WORLD OF SPORT: Murray US Open exit, Hamilton stays cautious on title, Northern Ireland close in
Andy Murray suffered his earliest Grand Slam exit for five years as he lost a gruelling fourth-round contest against 15th seed Kevin Anderson. The South African won 7-6 (7-5) 6-3 6-7 (2-7) 7-6 (7-0) in four hours and 18 minutes to reach a first major quarter-final, where he faces Stan Wawrinka. It is the first time since the 2010 US Open that Murray has lost before the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam. (BBC Sport).
Lewis Hamilton vowed his crushing domination will continue as he refused to accept Sunday’s Monza win means he has one hand on a cherished third world title. The 53-point lead after Nico Rosberg’s engine blew in Italy is the biggest of his career, barring the exceptional double-points finale in Abu Dhabi 10 months ago. (Daily Mirror).
Northern Ireland boss Michael O’Neill described Monday’s 1-1 draw with Hungary as “pure theatre” after Kyle Lafferty’s late leveller left them two points from Euro 2016 qualification. The out-of-favour Norwich striker kept his side top of Group F with two matches remaining as they look to reach their first ever European Championship. (BBC Sport).
Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of the Rugby World Cup after suffering knee ligament damage on Saturday. Halfpenny was injured during Wales’ 23-19 warm-up victory over Italy at the Millennium Stadium and had scans on his knee on Monday. (talkSPORT).
Floyd Mayweather Jr’s hopes of signing off his professional fighting career with a box-office smash look destined to be thwarted. With just a few days until the American fights Andre Berto in Las Vegas, tickets are still widely available - despite being considerably cheaper than the prices charged for seats at his fight with Manny Pacquiao in May. (Daily Telegraph).
The blazer worn by Don Bradman in his first Ashes series as Australia captain has sold at auction in Melbourne for A$132,000 (£60,000). He wore the jacket during the 1936-37 series, which the Aussies won 3-2 against Sir George Allen’s visiting England side. (Daily Mirror).