Sport in brief
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.”