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Andy Murray Feeling Better for US Open

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The long road back for Andy Murray carries on, as he continues his comeback from hip surgery, and Murray officially returned to the tour in June, and has seen his ranking drop since. But Murray is feeling better each time he goes out to play.

“The last few days, I practiced for a couple of hours each day with some of the players,” Murray said on Friday at the US Open media day, according to ESPN. “It’s been good. It’s been difficult. It’s just been quite — my tennis has been a bit of stop-starty.”

Murray has had major up and downs along the way, but seems to be getting back on track.

“All injuries are completely different,” Murray said. “Some are more serious than others. Someone is out for a few weeks with a muscle injury, it’s very different to somebody recovering from a surgery on certain parts of the body. It’s notoriously more difficult.”

“My body feels better than it did a few weeks ago,” Murray said.

“I do feel that once my body is right again — which takes time when you haven’t played many matches in a year — I’m sure that my level will be OK to get me competing at the top of the game again,” Murray said.

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International Tennis Federation Defends Umpire Who Cited Serena Williams

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Umpire Carlos Ramos, who cited Serena Williams three code violations during the US Open final has been defended by the International Tennis Federation, the governing body.

Ramos, who said his “decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules”, cited Williams three times during her 6-2, 6-4 loss to Naomi Osaka on Saturday, once for getting coaching signals, another for breaking her racket, and a third for calling Ramos a “thief”.

The call for breaking her racket cost Williams a point.

On Sunday, the tournament referee docked Williams $10,000 for “verbal abuse” of the chair umpire, $4,000 for being warned for coaching and $3,000 for breaking her racket, according to reports.

The ITF stated that Ramos’ citations were “reaffirmed by the U.S. Open’s decision to fine Serena Williams for the three offenses”, on Monday, adding “Ramos undertook his duties as an official according to the relevant rule book and acted at all times with professionalism and integrity.”

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U.S. Ryder Cup Team Adds Tony Finau

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Tony Finau was the final pick by United States captain Jim Furyk to join the Ryder Cup team.

“There won’t be any locker room noise with me,” Finau said, according to the Associated Press (h/t ESPN). “I can play with anyone. I feel that my personality is just that way. I can bring the best out of different guys playing with them, and them the same to me. I’m pretty easy to play with. And I’m playing some good golf, some world-class golf.”

“He has an unbelievable body of work this year,” Furyk said. “All those top-10 finishes, the play in big championships and the majors, and then his current form, a second, a fourth and an eighth in the playoffs. He checked a lot of boxes and made it impossible not to pick him.”

“I never thought I was on that team until I got that call,” Finau said. “I made sure I played that way; I played like I always had something to prove. And I let the guys on the team know that I’d be a great pick and I’d be ready to go. It’s definitely cool to accomplish something like this and to be able to play as well as I have under the circumstances, it’s something I’m extremely proud of.”

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Aces’ A’ja Wilson Wins WNBA Rookie of the Year

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Las Vegas Aces’ A’ja Wilson, the number 1 pick in the draft and college player of the year, became the unanimous choice for WNBA Rookie of the Year.

“It means a lot with that rookie class,” Wilson said. “There are so many great players.”

Although the Aces struggled this season to a 14-20 record, Wilson was a star, and averaged 20.7 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.67 blocked shots and her scoring average was second all time by a WNBA rookie, to Seimone Augustus’ 21.9 PPG rookie campaign back in 2006.

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