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King: Progress with ‘Sports Direct’ deal

Dave King videoRangers chairman Dave King said a “lot of progress” has been made in its dealings with retail partner Sports Direct.

Supporters have refused to buy this season’s shirt in protest at Sports Direct’s influence over the Ibrox club.

Mr King has disagreed with the fans’ decision to boycott merchandise, arguing that it damages the club. He said the situation had improved.

“It is a decision supporters will have to make themselves,”he said. “We are in a situation where we have made a lot of progress on the legal and commercial front in terms of our dealings with Sports Direct.

“I would say our position now in terms of what I would call the control and ability to influence the outcome of the commercial situations is far advanced relative to what it was three months ago, so I am feeling very confident about where we are relative to Sports Direct.

“The complication we have, of course, is Puma [who make the strips]. Puma are in the middle of this through no fault of their own.

“So what we are trying to do is get a balance right where we go beyond the mere legal dispute. Puma could be drawn into legal dispute with the club but that wouldn’t be fair on Puma.
“The dispute really belongs between ourselves and Sports Direct. We would like to do our best to mitigate Puma’s position.”
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Olympics:  Swimmer Adam Peaty won Britain’s first gold and Jazz Carlin claimed a silver on day two of the Games in Rio.

Peaty, 21, also broke his own world record to win the 100m breaststroke in 57.13 seconds and bring an end to Britain’s 28-year wait for a men’s Olympic swimming title.

Carlin won silver in the women’s 400m freestyle.

In other sports, Andy and Jamie Murray were knocked out of the tennis doubles and world number one Novak Djokovic suffered a shock defeat in the tennis singles and was in tears after losing  7-6 (7-4) 7-6 (7-2) to Argentine Juan Del Potro.

The Murray brothers were knocked out in the first round by unseeded Brazilians Thomaz Bellucci and Andre Sa.

Serena and Venus Williams also lost their doubles match. The winners of the women’s doubles in 2000, 2008 and 2012 lost 6-3 6-4 to Czech pair Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova.

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Golf: Scotsman Russell Knox won the Travelers Championship and said he fancies a place in the next Ryder Cup team.

But it was Jim Furyk who grabbed the headlines in Connecticut after becoming the first player in PGA Tour history to shoot a round of 58.

The American hit 10 birdies and an eagle to shoot a 12-under-par round.

Despite the record round Furyk, 46, finished in fifth place. Afterwards he said: “It’s humbling – to stand alone at 58 is really a cool accomplishment. It’s fun to break that barrier and be the first one.”

 

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