Sport in Brief: Murray takes wild card for Farmers

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Andy Murray will play in his first tournament since Wimbledon next week when he competes in the ATP Farmers Classic in Los Angeles. Organisers handed Murray a wild card when world No 2 Novak Djokovic withdrew and the Scot will be the top seed.

The tournament director Bob Kramer said: "We were looking forward to Novak making his debut in LA but we're very fortunate that Andy Murray will be able to join us." Since losing to Rafael Nadal in the Wimbledon semi-final, world No 4 Murray has been in Miami working on his fitness ahead of the US Open in late August.

Meanwhile, Andy Roddick overcame the loss of the opening set to beat the Belgian Xavier Malisse to reach the semi-final of the Atlanta Championships. Roddick won 4-6 6-3 6-4, achieving the vital break in the decider after opting to drop back behind the baseline to receive serve. "I wasn't returning well close in. I just didn't have my timing," said Roddick, who next meets Mardy Fish.

Joy for Jenkins

A delighted Briton, Helen Jenkins, finished third in the Hyde Park Triathlon yesterday. Unheralded Canadian Paula Findlay broke away from the leading pack on the final mile of the run to win in 1h 51min and 48sec. Switzerland's Nicola Spirig was three seconds slower, pipping Jenkins to the runners-up spot by two seconds. "I'm really happy," said Jenkins. "I didn't have a great swim and tried to work hard on the bike. My plan was to work hard for the whole race, not just the run."



Oosthuizen in touch

The Open champion Louis Oosthuizen dropped a shot at the final hole to lose a share of the lead after three rounds of the Scandinavian Masters in Stockholm. The 27-year-old took five at the 18th, and a 70 left him in third place. KJ Choi carded a 71 to share the lead at 10 under with Sweden's Richard Johnson.

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