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Murray makes tennis history at Queen’s

Murray triumphs at Queens

Tennis: Andy Murray made tennis history by winning his fifth Queen’s Club title and confirming his place as Scotland’s greatest sportsman.

The Scot secured victory in the Aegon Championships 6-7 (5-7), 6-4, 6-3 against the Canadian Milos Raonic, overtaking the four Queen’s Club titles won by John McEnroe, Roy Emerson, Lleyton Hewitt and Boris Becker.

It was another huge milestone for the Dunblane-born world number number who will now head to Wimbledon in arguably the best form of his career and in the hope of adding to his 2013 triumph.

It has been a scintillating start to the season for the Scot who has now played in four finals in the first half of the calendar year, winning two.

At Queen’s he looked beaten after losing the first set and trailing 0-3 in the second. But he called upon reserves of strength and tactical nous to mount a formidable comeback to take the set 6-4 and set up a decider in which he had three Championship points.

Murray wins Queens fifth time

It was Murray’s first tournament final since reuniting with coach Ivan Lendl last week and the renewed collaboration bodes well for the remainder of the season.

The final at Queen’s Club, described by Murray as being one of the finest grass court venues in he world, produced the added intrigue of bringing former playing rivals Lendl and John McEnroe into opposition as coaches for the first time.

But while McEnroe smiled as he was referenced during the trophy presentation, Lendl slipped away, leaving his protege to bask in his victory.

“It was nice of him to stick around the for the presentation,” joked Murray in the post-match interview.

Only Roger Federer among active players has won more than Murray’s seven titles on grass and the Scot will now hope to edge closer with a second victory at Wimbledon.

At Queen’s he produced some of his best tennis, once he overcame his stuttering start. After losing that first set he took out his frustration on his kit bag, a display of anger that seemed to galvanise him.

Raonic was in command and looked on course for his first tournament victory on grass.

But the Scot’s resilience saw off the big-serving Canadian with a series of spectacular passing shots and unanswerable serves of his own.

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Golf: Dustin Johnson overcame Shane Lowry’s four-shot lead to win the US Open, his first major.

His victory came amid some controversy over whether Johnson should have been penalised when his ball moved on the fifth green.

He suffered a penalty stroke though it did not affect the outcome as he won by three from Lowry, who had three bogeys from the 14th.

Americans Jim Furyk and Scott Piercy finished tied for second with Irishman Shane Lowry who looked destined for the trophy.

England’s Lee Westwood, who briefly headed the leaderboard, faded to finish on eight over.

The penalty incident overshadowed Johnson’s victory as it left spectators unsure about whether or not Lowry was level with or one behind Johnson.

The ball moved slightly as Johnson made two practice putts on the fifth tee. Westwood, his playing partner, confirmed that Johnson did not strike the ball. After checking with the official he then proceeded to par the hole.

But Johnson was approached by another rules official on the 12th tee and informed that the incident would be reviewed. The penalty stroke was eventually upheld and he United States Golf Association (USGA) later said it wanted Johnson to be fully aware of the decision.

However, fellow golfers criticised the USGA. Rory McIlroy described it as “amateur” while Jordan Spieth called it “a joke”.

Final leaderboard

-4 D Johnson (US); -1 S Lowry (Ire), S Piercy (US), J Furyk (US); level S Garcia (Spa), B Grance (SA)

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Euro2016Football: France and Switzerland qualified for the knock-out phase of Euro 2016 after playing out a goal-less draw.

Albania secured their first-ever victory at a top tournament with a 1-0 success over Romania to keep alive their hopes of progressing to the next stage.

England and Wales will be in action on Monday, England needing at least a draw against Slovakia while the Welsh must beat Russia.

Cristiano Ronaldo’s record 128th appearance for Portugal was hardly an evening for celebration after he missed a penalty and had a goal disallowed.

Austria held on for a 0-0 draw to give them their first point in Euro 2016.

While it was not Ronaldo’s night, he has attempted more shots in the tournament than nine other teams.

Iceland were cruelly denied a historic victory when yet another late goal secured a point for Hungary.

A disputed penalty for Iceland and an own goal settled the outcome which practically guarantees Hungary a place in the last 16.

Republic of Ireland will have to beat Italy if they are to join them after losing 3-0 to Belgium, one of the pre-tournament favourites.

Everton’s Romelu Lukaku scored twice for Belgium either side of Axel Witsel’s goal. Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois was not forced to make a single save.

Monday games:

England v Slovakia (8pm)

Wales v Russia (8pm)

Tables:

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Mark WarburtonFootball: Rangers are said to be in talks with out-of-contract Huddersfield striker James Vaughan and Crystal Palace defender Adrian Mariappa, as manager Mark Warburton attempts to strengthen his squad ahead of the club’s return to the top flight.

Ibrox assistant Davie Weir and chief scout Frank McParland were spotted speaking to the Jamaican international and his agent.

The defender, who can play at centre back and right back, made an impression at Watford and Reading but he has been limited to just three appearances at Selhurst Park. He came on as a 94th minute substitute in the FA Cup Final against Man United.

Mariappa has 37 caps for his country and was captain in all three recent Copa America fixtures.

If Mariappa signs, he would join defender Clint Hill in a reshaped Rangers defence.

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Greig Laidlaw vidRugbyScotland overcame a much-changed Japan in Toyota City, defeating their hosts 26-13 in the first test.

Captain Greig Laidlaw scored 16 points against a team without seven of the players who secured that famous victory against South Africa in last year’s World Cup.

Poor discipline undid the Japanese team who had two players sin-binned.

The two teams meet again next Saturday in Tokyo.

Japan: Matsushima, Paea, Bennetts, Tatekawa, Sasakura, Tamura, Shigeno, Inagaki, S. Horie, Hatakeyama, H. Ono, Kotaki, Tui, Kin, Mafi.

Replacements: Uchida for Shigeno (49), Kakinaga for Hatakeyama (52), Yamamoto for Tui (79). Not Used: Kizu, K. Ono, Mikami, Yatabe, Matsuda. Sin Bin: Tui (35), Matsuda (38).

Scotland: Hogg, Seymour, Taylor, Scott, Hoyland, Jackson, Laidlaw, Dickinson, McInally, Nel, R. Gray, J. Gray, Barclay, Hardie, Wilson.

Replacements: Horne for Taylor (67), Maitland for Hoyland (57), Brown for McInally (48), Low for Nel (65), Swinson for R. Gray (67), Denton for Wilson (65). Not Used: Sutherland, Pyrgos.

England earned their first series win in Australia with victory in Melbourne. After winning the first test 39-28, they ran up an even more convincing display to win 23-7.

The third test takes place in Sydney.

 

 

 



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