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HOCKEY

Lau­rence Docherty is the first Scot­tish-born player to land a top coach­ing job abroad, he will take charge of lead­ing Dutch side HC Bloe­men­daal for the rest of this sea­son, writes Craig Mad­den.

Ed­in­burgh-born Docherty, who played for MIM (now CALA Ed­in­burgh), Scot­land and Great Bri­tain left to make a new life in the Nether­lands fol­low­ing his omis­sion from the GB squad for the Syd­ney Olympics in 2000.

The 35-year-old, who has Dutch cit­i­zen­ship and rep­re­sented his adopted coun­try at Bei­jing 2008, played for Klein Zwit­ser­land be­fore mov­ing to Bloe­men­daal. He takes over from English Olympian Rus­sell Gar­cia, a former Scot­land coach.

GOLF

Stephen Gal­lacher will take re­newed con­fi­dence and a clean bill of health into the Turk­ish Air­lines Open as he looks to en­joy a strong end to the sea­son.

Gal­lacher was forced to with­draw from the Bri­tish Masters ear­lier this month due to ill­ness and ini­tially strug­gled to find top form af­ter link­ing up with new coach Mike Walker.

How­ever, the 40-year-old be­lieves he has over­come the virus, which is still af­flict­ing his wife He­len, and has re­dis­cov­ered his verve af­ter fin­ish­ing 19th in the Al­fred Dun­hill Links Cham­pi­onship and ninth in the Por­tu­gal Masters.

“In Por­tu­gal, I played great for three days and still shot un­der par on the day I strug­gled a bit,” said Gal­lacher. “That’s the dif­fer­ence. I’m start­ing to see big dif­fer­ences in my game. I feel as though I’m hit­ting it longer prob­a­bly than I ever have.”

SNOOKER

Scot­land’s former world cham­pi­ons John Hig­gins and Graeme Dott have bat­tled through to the third round of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship in Daqing, China yes­ter­day, writes Lorin McDougall.

Hig­gins wrapped up a 6-3 win and he will now face Shaun Mur­phy in a re­run of the 2009 world fi­nal.

Dott joined Hig­gins in the last 16 af­ter beat­ing Pe­ter Eb­don by the same score­line in a bat­tle of two former world cham­pi­ons. He meets Neil Robert­son next.

Glas­gow’s An­thony McGill was beaten 6-1 by the world No.1 Mark Selby.

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