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AXED Hawick coach Jim Hay last night revealed he's finished with rugby.

The ex-Scotland hooker says he can now look forward to the festive season without the club's problems hanging over him.

Hay was given his marching orders by Mansfield Park chiefs after the team plunged to the basement of the Premiership.

A fortnight ago Hay was banned from the touchline following after-match remarks aimed at a ref.

And it appeared time was running out because of behindthe-scenes friction with Hawick president Donald McLeod.

Hay, whose side suffered a 29-0 drubbing at the hands of Ayr on Saturday, said: "To be honest, I am relieved. Now I can have a stress-free Christmas!

"I love the club but maybe should have stood down at the end of last season. But you know how it is - I wanted to go on.

"Ultimately the coach takes the blame and I'll take it on the chin. I gave it my best shot - but Iwon't go back to rugby."

BASKETBALL: Scottish Rocks coach Sterling Davis has ended his lengthy search for a centre by luring former team-mate Wil Johnson to the Kelvin Hall.

The 34-year-old 6ft 9in American, spent last season with Greek side Larissa.

SNOOKER: James McBain failed to qualify for this month's Maplin UK Championship after a 9-6 loss to China's Liu Chuang in Sheffield yesterday.

ScottMacKenzie facesMark Davis in the second qualifying round today while Alan McManus, Jamie Burnett and Marcus Campbell play on Friday.

TENNIS: Injury forced Jamie Baker out of the ITF Futures event in the Dominican Republic at the 11th hour.

ATHLETICS: Laura Kenney (senior), Morag McLarty (Under-23) and Chris O'Hare (Under-20) are in the GB squad for the European Cross Country Championships in Brussels on December 14.
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Date:Dec 3, 2008
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