The weekend after Wimbledon, Andy Murrays Great Britain and Novak Djokovics Serbia will play in the quarterfinals of the Davis Cup, and the important preparations are about to begin. Murrays grandmother will soon be baking shortbread for the British team.Its become one of those silly traditions that I always supply some shortbread for the team, Shirley Erskine, who is in her 80s, told the Wimbledon Diary. I bake some for every tie, though of course its not the sort of thing that players should have in their diet. I always find a way of getting the shortbread to the team, whether or not Roy [her husband] and I are travelling to the tie.A piece of shortbread would be kryptonite for gluten-free Djokovic, who has just opened a vegan restaurant in Monte Carlo. But the British team couldnt survive without the shortbread, which helped fuel their run to last seasons title, Britains first since 1936.One difficulty for away ties -- such as this one, which will be played in Belgrade -- is keeping the shortbread fresh while going through airport security. I always seal up the tin to try to keep the shortbread fresh, but then you have to get the tin through security, said Erskine, who is Judy Murrays mother. You tell them that its just shortbread inside but the tin still has to be opened and then the seal is broken.Tight security no longer a surpriseHow quickly the players have become accustomed to the higher levels of security at this summers Championships. No one at the Aorangi Park practice courts seemed to even take a second glance when some heavily-armed police, with sub-machine guns, passed through on patrol.Quote of the dayWhy 2016 scandals are great for tennisSome might suggest that this has been a trying year for tennis, what with the match-fixing allegations that were made before the Australian Open, and Maria Sharapovas suspension after failing a doping test. But Serena Williams coach, Patrick Mouratoglou, has told the Wimbledon Diary that this has been great for tennis as it shows no one is above the law.Tennis players are human -- they make mistakes and people cheat, said Mouratoglou. They do things that arent allowed. But the good thing is that people are caught.I think there is much less doping and match-fixing in tennis than there is in other sports, for reasons I cant explain. Im just sure of it. Its fine if we catch them. 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The opponent, Croatia and all its football might and will. As opposites do attract we are set for a corker of an opener. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee believes it has plenty of incentive for the rest of the season even though a spot in the Southeastern Conference championship game has slipped from its grasp.The 24th-ranked Volunteers were picked before the season to capture their first SEC Eastern Division title since 2007, but their hopes of making it to Atlanta vanished Saturday when Florida beat LSU 16-10 with a last-second goal-line stand. That victory allowed the 13th-ranked Gators to clinch the East and earn a spot in the Dec. 8 SEC championship game against No. 1 Alabama.The Vols (8-3, 4-3 SEC) say they still have more at stake than mere state bragging rights Saturday when they visit Vanderbilt (5-6, 2-5) in their regular-season finale.This football team has a lot to play for -- a lot, Tennessee coach Butch Jones said.That includes the chase for a 10-win season, a goal that multiple players mentioned Saturday after the Vols 63-37 victory over Missouri. Tennessee hasnt earned double-digit wins in a season since the 2007 team finished 10-4.Tennessee also still has at least a possibility of making its first Sugar Bowl appearance since beating Virginia 23-22 on Jan. 1, 1991.A Sugar Bowl bid goes to the highest-ranked SEC team in the final College Football Playoff rankings that isnt in the playoff. SEC teams in last weeks CFP rankings included No. 1 Alabama, No. 15 Auburn, No. 16 LSU, No. 19 Tennessee, No. 23 Florida and No. 25 Texas A&M.Tennessee has the most favorable remaining schedule of all those teams.LSU probably will fall behind Tennessee this week after its loss to Florida. Auburn is a 17 +-point underdog Saturday at Alabama. Florida must visit Florida State this week before facing Alabama in the SEC championship game. Texas A&M is a 5 +-point underdog Thursday at LSU.Were playing for a good bowl game right now and a 10-win season, offensive tackle Brett Kendrick said after the Missouri game. So, theres still a lot left out there for us.Jones said hes convinced his players will remain motivated the rest of the way because he liked how they performed in thee second half of the Missouri game.dddddddddddd Jones assumed most players knew they were knocked out of the SEC East race by then, even though the staff hadnt informed them of the Florida-LSU result.I knew on the sideline that when they stopped showing the score up there (ono the scoreboard), something had gone wrong, Kendrick said. Were not going to hang our heads about it.Jones emphasized Monday that I want to make it clear that winning a championship is our No. 1 goal in our program year in and year out, but later in his press conference he referred to championships that didnt necessarily involve the division title.First he mentioned that the Vols still could win a bowl championship this season. Later he praised his seniors by saying that theyve won the biggest championship -- and thats the championship of life.Jones noted the way Tennessee has withstood adversity all season. Injuries have forced Tennessee to use seven different starting combinations on the offensive line and nine different combinations in the starting secondary this season. The Vols lost their leading rusher nine games into the season when Jalen Hurd left the team . Linebackers Jalen Reeves-Maybin and Quarte Sapp and defensive tackles Shy Tuttle and Kahlil McKenzie suffered season-ending injuries.The injuries have extended to the coach himself. Jones told the Knoxville Quarterback Club on Monday afternoon that I blew out my knee before a Nov. 12 victory over Kentucky , though the injury hasnt necessitated that he wear a brace or crutches.I have never been through a season like this in 30-plus years of coaching in terms of the adversities, the injuries, the setbacks, the big wins. .... Our players have done a great job, Jones said. They have handled it exceptionally well. They have been individual champions.---More AP college football: www.collegefootball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP-Top25---Follow Steve Megargee at www.twitter.com/stevemegargee ' ' '
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