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Daily Bagel: Serena's football dreams

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• Video: Catching up with Bob and Mike Bryan, who offer a chest-bump tutorial.

• Serena Williams says she would have been a linebacker or a quarterback if she were a football player.

On whether she would have played football if she were a guy...

"For sure. I'd be a linebacker, or a quarterback - I'd be a great quarterback. Linebackers are so cool - they save games and win Super Bowls! Obviously the quarterback does too, but a linebacker is such an important position. I loved learning about Lawrence Taylor - I thought he was super super cool."

• Serena says her back is doing well.

• Are Caroline Wozniacki and Rory McIlroy getting married in November in New York? And will Bill Clinton be there?

• Serena, Venus, and Novak Djokovic played an exhibition event in Miami.

• Simon Cambers of The Tennis Space wonders what's next for a Lendl-less Andy Murray.

Will he turn to another big name? Are there any big names, that he respects, available and willing? Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras say coaching’s not for them, just yet. Would Murray risk Jimmy Connors? Darren Cahill, part of the Adidas Development Programme, has helped him in coaching hiatuses before and may be consulted again. The Australian coached Lleyton Hewitt and Agassi to the world No 1 spot and is hugely respected. The British bookmakers priced up his old coach, as a junior, Leon Smith, as the favourite but the Scot would almost certainly have to step down as Britain’s Davis Cup captain, if Murray wanted him.

What’s also going to be interesting is how Murray handles this period of his career, however long it may be. Lendl was widely credited with helping Murray become more aggressive and he has come too far to go back into his shell now. But Lendl also helped Murray realise that his on-court demeanour, and body language, was hurting him. Murray improved hugely in that area, so it’s to be hoped he has learned that lesson and can cope on his own when things are not necessarily going his own way.

• "Andy Murray ditches Ivan Lendl for not being miserable enough."

• How your love for Roger Federer can help a good cause.

• Party Rock is no longer in the house: Say goodbye to the Party Rock Open.

• On the Latin flavor of the Sony Open.

• Non-tennis: Rolling Stone has an interesting interview with Bill Gates.
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