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Result: Aberdeen cruise past Ross County to end winless run

Result: Aberdeen cruise past Ross County to end winless run
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Curtis Main scored in each half to get the Dons back to winning ways.

Curtis Main scored twice for Aberdeen as they arrested a worrying slump in form with a deserved 2-0 win over Ross County at Pittodrie.

The Dons were without a win in their four games since the international break, all of them on the road, but Main netted in each half to earn a welcome three points in the Scottish Premiership.

He had his first after just five minutes, on hand to turn home from close range after the County defence had failed to clear Tommie Hoban's knockdown from a Ryan Hedges left-wing corner.

Hopes the early goal would spark an entertaining match full of goal-mouth action were soon extinguished with much of the play in the midfield, though a moment of magic from Hedges created an opening just after the quarter-hour.

He took Stephen Kelly completely out the game with an audacious bit of skill, and spread the play out to Matty Kennedy on the left, but his low cross was cut out by goalkeeper Ross Laidlaw.

County's first half was disrupted by injury, with both Alex Iacovitti and Connor Randall forced from the field, with Josh Reid and Billy McKay taking their places.

And McKay had the visitors' best chance in first half stoppage time, heading over an inviting Kelly free-kick when he really should have at least tested goalkeeper Joe Lewis.

The home side responded immediately after the interval with Kennedy forcing a save from the feet of Laidlaw and Main doing likewise moments later.

But County were threatening and Ross Stewart was unlucky to turn wide from close range, as he got in behind the Dons defence to meet a Reid cross, but could only nudge his effort wide of the post.

His profligacy was immediately punished as Aberdeen scored seconds later. Jonny Hayes' ball from the left found Hedges on the edge of the six-yard box, and his mis-hit shot fell kindly for Main to take a touch and drill home his second of the afternoon.

Substitute Michael Gardyne saw a volley from the edge of the box squirt wide of the right post as County looked for a way back into the game, and Lewis had to be alert to deny Stewart with a strong one-handed save with 10 minutes remaining.

Lewis was a fortunate man moments later when his attempted clearance bounced back off the heels of Ash Taylor, but the ball found its way into the arms of the grateful goalkeeper as the Dons held on to their clean sheet.

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Tuesday's key events

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)

· 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)
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· 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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