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  • 12 July 2019
    Judy Murray always believed her son Andy could become the world No 1 and is thrilled that both him and Jamie are top of their separate disciplines. New world No 1 Andy marked reaching the summit of world tennis by beating big-serving American John Isner in three hard-fought sets in the Paris Masters final to secure his eighth ATP Tour title of the season.The 29-year-old Scot, already assured of top spot for the first time in his career before Sundays 6-3 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 win against 6ft 10in Isner, will now prepare for next weeks World Tour Finals at the O2 Arena in London. Watch NOW TV Watch Sky Sports for just £6.99. No contract. The Briton sealed the 43rd tour-level title of his career and his 14th ATP World Tour Masters 1000 title and mother Judy was full of praise for her son, admitting that when he realised he was in sight of No 1, there was no stopping him in his pursuit.The circuit is very stacked and very demanding and usually everybody is getting a little bit tired, theres a lot of injuries, but hes just been so strong. Once he got closer and closer he just went on a bit of a mission and when hes on a mission hes dangerous, she told Sky Sports. WATCH: Murray is world No 1 Andy Murray is the new world No 1 and Sky Sports pays tribute to Britains finest tennis player Hes been in the mix with Roger [Federer] and Rafa [Nadal] and Novak [Djokovic] for a long time now and its a matter of consistency and this has been his most consistent year so its nice that hes managed to find his way to the top of the rankings. Jamie Murray, who teamed up to form a successful partnership with Bruno Soares to become world No 1 earlier this year, now has a chance of ending the season top of the ladder in mens doubles at the ATP World Tour Finals.But the dynamic duo face a fight against top-ranked French pairing Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.The year before Jamie was in a couple of Slam finals so he learned what it was like to do to get there and he also learned what it was like to play in one, she said. I think he used that to his advantage and has formed a good partnership with Bruno and thats the key to doubles. Its important to stick with the same partner for a long time because its a 12 month rolling ranking.And on the Murray family plans for Christmas, she added: Well have to plan some extra special dreadful Christmas jumpers. Check our game-by-game updates from Andy Murrays progress at the ATP World Tour Finals from London, our app for mobile devices and iPad and our Twitter account @skysportstennis. Also See: Murray wins Paris Masters Murray: The strangest feeling WATCH: Murray is world No 1 Murrays finest achievement Bradley Chubb Broncos Jersey . The phone hearing is scheduled for 4:30pm et/1:30pm pt. Winchester, who was not penalized for the hit, appeared to make contact with Kellys head early in the first period of Thursdays game in Boston. Dre Mont Jones Womens Jersey . Blackwood, 28, has played the last three seasons in the San Diego Padres system, including the past two summers with Class AA San Antonio of the Texas League. . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. Royce Freeman Jersey . 10 VCU 85-67 on Thursday night at the Puerto Rico Tip-Off. The Seminoles (4-0) have scored at least 80 points in each of their games. DeMarcus Ware Broncos Jersey . -- Al Jefferson found a groove just in time for the Charlotte Bobcats. RIO DE JANEIRO -- A public shaming at the Olympic Games isnt pretty.After the scandal of state-organized Russian cheating and Olympic officials spineless response, it perhaps was only a matter of when, not if, a Russian athlete in Rio would be booed and blamed.Olympians and fans are disgusted. Understandably so. Revelations that Russian officials erased doping positives, flushed away dirty urine samples and gave cheats a clean bill of health are sickening. So, too, was the International Olympic Committees refusal to ban Russia outright from the Rio de Janeiro Games.But swimmer Yulia Efimova is a poor poster child for Russias deceit.Yes, the 24-year-old is Russian. And, yes, she did positive in 2013 for a banned steroid, DHEA. That doesnt, however, automatically make her a doper. Three arbitrators, none of them Russian, who heard Efimovas case and banned her from competition for 16 months were clear about that.They ruled that she clearly was not intentionally cheating and she did not intend to enhance sport performance.Instead, they determined, Efimova was negligent. The legal supplement she bought at a store near her home in California contained DHEA. It even said so on the label. But Efimova naively believed the store clerk who told her the product was OK and did not read the label herself, they determined.Foolish, then, but not Lance Armstrong.The arbitrators noted that Efimova impressed them as sincere and honest and appropriately remorseful for her mistake. She did not seek to blame others for her rule violation and she accepted responsibility for her actions.These all-important nuances got drowned in the Olympic pool.The Cold War-ish narrative of a feisty 19-year-old American, Lilly King, striking a blow for clean athletes by staring down and beating the Russian was too appealing to let all the facts get in the way.Another U.S. swimmer, Cody Miller, even went so far as to liken his teammates defeat of Efimova in the 100-meter breaststroke to the movie Rocky IV, where Sylvester Stallones boxer knocks out juiced-up Soviet monster Ivan Drago.BOOOOM!! Miller tweeted. AMERICA PREVAILS!!Get a grip.Howard Jacobs, the California lawyer who represented Efimova in her 2014 case heard by the doping panel for swimmmings governing body, FINA, says ire against her is misplaced.ddddddddddddIts not that everyone who tests positive is evil, he said in a phone interview. There are very few athletes who take the time to understand anti-doping until they are actually thrown into an anti-doping case because of a mistake that they make.For the record, FINA also cleared Efimova for the six times meldonium was found in her drug-test samples in February and March this year. The Latvian-made heart drug was routinely taken by East European athletes before the World Anti-Doping Agency banned its use at the start of the year. But the science behind the ban was incomplete and WADA subsequently issued new guidelines allowing athletes to be cleared in some cases.FINA said the amount of meldonium in Efimovas samples was very low and that its doping panel concluded that she wasnt at fault.WADA could have challenged FINAs decision and appealed but did not, judging that the federation handled the case correctly.Those are the rules.Efimovas rivals may not like them. They may not like her. But should they ever run afoul of those same rules, theyll also want a fair shake and likely be on the phone to lawyers like Jacobs.When they hear stories about contaminated supplements, they think its all BS, he said. They dont believe it until it happens to them.If swimmers need a target, they should aim at FINA instead. The federation awarded Russian President Vladimir Putin its highest honor, the FINA Order, in 2014 for what it gushed was his great contribution to strengthen the fraternity between nations, improve the lifestyle and education of the youth in Russia and promote a healthier society.That coziness, always inappropriate, now looks just horrible in the wake of the Russian state-sponsored doping scandal.The next time King takes to the Olympic pool -- she and Efimova race in 200-meter heats on Wednesday -- it would be good to hear her take a stand on that.---John Leicester is an international sports columnist for The Associated Press. 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