Best of the best impressed: ‘Brady is the gold standard’

Andreas Milano

Ahead of his 10th Super Bowl appearance, The Associated Press asked the best of the best — eight current and former champions from seven sports — what impressed them most about Tom Brady.

Just what he needed: more testimonials.

Any club with the likes of Michael Jordan, Serena Williams and Wayne Gretzky in the ranks is bound to be exclusive. Its members talk about Brady much the same way the rest of us do. None spilled trade secrets or praised his foot speed. A few pointed wistfully to his longevity or marveled at how he moved the NFL’s center of

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Injuries everywhere; Russia, Italy to meet in ATP Cup final

Andreas Milano
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Japan’s Naomi Osaka is interviewed after defeating Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu at a tuneup event ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

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Grand Slam tournament winners Naomi Osaka and Serena Williams withdrew from their tuneup tournaments, their focus already on the Australian Open, well before Alexander Zverev tweaked his back in the second set of his must-win ATP Cup match against Daniil Medvedev.

He left the court for treatment Saturday and returned, taking the match to three sets before Medvedev finally converted to secure Russia’s win over

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Australian Open Boss ‘Confident’ Event Will Go Ahead Despite Covid Case

Andreas Milano

Australian Open chief Craig Tiley said he was “absolutely confident” the tournament will start next week despite a fresh coronavirus case that halted warm-up tournaments and forced hundreds of players and officials into isolation on Thursday.

The case, a worker at one of the Melbourne tournament’s designated quarantine hotels, has caused yet more chaos before the year’s first tennis Grand Slam, which has already been delayed three weeks over coronavirus problems.

But Tiley said the Australian Open would start as scheduled on Monday, and that there were no plans to cancel. Play was suspended at six warm-up tournaments in Melbourne

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Australian Open 2021: Players, support staff isolating after one positive COVID-19 test at hotel

Andreas Milano
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Players and support staff at the Australian Open were forced into isolation on Wednesday after a hotel quarantine worker in Melbourne tested positive for COVID-19. In total, the players and support staff amounts to an estimated 600 people — all of whom will now have to isolate until that are able to receive a COVID-19 test, according to Reuters.

There were six warm-up events scheduled for Thursday at Melbourne Park, but they have been canceled. Organizers explained on Twitter that an updated schedule will be released on Friday.

Victoria Premier Daniel Andrews doesn’t expect the actual Australian Open

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Nick Kyrgios stops play during Australian Open warm-up after time violation

Andreas Milano

Nick Kyrgios refused to play for several minutes after receiving a time violation during his 6-2 7-6 (9-7) win over fellow Australian Harry Bourchier in an Australian Open warm-up event in Melbourne.

Kyrgios fought off three set points in the second-set tiebreak before finally getting over the top of world No. 303 Bourchier in an entertaining clash on Wednesday night.

The biggest talking point came with the scores locked at 5-5 in the second set when Kyrgios was called for a time violation on his serve.

The issue had been brewing all match, with Kyrgios venting his anger at the

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Australian Open players isolate after positive COVID-19 test

Andreas Milano

MELBOURNE (AP) — All competition at six Australian Open tuneup events scheduled for Thursday was called off after a worker at one of the tournaments’ Melbourne quarantine hotels tested positive for COVID-19.

Players preparing for the year’s first Grand Slam tournament, which is supposed to begin Monday, must isolate at their hotels until they test negative for the illness caused by the coronavirus.

“We will work with everyone involved to facilitate testing as quickly as possible,” Tennis Australia said in a statement announcing the postponement of all matches that were to be played Thursday at Melbourne

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