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Higgins in the right frame of mind now; UPDATE.

JOHN Higgins reckons the JOHN HIGGINS reckons the confidence he gained from his Welsh Open triumph his Welsh Open triumph helped him survive a scare helped him survive a scare against fellow Scot Jamie against fellow Scot Jamie Burnett in the Indian Open Burnett in the Indian Open first round. first round.

Higgins has enjoyed an Higgins has enjoyed an upturn in form recently and upturn in form recently and although not at his best in although not at his best in Mumbai the recent Welsh Open winner turned on the style with a sublime century in the sixth frame to win 4-2 and set up a clash with England's Jamie Cope.

Higgins said: "Winning the Welsh Open has given me a bit of extra confidence that when a match is close I can get in and make a frame-winning brea k."

Anthony McGill swept aside Tom Ford 4-0 to progress to the second round but fellow Scots Marcus Campbell and Rhys Clark suffered 4-2 defeat s to Joe Perry and Chris Wakelin respectively.

ICE HOCKEY: Edinburgh Capitals playcaller Richard Hartmann slammed his side as they threw away a comfortable lead before losing to Hull Stingr ays.

The Slovakian saw his The Slovakian saw his men skate to a 3-0 lead at men skate to a 3-0 lead at play-off rivals Hull in 18 play-off rivals Hull in 18 minutes only to lose 5-4 after minutes only to lose 5-4 after penalty shots. penalty shots.

Hartmann said: "We Hartmann said: "We threw it away." threw it away."

HOCKEY: HOCKEY:Grange have been handed a tough draw in the handed a tough draw in the European Club Champions European Club Champions Trophy in Dublin as they will Trophy in Dublin as they will face Stroitel Brest (Belarus), face Stroitel Brest (Belarus), Vinnitsa (Ukraine) and Three Vinnitsa (Ukraine) and Three Rock Rovers (Ireland) in the Rock Rovers (Ireland) in the pool competition. pool competition. JUDO: JUDO:Tain's Connie Ramsay gained vital world ranking gained vital world ranking points by winning bronze at points by winning bronze at the Panamerican Open in the Panamerican Open in Santiago, Chile.

The Commonwealth Games bronze medallist defeated Argentina's Gabriela Narvaey to win a medal in the Under-57kg event.

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