Andy Murray advances with Serena Williams but puts singles return on ice

Andy Murray said it is pretty unlikely he will return to singles after he and Serena Williams powered past Fabrice Martin and Raquel Atawo 7-5, 6-3 in the mixed doubles at Wimbledon Do not be mistaken: behind Andy Murrays new smiley on-court demeanour lurks the spirit of a champion. He still yearns to feel the heat of competition at the highest level of mens tennis again and has seen nothing during his time away from the tour to make him think he is incapable of challenging Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. By the same token, however, the former world No 1 acknowledges he has a different perspective on triumph and despair six months after career-saving hip surgery. Murray …

Mets pitcher Jason Vargas threatens to ‘knock out’ reporter after team’s loss

New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained from charging at him after Sundays loss to the Cubs New York Mets manager Mickey Callaway cursed at a reporter, and pitcher Jason Vargas had to be restrained during a confrontation in the teams clubhouse after a loss on Sunday. The confrontation with Tim Healey of Newsday occurred after the Mets blew a late lead in a 5-3 defeat to the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Reporters asked repeatedly after the game about Callaways decision to stick with reliever Seth Lugo during the eighth inning instead of going to closer Edwin Diaz. Lugo allowed a go-ahead, three-run homer to Javier Baez. After …

Tiger Woods gives himself 10 years to break Jack Nicklauss 18 majors record

Tiger Woods has given himself 10 years to win four more majors and overhaul Jack Nicklauss major record of 18 Tiger Woods has set himself a target of a decade more at the top level as he looks to overhaul the majors record of 18 held by Jack Nicklaus. After years of physical turmoil this may be regarded by some as a bold aspiration yet Woods defied all odds to win a 15th major, at Augusta National, in April. Since that juncture, all bets have been off. In a break from his preparations at Pebble Beach, where he will attempt to win a fourth US Open starting on Thursday, Woods was asked to what extent Nicklauss total features as motivation. …

The problems that may stop the US retaining the Women’s World Cup

The Americans have arguably the best squad in France this summer. But they are far from a perfect unit as they aim to become world champions again The US womens national team are considered a favorite to win next months World Cup, and theres good reason for it. The team are No1 in the world rankings and have outscored their opponents 85-16 over the past 18 months. The Americans again showed their dominance in a 3-0 win over Mexico on Sunday. But the refrain from coach Jill Ellis afterward was that the USWNT still have plenty to work on if they want to win in France, and US Soccer shouldnt make room in the trophy case just yet. As strong …