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Andy Murray: Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner ready to be considered a singles player again

Andy Murray: Britain’s three-time Grand Slam winner ready to be considered a singles player again

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Andy Murray does not tend to sugar coat his answers.He accepts there are reasons to be cheerful after his 6-4 6-4 defeat by Richard Gasquet in Cincinnati, but admits he is "quite far away from where I would like to be".That is to be expected after just two weeks of dedicated practice before his first singles match for seven months. Murray will only play doubles in New York, when the US Open gets under way in a fortnight. But you can now consider him a singles player above all else once again. A singles player who expects to be back in his peak physical condition in January: 12 months after the second operation on his right hip. "I think nine to 12 months after the operation is when I would e...
Grand Theft Auto’s Diamond Casino lets cash be turned into chips

Grand Theft Auto’s Diamond Casino lets cash be turned into chips

Technology
Grand Theft Auto V has opened an in-game casino where real money can be spent on gambling chips - but they cannot be converted back into cash.The new feature was launched as regulators grapple with whether in-game wagers should be treated as gambling.In GTA Online, players can buy in-game "dollars" with real currency, and then convert their virtual dollars to gambling chips.The game is rated for ages 18 and over, but remains popular among young teens.The in-game currency can be used to acquire cars, weapons, and cosmetic items - and used to play slot machines, roulette, or poker.Some players reported that while they could walk around the casino area, the gambling tables were blocked in their country where gambling is illegal.Game...
Serena Williams faces Simona Halep in Wimbledon final chasing 24th Grand Slam

Serena Williams faces Simona Halep in Wimbledon final chasing 24th Grand Slam

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Wimbledon 2019 women's final on the BBCVenue: All England Club Date: Saturday, 13 July Time: 14:00 BSTCoverage: Live on BBC TV, Radio 5 Live Sports Extra, the BBC Sport website and mobile app with text commentary online. Full detailsSerena Williams will need to deal with "pressure times 100" when she faces Simona Halep in Saturday's Wimbledon final seeking to equal the all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles.This is the challenge that got her back out on to the court after almost dying giving birth and the one that keeps her motivated at the age of 37."Serena has already beaten a lot of records but this is the ultimate one," coach Patrick Mouratoglou told the BBC. The final starts at ...

Changing water flow leads to more bugs in Grand Canyon

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Ted Kennedy sums up what he sees along the river in the Grand Canyon: "It's buggy out there." That is to say, an experiment to change the flow of water from a dam near the Arizona-Utah state line appeared to boost the number of aquatic insects that fish in the Colorado River eat. Scientists are hoping to better understand those results with a second bug flow experiment that started this month and will run through August. They found that releasing low, steady flows of water from Glen Canyon Dam over the weekend gives the eggs that bugs lay on rocks, wood or cattails just below the water's surface a better chance of survival. Otherwise, they might dry out and die within an hour. "It's a powerful reminder that flows really matter, that just a couple days a week of steady flow can illicit mas...
World Grand Prix: Mark Allen has no regrets after controversially conceding match

World Grand Prix: Mark Allen has no regrets after controversially conceding match

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Mark Allen was unrepentant despite facing a fine for conceding his game against Ali Carter in bizarre fashion at the World Grand Prix in Cheltenham.The Northern Ireland man, 32, was 24-2 down in frame five when he conceded, having gone in off after missing a yellow, to leave Carter a 4-1 winner.There were 11 reds left on the table at the time - and a possible 115 points. Asked if regretted his actions, Allen replied: "Not at all. I don't regret much that I've done over the years."Describing the playing conditions of the match table as "disgusting", Allen added: "It's out of character but it's just the way I felt today. "What's the point of the audience watching me miss more and more?"I felt l...