Paul Foster will lead Scotland's challenge for two gold medals in the Six Nations Test Series in Adelaide today and tomorrow, with the host nation providing the opposition in both, writes Anne Dunwoodie.
Foster had already secured a place in the singles final but yesterday, he and his world and Commonwealth partner Alex Marshall booked a tilt at the pairs title after finishing second in their section on shots from winners Australia. They completed their programme with wins over Malaysia and New Zealand before losing to Australian newcomers Dylan Fisher and Wayne Ruedigger. The women will contest bronze medal play-off in the singles, pairs and fours.
n Lothian clubs are struggling to field full-strength sides in today's second round of matches in the Scottish Cities and Counties Championship, because of Hibernian and Hearts' involvement in the Scottish Cup at Hampden today.
Mark Cavendish extended his lead in the Giro d'Italia points competition when he sprinted to victory in the 121km 13th stage from Savona to Cervere, writes Colin Renton. The Team Sky rider's third win in the race came when he battled his way clear after being boxed in with 200m left and powered home ahead of a massive bunch featuring Joaquim Rodríguez (Katusha) who retains the overall lead.
n Scotland's David Millar remains 14sec down on the overall leader Jonas Ahlstrand after finishing in the main bunch in yesterday's third stage at the Tour of Norway.
n Evan Oliphant, the Team Raleigh rider, will take time out from a gruelling Halfords Tour Series schedule to defend the Scottish Road Race title at Balfron in Stirlingshire tomorrow, writes Colin Renton. He dominated last year's race on the same course, coming home more than a minute clear of the field. Oliphant, seeking his sixth title, faces a tough test from James McCallum (Rapha Condor-Sharp) and Robbie Hassan (Herbalife). Jane Barr is not defending the women's title and, in her absence, Eileen Roe, who has returned from Netherlands for the race, will start as favourite.
Keith Cook, a 30 year-old from Edinburgh, maintained his bid for an Olympic qualifying place by reaching the last 64 of the World Cup in Seoul yesterday, writes Neil Drysdale. He won four of six bouts in the poules section and had a comprehensive 15-6 win over the Korean Kim Young-Ho to reach today's final stages, from which the last eight will book places at the London Games later this summer. "I am three fights from realising my ambition of being at the Olympics," said Cook, one of the few success stories on a day when six of his British compatriots were eliminated.
n Scots Richard Kruse and Anna Bentley are in the Great Britain squad for the European Championships in Legnano, Italy, from June 14-20.
Tony Hand, from Edinburgh, will coach Great Britain in Budapest in World Championship Division 1A next April, writes Nigel Duncan. He will lead the squad in a six-team group with hosts Hungary, relegated nations Italy and Kazakhstan, promoted Korea and last year's opponents Japan.
It has been confirmed that Great Britain men will contest the Olympic pre-qualification event from November 8-11 at a venue and country yet to be confirmed. If successful they will advance to the final Olympic Qualifying tournament in February 2013 in a battle to reach the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi. Hand's side are in Group J, with Japan, Romania and Korea. The winners go into the final qualifying tournament in February 2013.
Katherine Grainger aims to maintain her two-year unbeaten run in World Cup races when she competes in Lucerne, Switzerland, next weekend. The Scot, three times Olympic silver medallist, was named in the British team for the event in the women's doubles with Anna Watkins.
Heather Stanning, the Army officer from Lossiemouth and Edinburgh's Lindsey Maguire are in the squad but there is no place for Imogen Walsh from Inverness, who raced in a second lightweight double at the first world cup, or Polly Swann from Edinburgh who withdrew from the first world cup because of injury. Maguire is in the women's eight but, with Louisa Reeve, Annabel Vernon and Natasha Page all returning, Vicki Meyer-Laker, from Aberdeenshire, stands down.
n Castle Semple host their annual regatta in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, today with an entry of almost 200 crews, writes Mike Haggerty. Nearly every Scottish club is involved with competitors coming from as far apart as Aberdeen, Inverness and Dumfries, as well as strong representation from central belt clubs. The event provides a the last chance for crews to practice multi-lane straight-course racing before the Scottish Championships on Scotland's Olympic-standard course at Strathclyde Park next month.
Hibernian and Hearts supporters who play for Aberdour have sacrificed cup final tickets in an effort to create history on the Fife coast today, writes Kenneth Stephen. They aim to be the first club from Fife to reach a major final. Formed 11 years ago by Lisa Norman, even though the sport had no roots in Fife, the club is 90 minutes from reaching the final of the oldest competition in the game, the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup.
They face Taynuilt today and large numbers are expected at the Silver Sands to witness the biggest sporting occasion in the village's history. According to manager and founder Lisa Norman, the players were happy to miss the football for their own shot at glory. "They know this is one realistic chance that they have of reaching the oldest final in shinty," she said.
Scots Mark McGivern and Chris Lamont are a step closer to Olympic selection after Harry Brokking, the Great Britain coach, cut his squad from 16 to 14 on the eve of the European Championship clash with Albania in Crawley. Brokking has axed Danny Weemes, who was recalled to the squad after a two-year absence after impressing for Swedish club Hylte, and uncapped Oliver Kimber, who was with Dutch club Langhenkel. Another two players will be dropped for the Games.
n The Scottish women's champions City of Edinburgh aim to bring down the curtain on their season in style by retaining the Celtic Cup at Wishaw Sports Centre today. They won last year's inaugural event in Northern Ireland and will start as favourites for the clash with the University of Ulster Jordanstown. The new Scottish men's champions Kilmarnock Blaze take on Richhill Raiders, their Northern Irish counterparts.
n Great Britain women's beach team, including Edinburgh's Shauna Mullin, go for glory against Spain in Paris today in the area final of the CEV Confederation Cup. The winners will compete in the grand final in Moscow next month with a chance to secure an Olympic place