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CURL­ING David Mur­doch de­ci­sively won the Bat­tle of the Scots at the Grand Slam Mas­ters in Oko­toks, Al­berta, but Eve Muir­head’s team-mate Anna Sloan suf­fered a nar­row de­feat on her re­turn from knee surgery,

Mur­doch ad­mit­ted he was fired up after los­ing to Tom Brew­ster at last week’s Eu­ro­pean Play­downs in Perth, and Kyle Smith was on the re­ceiv­ing end in Canada as the Olympic sil­ver medal­list handed out a 9-2 drub­bing after count­ing three stones at the first end and four more at the third.

“We just wanted to start well,” con­firmed Mur­doch. “We had a goal of com­ing back and fight­ing back from last week­end after the dis­ap­point­ment of not be­ing at the Euro­peans. This tour­na­ment is im­por­tant to us, so we came out with fire to­day and played some good shots.”

Smith re­turned later to beat Win­nipeg’s Reid Car­ruthers 5-3.

Team Muir­head, with Sloan back after miss­ing eight tour­na­ments, be­gan well against Korea’s Eun Jung Kim, but an early two-stone lead turned into a 5-2 deficit and they were un­able to avoid los­ing 6-5. SNOOKER Four-time world cham­pion John Hig­gins faces more soul-search­ing after an­other chas­ten­ing quar­ter­fi­nal de­feat at the In­ter­na­tional Cham­pi­onship in Daqing, China yes­ter­day,

The Wishaw vet­eran ques­tioned his fu­ture as a se­ri­ous con­tender fol­low­ing re­cent heavy losses to Judd Trump at the Eu­ro­pean Mas­ters and English Open, and al­though Hig­gins made a strong de­fence of his In­ter­na­tional ti­tle and pro­duced a 145 break in his open­ing match, na­tional hero Ding Jun­hui thor­oughly out­classed him yes­ter­day 6-2, win­ning. SQUASH Scot­tish No.2 Greg Lob­ban bowed to the in­evitable yes­ter­day after a knee in­jury forced him to take the “bru­tal” de­ci­sion to pull out of the World Cham­pi­onships in Cairo just hours be­fore his first round tie with South African Steve Cop­pinger,

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