Tom Brady handshake, Jared Goff, Tampa Bay vs Rams news, result


NFL superstar Tom Brady is the most hated man in the NFL right now after he was exposed by another handshake snub on Tuesday (AEST).

The legendary quarterback’s petty refusal to face rival Jared Goff after the Rams’ dramatic 27-24 win over Brady’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers has overshadowed the 43-year-old’s spectacular choke.

Brady completed just 26 of 48 passes for two touchdowns and two interceptions.

He was 0 from seven throwing long-range passes and his interception with two-minutes left sealed the win for Los Angeles.

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After going at each other all night, Brady conveniently left the field and headed straight down the tunnel to the locker room while Goff walked out to shake hands with his opponents.

Video showed the moment Goff stood around on the middle of the field looking for Brady.

One of the greatest athletes of all time was already sulking in the dressing room.

Brady’s repeated refusals to show his respect to opposition quarterbacks when bested on the field has called his sportsmanship into question.

The most successful quarterback of all time and increasingly the biggest sore loser in the league.

Hall of Fame NFL great Shannon Sharpe called Brady out on Twitter after the petulant display.

“I guess Brady doesn’t know Goff well enough to shake his hand after losing,” Sharpe wrote.

“Yet, he knows every QB after he wins. Brady is full of what the elephant left on the show ground. His attitude is bulljive and it’s time to call his A** out on it.”

Brady was also spotted darting for the locker room after his team’s loss to Nick Foles and the Chicago Bears earlier this year. A trend is emerging.

Brady has previously attempted to explain his handshake snub of Foles.

“I didn’t even think about that,” Brady said earlier this year.

“I think Nick Foles is a hell of a player and a Super Bowl champ and I don’t know one reason or another why I wouldn’t do that. Sometimes I’ve run off of the field, sometimes I haven’t. Sometimes if I have a personal relationship like I have with Drew [Brees] and Justin [Herbert] and Aaron [Rodgers] over the years… I don’t know. I don’t think it’s anything in particular but I have great admiration for Nick and I think that he’s a hell of a player. They’re off to a great start.”

Brady’s refusal to shake hands with anyone but his chums and after victories left him open to ridicule on Tuesday.

NBC NFL writer Patrick Daughertywrote on Twitter: “Tom Brady ever going to get called out on his heading straight to the locker room s***? Thermonuclear controversy if it is any number of other quarterbacks”.

Sharpe continued to stick the boot into Brady on Wednesday in his Undisputed TV show with commentator Skip Bayless. His stinky performance was just as criticised as his sportsmanship.

He was ripped for repeatedly finding Rams defenders.

He now has nine picks in 11 games this year. He had eight picks in 16 games last season.

When asked what responsibility Brady has to accept for the loss, he said: “9.5 out of 10. Tom has played bad, it’s as simple as that. Your boy looked awful last night and I don’t want to hear anything about the defence. Brady has happy feet, and he doesn’t want to be hit.”

Despite his turbulent season, Brady’s Buccaneers are still right in the race for the playoffs at 7-4 and currently sit in the wildcard spot with five games remaining.



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Tom Brady Passed Twice on One Play. And It (Sort of) Worked.


It’s one of the first rules you learn when you get taken into the backyard and taught how to play football:

You can only throw one forward pass each play.

On Monday night, Tom Brady tried to get away with breaking that rule. And in a way, it worked.

Early in the fourth quarter of Tampa Bay’s game against the Los Angeles Rams, Brady’s Buccaneers had a third-and 10 at their 34-yard line. Brady threw over the middle, but the ball was blocked at the line of scrimmage by linebacker Terrell Lewis.

A lot of good things have happened to Tom Brady in his life, and here came another. The deflected ball, which could have gone in almost any direction, caromed directly back to him. Brady reacted with lightning speed, snatched the carom out of the air and … passed the ball again?

Yes, perhaps because of a brain freeze, or maybe because he thought no one would notice, Brady tried his second pass of the play. That’s a violation of the rules of the N.F.L., the X.F.L., the Canadian Football League and just about every type of organized football down to your cousin’s youth league.

Brady’s second pass was completed to Mike Evans, but the officials were less than impressed. Flags flew, and Brady was called for a penalty.

But wait. Evans was brought down two yards short of a first down. So with the Buccaneers now facing fourth and 2, the Rams declined the penalty. The play, and the double completed pass, stood.

N.F.L. drive charts rarely make for interesting reading, but this one will forever. Tucked near the start of the fourth quarter, it dryly notes exactly what happened:

“T.Brady pass short middle to T.Brady to TB 25 for -9 yards. T.Brady pass short middle to M.Evans to TB 42 for 8 yards.”

It goes on to note that “Statistically, no completion for first pass as a result of the declined penalty.” So Brady, at least, will be spared the negative yards on the catch, which would have only reduced his own passing total.

It was not the first time since joining Tampa Bay this year that Brady, 43, seemed to struggle with a bedrock football rule. In October, he appeared to lose track of the one about being allowed four downs each series. After failing to convert a fourth down against the Bears, he remained on the field and held up four fingers as if he thought he had another play.

The Buccaneers lost that game, and they lost Monday night as well, 27-24. But at 7-4, they are still in the driver’s seat for a playoff berth.

If Tampa Bay makes the postseason, Brady will need to remember that the rules of football apply there, too.



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DMA’S, Mike Brady, Cub Sport


AFL fans ripped into the Grand Final’s pre-match entertainment, which was savaged for its unnecessary amount of melodramatic cover songs.

One of the main criticisms of the pre-match entertainment over the past few years has been the lack of homegrown talent.

In 2018, footy fans were less than impressed when the AFL revealed American pop group The Black Eyed Peas would perform before the Grand Final between the West Coast Eagles and Collingwood.

But thanks primarily to the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s Grand Final entertainment was stacked with Aussie talent.

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Three-piece rock band DMA’S and indie stars Cub Sport led the All-Australian line-up, which also featured Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale.

Meanwhile, local pop sensation Sheppard is set to light up the Gabba at halftime.

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After the Welcome to Country, Electric Fields, Busby and Thelma Plum performed a haunting rendition of Paul Kelly’s classic hit “From Little Things Big Things Grow”.

ABC journalist Lisa Millar tweeted: “This rendition of From Little Things by Electric Fields still gives me goosebumps no matter how many times I hear it.”

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra & Choir then paid tribute to players who had retired over the past 12 months, overlaid with a recorded performance of “Up There Cazaly” from Mike Brady at the MCG.

Brady strumming his guitar in front of the empty stands at the MCG evoked plenty of reaction from footy supporters.

Sports writer Titus O’Reily posted: “Shots of an empty MCG are just cruel.”

Podcaster Rose Callaghan posted: “Lol my eyes just started leaking at the footage of the empty MCG. IM FINE.”

The Advocate reporter Alex Fair posted: “Shots of an empty MCG though make me sad. It’s almost cruel.”

ESPNcricinfo journalist Daniel Brettig tweeted: “Can’t help but cry laugh at how much better the MCG looks than the Gabba.”

Following “Up There Cazaly”, indie powerhouse Cub Sport performed a mellow cover of Powderfinger classic “These Days”.

However, many viewers became frustrated none of the Australian acts were playing their own music, as cover after cover continued to fill the pre-match agenda.

Nine News presenter Michael Atkinson cheekily tweeted: “Bernard Fanning looks a little different with blonde hair, but at least Powderfinger has featured.”

ABC reporter Daniel Miles posted: “Having a smorgasbord of great Aussie talent singing nothing but covers is a very 2020 vibe.”

DMA’S then nailed their famous cover of Cher’s “Believe”, a significantly toned-down version of the American pop anthem.

Several AFL fans voiced their frustration as the fourth consecutive downbeat song echoed around the Gabba.

Sports reporter Mark Gottlieb tweeted: “There’s a reason ‘stadium rock’ is a thing. I’m not at a grade 11 dance, give me something up tempo.”

ABC News journalist Rebecca Puddy posted: “What even is this average pub cover thing at the GF. Powderfinger and Cher covers not so good.”

Former Carlton star Brendan Fevola tweeted: “Bring back meatloaf … what was that.”

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But the tone immediately shifted when Andrew Stockdale led an explosive performance of Wolfmother hit “Joker and the Thief”.

Fevola seemingly preferred the heavier music, tweeting: “Now this is better.”

AFL General Manager of Commercial Kylie Rogers said the AFL Grand Final would be an incredible opportunity to promote the Queensland music and arts community.

“On the back of an All-Australian line-up at last year’s Grand Final, we know there is incredible support to bring together local talent again this year,” Rogers said in a statement.

“We have some of the best of Australia’s musical talent performing, with a unique sound and collection of voices – from the Torres Strait down to the south-coast – we’re proud to be delivering another All-Australian billing for the 2020 Toyota AFL Grand Final.”



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Tom Brady meltdown play call, Chicago Bears vs Tampa Bay result


Tom Brady gave his team the finger and then let them have it off the field too as he spectacularly lost the plot in the dying moments of Tampa Bays’ loss to Chicago on Friday (AEDT).

Brady murdered the Buccaneers’ final drive of the game and appeared to forget which play he was up to when his fourth down Hail Mary didn’t connect.

With Chicago regaining possession with only a few seconds to play after Brady’s inexplicable boner, he turned to officials to signal fourth down by holding up four fingers with a perplexed look on his face.

Only then did it sink in that Brady was mistaken in believing he had one final play left to try and steal the game.

The drive was killed off on the 41-yard line.

Instead, his mistaken play call handed the Bears a 20-19 win with Cairo Santos booting a 38-yard field goal with 1:13 remaining.

It was only the start of Brady’s meltdown. Arguably the greatest of all time, Brady tossed out every toy he had in the cot in a sooky tirade.

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He was spotted spitting fire at his teammates on the sidelines.

He was also spotted storming off from the field without shaking hands with Bears quarterback Nick Foles, who is now a perfect 2-0 in NFL battles with Brady.

In a back-and-forth battle, Foles put the Bears within field goal range on their final drive, hitting Anthony Miller with a 10-yard pass and David Montgomery with a 17-yarder.

Tampa Bay — who had edged ahead on Ryan Succop’s 25-yard field goal with 4:52 remaining — had a chance to respond, but their final drive stalled at their 41-yard line after Brady’s stunning mistaken play call.

Brady completed 25 of 41 passes for 253 yards and one touchdown. Running back Ronal Jones had 17 carries for 106 yards and Succop kicked four field goals.

Foles completed 30 of 42 passes for 243 yards, one TD and one interception. Down 13-0 in the second quarter, the Bears scored two touchdowns in the final two minutes of the first half to take a 14-13 lead into the break.

Chicago’s defence played a key role in the turnaround as cornerback Kyle Fuller forced a fumble from running back Ke’Shawn Vaughn and linebacker Robert Quinn recovered.

Four plays later, Foles connected on a 12-yard touchdown pass to Jimmy Graham. Neither team scored a touchdown in the second half, but the Bears did enough to rebound from a loss to Indianapolis last weekend and improve to 4-1.

Brady and the Bucs fell to 3-2 with their first defeat since they fell to the New Orleans Saints in their season opener.

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Aussie Brady Bunch love story: Single parents get married after meeting when she bought his house


Mark Husband and Bronnie Roberts married after meeting in unusual circumstances. Picture: Flavio Brancaleone


Bronnie Roberts wasn’t looking for love when she bought a pretty cottage in North Turramurra about three years go.

But that’s exactly what she found, and on Friday she wed the man who sold it to her.

And in a twist you couldn’t make up – she and fiance Mark become Mr and Mrs Husband.

“Of course I will be taking his name,” she told the North Shore Times.




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In fact their entire love story is the stuff of fairytales, with lashings of serendipity.

It began when Ms Roberts started looking for a home for herself and her three children.

The single mum had another property in St Ives, where she planned to do a knockdown/rebuild, but when the opportunity to sell came up, she decided to buy an established home.

She saw No. 41 Ellalong Rd, North Turramurra on the internet and it was going to auction that weekend.

“I had never set foot in it, but I had looked at the floorplan and the pictures,” she said. “I decided to buy it.”

The day after the auction, agent Matt Bolin, of Ray White Upper North Shore, showed Ms Roberts through the home and introduced her to vendor Mark Husband.

Co-incidentally, a single dad with three children, the builder owns Classic Cottages and built the home himself.

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The couple at the house where they met. Picture: John Appleyard


The house is set up for a big family.


The pair exchanged email addresses in case Ms Roberts had any questions about the house, and they parted ways with a handshake.

“For about the next year I emailed Mark at odd times about the house, and then out of the blue I received an email from him to say he had accidentally ordered a bulk dog food delivery to my house,” she said.

“We chatted for a while, he seemed like a really good person but he really didn’t seem interested in me.”

Then Mr Husband’s mail redirection service to his new home stopped, so she started collecting his mail, and emailed him to let him know she would leave it out for him to collect.

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Mark Husband and Bronnie Roberts at their wedding ceremony in Hickson Road Reserve. Picture: Flavio Brancaleone


“He came around to get it but I didn’t realise the housekeeper had brought all the mail in, including his,” Ms Roberts said.

By this time they had exchanged phone numbers, and a “few funny texts later”, Mr Husband returned to pick up his mail and have a promised cup of tea. By then there was a spark between the pair.

“I liked him and we had another cup of tea and a bit of chit chat,” she said.

“I had to come out and ask him if we were going to go out – so we set a date and we went out. He’s so lovely and I was flat out so in love with him straight away.”

There are multiple living spaces.


Ms Roberts, who owns local beauty business Face Studio by Bronnie, said they dated for about eight months before deciding to move in together.

So Mr Husband moved back to North Turramurra, and after two years together they decided to get married.

They tied the knot in a low-key wedding with just them and their six children.

“I am locking this man down,” Ms Roberts joked.

“It’s like the universe was really yelling very loudly at both of us to really get it together.

“We have fun and we’re happy and we have so much joy and laughter in our lives. I’m glad I took that leap and bought the house three years ago.”

Once they have their wedding done and dusted, the couple won’t be settling into married life at 41 Ellalong Rd for very long.

Mr Husband has recently sold his home in the upper north shore, while Ms Roberts has listed her home for sale.

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Once again Mr Bolin will be managing the sale, albeit with a different vendor this time.


Romantic: the covered deck.


He has set a guide of $2.55 million for the impressive six-bedroom home, and plans to take it to auction on September 26. Within hours of the property hitting the market on Monday, Mr Bolin’s phone was running hot with prospective buyers.

“It is a very well known home in that area and it is going to be very popular,” he said

Already tried and tested by a large blended family, the home also has a pool with cabana, covered deck and self-contained studio at the rear of the property.


Other features include high ceilings, spotted gum hardwood floors, ducted airconditioning, double garage with internal access, and kids’ play area with cubby.

The location is highly sought after, close to buses, Turramurra North Public School and local shops.

Mr Bolin said this was the first property sale he had ever managed that had led to a love affair and a wedding.

“I’ve never heard of it before, I think that it’s a once in a lifetime thing,” he said.

However, he revealed he did sense sparks between Ms Roberts and Mr Husband when he introduced them the day after the auction.

“I definitely thought I saw chemistry when they first met,” he said

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Happily ever after. Picture: John Appleyard


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Naomi Osaka beats Jennifer Brady, boyfriend Cordae attracts attention


Naomi Osaka is through to the US Open final after defeating Jennifer Brady in a high-standard match on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Osaka is hunting her second title at Flushing Meadows to go with her 2018 crown after overcoming her American opponent 7-6 (7-1) 3-6 6-3.

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The Japanese star qualified for the decider in front of rapper boyfriend Cordae, who was watching on from the stands and drew plenty of attention as the camera regularly focused on him throughout the dramatic three-setter.

Sports writer Clinton yates tweeted: “OH CORDAE IS IN THE BUILDING?! LOOK AT THIS BLACK LOVE.”

Tennis writer Nikhila Makker said it was “nice” to see while comedian Rae Sanni called it “so sweet”.

The tennis world was captivated by the quality of the semi-final that saw Brady throw everything at Osaka, only to fall short of making her first ever major final as the pair combined for 70 winners and 19 aces.

New York Times tennis writer Ben Rothenberg said the match was of “unreal quality” while Aussie coach and ESPN commentator Darren Cahill said it was possibly the best women’s match of the year.

The Guardian’s Tumaini Carayol called the contest “such a high quality match” while UK tennis reporter George Bellshaw was in awe of the “ridiculously good” semi-final.

“It means a lot for me. I kind of consider New York my second home,” Osaka said afterwards.

“I love the atmosphere, even though there’s no people here. This court really suits me well.”

The world No. 9 will face either Serena Williams of Victoria Azarenka in the final.

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US Open 2020 tennis results LIVE! Day 11 latest scores; Osaka vs Brady, Williams vs Azarenka, doubles final



Welcome to the Evening Standard’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 US Open.

It’s women’s semi-finals day in New York, with 2018 winner Naomi Osaka in action against Jennifer Brady, who will be competing in the last four at a Grand Slam event for the first time.

After that, Serena Williams – facing a quick turnaround following yesterday’s win over Tsvetana Pironkova – will attempt to keep her quest for a record-equalling 24th major singles title alive against the resurgent Victoria Azarenka.

First up, Mate Pavic and Bruno Soares battle Wesley Koolhof and Nikola Mektic in the men’s doubles final.


Stay tuned for this evening’s tennis action, plus full coverage of the matches overnight…

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Brady 6-7 2-1 Osaka

It really is wonderful to watch. At 30-0, Brady knows every point is crucial now and she refuses to let go in a lengthy slogging match with Osaka.

With that boost of confidence, she finds an ace to polish off the love hold – and that was a fine service game as far as Brady is concerned.


Brady 6-7 1-1 Osaka

Compare this version of Osaka to two years ago… she just looks so focused on the task at hand and isn’t letting a few errors here and there get her worked up.

Indeed, she brings herself onto the scoreboard in this second set with a fierce 118mph ace.


Brady 6-7 1-0 Osaka

Losing the first set is an unfamiliar feeling for Brady in this tournament but she responds to it in fine fashion, picking herself up to hold with only one point dropped.

I’m keen to see how Osaka copes with a potential fightback, although the Japanese has won her last 34 matches across all Slams when she won the first set. That is some run.


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Brady (1) 6-7 Osaka

That was simply sensational from Osaka.

Sure, Brady will have a lot of regrets over those wayward forehands off the slow second serves. But the manner in which she dominated that tiebreak was in the style of a true champion.

She is one set away from the final. Brady needs something special after losing her first set of the tournament.
 

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Tiebreak | Brady 1-5 Osaka

A big boost for Osaka, who fails to land the first serve but the second has a mighty kick when it bounces and Brady makes two costly errors.

The American goes for a big hit into the corner and fails to land it. Those erratic forehands are going to cost her now.


Tiebreak | Brady 1-2 Osaka

A heavy return from Brady off Osaka’s second serve and she has been struggling with those. 

After one of the longest rallies of the match, Osaka turns defence into attack and goes up a mini-break.

Crucially, Brady pegs back one point with a delicious serve down the middle.


TIEBREAK! Brady 6-6 Osaka

There are no nerves from Brady, as she proves with a wonderful ace to open the service game.

But almost nonchalantly, Osaka flicks a stunning backhand cross-court winner to level at 15-15. Brady’s challenge does nothing but show just how it accurate it was, clipping the white line as it skimmed off the surface.

At 30-30, there is a question to be asked of Brady but she answers it with a powerful swing into the corner. On game point, Osaka knocks one into the net and we’re heading to a tiebreak after 45 minutes of quality tennis.


Brady 5-6 Osaka

Incredibly, Osaka has won 20 of her 21 points on her first serve so far and it’s only when that second serve comes into play is there some vulnerability.

Her accuracy has been key so far as well – just three unforced errors in 11 games – and now looks to be in the driving seat as Brady serves to stay in the set.


Brady 5-5 Osaka

Absolutely fearless stuff from Brady.

A strong serve down the middle to start and she takes the gamble to volley home after Osaka goes wide to return.

Osaka denies her the love hold with a huge 85mph forehand that clips the baseline, but another strong delivery coerces her into a blunder.


Brady 4-5 Osaka

In this form no one is going to stop Osaka from clinching her third Grand Slam.

The 22-year-old produces a mesmerising ace down the ‘T’ to seal another love hold. Mentally, she looks stronger than ever.

Will Brady be able to keep up with the no.4 seed in this crucial time in the set?


Brady 4-4 Osaka

Chris Evert commented before the match that Brady may be handicapped by the sheer occasion of this semi-final. But Brady is proving her wrong so far.

Her hitting is clean, her movement is agile and is powering back anything that Osaka throws at her. Each of her service games have finished to 30, showing how Osaka is making a dent, and Brady slaps one into the tape as we go to deuce on her serve now.

But she has no trouble getting over the line, waiting for Osaka to make her move and makes two unforced errors. We’re still serve and it’s very tense on Ashe.


Brady 3-4 Osaka

My goodness, this is breathtaking from Osaka. She is racing through these service games as if she has a dinner reservation waiting and goes 40-0 up with a cracking 110mph ace.

But Brady’s deep returns cause her just a few wobbles and she loses three points in a row – we’re going to deuce for the first time.

A first break point arrives after Osaka’s backhand slice goes long. But off a slow second serve, Brady goes too hard off the return and the chance to break disappears.

Osaka gets herself out of jail with a lovely combination, serving down the ‘T’ and whipping a backhand winner into the corner to hold. We remain on serve, but Brady will feel she should be ahead.


Brady 3-3 Osaka

For those who haven’t seen much of Brady in the tournament so far, there is a reason why she is yet to drop a set.

The 28th seed possesses a hammer of a right-hand forehand, one to rival Osaka’s, and she’s got that warmed up nicely tonight. Seven winners already!

For the third time in a row, Brady produces an ace down the ‘T’ to seal the hold. 


Brady 2-3 Osaka

Seriously impressive serving so far from Osaka – she’s currently working at a rate of 100 per cent on first serves won.

When you’re serving at such a rate, and with average deliveries of 105mph, even Brady will find it difficult to make inroads on her serve.

Five consecutive holds and a real lesson for those watching so far. This is tennis at the highest level.


Brady 2-2 Osaka

Oh dear. After such an electric start, Brady serves up her sixth double fault of the tournament and it could be costly.

The 25-year-old is 0-30 down, although she squeezes a couple of errors out of Osaka’s forehand to soften the blow.

She shrugs off that minor blip, firing a 108mph delivery out wide and following up with a handy volley from the net, before finishing with an ace. Crisis averted!


Brady 1-2 Osaka

So often you see Osaka dictate the play and try to step up the power. But Brady is one of the biggest hitters on the WTA Tour.

She drops her first point on serve after some clean hitting from the American. But this is some start from Osaka, getting her serve up to a frightening level of speed and accuracy early on.


Brady 1-1 Osaka

An unwanted distraction for Brady, who at 40-30 sees shoelace come apart on court and she manages to fix the issue.

Some players would struggle to regain their concentration. Not her – a huge 112mph ace out wide to clean up a superb service game.


Brady 0-1 Osaka

A storming start from Osaka, who takes a love hold in dominant style to get herself on the board with 90 seconds of this match starting.

No messing about early on.


The players have finished warming up and it’s Osaka who will serve first to get this first semi-final underway.


Osaka is wearing a mask with the name of Philando Castile – who was shot dead by police in 2016 – on the front tonight.

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Jennifer Brady routs Yulia Putintseva to reach semi-finals, Alexander Zverev through


Brady, whose lead-up to the US Open included a maiden WTA title at Lexington, had all facets of her game clicking early as she broke twice on the Arthur Ashe Stadium court to race to a 4-0 lead before wrapping up the first set in 34 minutes.

Putintseva, seeded 23rd, had no answer in the second set as Brady broke three times for a 5-2 lead before securing the win on her first match point when she successfully challenged a service return that sailed long.

“I was waiting for the ‘out’ call,” Brady said of the match point. “I was pretty confident that it was out but I was like I really hope it is out. I didn’t want to play another point after that to be honest.”

Brady, 25, entered her latest match having never won a set off Putintseva in their two previous career meetings, which both came before the American’s breakout season.

“Last couple of times I played her I got caught into playing her game,” said Brady. “I don’t think I’m better than her at just running and making balls so I definitely was a lot more aggressive today.”

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Up next for Brady will be the winner of another Tuesday clash between former champion Naomi Osaka, the fourth seed, and unseeded American Shelby Rogers.

Alexander Zverev, meanwhile, is into a second straight major semi-final after fighting back to beat 27th seed Borna Coric.

Coric, who beat Australia’s Jordan Thompson in the round of 16, got off to a flying start to take the first set before surrendering the next two in tie-breakers to fall 1-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-1), 6-3 to the German fifth seed.

“It’s obviously a great accomplishment but I don’t want to stop here,” Zverev, the first German to reach the semis at Flushing Meadows since Boris Becker in 1995, said on-court.

“It’s great to be in the semi-finals and unfortunately we haven’t been there in 25 years but I hope there’s going to be many more after me and I hope I can continue doing what I’m doing.”

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US Open 2020: Jennifer Brady beats Angelique Kerber to make last eight


Jennifer Brady is yet to drop a set in this year’s US Open
Venue: Flushing Meadows, New York Dates: 31 Aug-13 Sept
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American Jennifer Brady reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final by disposing of 2016 champion Angelique Kerber at the US Open.

The 25-year-old, seeded 28th, won 6-1 6-4 on Louis Armstrong Stadium at Flushing Meadows.

German 32-year-old Kerber, a three-time major champion, lost the first set in just 22 minutes and won only 35% points on her second serve throughout.

Brady faces Yulia Putintseva, who beat eighth seed Petra Martic 6-3 2-6 6-4.

Kazakhstan’s Putintseva, the 23rd seed, led 5-0 in the first set and 5-1 in the decider but was able to hold off attempted comebacks from Martic both times.

Brady, who received treatment for a leg injury in the second set, said: “It feels great, I’m so happy. I played a spectacular first set.”

Although Kerber became more competitive as the match progressed, the American held her nerve and sealed victory when the 17th seed sent a return long.



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Gisele says Bill Belichick’s treatment of Tom Brady was ‘bulls***’


Gisele Bündchen always has husband Tom Brady’s back.

In the wake of the Patriots’ 2018 Super Bowl loss to the Eagles, the supermodel allegedly joined Brady for a meeting with team owner Robert Kraft, where the topic of discussion was head coach Bill Belichick’s treatment of the franchise quarterback, as detailed in Jeff Benedict’s new book, “The Dynasty,” via NBC Sports Boston.

“She also pointed out how ridiculous it was that after all these years, Belichick still treated Brady like ‘f***ing Johnny Foxboro.’ It was bad enough to never voice approval. It was bulls*** to still be dressing down the most accomplished quarterback in league history during team meetings and treating his personal trainer and best friend like some kind of outcast.”

In the months leading up to the Bündchen-Brady summit with Kraft, cracks were already beginning to show in the quarterback’s relationship with Belichick. In late 2017, it was reported Brady’s longtime pal and trainer, Alex Guerrero, had been barred from the sideline and team charter.

According to “The Dynasty,” a meeting had also taken place between Belichick and Brady at Kraft’s home following New England’s latest Super Bowl loss.

“Hoping to facilitate some constructive dialogue, Kraft told them how important they both were to him. Belichick was diplomatic. Brady was respectful. But the distance between them was obvious.”

During Kraft’s sit-down with Bündchen, 40, and Brady, who have been married since 2009, discussions about the quarterback’s future were also brought to light.

“Kraft wasn’t surprised by their feelings toward Belichick. He hadn’t, however, expected to hear that Brady and Bündchen wanted to leave New England.”

Though speculation surrounding Brady’s future became a storyline throughout the 2018 and 2019 seasons, the former including Brady’s final Super Bowl win for the Patriots against the Los Angeles Rams, he had spoken candidly in the spring of 2018 about what it was like to play for Belichick.

“We’ve had a great relationship, a very respectful relationship for a long time. I feel like he’s the best coach in the history of the NFL,” Brady said at a conference, per ESPN. “He has a management style (with) players, and he would say, ‘Look, I’m not the easiest coach to play for.’ I agree. He’s not the easiest coach to play for.”

The Brady era in New England officially came to an end in March, when the 43-year-old quarterback agreed to a two-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He and Belichick were said to have had a phone call days before the signing that “didn’t go well.”

The Patriots have since signed veteran quarterback Cam Newton.

— New York Post



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