5 things to know Monday

Andreas Milano

The Vince Lombardi trophy is staying in Tampa Bay 

Tom Brady will wake up on Monday a Super Bowl champion — again. As the first team to play in the NFL’s neutral site title game in its home stadium, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl 55 on Sunday, and Brady was named game MVP for a record fifth time in his seventh Super Bowl win. Was this championship run the most impressive of Brady’s career? The Chiefs, meanwhile, had too many blunders to overcome to be repeat champions, and Patrick Mahomes came out

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Injuries Mount As Osaka, Serena, Kenin Struggle Ahead Of Aussie Open

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World number three Naomi Osaka joined Serena Williams and Simona Halep with injury niggles ahead of the Australian Open Saturday as defending champion Sofia Kenin blamed her groin strain on spending two weeks in coronavirus quarantine.

The season’s first Grand Slam has had an unusual build-up after the pandemic torpedoed much of last year’s schedule and gave players only a week to play warm-up tournaments after their mandatory quarantine in Australia.

Japan’s Osaka, the US Open champion and 2019 Australian Open winner, withdrew from her Gippsland Trophy semi-final against Elise Mertens, blaming a long-standing shoulder problem.

“Anyone that’s followed me

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‘I actually thought that I would be more busy with…’

Andreas Milano

Roger Federer will be back on the tennis courts. The award-winning athlete will once again take up his trusty racket and prepare for the challenges that await him. The desire to return to play is great and his goals for 2021 are great.

In fact, the Swiss champion has never made a secret of wanting to take part in the Tokyo 2021 Olympics and the Wimbledon Tournament. Very early. The number 5 of the ATP world ranking gave an interview to the Swiss radio station SFR.

In the various statements he has also announced his return to Doha, in

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Virus looms large as first major about to start

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Easy as it is to assemble a list of significant Australian Open story lines, nothing hangs over the upcoming two weeks quite like questions involving the coronavirus.

There is, after all, still a pandemic in progress.

“During the tough months of quarantine in Spain,” said Rafael Nadal, who equaled Roger Federer at 20 majors — three ahead of Novak Djokovic — by winning the French Open in October, “[there] have been too many problems to think about tennis, no?”

And no matter how much better Australia has contained its covid-19 outbreak than countries such as the United States, a reminder

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Nick Kyrgios: Six years after his grandmother passed away, tennis star has found another reason to love tennis

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Julianah Foster was not only his biggest supporter, but also his greatest source of motivation and Kyrgios openly admits he lost his way in the years following her death.

It’s clear that the Aussie star, regularly dubbed ‘the bad boy of tennis,’ hasn’t always enjoyed his time in the sport, but an enforced hiatus for much of 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic has allowed him to recharge and gain a new perspective.

For the first time since stepping foot onto the professional circuit, Kyrgios was able to spend a prolonged period of time at home with his family and, … Read More

Medvedev, Rublev Lead Russia Into ATP Cup Final Against Italy

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Daniil Medvedev battled back from a set down to topple Alexander Zverev and power Russia into the ATP Cup final Saturday where they will meet the Matteo Berrettini-led Italy.

The world number four needed to dig deep against the German world number seven, finally coming through 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 on his fourth match point after a marathon battle on Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne.

He sealed the tie after Andrey Rublev, who won five ATP titles last year as he raced up the rankings, also pulled off a come-from-behind win, grinding down Jan-Lennard 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Italy beat last year’s

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