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It was fitting that Andy Murrays first public comment, so to speak, upon becoming world No. Stitched Soccer Jerseys . 1 was to post a picture to his Instagram account quoting Rudyard Kiplings poem If.It is a line from the same poem that Murray passes below every time he walks out onto Centre Court at Wimbledon.The words were the last thing he saw before that heartbreaking 2012 final defeat to Roger Federer, but also the glorious victories over Novak Djokovic a year later -- the second in the Olympic final -- and this summer against Milos Raonic that brought him two of his three Grand Slam titles.Those gold letters read: If you can meet with triumph and disaster, and treat those two impostors just the same. It seems like a strapline for Murrays career.He posted the extended version online on Saturday when he completed his ascent to world No.1, after Raonic withdrew injured from their Paris semifinal. The poem has never rung truer, nor been more relevant for the Scot.There must have been times when Murray was weighed down by self-doubt; it would have taken some strength after losing five of seven Grand Slam final meetings against Djokovic, the latest at this years French Open, to feel confident his quest to topple his greatest foe was not futile.Dont forget, Djokovic held a seemingly insurmountable lead of more than 8,000 points over Murray in the rankings after beating the Scot at Roland Garros.But Murray is 56-4 since the start of the Rome Masters, when the Amelie Mauresmo era came to an official end, and claimed the title in Italy before tournament wins at Queens, Wimbledon, the Olympics, Beijing, Shanghai, Vienna and, finally, Paris.Now, more than seven years after becoming the second-best player in the world, in August 2009, he has cleared the final hurdle.Murray, remarkably, now has a 130-point lead over Djokovic in the year-end battle, with a total of 10,910 points. Few would have thought that possible when the Serb lifted his 14th major title in France earlier this summer, to complete his career Grand Slam.Yet, as good as it will have felt to overtake Djokovic, Murrays deflation will be just as sizeable should they return to the status quo and he finish the year playing second fiddle in the rankings once again.The Olympic champion will surely be determined to make a statement at the World Tour Finals, which begin in London on Sunday, to prove he is here to stay at the top of the game.The good thing for Murray is that he has only 200 points defend, while for Djokovic, the 2015 champion, 1,300 points are at stake.The Briton has not got a great record at the finals and won just one of his three round robin matches last year, on his way to an early exit. However, in trying to retain his ranking, he has to bear in mind the loss on Nov. 28 of the 275 points earned in last years Davis Cup final.If Murray wants to keep it simple, winning the World Tour Finals would make him the year-end No.1.There are other, more complicated scenarios in which he can still finish 2016 atop the rankings, though: if he matches or does better than Djokovic; if he finishes runner-up with three round-robin wins and the Serb wins the title with one round-robin win; or if Murray wins three round-robin matches and Djokovic is runner-up with one round-robin win.Djokovic is far from helpless in this, however. If he successfully defends his title with at least two round-robin wins, he will finish as the No.1 for the fifth time in the past six seasons.It all makes for a potentially thrilling finale to the season at the O2 Arena, where a maiden World Tour Finals title victory would also set Murray up to really cement a glittering legacy in 2017.This years has, undoubtedly, been great for Murray -- one British bookmaker is offering odds of 1/5 he will be knighted in the New Year Honours list, and Federer seemed to hint Murray deserved the accolade in a congratulatory tweet -- but next year could be the defining season of his career.With Federer and?Rafael Nadal?seemingly succumbing to injury, and Djokovic showing signs of waning, Murray would have a chance to dominate the mens game. Ending his awful run in Australian Open finals, with four of his five defeats at the hands of Djokovic, would be a very good place to start.Elsewhere on his to-do list, victories at Indian Wells and Monte Carlo would complete his Masters collection, and highlight just how consistently successful he has been to this point.Murrays Paris victory at Bercy brought his 43rd career title and eighth of the season, the match win over John Isner in the final his 19th in a row.Having also won Wimbledon, the US Open, the Olympics twice and the Davis Cup, that would leave him needing just the French Open to complete a career clean sweep if he had already triumphed in Melbourne in January.With Djokovics faltering form a puzzle, it is surely time for Murray to press home his advantage. Reaching world No. 1 needs to be just the beginning.Djokovic spent 119 consecutive weeks at the top of the pile, and 220 overall, while Federer still holds the record for total weeks at No. 1, with 302, and most consecutive weeks, with 237.Murray must make sure his reign goes longer than a fortnight. Cheap Puma Soccer Jerseys . -- Canadian Andrew Wiggins got the ball on the wing, made a nifty spin move and then let go with a soft floater from about 10 feet that swished through the net in Allen Fieldhouse. Cheap Soccer Jerseys Authentic . Dusautoir, the former World Player of the Year, sustained a torn bicep playing for Toulouse in the Heineken Cup on Saturday. The flanker, who has played 65 times for France, is expected to be out for up to four months. http://www.cheapsoccerjerseysbywholesale.com/ . Anthony Calvillo, through 20 CFL seasons, was frequently invincible and largely stoic in the heat of competition. But underneath the professional exterior he was, and is, compellingly human. BEREA, Ohio -- Jim Brown stands 100 percent behind Colin Kaepernick in his decision not to stand for the national anthem before games.Brown, the Cleveland Browns Hall of Fame running back and longtime social activist, appeared on a panel discussion on the NFL Network on Monday night and said that Kaepernick made all the sense in the world in explaining his position.Hes within his rights and hes telling the truth as he sees it, Brown said. I am with him 100 percent.Kaepernick has declined to stand for the anthem at preseason games, saying he did not want to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.Brown said that criticism of the San Francisco 49ers quarterbacks methods in not standing were off base. He added, though, that he would not protest the same way.I dont know what the big issue is, because this young man in backing up his statement, becomes stronger in my mind, Brown said. Now if you ask me Would I do that? No I wont, because I see it a little differently.Im an American citizen. I pay my taxes. I want my equal rights. But this is my country, and consequently I dont want to open up for ISIS or anybody that will take away what weve already gained.Brown said he appeared on the panel not to focus on KKaepernick but the things that it opens up. Cheap Soccer Jerseys China. And the No. 1 issue in the country for me is black homicide, young black men killing young black men, Brown said.He said other groups have worked together to improve their communities. 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