SPORT IN BRIEF

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ATH­LET­ICS An­drew Butchart plans to get his 2017 sea­son off to a flyer when he opens up his in­door cam­paign in tonight’s New Bal­ance Grand Prix in Bos­ton,

The Olympic 5,000 me­tres fi­nal­ist, who cut his cross-coun­try sea­son short to go on a train­ing stint in the United States, faces Rio 2016 sil­ver medal­list Paul Che­limo at the meet­ing which is part of the IAAF World In­door Tour.

And the Scot, yet to de­cide whether to tar­get March’s Euro­pean In­door cham­pi­onships, be­lieves he can hit the ground run­ning.

“All is good,” Butchart said. “I’ve been in Flagstaff for the past month at al­ti­tude. Ithink I’m in de­cent shape.”

Lynsey Sharp be­gins her sea­son at the same meet­ing by tak­ing on world and Euro­pean cham­pion Ma­rina Arza­masova over 800m while Jake Wight­man meets Olympic gold medal­list Matt Cen­trowitz in the mile.

Mean­while, Guy Lear­month be­lieves his de­ci­sion to head home­ward will reap div­i­dends ahead of his first out­ing in Vienna this af­ter­noon. The 800m spe­cial­ist quit Lough­bor­ough to base him­self in Ber­wick this winter and the move, he says has lifted his hopes. BAS­KET­BALL An­thony Elechi ex­pects Glas­gow Rocks to emerge with king-sized chips on their col­lec­tive shoul­ders tomorrow and prove they can reign supreme over Lon­don Lions,

Nine days after los­ing 70-67 at the Cop­per Box, Ster­ling Davis’s men get an op­por­tu­nity for vengeance and the chance to pull ahead of one of their ri­vals in Bri­tish bas­ket­ball’s ti­tle race.

“We can def­i­nitely make ad­just­ments,” Elechi said. “We see the mis­takes we made that we can fix this time. Lon­don’s a great team so we have to come out and com­pete. We’re still in third place. We’re in a great spot ac­tu­ally. Ifeel like in some ways those losses will help us be­cause we’ll come out swing­ing now with our backs against the wall.” ICE HOCKEY Ja­cob John­ston eyed this week­end’s tough dou­ble-header and de­clared: “Th­ese are two huge games for us.”

Ed­in­burgh Cap­i­tals travel to play-off ri­vals Coven­try Blaze tonight for the first time in the league this sea­son and host Manch­ester Storm, who are also in the play-off mix, tomorrow,

Coach Michal Do­bron re­vealed that Cap­i­tals could be at full-strength.

Else­where, Fife Fly­ers visit Brae­head Clan (face-off 7pm) look­ing for their first win in Glas­gow in the league this term.

Sec­ond-bot­tom Dundee Stars are at sev­enth-placed Manch­ester Storm (face-off 7pm) look­ing for a sec­ond road win there this sea­son.

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