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  • Scotland coast to Gibraltar win
    Scotland coast to Gibraltar win 1 hour 40 minutes ago

    Steven Fletcher became the first Scotland player to score a hat-trick since 1969 as the Scots coasted to a 6-1 victory against Group D minnows Gibraltar at Hampden on Sunday. More »

  • Hoolahan, Given and Brady all start for Ireland against Poland tonight
    Hoolahan, Given and Brady all start for Ireland against Poland tonight 1 hour 47 minutes ago

    Meanwhile, captain Robbie Keane is recalled after being dropped for the Scotland match. More »

  • Scotland's Ramsay takes European Tour title in Morocco 2 hours 0 minutes ago

    (Reuters) - Scotland's Richie Ramsay claimed his third European Tour title and survived Romain Wattel's late surge to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday. Ramsay, joint overnight leader on seven-under with Wattel and Scotland's Andrew McArthur, carded a three under-par final round at the course in Agadir to finish on a total of 278. More »

  • Golf-Scotland's Ramsay takes European Tour title in Morocco 2 hours 8 minutes ago

    March 29 (Reuters) - Scotland's Richie Ramsay claimed his third European Tour title and survived Romain Wattel's late surge to win the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco on Sunday. Ramsay, joint overnight leader on seven-under with Wattel and Scotland's Andrew McArthur, carded a three under-par final round at the course in Agadir to finish on a total of 278. France's Wattel, chasing a first European Tour title and needing a birdie on the 18th to force a playoff, finished a shot behind after shooting a final round of 70. ... More »

  • Ramsay returns to form with victory at Trophee Hassan II
    Ramsay returns to form with victory at Trophee Hassan II 2 hours 50 minutes ago

    Scotland's Richie Ramsay overcame a bumpy front nine before striking back with three straight birdies as he won the Trophee Hassan II tournament on Sunday by one stroke for his third European Tour victory. More »

  • Nyong'o at home in East Africa for Disney production
    Nyong'o at home in East Africa for Disney production 7 hours ago

    After a film about a king of Scotland, Ugandans are getting excited over a new movie about a "queen", starring Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o. More »

  • Rugby-Fiji thrill in Hong Kong Sevens win over New Zealand 7 hours ago

    Fiji produced a trademark flair-filled display to beat holders New Zealand 33-19 and win the 40th edition of the Hong Kong Sevens in front of a packed celebratory crowd on Sunday. The Pacific Islanders' brute force and extreme pace, coupled with eye-catching goose steps and deft offloads in the tackle, proved too much for the Kiwis, with the impressive Savenaca Rawaca scoring two of the Fijian's five tries in the final. The victory, their third in Hong Kong in four years, moved the Fijians up to second in the standings on 108 points with three legs to go in the campaign. The top four after the final legs in Scotland and Twickenham, London, in May will qualify for the sport's Olympic return at the Rio de Janeiro Games next year. More »

  • 'Dizzying moves' to devolution
    'Dizzying moves' to devolution 18 hours ago

    The "dizzying" pace of proposals for devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland has meant that not enough consideration has been given to the future of the Union, MPs have warned. More »

  • SNP 'would shake up Westminster'
    SNP 'would shake up Westminster' Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    Nicola Sturgeon said the SNP would "shake up the Westminster establishment" and make the rest of the UK take notice of Scotland in the upcoming general election. More »

  • New Zealand held to a draw by Portugal in Hong Kong Sevens
    New Zealand held to a draw by Portugal in Hong Kong Sevens Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    New Zealand's much vaunted rugby sevens outfit were held to a humbling 24-24 draw by unheralded Portugal on the second day of the Hong Kong sevens on Saturday. The defending champions had begun their campaign with a 26-7 win over Scotland on Friday but despite leading the Portuguese 17-7 at halftime and 24-19 with minutes remaining they could not close out the win. Portugal, who had suffered 22 defeats in a row to the Kiwis, had a chance to snatch an improbable victory but failed to convert Nuno Guedes' last-gasp try. New Zealand, winners of 12 of the 15 Sevens World Series titles and reigning World Cup sevens champions, did bounce back from the shock by beating Australia 14-5 to qualify for Sunday's knockout stages. More »

  • Rugby -New Zealand held to a draw by Portugal in Hong Kong Sevens Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    New Zealand's much vaunted rugby sevens outfit were held to a humbling 24-24 draw by unheralded Portugal on the second day of the Hong Kong sevens on Saturday. The defending champions had begun their campaign with a 26-7 win over Scotland on Friday but despite leading the Portuguese 17-7 at halftime and 24-19 with minutes remaining they could not close out the win. Portugal, who had suffered 22 defeats in a row to the Kiwis, had a chance to snatch an improbable victory but failed to convert Nuno Guedes' last-gasp try. New Zealand, winners of 12 of the 15 Sevens World Series titles and reigning World Cup sevens champions, did bounce back from the shock by beating Australia 14-5 to qualify for Sunday's knockout stages. More »

  • Ex-Scotland boss Roxburgh appointed AFC technical director Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have appointed former Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh as their new technical director in a bid to improve standards across the continent. "Having someone of his calibre join the AFC shows the attraction Asia has as global football's future powerhouse," AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement on Saturday. Roxburgh, who will be based in Kuala Lumpur at AFC House, was previously sporting director at the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer but left that role last year. More »

  • Soccer-Ex-Scotland boss Roxburgh appointed AFC technical director Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have appointed former Scotland manager Andy Roxburgh as their new technical director in a bid to improve standards across the continent. "Having someone of his calibre join the AFC shows the attraction Asia has as global football's future powerhouse," AFC President Shaikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa said in a statement on Saturday. Roxburgh, who will be based in Kuala Lumpur at AFC House, was previously sporting director at the New York Red Bulls in Major League Soccer but left that role last year. More »

  • Jobs to go at Rolls-Royce plants
    Jobs to go at Rolls-Royce plants Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    More than 200 jobs are being cut at Rolls-Royce plants in Scotland under plans by the engineering giant for a worldwide cutback. More »

  • May 7 'the social justice election'
    May 7 'the social justice election' Sat, Mar 28, 2015

    The general election will be the "social justice election", former prime minister Gordon Brown said as he announced Labour would boost NHS spending in Scotland. More »

  • Labour kicks off election campaign with focus on healthcare
    Labour kicks off election campaign with focus on healthcare Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By William James LONDON (Reuters) - Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband launched his bid to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday with a plan to protect the treasured but expensive National Health Service and a swipe at private businesses that profit from the state-funded system. Polls put Labour tied with Prime Minister David Cameron's Conservatives ahead of the May 7 vote. It is set to be the tightest election in decades and the outcome could influence whether Britain leaves the European Union or Scotland launches a fresh bid for independence. "With a Labour government, there will be a new double lock to protect our NHS: guaranteeing proper funding and stopping its privatisation." Miliband's appearance followed a televised election contest on Thursday that Cameron was judged to have won, although not by a big margin, a poll showed. More »

  • O'Connell named Six Nations player of tournament
    O'Connell named Six Nations player of tournament Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Inspirational Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was voted player of the tournament on Friday after leading his side to a thrilling Six Nations title last weekend. The towering lock, who earned his 101st cap in Ireland's final match against Scotland, secured more than 25 percent of the public vote which was part of the process to select the standout player. When you see the names that have gone before, you realise what a great honour it is," O'Connell said in a statement. "I'm very grateful for all the supporters who voted for me." O'Connell topped a 12-man shortlist based on statistics from performances throughout the tournament. More »

  • Rugby-O'Connell named Six Nations player of tournament Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Inspirational Ireland captain Paul O'Connell was voted player of the tournament on Friday after leading his side to a thrilling Six Nations title last weekend. The towering lock, who earned his 101st cap in Ireland's final match against Scotland, secured more than 25 percent of the public vote which was part of the process to select the standout player. When you see the names that have gone before, you realise what a great honour it is," O'Connell said in a statement. "I'm very grateful for all the supporters who voted for me." O'Connell topped a 12-man shortlist based on statistics from performances throughout the tournament. More »

  • Soccer-U.S. name German Vogts as technical advisor Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Former Germany coach Berti Vogts has been appointed as a technical advisor to the United States men's national team, U.S. Soccer said. The 68-year-old Vogts assisted U.S. coach Juergen Klinsmann at last year's World Cup in Brazil and has now been handed a permanent role with the team. "His knowledge and experience is a tremendous asset for us." Klinsmann was the captain of Vogts's Germany team who won the 1996 European Championship. He coached Germany from 1990-98 before spells in charge of the national teams of Kuwait, Scotland, Nigeria and Aszerbaijan. More »

  • Outlander stars: Scottish weather adds to the atmosphere
    Outlander stars: Scottish weather adds to the atmosphere Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    The stars of the romantic drama said viewers will be blown away by how amazing Scotland looks in the show. More »

  • England fullback Brown to miss club match due to concussion
    England fullback Brown to miss club match due to concussion Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    England fullback Mike Brown suffered symptoms of concussion following the Six Nations win over France and will miss his club side Harlequins' match against Saracens on Saturday. Brown felt dizziness at the start of the week, the BBC reported, after England's 55-35 win over France which left them six points short of overhauling Ireland for the title. Brown missed England's 19-9 defeat by Ireland in Dublin after failing to recover from concussion having been knocked out during the first half of the victory over Italy at Twickenham. He returned for England's win over Scotland in their penultimate match before facing France. More »

  • Labour puts focus on healthcare at launch of UK election campaign
    Labour puts focus on healthcare at launch of UK election campaign Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Opposition Labour leader Ed Miliband launched his bid to become Britain's next prime minister on Friday, putting the future of the treasured but expensive health system at the heart of his campaign to oust Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron.  Polls put Miliband neck and neck with Cameron ahead of what is set to be the tightest election in a generation, the outcome of which could influence whether Britain leaves the European Union or Scotland launches a fresh bid for independence.  A day after a poll showed he was bested by Cameron in a live TV contest, Miliband, flanked by senior party members, kicked off his campaign for the May 7 vote with a tub-thumping speech painting his party as the trusted guardian of the National Health Service (NHS). "With a Labour government, there will be a new double lock to protect our NHS: guaranteeing proper funding and stopping its privatisation," he said, drawing cheers from the gathered audience of activists. More »

  • Switzerland's UBP to buy RBS's Coutts International
    Switzerland's UBP to buy RBS's Coutts International Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    By Joshua Franklin and Steve Slater ZURICH/LONDON (Reuters) - Switzerland's Union Bancaire Privee (UBP) is buying the international business of 300-year-old British wealth manager Coutts, the latest deal by a Swiss private bank aimed at branching out from its struggling home market. The purchase of Switzerland-based Coutts International from Britain's Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) also marks another retreat by a foreign bank from the Swiss wealth management industry amid a string of investigations into tax avoidance. State-controlled RBS will keep Coutts' UK arm, which counts Britain's royal family among its customers. More »

  • Pentangle guitarist John Renbourn dies at 70 Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — The masterful acoustic guitarist John Renbourn, a founding member of the Pentangle in the 1960s, has died at his home in Scotland. He was 70. More »

  • Swiss private bank UBP buys international arm of Coutts
    Swiss private bank UBP buys international arm of Coutts Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    State-rescued Royal Bank of Scotland on Friday said it has sold the international arm of Coutts private bank to Swiss peer Union Bancaire Privee (UBP) for an undisclosed amount. More »

  • Swiss Bank Nets Coutts International From RBS
    Swiss Bank Nets Coutts International From RBS Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    A Swiss bank is to buy Royal Bank of Scotland's (RBS) international private banking and wealth management arm, though it is unlikely to raise a significant sum for the part-nationalised lender. The amount to be paid by Union Bancaire Privee (UBP) for Coutts International was yet to be fully determined, RBS said, but added it would take a £200m charge as part of the agreement. Coutts International, which is separate from the British-based division of Coutts, manages assets of more than $30bn (£20.2bn) and its sale will also come as something of a relief at a time when tax authorities are scrutinising the activities of banks and individuals following the tax scandal at HSBC's Swiss private bank. German officials are already examining Coutts' operations in Switzerland . More »

  • Germany's Bellarabi, Badstuber out of Georgia qualifier
    Germany's Bellarabi, Badstuber out of Georgia qualifier Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Germany forward Karim Bellarabi and defender Holger Badstuber have been ruled out of their Euro 2016 qualifier in Georgia on Sunday, assistant coach Thomas Schneider said on Friday. Schneider said Bayer Leverkusen's Bellarabi was out with a cold while Bayern Munich's Badstuber, who returned after a two-and-a-half year injury absence in their 2-2 draw against Australia on Wednesday, was nursing a muscle injury. "It is nothing dramatic," Schneider told reporters. "For Holger it is near where he was operated on and it is a precautionary measure because he is part of our plans." Germany have made an erratic start to the qualifiers, managing seven points from four games, as many as Ireland and Scotland, with Poland three clear at the top of Group D. Schneider said keeper Manuel Neuer was back fit following a minor knee inflammation that saw him sit out Wednesday's friendly. More »

  • Soccer-Germany's Bellarabi, Badstuber out of Georgia qualifier Fri, Mar 27, 2015

    Germany forward Karim Bellarabi and defender Holger Badstuber have been ruled out of their Euro 2016 qualifier in Georgia on Sunday, assistant coach Thomas Schneider said on Friday. Schneider said Bayer Leverkusen's Bellarabi was out with a cold while Bayern Munich's Badstuber, who returned after a two-and-a-half year injury absence in their 2-2 draw against Australia on Wednesday, was nursing a muscle injury. "It is nothing dramatic," Schneider told reporters. "For Holger it is near where he was operated on and it is a precautionary measure because he is part of our plans." Germany have made an erratic start to the qualifiers, managing seven points from four games, as many as Ireland and Scotland, with Poland three clear at the top of Group D. Schneider said keeper Manuel Neuer was back fit following a minor knee inflammation that saw him sit out Wednesday's friendly. More »

  • UBP set to buy RBS's Coutts International
    UBP set to buy RBS's Coutts International Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Swiss private bank Union Bancaire Privee (UBP) is set to buy Royal Bank of Scotland's international private banking arm Coutts International, a source familiar with the deal told Reuters on Thursday. Britain's Financial Times had earlier reported UBP is expected to pay about $600 million (404 million pounds) to $800 million, citing two people familiar with the situation. For Geneva-based UBP, this is its first major deal since it bought Lloyds Banking Group's international private banking arm in May 2013, and is another step in rebuilding its asset base which almost halved through the financial crisis. More »

  • Former Ofcom Chief To Lead Bank Body Overhaul
    Former Ofcom Chief To Lead Bank Body Overhaul Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    The former head of the media regulator is to spearhead a plan to overhaul the myriad trade associations which represent Britain's beleaguered banking industry. Sky News has learnt that Ed Richards, who stepped down as chief executive of Ofcom at the end of last year, will be named on Friday to his first major post since leaving the regulator. Mr Richards' role will be a significant one as the UK's big banks seek to rationalise the plethora of bodies which lobby on their behalf across issues as wide-ranging as European bonus caps and mortgage lending rules. The project was initiated by the chairs of major lenders including Barclays, Lloyds Banking Group and Royal Bank of Scotland amid a growing sense of frustration about the duplication provided - and fees charged - by dozens of organisations. More »

  • Nomura, RBS 'crap' emails come into play in $1 billion mortgage bond …
    Nomura, RBS 'crap' emails come into play in $1 billion mortgage bond … Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) - In 2007, a Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc employee emailed his boss with his view of a sample of mortgages underlying a bond that the bank was underwriting: "This one is crap." Asked about it this week in Manhattan federal court, Brian Farrell, the employee, said he did not recall the deal. The email and others like it are part of a $1.1 billion lawsuit by the Federal Housing Finance Agency against Nomura and RBS that went to trial this month. More »

  • Glasgow, Berlin to host European Sports Championships in '18 Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Track and field and swimming will feature in a new European Sports Championships to be held in 2018 in Germany and Scotland. More »

  • New kid on the block as European sports championships launched for 2018 Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    By Karolos Grohmann BERLIN (Reuters) - The European sports championships, a new multi-sports event planned for 2018, will aim to establish itself as an attractive continental concept, officials said on Thursday, as a clash with the European Games looks inevitable. The European sports championships will combine the continental competitions for rowing, triathlon, swimming athletics and cycling into a 12-day event split between Scotland and Berlin. "This event is the individual championships coming together, swimming, cycling, triathlon, athletics and rowing, held over a 12-day period July-August 2018," European athletics association head of communication James Mulligan said. It is a big milestone in European sports. More »

  • Late Goal Sees Scotland Beat N Ireland
    Late Goal Sees Scotland Beat N Ireland Thu, Mar 26, 2015

    Scotland beat Northern Ireland 1-0 in a friendly international at Hampden Park - thanks to a late goal from Christophe Berra. The match had appeared to be drifting towards a goalless draw until Berra headed home Matt Ritchie's right-wing corner with only five minutes left on the clock for just his third goal for Scotland, and his first in more than three years. The result will put Gordon Strachan's side in good heart ahead of their UEFA European 2016 Championship qualifier at home to Gibraltar on Sunday, while Northern Ireland host Finland on the same day. In the first period, it was the home team who made all the running in front of a half-full national stadium, and but for a fine display of goalkeeping by Hamilton Academical No 1 Michael McGovern the half-time score would have looked a lot different. More »

  • PM Cameron apologises over infected blood in 70s, 80s
    PM Cameron apologises over infected blood in 70s, 80s Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    British Prime Minister David Cameron apologised on Wednesday to thousands of people who were infected with HIV and Hepatitis C after being treated for unrelated conditions with contaminated blood in the 1970s and 1980s. Many of those infected were haemophiliacs, or people who required blood transfusions in emergency situations. The blood treatments were provided by the state-run National Health Service (NHS). Cameron was asked about the issue in parliament on Wednesday, at the same time as a public inquiry into HIV and Hepatitis C infections through NHS blood treatments in Scotland published its findings after seven years of work on the issue. More »