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Lewis is leading charge on Nico; SPORTS LOG.

Lewis Hamilton says he had no option but to seal pole for today's Spanish Grand Prix as he bids to derail F1 front runner Nico Rosberg.

German Rosberg, who starts next to his Mercedes pal on the front row, has a 43-point lead over Hamilton after winning all four of this season's grands prix.

Hamilton's title defence has been blighted by mechanical problems but he blitzed his title rival by nearly three-tenths of a second in qualifying.

The Brit said: "You can't overtake here so pole is the only option. Issues have got in the way but I am focused."

| Chris O'Hare came fourth at the Adidas Grand Prix in Germany last night in a rare outing over 800 metres for the Scot.

The European 1500m medallist branded his first outing on the European circuit this summer "very average" as he ran 1:49.47.

| Rio-bound swimmer Robbie Renwick hopes to get a head start on his Olympic rivals at the European Championships which start tomorrow.

Ahead of the event in London, the Scot said: "It's a great chance to get in and race with the best."

| Scots diving prospect Grace Reid secured a huge boost to her Olympic hopes by landing bronze in the 3-metre springboard final last night at the European Aquatics Championships in London.

| Scot Eilidh Gibson was squeezed out the medals by British pal Mallory Franklin in the canoe singles at the European Championships in Slovakia.

| Edinburgh Captials are looking for a new boss after axing player/coach Riley Emmerson.

| Bromac Kelburne are still unbeaten at the European Club Champions Trophy after a 1-1 draw with Swiss side Rotweiss Wettingen in Glasgow.

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