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Gong show: Strange noise unsettles Murray in U.S. Open quarterfinals

A bizarre noise during Wednesday’s quarterfinals of the U.S. Open led to Andy Murray’s downfall against Japan’s Kei Nishikori, as the No. 2 seed lost control of the match when a gong-like sound over the loudspeakers interrupted play. 

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Murray led two sets to one and had a break point in the third game of the fourth set, which would have given him a 2-1 lead. Murray seemed to be in control of the point when something that sounded like a loud gong rang from the speakers.

Umpire Marija Cicak immediately called a let and ordered the point replayed. Murray threw his hands up in disgust and immediately complained about the ruling.

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Murray dropped the next three points to lose the game, and then brought up the call again with Cicak at the ensuing changeover, saying something similar had happened earlier and play had continued.

“Exactly the same thing,” Murray said. ''And I told you.''

He also spoke to a tournament supervisor about it, pleading his case and saying, “That's not fair.” 

Murray would lose the next seven games, including the final five games of the fourth set. He would lose 7-5 in the fifth and deciding set.

“I could have won the match for sure,” Murray told The Associated Press.

U.S. Open officials later released a statement saying the sound was from a digital audio sound processor that malfunctioned. 

Tennis gold medalist Andy Murray corrects sexist reporting

Tennis gold medalist Andy Murray shut down a BBC reporter who seemed to forget that women's tennis is a thing.

"You're the first person ever to win two Olympic tennis gold medals. That's an extraordinary feat, isn't it?" the BBC's John Inverdale said.

"Well, to defend the singles title. I think Venus and Serena have won about four each," Murray said.

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Inverdale was interviewing Murray after his victory over Juan Martín del Potro of Argentina. It was Murray's second consecutive Olympic gold.

He's the first person to take gold in singles tennis twice in a row but, as he noted, both Williams sisters have won two more golds than he has overall.

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His quick fact check won him praise online, but his comments aren't really a surprise.

Murray has called himself a feminist in the past and has said women have played a large role in his tennis career.

He was coached by a woman for a time, and he credits his mother with introducing him to the game.

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Maria Sharapova says she's going to Harvard Business School

What do you do when you're a tennis superstar and you get suspended from playing the sport for two years? Why not business school? Or, more specifically, why not Harvard Business School?

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Don't ask Maria Sharapova how it happened, but that's apparently what she's decided to do with her down time.

Sharapova was suspended earlier this month for two years after she failed a drug test. In a report issued by the International Tennis Federation she was labeled "the sole author of her own misfortune" because she hid regular pre-match use of a newly banned substance from anti-doping authorities and members of her own entourage.

The ban, handed down by a three-person Tennis Anti-Doping Program tribunal appointed by the International Tennis Federation, was backdated to Jan. 26, when Sharapova last played. She tested positive for meldonium that day after losing to Serena Williams in the Australian Open quarterfinals.

James Blake calls for more NYPD accountability after arrest

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Former tennis star James Blake has even more to say about his violent arrest. He told NBC the apology from the NYPD was a "nice gesture," but more needs to be done. 

"It makes me wonder why he was out in the street and given this position to begin with," James Blake told NBC.

Blake also told The Associated Press that the officer should be fired.

The NYPD recently released surveillance video of Blake being slammed to the ground. The department says the arresting officer misidentified Blake as a criminal. 

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NYPD officer James Frascatore reportedly thought he was arresting someone involved in credit card fraud. Frascatore has had excessive force complaints brought against him in the past and is currently on modified duty.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner William Bratton have both apologized to Blake. Bratton said during a press conference Thursday he had concerns about how Blake was arrested, but he also said he didn't think race was a factor. (Video via Fox News)

"This rush to put a race tag on it ... I'm sorry, that's not involved in this incident at all," Bratton said.

Blake said he wants to see more accountability for police officers and is still considering taking legal action. (Video via CNN)

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David Beckham has skills no doubt, catches ball at Wimbledon with no effort

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David Beckham has impressive skills on the field as one of the best known former soccer players of all time.

Those skills came in handy at Wimbledon this week.

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He snagged a ball that went off of the court and tossed it back like it was no big deal.

The ball deflected off of a line judge's chair during the doubles match between Jamie Murray and John Peers and Jonathan Erlich and Philipp Petzschner, Mashable reported.

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