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PARIS -- By the end of the week, Andy Murray could become the top-ranked player in the world for the first time in his career. Samaje Perine Jersey .Ever since he first reached No. 2 in the tennis rankings seven years ago, the 29-year-old Murray has been trying to catch the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. The No. 1 ranking is finally within touching distance, and he will replace Djokovic at the top if he wins the Paris Masters and Djokovic fails to reach the final.Murray is trying not to think about it too much.Its not in my control ... Even if I win all of my matches this week, I still might not get there, Murray said Monday. Its in Novaks hands.I dont feel any differently now to how I did six, eight weeks ago. My goal wasnt to finish No. 1 at the end of this year, Murray said. There (was) a lot stronger chance of doing it in the early part of next year, which is what I (had) targeted -- rather than this week.Murray and Djokovic both have won seven titles this season -- a career-best for Murray.If he does reach the top, Murray would become the oldest first-time No. 1 since John Newcombe achieved it at the age of 30 in June 1974.I do deserve to be there, Murray said. (The) last four or five months I have played the best of my career.Murray, who lost to Djokovic in last years Paris Masters final, faces Fernando Verdasco in the second round. He leads the Spaniard 11-1 overall.Murray won the Erste Bank Open in Vienna on Sunday for his third straight tournament win while Djokovics stellar form has dipped since winning the French Open for the first time in June.The top-ranked Serb lost in the third round at Wimbledon to Sam Querrey and in the first round of the Olympics to Juan Martin del Potro.After that, Stan Wawrinka rallied to beat Djokovic in the U.S. Open final, and two weeks ago Djokovic lost in the Shanghai Masters semifinals to Spanish player Roberto Bautista Agut.Wimbledon was obviously a bit of a surprise, Murray said. Maybe one or two losses you wouldnt expect.But Murray smiled when viewing Djokovics slump from a different perspective.Hes been in the final in New York, won (the Rogers Cup) and (reached) the semis of Shanghai, he said. Hes doing all right.Wawrinka, who lost to Djokovic in the Paris Masters semifinals last year, is excited about the ongoing fight for No. 1.Im looking forward to see whats going to be the result of Andy and Novak here, and in London (at the ATP finals), Wawrinka said. Novak just lost three matches in three tournaments. People talk. But for the rest, he always won.Elsewhere, Pablo Carreno Busta enjoyed a 6-3, 6-1 victory against Fabio Fognini, who made 33 unforced errors, and will play fourth seed Milos Raonic next.Joao Sousa will face seventh seed Tomas Berdych after he ground out a 6-4, 6-4 win against qualifier Andreas Seppi while Steve Johnson will play 12th seed Richard Gasquet following a 6-4, 7-5 victory against Guido Pella.Stan Wawrinka, the third seed, will face Jan-Lennard Struff in the second round. Struff thrashed qualifier Illya Marchenko 6-1, 6-1.Frances Benoit Paire was beaten 6-4, 7-6(4) by Paolo Lorenzi, who will play 16th seed Pablo Cuevas next. Marcos Baghdatis saw off Paul-Henry Mathieu 6-2, 6-4 to set up a meeting with Grigor Dimitrov.In Mondays evening session, Gilles Simon rallied to beat qualifier Julien Benneteau 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, and will play 10th seed Roberto Bautista Agut in the second round.Albert Ramos-Vinolas beat wild card Stephane Robert 6-1, 6-4 to set up a clash with Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.ESPN Staff contributed to this report. Jonathan Allen Youth Jersey .com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago. Ryan Anderson Womens Jersey . Aduriz headed home Markel Susaetas cross in the sixth minute to open the scoring at San Mames Stadium. He bettered that with a long-range blast that went in off the goal frame in the 18th, and converted a penalty in the 72nd after Diego Mainz was sent off for fouling Aduriz with only the goalkeeper to beat. http:///...son_Redskins_Jersey/ . McCarthy, a player who played some games in the second tier for Wigan at the start of this season, would go on to shine inside Evertons midfield, outplaying the man he was brought in to replace, on one of the grandest stages in English football. On Saturday, it was fitting that Manchester Uniteds most recent dagger into the chest was delivered by Frenchman Yohan Cabaye, a wonderfully gifted central midfielder who put on an outstanding effort for Newcastle at Old Trafford. CHICAGO -- The last time the United States womens national soccer team played at Soldier Field, it scored six goals and pummeled an upwardly mobile opponent that had recently qualified for a major tournament.It is unlikely many people remember that August game played nine years ago. It is unlikely many American fans remember fondly the World Cup campaign that followed a month later. What glittered along the shores of Lake Michigan back then soon foundered, accompanied by a literal typhoon, in China.Which is to say, extrapolate from Saturdays lackluster 1-0 win against South Africa at your own peril.But, well, it fell some ways short of compelling. No one is going to argue that.It wasnt our best performance, U.S. coach Jill Ellis said by way of the lexicon of diplomacy.It was a historic matchup, both because it was the first meeting between the United States and South Africa, which will make its major tournament debut in the Olympics, and because it marked Hope Solos 100th clean sheet for her country, an unequaled milestone.It offered the specter of societal significance, although American players ultimately did not take the field wearing the shirts or temporary tattoos in support of equal pay, as reportedly planned.It even took place against the backdrop of a spectacular summer afternoon, equally free of clouds and humidity.It just wasnt a memorable game of soccer.Ranked No. 52 in the admittedly dubious FIFA world rankings, behind the likes of Myanmar and Uzbekistan, South Africa showed itself a good deal more organized and committed than that assessment. But a team with few full professionals never really put Solo or the U.S. defense in danger. The United States controlled the game but couldnt dominate it, lacking the precision to create or finish chances.With the team on the verge of naming its final roster of 18 players for the Olympics -- Ellis said she would inform players Monday of the final decisions -- Saturday played out less as a final opportunity to impress than as a university lecture scheduled after the final exam.Send-off games are never easy, Crystal Dunn said after scoring the games lone goal. South Africa is obviously in the Olympics as well, and theyre giving their all. And they had a good game as well. I think, for us, were all coming off NWSL seasons, playing a lot of minutes. The league is very intense, and obviously everything thats going on with us mentally -- yes, we are all preparing for the roster to be announced. But its really no excuse. This wasnt a good performance.But at the end of the day, its all about results.Thats debatable. Just ask the folks who watched the U.S. women pummel New Zealand here nine years ago. But if were talking about the result of Olympic preparation, of months of work rather than 90 minutes of work, it wasnt without some positives.Ellis spoke this week about preparation as a funnel, all the personnel changes and tactical tweaks placed in the wide end of the funnel months ago, with what is left now the distilled product.On the goal, Meghan Klingenberg intercepted a South African pass deep in its own half, no surprise given the amount of time the outside back spent on the attacking side of the halfway line. She moved the ball to Mallory Pugh, who sprinted past a defender to the end line and delivered the cross that Dunn slammed home at the far post. South Africa should have done better with the ball before it ever reached Dunn, but Pugh put it in dangerous space.In that sequence, isolated as it was on the afternoon, Klingenberg looked thee veteran completely comfortable in her marauding role, Dunn looked like the player fighting not for the roster spot she didnt claim in the World Cup but a starting spot in Brazil. Jonathan Allen Womens Jersey. And Pugh looked like a player who has lived several soccer years in the mere months since she debuted against Ireland in January.Indeed, Pugh was far and away the bright light on the day, full of energy and threatening movement.I dont think of Mal in terms of age because I think shes got a bit of ice running through her veins, Ellis said. She came in in January with us for the first time and, yeah, I think you see a little bit of anxiety there. But now you see her off the field -- and thats important, too, that she feels comfortable off the field. Off the field, shes well blended in, respected in the group. And then her performances, she doesnt play like a young player. Shes special, and we know that. Thats why shes in with us regularly now.Thats why, while confirmation will only come with the official announcement, shes going to Brazil.The other bit of good news Saturday is that Carli Lloyd looks as if she will take the field in the Olympic opener Aug. 3 at 100 percent -- or 120 percent, by her own estimate. Absences were a story Saturday, with none of Morgan Brian, Tobin Heath or Megan Rapinoe in uniform. The injuries for Brian and Heath are described as minor, their absences precautionary. Rapinoe is the biggest question mark on the roster, Ellis saying Friday that she had seen what she needed to see out of the midfielder seven months removed from an ACL injury but also that quad and hamstring concerns would keep Rapinoe off the field against South Africa. But in 45 minutes as a second-half substitute, punctuated with some firm tackles if not goals, Lloyd eased the anxiety created by her knee injury early in the NWSL season.It felt good, knocking the rust off, Lloyd said. You as a player always want to just come on and think everything is going to be perfect. I have to keep it in mind that its been 11 weeks since I played a game, so I think for the most part it felt pretty good. I thought it was the perfect amount of time for me to play, first game. Unfortunately it wasnt maybe our best overall team performance, but we all knocked the rust off. Now everyone will go home and recharge.It will be that process, not this game or the final send-off game against Costa Rica in two weeks (ESPN, 9 p.m. ET, July 22), that matters most. Physical ailments aside, mental freshness is an equally notable challenge. As Dunn alluded to, players have logged far more NWSL minutes this season than those who went to the World Cup a year ago did before that tournament -- and these minutes on top of the international calendar in womens soccer that crowds major tournaments into back-to-back years. It is one more reason no team has won World Cup and Olympic titles in back-to-back years.In reality, these players havent had a break in 2?, Ellis said this week. Since we started the buildup to World Cup qualifiers, then they come straight out [the World Cup] straight into a 10-game victory tour and straight into the league and all the friendlies.So thats something that I think going into these Olympics Im trying to be very thoughtful about making sure were not just physically ready but were also mentally ready.And if they are, chances are few will remember a sunny summer afternoon at Soldier Field. Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys ' ' '