GALLE, Sri Lanka (CMC):West Indies bowling consultant Sir Curtly Ambrose is advising new captain Jason Holder not to burden his seam attack with long spells if he wants to ensure their effectiveness in the two-Test series.Since arriving in the south Asian nation, the Windies have been confronted with stifling heat, with temperatures soaring into the mid-30s Celsius, coupled with high humidity.”In these conditions it’s been very, very hot and it is going to be important that the fast bowlers bowl shorter spells,” said Sir Curtly, the legendary Windies fast bowler, who took 405 wickets in 98 Tests.”Bowling eight, nine, 10 overs a spell is going to be too much for them, so the skipper will have to monitor the fast bowlers a little bit better, giving them shorter spells – whether it’s three- or four-over spells – where they can give you a full hundred per cent, so at the end of the day they have some energy left when you need them to produce. So, the spells are going to be important.”He added: “Hydration is going to be (important). You can’t wait until you’re tired or feel hydrated to put in the fluids, so that is going to be key, the hydration factor is going to be key;”Sir Curtly said that in the humid conditions, the fast bowlers will need to make the most of the abbreviated spells and get early wickets, as life would become harder for bowlers as the game went on.”You have to make sure that your first spell – for instance, with the new ball – you have to try your best to make that count,” he cautioned.”You have to nick out a few wickets early because the conditions here will be extremely hot. So short spells for me will do the trick, where fast bowlers will feel a little more fresh than bowling eight or nine overs in one spell.”quick pitchHe said one of the bright spots from the tour game was the awareness of the seamers in knowing the right length to bowl.”It’s a lot hotter than the Caribbean. Playing that three-day warm-up game … there was something for the fast bowlers. It was not a quick pitch, but there was grass on it and something for the fast bowlers,” Sir Curtly pointed out.”What impressed me most with our quickies was that they quickly found the right length to bowl and that was very impressive. We didn’t have to tell them what length to bowl, they really worked it out themselves and that, to me, was very impressive.”Once we can do that going into the Test matches, I think we’re going to be ok.”
Jamaica College (JC) captain and top schoolboy defender, Allando Brown refers to today’s ISSA/Flow Super Cup final, which put defending champion JC against Manning Cup favourite, St George’s College as the ‘El Clasico’ of schoolboy football.The reference points to the high-profileclashes between Spanish rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona.Brown’s mature leadership and commanding presence at the back has many observers calling him the best schoolboy defender this season.But this weekend he will be up against one of the most feared attacker in this year’s competition, in Alex Marshall.Brown, however, insists that there is no fear among his teammates and himself and that they will come with their A game.”As we say (at JC), this is El Clasico. So we are going out there to do it,” he told The Gleaner.”All season, even in preseason, we didn’t get a chance to play against St George’s, so we don’t know what they are really about. But by seeing them we see that they have a lot of passing. But Jamaica College is about that as well, so we are going out on Saturday (today) to deliver and hopefully we get to defend the Super Cup,” he continued.However, he admitted that keeping tabs on Marshall and company will be a very difficult task.”It’s a rough task, honestly. But when top strikers are going up against top defenders, they have to come with their A game, trust me. But we are coming with our A plus game.”Nobody is a threat to Jamaica College, whoever they bring we are just going to do our job.. as Jamaica College is always about guts, fight and determination,” he added.
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):West Indies Twenty20 captain, Darren Sammy, has assured the region his squad will not boycott the upcoming T20 World Cup in India next month.Fears the 15-man squad would opt out of the March 8 to April 3 tournament were heightened over the past week when it emerged that yet another contract dispute with the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) was simmering.Writing on the players’ behalf, Sammy told the WICB that the new contracts pay structure was unacceptable, arguing that it represented between a 50 and 80 per cent reduction in earnings.However, in an interview with a radio station on Thursday, he said the squad had never considered skipping the event and were committed to playing even though their concerns were yet to be resolved.”I would like to let it be known that not at any given time did the West Indies team think about not going to the Cricket World Cup,” Sammy said categorically.”We’ve all made it clear that we were going to play the World Cup. At the end of the day, we are professionals, we are paid to play cricket. Iit is our job, it is our life. We just had some issues, some questions we wanted to ask and we asked them, and we’ve just not gotten a response.WORLD CUP A PRIORITY”But we want to assure the Caribbean that playing the World Cup has been at the forefront of all the players’ minds and we will do whatever we can in our power to go out there and win the World Cup for the Caribbean people.”Players complained that under the new pay structure, their guaranteed income for the upcoming World Cup stood at a mere US$27,600.In the past, the lowest paid player was guaranteed nearly US$60,000, with the highest paid player raking in US$137,000.The WICB hit back by outlining the new International Cricket Council (ICC) pay system, which now sees funds to ICC members disbursed over an eight-year period instead of for specific tournaments.Further, the board pointed out that it had, along with players’ union WIPA, the International Cricketers Association and a representative from the International Cricket Council (ICC), engaged in mediation last year to hammer out the new agreement for players – which was then communicated to them.Sammy said even though players would go ahead with the tour, serious concerns remained over the agreement and noted that the WICB and the players needed to continue communication on the matter.”The issues we raised, the questions we asked, when we come out of the cricket, the younger players will get experience and come out and ask the same set of questions, so you need to find a common ground where both parties are happy or we need to find a way to communicate better,” the all-rounder advised.”We must put our egos aside. At the end of the day, the board cannot do without the players and the players need our cricket board in order for things to function.”Sammy said that for many of the seasoned players on the squad, the T20 World Cup could prove to be their final ICC event and this was extra motivation to lift the title.”It’s the format that we’re best at. We cannot ignore that. I believe the squad that has been picked is very capable of going to India and winning the World Cup,” he said.STRATEGISING WITH COACH”We all will be coming from playing cricket … we will have a lot of cricket matches under our belt, and I can’t wait for the opportunity to strategise with coach, Phil Simmons, in order to plan the way we’re going to win the World Cup.”He added: “I know we’re painted … to be a certain type of cricketers, but this could be an end of an era where Dwayne Bravo, Darren Sammy – from Under-15 and Under-19 (level) in West Indies team; this could be the last ICC event that most of these players could be playing so we all are motivated.”I know from speaking to the guys, we will give it our best shot, and hopefully, we can repeat what we did in Sri Lanka (in 2012) in India.”
Wolmer’s moved closer to a spot in the ISSA-FLOW Manning Cup semi-finals, following their2-0 win against St George’s College at Constant Spring Sports Complex in St Andrew yesterday.Mickel Graham netted the first goal for Wolmer’s in the 45th minute with former St Jago player Yannick Elliott sealing the deal in the 50th.The game was played on a soggy field due to earlier rains. However, neither team seemed too bothered by the conditions in what was a keenly contested affair.St George’s fought hard in the second half but could not find a way past Wolmer’s goalkeeper Shamar Jemmison, who made several impressive saves throughout the contest to keep his team on top.Wolmer’s defence led by captain Jahwani Hinds held on for a good victory that pushed them onto six points from two games, while St George’s remained on three points.The Heroes Circle-based institution is on course for a semi-final spot and only need to avoid defeat against Haile Selassie High in the group’s final game next week.Wolmer’s coach Vassel Reynolds said that his team played better in the condition.”We played well tactically. I thought the condition favoured us. We started the game well and ended the winner. It was a crucial victory,” Reynolds told The Gleaner.”I think that we have one foot in the semi-final. However, we won’t be complacent as there is one game to be played in the group,” he added.Coach of St George’s College Neville ‘Bertis’ Bell said that both teams handled the condition well and believes it was a good game.”I though that both teams handled the conditions well. We are disappointed in losing the game as it is difficult for us to win the group, barring some favourable results in the final set of games,” Bell assessed.Meanwhile, the game between Haile Selassie and St Catherine, which was scheduled as the curtain-raiser was not played due to the rains. That games is rescheduled for next Monday.Today’s gamesGroup IDenham Town vs St JagoHydel vs Jamaica College
MADRID (AP):With a late equaliser by substitute Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund drew 2-2 with defending champions Real Madrid yesterday to win Group F and set a scoring record of 21 goals in the group stage of the Champions League.Karim Benzema netted in each half at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to give Madrid a 2-0 lead, but forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang pulled the German side closer in the 61st, and Reus struck the equaliser in the 88th.Madrid were left with the consolation prize of matching the club’s 34-game unbeaten streak that had stood since the late 1980s.Dortmund finished the group with 14 points, two more than Madrid. Legia Warsaw, which defeated Sporting Lisbon 1-0 in Poland, finished third with four points to qualify for the Europa League.Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the fourth straight time in the Champions League, again missing the chance to become the first player to score 100 goals in European competitions. His total remains at 98.Benzema opened the scoring from close range in the 28th, completing a low cross by Dani Carvajal from the right flank. The Frenchman added to the lead in the 53rd with a firm header after a well-placed cross by James Rodriguez.Aubameyang scored from inside the area and then set up Reus’ equaliser after a quick counter-attack.Aubameyang’s goal helped Dortmund match the previous record of 20 group-stage goals, a mark that had been achieved by three other clubs: Barcelona, this season and in 2011-12; Madrid in 2013-14; and Manchester United in 1998-99.Dortmund’s campaign this season included 6-0 and 8-4 routs against Legia.The draw allowed Zinedine Zidane’s team to match Madrid’s unbeaten run set under coach Leo Beenhakker in the 1988-89. Madrid haven’t been defeated since April at Wolfsburg in the quarter-finals of last season’s Champions League.CLOSE CHANCESRonaldo’s best chance on Wednesday was a close-range shot that struck the far post in the 78th minute. He had also come close 10 minutes earlier with a right-foot strike that forced a difficult cross-handed save by Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller.He remains the competition’s all-time leading scorer with 95 goals, two more than Lionel Messi, who netted his 93rd in Barcelona’s 4-0 win over Borussia Moenchengladbach on Tuesday. It was Messi’s 10th goal in the group stage, one short of Ronaldo’s record of 11 achieved last year.Ronaldo only scored two goals in this season’s group stage, his worst mark since joining the Spanish club in 2009.ScoresBayer Leverkusen 3 – 0 MonacoClub Brugge 0 – 2 CopenhagenPorto 5 – 0 LeicesterJuventus 2 – 0 Dinamo ZagrebLegia 1 – 0 SportingLyon 0 – 0 SevillaReal Madrid 2 – 2 Borussia DortmundTottenham 3 – 1 CSKA
The team that finishes with the most number of wins bags the gold medal.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments Both players were earlier disqualified for allegedly violation eligibility rules.“This is a great relief for us and great morale boost for the team,” said team manager Petronilo Tigaronita.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Tenedero and Sanchez were initially removed from the lineup after the hosts claimed both failed to meet the required 16-month residency rule under international standards.“But we have proof and documentation, including certification from their respective barangays that they have stayed in the Philippines since April 2016,” said teammate Francois Emmanuel Gautier, who arrived with Tigaronita ahead of the team in filing the appeal. 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) SEA Games Gallery: August 19 Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows head coach Daniel Brodan (R) giving instructions to members of the Philippines men’s ice hockey team, dubbed the “Mighty Ducks”, during a practice session at a mall skating rink in Manila ahead of their games at the Southeast Asian Games (SEAGames) in Malaysia.Dubbed the “Mighty Ducks” by local media, the Philippine men’s hockey team aims to win a gold medal in next week’s games in Malaysia — a far cry from members’ days of only learning of the sport through the Disney movies. / AFP PHOTO / TED ALJIBEThe Philippines’ gold-medal bid in ice hockey got a shot in the arm after two of its key players earned the go-signal from Southeast Asian Games organizers to compete.Carlo Martin Tenedero and Paul Gabriel Sanchez have been allowed to play in the SEA Games after the country’s men’s ice hockey team won its appeal to reinstate the two Fil-Canadians in the team Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Teen gunned down in Masbate “We only had four days to get them,” he added.The Philippines is considered to be the favorites to rule ice hockey, which is making its debut in the regional event.“If we play to our potential, I can’t see any reason why we won’t win [the gold],” said Filipino-Swiss goalkeeper Gianpetro Iseppi in an interview before the squad left for Kuala Lumpur.The Filipinos open their campaign against Indonesia on Monday at the Empire City Ice Arena in Damansara Perdana, a new commercial hub in this bustling and progressive Malaysian capital.They take on Singapore next then, Malaysia before closing out their stint against Thailand on Thursday.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano MOST READ LATEST STORIES 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her
In ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ Comedy and Drama Collide Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Though chances may be slim for aspirants like him, Nambatac is banking on his learnings in the amateur ranks to propel him to the PBA.“My mantra has always been believe in yourself. Even though there are challenges, as long as you believe in yourself, you’ll be able to overcome them,” he said. Mos Burger to open in Manila; teases with a pop-up Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson “Ever since when I played basketball, it’s really my dream to make it to the PBA. And I think this year is my best chance to jump to the pros,” he said.Nambatac has been averaging 16.6 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 3.0 assists in his senior year as Letran continues to make a run to the Final Four late in NCAA Season 93.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 6-foot guard knows how tough the competition is making it to the PBA, but he believes that he is more than ready to duke it out with the big boys after a stellar showing with the Knights and an equally respectable run with Racal in the PBA D-League.“It’s a big challenge because when you talk about the draft, all the competitive players in the collegiate league are there,” he said. “But it’s not important for me when I’ll be picked, if it’s in the first round or the latter rounds. All I want is to be able to sign with a team and show how deserving I am for a contract.” Onwubere eyeing impressive farewell in NCAA ahead of PBA Draft DAY6 is for everybody OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson View comments Rey Nambatac. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac is shooting for the stars and making his dream a reality.One of the highly touted guards in the amateur ranks today, the 23-year-old has thrown his name to the pool as he joins the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft.ADVERTISEMENT Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed MOST READ How to help the Taal evacuees LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano “Paul will be a big boost to us offensively. He’s one of the best players in college basketball now,” he said as the Cebuano guard replaces JK Casiño in the roster.Tiu shared he has been craving for Desiderio’s services when he was building up his Go for Gold squad, but coach Bo Perasol wanted all of his Fighting Maroons to focus on the team’s preparations for the upcoming UAAP Season 81.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk“Paul was actually one of the first persons that I wanted to get when we formed the team, but he had some obligations to do for his school,” he said.But desperate times call for desperate measures, and Tiu finally got the green light from Perasol just in time for the Scratchers to make their late rally to make it to the top six. GALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer LATEST STORIES Desiderio will make his debut for go for Gold on Monday against Wangs Basketball-Letran.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netEyeing one last push in the 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup, Go for Gold signed Paul Desiderio for the remainder of the conference.Scratchers coach Charles Tiu welcomed the arrival of the cold-blooded scorer from University of the Philippines in hopes of improving the team’s even 4-4 slate.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award “I’m very grateful that coach Bo allowed him to play for us,” he said.The 21-year-old Desiderio averaged 16.6 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 2.2 assists in his fourth year in UP, leading the squad to a fifth place finish this past UAAP Season 80.He last saw action in the D-League for Cafe France back in the 2017 Aspirants’ Cup.Tiu said Desiderio is definitely a big addition to the team, but the problem will be his familiarity with the squad as he seeks to quickly blend in with J-Jay Alejandro, Matt Salem, ex-pro Jerwin Gaco, and young forward Justin Gutang.“The challenge will be to integrate him to our team. It will not be easy,” he said. “We have a system on offense and defense that he has to adjust to in two practices only. It will be very tough and honestly, it is a bit of a gamble to make a change this late with short preparation time. But we need to win the last three games to make the playoffs and it’s all or nothing.”ADVERTISEMENT View comments Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Hotshots prepare for worst heading into Game 2
Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James goes up to dunk against the Charlotte Hornets during the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, March 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — LeBron James has tied one of Michael Jordan’s most impressive records with his 866th consecutive game with at least 10 points.James matched Jordan’s 17-year-old mark Wednesday night against the Jordan-owned Charlotte Hornets when he scored on a powerful alley-oop dunk on a pass from J.R. Smith in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Scarlett Johansson, Sterling K. Brown among SAG Awards presenters In Liverpool, Man United sees the pain and path to recovery MOST READ Cabuyao City rising above the ashes through volunteerism View comments Recto seeks to establish Taal rehab body to aid community, eruption victims Lakers’ Isaiah Thomas to have hip surgery, ending season Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ The 33-year-old James began his streak on Jan. 6, 2007. He can break Jordan’s record Friday night when the Cavaliers host the New Orleans Pelicans.James’ accomplishments are often compared to those of Jordan, who many still believe is the greatest NBA player ever.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownCavaliers associate head coach Larry Drew said before the game that it is a “phenomenal accomplishment,” but added “there will be more records down the road that he will be breaking. … if he continues to produce the numbers that he has been producing.”Jordan set his streak from 1986-2001. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Conor McGregor seeks to emerge from controversy in UFC comeback
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Andy Murray of Britain chases a ball to return against Mackenzie McDonald during the first round of the Citi Open tennis tournament, Monday, July 30, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)WASHINGTON — Andy Murray let out one yell, then another, and violently pumped his right fist. Quite a reaction, considering this was merely a first-round victory over an inexperienced opponent who recently cracked the top 100 for the first time.Still, this meant something to Murray. It was a test of his surgically repaired hip, and he put aside a deficit and some real rust to win his first hard-court match in nearly 1½ years, coming back at the Citi Open to edge Mackenzie McDonald of the U.S. 3-6, 6-4, 7-5.ADVERTISEMENT ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew “I enjoyed getting through that one — obviously, you see by the celebration,” Murray said after a match that began a little past 10 p.m. Monday because of a rain delay, and ended at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday.“It was great to get through that one,” he said, “but in terms of the actual way that I went about the match and played the match, I wasn’t that happy with it.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’There were stretches when Murray looked very much like exactly what he is at the moment: a guy working his back from an operation in January. Particularly when he was failing to convert any of the five match points he held while serving for the win at 5-4 in the final set. He won on his seventh, though.Murray is a former No. 1 who owns two Wimbledon trophies plus another from the U.S. Open. But he’s ranked just 832nd now, on account of so much time away. He sat out the second half of last season because of the bad hip, and then didn’t compete this year until June. PBA fines San Miguel, Ginebra players for Game 2 spat LATEST STORIES Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs This match was only Murray’s fourth of 2018. No. 5 will come in the second round of the Citi Open against Kyle Edmund, the man who overtook him as Britain’s top-ranked man during Murray’s injury absence.“I’ll certainly have to play better tennis,” Murray said.He pulled out of Wimbledon on July 1 because, he said at the time, it “might be a bit too soon in the recovery process” for his hip to try to compete in best-of-five-set matches.Against McDonald, he said, “the movements and stuff were fine. I chased balls down. Obviously lasted pretty well.”Murray played just fine for the opening 10 minutes, breaking for a 2-0 lead. And then his game devolved for quite a lengthy spell into a ragged display, filled with six double-faults — two in a row to get broken to 2-1 — and shots that missed the mark.ADVERTISEMENT After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk The 23-year-old McDonald, a Californian who won NCAA singles and doubles titles at UCLA, made it to the fourth round at the All England Club this month, the first time he had made it that far at a major tournament. That put him into the top 100, and he’s now 80th.He took six of seven games in one stretch and was actually one point from serving for the victory, holding a break point while already ahead by a set and 4-3 in the second. Eventually, Murray righted himself, just before rain returned.That forced the postponement until Tuesday of a match involving another three-time major champ: Stan Wawrinka, who was scheduled to face American qualifier Donald Young.In other matches, Noah Rubin got past Mikhail Youzhny 6-4, 6-4, Tim Smyczek beat Ricardas Berankis 7-6 (4), 6-2, and Malek Jaziri defeated Evgeny Donskoy 6-4, 6-1. Rubin now faces No. 2 seed John Isner, Jaziri plays No. 1 seed and defending champion Alexander Zverev, while Smyczek meets Zverev’s older brother, No. 15 seed Mischa.In women’s results, two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Kristie Ahn 6-2, 6-1, Katie Boulter eliminated No. 5 seed Aleksandra Krunic 6-2, 6-0, and Andrea Petkovic defeated Jamie Loeb 6-1, 6-1.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Peza offers relief to ecozone firms MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil