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Thursday 16th August



Rangers boss Steven Gerrard believes his team are capable of getting a result that favours them in their Europa League third round qualifier this evening. The Scottish Premiership side already have a 3-1 advantage going into the away leg with Maribor in Slovenia. Hibernian are also in action this evening they face Molde in Norway with the tie goalless after the first leg at Easter Road.


Cove Rangers are out of this season’s Irn Bru Cup as they lost out in a penalty shootout to Montrose at the Balmoral Stadium after the game had finished 2-2 after 90 mins. The draw for the second round has taken place this afternoon and has paired Peterhead with southern Irish side Bohemians with the game going ahead at Balmoor Stadium. Highland League Formartine’s reward for knocking out fellow league side Inverurie Locos is a trip to face Northern Irish side Coleraine, both ties will go ahead on Saturday 8th September.


Fraserburgh have gone out in the first round of the Aberdeenshire Shield after suffering a 2-1 home defeat to Huntly. A Matty Mcdonald double for the visitors was enough to send the men from Strathbogie into the second round and earn them a trip to face Deveronvale next Wednesday.

Scotland women's boss Shelley Kerr has again named striker Zoe Ness in her squad for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers. They play Switzerland at home and then Albania away. Scotland beat Belarus and Poland in their last two matches to move closer to qualifying for a World Cup for the first time.



Europe skipper Catriona Matthew's named her vice captains for next year's attempt to regain women's golf's Solheim Cup from the USA. Suzann Pettersen who's competed at the event eight times and Scotland's Kathyrn Imrie will be part of her team. Pettersen's currently having time off to have a baby.

The US PGA Championship will be moved from August to May to avoid clashing with the opening of the American football fixtures.

From next year what had traditionally been the final or the 4 majors will now follow the US Masters which will now mean that the Open Championship which is held in July will become the last major of the year.


Britain's four-time Tour de France champion Chris Froome and current winner Geraint Thomas will line up together in cycling's upcoming Tour of Britain.  It's the first time both riders have competed at the event since 2009.


Head coach Gregor Townsend has extended his contract with the Scotland national rugby union team until 2021. His backroom staff of Matt Taylor and Mike Blair have also agreed new deals. Townsend took over last summer and has guided Scotland to home and away wins over Australia and a Six Nations victory against England.


The Davis Cup is going to undergo a radical overhaul. The men's team competition, which is staged across the globe throughout the year, will become an 18-nation, one week event - at a venue to be decided. Great Britain were winners in 2015.


Spaniard Carlos Sainz will replace Fernando Alonso as a driver for the McLaren F1 team in 2019. Twice world champion Alonso announced he's quitting the sport at the end of the year, after making his debut in 2001.





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