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SPORTS UPDATE.

ATHLETICS: Rich Rad and skint Janine join forces for Super bid

MILLIONAIRE Paula Radcliffe and unemployed team-mate Janine Whitlock will lead the British women's challenge for promotion in today's European Cup First League match.

Radcliffe contests the3000metres on the opening day in Liera,Portugal, then races the 5000m 24 hours later, while Whitlock competes in the pole vault early in the opening session.

Both athletes are determined to help the GB side get back in the top flight and Radcliffe said: 'I believe we're good enough to be in the Super League. The competition is much better and we should be up there mixing it.'

While Radcliffe enjoys the best preparation lifestyle of any British athlete, Whitlock is living on daily handouts.

She was found guilty of a doping offence in 2002 - which she's always denied - and since returning to the top-flight has found life tougher away from the pole vault pit.

Whitlock, who has no personal or kit sponsor and no aid from the Sports Lottery Fund administered by UK Sport, said: 'I've come back far stronger and determined to succeed because I am innocent and was always innocent.'

BOWLS: Zetland trio Pat Johnston, June Struthers and Martha Balloch lost in the British Isles triples final at Leamington Spa 15-12 to England.

# The last round of National Cities & Counties Championship games take place today with only Ayrshire already assured of a semi-final spot.

#Oban's Willie Hay will represent Dumbartonshire & Argyll in the singles, for the seventh time, in the final stages of next month's national championships at Ayr.

In the District 24 finals, Hay beat Clydebank's Jim McGinlay 21-18.

CYCLING: Evan Oliphant will hope to repeat last week's podium finish when he lines up in tomorrow's East Yorkshire Classic, the latest event in the British Premier Calendar Series.

GRID: Edinburgh Wolves play the Merseyside Nighthawks tomorrow at the Jack Kane Centre, their last home match at the venue until late August. Wolves' home is being used as a campsite for the G8 protesters.

SPEEDWAY: Chris Schramm will be missing from Berwick's line-up against Newport Wasps at Shielfield Park tonight as he is competing at the Under-21World Championship semi-final in Poland. But Bandits will include new boy Carl Wilkinson
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jun 18, 2005
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