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Laura Muir ad­mits she is push­ing into un­charted ter­ri­tory by tak­ing on the UK Cross Chal­lenge in Liver­pool tomorrow but the world cham­pi­onship fi­nal­ist in­sists she is ca­pa­ble of thriv­ing in the big­gest test of her win­ter so far, writes Mark Woods.

The 22-year-old will head to Sefton Park look­ing to en­hance her CV by earn­ing a place in the Bri­tish team for next month’s Euro­pean cross-coun­try cham­pi­onships in southern France.

It will mean run­ning eight kilo­me­tres for only the sec­ond time in her ca­reer, hav­ing fin­ished 14th over on her pre­vi­ous Mersey­side out­ing in 2013. But with the tri­als forming part of her build-up to next sum­mer’s Olympics, she will meet the test head-on.

“I’ve run two cross-coun­try races so far this sea­son but both were 4km so I’ll have to pace my­self a bit over 8km,” she said. “It’ll be tough but I’m really look­ing for­ward to it.

“The course is de­pen­dent on the weather. The first time I ran in Liver­pool was 2011 and there was a hard frost on the ground. I ran really well on it and earned my de­but for GB, so I’ve fond mem­o­ries of the tri­als.”

BAS­KET­BALL

War­ren Gil­lis claims Glas­gow Rocks must be ready to push through their grow­ing pains to chase a spot in the BBL’s top four, start­ing with tonight’s trip to Sh­effield Sharks, writes Mark Woods. The Amer­i­can guard has starred and strug­gled in his rookie cam­paign mir­ror­ing the in­con­sis­tency of Ster­ling Davis’ men who are still to rack up two wins in a row.

“Mis­takes are go­ing to hap­pen,” said Gil­lis. “We just have to be con­fi­dent in our­selves and not use those as an oc­ca­sion.”

CURL­ING

Perth’s Kyle Smith missed out on a semi-fi­nal spot at the Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships in Es­b­jerg, Den­mark yes­ter­day, but only af­ter push­ing Swedish world cham­pion Nik­las Edin to the limit, writes Lorin McDougall. The two men con­tested an af­ter­noon tie-breaker fol­low­ing Smith’s stun­ning 12-5 morn­ing vic­tory over Ger­many’s Alex Bau­mann. Edin led 2-0 and 5-2, but Smith kept peg­ging him back. Edin fi­nally pre­vailed 8-7.

CA­NOE­ING

Ed­in­burgh’s David Florence did not enjoy his first look at the slalom course for next sum­mer’s Olympics as he fin­ished 19th in yes­ter­day’s open­ing test event in Rio, writes Lorin McDougall. The world C1 sin­gles cham­pion was 15th-quick­est on his first run, but in­curred a 50-sec­ond time penalty on his next at­tempt.

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