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Murray: Win is a springboard


Andy Murray. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Andy Murray. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

Andy Murray. Picture: Adam Davy/PA Wire

TENNIS: Andy Murray is getting a taste for grand slam titles and believes crushing Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon will be a springboard to take his career to the next level.

"I know what it feels like to lose in finals, in a Wimbledon final, but now I know what it feels like to win and that's certainly a lot better and it's worth putting in the hard work for," Murray said yesterday.

"I didn't know last year that it was worth it because I had never won a grand slam before until the US Open.

"After that you realise the hours you put in training, preparing and working on the practice court, it's all worth it.

"So I hope this is a springboard for me and I will use it for my advantage."



GOLF: Scotland's Stephen Gallacher has had an Open reprieve after former champion John Daly pulled out of next week's event at Muirfield.

After Sunday's French Open, Gallacher learned he had missed out on a spot at the 142nd Championship by just €876.

But the withdrawal of Daly, the 1995 Open winner, means the 38-year-old is now in the field.

There are two more exemptions to come next Monday: one from the John Deere Classic and one from the Scottish Open.



CRICKET: England bowling coach David Saker is confident about the team's chances of claiming a third successive Ashes victory against Australia.

"I think psychologically we're in a much better place," said Saker ahead of the start of the opening Test at Trent Bridge tomorrow.

"The Aussies will fight, there's no doubt about that... but if we score the runs we're capable of then we'll win comfortably."



MLB: Philadelphia 3 Washington 2, Pittsburgh 1 Oakland 2, Baltimore 5 Texas 8, Cleveland 2 Detroit 4 (10 innings), NY Yankees 1 Kansas City 5, Miami 1 Atlanta 7 (14 innings), Tampa Bay 7 Minnesota 4 , Milwaukee 4 Cincinnati 3, Chicago White Sox 2 Chicago Cubs 8, Arizona 1 LA Dodgers 6, Seattle 11 Boston 4, San Diego 2 Colorado 4, San Francisco 3 NY Mets 4 (16 innings).