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Davis Cup final: Andy and Jamie Murray win to put GB on verge in Belgium — Andy and Jamie Murray won a superbly gripping Davis Cup doubles match against David Goffin and Steve Darcis of Belgium, to give Great Britain a 2-1 lead with Sunday's reverse singles to come.

Saskatoon’s McDonald gets call to the Hall — Saskatoon's Don McDonald is as tough and resilient as the team he loves. McDonald - who over the last decade has suffered and survived a near-fatal heart attack, a bout with cancer, and a couple of strokes - is getting inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

Davis Cup final: Andy Murray too good for Ruben Bemelmans and levels match — When the 2015 Davis Cup final began in this perversely atmospheric warehouse on Friday, anxiety penetrated beyond the usual frayed nerve endings of the participants - but background fears of terror quickly gave way to some enthralling tennis that saw eventual parity between Great Britain and Belgium.

David Goffin storms back from two sets down to beat Kyle Edmund in opener — Nobody - not even Kyle Edmund, if he were candid about it - expected the 100th ranked player in the world to launch Great Britain's bid for their first Davis Cup victory in 79 years by beating David Goffin on his debut in the competition here on Friday.

Great Britain’s tight-knit team well prepared for expansive weekend on Belgian clay — After weeks of agonising over his always troublesome transition from hardcourt to clay, Andy Murray is poised to help Great Britain make tennis history on the surface in Ghent this weekend.

How Leon Smith took Great Britain to the verge of Davis Cup glory — Leon Smith has come a long way since the days when he swept snow from outdoor courts in small, windswept Scottish tennis clubs as he eked out a living coaching young amateurs, among them 11-year-old Andy Murray.
Nov 26, 2015

This is very good by @kevinmitchell50 on the rise of Great Britain's Davis Cup captain Leon Smith:…

Britain and the Davis Cup: history overshadowed amid chill of uncertainty — The BBC commentator and former Davis Cup regular Andrew Castle fears the final in Ghent will be a "joyless" affair. If so it would be a great pity for a number of reasons. Having twice been in the proximity of terrorist attacks, in Madrid and London, Castle admitted he was reluctant to travel.

Andy Murray and GB team-mates reassured over Davis Cup final security — Great Britain have put worries over security to one side as they prepare for the Davis Cup final - but Andy Murray understands the anxiety among some fans. The British team had been due to fly to Brussels on Sunday before travelling on to Ghent, where the tie will be held starting on Friday at the 13,000-capacity Flanders Expo.
Nov 24, 2015

Murray on security and David Lloyd while Smith talks selection:…?

Gennady Golovkin won’t lose sleep over threat from Canelo Alvárez — Gennady Golovkin has just about moved across the line from worst-kept secret in boxing to sports celebrity and Saúl "Canelo" Alvárez, a genuine superstar in Mexico, is being sold as one of the few rivals at middleweight capable of testing the remarkable Kazak champion.
Nov 25, 2015

Gennady Golovkin won’t lose sleep over threat from Canelo Alvárez | Kevin Mitchell

What do GWAS signals mean? — Genome-wide association studies ( GWAS) have been highly successful at linking genetic variation in hundreds of genes to an ever-growing number of traits or diseases. The fact that the genes implicated fit with the known biology for many of these traits or disorders strongly suggests (effectively proves, really) that the findings from GWAS are "real" - they reflect some real biological involvement of those genes in those diseases.
Nov 23, 2015

RT @WiringTheBrain: What do GWAS signals mean? On the variety of individual-level effects that could underlie population-level signals…

Nov 24, 2015

RT @WiringTheBrain: What do GWAS signals mean? My latest blogpost unpicks how population-level signals relate to effects in individuals…

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Nov 29, 2015

And if you were wondering who Belgium were going to put up in the fifth rubber... #DavisCupFinal

Nov 29, 2015

Leon Smith keeping an eye on Murray and Ward hitting some solid groundstrokes this morning #DavisCupFinal

Nov 29, 2015

Ward hitting with Murray this morning. He'll play the fifth rubber if needed. Both looking sharp #DavisCupFinal

Nov 29, 2015

RT @ElliotWorsell: ...And not many people leave a fight with @Klitschko with only blisters on their feet.

Nov 29, 2015

On Sky News shortly with @SkyJacquie to talk about an amazing 24 hours in British sport, 2 great champions: .@Tyson_Fury and .@andy_murray

Nov 29, 2015

In the main, he's been hugely supported. As world heavyweight champion he's got obligations as well as privileges…

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