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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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

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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.

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

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Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo

Injury to Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo not serious

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

Frank Schleck

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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.

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