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• Video: A trailer for the upcoming PBS documentary on Billie Jean King, which will air in September.

• Grab some Andy Murray postage stamps before they're gone.

• More Murray news: He has reportedly confirmed for the Thailand Open.

• And the most important Murray news: Four penguins at the St. Andrews Aquarium in Scotland have been named after Murray, his mother, his grandmother and his girlfriend.

• Britain's Culture Secretary Maria Miller has asked the BBC to take further action against John Inverdale for his sexist comments about Marion Bartoli during Wimbledon.

Mrs. Miller’s letter is her second major intervention over women in sport in recent weeks.

To further demonstrate her anger at sexism, she is boycotting the Open golf championship – which begins today with BBC coverage fronted by Inverdale – because it is being held at Muirfield in Scotland, which still refuses to admit women members.

She told Lord Hall: ‘I am writing to express my concern over the comments made by John Inverdale about Marion Bartoli, during the BBC’s radio coverage of the Wimbledon women’s final.’

She added: ‘It is ... a matter of some concern to me that any comment on the looks and stature of a female athlete could be made in the context of one of the highlights of the UK’s, and indeed the world’s, sporting calendar.

‘I am sure you will agree with me that it is vital that young women and girls in this country feel motivated both to take part in and to watch coverage of sport, and to know that they are included in the enjoyment of sport, and catered for by the media just as much as the male audience.

‘Whilst I note that Mr Inverdale has apologised both on-air and in writing to Ms Bartoli, I would be grateful for an update on any further action that is likely to be taken following [the] complaints, and whether there may be positive steps that the BBC could take in the future to ensure that the perception of and commentary on female athletes, and women’s sport generally, are as positive and inclusive as possible.’

• Missing Robin Soderling? The Changeover relives his last match in GIF form.

• Check out these pictures of the '70s-themed player party in Bad Gastein, Austria. Groovy.

• Missed this piece after Wimbledon from Slate on how Murray's obsession with beating his big brother, Jamie, fueled his career.

The rivalry between the brothers spanned sports. There was no escape from the joint outpouring of their will to win. No game was just pure fun. A chat to Jamie about golf was once interrupted by Andy. Jamie was, perhaps still is, a three-handicap golfer. This latter observation brought the jibe from his brother that, “I must be a two-handicap golfer because I always beat you.” This mischievous exchange occurred in 2007 when Andy might have been forgiven for being more concerned about his imminent entry into the world top 10 for the first time. It was followed by another bout of verbal sparring.

When asked about how young his brother was when he first tried to kick his ass, Jamie replies succinctly, “About four.” Andy added: “You have to ask our mum and dad what we were like when we used to play together when we were younger. It’s still like that today.” Like what? It remains unanswered in a blur of banter.

But the exchange articulates the reality that Jamie was the brother who provided the serve to return, the ball to be chased, the opponent to be overcome, the battle to be contested. And ultimately won. The first time that Andy beat Jamie remains the subject of one of those family arguments that can be resolved as easily as knitting a jumper out of fog. But it happened. The satisfaction it gave the younger brother cannot be underestimated, but it infused him with a more profound and productive quality: confidence. The world was now opening up to the Dunblane youngster, but what was the next step, the next marginal gain? It was to be a substantial leap rather than a hesitant skip.

• Non-tennis: Robin Roberts won the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPYs and there wasn't a dry eye in the house when she gave her acceptance speech.

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