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Griffiths gives Celtic valuable lifeline


Brendan Rodgers (CFC web)Football – Champions League: Celtic secured a valuable draw and an away goal from their third qualifying round first leg tie against Astana in Kazakhstan.

Manager Brendan Rodgers will be delighted with the 1-1 result and his substitutions who helped bolster a defence that took a first half battering. Throughout the match Celtic had just one shot on target to Astana’s seven.

Leigh Griffiths, so often the team’s saviour, once again got on the scoresheet after Patrick Roberts won the ball in the home team’s penalty area and squared for him to equalise Astana’s first half strike.

Celtic starting XI: Gordon, Lustig, Ambrose, O’Connell, Tierney, Roberts, McGregor, Brown, Armstrong, Dembele, Griffiths.


Roger FedererTennis: World number three Roger Federer will miss the rest of the season in order to recover from a knee injury.

The 17-time Grand Slam champion had knee surgery in February and missed the French Open with a back problem. Doctors have now advised him to take an extended rest in order to prolong his career.

Federer, 34, said on social media that he was  “extremely disappointed” to miss out on the Olympic Games, leaving a big hole for his Swiss team mates to fill.

He won gold in the doubles in China and was a losing finalist to Andy at the London Games in 2012.


Football – Scottish League Cup: Holders Ross County suffered a shock defeat to League One Alloa Athletic which denies them qualification to the next stage.

Ross County manager Jim McIntyre described the 3-2 defeat as “embarrassing”.

“We were nowhere near good enough. I can only apologise to our fans who made the journey down tonight,” he said.


Football – SPL: Former Scotland international James McFadden has been named assistant manager of Motherwell where he began his career.

McFadden, 33, will take up a player-coach role, replacing Stephen Robinson as Mark McGhee’s number two.




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