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McLeish appointed for second spell as Scotland manager

McLeish appointed for second spell as Scotland manager

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Alex McLeish has agreed to become Scotland manager for the second time - 11 years after leaving the post.McLeish, 59, will sign a deal until 2020 and is the unanimous choice of the Scottish FA board. He replaces his former Aberdeen and Scotland team-mate Gordon Strachan, who left in October after the country did not qualify for the World Cup. The Scottish FA failed in its attempt to recruit Michael O'Neill, who instead chose to stay with Northern Ireland.McLeish 'has right credentials'Walter Smith was also linked with the role, but ruled himself out of a return to the job he held for three years before leaving for Rangers in 2007.McLeish's first games in charge will be against Costa Rica and Hungary next month, followed by further friendly matches in Peru in May and Mexico in June.His debu...
Laidlaw kicks Scotland to victory over France – highlights & report

Laidlaw kicks Scotland to victory over France – highlights & report

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device 2018 Six NationsScotland (14) 32Tries: Maitland, Jones Cons: Laidlaw 2 Pens: Laidlaw 6France (20) 26Tries: Thomas 2 Cons: Machenaud 2 Pens: Machenaud 2, Serin 2Scotland put defeat by Wales behind them to overcome France at Murrayfield and revive their Six Nations campaign.The first of two Teddy Thomas tries put France into an early 10-0 lead before Sean Maitland crossed for Scotland.Thomas gathered a lucky bounce to score again but the hosts replied via Huw Jones' try, only for Maxime Machenaud's second penalty to put France 20-14 up.Greig Laidlaw kicked six penalties, to two from Baptiste Serin, to steer the Scots home in a tense second half.Scotland will next face reigning champions Englan...
World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

World's first floating wind farm emerges off coast of Scotland

Technology
The world's first full-scale floating wind farm has started to take shape off the north-east coast of Scotland.The revolutionary technology will allow wind power to be harvested in waters too deep for the current conventional bottom-standing turbines used.The Peterhead wind farm, known as Hywind, is a trial which will bring power to 20,000 homes. Manufacturer Statoil says output from the turbines is expected to equal or surpass generation from current ones.It hopes to cash in on a boom in the technology, especially in Japan and the West coast of the US, where waters are deep."This is a tech development project to ensure it's working in open sea conditions. It's a game-changer for floating wind power and we are sure it will help bring costs down," said Leif Delp, project director for Hywind...