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Sports briefs: Andy Murray says he feels no pressure for Australian Open

Published December 26, 2012 4:16 pm

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Tennis • Andy Murray will experience a new sensation when he starts play at next month's Australian Open — feeling like a Grand Slam champion.

The third-ranked Brit broke through at the U.S. Open in 2012, adding to his gold medal at the London Olympics.

"In the last three, four or five years there has been significant pressure in my mind, and now I feel more relaxed and relieved after winning the U.S. Open," Murray said Wednesday. "So, I think from my side, I hope to take the pressure off myself and be able to play a little bit more relaxed — and I hope to repeat my Grand Slam win."

Murray was promoting a winner-takes-all $250,000 exhibition tournament in Abu Dhabi that serves as a warmup for the Australian Open, which runs Jan. 14-27.

Former Maryland coach dies at 77

College football • Joe Krivak, Maryland's football coach from 1987-91, has died. He was 77.

The school said he died Tuesday night.

Krivak was quarterbacks coach for Bobby Ross in the 1980s, working with Boomer Esiason, Frank Reich and Stan Gelbaugh. After Ross left for Georgia Tech after the 1986 season, Krivak was promoted to head coach.

His best year at Maryland was in 1990, when the Terrapins went 6-5-1 and tied Louisiana Tech in the Independence Bowl.

Tottenham extends U.S. goalie's deal

Soccer • American goalkeeper Brad Friedel has signed up for another season with Premier League club Tottenham at age 41.

Tottenham says Friedel has signed a new contract through 2014. He joined the London club in June 2011.

Friedel's run of 310 consecutive matches in England's top division, stretching back to May 2004, came to an end in October.

Friedel made 82 appearances for the United States.

From wire reports