Sport in brief
Curling Jackie Lockhart, Mike Dick and holders Kay Gibb and Gordon Muirhead all maintained their unblemished 100 percent records at the Scottish Seniors Championship in Hamilton yesterday,
Lockhart beat Edinburgh’s Susan Kesley 9-3 to register her fourth straight win, and Gibb matched her with a 7-4 victory over Braehead skip Liz Paul. Muirhead also made it four out of four following back-to-back wins over 2014 champion Keith Prentice (6-4) and Ayr’s Billy Howat (5-2), while Dick stayed on course for tomorrow’s final after also defeating Howat (5-3) and then Dundee’s Don Stark (5-4). Gymnastics Dan Purvis intends to use this weekend’s Scottish Gymnastics Championships in Perth as an Olympic dress rehearsal by giving his new routines a stress test,
The London 2012 bronze medallist admits he now has Rio firmly on his mind after returning from a Brazilian boot camp to get the biggest season of his life off the ground.
And Purvis, who will face several potential Olympic rivals at the World Cup in Glasgow on March 12, insists he can’t afford to treat his 2016 opener lightly. “The Scottish Champs are really fun,” the 25-year-old said. “But at the same time, I want to go there and do a good job. It’s not like the Olympics or world champs. I can enjoy my routines and try and get things spot on.
“But I think to myself: ‘I need to approach this like an Olympics’ because there’s not many competitions left until Rio. So I want to put myself under a bit of pressure. It’s a great test. We’ve got World Cup coming up in two weeks. So I want to work on certain things.” Snooker Four-time world champion John Higgins lost a heavyweight second round encounter with world No.1 Mark Selby at the Gdynia Open in Poland yesterday, but fellow Scot Stephen Maguire cruised through to round three,
Higgins and Selby have been rivals since the Scot beat the Leicester professional in the 2007 world final, but Selby scored a 4-2 win yesterday following breaks of 104 and 81.
Maguire defeated Welshman Matthew Stevens 4-2 before overcoming London’s Alfie Burden 4-1. Rookie Rhys Clark almost joined Maguire in the last 32 after stunning 2006 world champion Graeme Dott in round one.
Clark then led Birmingham’s Mitchell Mann 3-0 but could not finish the job and eventually lost 4-3 in a final-frame decider.