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Liam Craig’s penalty gave Hibernian their first league win over Hearts in eight games, the 2-1 victory ensuring their Edinburgh rivals remain on minus-two points.

Local hero: Patterson, centre

Jim Patterson: 'The Goal King of Queen of the South'

With an appropriate mixture of affection, respect and something approaching reverence, Jim Patterson was dubbed "The Goal King of Queen of the South" – and, even in death, there's no chance that he'll be deposed from his throne any time soon.

Gary Teale of St Mirren

St Mirren shock Celtic to set up cup final date with Hearts

Premier League strugglers St Mirren pulled off one of the biggest cup shocks of recent times as they beat 14-time winners Celtic 3-2 at Hampden Park to reach the Scottish Communities League Cup final in March.

Leigh Griffiths

Police investigate alleged racist tweet posted by Scotland international Leigh Griffiths

Hibernian's on-loan striker under investigation

The Sports Matrix: Friday 4 January 2013

Football: Balotelli's future in jeopardy after ugly row with Mancini

Georgios Samaras is mobbed after opening the scoring

Celtic tighten grip on top spot

Smart finishes from Georgios Samaras and Gary Hooper sent Celtic seven points clear at the top of the Scottish Premier League with victory at Dundee.

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Alex McLeish: Walter Smith appointment great for Rangers

Alex McLeish has described Walter Smith's appointment to the board of Rangers as a “perfect fit”.

Georgios Samaras runs at the Hearts defence during Celtic’s 1-0 victory

Georgios Samaras grabs winner again to send Celtic back to summit

Celtic 1 Heart of Midlothian 0

Teenager Tony Watt celebrates scoring for Celtic at Inverness

Hearts miss their chance as Ally McCoist rails at Rangers

Hearts failed to move to the top of the Scottish Premier League yesterday, when they were held to a 0-0 draw at Aberdeen. The hosts had the better chances against a Hearts side still recovering from Thursday's Europa League efforts against Liverpool.

In Brief: Frail Hibs fall to first defeat; Rangers fans angry at 'rival' law firm

Pat Fenlon's rebuilding will need to continue judging by Hibernian's 3-0 SPL defeat at Dundee United yesterday.

The sporting week ahead (05/08/12)

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Sunderland make bid for Wolves striker Steven Fletcher

Sunderland have formalised their interest in Wolves striker Steven Fletcher by tabling a bid.

Newco Rangers set for SPL rejection

Charles Green's Rangers were today effectively consigned to start life outside the Scottish Premier League when Aberdeen became the crucial fifth club to confirm they would vote against a newco application.

Cole finish: Carlton Cole's well-taken goal puts West Ham a goal up against Blackpool yesterday

Vaz Te repays Allardyce's faith with golden goal

Blackpool 1 West Ham United 2: Portuguese forward's 26th goal of the season returns West Ham to the Premier League

Hearts thrash Hibs in one-sided Scottish Cup final

Hibernian 1 Hearts 5

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Patrick Cockburn was able to update his agenda-setting 'The Rise of Islamic State' while under attack in Baghdad
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French chefs get 'le huff' as nation slips down global cuisine rankings

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Young carers to make dance debut

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Dame Harriet Walter interview

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Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

Art should not be a slave to the ideas driving it

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Bill Granger's winter salads

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