Sports briefs: Updates

Football fixtures; Golf; Euro 2016; Rio Games

Brendan RodgersFootball: Celtic will open their defence of the Scottish Premier League title on 6 August against Hearts at Tynecastle.

New Celtic boss Brendan Rodgers (pictured) will get his first taste of an old Old Firm match at Celtic Park on 10 September, though it could be moved for television coverage. Rangers will host Celtic on New Year’s Eve.

Rangers’ welcome to Hamilton for their first match back in the top flight since 2012.

Aberdeen, hoping to go one better than their runners up berth last season, will kick off against St Johnstone at McDiarmid Park.

Opening weekend fixtures:

Partick Thistle v Inverness CT

Hearts v Celtic

Kilmarnock v Motherwell

Rangers v Hamilton

St Johnstone v Aberdeen

Ross County v Dundee

Scottish Championship

Falkirk and Hibs will meet on the opening weekend at Falkirk Stadium. Hibs manager Neil Lennon will hope to have Jason Cummings signed up to new deal.

Relegated Dundee United open with a home game against Queen of the South and play Hibs at Easter Road on 1 October.


Phil MickelsonGolf: Play in the US Open resumed after being badly disrupted because of lightning storms which left only nine players able to complete their first rounds.

At 4pm on day two outsider Andrew Landry still led on 4 under, with Lee Westwood and Scott Piercy were 3 under.

Justin Rose and Phil Mickelson (pictured) were level.


Football: Another late goal was enough to overcome Sweden and put Italy into the last sixteen of Euro 2016.

Today’s other games:

Group D

Czech Rep 2-2 Croatia

Spain 3-0 Turkey

Yesterday England came back from Gareth Bale’s opener for Wales by securing a 2-1 victory thanks to a double substitution at half-time.

Roy Hodgson sent on Jamie Vardy and Daniel Sturridge and was rewarded with a goal 12 minutes into the second half and a second in the final minute of added-on time.

Wales led after Bale converted a long range free-kick but the Real Madrid star said the team could still qualify for the next stage.

A draw against Russia in their final group game should be enough for Wales to go through to the knock out stages as one of the four strongest third place teams.

Northern Ireland secured their first victory in the Championships with a 2-0 success over Ukraine in Lyon.

Gareth McAuley opened the scoring in the 49th minute and Aberdeen’s Niall McGinn settled the match in injury time.

It was Northern Ireland’s first victory at a major tournament finals since beating hosts Spain at the 1982 World Cup and means they may progress as a best third-placed team.

Germany and Poland played out the tournaments’s first goal-less draw leaving three of the four teams in the group on three points.


Athletics: It is understood that Russia’s athletes will remain banned from international competition and not allowed to take part in the Rio Olympic Games.

Russia was suspended following accusations of state-sponsored doping.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) met today to discuss the matter and it is thought they upheld the ban.

Russia was suspended from all track and field by the IAAF in November after an independent report from the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) outlined a culture of widespread state-sponsored cheating by Russia’s athletes.

However, the International Olympic Committe could still allow Russian athletes to compete at the Olympics.

Officials meet in Lausanne on Tuesday, with some concerned a suspension would punish innocent athletes.


Football: Celtic have begun installing rail seats in the stadium’s new safe-standing area.

Celtic Park will be the first ground in Scotland to pilot the use of the rail seats that can flip back to allow spectators to stand.

The area will accommodate 3,000 supporters.

Carlton Cole and Anthony Stokes have been released. Stokes, who scored twice to help Hibernian win the Scottish Cup, is expected to sign for Owen Coyle’s Blackburn Rovers.



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