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Thursday 25th May

 

FOOTBALL
Hamilton start their quest to stay in the Scottish Premiership tonight as they head to Dundee United for the first match of their two-legged relegation play-off.  Accies ended their top-flight season with a 4-0 win over United's city rivals Dundee.  The Championship side have already won a play-off semi-final, getting past Falkirk 4-3 on aggregate.

Manchester United are celebrating after winning the Europa League title, and qualifying for next season's Champions League. They beat Ajax 2-0l in the final in Stockholm - thanks to goals from Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.  On a poignant night in Sweden, tributes were paid to victims of Monday's suicide bombing that killed 22 people at Manchester Arena.

Graeme Shinnie will captain Aberdeen in Saturday’s Scottish Cup final against Celtic.  Shinnie will lead the team out at Hampden looking to win the trophy for the second time in his career, after tasting success with Inverness two years ago.  Shinnie has been vice-captain this season to Ryan Jack, who has told the Dons he’s leaving when his contract expires at the end of the campaign.  Jack made his return from injury as a substitute in Sunday’s final Premiership fixture against Partick and is expected to be in the squad for the final. 

MOTORSPORT

Former F1 world champion Jenson Button makes his return to the sport later when practice for the Monaco Grand Prix starts. The Briton's stepping in to race for McLaren on a one-off basis while Fernando Alonso competes in the Indianapolis 500.

Two-time F1 world champion Fernando Alonso has qualified fifth for his first Indianapolis 500 this weekend.  The McLaren driver's taking time out from his principal sport and will miss
the iconic Monaco Grand Prix to take part in the IndyCar event.  It's an impressive showing for Alonso, who'd never driven an IndyCar until this month.

GOLF

Olympic golf champion Justin Rose and fellow Englishman Ian Poulter are among the field as the PGA Championship gets underway.  Wentworth in Surrey is the host for one of Europe's biggest tournaments, with a total prize pot of 5-point-4 million pounds.

RUGBY

Scotland prop WP Nel is in the Barbarians squad to face England and Ulster.  Vern Cotter, the former Scotland Head Coach, is in charge and can choose his team from a group which contains over one-thousand combined caps.

Richie Gray and Sam Hidalgo-Clyne have been ruled out of Scotland's summer tour. Lock Gray is suffering with a back problem, while scrum-half Hidalgo-Clyne tore a hamstring in training. Edinburgh's Sean Kennedy, who's uncapped at senior level, has been called up as a replacement. Scotland play Italy in Singapore next month, before going on to Australia and Fiji.

CRICKET

Scotland's cricketers couldn't pull off successive surprise wins over Sri Lanka.  They were bowled out for just 166 in their 50-over match at Beckenham. Sri Lanka reached their target with nine wickets to spare in the 23rd over.
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