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when the left wing was hit into the boards by P.K. Subban midway through
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PARIS - Amélie Mauresmo was officially appointed Andy Murrays coach on Sunday as the British star prepares to embark on the grass-court season and defend his Wimbledon title. Sam Hubbard Bengals Jersey . There are a handful of women coaching players on the ATP Tour, but none with anywhere close to the profile of Murray, a two-time Grand Slam winner and Olympic gold medallist. "Amélie is someone I have always looked up to and admired," Murray said in a statement. "Shes faced adversity plenty of times in her career, but was an amazing player." It is rare for an elite mens player to be mentored by a woman, especially one who is not related to him. Jimmy Connors was once coached by his mother. Billie Jean King coached Tim Mayotte for a short time. Andrei Chesnokov was coached by Tatiana Naumko. Early in the French Open, Murray was asked about the possibility of hiring a female coach and how that may be received by his peers. "For me, I dont care," said Murray, who had been without a coach since parting ways with Ivan Lendl in March. "I dont really care whether some of the other male players like it or not. Thats not something that really bothers me. I was coached by my mum for a long time. I have had her around at tournaments for a long time. There has been ex-players and stuff that have said, Oh, your mom shouldnt be around, or, She shouldnt come and support you or come to watch. You know, its silly. "Everyone is entitled to have the team around them that they want. Everyone works very differently. You know, some men might not work well with a female. Some men might work well with a female coach. Its just whatever your preference is and whatever your needs are. Thats basically it." Judy Murray, Andys mum, weighed in on Twitter saying, "Love it," in response to the news. Mauresmo, a former world No. 1, who won Wimbledon and the Australian Open, held a news conference in Paris just moments before the start of the mens French Open championship match between Rafael Nadal, coach by his Uncle Toni, and Novak Djokovic, who is coached by Boris Becker. The following is a transcript of Mauresmos exchange with reporters: Q. What was the moment when you thought that you would take over as coach of Andy Murray?  What is it about the job that is fascinating to you? AMÉLIE MAURESMO:  Andy contacted me a few weeks ago and we started to talk about this possibility to work, to be working together.  Its not really something that I was thinking doing when I stopped being a tennis player. Then we talked again a little bit more about how to do the things maybe about his game, about different things. We came up with the will from both sides to, yeah, to give it a shot. Q. Could you talk a bit about the fact obviously youre a woman, hes a man.  Do you consider that of any relevance, or do you see it possibly as a positive advantage for you? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I would say that, yeah, I mean, its probably something that have to you ask him at some point why he made this choice.  We all know his mother was a big part of his tennis career. I think hes maybe looking for something different, about emotions and sensitive things.  Its not really interesting for me, this part of the story, to be honest.  All Im interested in is to be able to help him in his goals.  Thats about it.  The rest is the story for you to write, I guess. But, yeah, for me its a challenge.  I want to take it. Q. Can you tell us what areas of Andys game you believe you can be the most help to him in? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: I dont think Im going to go into these details right now.  I think we really get to know each other, really get to start, and actually start working together. Well maybe talk about it at some point. Q. He had obviously choices and people to consider.  When he contacted you the first time, did he say, Amélie, the reason I decided that you would be the right person is because you could bring me this or this that?  Did he give you a reason why he thought of you? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah, he did. Q. Can you tell us what it is? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Not really (Laughter). Not really. I mean, maybe he will tell you at some point. Q. Have you watched his game much over the years?  Did you have any sort of relationship with him?  Were you surprised when he rang? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: We didnt really talk to each other more than just greeting each other and stuff.  I have watched him play, yes, many times. Again, we have talked a little bit already about his game.  We definitely going to get more into this very soon, I guess. Q. Were you surprised when he rang? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: It was a little bit of a surprise, yes.  To be honest, yes. Q. This will obviously get a lot of attention because you are a woman going to be coaching a top man.  Do you think it is an important step for mens sport for somebody to make this decision? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Again, I mean, I guess it is a big story to write on and a step forward. But honestly, its not my big concern right now.  Im happy about this new challenge.  I want to help Andy.  Its the only thing that I have in mind right now. Q. I think the reason why Andy stopped working with Ivan Lendl is Ivan said he didnt have enough time to spend with him.  You will be available to travel with Andy throughout the year, will you? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: We have already, yes, talked about this.  Yeah, not the whole year, not as fulltime, but, yes, significant amount of weeks that we have agreed on and should be good for everyone. Q.  From your point of view, what do you expect to achieve with Andy and what would make the job a success for you? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Well, its quite easy for me to answer this, and hes very open on this.  He wants to win more Grand Slam or Grand Slams, so I guess thats what it is. Q. You were in a comfortable position as a TV consultant. AMÉLIE MAURESMO: Yeah, I was sitting.  Now I will be... Q. You will have almost the same pressure as Andy.  The expectations will be high.  So what was the reason for you to accept such a tough challenge? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: First of all, I think he has the most pressure.  Thats for sure when youre a player, and I know what it is.  You have huge pressure on your shoulders.  This will remain this way. Yes, it will change a little bit my life and my retirement, lets say.  But Im passionate.  Im passionate about this sport.  I love challenges. I dont know, I guess I like to put myself on the line at some point and see what I can do. Q. We all know that since Billie Jean, a big part of the WTA, has been about the empowerment of women and opportunities.  We all know also its extremely difficult for WTA players.  What were your thoughts that Ernests Gulbis made the other day that he would not want his sisters to go into tennis and that its very tough and they should be focusing on families? AMÉLIE MAURESMO:  I know him a little bit.  I think you guys also know him quite a lot.  Hes provocative at some point.  Im not sure he was really thinking this way. He explained a little bit later why he said this.  Im not really Im not shocked by this because I know him.  I know how he is. Q. How long is your commitment with Andy? AMÉLIE MAURESMO: We are going to do the grass court season and we will talk after that. Malik Jefferson Jersey . Unfortunately for Toronto, that surge was too much to handle as the Stars scored six straight goals and ended the Marlies season with a 6-2 victory on Tuesday. Toronto had built a 2-0 lead on goals by Frazer McLaren and Peter Holland, but Texas charged back with a wild rally late in the second period to spark its trip to the Calder Cup final. Mark Walton Jersey . Among the teams moves was trading one of the teams two third round picks, no. 83 overall, to the Chicago Blackhawks for Brandon Bollig, a six-foot-two, 223-pound left-winger who had seven goals, seven assists, and 92 penalty minutes in 82 games last season. http://www.bengalsrookiestore.com/ . - IndyCar racing officials expressed confidence on Monday that the NOLA Motorsports Park will be able to complete more $4.BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Canadiens goaltender Carey Price made the big save when needed to extend Montreals winning streak. Price made 24 saves, including a key stop against Marcus Foligno, in Montreals 3-1 win over the Buffalo Sabres on Wednesday night. "He gives us a chance to win every night," said Canadiens coach Michel Therrien, whose team has won four straight. "Hes been phenomenal this year and he deserves a lot of credit." Montreal lead 2-1 when Foligno pounced on a turnover and found himself alone with Price, but the Canadiens goaltender stuck out his left pad to deny the winger and preserve Montreals lead. "We had a trailer on him, pulling him tight and he just tried to outreach me and I got a toe on it," Price said. Alex Galchenyuk, David Desharnais and Brendan Gallagher scored for the Canadiens, who were paced by their NHL-best road power play. Matt Moulson scored for Buffalo and Ryan Miller made 28 saves as the Sabres lost their fifth consecutive game in regulation. The Montreal power play continues to thrive under defenceman Andrei Markov. He had two of his three assists with the man advantage as the Canadiens converted on 2 of 4 opportunities. "Hes such a smart player," Therrien said. "He sees the ice well. Hes got experience and his conditioning is great because hes put a lot of effort at it." The defenceman said the power plays success is coming from good team movement. "The power plays about a unit of five," Markov said. "Your five guys on the ice have to work together and we try to move the puck and put the puck in the net." Montreal scored first at 17:21 of the first when Lars Eller slid a drop pass to Markov, who caught Miller out of the net. Markovs shot deflected off Galchenyuk and into the goal. It marked Markovs fourth straight game with a point. The Sabres briefly lost Moulson when the left wing was hit into the boards by P.K. Subban midway through the second period. Subban was not penalized, aand the Canadiens earned a power play when Foligno was unsuccessful in an attempt to fight Subban. Billy Price Jersey. On the ensuing power play, Subban fired a slap shot from the left point that Desharnais deflected past Miller to put the Canadiens up 2-0 at 13:44 of the second. The goal was Desharnais second in three games after failing to score in his first 20 games of the season. He became the 12th Canadiens player to score a power-play goal this season. "In the last two weeks hes played well," Therrien said. Hes competing well. Hes working hard at both sides of the ice." Buffalo got even with Subban late in the second period when Drew Stafford put the defenceman on the ice before finding Moulson, who beat Price to make it 2-1 at 17:30 of the second. Brendan Gallagher restored the Canadiens two-goal lead at 18:16 of the third, when his one-time shot beat Miller for a power-play goal. The Sabres are 1-5 under interim head coach Ted Nolan, who says hes seeing signs from a struggling team thats won just twice in 14 home games. "The one thing we asked our team to do is compete, and we competed," Nolan said. "When things are difficult, its easy to point fingers, but this group is really starting to pay attention. Were making strides in the right direction." The Canadiens third-best road penalty killing unit did the job, holding off the Sabres on a four-minute power play in the first period. The game was Buffalos fifth straight allowing at least one power-play goal. Douglas Murray left the ice for stitches after a lengthy third-period fight with Sabres enforcer John Scott opened a large cut above his left eye. NOTES: The Sabres were awarded RW Matt DAgostini off waivers from Pittsburgh earlier Wednesday. ... Canadiens RW Rene Bourque missed his fourth game with a lower body injury ... Montreal extended assistant general manager Rick Dudleys contract before the game after Buffalo had requested permission to interview him for their vacant general manager position. 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