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CURL­ING Eve Muir­head scored a bad­lyneeded win, but fel­low Scot David Mur­doch suf­fered an­other dispir­it­ing de­feat at The Masters in Truro, Nova Sco­tia yes­ter­day.

Muir­head lost her open­ing match on Tues­day night af­ter squan­der­ing an early lead, and it was al­most the same story against Win­nipeg’s Kristy McDon­ald as the Perth skip was pegged back from 4-1 up and had to nick a sin­gle at the fi­nal end to win 5-4. Her next op­po­nent, Switzer­land’s former world cham­pion Binia Feltscher, has lost her first two games this week.

Mur­doch is in an iden­ti­cal po­si­tion fol­low­ing a 7-3 de­feat to Toronto’s John Ep­ping who counted three stones at the open­ing end and two more at the sec­ond to build up a win­ning lead. Life doesn’t get any eas­ier for Mur­doch as he faces Swedish world cham­pion Nik­las Edin next. CY­CLING Glas­gow’s Katie Archibald aims to con­tinue her golden Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship form as the 201516 track World Cup gets un­der­way in Cali, Colom­bia later to­day. The 21-year-old claimed three ti­tles at this month’s Euro­peans in Switzer­land, but Great Bri­tain can ex­pect to face tougher op­po­si­tion in to­day’s 4,000m team pur­suit af­ter los­ing their un­beaten record to Aus­tralia at last sea­son’s World Cham­pi­onships in Paris. SNOOKER Four-time world cham­pion John Hig­gins edged closer to the 28th rank­ing ti­tle of his glit­ter­ing ca­reer af­ter reach­ing the semi-fi­nals of the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship in Daqing, China yes­ter­day.

The 40-year-old Wishaw player trounced former world cham­pion Shaun Mur­phy 6-0 in the pre­vi­ous round on Wed­nes­day, and Hig­gins ex­tended that win­ning streak yes­ter­day against Cam­bridgeshire’s Joe Perry. The Scot rolled in a top break of 106 as he swept the first four frames, and al­though Perry did well to make a match of it, Hig­gins re­tained his com­po­sure and went through 6-3.

He is sure to face an­other ex-world cham­pion, either Le­ices­ter’s Mark Selby or Aus­tralian Neil Robert­son, in to­mor­row’s (Satur­day) sec­ond semi-fi­nal.

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