For the racquet, Murray’s win has ripple effect


Agar-bomb, Agar-meister, Agar the Horrible, Ash-ton, Agar’s Ashes … Lions feast on Wallabies … Robbie gets rolled back to NZ … Schwarzer slips into Chelsea … Swans just cruising … Origin break back on agenda … good knock by Phillip Hughes, too.PREMONITIONS

They’re calling it the ”Andy Murray effect” (hardly original, but you get the gist). Kids up and down Scotland, wait, no – BRITAIN! – have been dropping whatever it is kids play with these days and picking up a racquet. ”We’ve got 127 courts in London and there’s been an increase in traffic to our website to book, while a lot of kids have come down to play, some people that we’ve never seen before,” reckons Regent’s Park Tennis Centre director Steve Riley. We’re still waiting for the Lleyton Hewitt effect to kick in.REVELATIONS

Fresh from their chart-topping tribute to Tom Rogic after the Socceroo signed for Celtic, the ”Thai Tims” have produced another one of their utterly adorable musical pieces. This time, they’re serenading Lionel Messi. Altogether now: ”His life it was not easy, Messi needed doctors, treatment was expensive, help came from some good men. Barcelona came calling, with a contract on a napkin, he’d be Barca’s No.10.” That’s all set to Kenny Rogers’ The Gambler. Search ”Thai Tims Messi” on YouTube.BROTHER, CAN YOU SPARE A SLEDGE?

Decent dig from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after Dwight Howard spurned his beloved Los Angeles Lakers for a move to the Houston Rockets: ”Dwight Howard is a perfect example of the fact that ‘potential’ has a shelf life.” Just to add insult: ”Laker fans should be patient and allow Mitch [Kupchak, Lakers GM] and company to prepare themselves to do some serious work in the free-agent market.”LIFE IN THE SLOW LANE

Footballers and fast cars – it’s been a staple for British red-tops since George Best hoovered around Lancashire in his Lotus coupe (or the Mercedes, or the Jaguar E-Type, etc) on the way to training or, more likely, a local nightclub. The Sun updated us this week what cars are driven by today’s players at Manchester United – but what we were most shocked about was the dearth of rev-heads. Seven of the nine players snapped were driving four-wheel-drives. Where’s your sense of glamour gone, lads?EACH-WAY BEEFY

Ian Botham’s commentary of Ashton Agar’s magnificent knock was almost as enjoyable as the innings itself, except when he was usurped by Michael Holding’s tales of stewed pigs’ tails (no, seriously). It started as a laugh for ”Beefy” but soon descended into despair as England’s lead was whittled away, and he began to tear strips off Alastair Cook’s field placings. Only after play did he try to get on the bandwagon: ”Agar’s knock was the first time I’ve ever hoped an Aussie would score more runs.” Too late, Beefy, the wagon’s full.PROFESSIONALS TIP FOR THE WEEKEND

”I don’t mind seeing a good stink every now and again.” – Greg Bird, of course. Sugar is tipping it will be on for young and old in Origin III, regardless of the consequences.HIGH-CARB CARLOS

Reports from Argentina this week have revealed new $16.5 million Juventus signing Carlos Tevez has been told by club officials he’s overweight and must drop six kilograms before the start of the season. He was apparently given stern words by coach Antonio Conte to get himself in shape or risk beginning life in Turin on the bench. He’ll need to lose at least a couple of those kilograms before making his unofficial club debut against Everton in San Francisco at the end of the month.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.