Murray crashes out to Wawrinka

Andy Murray crashed out of the US Open in the third round, being beaten in four sets by Switzerland’s Stanislas Wawrinka.

The fourth seed started well and took the first set on a tie-break after recovering from an early break of serve, but then began to lose form and was overwhelmed by the powerful ground strokes of Wawrinka.

The Swiss twice recovered from a break down to take the second set on a tie-break, before powering home 6-3, 6-3 to reach the fourth round, where he will meet America’s Sam Querrey.

Manchester City midfielder James Milner is concerned that players may consider quitting England duty if they continue to have their off-field lives picked apart by the media.

Wayne Rooney is the latest star to hit the headlines for the wrong reasons and Milner fears that ongoing coverage may have a negative long-term effect.

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He told reporters: “Every individual is different.

“I would rather be under pressure because it means that things are going in the right direction on the football field.

“But some people might turn round and say ‘I have had enough, I don’t need that’.”

Rooney has, despite earlier suggestions, flown out to Basel with the rest of the England squad for the action on Tuesday evening.

Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas has confirmed that left to him, he would have chosen to join Barcelona this summer.

The Gunners refused to allow the 23-year-old Spain international to head back to his former club and Fabregas has accepted the decision for the time being.

He told the Daily Mail: “Barcelona did all they could to sign me, but Arsenal told me I had to stay, that there was no way they were going to let me go.

“In the end I had to stay, but the contents of my conversation with (manager) Arsene Wenger will remain private.”

Miguel Angel Jimenez warmed up for the Ryder Cup in impressive fashion by winning his third European Tour event of the season at the Omega European Masters in Switzerland.

Jimenez survived a late wobble to win by three shots from fellow Celtic Manor-bound competitor Edoardo Molinari.

Pakistan’s one-day captain Shahid Afridi hit out at team-mate Yasir Hameed after the latter had been filmed making damaging comments about some of his colleagues.

Hameed was caught on camera suggesting that some Pakistan players have been tempting into match-fixing in recent times, turning up the heat surrounding the recent spot-fixing allegations made against Salman Butt, Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir.

An angry Afridi said after his side’s T20 loss to England in Cardiff: “I think he is 30, 31, but mentally he is 15, 16. People know which type of character he is.”

Salford City Reds have completed the signing of Wakefield Trinity Wildcats centre Sean Gleeson for the next two seasons.

The Ireland international is coach Shaun McRae’s eighth new signing as he prepares his squad for the 2011 campaign.