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Glasgow 2014: Scotland open Games by winning four golds

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Ross Murdoch capped a stunning first day of Commonwealth Games action for Scotland as the hosts secured four golds in the space of three hours.

The 20-year-old upset home favourite Michael Jamieson to win a thrilling 200m breaststroke final, while Hannah Miley also claimed gold.

Earlier Kimberley Renicks won judo gold, followed by sister Louise.

Scotland, who secured 10 medals in all, sit third in the medals table, with England top on 17, including six golds.

Australia are second with 15 medals, including five golds, while Wales have one silver and Northern Ireland one bronze.

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Glasgow 2014: Commonwealth Games begin at Celtic Park

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The Games were officially opened by The Queen



The 2014 Commonwealth Games opening ceremony has taken place at Celtic Park in Glasgow.

Thousands of athletes from 71 nations and territories took part before a 40,000-strong crowd and a global TV audience up to one billion people.

Their traditional parade around the stadium followed a live show featuring about 2,000 cast members.

The Queen declared the Games open by reading her own message from inside the Commonwealth baton.

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Glasgow 2014: Curtain to rise on 20th Commonwealth Games

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Sir Chris Hoy says Glasgow will deliver "the biggest and best Commonwealth Games we've ever seen", ahead of Wednesday's opening ceremony.

About 4,500 athletes from 71 nations will take part in the 20th edition of the Games, which run until 3 August.

"It's going to be spectacular," said Scotland's six-time Olympic and double Commonwealth champion.

Swimmer Michael Jamieson, a big Scots medal hope, added: "You can already see there's a buzz around the city."

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Chong Wei grabs fifth Japan Open win in style

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World No.1 Lee Chong Wei celebrates on the podium after bagging his fifth Japan Open crown. - AFP


KUALA LUMPUR: World No. 1 Lee Chong Wei continued to show that Japan is one of his favourite hunting grounds after crushing Hu Yun of Hong Kong 21-14, 21-12 in just 34 minutes to nail his fifth Japan Open title in Tokyo.

He was also the winner in 2007, 2010, 2012 and 2013. With his feat on Sunday, Chong Wei has underlined his status as the most successful player on Japanese soil since the tournament’s inception in 1984.

In the final on Sunday, Chong Wei was hardly tested by the world No. 15 Hu Yun, who had earlier dumped two pre-tournament favourites - second seed Chen Long of China and third seed Jan O Jorgensen of Denmark in the quarter-final and semi-final matches respectively.

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Badminton: Japan win maiden Thomas Cup title

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NEW DELHI : Japan clinched their first ever Thomas Cup badminton title with a thrilling 3-2 win over Malaysia in the final of the men’s premier team championships in New Delhi on Sunday.

World number 25 Takuma Ueda overcame a spirited resistance from the 66th-ranked Daren Liew before taking the fifth and decisive tie 21-12, 18-21, 21-17 at the Siri Fort complex in the Indian capital.

The Japanese, whose best performance in 12 previous Cup appearances had been a semi-final berth in 2012, ensured the sensational 3-0 rout of five-time defending champions China on Friday did not go to waste.

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