SCOTTISH internationals Bobby Quinn (Kilbarchan AC) and Steve Wylie (Cambuslang Harriers) are only reserves for the British six-man team for the second Weetabix European Cross Country Championships at Alnwick Castle, Northumberland, on December 2. Last weekend they finished third and fourth respectively in one of the two nominated trial races at Margate and must feel unlucky not to be selected.

Andrew Pearson (Longwood Harriers) leads the team - with 26 countries taking part - having finished eleventh last year at the same venue and twentieth (eighth European) in the World Championships last March in Durham. British Teams:

Men - A Pearson (Longwood), K Cullen (Chelmsford), J Brown (Sheffield), C Jones (Eryri), C Udall (Burton), D Taylor (Blackheath). Reserves - B Quinn (Kilbarchan), S Wylie (Cambuslang), S Barden (GEC). Women - S Bentley (Stoke), L Elliott (Liverpool), J Shields (Sheffield), E Talbot (Bedford), S Young (Salford). Reserves - H Heaseman (Invicta), E Foster (Charnwood), A Whitcombe (Parkside).

American football

SCOTLAND is set for another team, though it is likely to be strictly amateur. Lothian Raiders hope to join the Scottish Gridiron Association League next season and have appealed for players. Naveed Akbar, a cornerback with the Edinburgh Eagles, said: ``We have more than 20 players from the Eagles and we want to get more. Any player interested can contact me on 01592-782358.''

Ice hockey

FIFE Flyers have signed Great Britain youth internationalist Les Millie from Sheffield Steelers. The Kirkcaldy-born forward will make his comeback with his first senior club in tomorrow's Premier Division match against Slough Jets at the Fife rink.


SCOTLAND'S hopes of at least repeating the ninth place of two years ago disappeared in a whitewash defeat from Wales in yesterday's world championships in Cairo. Alasdair Taylor, despite suffering from a back injury and flu symptoms, put up a good performance in losing in five games to David Evans in the top match. Heavy defeats for Dave Gordon and Alan Thomson put Scotland into the play-offs for places 13 to 16. Details: D Evans beat A Taylor 3-2, A Gough beat D Gordon 3-1, G Davies beat A Thomson 3-0).

Meanwhile, England stormed into the semi-finals with a 3-0 win against Canada to set up a clash with host nation Egypt. Egypt lost to both England and Pakistan in the qualifying rounds but found the inspiration to beat Finland 2-1 in their quarter-final.

Pakistan, who lost their final qualifying match to the English team after deciding to rest world champion Jansher Khan, beat New Zealand 2-1 to reach the semis. Second string player Zarak Jahan lost badly to Glen Wilson and today will be even tougher for the second-seeded Pakistanis as their semi-final opponents are top seeds Australia, who beat South Africa 3-0 today.

Other results: Division 1 - Edinburgh Sports 3 (15), SSRC 2 (8); Glasgow Accies 0 (2), Bridge of Allan 5 (20); Aberdeen 5 (20), Dunfermline 0 (4).


Stirling: Anna Smith Trophy: Section A - I Kerr 10, N Turnbull 7; M Bain 12, M Scobie 6. Club Invitation League - Blairdrummond 10, Kilsyth 5; Keir 7, Kippen 5; Bonnybridge 14, Sauchie and Bannockburn 1. Shareholders Knockout - Low Road - J Wilson 8, J Smith 6. Super League - J Mitchell 8, S Scott 5.

Football result

Youth league - Dundee 0, St Johnstone 2.