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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23:  Serena Williams returns a shot to Simona Halep of Romania during her win in the womens finals of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 23, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty

Williams' quest to emulate Graf with calendar grand slam

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Ronny Deila issues instructions to Kris Commons during Celtic's 2-0 defeat to Malmo in Sweden on Tuesday night.

Ronny Deila stands at the crossroads after Celtic's failure to secure Champions League riches against Malmo

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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 23:  Serena Williams returns a shot to Simona Halep of Romania during her win in the womens finals of the Western & Southern Open at the Linder Family Tennis Center on August 23, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty

Williams' quest to emulate Graf with calendar grand slam

Project player Josh Strauss training at Murrayfield as he gets ready to become "Scottish"

Like Liz we are all entitled to wish Scots were better

Ronny Deila

Spiers on Sport: A painful night of inadequacy from Celtic throws up fresh doubts about coach Deila

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Attention to detail has paid off for Hearts' head coach Robbie Neilson. Picture: SNS

Neilson's Hearts are ready for lasting challenge

Second fastest marathon woman ever Liliya Shobukhova had seven months knocked off her 38-month competing ban for providing 'substantial assistance'

Crime and no punishment: Why should doping cheat Liliya Shobukhova be allowed blow whistle?

Amsterdam triumph one of Celtic's finest, recalls McGarvey

Amsterdam triumph one of Celtic's finest, recalls McGarvey

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Oldest swinger in town: Davis Love III won the PGA Tour's Wyndham Championship at the age of 51 (Picture: Getty)

Love story provides reminder that golf is a game for all the ages

Dundee United manager Jackie McNamara in the dugout at Tannadice on Saturday.

Scottish clubs would benefit from ignoring the online snipers and keeping faith in their managers

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Virgil van Dijk (left) is challenged by Malmo's Nikola Djurdjic

Dodds: Celtic need to beat Malmo if they want to keep Van Dijk

Rodgers facing identity crisis at Liverpool

John Terry is faster than he looks on television – rather like Andy Murray's second serve

Our heroes' powers may have diminished, but our lack of perspective is still superhuman

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Chris Froome crosses the finish line with his Team Sky colleagues after winning the Tour de France

Claiming another Grand Tour won't bolster Chris Froome defence in court of public opinion

Jackie McNamara

Spiers on Sport: McNamara has a fight on his hands to turn around Dundee United and save his job

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Sebastian Coe in high spirits after being elected president of the IAAF

New athletics supremo Coe ready for war... but with whom?

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Josh Strauss becomes eligible for Scotland next month. Picture: SNS

Rugby's residency rules should not be revised in isolation

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BEIJING, CHINA - AUGUST 18:  Lord Sebastian Coe attends with his wife Carole Coe the IAAF Congress Opening Ceremony at the Great Hall of the People at Tiananmen Square on August 18, 2015 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images for

As Sebastian Coe and Sergey Bubka get set to declare war on drugs, is the damage already done?

Day dream believer: Jason Day holds the Wanamaker Trophy after winning the US PGA Championship (Picture: Getty)

A new Day has dawned as Australian joins the major-winning flock

Celtic's Scott Allan signs autographs for fans.

Scott Allan may have been a Rangers fan but it is irrelevant now

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Scott Allan would have been mad to turn down Celtic just because he supported Rangers as a boy. Photograph: SNS

Dodds: Scott Allan right to sign for Celtic - I nearly did the same

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After two years in the Chelsea dugout with Jose Mourinho, Eva Carneiro was banished because she was apparently a negative presence

Workplace bullying, sexism, health and safety: Chelsea ticked all the boxes over the Eva Carneiro affair

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Spiers on Sport: Celtic sense an opportunity – and a chance for meddling – in the Scott Allan saga

Spiers on Sport: Celtic sense an opportunity – and a chance for meddling – in the Scott Allan saga

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Releasing blood data poses a doping dilemma

Paul Hartley's treatment at the hands of officialdom seemed a bit heavy-handed at the end of a pulsating Dundee derby

Kevin Ferrie: Beaks should go easy on Hartley or Scottish officials will continue to carry killjoy tag

Denis Law celebrates after scoring against England at Wembley in Scotland's 3-2 victory...pic: Newsquest Media Group. (18324689)

Half-a-century on and Denis Law's star shows no sign of fading as his influence over grassroots in the Granite City shows

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Rangers manager Ally McCoist during his final game in the charge of the Ibrox club against Livingston last year.

Mark Hateley jibe was nothing new - but will history be kinder to Ally McCoist's time in charge at Rangers?

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epa04880110 (FILE) A file picture dated 25 August 2007 shows the pack of runners during the women's the 10000m race at the 11th IAAF World Championships  in Athletics, Osaka, Japan. A large number of 28 athletes have failed 32 doping tests in retests of s

IAAF admit adverse findings from 2005 and 2007 World Championships

Celtic's Nadir Ciftci battles with FK Qarabag's Ilgar Qurbanov

Dodds: No goals for Ciftci but far too early to judge him

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A contract won’t save Jose Mourinho if results are poor Photograph: Getty

Managers cashing in on job insecurity

Spiers on Sport: Ronny Deila set to face another test of his stature in Europe

Spiers on Sport: Ronny Deila set to face another test of his stature in Europe

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Only three of the undefeated Ronda Rousey's 12 fights have lasted past a minute since she burst onto the scene

Breaking all comers: Ronda Rousey's rampage transcends her sport

Celtic players huddle before their Champions League qualifier against Qarabag

Backchat: What you said about our top stories on August 6

Scott Allan in action for Hibernian

Backchat: What you said about our top stories on August 5

BBC Scotland staff are worried about the implications of negotiations with Scottish football authorities

Sport and politics might mix better if we all play by the same rules

Backchat: What you said about our top stories on August 4

Backchat: What you said about our top stories on August 4

Lynsey Sharp, seen here at the Commonwealth Games, had a European Championships silver medal upgraded to gold after a rival was disqualified. Picture: Reuters

A year to go to Rio - and a long fight ahead for the IAAF

Scott Allan was left on the bench by Hibs manager Alan Stubbs in the League Cup game against Montrose on Saturday.

Hibs bang on the money to rebuff Rangers bids for Scott Allan before Championship kick-off

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The World Anti-Doping Agency is "very alarmed" by claims that one third of Olympic and World Championships medals won by athletes in endurance events were awarded to competitors with suspicious doping test results. Picture: PA

IAAF faces watershed moment but this is not a doping crisis on the scale of cycling

Sealed with a kiss: Inbee Park savours another major moment in the Ricoh Women's British Open (Picture: Getty)

Inbee Park's Grand achievements deserve better than to be shrouded in ambiguity

Manchester City will be hoping to go one better than last season

Premier League title race to the four

Celtic remain untouchable to their Premiership rivals despite Aberdeen's continuing ascent

HARRISON, NJ - JULY 22:  Diego Costa #19 of Chelsea heads the ball as Leo Stolz #19 of the New York Red Bulls defends during the International Champions Cup at Red Bull Arena on July 22, 2015 in Harrison, New Jersey.The New York Red Bulls defeated Chelsea

It takes more than talent to make it to the very top; just ask Diego Costa's brother . . .

Programme Name: Dead Man Cycling - TX: 04/08/2015 - Episode: n/a (No. n/a) - Picture Shows:  David Smith - (C) Wildcat Documentaries - Photographer: Screengrab (33851567)

When suffering is all that stands between an athlete and their goal, David Smith at least knows he can overcome

Spiers on Sport: incredible news – Hibs won’t sell best player to title rival

Spiers on Sport: incredible news – Hibs won’t sell best player to title rival

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Jen Welter puts on an Arizona Cardinals helmet after being named as a linebacker coach for pre-season

Jen Welter's draft into NFL hotseat is another cardinal step for women in sport

An emotional farewell at the end of Tom Watson's 40 year association with the Open Championship

Sporting memories as evocative as soundtracks to our lives

Why Scotland should approach World Cup qualifiers against Auld Enemy England with hope not expectation

Why Scotland should approach World Cup qualifiers against Auld Enemy England with hope not expectation

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File photo dated 11-06-2015 of Wales' manager Chris Coleman. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday July 26, 2015. Chris Coleman believes Gareth Bale will stay at Real Madrid - and that Wales will benefit from the forward's decision. See PA story SOC

What they said . . .

All eyes are on the English Premier League nowadays after their multi-billion-pound TV deals with Sky among others

We're through the looking glass with football TV money . . . who gave them the rights?

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