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Tired Murray exits US Open

TENNIS: Andy Murray will aim to find the answer to why he struggled to cope physically in his US Open defeat by Stanislas Wawrinka last night as another tilt at a first Grand Slam title ended in disappointment at Flushing Meadow, New York.

Murray took the opening set in a tie-break but Wawrinka hit back to complete a 6-7 (3/7) 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 6-3 victory in three hours and 56 minutes.

"I haven't been really tired in any long matches for a long, long time," said Murray.

"In the third and fourth sets I was struggling physically and I got frustrated with that."

Meanwhile, in the women's event, Ana Ivanovic was defeated 6-2 6-1 in her fourth-round clash with defending champion Kim Clijsters, who will meet Samantha Stosur in the next phase after the Australian's epic 6-3 2-6 7-6 (7/2) win over Russia's Elena Dementieva.

Hameed's a 'teen'

CRICKET: Pakistan must try to level their NatWest International Twenty20 series against England tomorrow, despite still having to contend with a crisis which refuses to go away.

The 'spot-fixing' controversy lurched through another weekend -- thanks to further revelations in the News of the World yesterday, in which Yasir Hameed was quoted, accusing his team-mates of trying to lose matches for apparent financial gain.

Pakistan later lost by five wickets against England at Cardiff's SWALEC Stadium, and will return there tomorrow to try to level the two-match series.

Pakistan's limited-overs captain Shahid Afridi last night described Hameed as having the mental age of an adolescent.

Afridi claims Hameed - not part of the current limited-overs squad - is an unpredictable character. "I think he is 30, 31. But mentally he is 15, 16," he said.

Asked whether Hameed can be unreliable, he added: "Yeah, the people know which type of character he is."

Macklin seals bout

BOXING: Matthew Macklin will now meet tough Georgian middle-weight Shalva Jomardashvili for the vacant European title in his native Birmingham on September 18 instead of England's Darren Barker. Meanwhile, Dublin lightweight Stephen Ormond stretched his unbeaten run to seven with a points win over Londoner Johnny Greaves in Glasgow on Saturday.


Major League: Florida 7 Atlanta 6 (10 innings), NY Yankees 3 Toronto 7, Baltimore 8 Tampa Bay 7, Boston 5 Chicago White Sox 7, Philadelphia 2 Milwaukee 6, Pittsburgh 1 Washington 8, Kansas City 2 Detroit 1, Minnesota 6 Texas 5, St Louis 4 Cincinnati 2, Chicago Cubs 5 NY Mets 18, Oakland 4 LA Angels 7, San Diego 2 Colorado 4, Seattle 3 Cleveland 0, Arizona 2 Houston 3, LA Dodgers 0 San Francisco 3.