Eve Muirhead's Scottish team finished off their round-robin programme at the Ford World Women's Championship in Lethbridge, Canada, with two victories – an extra end 9-8 win over Italy, followed by a 9-3 demolition of their Canadian hosts, which silenced the packed house of local fans, writes Mike Haggerty.

However, it was too little too late as results elsewhere meant the Scots' six wins overall were not enough for them to go on to the Play-off stages.

Muirhead said: "It's always special to beat Canada in Canada, especially after a tough week, but I'm not going to lie . . . I'm totally gutted. I know we've just come off a win but were capable of medalling and it didn't come off. We know what we are capable of as a team and, hopefully, we can put in some good performances in the future."


Falkirk will aim to go one better when they take on West Lothian at Cumbernauld in the Scottish Cup semi-finals today, having pushed the eventual winners before losing over the closing stages in the Premiership title decider last month, writes Anne Dunwoodie.

In their first Premier campaign, Falkirk proved they can match the best and, on their travels in this event, they have eliminated East Lothian, winners over the past two years and five times in total, as well as four-time winners Midlothian. West Lothian are aiming to become the first six-time winners of the event and to complete a Premier League and cup double.

Neither Blantyre nor Stirling, who contest the other semi-final, have won the event before, although Blantyre made it to the final in 2008 but lost to Bainfield. Stirling, as a Division 1 side, will be the underdogs at Lanarkshire.

n Turriff and Whiteinch meet at Abbeyview tomorrow and Bainfield take on Auchinleck at Falkirk for places in the final of the Scottish Team Championship final at Bainfield next Sunday.


David Florence, the Olympic silver medallist, gears up for next month's Olympic selection races when he competes in this weekend's Premier Division races in Cardiff, writes Roddy Mackenzie. Florence, who hopes to make the Great Britain team in both canoe slalom singles and doubles with England's Richard Hounslow, won both events in his opening domestic races of the year at Nottingham earlier this month.

He is hoping for another double this weekend as he sharpens up for the trials which will be held at Lee Valley from April 13-15. His fellow Scot Campbell Walsh, Olympic silver medallist in 2004, competes in the kayak singles this weekend.


Scotland's David Millar faces a spell on the sidelines after injuring his collarbone in a crash during the E3 Prijs Vlaanderen in Belgium yesterday, writes Colin Renton. He came to grief around 70km from the end of the gruelling 203km event which was marred by accidents. Tom Boonen (Omega Pharma-QuickStep) took the honours when he sprinted to his fifth victory in the event.

n Scottish champion Evan Oliphant will turn his attention to moving up the general classification in the remaining three stages at the Vuelta Mexico after an attempt to deliver victory for Team Raleigh on Stage 5 went awry. He was charged with helping his colleague Daniel Holloway to post a win in the 80km criterium in Puebla and he took over on cue, raising the pace to leave Holloway ideally positioned behind team-mates Bernie Sulzberger and Tobyn Horton approaching the final corner. However, they took the bend too wide and forced Holloway into a barrier, ending his hopes of the win, although Horton held on for third spot.


Lynn McCafferty, the Great Britain captain from Cumbernauld, wants her team to make life hard for Poland in tomorrow's European Championship qualifier in Elblag even if a win is a tall order, writes Roddy Mackenzie. She played a starring role in Thursday's first leg at Loughborough University but could not prevent her team going down 33-20. "We were disappointed with the second half," admitted GB coach Jesper Holmris. "We can't play our best for 60 minutes and, when we have a bad spell, they scored so many because we make technical mistakes. But we will go into the second match in Poland with nothing to lose."


The sport was last night celebrating an unexpected new avenue for the growth of the game, in Cornwall, writes Kenneth Stephen. The recently formed Cornwall Shinty Club will face London Camanachd at Victoria Park in Taunton next month in the first all-English match this millennium.

The club was founded by Matt Mossop, an archaeologist and former student of St Andrews University, who became interested in hinty while studying. He decided to form a team and the sport has taken off, with the players now training twice a week. Local businesses and the village post office are supporting the club and Mossop has discovered that Cornwall was once a stronghold of the sport. "I have spoken to people who played shinty at school prior to the 1980s, when it died away," he said. "It seems that, in the 1920s, Cornwall was the team to beat around these parts so there is obviously a connection here."


Troon Prstwick & Ayr can finish the regular season at the top of the women's Schelde Sports Scottish League with a straight sets win over North Lanarkshire today, writes Roddy Mackenzie. It would move them above City of Edinburgh on sets percentage and give them top seeding for the league play-offs but the league is so tight that, if North Lanarkshire take even one set, then Edinburgh, who have completed their matches, would retain their place at the top and No.1 seeding for the play-offs.