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  • Contract bridge 'not a sport', rules tax tribunal

    February 25, 2014 12:58 PM 4

    25 February 2014 Last updated at 10:58 GMT A tax tribunal has ruled that contact bridge is a game rather than a sport, after the English Bridge Union lost its legal challenge. A ruling in the union's favour would have seen members no longer needing to pay VAT on competition entry fees. Mike Warburton of accountants Grant Thornton explained the judge's

  • Edinburgh trams: Crowd test volunteers needed

    February 25, 2014 12:44 PM 17

    Edinburgh Trams is looking for volunteers to help test crowd management procedures at the Murrayfield Stadium stop. Before going live, Edinburgh Trams is undergoing a number of exercises to test operational and safety procedures. The event on Thursday 13 March, named Exercise Salvador, will involve up to 1,000 members of the public. Edinburgh City Council

  • Everton boss Roberto Martinez confirms Lacina Traore absence will be ‘weeks, not months’

    February 25, 2014 12:43 PM 15

    Everton’s on-loan striker Lacina Traore is expected to be sidelined for a number of weeks with a hamstring injury, manager Roberto Martinez has confirmed. The Ivory Coast international reported a problem during the warm-up ahead of Saturday’s defeat at Chelsea and was immediately withdrawn from the starting line-up. ‘Obviously with this sort of injury

  • Cheltenham 2014: Cue Card pulled out of Gold Cup

    February 25, 2014 12:09 PM 14

    Leading Cheltenham Gold Cup contender Cue Card has been ruled out of next month's showpiece meeting by trainer Colin Tizzard. The horse, who won the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park, is ridden by Tizzard's son Joe and has pulled muscles. Cue Card won the Ryanair Chase at last year's Cheltenham Festival and was to step up to contest the Gold Cup.

  • Fabricio Coloccini: Don't question our motivation or commitment

    February 25, 2014 9:17 AM 12

    Fabricio Coloccini has hit back at suggestions Newcastle United's players lack commitment or motivation as he looks to draw a line under a troubled period. United’s injury-time winner in Sunday’s defeat of Aston Villa gave the club a much-needed lift after a cloud of negativity had engulfed St James’ Park since the departure of Yohan Cabaye, and, a goalless

  • Williams recruit Ferrari engineer Rob Smedley

    February 25, 2014 9:16 AM 12

    Williams have recruited Rob Smedley from Ferrari as part of an overhaul of the team's engineering department. The 40-year-old, who has become known for his amusing radio communications with Felipe Massa, is to lead Williams's race operations. Smedley's new role as head of vehicle performance is more senior than his position at Ferrari, who failed in an attempt

  • Mike Blair column: Victory over Italy bodes well for Scotland

    February 25, 2014 8:44 AM 39

    Don't underestimate the significance of Scotland's 21-20 Six Nations win in Italy. Interim head coach Scott Johnson said during the week that a victory in Rome would not paper over the cracks or disguise the fact the the national side aren't where they want to be. Winning breeds momentum. Even though some positives could have been found in defeat, a victory

  • David Moyes banking on Van Persie and Rooney to fire Manchester United to European glory

    February 25, 2014 8:06 AM 15

    DAVID MOYES has challenged Wayne Rooney and Robin Van Persie to give Manchester United’s troubled season a silver lining. The Old Trafford outfit’s key strikers have missed a big chunk of Moyes’ first campaign as United boss but both are back to full fitness and form just in time for the re-start of the Champions League. And Moyes is praying their presence

  • Celtic: Neil Lennon tips striker Leigh Griffiths scoring spree

    February 25, 2014 3:06 AM 13

    Celtic manager Neil Lennon expects striker Leigh Griffiths to embark on a goalscoring spree after netting his first goal for the club. "He's settled in fine," said Lennon. "Getting the goal will have given him a huge psychological lift. "We like his movement and his intelligence and I think there is more to come from him." Griffiths netted 28 times in his final

  • Welsh Open 2014: Pagett to face Maguire in Newport

    February 24, 2014 10:59 PM 18

    Welshman Andrew Pagett came from 3-2 down to beat Northern Ireland's Gerard Greene 4-3 and progress to the third round of the Welsh Open. Pagett will face reigning champion Stephen Maguire, who came back from 3-1 down to beat Sam Baird. Mark Selby clinched a 4-1 victory over fellow Englishman Dave Harold to set up a clash with Dominic Dale, who beat Thailand's