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Bas­ket­ball Kieron Achara con­verted a three-point play with five sec­onds left as short-handed Glas­gow Rocks snatched a dra­matic 81-80 win over Lon­don Lions to leap over their ri­vals into fifth place in the BBL.

It came af­ter the Rocks cut ties with Mar­cus Ware amid claims the Amer­i­can cen­tre had been se­cretly lob­by­ing for a move over­seas.

But with Ar­min Mazic and Jor­dan Clarke still out for tonight’s trip to Le­ices­ter Rid­ers, the move leaves coach Ster­ling Davis in a race to plug the gap ahead of the BBL sign­ing dead­line later this month.

“We have con­di­tion­ally agreed to can­cel Mar­cus Ware’s con­tract fol­low­ing con­duct which was un­ac­cept­able and led to his ban from all club ac­tiv­i­ties,” Rocks gen­eral man­ager Daniel Ba­jwu­lok said. Curl­ing Eve Muir­head and Tom Brew­ster con­firmed their sta­tus as the form play­ers this week as they eased through to to­day’s gold medal fi­nals at the Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships in Perth yes­ter­day,

Muir­head won all seven of her round-robin ties, beat­ing Han­nah Flem­ing 8-2 on Mon­day, so it was no sur­prise to see her de­feat the Locker­bie skip again in yes­ter­day’s first v se­cond play-off in a 9-2 vic­tory. She will now face ei­ther Flem­ing or Glas­gow’s Lau­ren Gray in to­day’s fi­nal.

Brew­ster had also over­come Kelso’s Cameron Bryce on Mon­day, and he was an equally con­vinc­ing win­ner yes­ter­day,win­ning 7-3. Bryce’s ti­tle hopes are still alive, but to earn an­other shot at Brew­ster he must first beat dou­ble world cham­pion David Mur­doch who yes­ter­day beat Ed­in­burgh’s Bruce Mouat 8-3. Cricket Big-hit­ting Chris Mor­ris re­turned to haunt Eng­land, af­ter a de­fi­ant knock that ended their Twenty20 win­ning streak in a thrilling match at New­lands.

Mor­ris, who had in­flicted a se­rieslev­el­ling one-wicket de­feat on Eng­land in Jo­han­nes­burg a week ago en route to South Africa’s 3-2 one-day in­ter­na­tional suc­cess, this time hit 14 runs off five balls in Reece To­p­ley’s fi­nal over as the hosts chased 134 for eight to win by three wick­ets from the fi­nal de­liv­ery.

To­p­ley had the chance to sal­vage a tie – and Eng­land’s se­cond suc­ces­sive su­per over – as Kyle Ab­bott scam­pered back for the win­ning two, but he failed to gather Joe Root’s throw from long-off to com­plete a run-out.

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