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Motor Racing: Schumi is back on track; UPDATE.

MICHAEL SCHUMACHER insists his World Championship fightback will begin in Sunday's British Grand Prix after Ferrari conducted one of the most intensive tests in recent history.

The German has been burning the midnight oil after seeing his hopes of a record sixth drivers' crown this season come under threat, having been trounced on successive weekends by his brother Ralf.

Schumacher and Ferrari's three other drivers clocked up more than 2500 miles last week in preparation for what the reigning champion expects to be a thrilling end- of-season scrap.

He said: "We did a lot of work and found some promising things in the test. We'll be well rewarded this weekend.

"We've had some problems recently but I know there will be tracks in the remaining races that will favour us - and Silverstone is one of them.

"We will have some new parts on the car this weekend which is encouraging so I am sure we will be competitive again. But I still fully expect the fight to be between the top three teams again.

"I am looking forward to the rest of the season. There have been some interesting races so far but I know there will be more interesting ones to come."

RUGBY: Scotland coach Ian McGeechan has included all 26 players who toured South Africa this summer in his 50-strong preliminary squad for the World Cup in Australia.

ICE HOCKEY: The funeral of Jackson McBride, one of Scotland's best home- bred players, takes place at Ayr Crematorium at 11am today.

The former Ayr Bruins forward, who played for Great Britain and was a member of several All- Star teams, died suddenly last week aged 57.

CRICKET: Saltires skipper Craig Wright reckons the sport's biggest-ever sponsorship deal in Scotland can propel his team towards the Test stage.

Wright was speaking after Lloyds TSB Scotland completed a deal worth around Pounds 250,000.

POOL: David Riggins, 16, from Kingspark, Rutherglen won the world eight- ball title in Bridlington, Yorkshire yesterday.

SPEEDWAY: Rory Schlein's recent purple patch could see the teenager installed as temporary No.1 for Edinburgh Monarchs.

The move could be forced on the Armadale club following the loss of skipper Frede Schott with a broken collar bone.

BOXING: Glasgow Palace of Arts is poised to become a centre of excellence, Scottish national coach John McKay confirmed yesterday.
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Date:Jul 16, 2003
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