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    LONDON -- Britain is turning to the top official in Canadian tennis to improve its fortunes on the world stage. Nike Roshe One Print Black . Michael Downey was hired as the chief executive of Britains Lawn Tennis Association on Tuesday, ending his nine-year tenure as president and chief executive of Tennis Canada. Despite being extremely well funded, mainly due to the profits handed down from Wimbledon, British tennis has little top-level talent outside Andy Murray, who this year became Britains first mens singles winner at the All England Club since 1936. The 38th-ranked Laura Robson is the only Briton in the womens top 50. "The opportunity that Andy Murray is now a Wimbledon champion, two-time grand slam champion, is immense for tennis in Britain," said Downey, who was formerly the regional president for Canadas largest brewery, Molson Canada. "Andy Murrays biggest contribution to tennis in Britain is winning. Thats when you want to write about him, thats when people want to follow him, thats when kids are going to go out, pick up racquets and want to be Andy Murray. And I believe theres a bevy of young talent thats coming up in Great Britain that is going to follow Andy Murray to the podium." Downey will take up his new role on Jan. 6 as the replacement for Roger Draper, who announced in March that he was stepping down. In 2012, the LTA invested 73.2 million pounds ($109 million) but with little tangible reward. Murray, who has been brought through largely outside the LTA structure, is the only British man in the top 150 in the rankings. The LTA said that Canadian tennis enjoyed significant growth at the grassroots and elite level under Downey, with more than 1.2 million people playing tennis at least twice a month. "This sport has far more importance in Britain than in Canada," Downey said. "The expectation will be higher of myself in this position." LTA chairman David Gregson said Downeys annual salary will be 300,000 pounds ($480,000) -- less than half of what Draper was earning. "We set out to recruit a CEO with true success in business, with exceptional leadership credentials and ideally with significant knowledge of tennis," Gregson said. "Michael demonstrably fits the bill perfectly and was the unanimous choice of our recruitment panel." Nike Roshe One Leopard .C. -- Marcus Paige and his North Carolina teammates have endured so many wild swings -- big wins, surprising losses, NCAA drama -- that no one can blame their Hall of Fame coach for wondering whats next. Nike Roshe One Print Womens . Head coach Corey Chamblin announced on Monday that Avon Cobourne had been hired as the defending Grey Cup champions new running backs coach.New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of programs shooting for their 10th win of the season get together at Madison Square Garden on Saturday, as the NC State Wolfpack tangle with 22nd-ranked West Virginia during the challenge round of the Gotham Classic. The Mountaineers, who have won 16 of their last 25 games played at MSG, have lost just one game through the first 10 this season, a narrow 74-73 setback to LSU earlier this month during the SEC/Big 12 Challenge. Since that setback WVU has rattled off two more victories, the latest being a 69-66 final versus in- state rival Marshall last weekend during the Chesapeake Energy Capital Classic in Charleston, West Virginia. With one more victory WVU head coach Bob Huggins, who trails only Mike Krzyzewski (Duke) and Jim Boeheim (Syracuse) as the third-winningest active Division I coach, will reach 750 for his career. Meanwhile the Wolfpack, which is 5-4 all-time at The Garden, most recently took the floor versus Tennessee earlier this week as it took down the Volunteers by a score of 83-72 victory. The win came on the heels of their monumental 55-54 loss to Wofford, the first in eight decades versus the Terriers. West Virginia leads the all-time series, one that began during the 1946-47 campaign, by a count of 9-7 and has captured 11 wins in its last 14 matchups versus opponents from the ACC. The most recent meeting took place during the 2007 NIT where the Mountaineers captured a 71-66 victory, their fourth in a row in the series versus NC State. After the devastating loss to Wofford, the Wolfpack came back to take down the Vols at PNC Arena on Wednesday night by double digits. Ralston Turner had a huge game with a season-high 33 points, stemming from an impressive 8-of-17 shooting beyond the arc, followed by Trevor Lacey with 20 points and eight rebounds for a squad that converted 51. Nike Roshe One Mens. .1 percent from the floor and outscored Tennessee at the free-throw line, 26-12. Despite the huge effort by Turner the last time out, he is still second on the team in scoring with 14.9 ppg, trailing Lacey and his 17.2 ppg for a team producing 74.7 ppg. Between the two theyve made a total of 50 attempts from 3-point range, the rest of the team only 20 triples through 11 games. In addition to being a 44.4 percent shooter on the perimeter, Lacey is also second on the unit with 5.4 rpg and a total of 39 assists. With state bragging rights on the line, WVU and Marshall dealt with nine ties and 10 lead changes last weekend and after being tied at the half (27-27), the Mountaineers used a 17-14 scoring edge at the free-throw line in the second half to squeeze out the three-point win. Juwan Staten led four players in double figures with 15 points, followed by Jonathan Holton and Jevon Carter with 14 points and six rebounds apiece, while Gary Browne tallied 10 points off the bench. Staten, who needs 17 points to become the latest WVU player to reach 1,000 for his career, leads the program in scoring with his 15.0 ppg, thanks to a 79.2 percent effort at the free-throw line, which is a huge improvement over the team as a whole which is converting only 65.3 percent at the stripe. Holton pitches in with 11.8 ppg and a team-best 7.8 rpg, while Devin Williams follows closely in both departments with 10.2 ppg and 7.1 rpg. 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