Good to know America is still the land of opportunity.
Andy Murray followed up his gold medal performance in London by becoming the first Brit since Fred Perry won the U.S. in 1936 to capture a tennis major. The Scotsman beat Serbian star Novak Djokovic in a five-set, five-hour marathon Monday at the U.S. Open in Flushing, N.Y.
“Relief is probably the best word I would use to describe how I’m feeling just now,” Murray said after the match. “You do think: Is it ever going to happen? I think everybody’s in kind of shock.”
Murray also became the second player not named Federer, Nadal, or Djokovic to win a Grand slam tournament in the last seven years, joining only London bronze medalist Juan Martin del Potro, who won the U.S. Open in 2009.
This was the third straight finals appearance (including Wimbledon and the Olympics) for the 25-year-old, who slid past 2010 U.S. champ, Rafael Nadal, to take his spot as the third ranked player in the world. Countrymen Sean Connery looked on proudly from the stands, then probably challenged Murray to a match.
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, recently met former soccer star David Beckham at a restaurant.
Both global sporting icons posted similar photos on social media with similar captions Monday morning.
Beckham played midfield for Manchester United, and Bolt is a longtime fan of the soccer club.
Bolt, who is planning on retiring after the 2017 World Championships, was recently asked about the possibility of Manchester United while hosting a Facebook Live.
“If I had the chance to play for Manchester United, I would go right now,” he said, laughing. “I would retire and start playing futbol right now. That’s how much I really want to play for Manchester United.”
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Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott was running down the open field when he encountered Chicago Bears safety Chris Prosinski.
Prosinski went low and Elliott, a high school state champion in the 110m and 300m hurdles, decided to go high and hurdle the defender:
The track and field community took notice of Elliott’s hurdle.
Lolo Jones, a 100m hurdler who competed at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics, gave Elliott grades of an A++ for difficulty and an A for technique on Twitter. She wrote that it “hands down would’ve been best NFL hurdle technique of the yr.” if a second Bears defender, Jonathan Anderson, hadn’t prevented Elliott from landing cleanly:
Dawn Harper-Nelson, the 2008 Olympic champion and 2012 Olympic silver medalist in the 100m hurdles, also had a positive review of Elliott’s efforts:
Emma Coburn, the 2016 Olympic 3000m steeplechase bronze medalist, thought Elliott’s leap resembled her event:
Elliott finished with 30 carries for 140 yards to lead the Cowboys to a 31-17 win during Sunday Night Football.
His mother, Dawn, who was a track and field athlete at the University of Missouri, posted a photo on Twitter to remind everyone where her son inherited his hurling gene from:
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