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LONDON -- Andy Murray chided himself early in his match against Stan Wawrinka after a loose shot.Why would you rush when youve had 14 hours to get ready? he shouted.Thankfully for most of the home crowd inside the O2 Arena, Murray didnt put them through a marathon roller coaster like his previous win against Kei Nishikori, a three-set epic that was the longest three-set match in Tour Finals history.Here he was far more composed and did what he needed to do early by winning the first set, guaranteeing his place in the season-finale semifinals for the first time since 2012. Murray wasnt about to put his feet up, though -- he went on to beat Wawrinka 6-4, 6-2 and equalled his career-best win streak of 22 matches.Stans one of the best players in the world, Murray said on court. When he plays his best tennis, hes unplayable. When the ball was there to be attacked I did it. I played a very solid match.He has won four titles in that time and dropped just five sets, his ruthless consistency taking him to the No. 1 ranking for the first time and dethroning Novak Djokovic after 122 consecutive weeks.The two men remain on course to meet in what would be a dream curtain closer Sunday -- it would be the first time in the history of the Tour Finals where the two finalists would not only be playing for the championship but the year-end No. 1 ranking.But first up for Murray is Milos Raonic, in a repeat of the Wimbledon final. Hes beaten the Canadian the last seven times they have played, though Raonic has had an extra days rest.I dont think it should have too much of an impact, Murray told a news conference.Thankfully todays match was quick. In the match with Kei, I played three hours and 20 minutes. Definitely would have had an impact on the next days match. Luckily I had a days break after the match with Kei.Djokovic will face Nishikori Saturday -- the Japanese player was already guranateed a semifinal spot before losing to Marin Cilic 3-6, 6-2, 6-3 Friday evening, their match rendered a dead rubber with Murray winning in straight setsWawrinka had qualified from his group for the last three years, and the equation was simple for him Friday -- win or he was definitely going home.Murray guaranteed he would be hanging around for the weekend when he took the first set in 48 minutes.Wawrinka made him fight for it -- the US Open champ saved three set points at 5-3 down. Wawrinka had made a fearsome start, too, hitting Murray off the court the first few games, the Scots timing still not right at the O2 Arena.I weathered the early storm a little bit, said Murray. Stan came out hitting the ball huge. He was hitting a lot of winners, a lot of aces. But once I got through the early part of the match, I started to create chances in most of his service games.The momentum changed when Murray took the first break point of the match in the seventh game of the opening set. Wawrinka could only slam his racket down in disgust.Wawrinka possesses the firepower to blast anyone off the court but his defence is not up to Murrays level and the unforced errors started to flow -- 26 for the Swiss in total over one hour, 26 minutes.The most drama Murray faced in the second set, in which he raced into a 4-0 lead, was when he broke a string serving for the match at 5-2.The first set was tight, there werent really many chances either way, Murray added. The second set Id already qualified. Stan needed to win so it was a bit easier for me to player freer than him. Nike Zoom Vaporfly 4 Mens . 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IOWA CITY, Iowa -- With a win and some help from Minnesota, 17th-ranked Nebraska will play for a Big Ten title next week.But the Cornhuskers (9-2, 6-2 Big Ten, No. 16 CFP) will have to find a way to beat Iowa on the road Friday without knowing what they have at quarterback.Starter Tommy Armstrong Jr. missed last weeks game with a hamstring injury. Backup Ryker Fyfe broke his non-throwing wrist after helping Nebraska beat Maryland 28-7 in Armstrongs absence. The Huskers third-stringer is Zack Darlington, a wide receiver forced to take practice snaps as a signal-caller so the program can preserve Patrick OBriens redshirt.The hope for Nebraska is that Armstrong will be healthy enough by Friday to give it a go. But hamstrings can be tricky, and facing one of the Big Tens best defenses with a banged up second-stringer wouldnt be easy, either.Well need our best defense for sure. Its going to be physical, Nebraska coach Mike Riley said on Monday. I also think we have to rally offensively and have a nice plan. Well have all the other parts ready to go.Iowa (7-4, 5-3) is set at quarterback with senior C.J. Beathard. But the Hawkeyes had to overcome major issues in the passing game in recent wins over Michigan and Illinois, throwing for just 146 yards in the last two weeks.Iowa survived thanks largely to a revived defense led by star cornerback Desmond King and Josey Jewell , arguably the best linebacker in the Big Ten.For once, weather shouldnt be an issue for this annual late November matchup. But, as usual, defense will likely decide a series in which 28 points or less has been enough to win in four of the last five meetings.Here are some of the keys to follow as the Huskers look to stay alive in the Big Ten West title chase.GO GOPHERS!Even with a win, Nebraska will need Minnesota to beat No. 5 Wisconsin to move onto the championship game next week in Indianapolis.dddddddddddd The Badgers will be at home on Saturday, and theyre 15-point favorites.1,000-YARD HAWKEYES?Iowa running backs Akrum Wadley and LeShun Daniels Jr. have 861 and 855 yards, respectively, and are in a healthy competition to see which one of them can get to 1,000 first. Thatd be pretty cool if both of us get it. I think one of us probably gets it, Daniels said. I think its doable. But Nebraskas rush defense is stingy, allowing just 130 yards a game.BIG TURNAROUNDAt 9-2, Nebraska already has made a four-win improvement in its regular-season record from last season. With a win over Iowa, the Huskers would join the 1899 and 1961 teams as the only ones to make a five-win improvement from one season to the next.IOWAS DEFENSEThe Hawkeyes havent allowed a point in their last 70 minutes of playing time and are allowing just 18.6 per game, which is fourth-best in the Big Ten. Iowa has had to lean on its defense because its offense is 121st nationally with just 326.5 yards per game. The objective is having at least one more point than your opponent. Weve been able to do that two weeks in a row, so thats been a real team effort, Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz said.PINK IS FINE FOR BIG REDNebraska had no plans to redecorate Kinnick Stadiums visiting locker room to cover its notorious pink walls. Michigans equipment staff did a makeover before the Wolverines Nov. 12 visit, putting up maize and blue pictures, flags and phrases. Iowa won 14-13.I dont think that that worked out so well for Michigan, Riley said.---AP College Football Writer Eric Olson contributed to this report.---More college football at Cheap NFL Hoodies Cheap Jerseys Online Wholesale NFL Autographed Jerseys White NFL Jerseys Cheap Stitched Jerseys Wholesale Black NFL Jerseys Wholesale Stitched Jerseys ' ' '

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