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Sister act steals the show as the Scots come out fighting — Kimberley and Louise Renicks know that not to be true and now have the medals to prove it. A childhood spent rolling about the floor of their Coatbridge home was put to good use yesterday at a packed and raucous Hall 3 at Glasgow's SECC.
Jul 25, 2014

RT @SusanSwarbrick: Judo: Two golds, a silver and three bronze. Full round-up from @graeme_macphers in The Herald today…

Daily drink for pensioners at home brings health warning — It was said that while public perception focuses on drinking issues among the young, alcohol consumption among older people is an increasing concern. The study, by the consumer analysts Mintel, found excessive drinking among Britain's over-65s, with 18 per cent of that age group drinking at home on a daily basis.

Police seeking motorist after young family is killed in crash — VICTIMS: Shauna Robb, Graham Lockhart and their children were killed in the head-on crash. Graham Lockhart, 23, and Shauna Robb, 20, were killed in the crash along with children, two-year-old Tyler David, and 11-month-old Arianna Rose Sheryl.
Jul 25, 2014

Police seeking driver of silver people carrier after young family is killed in crash

Spiers at the Games: I've never known sport as enjoyable as this — But as things stand, with just one full day of competition gone, these Commonwealth Games of 2014 in Glasgow have been absolutely heaven-sent. The city has shimmered in a baking heat. The sports arenas have been busy, many of them packed out.
Jul 25, 2014

RT @GrahamSpiers: My HeraldScotland column: I’ve never known sport as enjoyable as these Games... #Glasgow2014

Jul 25, 2014

RT @hsnewsbreak: Spiers at the Games: I've never known sport as enjoyable as this: There is plenty time for things to go wrong…...

Why the host city has gone to the dogs — Slightly warmer than Glasgow, but only slightly. In Nigeria's capital the sporting story of the day saw the country's football association meeting to discuss the failure of the Super Eagles at Brazil 2014. One wonders, though, if many in the city were also asking themselves 'what if?'.

Jedi Knight wins Star Wars in Tollcross — There was no refuge from the balmy air of the East End of Glasgow last night for those for whom swimming is fun rather than a lung-bursting challenge. The eight lanes were reserved for those who gasp for air as they reach for glory.
Jul 25, 2014

Swimming: Jedi Knight wins Star Wars in Tollcross. Fantastic piece by Hugh MacDonald on the Jamieson v Murdoch battle…

'My heart was going like the clappers' — It came down to a nail-biting decider against English duo Sophie Thornhill and Helen Scott in the final of the women's para-sport sprint B tandem. Paisley-born McGlynn, 41, displayed the mettle that has made her a triple Paralympic champion as she and her sighted pilot, 33-year-old Haston, from Edinburgh, pushed reigning double world champion Thornhill and Scott to the wire.
Jul 25, 2014

Cycling: silver for Aileen McGlynn & Louise Haston at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome. Read my piece in The Herald today…

Miley dispels all rumours of decline — A festering misconception had grown around Hannah Miley that she was past her best, her star petering out, on the brink of her dotage after a decade of senior racing. At the rare old age of 24, she came within half-a-second of setting a new lifetime best last night and proved once more that her racer's kick is up there with the great champions of Scottish sport.

Golden start for Team Scotland: Murdoch and Miley add to judo haul — Kimberley and Louise Renicks each won a gold medal in judo The opening day of the Commonwealth Games proved to be every bit as fruitful as organisers had hoped, with the home team enjoying their most successful day ever.

Important step in bid to help the suffering Syrians — Along the country's border with neighbouring Lebanon, I met some of the three million refugees who have sought sanctuary away from the killing fields of cities like Aleppo and Homs. Huddled in flimsy tarpaulin shelters they struggled to survive the bitter cold and snow that grips this region during winter time.