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SPORTS UPDATE: Jonathan's title dream ends in a nightmare.

JONATHAN ALLAN saw his World Indoor Championship dream cruelly ended at Hopton-on-Sea, Great Yarmouth, last night.

The Edinburgh bowler was taken to a tiebreak before losing 8-8 5-5 2- 1 to former champion John Price from Port Talbot in the last-16 clash.

It was heartbreak for Allan who said: "I am shattered and words cannot express how I feel, but I can't be disappointed with my performance."

Aussie Mark McMahon edged Antrim's Michael Nutt 7-8 11-9 2-1, Welshman Robert Weale pipped Gary McCloy from Ballymoney 8-6 9-4 2-1 and Mark Bantock of Reading beat Les Gillett 5-7 9-2 2-1.

SNOOKER: Glasgow's Martin Dziewaltowski pipped Paul Wykes 5-4 in Blackpool yesterday in the second round of qualifying for the European Open.

Fellow-Scot David McLellan went down 5-3 to Rod Lawler of England.

John Parrott failed to qualify for the final stages of the pounds 597,000 Regal Welsh Open at the same venue. He lost 5-1 to England's Barry Hawkins.

TENNIS: Elena Baltacha has been handed a tough first round draw against American No.15 seed Alexandra Stevenson in her first Australian Open next week.

The British No.1 received a wildcard invite to the first Grand Slam event of the year after reaching the third round of Wimbledon in July.

England's Arvind Palmer failed to qualify for the men's event, losing 6-1 7-5 to Israel's Amir Hadad.

ATHLETICS: UK Athletics has moved to ease fears over the controversial new "one strike" false start rule which will be first used at the Norwich Union International in Glasgow on February 2.

Under the new ruling only one false start per race will be allowed rather than one per athlete as before.

Any athlete making the second false start of a race will be automatically disqualified.

Top sprinter Mark Lewis-Francis said: "It puts a lot more pressure on athletes at the start of a race."

But UKA said yesterday an elite group of officials would work at all the big events to ensure a smooth introduction of the new rules.

Tickets for the Norwich Union International (GB v Russia v Sweden v Italy v Euro Select) are available by phone on 0870 444 4440 or online at www.ukathletics.net

BADMINTON: Glasgow's Alistair Casey crashed out of the Portuguese International Championships in Lisbon yesterday after losing his rackets and kit in transit. He had to play with borrowed gear and lost 15-6 15-4 to local player Fernando Silva in the first qualifying round.

He entered the tourney as part of his bid to raise his playing standards, ironically missing out on this weekend's Dunfermline Championships.

BASKETBALL: Scottish international forward Roni Gordon looks certain to sign for the Scottish Rocks after making a surprise return from college in the USA.

CURLING: Kelly Wood's Letham Grange won their opening two ties to lie second in their group at the Berne Ladies International Tournament in Switzerland.

GOLF: David Patrick shares 10th place going into today's final round of the Asian PGA Tour qualifying school at Malacca, Malaysia.

The 27-year-old from Edinburgh struggled to a three-over 75 for 217 but, with 29 qualifying places up for grabs, the former Walker Cup player should still make next week's final.

HOCKEY: Scotland's men lost 6-5 to Denmark last night in the opening match of the Glasgow World Indoor Classic at the Kelvin Hall.
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Date:Jan 11, 2003
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