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Rusty Murray battles back to advance in Washington

Wednesday, 2018-08-01 07:09:07
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Wimbledon Preview - All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain - June 30, 2018 Britain's Andy Murray during practice. (Photo: Reuters)
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Former world number one Andy Murray was far from his best but was still good enough to come from behind and defeat American Mackenzie McDonald 3-6 6-4 7-5 in a marathon first-round match at the Washington Open on Monday.

* Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki was forced out of the Citi Open with a leg injury on Tuesday, withdrawing from the Washington, DC tournament just ahead of her first round match.

* Sloane Stephens began the build-up to her US Open title defence with a 7-5 6-4 win over wildcard Bethanie Mattek-Sands back on the American hardcourts at the Citi Open in Washington, DC on Tuesday.

* Former Croatia technical director Romeo Jozak has been appointed coach of the Kuwait national team and Olympic team on a two-year contract, the former Legia Warsaw boss has confirmed on social media.

* Former world number one Victoria Azarenka outlasted Kateryna Bondarenko 6-3 6-7(7) 7-5 at the Silicon Valley Classic on Monday to set up a highly-anticipated second-round clash with top-seeded Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday.

* The athletes of the two Koreas in unified teams at next month’s Asian Games will avoid wearing kit sponsored by global brands like Nike for fear of violating sanctions on Pyongyang that target luxury goods, officials said.

* Indonesia has invited the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea leader Kim Jong Un to attend the opening ceremony of the Asian Games in Jakarta in August following a similar invitation to the Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in, officials said.

* Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend has signed a three-year contract extension with the national team that will keep him in the role until 2021, Scottish Rugby announced on Tuesday.

* Manchester City have signed defender Philippe Sandler from Dutch top division side PEC Zwolle, the Premier League champions announced. City did not provide financial details of the deal, but media reports said the fee was in the region of EUR3 million (US$3.51 million).

* French midfielder N'Golo Kante has been offered a new five-year contract by Chelsea, according to British media reports on Tuesday (July 31). The pocket-sized 27-year-old dynamo will earn £290,000 (US$380,000) a week if he signs the new deal, reported The Times and the London Evening Standard.

* English football intends to start punishing managers who behave badly on the sidelines as severely as players on the field, the Football Association (FA) said on Tuesday (Jul 31). In the coming season, referees will be able to show red and yellow cards to coaching staff in England's top professional competitions, with the exception of the Premier League, as part of a pilot project based on the FA's existing "technical area code of conduct".

Reuters, CNA