No surprises in Scotland squad

Interim Scotland manager Billy Stark has named a familiar squad for next week's friendly against Luxembourg with no surprise inclusions.

Former Scotland manager Craig Levein

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It was announced yesterday evening that Craig Levein had been axed as coach of the Scotland national team. An explanatory statement from the SFA claimed that they had made the decision "…primarily due to the disappointing results".

Gordon Strachan, right, will take over as Scotland manager after Craig Levein’s turbulent three-year spell ended today

Gordon Strachan tipped for Scotland after Craig Levein sacking

Gordon Strachan has emerged as the favourite to take over as Scotland manager after Craig Levein's turbulent three-year spell ended yesterday.

Anne Keothavong ends losing run at Luxembourg Open

Anne Keothavong made the most of her lucky loser spot to reach the second round of the Luxembourg Open with victory over Kiki Bertens yesterday. The British No 3 had lost in the final round of qualifying to Vera Dushevina but was given a reprieve and proved too good for Dutchwoman Bertens, winning 6-2, 6-2.

Portugal forward Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo to reach 100 caps for Portugal against Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland would already have been fearful ahead of their World Cup qualifier against Portugal, but will be even more nervous knowing Cristiano Ronaldo has something to celebrate in Porto.

Luck of the Irish? How it's not just Facebook using tax avoidance

Over the past decade the new breed of technology giants such as Google, Facebook, Amazon and Apple have transformed the media landscape and, revolutionised our lives, and they deserve to profit from their success. But are they also paying their due?

Giovanni Trapattoni gestures during his side’s 6-1 defeat to Germany

Craig Levein and Giovanni Trapattoni on brink

Scotland and Republic managers both look one more defeat away from the sack

Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo

Injury to Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo not serious

Cristiano Ronaldo will link up with the Portugal squad as scheduled today after Real Madrid confirmed the shoulder injury he suffered in El Clasico last night was not serious.

Eurozone finance chief plays down Greek fears

Greece will not leave the eurozone unless the country "totally refuses" to fulfil any of its reform targets, one of Europe's most influential politicians said in advance of the latest Greek plea for leniency from its austerity programme.

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Tour de France: Frank Schleck's B sample proves positive

Frank Schleck has once again protested his innocence after failing a doping test during this year's Tour de France.

Frank Schleck

Tour de France: Frank Schleck requests analysis of B sample after testing positive for banned substance

Frank Schleck has requested the analysis of his B sample while insisting he does not know why he tested positive for a banned substance which resulted in his withdrawal from the Tour de France.

EU ministers agree to ban fishing ships from throwing away their excess catch

EU ministers have agreed to ban fishing ships from throwing away their excess catch, a controversial practice that has seen millions of tonnes of edible fish thrown away since the introduction of strict EU fishing quotas forty years ago.

EU council agrees to back fish discard ban

European politicians have agreed a commitment to ban the "discarding" of usable fish at sea, but were criticised for failing to take strong action to tackle overfishing.

David Haye and Dereck Chisora go head to head – with a fence in between them – at Upton Park yesterday

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David Haye was last night accused of running scared from a fight with Vitali Klitschko by the Ukrainian's manager.

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