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Murray blames bad returns

TENNIS: Andy Murray blamed a misfiring return of serve after he suffered final heartbreak at the hands of Novak Djokovic, losing in straight sets at the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami yesterday.

The world number one bullied Murray's serve throughout to clinch his first title of since the Australian Open 6-1 7-6 (7/4).

"I didn't return well today, which is normally one of the best parts of my game. That was the difference, in my opinion," said Murray. "(I was) not getting into enough of his service games because I missed too many returns.

"If I was able to get into more longer rallies on his service games, then maybe it would have been a different result in the second set."



Hirvonen moves into top spot

RALLYING: Mikko Hirvonen took control of the World Rally Championship as he moved to the top of the leaderboard following his first win for the Citroen team in Portugal.

Once team-mate Sebastien Loeb had fallen out of the race on Thursday and Jari-Matti Latvala and Petter Solberg had run into trouble in torrential rain on Friday, the race was Hirvonen's to lose. He made sure he did not do that, staying in control to finish a minute and 51 seconds ahead of Ford driver Mads Ostberg.



Morrison second in Portugal

TRIATHLON: Olympic hopeful Aileen Morrison claimed a gutsy second-place finish at the opening European Cup triathlon event in the Portuguese town of Quarteira.

Morrison had been languishing in seventh, over a minute behind leader Carole Peon of France following the cycle -- the middle element of the three -- but fought her way back up the field to claim a creditable podium place, with Spain's Ainhoa Murua claiming victory.


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