<strong>Murray progresses in Cincinnati</strong><br />TENNIS: Britain&rsquo;s Andy Murray began his defence of the Cincinnati Masters with a 7-6 (7-3), 6-2 win over Nicolas Almagro.<br /><br />New world No2 Murray was made to work in the first set but thereafter soon wrapped up victory to book a third-round clash with Radek Stepanek.<br /><br /><strong>McFadden gives Pompey blues</strong><br />FOOTBALL: Birmingham striker James McFadden&rsquo;s injury-time penalty gave the Blues a controversial 1-0 win at home to Portsmouth.<br /><br />Pompey goalkeeper David James conceded the spot kick when he collided with Sebatian Larsson, though the clash looked accidental. Defeat leaves Portsmouth pointless after two games.<br /><br /><strong>ICC: Ashes aren&rsquo;t fixed</strong><br />CRICKET: The Ashes series has not been tainted by match-fixing, world chiefs the ICC insisted yesterday, following reports of an attempt to rig results.<br /><br />An Australia player was approached by a man thought to have links with illegal gambling after the second Test, but the ICC said: &ldquo;There is no evidence of any illegal activity as a result of this approach.&rdquo;<br /><br /><strong>Moyes axes City target Lescott</strong><br />FOOTBALL: Everton boss David Moyes last night axed unsettled Joleon Lescott from tonight&rsquo;s clash with Sigma Olomouc &ndash; and then challenged Manchester City to make an acceptable bid for the England defender.<br /><br />&ldquo;Joleon&rsquo;s attitude has not been right these past days,&rdquo; said Moyes. &ldquo;He&rsquo;s not in the right frame of mind. No club has made us an offer that we want to accept.&rdquo;