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Scotland misery in Canada goes on; Update.

SCOTLAND'S World Curling Championship hopes ended after two defeats inEdmonton yesterday.

Warwick Smith's reigning champions were beaten 6-1 by Finland in the morning session, after a four at the fourth end broke the scoreless deadlock.

That was the fourth defeat in six matches for a side who triumphed inMassachusetts last year.

A fifth loss came in the late evening session, with the United States winning 6-4.

Scotland had been in contention after their opening three matches, two of which they won, but four consecutive losses have left them 11th in the 12-team round-robin event.

Only the leading four countries advance to play-offs after 11 rounds of matches.

SNOOKER: Stephen Hendry and Ronnie O'Sullivan clash tonight in the penultimate leg of the Legends Snooker Challenge at the Rothes Halls.

The 110sport stablemates have played four games in the series and are locked at 2-2 ahead of the meeting in Glenrothes.

AUTO: Scuderia Ecosse have resigned themselves to losing Czech driver Tomas Enge as he recovers from serious multiple crash injuries.

Enge was leading for Petersen Motorsport in St Petersburg on Saturday when he hit a wall, shattering an elbow, breaking ribs and puncturing a lung. He has been transferred from Florida to Indianapolis and is expected to undergo surgery tomorrow.

The Czech signed for Scotland's premier motor racing team in the winter to bolster Stewart Roden's outfit's quest to win the FIA GT championship.

SPEEDWAY: Newcastle skipper Christian Henry is aiming to sink former club Edinburgh Monarchs at Armadale tomorrow night.

The 26-year-old Aussie said: "We've three former Monarchs in our line-up, Ross Brady, Sean Stoddart and myself and we're looking for a result."

HOCKEY: Western open their European Cup-Winners' Cup campaign in Madrid today with a tough joust against English cracks Canterbury.

CRICKET: John Blain has been backed to become Scotland captain by former Yorkshire and England star Arnie Sidebottom. Blain's in the frame along with Forfarshire's Ryan Watson to replace Craig Wright who stood down after the World Cup.

Rotherham coach Sidebottom said: "John would make a fantastic captain for Scotland. He's been our skipper for the last couple of seasons and has been absolutely brilliant."

SQUASH: Scot John White has been drawn to face Australian Cameron Pilley in the first round of the Kuwait Open.

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