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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.

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