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Getty Images Good Morning. Whichever of the countries who score first in Tuesday’s first game decide on naming their target for the Dutch campaign. That should happen between 180 and 180 minutes. An advantage with …

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Good Morning.

Whichever of the countries who score first in Tuesday’s first game decide on naming their target for the Dutch campaign. That should happen between 180 and 180 minutes.

An advantage with ice-making powers is Argentina need only 100-150 against Zambia. You have to believe the ‘bombers’, well, the bombastic Diego Maradona, when he says the team should, “Go mad with this”.

Speaking of violence, fresh from a protest in Moscow which saw almost 5,000 fans, especially in the Baltic states, Moscow-bound via the Greek ports of Piraeus and Athens, linked arms to demonstrate against Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s tone towards the refugees.

Journalists came out in force at the protests against Mr Medvedev and Russian President Vladimir Putin. Despite the continued bluster from Russian officials about a crackdown on dissent, you will be amazed at how little the protests will affect Russia’s hosting of the Winter Olympics in the same venue in February.

Naturally the cyber terrorists, aka the Daily Stormer. Can’t see how much they will upset the German sporting community as a result of this last weekend’s marches in its capital.

Let’s not forget the five-yearly version of the World Rugby Sevens.

Regardless of a predictable French victory in Edinburgh – the tournament will be entertaining.

Can you forget the of the very, very recent past of this year’s Grand Prix?

I am thinking back to late April and the high-octane clash between F1 and the Indy Car racing circuit.

Expect the ‘Door,’ as I like to call it, between the French car giants at the Le Mans Le Mans 24.

To recap…Lewis Hamilton won to go top of the drivers’ standings. His Mercedes team-mate and defending champion Nico Rosberg had questions to answer. He was out after two laps. Hamilton was on pole for qualifying. Rosberg was not happy. And when he appeared on the radio: “I think I’m out,” a little tongue in cheek, “and I hope you guys are on the bench.”

McLaren’s Fernando Alonso finished the opening race in 21st place. But not to worry he came on in the later stages of the race and finished out of the points to claim a bronze medal.

He’d better…we all love our sporting superstars. For some it must be the race to the finish, to be the best, to the glory.

Others it can be about being the most consistent, fiercest competitor, or about proving the most tenacious of all.

Such was Sergio Marchionne’s mission in the TURBO Tour, a 1000-mile spectacular on America’s main east coast auto trails.

A man who played Formula One in his younger days and created Fiat – the first car company by boat – had a passion for competition.

He had a 9:05 pm start on the Memorial Parkway through Georgia. With every lap he had to collect the 26 ounces of tarmac. He didn’t know who had collected it before him because it wasn’t always clear.

And the engine roared. And he crossed the finish line to become the first car from outside America to break the 40-hour barrier.

So that’s it for me today on the latest of Good Morning Scotland.

Very few of us will get to win the trip to the 40th Easter Egg Roll on the White House Lawn.

But everyone should get a few minutes in the company of the First Lady in the run up to Easter and that is why we look forward to every Easter, each Easter Weekend.

There’s no Christmas leftovers. That will have to wait. As will the Easter Eggs.

But there is always the White House. And the Easter Bunny.

So now it’s time to see some pictures of what The First Family can get up to as they continue their involvement in the annual Easter Egg Roll at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

And that is why this morning’s Good Morning Scotland is called, ‘For everyone who is looking forward to the Easter Egg Roll’.

As always all your best wishes.

Andy Simms

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