SCOTTISH light-welter-weight champion Robert Harkin, from Helensburgh,

is out to prove a point when he tops the bill at the St Andrew's

Sporting Club in Glasgow tonight, for he knows that a convincing win

over Welshman Andy Williams could leave officials of the British Boxing

Board of Control with egg on their faces.

The Board recently decided that Harkin was not good enough to box for

the British title after Midlands promoter Pat Cowdell matched him with

the then champion Lloyd Christie. Instead, veteran Clinton McKenzie was

given the title shot and beat Christie.

MAJOR changes to the European boxing scene are in the pipeline after a

meeting of the European Boxing Union in London on Saturday. A commission

is revising the constitution of the EBU under the chairmanship of Sir

David Hopkin, chairman of the British Boxing Board of Control and the

chief metropolitan magistrate for Greater London.

FRANK BRUNO will not have the referee his manager Terry Lawless had

hoped for in his bout against Mike Tyson in Las Vegas on Saturday. Local

man Richard Steele will control the fight, but if the choice had been

left to Lawless, he would have gone for the more experienced Mills Lane,

who handled Lloyd Honeyghan's recent world-title fight.


EUAN McGINN (Inverness) and Mark Cranstoun (Broomhill) shared first

place in the Marshalls boys invitation tournament at the Allander Sports

Centre. Jan Walker (Girvan), the junior girls 18s indoor champion,

defeated Heather Lockhart (Newlands) 6-3 in the one set round-robin play

off to win the girls event. Lockhart beat Linzi Clark (Kilmacolm) 6-3

for second place.

TOP-SEED Boris Becker beat unseeded Russian Alexander Volkov 6-1, 6-2

to land the $492,000 Stella Artois Indoor Tennis championships in Milan


In the doubles event John McEnroe (USA) and Jakob Hlasek (Switzerland)

beat Heinz Gunthardt (Switzerland) and Balazs Taroczy (Hungary) 6-3,


West German Steffi Graf defeated American Zina Garrison 6-1, 7-5 to

win the $300,000 Washington women's tournament in Fairfax.


BRITISH grandmaster Nigel Short beat former world champion Anatoly

Karpov of the Soviet Union in the first round of an international chess

tournament in Linares, Spain, yesterday. Short, who earned $1000 for

winning, took the initiative with a Ruy Lopez opening as Karpov got off

to a shaky start. The former world champion lost a rook for a bishop

before resigning after 41 moves.

The opening day was marred by the departure of Soviet emigre Viktor

Korchnoi after a dispute over a Soviet referee, leaving 11 players,

including five Soviet grandmasters.


ROYAL Bank Scottish League. Men. Division 1 -- Scottish Farm 3,

Elliott Sports Jets 1; Bon Accord 3, Team Fife 0; Team Novasport 3,

Bellshill Cardinals 2; Krystal Klear 3, East Kilbride 1. Division 2 --

Glasgow Gregg 3, Blantyre Trinity 1; Dundee Kirkton 3, Carluke Brannock

0; Bon Accord Derricks 0, Falkirk 3; 2nd Krystal Klear 3, Whitburn

Centre 2; Pentland 3, Paisley 0. Division 3 East -- Wester Hailes 3,

Huntly Equipment Rental 0; Settle Inn 1, Dunfermline 3; West -- Glasgow

Spartans 2, Trinity 3; Grange 3, 2nd East Kilbride 0; Glasgow Bannerman

0, Strathkelvin 3; Novasport Dynamos 3, 2nd Bellshill 2.

Women. Division 1 -- Glasgow Bannerman 3, Provincial Insurance 0;

Strathkelvin 3, Carluke Brannock 1; Scottish Farm 1, Kyle 3; Inverclyde

2, Wheatsheaf Jets 3; Deloitte Hazlehead 1, Falkirk 3. Division 2 --

Pentland 3, Firrhill Jets 0; Krystal Klear 3, Whitburn Centre 2; Moray

House 0, Blantyre Trinity 3. Division 3 -- Grange 3, Trinity 2; Tay

Pearls 3, Alternative 0; 2nd Krystal Klear 0, Edinburgh University 3;

Campbeltown 3, 2nd Falkirk 0; 2nd Inverclyde 2, Paisley 3; Dunf Dynamos

0, 2nd Strathkelvin 3.


FIVE goals from Alan Govan helped the Scottish under-21 men to beat

England 19-16 at Cumbernauld on Saturday, the only Scottish victory of

the tournament. England won the women's under-21 match by a single goal

in the sudden-death play-off after two periods of extra time. Results:

Under-16. Boys -- England 25, Scotland 7; girls -- England 22,

Scotland 9. Under- 18. Boys -- England 21, Scotland 19. Under-21. Men --

Scotland 19, England 16; women -- England 22, Scotland 21.


DOUG Mountjoy made a remarkable recovery to beat Terry Griffiths 9-6

and win the Senator Welsh Professional championship at the Newport

Centre on Saturday night.

WORLD No.9 Mike Hallett ended a 10-year search for a major title when

he won the English Professional championship at Bristol on Saturday,

beating John Parrott 9-7 in the final to collect the #15,500 first


DENNIS Taylor, the former world champion, was defeated in the third

round of the Anglian Windows British Open yesterday by unfancied

Welshman Colin Roscoe at Derby.

Taylor at one stage led 3-0, but then Roscoe battled back to win four

straight frames, and he clinched victory when he sank the final black

off three cushions in the deciding frame.

Tony Meo booked his place in the fourth round by defeating Mark

Bennett 5-1.

Midweek football


Reserve League. East section -- Aberdeen v Forfar Athletic; Arbroath v

East Fife; Stenhousemuir v Stirling Albion; St Johnstone v Raith Rovers

(7.15). West section -- Airdrie v Kilmarnock; Ayr United v Albion

Rovers; Clydebank v Falkirk; Queen's Park v Partick Thistle (at Lesser

Hampden); Stranraer v Celtic.

Reserve League Cup. Quarter-final -- Rangers v Morton (extra time and

penalty kicks if necessary).

Kick-ofs 7.30pm unless otherwise stated.


B and Q League. Premier division -- St Mirren v Hibernian. First

division -- Morton v Falkirk. Second division -- Dumbarton v Berwick

Rangers; East Stirlingshire v Cowdenbeath.


Scottish Cup. Fourth-round replays -- Dundee United v Aberdeen; Alloa

v Queen of South.

B and Q League. Second division -- Montrose v Stranraer.


INVERNESS Rowing Club successfully staged their first open event on

Saturday, when the Edinburgh University men's eight were the fastest of

28 crews taking part in the Caledonian Head of the River Race over a

four-mile course on the Caledonian Canal.

To add to the celebrations, the men's novice division was won by a

crew from the host club, who were also second in both the women's novice

and men's veteran divisions. Winners:

Men's eight -- Edinburgh Univ. Men's open four -- Aberdeen/Aberdeen

Univ./ RGIT. Senior C four -- George Heriot's. Novice four -- Inverness.

Women's open four -- St Andrew/Clydesdale. Women's senior C four --

Aberdeen. Women's novice four -- Edinburgh Univ. Veteran four --


Table tennis

LEEDS Scottish League. Division 1 -- Paisley YMCA 9, Murrayfield 1;

Fifesport 4, Greenock 6; Korrugal 1, Paisley Central YMCA 9. Division 2

-- Dumbarton 2, TSB Alexandria 8; Team Balhousie 1, Team Wilson 9.

Division 3 -- General Accident 6, AC Joinery 4; MSP 6, Dundee Telecoms


Ice hockey

Saturday: Heineken League. Premier division -- Ayr Bruins 9, Streatham

Redskins 5; Fife Flyers 6, Nottingham Panthers 3; Whitley Warriors 8,

Murrayfield Racers 8.

Scottish League. Division 1 -- Dundonald Redwings 18, Glasgow Redwings


Yesterday: Heineken league -- Premier division -- Tayside Tigers 7,

Nottingham Panthers 6; Murrayfield Racers 14, Streatham Redskins 3.


INGEMAR Stenmark, who will end his remarkable career next month, took

his world cup record number of victories to 86 yesterday by winning a

giant slalom at Aspen, Colorado. The Swede, who was 21-hundredths of a

second slower than Luxembourg's Marc Girardelli after the first run,

blazed down the second-leg course in 1min. 9.12sec. and won by

12-hundredths of a second. Stenmark's team-mate, Lars-Boerje Eriksson,

finished third in 2-17.67.

MICHELA Figini of Switzerland clinched her third successive world cup

overall downhill championship yesterday by winning her second race in as

many days at Lake Louise, Alberta. She streaked down the men's Olympic

downhill course in 1min. 41.58sec. to once again beat her team-mate and

rival Maria Walliser, who finished second in 1-41.82. Michaela Gerg of

West Germany was third in 1-42.44.


SHERRI Turner earned a place in the record book en route to a

four-stroke victory in the LPGA Hawaiian Open. She shot a six-under-par

66 on Saturday and finished with a tournament record 54-hole total of

205, 11 under par. Sara Ann McGetrick finished second, one stroke ahead

of Deb Richard and Colleen Walker. Liselotte Neumann of Sweden was joint

fifth on 211.


SUTHERLAND Cup. Second-round replay -- Bute 3, Strachur 1. Marine

Harvest League. Division 3 -- Edinburgh University 0, Ballachulish 2.

Balliemore Cup. Second round -- Kilmallie 1, Kinlochshiel 0 (abandoned

after 20 minutes).


THE Scottish Universities were defeated 86-70 by the UAU in the final

of the British universities championship at Bath yesterday. The Scots

won both their group matches, beating Northern Ireland 95-75 and Oxford

68-62, then went on to defeat Cambridge 83-71 in the semi-final. Weekend

results --

Scottish League. Men. Division 1 play-offs -- Boroughmuir 69, MIM 57.

Division 2 -- Barr Electrics 61, Kitchens Plus Saints 96; Edzell Stags

67, Bruins 85.

Women. Division 1 play-offs -- Royal Deeside 42, Bo'ness Wildcats 37.

Division 2 -- Sharon Leon 61, Fair City 33; Dunedin 77, Alva 41.

Scottish Chairman's Cup. Women. Quarter-finals -- City of Glasgow 39,

Glenrothes 55; Duddingston Coachworks 49, Cavalry Park 48.

Scottish Women's under-17 Cup. Semi-final -- Duddingston Coachworks

55, Pentland Star 30. Under-15. Semi-final -- Duddingston Coachworks 54,

Edinburgh Royals 26.

Bank of Scotland Junior League. Men. Division 1 -- East End

Brightsiders 56, Rangers 88; Bellshill 65, Sun Life (Alness) 97.

Division 2 -- Hamilton 47, Strathkelvin 100; MIM 85, WHEC 67; Team Wimpy

59, Magnum 86; Dunfermline Auction 61, Boroughmuir 33.

Youth. Women -- Rangers 39, City of Glasgow 73; Edinburgh Royals 35,

Duddingston Coachworks 62.


SCOTLAND finished second in the girls event and third in the boys in

the under-16 home international championships at Marco's Leisure Centre,

Edinburgh. Peter Nicol, runner-up in the British under-16 championships,

was on course to score a rare victory over England when he took the

first two games against Patrick Lee, but he lost the next three,

eventually going down 9-7 in the fifth. England retained both titles.

In the boys event Scotland beat Wales 3-2 but lost to both Ireland 2-3

and to England 0-5. The Scottish girls has victories over Wales 4-1, and

Ireland 5-0 but lost to England 0-5.


PERTH'S Anthony Gallagher won the men's singles title in the Irish

open badminton championships in Lisburn yesterday, beating England's

Miles Johnston 18-14, 15-7. Anne Gibson (Dumfries), however, could not

make it a singles double, losing 11-8, 11-0, to Sue Louis in the women's


In the women's doubles final, Scotland's Jenny and Elinor Allen

continued their recent run with a 15-7, 15-4 win over Louis and Julie

Bradbury. And in an all-Scottish men's final, Dan Travers and Kenny

Middlemiss beat Russell Hogg and Gallagher 15-4, 15-6.


BRITISH fly-weight record-holder Alan Ogilvie snatched 96 kilos to set

a Scottish senior record for the bantam-weight (under 56 kilos) division

to win the Scottish under-23 weightlifting title at Meadowbank.

Ogilvie beat the previous record, held by John McNiven (Springburn),

by one kilo and also beat his own previous best set at fly-weight by the

same margin. He went on to total 212.5 kilos, again his best to date,

and was only one kilo over the 52-kilo bodyweight limit for the

fly-weight division.

Another record fell to 16-year-old Clydebank lifter Tommy Toal in the

under-90 kilo class, where his snatch of 92.5 was a Scottish under-18



THE Pakistanis were 282 for nine at the close of the first day of

their three-day match against a New Zealand Shell XI in Napier

yesterday. Imran Khan made 104 and Aamer Malik 81.


THE Scottish Lacrosse Association's annual invitation tournament for

the Len Smith Cup at Peffermill on Saturday was won by the holders,

Edinburgh Ladies, who beat Durham University 3-2 in the final after

extra time.

In the semi-finals Ladies beat Berkhamsted 1-0 and Durham triumphed

5-0 over Scottish Schoolgirls, preparing for their annual fixture with

their Welsh counterparts at the same venue on March 11.


HERALD Sport gave five winners on Saturday, including a Star Bets

double -- Dramatic Start (5-2) and Spring Move (7-4). Results:

First race -- Strifeland Laura (5) 2-1 (fav); Meala Rose (2) 5-1;

#12.88. Second -- Black He Man (5) 5-1; Barnhill Boy (3) 4-1; #25.09.

Third -- Only Seven (3) 7-2; County Band (4) 4-1; #18.07. Fourth --

Black Otago (4) 5-2; Dillrock Dart (2) 2-1; #8.05. Fifth -- Spring Move

(1) 7-4 (fav); Jamies Sister (3) 4-1; #9.54. Sixth -- Cathys Chance (2)

6-1; Aughacasla Smurf (5) 5-1; #34.98.

Seventh -- My Day (5) 2-1 (fav); Head Girl (2) 4-1; #10.78. Eighth --

Stoneys Boy (6) 4-1; Atomic Answer (1) 5-2; #14.54. Ninth -- Aztec Trove

(5) 6-1; Game Swanky (1) 6-1; #40.17. Tenth -- Dramatic Start (4) 5-2;

Damery Pilot (1) 2-1; #8.05. Eleventh -- Blue Bliss (5) 7-2; Taronga (3)

7-2; non-runner Small Avenger; #16.34. Twelfth -- Sand Park Oscar (6)

9-4 (fav); Southfield Boy (3) 5-1 and Glatton Glamour (4) 5-2

dead-heated; #7.17; #4.24.