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Daily Bagel: Murray swears off swearing

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• Video: Another day, another dance video. This time it's Caroline Wozniacki dragging Maria Sharapova onto the court to do something vaguely resembling a cabbage patch during a Brazil exhibition.

• Andy Murray says he'll swear off swearing in 2013, but points out that non-English-speaking players get away with worse simply because umpires generally speak English. I back Murray on his point, having sat beside foreign journalists who have translated some of the things Spanish, Serbian, Croatian, French and Italian players have said on the court. Some of their rants would make a sailor run home crying.

• The ITF is considering two major rule changes for tennis at the Rio Olympics. The governing body wants to introduce third-set tiebreakers in singles matches and eliminate bronze-medal matches altogether, awarding dual bronze medals to the semifinal losers instead. Thoughts on this later.

• Congratulations to 16-year-old Taylor Townsend, who became the first American girl in 30 years to finish the year No. 1 in the junior ITF rankings. Townsend lost in the semifinals of the Orange Bowl to eventual champion Ana Konjuh but won doubles with Gabby Andrews.

• Speaking of Konjuh, the 14-year-old's Orange Bowl title has people talking. Remember that name. Meanwhile, the future of Serbian tennis looks bright with 17-year-old Laslo Djere's boys' title. Here's a summary of the final weekend from Colette Lewis of Zoo Tennis.

• Viktor Troicki has teamed up with Jack Reader, who most recently served as Alexandr Dolgopolov's coach.

• Looks like it was a bit warm in Brazil during Roger Federer's visit. Look at him. He's actually sweating!

• From TennisReporters.net: Tennis is a game of losers.

• Non-tennis: An oral history of Freaks and Geeks from Vanity Fair.

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