Sport in brief

The Herald - Sport - - RUGBY UNION, GOLF -

Shinty PJ MacK­in­tosh, the New­ton­more man­ager, praised the con­tri­bu­tion of his con­verted striker Nor­man Camp­bell as his charges edged to­wards a sixth suc­ces­sive Premier­ship ti­tle. With near­est chal­lengers Kyles Ath­letic idle, the Ei­lan out­fit moved three points clear with five games to play by de­feat­ing their neigh­bours Kin­gussie 2-0.

On the score­sheet again was the vet­eran Camp­bell, one of the great­est de­fend­ers of the mod­ern era, de­ployed in his new po­si­tion in the for­ward line.

“Nor­man made a goal for Glen MacK­in­tosh and it was the other way around for Nor­man’s goal,” MacK­in­tosh said. “The pair play well to­gether. Ba­si­cally, Nor­man is up there as a foil for Glen. He holds the ball up well and he has a fan­tas­tic shinty brain. He may have lost a lit­tle in legs but he makes up for it with his game in­tel­li­gence and he is a great stick player.”

Four more wins will en­sure the ti­tle but New­ton­more still have to face Kyles once and Scot­tish Hy­dro Ca­manachd Cup win­ners Lo­vat twice. “If we can keep ev­ery­one fit and steer clear of sus­pen­sions, we can be con­fi­dent,” MacK­in­tosh said. “It’s not an easy run-in by any means but we have got our­selves into a po­si­tion where it is in our own hands.”

At the other end of the ta­ble, Oban Ca­manachd gave them­selves a chance of sur­vival with an ex­cel­lent 2-1 home win over Lo­vat. In­ver­aray are look­ing in­creas­ingly doomed, how­ever. Their 4-0 de­feat to Lochaber saw them cut adrift at the bot­tom.

Motorsport West Loth­ian’s Paul di Resta pro­duced his best re­sult of the sea­son at the Nur­bur­gring in Ger­many, fin­ish­ing sec­ond in round 16 of the DTM sportscar cham­pi­onship.

The Mercedes driver was only 12th in Satur­day’s race but qual­i­fied fourth-quick­est yesterday be­fore mak­ing up two places in the 43-lap race. The 2010 cham­pion proved no match for the Span­ish win­ner Miguel Molina, who fin­ished 7.5secs clear in his Audi, but it was still Di Resta’s best re­sult of 2015.

Curl­ing Grant Hardie pipped the three-time world cham­pion Ewan Mac­Don­ald in a thrilling Brae­head Open fi­nal in Glas­gow. Mac­Don­ald counted three stones at the first end and led 4-2 at the half­way stage, but Hardie scored a triple of his own at the sixth end and went on to win 6-5.

Moun­tain Bik­ing Re­becca Baraona held off the world down­hill cham­pion Rachel Ather­ton to win yesterday’s Red Bull Fox­hunt in Ed­in­burgh.

Baraona, from Manch­ester, said af­ter com­plet­ing the 2.75km course in the Pent­land Hills: “I didn’t ever think I’d beat the world cham­pion. I kept look­ing be­hind me to see if she was there. It feels awe­some.”

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