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Sportsfile; Fab Foster's gold cheer.

British swimmer Mark Foster snatched gold at the European Short- Course Championships in Rostock, Germany, yesterday.

The world record holder powered to victory by almost two tenths of a second in the 50 metres men's butterfly final after only scraping into the showdown in sixth place.

But Foster showed his real form to storm home with a time of 23.91 in the final. Germany's Fabian Hieronimus and Sweden's Jonas Akesson were second and third respectively.

Johanna Sjoberg of Sweden smashed the women's 100m butterfly record to win gold. Her 58.80 smashed the previous mark of 59.35 set by East German Kornelia Gressler in 1985.

Kingussie blasted in 11 goals for the second time this season as they thrashed Glenurquhart 11-0 to stay top of shinty's Premier Division and go six points clear. Ronald Ross grabbed five goals to bring his tally to 40. A double hat-trick by Victor Smith helped Fort William beat Newtonmore 7-1.

RESULTS: Marine Harvest League, Premier Div -Fort William 7, Newtonmore 1; Kingussie 11, Glenurquhart 0; Kyles Athletic 4, Inveraray 0; Oban Camanachd 7, Glasgow Mid Argyll 2. North Div 1 -Beauly 0, Kilmallie 3. North Div 2 - Lovat 1, Glen-garry 6. North Div 3 -Kinlochshiel 0, Boleskine 1. Balliemore Preliminary Cup (replay) -Strathglass 5, Inverness 0. First round -Caberfeidh 1, Skye 0; Lochaber 5, Kinlochshiel 0. Sutherland Cup first round - Caberfeidh 7, Lochaber 1. Second round -Glenurquhart 7, Aberdeen Univ 2; Inverness 1, Fort William 12. MacTavish Juvenile Cup second round -Newtonmore 0, Kingussie 8.

Technical adviser Ian Botham's arrival in Bulawayo has boosted England before today's one-day international against Zimbabwe. After Friday's victory against Matabeleland, skipper Mike Atherton said: "We are confident of success.''

Scotland's Jim Mailer and Bruce Flockhart both reached the Friends Providence British Grand Slam badminton tournament third round at Kirkham, Lancashire.

Britain's Darren Hall crashed out in the semi-finals of the World Cup Championship qualifying in Jakarta.

Swedish swimmer Johanna Sjoberg smashed the European women's 100m butterfly short-course record at the European Championships in Rostock, Germany. She clocked 58.80secs to beat the previous mark of 59.35 set by East German Kornelia Gressler in 1985.

Speedway promoter Neil Macfarlane will outline his plans to revive Glasgow Tigers at a public meeting at Shawfield Stadium tonight (7.30). Macfarlane is spearheading a management team bid to put the club back on track following its demise last winter.

Lifelong fan John Robertson of East Ord will join Mike and Yvette Hope as a co- promoter of Berwick Bandits.

British golfers Gary Evans (71-215) and Robin Byrd (70-216) are well adrift of Aussie leader Anthony Painter (207) going into the final round of the Coolum Classic in Australia.

Phil Mowbray of Scottish Universities captured the Inter-District Cross Country match at Cumbernauld for the second year in a row. He sprinted home in 33mins 04secs to see off national champion Robert Quinn (33.09), who led the West District team to victory over the East District. Northern Ireland took third place.
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Dec 15, 1996
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