Sport listings

Boxing Day, Glasgow continued

Football: Celtic v Hearts ('eltic Park. Kerrydale Street. l’arkhead. 55l 8653. 3pm. £23 (til-ll. This typically entertaining fixture should see the Jamhos raise their game as they trayel \yes't.


Football: Hibernian v Partick Thistle liaster Road. l2 Alhion l’lace.

66l I875. 3pm. {l7 £22 f£l()). ll. Bohhy

Williamson's side concentrate on that third place slot. then this fixture should he a walkoyer.

Ice hockey: Edinburgh Capitals V Fife .‘ylurrayficld Ice Rink. Riyei‘sdale Crescent. 337 6933. 6pm. L“) (1.5). Ice hockey league match.


The fortnight’s essential viewing I Golt World Cup Sky Sports 2. until Sun 15 Dec. Broadcast live from Mexico. the world‘s top golfers compete in this prestigious tournament.

I UK Snooker Championship BBC1/2, until Sun 15 Dec. Can the seemingly invincible Ronnie O'Sullivan add a fourth UK Championship title to his winnings? I European Curling Championships Eurosport. until Sat 14 Dec. Following their glamour friendly at Braehead. Scotland's curling stars head to Switzerland for the chance to add the European trophy to their cabinet.

I Australia v England Sky Sports 2. Fri 13 & Sun 15 Dec. times vary. Coverage of the one-day internationals in the VB Series. followed by coverage of the Ashes from Wed 25—Sun 29 Dec. Compulsive viewing for insomniacs. IWorld Championship Boxing Sky Sports. Sat 14 Dec. 5.30pm. Fight night action from Newcastle featuring reigning world Champion Joe Calzaghe and Tocker Pudwill competing for the WBO Super- Middleweight crown. Ricky Hatton and Joe Hutchinson battling for the WBU Light-Welten/veight title. and the British Super-Feathem/eight tie between Alex Arthur and Carl Greaves.

I Partlck Thistle v Rangers BBC1. Sun 22 Dec. 3pm. Live coverage of the Glasgow derby.

I Welsh Grand National BBC. Fri 27 Dec, 12.35pm. All the latest racing action from Chepstow.

I Kilmarnock v Rangers BBC1. Sun 29 Dec. 3pm. Alex McLeish's men complete a televised treble in this SPL game.

I Aberdeen v Celtic BBC1. Thu 2 Jan. 3pm. Martin O‘Neill and his team face the Dons in this typically high-scoring fixture.

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Outside the cities Horse-racing: Ayr Races Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. ()l2‘)2 264l7‘). l2.55pm. £7 L'l-l. National llunt racing.

Football: Motherwell v Rangers Fir l’ark. Manse Road. Motheryyell. 01698 333333. 3pm. £15 £19 (£6 £8). The Steel Men have already pulled olT an Old Firm shock this season. (‘ould they make it a double whammy"?

OutSIde the Cities Athletics: Athletics Gala Musselhurgh Racecourse. Linklicld Road. Musselhurgh. 665 285‘).

l lam 3pm. Free. New year sprint heats.

Saturday 28


Athletics: Glasgow City Council Indoor Open Graded Meeting Kelyin llall International Sports Arena. l-l-l5 Argyle Street. 287 372i. 2pm. Athletics meeting.

Outside the cities Horse-racing: Musselburgh Races Mussclhurgh Racecourse. Linklield Road. .‘yltisselhui'gh. ()l3l 665 285‘). l2.3()pm. £10- L'l5 (£5): under l6s free. National hunt racing. which also features the final of the New Year sprint.

Glasgow Football: Celtic v Dunfermline Athletic (‘cltic l’ark. Kerry dale Street.


Experience the va-va-voom

l’ai'khcad. 55l 8653. 3pm. £23 til-l). The Pars haye been the surprise (ill-lttl'lll team this season and will do their best to unsteady the l’arkhead Bhoys. Football: Partick Thistle v Dundee United l-‘ii'hill. 8t) l‘irhill Road. 57‘) l‘)7l. 3pm. “51928). It the Jags continue to get results oycr the league minnoyy s. then they should he able to ayoid relegation.

Basketball: Scottish Rocks v Thames Valley Brachead Arena. Kings liich Road. 56l ll-lf). 5pm. £7 (£5l: family ticket £20. A series ol recent defeats must he a real confidence drain. hut let’s hope the Rocks will he hack on form in this BBI. match.


Football: Hibernian v Aberdeen liaslci' Road. l2 Albion Place. 661 I875. 3pm. U7 £22 (fllll. lihhc Skoydahl's men head to the capital intent on

improy ing an othcryyisc dismal season. Ice hockey: Edinburgh Capitals v Hull Murray field Ice Rink. Riycrsdale ('resccnt. 337 6033. 6pm. L“) (£5). Ice hockey lcagtic match.

Outside the cities Football: Kilmarnock v Rangers Rughy l’ark. Rtighy Road. Kilmarnock.

()l563 525l8-l. 3pm. {l8 it'llli. The (iei‘s haye found Kilmarnock sticky opposition in the past. bill will need to stay focused it" they don't “ant to needlessly drop points.

New Year’s Day Edinburgh Athletics: New Year’s Day Triathalon littlyt‘ood l’al'k. ()l‘)()r\’ 6789-15. l2.3()pm. l-iee for spectators. Watch local athletes syy im 400m iii the (‘oiiimonyyealth l’ool. cycle I l miles round Arthur's Seat and then run 3.5 miles to finish off". Fun run: One O’Clock Run (‘asile lisplanade. lidinhurgh ('astlc. Royal Mile. 225 l l88. lpm. Free. (iet out and about with the dawning of a ncyy year \yith a relaxing i'un starting at the (‘astle lisplanade and moving do“ it into the Royal Mile. ('hcck-in starts on the day from I lam on the lisplanade.


Ice hockey: Ice Hockey Tournament Murraylield Ice Rink. Riycrsdale (‘i'cscenL 337 6933. 6 9pm. {the See photo caption.

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‘Are you shitting all right?‘ the instructor asks as he straps me into the front seat of the rally car. We“. now that you mention it. not really.’ I reply as the reality of what he'd said sunk in and he blushed a deep shade of crimson. I was about to embark on a day of death-defying drivmg around the race tracks of Knockhill and my bowels felt

far from seCure.

After a Quick safety brief. we started the day With a lesson on the skid pan. This was an invaluable lesson on how to save your ass if you lose control of your car. as well being great craic. But it was the rally nging which really got my pulse racing.

'Drive it like you stole it.' I was told. Easny done. With a pro by my Side. I screamed round the corners of the racetrack as he shouted instructions.

I had a Penelope Pitstop moment too. buckled into a Legend. possibly the dinkiest car in the world. But there wasn't a moment to powder my nose as l sped off at the

breakneck speed of 25mph.

And. finally. we were set loose on the mud. Although less speedy. off-road driving generates a huge thrill of its own and is much scarier. | chickened out of one near- vertical drop JLlSl as the nose tipped over the top. and for the first time that day I saw an instructor panic as he worked out how to back us out of this little Hal/(Ill Job. Well. if I'd managed everything I'd have no excuse to go back.

Is it good value? It's not cheap but it's not exactly something you get to do everyday. Or I wouldn't recommend you did. anyway. (Susannah Mclvfickingi I Knock/ii/I Rae/rig C/rcurf, Knock/till. Dunferm/me. 0/383 7 2333 7.

WWW. knock/rill. com. Prices for race day packages start at 5‘85.

Where to do it

Listed below are details of offroad centres in Scotland. Please phone in advance to check availability.

The Scottish Offroad Driving Centre This well established centre is within an hour’s driye ot‘ hoth (ilasgoyy and lidinhurgh. [is 5()() acres are used mostly for ‘recreational' training. ic for those yyho “ant to do it for a hit of fun. The purpose-built obstacles \yill Iiaye you tipping oyer hlind desccnts and tll'l\ ing through water that coycrs thc honnct. Scary stul'f'. Prices range from £65 £300. (iil'l \otleltel‘s are also ayailahle. .SII'riI/iniig/n. I'iti'. 0/.1’375’60 52.8, ii'ii‘ii‘Ji'rtlrtfli‘mlr/iu.Ii/s.

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Highland Offroad Highland ()i‘i'mail is also within easy distance ol' ltotlt lidinhurgh and (ilasgoyy. With 28f) acres ol mud aitd difficult terrain there are nerye-yy racking challenges for both the ito\ ice and the hardcore ofl'i‘oadcr. Prices are front £55 £275 and gift youchers are ayailahle. Unlike/d. I’r'rllis'lii'rr'. 0/35!) 728 70!), lt‘ll‘ll'.[High/(UNI!Mirlultl.t'UIH.

I‘i‘i‘t’pll'UIIU' high/(link{[Il'rtrlrI.i"UH! Wigtown Offroad The 40 acres of this oll'i‘oad driy ing course may look tame htit you “out he thinking that as you slip—slide auay do“ n hlind desccnts. up impossible looking hills and through deep water. Prices are from £80 {I50 and gift youchcrs arc ayailahlc. Hie/mm. Hunt/rim. 0/377 800 5.28. \i'ti‘tt'.Nightly/NIH}?tilrl.i‘U.lily. (/I'r'll‘(” ll'()I'(/..\U/.(‘U.ll/\

Protec Just 2() miles from (ilasgoyy. this is an easy escape l‘l'ttlll the city. The centre specialises principally in corporate days out. ltttl it also ol'l-et's recreational and certified training. Prices on application ias they cater to your needs). (iil’t youchcrs are also ayailahlc. [it'll/l. .‘l\'l‘.\/lil'('. (H.505 .502 .WU. ii'ii'ii'./n‘ulr’iint/HitterMir/x.

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