Small Balls: Tuesday July 1, 2008

La première étoile: “Mopey Murray,” no more. Andy Murray, the grumpy, whiney, Scots-born British No. 1 clawed his way back from the brink at Wimbledon yesterday, pulling off a stunner in front of the home crowd. Trailing two sets to Frenchman Richard Gasquet, the temperamental 21-year-old fought like a lion to steal the win—and a few hearts Across the Pond. They’re calling him “Mighty Murray” today. Tomorrow, he takes on No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in the quarters.

Two minutes for $100,000 for wasting the time of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Give it up, Floyd.

Who’s got tickets? The Calgary Stampede—rightly known as the most fun you’ll ever have with your boots on—starts Friday. Beyond the boozy breakfasts, there are some serious cowboy versus animal tests and pro rodeo’s biggest one-day prize.

Extra bases: A-Rod and Madonna are “more than friends,” according to the issue of OK! that hit newsstands this morning. Though A-Rod does have a thing for well-toned bottle blondes, the evidence here is shaky. (Several months ago they were allegedly spotted working out together at a New York gym.)…. An all-Williams women’s Wimbledon final is looking more and more likely…. Mike Green got a raise. And I gotta hit a deck; Happy Birthday, Canada.