Britain celebrates Murray’s feat
Britain awoke to a new era Monday, into a world in which the tennis-loving public finally has its own Wimbledon men’s champion again.
“After 77 years, the wait is over,” read a headline in the Daily Telegraph, a day after Andy Murray of Scotland beat top-ranked Novak Djokovic of Serbia in straight sets to win the title at the All England Club.
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With the victory, Murray became the first British man to win the Wimbledon singles title since Fred Perry in 1936. Murray’s feat already has sparked talk of a knighthood.
“Arise Sir Andrew, knight of the holy grail,” The Times of London wrote in its lead story.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who watched the match from the Royal Box, seemed to be on board with Murray getting knighted and thus joining the ranks of other sporting greats such as runner Roger Bannister and golfer Nick Faldo.
“I can’t think of anyone who deserves one more,” Cameron said.
Murray downplayed the possibility.
“It’s a nice thing to have or be offered,” he said. “I think just because everyone has waited for such a long time for this, that’s probably why it will be suggested but I don’t know if it merits that.”
Britain’s last women’s champion was Virginia Wade in 1977.
Kastles win 33rd in a row
The Washington Kastles began the World TeamTennis season riding a 32-match winning streak, after back-to-back unbeaten championship seasons.
The Kastles beat the New York Sportimes 23-15 in their season opener Monday in Washington, D.C., for 33 straight victories — the same as the NBA Los Angeles Lakers won in the 1971-72 season for the longest winning streak in major U.S. pro sports history.
The Kastles would surpass the Lakers’ total if they beat the Boston Lobsters on Tuesday. It is also safe to assume most sports followers don’t consider WTT to be a “major” league.
The streak — and the debate about where it belongs in sports history — has brought added attention to the Kastles and WTT.
Hammon tears knee ligament
Guard Becky Hammon of the San Antonio Silver Stars has torn the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee and is likely out for the season after playing one game.
The seven-time All-Star missed San Antonio’s first 10 games because of a broken finger and played 12 minutes against Los Angeles on Saturday before getting hurt.
Hammon, 36, will have surgery this week, team officials said.
LSU’s Hill faces battery charge
Jeremy Hill, who was Louisiana State’s leading rusher last season as a freshman, and another man were formally charged in Baton Rouge, La., with misdemeanor simple battery in connection with a late-April scuffle in a bar parking lot.
Hill, 20, and Robert Bayardo, who is not an LSU student, will be arraigned Friday.
The matter has put Hill’s 2013 season in doubt because he is already on probation stemming from a January 2012 plea of misdemeanor carnal knowledge of a juvenile.
LSU coach Les Miles has suspended Hill, who rushed for 755 yards last season, pending the outcome of the case.
Lease agreement is signed
The prospective owners of the Phoenix Coyotes said they have signed their lease agreement for Jobing.com Arena.
Daryl Jones, partner with Renaissance Sports & Entertainment, tweeted that the lease agreement with the City of Glendale has been executed.
The Glendale City Council approved a 15-year, $225 million arena-lease deal with RSE during a special session last week.
If that deal hadn’t been approved by Glendale officials, relocation of the Coyotes — perhaps to Seattle — was an option.
• The NHL New York Rangers re-signed Ryan McDonagh, 24, to a six-year contract worth $28.2 million.
• In Group B first-round CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer matches in Harrison, N.J., Honduras beat Haiti 2-0 and El Salvador and Trinidad & Tobago played to a 2-2 draw.
• Golfer John Daly, a two-time major champion, has withdrawn from the British Open, which starts July 18.
Daly, 47, said he will have surgery on his right elbow Thursday that will end his PGA Tour season.
• Guard Jermaine Marshall, who averaged 15.3 points for Penn State’s basketball team last season, plans to transfer to Arizona State. If he graduates from Penn State this summer, the 6-foot-4 Marshall would be eligible to play for the Sun Devils in the 2013-14 season.
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