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Bottas: Now we're going all out Fer a podium run; update.

WILLIAMS raced to their first podium of the season in Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix - and then set their sights on overhauling Ferrari.

Valtteri Bottas came home third behind dominant Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

Williams ended 2014 with nine podiums but didn't land their first until the eighth race in Austria - the next stop in this year's calendar.

Bottas said: "Austria and Silverstone will suit our car and I'm quite confident with the package we have coming to Austria.

"If it works like all the updates so far we could be fighting for many more podiums."

The second Williams of Felipe Massa was sixth after the Brazilian fought through the field on a one-stop strategy having started 15th.

And the team head of performance Rob Smedley believes Ferrari - second in the constructors' standings - can be reeled in.

He said: "We have to believe we can be in front. We can come out the next two races bagging more points than Ferrari."

ROWING: A record eight Scots will be in the GB team for the World Cup in Varese, Italy, later this month.

New European champion Heather Stanning continues her world and Olympic pairs partnership with Helen Glover while Olympic champion Katherine Grainger swaps sets with new double sculls partner Vicky Thornley.

Having won European gold in the lightweight single sculls two weeks ago, Imogen Walsh moves into the doubles with Eleanor Piggott, Victoria Meyer-Laker returns after injury to the eights and Karen Bennett is women's reserve.

Alan Sinclair continues in the European champion men's four and Calum McBrierty debuts this season in a pairs combination with Mat Tarrant.

Commonwealth champion Angus Groom joins the quadruple sculls and Sam Scrimgeour is back to lightweight pairs with Jonathan Clegg. BASKETBALL: Former Glasgow Rocks forward Erin McGarrachan is in GB's 12-strong squad for EuroBasket women in Hungary.

They need a top-six finish to keep alive hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics and face Russia in Friday's first-round opener.

ICE HOCKEY: Doug Clarkson, who helped Cardiff Devils win the Challenge Cup last season, has signed for bottom-placed Dundee Stars.

The free-scoring forward, Canadian-born but British, said: "Dundee are looking to build a team the fans can be proud to support - it's exciting to be part of a process like that."

VOLLEYBALL: Team Caledonia continued their build-up for this month's European Championship Small Countries finals in Luxembourg with a 3-2 win over Scotland Juniors in the final of the Scottish Open in Perth as USA Athletes beat Team Ecosse 3-2 to lift the women's trophy. HOCKEY: Top players will host a one-day coaching clinic fundraiser on Sunday, June 21 at Glasgow's National Centre with Scotland also facing Wales in a challenge clash at 9am.

CRICKET:Holders Grange will host Eastern Premier rivals Stoneywood-Dyce in the Scottish Cup quarter-finals later this month after beating Prestwick.


SOME FIN SPECIALBOTTAS bagged first Williams podium

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Date:Jun 9, 2015
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