Sauber have confirmed that the German Nico Hulkenberg will drive for them next season, ending his association with Force India where he and Scotland's Paul Di Resta were team-mates, writes Henry McCall. The second seat remains up for grabs – Sauber will make an announcement "at a later date" – with the current occupant, Kamui Kobayashi, known to be seeking sponsorship in a bid to retain his drive despite competition from others who can provide funds.
Meanwhile, Faenza-based Toro Rosso have guaranteed the Australian Daniel Ricciardo and France's Jean-Eric Vergne, that they will keep their seats for 2013.
The Scottish kicker Lawrence Tynes is the second-highest scorer in New York Giants' history after kicking 17 points in Sunday's win at Dallas Cowboys, writes Roddy Mackenzie. Tynes, who kicked five field goals in a game for only the second time in his career at Giants, has 535 points for the team, taking him past Brad Daluiso (526). The Greenock-born player still has some way to go to catch the all-time top scorer, Pete Gogolak who kicked 646 points in a Giants uniform. Giants won all four of their matches in October and are on course for the play-offs.
Spain, South Africa, India and Brazil are expected to host the four second-round groups of the Women's World League, writes Craig Madden. An announcement on the venues is expected soon with each group comprising six countries contesting two places in Round 3.
Scotland have enjoyed a successful International year with the focus on player development to produce increased depth in the squad while building on the solid sequence of results achieved under coach Gordon Shepherd the previous year.
The crowded calendar poses extra problems for Shepherd in what remains an amateur sport in Scotland, with understanding employers vital for the coach as the availability of players has a huge bearing on the results which are achieved. He appreciates the sacrifices made by his players, as many have to use up their entire holiday entitlement to be able to represent their country.
He does not expect any of Scotland's three Great Britain players, Laura Bartlett, Emily Maguire and Abi Walker, to be available for the World League Round 2 in February where qualification would effectively ensure participation in what will effectively be a World Cup semi-final.
Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Under-18 Cup. Quarter-final
Stewart's-Melville College 15
edinburgh academy 10
Edinburgh Academy's hold on the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup was prised loose by Stewart's-Melville College at Inverleith yesterday in a thoroughly competitive encounter, writes Alan Lorimer. Wet conditions made handling difficult and the difference between the sides was ultimately the skilful play of Scott Docherty, the Stewart's-Melville's stand-off, whose positional kicking and shots at goal were crucial.
One neatly-placed cross-kick allowed full-back Ryan Frost to cross for the opening score which Docherty converted before adding a penalty for a 10-0 lead before Academy hit back with a try by prop Constan Plevris from a driven line-out. Stewart's-Melville were quick out of the blocks in the second half as Docherty carved out a try for centre Russell Grant. Academy, after good work by Rory Simpson and Alex Swan replied with a try by replacement wing Sam Bendit. Academy almost stole it at the death when Swan intercepted and launched a counter attack but Stewart's-Melville's scramble defence covered the danger to ensure victory. They join Merchiston and Dundee High in the semi-finals; George Watson's face Hutchesons' Grammar in the last of the quarter-finals tomorrow.
Stephen Maguire, the world No.6 from Glasgow, was trounced 6-1 by Peter Ebdon, the 2002 world champion, to end Scottish interest in the International Championship in Chengdu, China, yesterday, writes Hailey Milne.
Supporters could yet save Edinburgh Monarchs from disappearing into oblivion as a packed private meeting was told that a significant sum has been pledged, writes Nigel Duncan. Mike Hunter, Monarchs spokesman, emerged from the meeting at The Black Bull Inn, Mid Calder, to confirm that there are real hopes of saving the 64-year-old club.
The life-long fan, who is also a director, said: "The door was virtually shut last week but we decided to give it one more go. That is when we appealed to fans and they have been fantastically generous. Thanks to their pledges we are encouraged so the door is a lot further open than it was last week."
Monarchs must declare their intentions by the three-day British Speedway Promoters' Association which starts on November 16.