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January 11, 2019

The Big Four will soon be down to just three.

Andy Murray, one of today's tennis greats, announced Friday he'll retire no later than Wimbledon this year. The 31-year-old Scottish player didn't want to retire, but he had "no idea when the pain was going to stop" from a 2016 hip injury, he said at a press conference ahead of the Australian Open.

Murray made his hard decision while training in December, telling his team "I cannot keep doing this" after the injury caused him constant pain for "about 20 months" he said Friday. "I think I can get through this until Wimbledon" in July, Murray said, but added "I am also not certain I am able to do that."

Along with Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, and Rafael Nadal, Murray has consistently topped worldwide tennis rankings. He won the U.S. Open in 2012 before earning two Olympic golds in men's singles and two wins at Wimbledon. But Murray fell 6-1, 4-1 to a practice match against Djokovic on Thursday, prompting him to say he's not at "a level that I'm happy playing at," per The New York Times.

Murray has been a constant voice for gender equality in the sport — something that was the focus of tennis icon Billie Jean King's goodbye message on Friday. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 10, 2019

An Armenian gang's tennis match-fixing ring just got served.

Spain's Civil Guard has arrested 15 people and is investigating 68 more involved with bribing tennis players to deliver certain results, it announced Thursday. Of them, 28 are professional tennis players, including an unnamed player who competed at last year's U.S. Open, BBC reports.

The people arrested included those at the head the ring, which bribed players to win or lose matches to predetermine their outcomes. The group then "used the identities of thousands of citizens to place international bets on the matches," European Union police agency Europol said in a statement. Police also arrested Spanish player Marc Fornell-Mestres, who allegedly worked as a liaison between players and the ring leaders. Spanish officials didn't reveal any other names, Sports Illustrated says.

The probe launched after the Tennis Integrity Unit warned of "irregular activities" in matches in 2017, per BBC. Europol then searched 11 homes related to the probe, seizing close to $200,000, a shotgun, and luxury items, and freezing 42 bank accounts. Kathryn Krawczyk

January 28, 2018

Swiss tennis champion Roger Federer won the Australian Open on Sunday, becoming the first male player to take 20 Grand Slam titles in singles play. Federer's final match in the tournament paired him with Croatia's Marin Cilic, a contest Federer won 6-2, 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1.

"I'm so happy. It's unbelievable," Federer said after the match. "Of course, winning is an absolute dream come true — the fairytale continues for us, for me, after the great year I had last year. It's incredible."

This is Federer's third victory in the last five Australian Opens. Watch his reaction in the moment of triumph below. Bonnie Kristian

May 19, 2014

On Sunday night's Last Week Tonight, John Oliver celebrated the 10-year anniversary of Massachusetts legalizing same-sex marriage. He kind of bungled the joke about a lesbian couple and this momentous tin anniversary, but that was soon forgotten when he turned to Nintendo's minor imbroglio about not letting same-sex avatars get hitched in its Tomodachi Life game. It's all pretty tame to this point (especially for HBO), but Nintendo's promise to rectify this virtual gay marriage ban in future games started Oliver imagining the marriage-equality future for older Nintendo games. If you want to preserve your cherished old arcade game memories in virtual amber, don't watch past the 1:45 mark. --Peter Weber

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