Murray eases to 1st round victory in Dubai

SANDRA HARWITT, Associated Press br /> DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Andy Murray may be coming off a bout of shingles, but he looked in good shape during a 6-4, 6-1 first round victory over Malik Jaziri at the Dubai Tennis Championships on Tuesday. The top-ranked Murray was playing his first match since being upset by Mischa Zverev in the Australian Open fourth round last month. Murray said that his mother-in-law was the first to suggest he had shingles, which a doctor confirmed the next day. 'I had a little bit of a rash basically like on my bum 'round to kind of my stomach, and it wasn't, like, terrible,' Murray said. 'I didn't think much of it at the beginning, and then it was actually my wife's mum, we were having dinner, and I was, like, 'This is really irritating. She was, like, 'Pull your pants down. Show me. It might be shingles.' Jaziri took a brief 2-1 lead with a service break in the first set, but that would be the only time the Tunisian had any control over Tuesday's match. 'Obviously, the second set was obviously a bit easier,' Murray said. 'First set, especially the beginning, was tough. 'I have never hit with him or played against him before. It took a little bit of time to get used to his game.' The only other unexpected moment in the match came when Murray was leading 6-4, 3-1, 0-40. Jaziri said he was feeling light-headed and asked for the physiotherapist to come to the court. After his pulse was checked, Jaziri returned to the court and played out the match. Unlike Murray, defending champion Stan Wawrinka didn't survive the first round, falling to Damir Dzhumur 7-6 (4), 6-3. It was third-ranked Wawrinka's first match since bowing out of the Australian Open to Swiss countryman Roger Federer in the semifinals. 'I think I start well, but it was tough match,' Wawrinka said. 'I think after coming back one month out, I had to recover from the injury. Wawrinka was nursing a right knee injury when he left the Australian Open and only started to have regular practice sessions a week ago. 'The positive of the tournament here is that the knee is feeling good now,' Wawrinka said. 'I don't have any pain. I need to still be really careful, but that was the only positive of today.' Wawrinka started the match very quickly, racing to a 4-1 lead in the first set. 'Three games in, like, six, seven minutes, he was playing outstanding there,' Dzhumur said. 'Was just hitting every ball. I couldn't even touch the ball.' That was the point when Wawrinka slowed down and showed signs of becoming tentative as the Bosnian settled into the match. 'I was hoping that he's gonna go down with his level of game, and that's what happened,' Dzhumur said. 'I started to fight, to grind, and I found some way to play, to stay in the game.' Dzhumur raced into a 5-1 lead in the second set, but became nervous when serving for the match at that point. In the 10-point seventh game, Dzhumur served three double faults, including to lose the third break point he faced. He kept his composure when serving for the match two games later, setting up the match point with a forehand crosscourt volley, and then watching Wawrinka sail a forehand long. Fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych advanced to the second round when fellow Czech qualifier Lukas Rosol retired with a knee injury. Berdych was leading 6-3, 2-1 at the time. .....»»

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The Associated Press br /> SPOKANE, Washington (AP) — Eric Mika had 29 points and 11 rebounds to help BYU upset No. 1 Gonzaga 79-71 on Saturday, ending the Bulldogs' bid to go undefeated in the final game of the U.S. men's college basketball regular season. Nigel Williams-Goss scored 19 points for Gonzaga (29-1, 17-1 West Coast Conference), which was seeking to become the first team since Kentucky in 2014-15 to finish the regular season without a loss. Mika's basket with a minute left gave BYU (21-10, 12-6) a 73-71 lead. Gonzaga lost the ball on its next two possessions, and Corbin Kaufusi had a putback and Mika hit two free throws to put it out of reach. The last team to finish the entire season undefeated was Indiana in 1975-76. ___ No. 5 UCLA 77, No. 4 ARIZONA 72 TUCSON, Arizona (AP) — Thomas Welsh scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and No. 5 UCLA dominated the offensive boards to beat Arizona in a Pac-12 showdown. The Bruins (26-3, 13-3) snapped Arizona's 21-game home court winning streak and dropped the Wildcats (26-4, 15-2) into a tie with Oregon for first place in the Pac-12 heading into the final week of the regular season. The Ducks hold the tiebreaker by beating Arizona in the teams' only meeting. UCLA, avenging a 96-85 home loss to Arizona on Jan. 21, trailed 53-49 at the half but took control with a 19-4 second-half run. Allonzo Trier scored a career-high 28 for the Wildcats. UCLA had 19 second-chance points to Arizona's four. ___ No. 2 VILLANOVA 79, No. 23 CREIGHTON 63 VILLANOVA, Pa. (AP) — Eric Paschall scored a season-high 19 points and Josh Hart added 16 to help Villanova wrap up its fourth straight Big East regular-season title. Kris Jenkins scored 15 points and Mikal Bridges had 11 for the defending national champion Wildcats (27-3, 14-3). Marcus Foster scored 25 points and Khyri Thomas had 17 for Creighton (22-7, 9-7). It has lost six of 10 after an 18-1 start. ___ No. 3 KANSAS 77, TEXAS 67. AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Josh Jackson scored 18 points and Frank Mason III added 16 to help Kansas beat Texas and win its 13th consecutive Big 12 regular-season championship outright. Devonte Graham and Dwight Coleby added points 12 apiece for the Jayhawks (26-3, 14-2 Big 12). Jarrett Allen led Texas (10-19, 4-12) with 20 points, and Andrew Jones added 18. ___ No. 5 OREGON 75, STANFORD 73 STANFORD, California (AP) — Jordan Bell scored on a putback with 14 seconds left to give Oregon a rare Bay Area sweep. Bell's game-winner followed Dillon Brooks' last-second, tiebreaking 3-pointer three nights earlier at California to give Oregon (26-4, 15-2 Pac-12) its second sweep of its conference Bay Area rivals since 1976. Tyler Dorsey scored 15 points to lead Oregon, while Brooks added 14. Reid Travis had 27 points and 14 rebounds to lead the way for the Cardinal (14-14, 6-10). ___ No. 8 NORTH CAROLINA 85, PITTSBURGH 67 PITTSBURGH (AP) — Justin Jackson scored 23 points, Joel Berry added 19 and North Carolina continued its march to the Atlantic Coast Conference regular season title. The Tar Heels (25-5, 13-3) have won four straight following a loss to arch rival Duke two weeks ago. North Carolina can clinch its second straight ACC regular season crown and 31st overall with a win at No. 18 Virginia on Monday. Michael Young and fellow senior Jamel Artis finished with 17 points each for the Panthers (15-14, 4-12). ___ IOWA ST. 72, No. 9 BAYLOR 69 AMES, Iowa (AP) — Deonte Burton scored 22 points, including a crucial 3 with 1:17 left, and Iowa State won its fifth straight. Monte Morris had 17 points with seven assists for the Cyclones (19-9, 11-5 Big 12), who have their longest winning streak in league play since a seven-game stretch in 2005. Johnathan Motley had 27 points and 11 rebounds for Baylor (23-6, 10-6). ___ MIAMI 55, No. 10 DUKE 50 CORAL GABLES, Florida. (AP) — Bruce Brown scored 25 points, and Miami held Duke a staggering 32 points below its season average. Brown shot 11 for 18 and had four assists, while his teammates shot just 11 for 40 with four assists combined. Yet it was enough for the Hurricanes (20-8, 10-6 Atlantic Coast Conference), who dominated inside and outscored Duke 40-20 in the paint. Frank Jackson and Luke Kennard each scored 16 points for Duke (22-7, 10-6), which lost its second straight to an unranked opponent. ___ No. 11 KENTUCKY 76, No. 13 FLORIDA 66 LEXINGTON, Kentucky (AP) — Malik Monk scored 30 of his 33 points in the second half and Bam Adebayo added 18 points with 15 rebounds as Kentucky took over the Southeastern Conference lead. While another week remains in SEC play for both teams, the Wildcats (24-5, 14-2) took an important step by twice rallying from eight points down to win the pivotal matchup. And they can thank Monk for making it happen as he scored 14 points during an 18-10 run that tied the game at 55 with 9:54 remaining. KeVaughn Allen had 24 points and Justin Leon added 13 for Florida (23-6, 13-3), which had won nine straight. ___ No. 12 WEST VIRGINIA 61, TCU 60 FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Daxter Miles Jr. made a free throw with 4.8 seconds left for West Virginia. Miles went to the free throw line after a questionable foul against Jaylen Fisher, who never left the ground and appeared to make only slight incidental contact with the Miles. TCU (17-12, 6-10 Big 12), which had tied the game on Alex Robinson's free throw with 9.1 seconds left, had one more chance but Desmond Bane's 3-pointer at the buzzer was well short. Jevon Carter had 15 points for West Virginia (23-6, 11-5), while Nathan Adrian added 13. Fisher had 18 points to lead TCU, which lost its fifth straight. ___ MICHIGAN 82, No. 14 PURDUE 70 ANN ARBOR, Michigan. (AP) — Moe Wagner scored 22 of his 24 points in the first half for Michigan. Derrick Walton added 17 points and 11 rebounds and the Wolverines (19-10, 9-7 Big Ten), who have won five of six. Caleb Swanigan scored 18 points for the Boilermakers (23-6, 12-4), who had their six-game winning streak snapped. ___ No. 17 SMU 69, UCONN 61 HARTFORD, Connecticut (AP) — Shake Milton had 20 points and seven rebounds to lead SMU. The Mustangs (25-4, 15-1 American Athletic Conference) won their 11th straight. Semi Ojeleye added 16 points. The Huskies (14-14, 9-7), who have dropped two straight after a four-game winning streak, were led by Kentan Facey's 15 points. ___ No. 18 VIRGINIA 70, N.C. STATE 55 RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) — Freshman Kyle Guy scored 19 points to help Virginia end a four-game losing streak. Devon Hall added 18 points for the Cavaliers (19-9, 9-7 Atlantic Coast Conference), who shot 49 percent and made 11 of 16 3-pointers. Freshman Dennis Smith Jr. scored 13 points for the Wolfpack (15-15, 4-13). ___ No. 19 FLORIDA ST. 76, CLEMSON 74 CLEMSON, South Carolina (AP) — Xavier Rathan-Mayes scored 13 of his 15 points in the second half, including the go-ahead basket with 1:22 left, to lift Florida State. Jonathan Isaac of Florida State (23-6, 11-5) blocked Shelton Mitchell's drive with 11 seconds left and, after Trent Forrest made a free throw for the Seminoles, Marcquise Reed came up short on a mid-range jumper with 5 seconds to go. Jaron Blossomgame had 24 points for Clemson (14-14, 4-12). ___ No. 20 SAINT MARY'S 70, SANTA CLARA 56 MORAGA, California (AP) — Jock Landale scored 17 points and Saint Mary's beat Santa Clara in the West Coast Conference regular-season finale for both teams. Emmett Naar and Calvin Hermanson scored 13 points apiece for the Gaels (26-3, 15-3). Jared Brownridge and Matt Hauser scored 15 points apiece for Santa Clara (16-15, 10-8). ___ IOWA 83, No. 24 MARYLAND 69 COLLEGE PARK, Maryland. (AP) — Freshman Jordan Bohannon scored a career-high 24 points, hitting 8 of 10 3-pointers, to help Iowa breeze past fading Maryland. Tyler Cook had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Hawkeyes (16-13, 8-8 Big Ten). Kevin Huerter scored 13 points for Maryland (22-7, 10-6). Since opening 20-2, the Terrapins have lost five of seven and three in a row. ___ No. 25 WICHITA ST. 86, MISSOURI ST. 67 SPRINGFIELD, Missouri (AP) — Landry Shamet scored a career-best 23 points as Wichita State clinched at least a share of the Missouri Valley Conference title for a fourth straight season. The title is the fifth in six seasons for the Shockers (27-4, 17-1), who have won 12 straight games and appear well on their way to a sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance. Dequon Miller had 19 points for the Bears (16-15, 7-11). .....»»

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