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Result: Aberdeen 0-0 Hamilton: Aberdeen fail to close the gap on Hibs

Hamilton turned in a typically scrappy display.

Goal-shy Aberdeen passed up the opportunity to close the gap to third placed Hibs in the Scottish Premiership with a goalless draw against Hamilton.

A toothless performance saw them share the points with an Accies side battling for their lives at the wrong end of the table.

Hamilton turned in a typically scrappy display but the hosts will have been disappointed not to have offered more in an attacking sense.

After a cagey opening, the home side burst into life just before the midway point of the first half as Niall McGinn, through one-on-one with keeper Ryan Fulton, squared for Florian Kamberi. However, the former Hibernian forward took a poor touch and his effort was blocked, before McGinn's follow-up was headed away by Accies captain Brian Easton.

Two minutes later Kamberi and McGinn combined again, with the latter pulling back for Callum Hendry, who contrived to blast over the bar from six yards.

The pressure continued as Lewis Ferguson's pass saw him play a teasing ball towards Hendry but the on-loan St Johnstone man was unable to adjust and saw the ball squirt wide off his knee.

Hamilton survived that spell and could have gone in front themselves. First, Hendry's loose pass set up a break which saw first David Moyo and then Lee Hodson have efforts blocked.

As the half drew to a close, Ash Taylor also gave up possession too easily, resulting in Ross Callachan lashing a shot from 30 yards which deflected off Taylor and required a spectacular diving save from Joe Lewis to turn it round the post.

The second half also started quietly in terms of goalmouth action, and it was just before the hour that McGinn, from a Jonny Hayes cross, saw an angled left-foot shot smothered by Fulton.

Hamilton had a decent claim for a penalty waved away by referee Bobby Madden on the hour mark. Scott Martin's powerful strike was clearly blocked by the arm of Andy Considine, but the appeal was turned down.

Considine could have given the Dons the lead just a few minutes later. Centre-back Taylor sent in a dangerous cross from the right which found Considine almost under the crossbar, but the Scotland international seemed to hook the ball away rather than over the line.

A slew of substitutions for both sides interrupted the flow of the game and saw Aberdeen throw more and more men forward, including an appearance for young striker Michael Ruth. Each successive Dons change felt more and more desperate, and would ultimately be to no avail.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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