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Polish qualifier Janowicz stuns Murray in Paris

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Polish qualifier Janowicz stuns Murray in Paris

PARIS (AP) Andy Murray wasted a match point against a qualifier ranked 69th and quickly lost his composure.

Not exactly a recipe for victory.

Jerzy Janowicz of Poland rallied to stun the U.S Open and Olympic champion 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-2 Thursday in the third round of the Paris Masters.

A day after second-seeded Novak Djokovic lost to big-serving American Sam Querrey in the second round - his worst result since March 2010 - the third-seeded Murray lost to a player who opened the year taking part in Futures tournaments and is still struggling to find sponsorship back home.

``This was the most unbelievable day in my life. I beat Olympic champion, U.S. Open champion. Unbelievable feeling for me,'' Janowicz said. ``Still, I have feeling like in few minutes I'm going to wake up and it's gonna be everything gone.

``I don't know actually what I supposed to say because it's really hard to describe this feeling,'' added Janowicz, who also beat Philipp Kohlschreiber and 13th-seeded Marin Cilic in the first and second rounds. ``It's not easy for me to talk about this week, because I had really tough moments in my life. This is like really, like a movie for me.''

Murray had not lost to a player ranked so low since Guillermo Garcia-Lopez - then ranked 92nd - beat him in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open in March.

Janowicz said his parents, who were professional volleyball players, sold shops and apartments they owned to help his career take off.

``I'm from Poland and I know it's not easy to become professional tennis player,'' Janowicz said. ``Actually, I have problem with sponsors. I was fighting my whole life with money, so this week is really important for me to get some sponsors, to get some help.''

Murray served for the match at 5-4 in the second set, but totally lost his composure and the ensuing tiebreaker as Janowicz evened the match.

``I needed to focus well on my serve. I did that for the most part, and then when I served for the match I didn't play a particularly good game,'' Murray said. ``He probably gained some confidence from that and played a good tiebreak, played aggressive. He hits a very flat ball, so when he's hitting it well it comes through the court a lot.''

It was also the third straight match Murray has failed to convert match points. He squandered two against Milos Raonic in the Japan Open semifinals and five against Djokovic in the Shanghai Masters final.

``I have to make sure I tighten that up next week (at the World Tour Finals in London) if I get that opportunity,'' Murray said. ``Make sure I don't let it happen at the 02 (Arena).''

With Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal not playing in Paris, none of the Big Four are left. However, fourth-seeded David Ferrer, fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych, No. 6 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and No. 8 Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia reached the last eight.

Also, seventh-seeded Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina lost 6-4, 6-3 to Frenchman Michael Llodra on a day of upsets.

Janowicz had the momentum after controlling the tiebreaker and broke Murray twice in the deciding set as he raced to a 5-1 lead.

``He's maybe a little bit more unpredictable than a few of them from the back of the court,'' Murray said. ``He tried a lot of drop shots and went for winners when he was out of position that maybe some of the others don't.''

Serving for the match, Janowicz saved three break points and secured the win on his second match point with a forehand winner. He slumped to the ground and broke down in tears as he held his head in his hands.

It was only his second match against a top-10 player - the first was against Murray in the 2009 Davis Cup.

As he did back then, Murray looked to be coasting to victory at the Palais Omnisports.

Serving for the match, Murray started to get flustered and his temper got the better of him as he smacked his hand against his forehead and then muttered to himself after Janowicz saved a match point. Two unforced backhand errors from Murray then helped Janowicz break for 5-5.

``I need to make sure I'm a little bit sharper when I'm in those positions than I have been the last few weeks,'' Murray said.

For the first time, the tournament will feature three French players in the last eight - Tsonga, Llodra and Gilles Simon.

Tsonga beat 11th-seeded Nicolas Almagro of Spain 7-6 (4), 7-6 (3) and next plays Ferrer, who beat 16th-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.

Tipsarevic beat ninth-seeded Juan Monaco of Argentina 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 and next plays Janowicz, while Llodra takes on Querrey, after he beat 14th-seeded Milos Raonic of Canada 6-3, 7-6 (1).

In a matchup of two big servers, Querrey had 12 aces to Raonic's 10.

Earlier, Berdych recovered from a poor first set to beat Kevin Anderson of South Africa 1-6, 6-3, 6-4 and next plays Simon, who advanced when Kei Nishikori of Japan pulled out because of a recurrence of his right ankle injury.

With so many big names out of the way, Berdych is in a strong position to add to his 2005 title and Tsonga to his 2008 success.

Thanks to their wins, Tsonga and Tipsarevic took the final two spots for the season-ending World Tour Finals in London.

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Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

Why the Redskins should be hoping Tremaine Edmunds falls in their lap

NBC Sports Washington’s four-part digital series ‘E-Boyz’ -- chronicling the illustrious past, decorated present and bright future of the Edmunds family -- is NOW LIVE. Check out a new episode daily, leading up to the 2018 NFL Draft. Watch the first episode above and more here.

When the NFL Draft comes around, you'll hear fans and analysts often say, "If Player X makes it to pick No. __, then Team Y should sprint to the podium to pick him."

Well, this Thursday, if Player X is Tremaine Edmunds, the pick is No. 13 and Team Y is the Washington Redskins, the Burgundy and Gold should sprint to the podium only if there's no other option to get there quicker. 

While the 'Skins already have two talented linebackers in Zach Brown and Mason Foster on the roster already, taking the Virginia Tech teenager shouldn't be ruled out. Now, the only problem is that Edmunds has to slide that far in the 2018 draft; the majority of mocks have him going before that spot.

Edmunds is the type of do-it-all LB that is especially valuable in today's NFL. He has the athleticism and ability to fit on the inside or outside, and is just as comfortable rushing the passer as he is in coverage. You know that issue the Redskins have when it comes to covering tight ends, the one that's lasted for like a decade now? Edmunds would help erase it, along with a host of other problems.

"They don't come like him," one NFC scout told NFL.com about Edmunds. "I don't think there has ever been a linebacker that has had his size and speed."

Redskins fans, go outside and start searching for your four-leaf clovers now. Last year, the franchise got lucky and landed Jonathan Allen. This time around, they're going to need even more of it to secure Edmunds. 

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2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

2018 NFL Mock Draft Ravens Roundup 6.0: The final countdown

After months and months of talk and a lot of predictions, the 2018 NFL Draft is finally here.

On Thursday, Ozzie Newsome and Co. will enter the draft room prepared for battle. A lot of questions await them and most of them can not be answered until the ten minutes leading up to their pick. 

Even with the additions of Michael CrabtreeJohn Brown and Willie Snead, will the Ravens continue to add to their wide receiver corps? 

Will they trade down and scoop up a tight end or will they address the offensive line and snag Mike McGlinchey? 

All of our questions will be answered in no time, but for now, sit back and enjoy the wild ride that is the first-round of the NFL Draft. 

NBC Sports Washington's Ben Standig (Link) Charley Casserly (Link

— Mike McGlinchey (OL)

With the exit of Ryan Jensen, the Ravens are now in need of an offensive lineman. 

At the combine, McGlinchey put up 24 reps on the bench press, had a 28.5 inch vertical and a 105 inch broad jump. 

"The offense lacks playmakers which is why wide receivers Calvin Ridley and D.J. Moore work," Standing says. "Right tackle also in play. McGlinchey seems to have moved ahead of the other tackle prospects."

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— Calvin Ridley (WR)

Ridley is one of the few wideouts in this draft projected to go in the first-round. While his combine performance didn't help his stock, running a 4.43 40-yard dash, recording a 31-inch vertical, a 110-inch broad jump and a 6.88-second 3-cone drill, many are still predicting he lands with the Ravens or somewhere in the first-round. 

"Ridley underwhelmed at the combine, but his college tape shows a player who’s nearly uncoverable," Kiper says. "I’m going to trust the tape in this case and still make him my top-ranked wideout (Maryland’s D.J. Moore is not far behind). Baltimore could also target an offensive tackle at pick No. 16."

NFL.com's Daniel Jeremiah (Link)

— Hayden Hurst (TE) 

The Ravens haven't addressed their need at tight end in free agency and the reason could be because they're holding out for the draft. 

QB Joe Flacco has a tendency to favor Ravens tight ends and Hayden Hurst out of South Carolina is being considered by many the top TE in this draft. 

The ex-minor league baseball pitcher, who walked on at South Carolina at 21-years old, is being compared to Dallas Clark. "His fearless play demeanor combined with size, strength and athleticism make him a well-rounded prospect with the versatility to line up all over the field," according to his draft profile

Jeremiah, who once was a scout for the Ravens, predicts they will be looking to draft back for Hurst.

NFL.com's Bucky Brooks (Link) 

— Lamar Jackson (QB) 

It was reported last week that Jackson would be making a visit to the Ravens' facility during the final week of pre-draft visits, and with Joe Flacco nearing the end of his contract, now could be the time to find his successor. Jackson provides support on the ground and in the air, but scouts are concerned about his accuarcy. 

"With Joe Flacco viewed as a potential salary cap casualty in 2019, the Ravens can secure their future QB by grabbing Jackson if he is available at No. 16," Brooks says. "Remember, Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg and assistant head coach Greg Roman have experience nurturing athletic quarterbacks into dynamic playmakers (see Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb, Colin Kaepernick), so the Ravens could be the perfect fit for the 2016 Heisman winner."

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— Mike Gesicki (TE) 

Gesicki is another tight end option for the Ravens. Standing tall at 6' 5", Gesicki ran a 4.54 40-yard dash and recorded a 41.5 vertical jump at the combine. He also ended his time at Penn State as their tight end leader in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns. 

His draft profile describes him as a "pass-catcher who can get open and has the ball skills to win against linebackers and safeties." Scouts are also comparing him to the likes of Jimmy Graham. 

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— Christian Kirk (WR)

Kirk provides another wide receiver option if Ridley is gone at 16, even though his draft profile has him projected in Rounds 2-3. 

The 5-10, 201-pound junior finished with 71 receptions, 919 yards and 10 touchdowns at Texas A&M.

At the combine, Kirk ran a 4.47 40-yard dash, recorded a 35.5 vertical jump and a 7.09 second 3-cone drill. 

His bottom line states, "Kirk is a well-built, mentally tough slot target whose game is built around pace more than explosiveness. His lack of speed and length make him less likely to impact games down the field, but his footwork, route tempo and hands should give him an opportunity to find catches underneath. Kirk's ability to help in the return game is a plus, but the difference between average and good as a receiver could depend on finding the right fit."

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— D.J. Moore (WR)

As the draft has slowly approached, Maryland's D.J. Moore has risen in the rankings. 

Many pundits are ranking him narrowly behind Alabama's Calvin Ridley as the top WR in the draft. 

The 6'0"  junior ran a 4.42 40-yard dash, a 6.95 3-cone drill and recorded a 39.5 vertical jump. 

"Moore is bigger than former Terrapin wideout Stefon Diggs, but their playing style and athletic ability while at Maryland are similar," states his draft profile.

"Moore doesn't have the height and length teams look for outside and may become a full-time option from the slot. He clearly has the short-area quickness and talent after the catch to handle those duties, but his route-running needs to become more focused and fast to unlock his potential. Teams are high on Moore's potential and believe he has the talent and traits to become a good WR2 in the league."

Moore is being compared to the likes of Pierre Garçon. 

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