Sport in brief
Laura Muir and Lynsey Sharp are to join forces to lead the home challenge in a special International Team Relay in the Great Edinburgh International XCountry meeting at Holyrood Park on Saturday, January 9.
Muir, who graduated to world class status in the 2015 track season, smashing the four minutes barrier for 1500m in Monaco and finishing fifth in the 1500m final at the World Championships in Beijing, will team up with Sharp, the Commonwealth and European 800m silver medallist, in a Scotland quartet that will also feature two male compatriots in the 4x1km relay event.
It will be a chance for both Scots to dust off the winter cobwebs and demonstrate some form on home soil at the start of Rio Olympic year.
They will be up against teams from the USA, Europe, Great Britain, Wales, England and Ireland, and also a Scotland B quartet.
Perth’s Eve Muirhead clinched her semi-final spot with a fourth straight win at the European Championships in Esbjerg, Denmark yesterday, writes Lorin McDougall. The 2011 gold medallist also handed a damaging 7-5 defeat to Swiss world champion Alina Paetz who is now struggling to make the top four. Paetz could hardly have made a better start, though, as she led 3-0 after only two ends, but Muirhead counted three stones at the third and was soon 6-3 ahead before wrapping up victory with one end to spare.