Sport in brief

The Herald - Sport - - UPDATE -

ATH­LET­ICS

Laura Muir and Lynsey Sharp are to join forces to lead the home chal­lenge in a spe­cial In­ter­na­tional Team Re­lay in the Great Ed­in­burgh In­ter­na­tional XCoun­try meet­ing at Holy­rood Park on Satur­day, Jan­uary 9.

Muir, who grad­u­ated to world class sta­tus in the 2015 track sea­son, smash­ing the four min­utes bar­rier for 1500m in Monaco and fin­ish­ing fifth in the 1500m fi­nal at the World Cham­pi­onships in Beijing, will team up with Sharp, the Com­mon­wealth and Euro­pean 800m sil­ver medal­list, in a Scot­land quar­tet that will also fea­ture two male com­pa­tri­ots in the 4x1km re­lay event.

It will be a chance for both Scots to dust off the win­ter cob­webs and demon­strate some form on home soil at the start of Rio Olympic year.

They will be up against teams from the USA, Europe, Great Bri­tain, Wales, Eng­land and Ire­land, and also a Scot­land B quar­tet.

CURL­ING

Perth’s Eve Muir­head clinched her semi-fi­nal spot with a fourth straight win at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Es­b­jerg, Den­mark yes­ter­day, writes Lorin McDougall. The 2011 gold medal­list also handed a dam­ag­ing 7-5 de­feat to Swiss world cham­pion Alina Paetz who is now strug­gling to make the top four. Paetz could hardly have made a bet­ter start, though, as she led 3-0 af­ter only two ends, but Muir­head counted three stones at the third and was soon 6-3 ahead be­fore wrap­ping up vic­tory with one end to spare.

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