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Scot to be overlooked

Knox misses out in Ryder Cup placings

Darren Clarke (BBC)

Darren Clarke (BBC)

Golf – Ryder Cup:  Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer and Thomas Pieters were handed the final three placings in the European team  by team captain Darren Clarke.

It meant there was no place for Scottish player Russell Knox who completed the Barclays event on the PGA Tour in New York with a one-under-par 70, leaving him four over for the tournament.

It left Knox 10th on the World Points list for Ryder Cup rankings.

Knox said: “I am disappointed. I have to respect his decision and get on with it.”

Clarke said Westwood will be his “general” when he announced the addtions to the nine players who qualified automatically based on their performances.

“Everything he says, everybody sits up and listens,” Clarke said.

“I have selected him because he brings something that no-one else has,” he added.

The biennial event takes place from 30 September to 2 October at Hazeltine, Minnesota.

The US team have won just one Ryder Cup – the 2008 event at Valhalla, Kentucky – since 2006 and are looking to end a run of three straight defeats.

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Football: Hibs and Rangers have been served notices of complaint by the Scottish Football Association over the crowd disturbance at the conclusion of last season’s Scottish Cup final.

Fans spilled on the pitch at the final whistle as exuberant Hibs fans celebrated their club’s first Cup victory for 114 years. Sadly, matters got out of hand with some involved in skirmishes with Rangers’ supporters.

Both sets of supporters are alleged to have damaged the advertising hoardings and the LED advertising system. Hibs fans are also accused of damaging the goalposts and ripping up turf for souvenirs.

However, there was criticism that the charges focus on damage to property instead of the assaults on players.

The date for the hearing against Hibs takes place on 4 October and for Rangers the following day.

Police Scotland are prosecuting individuals who took part in the disturbances. So far 63 have been arrested.
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Tennis – US Open: Andy Murray became the fifth British player to win first round matches, beating Czech Lukas Rosol with whom he has famously exchanged uncomplimentary comments on court.

The Scot won in straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-2 and will play Spain’s Marcel Granollers in round two.

British players got off to an encouraging start on day one with Kyle Edmund beating Frenchman and 13th seed Richard Gasquet before Johanna Konta knocked out the American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.

Edmund, ranked 84th, stunned the former semi-finalist Gasquet 6-2 6-2 6-3 to score his best ever.

The Briton, 21, who led GB to a Davis Cup win in Serbia, will face American wild card Ernesto Escobedo in the second round.

British women’s number one Konta, seeded 13th, won her match 6-3 6-3 and will now face Bulgaria’s Tsvetana Pironkova.

Naomi Broady beat compatriot Laura Robson 6-7 (4-7) 6-3 6-4 to claim only the second Grand Slam main-draw win of her career.

Dan Evans despatched American Rajeev Ram 6-2 4-6 7-5 6-1.

World number one Novak Djokovic began campaign with victory over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz just days after admitting that his slump in form was related to matters in his private life. Daily Business has learned that there was a “commotion” at the house where he was staying during the Wimbledon tournament.

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