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Scotland fight back to draw 2-2 with Austria

Scotland came from behind twice on Thursday night to rescue a point in their opening World Cup qualifier against Austria at Hampden Park.After a muted first half in which the hosts largely disappointed, the game sparked into life after the interval and provided a second-half with goalmouth action and controversy. In a post-match interview with […]

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Celtic at crossroads after Lennon departure

Neil Lennon has endured so many setbacks, so many furores, so many humiliations at the helm of Celtic this season, only to continue in his post, that it almost felt a surprise when the end of his second stint as manager was announced on Wednesday morning. Lennon has paid the price for a shockingly poor […]

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Diego Maradona: Triumph, Tragedy and a Story Only Sport Could Write

Diego Armando Maradona, the greatest footballer of his generation, died yesterday in his hometown of Buenos Aires aged 60. 15 years to the day that George Best, a similarly gifted yet troubled legend of the game passed away, Maradona’s passing similarly marks the end of a long battle against addiction that had begun during his […]

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Boris’s breaching of international law may be one step too far

The unseemly spectacle of the United Kingdom flirting with a breach of international law has served to encapsulate the absurdity of our current political climate, which increasingly resembles the old schoolyard concept of “opposite day”. Political spectators during the 1990s would have regarded the idea of a joint op-ed from John Major and Tony Blair […]

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Setién appointed as Barcelona fall out of love with Valverde’s pragmatism

A club sits top of the league at the halfway point, having won the two previous titles at a canter. For the casual observer, it would seem inconceivable that the manager of that club could be sacked, let alone that his sacking would be celebrated by fans across social media. But as their marketing department […]

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Film Reviews

Le Mans ’66

After receiving widespread acclaim for his direction of Logan, James Mangold’s return with Le Mans ’66 (titled Ford v Ferrari in North America) once again demonstrates his ability to evoke awe and adrenaline while largely avoiding the cringes and eye rolls that tend to plague petrolhead pictures. Tasked with breaking Ferrari’s long-running domination of the […]

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Sport

Hibs quickly recruit Ross while Hearts remain managerless

In a city divided between two football clubs, it is inevitable that they often seem to be two sides of the same coin. Edinburgh has taken this to new heights in the past fortnight, with its clubs sacking their managers within four days of each other, having endured almost identically underwhelming starts to the season. […]

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This week in History: the fall of the Berlin Wall

The course of world history was changed in Berlin on 9th November 1989; indeed, in the eyes of political scientist Francis Fukuyama, it came to an end altogether. The man responsible was Günter Schabowski: a member of the German Democratic Republic’s (GDR) ruling Politburo, who will be remembered as the man who started a revolution […]