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CURL­ING Mur­ray­field’s Gina Aitken and Bruce Mouat will both face test­ing Rus­sian op­po­si­tion in their open­ing fixtures at the Win­ter Univer­si­ade in Al­maty, Kaza­khstan to­day,

Aitken takes on Euro­pean cham­pion Vic­to­ria Moiseeva, and the Scot ad­mit­ted: “It’s a tough game to start us off!”

Mouat will play Alexey Ti­mofeev, and both are full of con­fi­dence af­ter reach­ing the lat­ter stages of last week’s Ger­man Masters. Mouat stunned for­mer world cham­pion Thomas Ul­srud be­fore los­ing to the even­tual win­ner St­ef­fen Wal­stad, while Ti­mofeev was beaten in the semis by Perth’s Kyle Smith. CY­CLING Glas­gow’s Katie Archibald com­pleted a hat-trick of Bri­tish ti­tles af­ter nar­rowly win­ning yesterday’s Points Race at the Na­tional Track Cham­pi­onships in Manch­ester,

The Olympic team pur­suit cham­pion had al­ready won Fri­day’s 3000m in­di­vid­ual pur­suit and Satur­day’s Scratch Race, al­though she had to bat­tle to match Dan Bigham as a triple gold medal­list.

Neah Evans led yesterday’s Points Race af­ter five of the eight sprints, but Archibald pulled out all the stops to take gold on 42 points, with Emily Nel­son sec­ond on 37 and Evans fad­ing to third on 34. The fly­ing Scot also took sil­ver be­hind So­phie Capewell in Satur­day night’s Keirin fi­nal. SQUASH Scot­tish No.1 Alan Clyne with­stood a spir­ited chal­lenge from Welsh­man Joel Makin to re­tain his Ed­in­burgh Sports Club Open ti­tle last night, Clyne had sur­vived an epic fiveg­ame, 73-minute semi-fi­nal with sec­ond seed Adrian Waller on Satur­day night but still had enough en­ergy to over­turn an early deficit af­ter Makin took the open­ing game yesterday. The 30-year-old Inverness player ral­lied to win 6-11, 11-8, 11-7, 11-7 as Makin nar­rowly failed to cap­i­talise on his semi-fi­nal up­set of top seed and five-time cham­pion Daryl Selby.

Glouces­ter’s Ju­lianne Cour­tice claimed the ladies tro­phy with an 11-3, 11-8, 9-11, 11-5 vic­tory over Egypt’s Mena Hamed. Ger­man top seed Sina Wall ex­ited in the quar­ter-fi­nals to for­mer Scot­tish No.1 Lisa Aitken, who was play­ing her first tour­na­ment since 2014 fol­low­ing in­jury.

Pic­tures: Bobby Gavin

HAV­ING THE TIME OF HER LIFE: Al­isha Rees along­side con­fir­ma­tion of her Scot­tish U20 record at 200m in­doors.

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