Daily Archives: September 2, 2016

US Open: Andy Murray reaches third round by straight sets

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Andy Murray defeated Marcel Granollers by 6-4, 6-1, 6-4 to reach the third round of the US Open as rain poured over the new roof above Arthur Ashe Stadium.

As a storm delayed play on the outside courts, Murray won in straight sets, needing just two hours and 22 minutes to seal the win.

The world No2 will face Paolo Lorenzi in the following round.

Granollers had struggled to seize the initiative against Murray, but could not do so in front of the rowdy crowd and as torrential rain lashed out on the roof of the contained pitch. The Spaniard quickly fell behind by 5-2 in the first set, and had to work Murray by switching into aggressive mode.

Murray, needing 23 minutes and seven set points to clinch the final two games in the first set, also had to see off off a couple of break points early in the second set.

However, he then eased away with five games in a row for a two-set lead.

The second half of the game was plagued by a persistent buzz of noises, but Murray steeled himself to grab the decisive break at 4-4 in the third set.

“It’s tough,” Murray said of the roof and the rain. “You couldn’t really hear the ball at all, but we’re lucky that we get to play under the roof because otherwise there’d be no tennis right now, so it’s good for everyone.”

Earlier, his arch-rival Novak Djokovic earned a walkover into the third round as Jiri Vesely retired from of their second-round match with a left forearm injury.

With three full days of rest, Djokovic could recover in time from his sore left wrist and right arm as he prepare to face Mikhail Youzhny.

Sunderland appeals to Fifa for special transfer exemption

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Sunderland has appealed to Fifa in the hope of gaining a transfer deadline exemption to sign Mika, the Boavista goalkeeper, outside the transfer window.

David Moyes’s first choice keeper Vito Mannone was ruled out for months with an elbow injury.

Second-choice Jordan Pickford also suffered from a thigh problem as he withdraws from England Under-21 duty.

The injuries meant that Sunderland is without a fit senior goalkeeper.

Earlier, an agreement has been reached over Mika’s transfer from Portugal shortly before Wednesday night’s transfer deadline but a delay in finalising the paperwork at Boavista’s end dictated the move fell through.

Although Pickford is expected to recover in time for Sunderland’s home game against Everton, the club is deeply in want of their appeal to succeed.

Should it fall through, the Black Cats will resort to requesting permission for an emergency loan from the Premier League.

Premier League clubs without two senior goalkeepers are permitted to seek this sort of cover on a week-by-week basis, while such short-term deals have now been abolished for outfield players.

David Silva brace earns Spain friendly victory over Belgium

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Spain earned their first victory since Euro 2016 after David Silva scored a brace to defeat Belgium by 2-0 in a friendly.

Manchester City’s Silva scored on both halves, with a clinical finish in the first and a penalty in the second.

Julen Lopetegui, who appointed Spain coach in July following Vincente Del Bosque’s departure, begins a new La Roja era with a winning start.

It also meant that Belgium coach Roberto Martinez’s first game ended with defeat against his home nation.

He replaced Marc Wilmots after Belgium’s quarter-final exit at Euro 2016, and his side was jeered on numerous occasions by home fans.

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Schweinsteiger bids farewell to his Germany career with Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller.

Meanwhile, Bastian Schweinsteiger bids an emotional farewell to his time as a Germany international.

Schweinsteiger, 32, was in tears at a presentation before Germany’s 2-0 friendly win over Finland in Monchengladbach.

He made his Germany debut back in June 2004, and ends his international career with 121 caps, 24 goals and one World Cup (2014).

In the match, he was substituted to a standing ovation after 66 minutes, and retires as Germany’s fourth most capped player.