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Friday 23rd June

 

FOOTBALL
Aberdeen will start the new Scottish Premiership season at home to Hamilton on the 5th August.  They will then face Ross County in Dingwall before welcoming Dundee.  The Dons' last fixture in August is away to Partick.  Champions Celtic, meanwhile, begin the defence of their title at home to Hearts while Rangers open up at Motherwell. 

Peterhead will kick off their League 2 campaign with a trip to Annan.  The match at Galabank is followed by a clash against former Highland League rivals Elgin at Balmoor.  The Blue Toon will then face Stenhousemuir at Ochilview before completing August with a home fixture against Stirling Albion. 

Mike Ashley has sold his 8-point-9 per cent stake in Scottish Premiership side Rangers. Some of the shares have gone to a fans' group.  The Sports Direct billionaire renegotiated a highly lucrative merchandising deal with the club earlier this week.  Ashley's the owner of Premier League side Newcastle.

GOLF

A five under par 67 has put Paul Lawrie back in contention at the BMW International in Germany.  Lawrie started his second round on one over par but has climbed into the top 30. 

RUGBY

Ross Ford's been named in the Scotland 15 to face Fiji on Saturday, where he'll become the country's most capped player.  Barring any last-minute hiccups, the Edinburgh forward will win his 110th cap.  Glasgow's Nick Grigg's handed his debut at centre for Scotland's final game of their summer tour.  So far, Gregor Townsend's side have beaten Italy and Australia.

Peter O'Mahony says he never imagined he’d be captaining the British and Irish Lions in their first Test with New Zealand. He's been named in Saturday's team at the expense of Sam Warburton. There are no Scots in the starting 15.

Former Scotland and British and Irish Lions rugby union forward Doddie Weir says he has Motor Neurone Disease.  He's announced his diagnosis as the first step towards trying to raise awareness of the condition, which is currently incurable.  Weir won 61 caps for Scotland and was part of the Lions tour of South Africa in 1997.  Meanwhile, Scotland captain Greig Laidlaw helped the Lions register a commanding 34-6 win over Super Rugby side the Chiefs as part of their tour of New Zealand.  Their first test against the All Blacks is on Saturday.

TENNIS

The top three seeds at the Queen's Club championship have already fallen. Andy Murray admits his shock first round defeat is a "big blow" to his Wimbledon preparations. Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic are also out.

CRICKET

Scotland's cricketers couldn't complete a second one-day international win over Zimbabwe in the space of three days.  After beating them on Thursday - a first ODI victory over a Test-playing nation - they lost by six wickets in Edinburgh. Zimbabwe comfortably passed their target of 170 with 78 balls to spare.

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