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Shakin' Stevens fired up for final; Update.

MATTHEW STEVENS will sit back in Bournemouth today to watch John Higgins and Paul Hunter fight it out for the right to meet him in tomorrow's UK Snooker Championship final.

World No.26 Stevens last night knocked out Stoke's Dave Harold 9-7.

It will be the 21-year-old Welshman's first ranking tournament final and he can't wait to get started.

After completing victory over Harold with a brilliant 72 clearance to the pink, he said: "I don't mind who I play."

Higgins will be wary of Leeds youngster Hunter after losing 9-5 to him in the Welsh Open final last January.

SPEEDWAY: Britain's clubs can start team-building now after the top brass yesterday agreed that no club will be allowed to have riders whose cumulative points average is above 41 next term.

Edinburgh Monarchs and Glasgow Tigers will race in a 13-strong Premier League which includes newcomers Workington and Belle Vue.

The Knockout Cup will be straight KO next season as opposed to qualifying rounds. Edinburgh face Newcastle and Glasgow are paired with Reading. Berwick, Arena Essex and Belle Vue were given first round byes.

BADMINTON: Top seed Bruce Flockhart had two big wins to reach the last eight of the Scottish Open Championship in Edinburgh.

The Dunfermline player beat Mark Mackay, of Caithness, 15-4, 15-1, then thrashed Canadian Andrew Dabecka 15- 7, 15-3. He now plays England's Steve Isaac.

BOWLS: Blantyre's Margaret Letham became the first ever three-time winner of the Taylor Bowls Scottish Women's Indoor Singles title when she dumped former world champion Kate Adams 21-11 in yesterday's final.

BASKETBALL: Champs Midlothian Bulls take on title favourites Glasgow Sports Division in Lasswade tonight.

ICE HOCKEY: Grand Slam champions Ayr Eagles go into tonight's Superleague clash at Cardiff Devils desperate to win. Shawn Byram said: "We can't afford to drop any more games on the road if we want to keep the title.''
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 28, 1998
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