Murray hasn't heard of any US Open boycott plans


Murray hasn't heard of any US Open boycott plans

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) Andy Murray says he hasn't heard of any plans for a boycott of the U.S. Open over an added day without extra compensation.

The tournament is moving to a Monday men's final.

``I know that the ATP are not particularly happy with the Monday final. I know that's an issue because however much revenue they make from having an extra day on their tournament hasn't really reflected in the increase in the prize money,'' Murray said Monday after his fourth-round win over Gilles Simon at the Australian Open.

``Since the player meeting, I haven't discussed with any of the players what was said there, what the plans are,'' Murray said.

He said the players have been advocating for increased prize money, but not with an additional day of play.

``I think that's what they're disappointed with,'' said Murray, who won his only Grand Slam title at the 2012 U.S. Open. ``But I personally haven't spoken with anyone about boycotting the event.''

``I don't want to go into that here at all, not the place for it,'' he added. ``Got the second week of a Slam to focus on. Can discuss that after the event. ``

Last year, organizers of the Australian Open were also faced with the threat of a player strike, in part due to discontent over how prize money was distributed at the major tournaments.

The Australian Open responded by taking the lead among Grand Slams in increasing prize money this year, making it the richest event.


EGO CHECK: Martina Navratilova says only a ``big ego'' could have driven Lance Armstrong to lie about doping for so many years, and she thinks he should never be allowed to compete in any sport again.

The 18-time Grand Slam singles champion said she didn't watch Armstrong's TV interview with Oprah Winfrey, during which he admitted to doping while winning seven Tour de France titles, because she'd already made up her mind about him.

``There is no justification for what he did,'' Navratilova said. ``Lying about it with such conviction for so many years, suing people and winning and just denying it so many times. I mean, it takes some serious ego to be able to do that. Clearly, he has a big ego.

``He should never be able to compete anywhere at any level. If it was just a one-time deal, OK, but every year he raced, he was cheating. It's unimaginable.''

Navratilova is in Melbourne to play in the Australian Open legends doubles event.

She's confident tennis is a clean sport, but thinks anti-doping authorities should be giving players blood tests on a more consistent basis.

When told that top-ranked men's player Novak Djokovic said he hadn't received a blood test in six months, Navratilova said: ``He shouldn't be slipping through the cracks that much.''

``Some people may be tested once a month and then some get tested maybe once or twice a year,'' she said. Anti-doping authorities ``need to figure that out a little bit better, but overall I think tennis is in pretty good hands.''

Navratilova is teaming with that other famous Martina, five-time major winner Martina Hingis, in the legends doubles event. The Martinas beat Lindsay Davenport and Cara Black in a single set 7-6 (4) on Monday.


THE NEXT SERENA: Three-time major winner Lindsay Davenport doesn't believe the future of American women's tennis will be so bleak once Serena Williams retires.

Davenport, in Melbourne to play in the Australian Open legends event, says teenagers Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys have the kinds of weapons necessary to become future top-10 stars.

``It's not about just getting the ball back in play anymore. It's about being able to finish points. It's about having a good serve. I think both of them have that,'' she said.

Stephens, 19, will play Williams in her first Grand Slam quarterfinal Wednesday. Keys, 17, upset Austria's Tamira Paszek in the first round at Melbourne Park before losing to fifth-seeded German Angelique Kerber in the third round.

Davenport predicts it will be a few years, however, before Williams is ready to quit. She foresees Williams winning a few more major titles.

``She's at 15. The next record for her to break would be Martina (Navratilova) and Chris (Evert) - they're at 18. I think she'll for sure get to 19,'' Davenport says.


TWEETING WITH THE ENEMY: It was 4 a.m. on Monday, about two hours after Novak Djokovic had ripped off his shirt to celebrate his thrilling five-set win over Stanislas Wawrinka in the Australian Open.

But before turning in, Djokovic fired off one last tweet. It was to his opponent.

``Stan, thank you very much!! I am sorry for your loss.. Wish you all the best for the rest of the season.. It was great pleasure,'' Djokovic wrote.

Still awake himself, Wawrinka replied four minutes later: ``Congrats for the fight tonight! Good luck for the rest of the tournament.''

Then the 27-year-old Swiss player tweeted another message in French: ``Ca fait mal... Tres mal ........'' or ``That hurts. Really hurts.''

Djokovic next faces No. 5 Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals.


Associated Press Writer Jocelyn Gecker contributed to this report.

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Wizards vs. Pacers: TV, live stream and radio info, things to watch

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Bradley Beal, Otto Porter, Kelly Oubre, Jr. and the Washington Wizards battle Victor Oladipo, Myles Turner, Bojan Bogdanovic and the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night.

Here is all you need to know: TV, live stream and radio info, tip-off time, plus three things to watch:


Where: Capital One Arena
Tip-off: 7 p.m.
TV: NBC Sports Washington (pregame coverage begins at 6 p.m.)
Live stream: NBCSportsWashington.com
Radio: 1500 AM

Season series on the line

The Wizards and Pacers square off for the third and final time this season on Saturday night and the game will represent the tiebreaker for the season series. The Wizards beat the Pacers in their first meeting on Feb. 5 and Indiana then got even on March 4. The first game did not feature Victor Oladipo. John Wall didn't play in either of them.

Whichever team wins on Saturday night will own the playoff tiebreaker, meaning that team will get the better seed in the even they finish with the same regular season record. Right now only one game separates the teams, so that could definitely come into play. With a win over the Pacers, the Wizards could also move into third place in the East. They would tie the Pacers by record and own the head-to-head series. The one variable there is the Cavs play the Bulls on Saturday. If they win and the Pacers lose, the Cavs will be in third.


Wizards have been struggling

The Wizards won their last game on the road against the Celtics, but have lost five of their last eight overall. They remain in good shape in the big picture, but could use some positive momentum. A win over the Pacers would certainly give them that with three off days awaiting on the other end before they head out to San Antonio to face the Spurs.

Defense has been the problem. During this eight-game stretch, they have allowed the second-most points in the paint per game (53.8), the ninth-most points per game (111.0) overall and the fourth-highest opponents shooting percentage (49.3). 


Pacers are tough

The Pacers may be missing two of their best big men on Saturday as Domantas Sabonis has been ruled out and Myles Turner is questionable. Both are nursing sprained left ankles. That bodes well for the Wizards' defense in the paint, but Indiana still has plenty of firepower.

Oladipo is having a terrific season with averages of 23.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game. There's also Bojan Bogdanovic, a former Wizards player who is averaging 14.0 points and shooting 46.9 percent from the field and 39.4 percent from three this year. Bogdanovic has scored 20 points or more in each of his games against the Wizards this season. The Pacers as a team have won six of their last eight.


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No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

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No. 16 UMBC shocks No. 1 Virginia to make NCAA history

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Senior guard Jairus Lyles scored 28 points, and the University of Maryland-Baltimore County pulled off the most shocking upset in NCAA Tournament history, defeating Virginia 75-54 on Friday night to become the first No. 16 seed ever to beat a No. 1 seed.

Virginia entered the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed after going 31-2 this season, including 20-1 in ACC competition.

But the Cavaliers couldn't get anything generated on offense and the nation's top-ranked defense couldn't contain American East Conference champions.

The 74 points were the most Virginia had allowed this year.

Lyles was the catalyst.

He diced up Virginia's defense in the second half, getting the hole easily on six different occasions and making easy layups. He also knocked down a pair of 3-pointers as UMBC built a 16-point lead.

Lyles finished with 23 of his points in the second half and Joe Sherburne finished with 14 points.

The game was tied at halftime, but the Retrievers came out confident and motivated in the second half and built a double-digit lead that Virginia could never erase.

Sherburne scored on an and-one drive and then knocked down a 3-pointer from the top of the key after a behind-the-back pass from KJ Maura. After Virginia made a foul shot, the shifty 5-foot-8, 140-pound Maura drove the lane for uncontested layup.

A Tony Bennett timeout couldn't stop the bleeding, as Lyles hit two more 3's and Sherburne hit one to extend UMBC's lead to 14 with 14:57 left in the game. Lyles was fouled on a 3-point shot and suddenly the Retrievers led by 16.

A corner 3-pointer and a layups off a fastbreak by Arkel Lamer gave UMBC its biggest lead at 67-48. From there, the party was on as chants of "UMBC" rang through the arena.

It was yet another early exit for the Cavaliers in a season that seemed to hold so much promise.


UMBC: Despite being undersized and unknown, they shocked the world and made history with an epic game.

Virginia: This isn't the first time Virginia has struggled as the No. 1 seed. The Cavaliers trailed by five at halftime in 2014 to Coastal Carolina but went on to win 70-59.


UMBC: Will face No. 9 seed Kansas State on Sunday in the second round.