Garioch's Hannah Miley set a new Scottish record in the 800-metre freestyle on her way to a second silver medal at the European Short Course Championships in Chartres, France, writes Roddy Mackenzie.

Denmark's Lotte Friis set the pace and was on target for a world record at the halfway mark but she faded before touching home in 8 minutes 10.24 seconds. Miley, who took silver in the 200m individual medley on Thursday, was second in 8:15.66, a swim that takes her into the top 25 all-time lists for the distance. It was her eighth European Championship medal in all, going back to Manchester in 2008.

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Her Great Britain team-mate Aimee Willmott took bronze – her first major championship medal – when she came home in 8:18.90.

Earlier in the day, Miley had a personal best in the heats of the 50m butterfly in 28.17sec but it was not enough to take her through, and she finished 16th in the 200m breaststroke when she clocked 2:26.63. Warrender's Craig McNally was fourth in his 50m backstroke heat, just outside his personal best with 25.40sec.


Eilidh Child is to make a return to running indoors in a bid to recover from her Olympic Games disappointment, writes Mark Woods. The 400 metres hurdles specialist has revealed plans to compete during the winter for the first time since winning the Scottish indoor 200m title in 2008.

Child, who reached the semi-finals in London, believes that the first phase of training in Bath with coach Malcolm Arnold has put her on track to impress. She said: "Malcolm and I have started introducing a little bit of speed work into my sessions, as I hope to compete indoors which will start in February."

n Lenny Waite hopes a spell of training at altitude in Kenya can have an instant impact when she competes in today's European Cross Country trials in Liverpool. The Scotland internationalist re-located from Texas to London earlier this year to work under Mick Woods, who has coached Steph Twell to several cross country titles. She has built up to the Sefton Park event in Iten along side several British runners.

Her fellow Scot Susan Partridge will also bid for a place in the Great Britain team while Derek Hawkins, the Scottish champion who set a 2:14:04 marathon personal best in Frankfurt in October, should finish in one of the top five automatic selection positions.


Ali Evans, the former Carlton pace bowler, has been awarded a new deal with Derbyshire, writes William Dick. The Saltires man made the break into the county's top team at the end of last season after spending two seasons on trial. Now he is intent on establishing himself in the first XI. Evans, recently back from Scotland's tour to South Africa, said: "I feel I've made a lot of progress during the trial period and took a lot of wickets for the second XI. It was great to get a taste of first-team action and I want to kick on from here. The county have an excellent bowling unit so breaking into it won't be easy, but that's what I am aiming for."


Dan Purvis will be back to defend his World Cup title at the Emirates Arena in Glasgow on December 8, writes Roddy Mackenzie. The Scot was left out of the original line-up but has been called up to replace the Brazilian Sergio Sasaki Jr. "I'm really excited to be competing in Glasgow again; it's the perfect end to an amazing year," said the Olympic bronze medallist. "The Olympics was the most incredible experience of my life and a huge part of that was down to the support of the home fans. I know it will be the same at the World Cup especially with it being in the new Emirates Arena. Last year I was lucky enough to win the competition and I'll be doing my best to be up there again. Looking at the line-up, I know it will be a big test."

Purvis joins his fellow Team GB bronze medal winner Kristian Thomas, Olympian Rebecca Tunney and Niamh Rippin to complete the home field.


The Glynhill Kelburne bandwagon seems to be rolling almost inevitably towards a ninth consecutive title and it the turn of AAM Hillhead to try to apply the breaks, writes Craig Madden. It is an unlikely prospect as the Paisley side retain a 100% record having scored 37 goals in their six outings so far. Harry Coles, Kelburne's manager, observed that "over the past few seasons, games against Hillhead have tended to be fairly feisty affairs", but way they destroyed Wildcats last weekend suggests their dominance is unlikely to face a serious test.

The chasing pack of Grange, Grove Menzieshill, Inverleith and Western Wildcats have all dropped points, but Grange look the likeliest challengers and should keep up the pressure with a home win over second-bottom Watsonians. Wildcats are plagued by inconsistency – they seem to win by five goals or lose by the same number – much to the frustration of their coach Vishal Marwaha.

Fourth-placed Inverleith should continue to climb the table with a home win over Edinburgh University, while PSL Clydesdale's bid for a top-five place will depend on winning their home match against Menzieshill, arguably the most improved team in the land under coach Chris Anderson.


City of Edinburgh can book a place in the final of the men's John Syer Trophy even with a loss against Bon Accord today, writes Roddy Mackenzie. The capital side, still unbeaten in league and cup, need to take at least two sets to clinch a place in the final with Kilmarnock Blaze and Glasgow Mets competing for the other place.

n Scot Audrey Cooper's Sagres Neuchatel side missed out on a place in the last eight of the CEV European Cup when they went down 13-25, 25-19, 18-25, 25-23, 17-15 to Linz Steg, of Austria, in Switzerland. Lynne Beattie's VFM Franches-Montagne (Switzerland) bowed out of the CEV Challenge Cup when they lost to her former club Calcit Kamnik 25-23, 25-16, 25-18 in Slovenia.