Ha…

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Fans miss matchdays but clubs cannot take season-ticket cash for granted | Ewan Murray

Football clubs can usually bank on new season-ticket income at this time of year but Covid means they must be more cautiousIt is typically around this time that football club marketeers demonstrate some worth. Whether the ongoing season is good, bad or…

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British Masters bids for golf fans’ return at proposed Covid pilot event in May

Application to DCMS for 1,000 spectators each dayFA Cup final and world snooker already on list of pilot eventsThe European Tour hopes to attract 1,000 spectators a day to the British Masters in May, after applying to the Department for Digital, Cultur…

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Royal Portrush leading the race to host 2025 Open Championship

Successful 2019 championship has put course in pole positionPlan was always for Portrush to host two Opens in a decadeRoyal Portrush is in pole position to stage the Open Championship in 2025, with the R&A keen to build on the success story of the …

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Renewed Highland golf course plan has environmentalists crying ‘Fore!’

Scottish government rejected a new links at Coul to protect the complex dune system but investors have revived the schemeIt is an area so tranquil that the notion of bitter dispute is hugely anomalous. The serenity of Coul – in east Sutherland, north o…

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Rangers’ Glen Kamara demands Uefa action over alleged racist remark

Governing body opens investigation into ‘incidents’ at IbroxManager Steven Gerrard fears leniency over commentsGlen Kamara has said Uefa will be “giving the green light to racism” if it fails to punish Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela over a racist commen…

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Rangers’ Glen Kamara demands Uefa action over alleged racist remark

Governing body opens investigation into ‘incidents’ at IbroxManager Steven Gerrard fears leniency over commentsGlen Kamara has said Uefa will be “giving the green light to racism” if it fails to punish Slavia Prague’s Ondrej Kudela over a racist commen…