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Shock after linesman dies following brutal attack while officiating youth match in Dutch league

Three teenagers arrested in connection with incident

Tim Visser has yet to taste defeat as a Scot

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Tim Visser has a message for those who automatically assume he will instantly provide the answer to Scotland's lingering try-scoring problems at Murrayfield on Sunday. "I'm not the saviour," said the giant Dutch-born wing, who will make his home debut for his adopted country in their opening autumn Test against the All Blacks. "I can't just score tries from nothing. I live off what other people do. It all comes from a very complete team."

Amsterdam's cannabis cafes will remain open to tourists, city's mayor says

Tourists visiting Amsterdam will not be banned from using the city’s famous cannabis cafes, its mayor has said. Eberhard van der Laan believes that changing the law would lead to more crime.

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The new government has scrapped plans for a national "weed pass" that would have been available only to residents, and would have effectively banned tourists from Amsterdam's marijuana cafés.

Silva hamstring injury adds to City's worries over slow start in Europe

Manchester City will travel to Amsterdam this morning for their crucial Champions League match without their Spanish midfielder David Silva, with manager Roberto Mancini having selection dilemmas in defence and up front.

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Maicon and Garcia also miss trip to Ajax where Mancini's side must kick-start campaign

City councillors have derided the work of Marketing Edinburgh after they were presented with its new slogan: “Incredinburgh”.

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