After he won his first ATP-level tournament, more than a decade ago in San Jose, California, 18-year-old Andy Murray credited his girlfriend, Kim Sears, with keeping him calm and composed. His then-coach Mark Petchey had stayed home in England, and Sears, the daughter of a tennis coach, watched her future husband play a tournament for the first time.Howd that work out?Back in February, the two welcomed Sophia Olivia into the world, and it immediately became a very different place. Murray didnt hit a ball for two weeks, something that hadnt happened since his back surgery two years earlier.Normally after a week or so, I want to hit a few balls, he told Mens Health in June. When I got back to doing stuff, I felt much better for it.After an indifferent return, in which he failed to win a title in four tries, Murray has triumphed in eight of the 11 tournaments hes played. There were back-to-back wins at Wimbledon and the Olympic games -- when he became the first ever to repeat as a singles gold medalist -- and four straight championships to end to the season. The last, in Paris, brought him the No. 1 ranking, a career obsession.Uh, howd that work out?I dont think it affected the tennis so much, but it definitely gave me perspective, Murray explained. I had to think a little bit more about whats important.Whats important at this weeks Barclays ATP World Tour Finals is carrying that No. 1 ranking into the offseason. Toward that end, Murray has made a critical adjustment. For the first time at this tournament hes never won, hes not staying at a local hotel.Rather, hes making the one-hour commute to the O2 Arena from his home in Oxshott, Surrey.On Wednesday night, presumably, he was home in time for a proper dinner and, perhaps, a change of his daughters nappies. And, rest assured, Murray will find himself in an extraordinary frame of mind.Earlier, when Kei Nishikori, hitting out of his shoes, won the first-set tiebreaker (on his fifth set point), Murray did not hurl expletives in the direction of his box. Instead, he muttered a few choice thoughts mostly to himself.That Murray ultimately prevailed 6-7 (9), 6-4, 6-4 was a testament to his new-and-improved frame of mind. It required 3 hours, 21 minutes -- the longest three-set match on record at the year-end event -- and he never regressed into Sour, Dour Andy.As a result, hes on a 21-match victory tear and 2-0 in London -- the first time hes started 2-0 in the year-end event since Shanghai in 2008. If Marin Cilic defeats Stan Wawrinka in the evening match, Murray is into Saturdays semifinals no matter what happens in Fridays third round-robin match.Murray was the runner-up in his first four Grand Slam finals, from 2008 to 2012, and one of his consistent features was an insufferable on-court attitude. Negative body language and a tendency to vent at his support crew were some of the reasons his former coach, Amelie Mauresmo, concluded she could no longer help him.He can still be a prickly presence; there were times against Nishikori when you could sense the surly Murray hovering just below the surface. But he kept his rage largely to himself, in a hand-over-the mouth sort of way. Hes learned to care just a little bit less -- and that has freed him in the same way that Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic embraced fatherhood.After Murray beat Cilic in the first round-robin match, he was asked the inevitable question about the correlation between his evolving family life and the No. 1 ranking.Ive been dealing with wins and losses much better than I did in the past I think just because I have something else thats more important, Murray explained. Throughout the year, Im not having so many ups and downs, because Im not sort of getting too high after wins or too down after losses, which was maybe the case in the past.When I won in Paris, it was great. I really enjoyed that. But then you come home and youre back with your family. Youre just back to normal. So I feel just a bit more sort of even-keeled through the year. Old Skool Ireland Outlet . Artturi Lehkonen, Joni Nikko and Ville Leskinen had the other goals for Finland (1-0) while Juuse Saros stopped 28 shots. 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Nine days before the opening ceremony, organizing committee chief Dmitry Chernyshenko said Wednesday that Sochi is "fully ready" and will deliver safe, friendly and well-run games that defy the grim reports that have overshadowed preparations. The Tuesday slate has big ticket arms leading the way, though its still a day of haves and have-nots with nine other pitchers toting sub-50 projected Game Scores so you shouldnt have too much trouble finding exciting offense to go with your frontline arms. Oh, and the revamped Rangers offense is in Coors, too.PitchingEliteMax Scherzer is quietly back to dominating the league. He had a 3.52 ERA in late June thanks to a severe home run issue, but hes allowing just 0.7 HR/9 in his last seven starts en route to a 1.46 ERA with 60 strikeouts and a 6.0 K:BB ratio in 49 1/3 IP. Hes in the midst of an obscene strikeout tear as well with 108 over his last 83 1/3 IP - an 11.7 K/9 rate. The homers havent been as bad at home with a 1.0 compared to 1.6 on the road, so getting Cleveland at home isnt a bad setup.For all the talk about how Chris Sales lowered strikeout rate has led to a more efficient approach, he has just 0.06 fewer pitches per plate appearance this year, a negligible difference that has come at the cost of three full strikeouts per nine off of his rate. Maybe the benefit comes in fewer stress pitches? He had 10.6 plate appearances per start with runners on base last year and its down to 9.1 this year, but I will admit to lacking the full on context to know if thats a big enough difference to really matter. The drop is strikeout is especially painful for us on the DFS landscape, but it hasnt stopped him from being very good. Outside of an 8 ER shellacking against Atlanta of all teams, he has a 3.54 ERA and 1.04 WHIP with 57 strikeouts and a 4.1 K:BB ratio over his last 56 IP.Zack Greinke and Kenta Maeda havent regularly been considered elite arms this year. Maeda, the rookie, is based on lack of track record, while Greinke, the veteran, got off to a slow start and then hit the disabled list for a month and a half. But both have shown big upside in their recent work. Maeda has spiked his strikeouts as high as 13 earlier this year and even handled a Coors Field start adeptly his last time out (5 2/3 IP and 2 ER). Facing the Phillies here certainly influences my desire to target him. Meanwhile, Greinke is returning from the aforementioned injury, but had rebounded well prior to that point with a 2.26 ERA, 47 Ks, and a 5.2 K:BB ratio in 59 2/3 IP.SolidDoes Marco Estrada continue to defy the odds or do advanced metrics just fall short in capturing his excellence, leaving him largely undervalued? At some point, you cant just fake your way to leading the AL in hits per nine last year (6.7) and leading all of major league baseball this year (5.8). Even with a spike in strikeouts, Estrada still only carries a 3.81 FIP compared to his 2.92 ERA. He was at 3.13/4.40 last year.Drew Smyly is on an upswing again. Its only been three good starts after a substantial lull (nine starts of 8.03 ERA), but when hes on, hes really good. He has Game Scores of 56, 61, and 68 in his last three, including 10 punchouts against the Royals his last time out. His volatility is worse than average so hes been downgraded into the spot starter realm, but I think hes an interesting contrarian, especially against Toronto. He has faced them three times this year and put up 46, 67, and 57 Game Scores, though he hasnt seen them since mid-May.Rick Porcello has been eight points better per game using DraftKings scoring comparing this year to last and it essentially boils down to some better luck. He is contributing to good favor by putting himself in better situations and walking even fewer than normal (hes perennial a great preventer of walks). His strikeout is virtually unchanged, the walk rate is down a percentage point (which matters, but its not game-changing), but his HR rate and BABIP have gone from 1.3/.332 last year to 1.1/.276 this year. His batted ball profile just isnt different enough to suggest a large part of this isnt just an evening out of his luck. His 15 percent HR/FB rate last year was a career-worst and now its back in line with his 11.7 percent career mark at an OK 11.3 percent. The fact is we knew his 2015 skills deserved better results so Im not worried about a bottoming out here. Hes a better cash game option, though, as he hasnt had a single start of 30 or more points, again using DraftKings scoring.Vincent Velasquez can still spike a big outing for you. Theyve been more infrequent than what we saw earlier in the year, but that was to be expected from the 24-year old flamethrower. With Philadelphia fully incentivized to error on the side of caution with Velasquez, were unlikely to see anything beyond six innings barring a truly special start. Just keep that in mind when youre making your projections.StreamersMatt Moore had one of those starts that you had to watch to get a real feel for how well he pitched. Seeing the six walks in the box score connotes a level of struggle that I just didnt see for Moore. It felt like he was squeezed. He still had a healthy 63 percent firrst-pitch strike rate, which actually exceeds his season mark of 62 percent.dddddddddddd So he wasnt falling behind all the time as weve seen in the past from Moore. He only allowed three hits and notched seven strikeouts, too. Moore hasnt allowed more than three earned runs in any of his last seven (2.12 ERA) and a trip to Miami offers him a solid shot at continuing the streak.Taking a gamble on young arms in DFS is nerve-wracking, especially if youre not a high-volume player and more of a one-lineup type instead. Its so rewarding when they payoff, though, which is why I imagine many will be considering Brandon Finnegan, Luis Severino, and Daniel Norris as an SP2 option or lottery ticket lineup starter in a one starter format. Finnegan has flashed that upside with back-to-back 6 IP/0 ER outings, but they came on the heels of a 10.90 ERA in his previous four.Severino has rejoined the rotation after an impressive bullpen run and many are hoping his early struggles were related to the injury that eventually sidelined him for a bit. Speaking of injuries, Norris has battled health throughout his short career, but now hell get a chance to fill in for a key injury as he aims to take Jordan Zimmermanns vacated spot in the Detroit rotation. The 23-year old lefty is still figuring out, but his strikeout ability gives him an easier path to DFS success even if he doesnt exactly dominate the run and hit prevention.AvoidNeither Steven Matz nor Noah Syndergaard has been particularly sharp since we learned that their elbows were barking. The fact is, they are so good that even a less-than-100-percent version still has plenty some up. But the volatility... oh the volatility. After an ugly season debut, Matz ran off nine starts of a 1.38 ERA, but once the bone spurs came to light, its been a bumpy road with a 4.91 ERA in his last 10 starts, including a 6 ER thrashing in the Bronx his last time out. The Diamondbacks have baseballs best OPS (.819) against lefties this year with a .200 ISO. Id look elsewhere even knowing that Matz is capable of gem any time out.HittingNeither Tyler Chatwood for Colorado or A.J. Griffin for Texas is striking fear in the hearts of DFS players for the second game of the series at Coors Field. Chatwood has been the stereotypical home/road Rockies pitcher with a 5.72 ERA in 61.3 home innings while Griffin has had a career-long homer issue. His 1.6 HR/9 rate this year is just a tick below his 1.5 career mark. Bombs away! (Cant wait to see this end up being 2-1).Jered Weaver and Zach Neal are tasked with stopping two of the biggest offenses in the game (Cubs and Orioles) and Im not sure theyre going to be terribly successful with it. Righties (.868) and lefties (.817) have had major success against Weaver and despite a run of decent starts lately (just one clunker in his last five, 3.77 ERA in 28.7 IP), isnt enough to push me off of the Cubs. Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryant are the obvious ones, but dont sleep on Dexter Fowler. Hes known more for raking against lefties, but hes having one of his best years against righties with an .853 OPS and 7 HR in 245 PA.Neal only has 24 major league innings, but even if hes not a true talent 5.25 ERA, hes unlikely to improve it in this matchup. At least he gets the Orioles at home, but their power plays everywhere, especially against righties. Their ISO drops compared to Camden, but its still a healthy .175, good for seventh in the league. You can spend some cash with Manny Machado and Mark Trumbo, but dont forget Pedro Alvarez, who has really taken to his platoon role as a righty-masher. His .906 OPS against right-handers is 21st in all of baseball (minimum 230 PA). His .294 ISO is up at 6th!A full half of the league fits in that middle range with a 4 to 7 rating, most with at least one handedness having a favorable matchup. That would normally help yield lineup variety, but I feel most are either going to load up on Coors (as always) or divert to the couple games that could have Coors-esque results with power offenses against modest arms. Because I am not averse to a contrarian angle, Id actually be open to plucking some big bats elsewhere like Detroit against Wade LeBlanc, San Francisco against Tom Koehler (yes, even at home) and Houston against Hector Santiago.Most likely to go yard: Carlos GonzalezI refuse to complicate things for sake of variety. I dont always pick someone in Coors, but sometimes you just cant avoid it. I think this is one of those spots.Most likely to swipe a bag: Jean SeguraIf Im going to eye stolen bases, Id like to get something with it. Segura has been an all-around middle infielder this year, reminiscent of his 2013 first half breakout and he hasnt fallen off as he did that season. He has an .874 OPS in the second half so far with four of his 19 stolen bases. ' ' '