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Andy Murrays drive to seize the world No. Vans Shoes Sale Online Cheap . 1 ranking over the past six months has been a thing of beauty, and Sunday, it got the happy ending it deserved.Murray won the Paris Masters 1000 title with an artful, gritty 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4 win against surprise finalist John Isner.Sometimes after you achieve something big, or something that you maybe didnt expect, it can be quite easy to have a letdown and feel a little bit flat, Murray told the media after the final, a reference to having clinched the No. 1 ranking. I felt really nervous before the match today, and I was happy about that.The win brought closure to a process that breathed new and welcome life into mens tennis in the second half of the year. As recently as June, Novak Djokovics dominance was so comprehensive that pundits were speculating he might complete the first calendar-year Grand Slam since Rod Laver did it in 1969. By the end of October, the roar of Murrays progress was like the rumble of a freight train, drowning out all else -- including the question, Whats wrong with Djokovic?Nobody knows the answer to that question, but we do know whats right with Andy Murray.The 29-year-old Scot, who had been humiliated -- theres no other word for it -- by Djokovic at the peak of his powers in so many Grand Slam finals, never gave up. He never settled for the comfort of being a solid, successful also-ran.It was never enough for Murray to be a Big Four afterthought. He still trails Djokovic 24-10 in the head-to-head, and come early February, the deposed Serb might make Murray pay dearly for this moment of insolence. After all, Djokovic battered Murray into submission in the Australian Open final in four of the past six years.But each time Murray got knocked out, he picked himself up off the canvas and came lurching back for more. In the end, it wasnt Murray who went away. It was Djokovic.Djokovic is 3-1 against Murray this year, and that includes wins in the Australian and French Open finals. A skeptic might argue that were it not for a mysterious loss of focus, motivation, or both, on the part of Djokovic, Murray would not have realized his mission. Or you could argue the absence of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal were a great boon to Murray, on the grounds that beating two or even three of the Big Four at the same tournament has always been a bridge too far for him.Theres some truth in those theories. But the on-the-ground reality tells a different story. Although Djokovic was busy evolving as a human being and trying to sort out his desires and goals after completing his career Grand Slam at Murrays expense at the French Open, the Scot sucked it up and soldiered on. He was beaten by Djokovic at Roland Garros despite playing some of the best tennis of his life. Instead of becoming discouraged, Murray won the Queens Club, Wimbledon and the Olympic Games.That trio of wins set him up for the big push, which was marred by only one puzzling loss -- his US Open quarterfinal collapse against Kei Nishikori. After that, Murray won three more tournaments on the trot, including the Shanghai Masters 1000, to set himself up for this critical last week in Paris.Murrays final-round wins in recent months, counting backward from Paris to the French Open, were against Isner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Roberto Bautista Agut, Grigor Dimitrov, Juan Martin del Potro and Milos Raonic (twice). His tournament losses were to Nishikori and Cilic. It isnt Murrays fault that Djokovic was unable to make any of the appointments the seedings set up for them.The symbolic value of Murrays win over Isner in Paris is significant, but so is the practical fruit. Murray picked up 400 additional rankings points for winning. 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CLEVELAND -- Addison Russell lofted a fly ball in the first inning, and right fielder Lonnie Chisenhall converged with center fielder Tyler Naquin.Probably an easy play in a half-filled ballpark on a hot summer night, the 284-foot fly turned into a disorienting disaster for the Cleveland Indians?on Tuesday night during Game 6 of the World Series.With a loud, raucous crowd packing Progressive Field in hopes of witnessing Clevelands first World Series title since 1948, the ball hung in the air for 5 seconds. Chisenhall pulled up and looked at the onrushing Naquin, who was a few feet behind him.A 25-year-old rookie who made his debut on opening day, Naquin had no chance by then to make the catch. The ball bounced past him for a two-run double, as Anthony Rizzo scored and then Ben Zobrist?--?who bowled over Indians catcher Roberto Perez.The Chicago Cubs?had built a three-run lead before Jake Arrieta threw his first pitch.It counts as a hit, which I was totally stoked, Russell said. I thought that was going to be kind of a routine play.Far from it.Cleveland never recovered, and Chicago coasted to a 9-3 win that forced the World Series to a deciding Game 7.Kind of one of those deals you wish you could take back, Naquin said. Me being the center fielder, I need to take charge on that.Even after the game, the sequence of what happened was unclear. Naquin said both players called for the ball. Chisenhall said neither did.Baseball practice dictates that corner outfielders defer to their teammate in center.Its Naquins ball. He was playing on that side, and hes the center fielder, Indians manager Terry Francona said. I think at the end there, as Lonnie was kind of pulling off, Naquin was yelling, Its yours. You got it.Chisenhall, a 28-year-old converted third baseman in his sixth big league season, appeared to follow protocol.Still, he shouldered the blame.I should have caught that ball. I made the aggressive move on it, Chisenhall said. The balls moving towards me, and somebodys got to catch it. It should have been me.He said he saw me moving towards the ball, and I should have continued my route, and I kind of felt him coming, so I pulled up. But I should have kept going.By the third inning, Chisenhall did take charge and cut in front of Naquin to catch Kris Bryants fly with a runner on as the center fielder slid behind him. Cheap Vans Shoes Sale. Youve got to catch the ball. You cant let another one drop, so you risk making a collision, Chisenhall said. We talked about it. We were both avid about not letting the ball hit the grass.Chisenhall and Naquin had a long discussion during a pitching change later in the inning, joined by left fielder Coco Crisp. Naquin said he suggested they use their arms as flippers to signal each other.Three pitches later, Russell hit a grand slam off Dan Otero for a seven-run Cubs lead.Naquin, the 15th overall pick in the 2012 amateur draft, hit .296 with 14 home runs and 43 RBIs during the regular season but is 4-for-25 (.160) with two RBIs in the postseason, including a strikeout that left the bases loaded in the fourth on Tuesday night.In the crucible of the World Series, defense can go awry.Last year, the Royals?Alcides Escobar drove the first pitch of the World Series to the left-center warning track, where Mets center fielder Yoenis Cespedes and left fielder Michael Conforto came together. The ball ricocheted off one of Cespedes feet and rolled along the fence, as Escobar sped around the bases for the second inside-the-park homer to lead off a World Series game.A year earlier, San Francisco center fielder Gregor Blanco allowed Kansas City batter?Alex Gordons two-out single to bounce past him for an error that put the potential tying run at third base with two outs in the ninth inning; some questioned whether Royals third-base coach Mike Jirschele should have waved Gordon home. Madison Bumgarner then retired Salvador Perez on a foul out, saving the Giants 3-2 win in Game 7.And with Game 7 in 1968 scoreless in the seventh inning, Detroits Jim Northrup hit a two-on, two-out drive that was misjudged by St. Louis center fielder Curt Flood and fell behind him for a two-run triple. The Tigers held on for a 4-1 victory behind Mickey Lolich, the last pitcher to win three starts in a single World Series.Cleveland ace Corey Kluber will try to match that feat in Game 7 on Wednesday night.Weve just got to win the game tomorrow, Chisenhall said. I think we leave winners, people will remember that. ' ' '