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Football: McCoist confident of Rangers' finances

Rangers manager Ally McCoist believes the club are doing "reasonably well" in financial terms despite reports the fallen Scottish giants were seeking a £1.5 million loan($2.5 million, 1.8 million euros), he said Monday. Rangers, Scotland's most successful club, were demoted from the top flight, went into administration in 2012 and, after a new operating company had been formed to take over the running of the Glasgow giants, were demoted into the old Third Division -- Scottish football's fourth tier -- for the 2012/13 season.

RugbyU: Scotland new boy Fusaro extends Glasgow deal

Glasgow announced on Thursday that newly capped Scotland international flanker Chris Fusaro has signed a new two-year-contract with the club. Fusaro, 24, made his Scotland debut in last week's Six Nations loss to England. He joined Glasgow in 2010 and has since made 64 appearances for the club. "Since joining the Warriors I've never looked back and I'm delighted to be staying at the club for another two years," he said. "I believe the best place for me to be is in Glasgow, as it's a club with a very bright future with success on the horizon."

Athletics: Glasgow to host Diamond League

The British leg of this year's Diamond League will take place in Glasgow, two weeks before the Scottish city hosts the Commonwealth Games, organisers announced on Wednesday. British Athletics revealed that the event, which usually takes place in London, will instead be staged at Hampden Park between July 11 and 12. The Commonwealth Games opens with a ceremony at Celtic Park on July 23, with Hampden set to host the athletics events and the August 3 closing ceremony. thw/nr

Football: Celtic escape 'H block' banner sanction

Scottish champions Celtic will not be punished over an "offensive" banner displayed at Parkhead, the Scottish Professional Football League (SPFL) announced on Tuesday. The SPFL launched an investigation after fans held aloft a large 'H' symbol - representing the Maze Prison block in Belfast where 10 Irish Republicans died on hunger strike in 1981 - alongside lyrics derived from Flower of Scotland, "they fought and died for their wee bit hill and glen". The display came during Celtic's Scottish Premiership fixture against Aberdeen on November 23.

Football: Celtic ban over 100 fans after crowd trouble

Scottish champions Celtic on Monday banned over 100 of their fans in response to another outbreak of crowd trouble during last week's win at Motherwell. A reported £10,000 worth of damage was caused to seats in the lower section of the South Stand housing Celtic fans at Fir Park on Friday. A flare was let off in the same area before the game while two green smoke bombs were thrown into the goalmouth, one of them landing yards from Celtic goalkeeper Fraser Forster.

Scotland mourns pub helicopter crash victims

Mourners lit candles as Scotland remembered those who were killed when a police helicopter plunged through the roof of a Glasgow pub, killing at least nine people, police said Monday. Emergency service workers earlier began attempts to winch the police aircraft back through the roof of The Clutha, where it is feared further corpses may be found under its carcass, further raising the death toll. All three on board the helicopter and two men who were in the pub have been named.

Scotland mourns pub helicopter crash victims

Candles were lit Sunday as Scotland remembered the Glasgow pub helicopter crash victims, while rescuers toiled to salvage bodies from the wreckage. Emergency service workers began attempts to winch the police aircraft back through the roof of The Clutha, where it is feared further corpses may be found under its carcass, raising the death toll. Eight fatalities have been confirmed so far. All three on board the helicopter and one man who was in the pub have been named.

Scotland mourns pub helicopter crash victims

Candles were lit Sunday as Scotland remembered the Glasgow pub helicopter crash victims, while rescuers toiled to salvage bodies from the wreckage. Emergency service workers began attempts to winch the police aircraft back through the roof of The Clutha, where it is feared further corpses will be found under its carcass, raising the death toll. Eight fatalities have been announced so far, with one victim formally named. The second body to be removed from the scene was taken to a hospital Sunday for identification, while 12 people remain in hospital with serious injuries.

AFP 1900 GMT News Advisory

Duty editor: Arthur MacMillan Tel: +1 202 414 0543 -- TOP STORIES -- + Glasgow helicopter crash leaves 8 dead + Ukraine riot police break up Kiev protests + Angry Thai street protests turn deadly + China to launch moon rover mission Monday Britain-Scotland-air-accident,WRAP GLASGOW, Scotland Eight people are killed and many injured when a Scottish police helicopter crashes onto a busy Glasgow pub, plunging through the roof of the packed bar. 700 words 2030 GMT by Katy Lee. Picture. Video

1st Ld Writethru: Eight killed after police helicopter crashes in Scotland

EDINBURGH, Nov. 30 (Xinhua) -- Eight people were killed and dozens others injured after a police helicopter late Friday crashed into a pub in Glasgow, Scotland's largest city, media reports said on Saturday. The helicopter with two police officers and a civilian pilot on board crashed through the roof of the lively city nightspot, which was packed with more than 100 people listening to a band, said the report.
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