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Andy Murray drawn against Lukas Rosol in US Open

Murray is in top form following wins at Wimbledon and the Olympics. Credit: PA

Andy Murray will renew an old rivalry with Lukas Rosol after drawing the Czech in the first round of the US Open.

Murray beat Rosol in a bad-tempered match at the Munich Open last year, during which the Scot told his opponent: "No-one likes you on the tour, everyone hates you."

Seeded second in New York, Murray is also placed in the same half as world number three Stan Wawrinka and could meet the Swiss in the semi-finals.

Cedric agrees new four-year Southampton contract

Cedric Soares has committed his future to Southampton by signing a new four-year contract with the club.

The new deal will keep Soares at St. Mary's until 2020 following a successful first season that saw him feature in 27 matches.

There had been rumours linking the right-back with a move away from the south coast this summer, and talk of his departure only intensified following the signing of Jeremy Pied.

But Soares has instead decided to commit his future to the Saints after helping Portugal to glory at Euro 2016, with compatriot Jose Fonte also expected to accept an improved contract offer at Southampton in the coming days despite interest from Man United and Arsenal.

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Aitor Karanka full of praise for West Brom's Tony Pulis

Karanka doesn't understand any criticism Pulis received. Credit: PA

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka admits he cannot understand the criticism West Brom counterpart Tony Pulis attracts given his track record.

The two men will go head-to-head in the Premier League on Sunday when the Spaniard takes promoted Boro to the Hawthorns hoping to do what the Baggies have done in recent season and establish themselves as a fixture in the top flight.

Pulis had his detractors during his long and distinguished spell in charge at Stoke, and found himself in the firing line once again during the second half of last season with his side struggling for results.

However, Karanka holds him in the highest regard and believes the statistics speak for themselves.

He said:

You look at his numbers. Since the first day I met him, he has shown me he is a gentleman and his job is there.

He has never been relegated in I don't know how many games in the Premier League, so for that reason, he has all my respect and I wish him all the best - after the game on Sunday.

– Middlesbrough manager Aitor Karanka
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