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Celtic vs Hamilton: Live stream, TV channel, kick-off time and team news for Scottish Premiership opener

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CELTIC begin the defence of their Scottish Premiership crown with a home clash against Hamilton.

Neil Lennon’s side are chasing a TENTH consecutive league title and watched Old Firm rivals Rangers begin their campaign with a narrow win over Aberdeen yesterday.

Neil Lennon's side are big favourites for an opening day victory

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Neil Lennon’s side are big favourites for an opening day victoryCredit: PA:Press Association

Hamilton last won at this ground in 2014, but were beaten on both of their visits to Parkhead last term.

When is Celtic vs Hamilton?

  • This Scottish Premiership clash is the opening match of the season for both sides.
  • It will be held TODAY, August 2 with kick-off at 4.30pm.
  • The last meeting between these two was back in February, where the reigning champions ran out 4-1 winners.

Which TV channel and live stream can I watch it on?

  • You can catch this game live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football.
  • Coverage begins at 4pm.
  • If you’re not a Sky customer, either join us here on SunSport for our LIVE BLOG or grab a NOW TV pass from £9.99.

What is the team news?

Odsonne Edouard has been linked with a move away from Glasgow but looks set to lead the line in this curtain-raiser.

Vasilis Barkas is set to start between the sticks, while Leigh Griffiths might have to make do with a place on the bench.

Brian Easton is recovering from ankle surgery for the visitors while David Templeton is a major doubt despite being back in training.

Match odds

  • Celtic to bag three points – 1/16
  • Draw – 12/1
  • Shock Hamilton win – 40/1
  • Both teams to score – 17/10

*All odds from Ladbrokes and correct at time of publication.

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Monday’s Racing: Tips, news, betting and all the latest for Chester, Southwell and Leicester

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THE world of racing never sleeps. Keeping track of it all is akin to a circus juggling act.

In a new daily column, ‘The Great Game’, I’ll do the best I can to keep punters in the loop – Monday to Friday. Winners are the priority, but we’ll have races and horses to note and other useful tit bits along the way.

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In tandem with ‘The Early Bird’ and ‘The Weekend Punt’, you need go nowhere else for your racing fix.

So let’s get going and how good is it to see racing back at Chester?

Monday’s card is a good’n, too. Moved from Sunday to try and stop people taking advantage of the views, the Listed Queensferry Stakes (6.30) is the feature, with some hot handicaps added in to the mix.

Southwell goes jumping again, and there’s afternoon racing from Leicester – albeit quite an uninspiring card.

Monday’s Bets

You’ll have to be patient on Monday I’m afraid. I struggled to pin anything down at Leicester, but SPIRIT WARNING (5.30, Chester) is worth a bet on the Roodee.

Andrew Balding does well here and this horse has gone well at Chester in the past.

He ticks plenty of the necessary boxes. Draw, check. Mark, check. Conditions, check.

Heading the betting is Mick Appleby’s Lincoln Park – who has finished first and second here on two visits. But he’s far too short given his current form and especially if the rain does hold off.

Spirit Warning loves a turning track and has been given a real chance by the handicapper. He was winning off 2lbs higher this time last year and his Goodwood spin last week should have him stripped fitter.

With the jolly drawn far from ideally in seven, Balding’s four-year-old has to be chanced at 8-1.

There is pace on from stall one and seven, meaning David Probert should be able to sit in just behind in three. Things don’t always go to script, but we can chance the storyline at 8-1.

I was hoping Major Jumbo may have been a bigger price in the feature Listed heat. He’s been well found in the market though and can be watched.

Monday Bets

SPIRIT WARNING (5.30, Chester) – 1pt win 8-1 (Betfair, Paddy Power, Coral, Ladbrokes)

Rolling P&L: EVS

Be there, or be square

There are two races I’d be keeping a close eye on on a humid Monday.

Firstly at Leicester, STUNNING BEAUTY (4.30 Leicester) is far, far from a betting proposition but should cement herself as a filly to keep a close tabs on.

Saeed bin Suroor has Group 1 plans for his debut winner, and judged on her run at Newmarket you cannot blame him.

Later on, at Chester, the British Stallion Studs EBF Conditions Stakes (6.00) is one to have the binoculars out for.

Debut winners Mystery Smiles and Regional, the latter who stuffed recent Sandown winner Politics on debut, both take on impressive Goodwood winner Zamaani. Group races await a few of these, you would think.

Monday Going Reports

Chester – Good, Good to Firm in places

Southwell – Good

Leicester – Good to Firm

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Collin Morikawa holds off challenge from Paul Casey to win US PGA Championship

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The next great American golfer is a mantle to terrify the vast majority but it has always sat easily on the slim shoulders of the nerveless Collin Morikawa.

The 23-year-old Californian confirmed his fitness for the title with a thrilling victory in the 102nd USPGA Championship at Harding Park on Sunday over the luckless Englishman Paul Casey, who shot 66 and hardly put a foot wrong.

A thrilling day’s golf deserved to be decided on a stroke of genius and it came from the undemonstrative Morikawa at the driveable par four 16th. There might not be a better stroke played all year than his tee shot that finished 9ft from the hole, and he knocked in the eagle putt. 

Collin Morikawa celebrates chipping in for birdie on the 14th hole at Harding Park

Collin Morikawa celebrates chipping in for birdie on the 14th hole at Harding Park

Morikawa, who shot a faultless, bogey-free 64, only earned his first PGA Tour victory last month and now he has his first major. The only other players to win the PGA so young are Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Rory McIlroy. Not bad company to keep.

Casey finished joint runner-up by two strokes alongside Dustin Johnson, with a quintet comprising Jason Day, Bryson DeChambeau, Tony Finau, Matt Wolff and Scottie Scheffler a further stroke behind.

The final round got off to an explosive start thanks to – who else? – the irrepressible DeChambeau. Is there any way of keeping him out of the news these days? Not when he has tap-in birdies on the first two holes and two more at the 4th and 7th. Bogeys at the 8th and 9th, however, left him with too much to do.

Who could have foreseen from the grouping of Brooks Koepka and Casey that it would be the man from Surrey who would challenge so hard for the Wanamaker Trophy? This was the 43-year-old’s 64th appearance in a major and, since 2002, no-one has played so many without a win. This was one of those days which make you wonder why he hasn’t contended for more. He played beautifully in his quest to become the first Englishman to win this title in more than a century.

England's Paul Casey provided the sternest challenge for young American Morikawa

England’s Paul Casey provided the sternest challenge for young American Morikawa

By Casey’s side was John McLaren, the caddie who has done so much to calm his man down on pressure days like this. Casey’s driving was fantastic, but then the rest of his game wasn’t far behind. He ought to have no regrets.

What an extraordinary day, one where so many players had a chance and so many had a share of the lead at some point. One minute you looked at the leaderboard and there was a sole pacemaker and the next there would be a six-way tie. It was a gripping welcome back to major championship golf after 13 long months, and one that showed just what we had been missing.

In addition to Casey, two more Englishmen began the final round right in the thick of contention. Tommy Fleetwood and Justin Rose simply never got going. Fleetwood, indeed, was spilling shots on a day when birdies were the requirement, and slipped to a disappointing 73. Rose’s chance came and went with a double bogey at the 13th but he responded with three birdies in his last four holes for a 67 for seventh place. Ian Poulter recovered from an opening 73 with a final round 69 to sneak inside the top 25.

The biggest surprise of the final round was the complete no-show from Koepka, bidding to become the first man in nearly a century to win this title three years in a row.

2018 and 2019 champion Brooks Koepka (left) did not mount the challenge expected of him

2018 and 2019 champion Brooks Koepka (left) did not mount the challenge expected of him

Koepka was never a factor from the moment he started with no fewer than four bogeys in his first eight holes. What happened? Perhaps McIlroy put a hex on him. The Northern Irishman accused Koepka of being disrespectful towards third round leader Dustin Johnson before the final round began. Koepka had applied a few mind games towards his supposed friend Johnson on Saturday night, pointing out the difficulties he’s had in trying to add to his sole major success at the 2016 US Open.

That didn’t sit well with McIlroy. ‘I was sort of taken aback when I heard it,’ said the 31 year old. ‘I try to respect the fact that everyone out here is a great player. It’s very hard to knock someone who’s won 21 times like DJ, which is three times as many victories as Brooks.’

Ouch.

Rory McIlroy hit back at Koepka after he had criticised Dustin Johnson

Rory McIlroy hit back at Koepka after he had criticised Dustin Johnson

If only Rory’s golf right now carried as much edge. There was an eagle late on to add a little gloss to a 68, but he finished outside the top 30 following a week when he had 12 bogeys and a triple. No player can hope to contend making that many mistakes.

McIlroy, who has now gone six years without a major victory, appeared none too happy when asked afterwards why his record was poor in comparison to his younger days. ‘I don’t know, maybe I’m just not as good any more,’ he said. ‘I’m trying every single day to get better and I’ve just got to keep persisting.’

A 44-year-old man playing only his third event of the year closed with a final round 67 to finish inside the top 50. Tiger Woods had only one three putt during the week and only one hole where he marked down something worse than a bogey. He also got through the chilly week without any problems with his fused back. He’s hoping to be present when the FedEx Cup play-offs begin in Boston next week. 

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Collin Morikawa wins USPGA thanks to incredible eagle that denies England’s Paul Casey on thrilling final day

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COLLIN MORIKAWA won his first Major in style with an incredible eagle on the 16th to deny England’s Paul Casey.

American Morikawa, 23, hit his drive to 7ft 1in on the 290-yard par-four and showed nerves of steel to roll in the putt.

And just two holes before that he chipped in from off the green for a ridiculous birdie – a sign this was to be his day.

Morikawa stormed the field with a blistering six-under final round of 64, good enough for a two-shot win over Casey.

This is just his second Major as a pro and he joins legends Jack Nicklaus, Tiger Woods and Rory McIlroy in winning this event for the first time at 23.

Morikawa was simply sensational as he stormed the field with a 63 to win his first Major

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Morikawa was simply sensational as he stormed the field with a 63 to win his first MajorCredit: Getty Images – Getty

But his ecstasy was Casey’s agony as the 43-year-old Englishman recorded his best finish in his Major – but also just lost out on his best chance to win one.

Casey had just one bogey in a classy final-round 66 – but how he will rue that heavy-handed chip that led to his one dropped shot on the tough par-four 13th.

Surrey’s Casey said: “I played wonderful golf, simple as that. I have nothing to say other than that.

“Watching Collin come down 18 and hitting a glorious shot, he deserves it. His shot on 16 was awesome golf.

“It’s been a great week but a strange week missing the fans.”

Former US Open champ Dustin Johnson took a one shot lead into the final round and shot two under but still was no match for majestic Morikawa.

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