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.