European draws + Hibs sponsor & share issue + US Open
Scots clubs’ European ties announced
Brendan Rodgers’ first competitive fixture will be away on 12/13 July, with the return on 19/20 July.
In the Europa League Aberdeen have drawn Fola Esch of Luxembourg. Hearts will play FC Infonet of Estonia, while Scottish Cup winners Hibernian, who kick off their campaign in the second qualifying round, are drawn against the winners of the first round tie between Valur Reykjavic and Brondby IF.
This will allow time for cash to be collected from pledges and for the relevant shares to be allotted and share certificates issued by 30 June.
Details of the enlarged share capital at 30 June will be published in the annual report and accounts.
The club has also announced that Marathonbet will be the Official Club Partner next season.
A one year extension has been agreed with the betting company, which will continue to appear on home and away shirts.
Chief executive Leeann Dempster (pictured) said: “We have enjoyed working with Marathonbet for the past two years. They have been a great sponsor and this extension underlines the strength of the relationship and the value that it generates for both parties.
“Following the recent Scottish Cup win and the appointment of Neil Lennon these are very exciting times at the football club, and we look forward to Marathonbet being with us in 2016/17.
“Now the deal has been completed we will finalise plans for the release of the home and away kits, which we’ll confirm to supporters in the coming weeks.”
Marathonbet chief executive Viktor Hoffman said: “Throughout the past two seasons we have come to learn what makes Hibernian such an extraordinary football club. We have also forged an invaluable bond with the club’s passionate and loyal fan base.”
Golf: Dustin Johnson overcame Shane Lowry’s four-shot lead to win the US Open, his first major.
His victory came amid some controversy over whether Johnson should have been penalised when his ball moved on the fifth green.
He suffered a penalty stroke though it did not affect the outcome as he won by three from Lowry, who had three bogeys from the 14th.
Americans Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy finished tied for second with Irishman Shane Lowry who looked destined for the trophy.
England’s Lee Westwood, who briefly headed the leaderboard, faded to finish on eight over.
The penalty incident overshadowed Johnson’s victory as it left spectators unsure about whether or not Lowry was level with or one behind Johnson.
The ball moved slightly as Johnson made two practice putts on the fifth tee. Westwood, his playing partner, confirmed that Johnson did not strike the ball. After checking with the official he then proceeded to par the hole.
But Johnson was approached by another rules official on the 12th tee and informed that the incident would be reviewed. The penalty stroke was eventually upheld and he United States Golf Association (USGA) later said it wanted Johnson to be fully aware of the decision.
However, fellow golfers criticised the USGA. Rory McIlroy described it as “amateur” while Jordan Spieth called it “a joke”.
-4 D Johnson (US); -1 S Lowry (Ire), S Piercy (US), J Furyk (US); level S Garcia (Spa), B Grance (SA).
Among other leading players
+2 J Day (Aus); +5 A Landry (US); +6 G McDowell (NI); +7 C Wood (Eng), A Sullivan (Eng), R Knox (Sco); +8 L Westwood (Eng); +9 D Willett (Eng).