A look back from the final round of the 2022 British Open Golf as Cameron Smith ends a 29-year wait for an Australian to lift the claret jug trophy since Greg Norman in 1993

The 150th edition of the British Open returned to the home of golf at St. Andrews, Scotland. Sixth-ranked player in the world and Australian native Cameron Smith entered the final round with a shot at winning the championship, but clearly it was Rory McIlroy who was the favorite, entering Sunday with the lead.

After two birdies on the front nine, Smith was still in the mix, while McIlroy was merely average as his putter failed him. Smith went on a run starting the back nine with five straight birdies, and by the late in the round pulled ahead. A birdie on the 18th sealed the deal for Smith, who at –20 took down Cameron Young by a stroke and McIlroy by two.

Smith became just the fifth Australian to win the British Open, joining Peter Thomson, Kel Nagle, Greg Norman and Ian Baker-Finch and the third to win it at St. Andrews. Now ranked second in the world, the 28-year-old Smith has six PGA Tour wins and his third this season, including the Sentry Tournament of Champions and the Players Championship. While Smith is the cream of the crop from Australia, there were several others that made their mark at the British Open.

Lucas Herbert, Anthony Quayle and Adam Scott all finished tied for 15th at 10-under par. Min Woo Lee finished tied for 21st at 9-under, while Brad Kennedy and Jason Scrivener both performed admirably and finished at 4-under. Scott, at age 42, has 31 professional wins and 14 on the PGA Tour.

Herbert, Quayle, and Lee are all in their 20s and have some professional wins. It’s just a matter of time before they win some events on the PGA Tour.

Although the majors are over for 2022, there is still some great golf left on the season schedule. The 3M Open is this week, followed by the Rocket Mortgage Classic, the Wyndham Championship.

The season conclude with the FedEx Cup Playoffs, which features three events: FedEx St. Jude Classic, the BMW Championship and the Tour Championship which will be held at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Georgia August 25-28.

2022 Indy 500 Report

Kiwi driver Scott Dixon began the Indianapolis 500, which was his 20th consecutive Indy 500, from pole position for the fifth time in his career. He set the fastest pole position winning time in history in the qualifying session last weekend. Dixon last won the famous race in 2008, after starting on pole for the first time, and was looking to improve his Indy 500 pole-to-win conversion rate, which has been relatively poor by his high standards.

Team Penske’s line-up for the race featured both Australia’s Will Power, who came into the race as the Drivers’ Championship leader and started from the middle of the fourth row and New Zealand’s Scott McLaughlin, who took his first IndyCar win at the first round of the season and started the Indy 500 for just the second time. Brazilian driver Hélio Castroneves, who was looking to win the race for a record fifth time, started next to McLaughlin. The grid also included 10-time Formula One podium-sitter Romain Grosjean and seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, who were both making their Indy 500 debuts.

Dixon got a good start to the race and spent the early stages tactically trading the lead with one of his Chip Ganassi Racing teammates Alex Palou. The other Chip Ganassi Racing Driver in the field, Marcus Ericsson, had a quiet start to the race but managed to stay in and amongst the battle for the victory.

Rinus VeeKay, who was also running towards the front of the field, crashed out dramatically and became the first driver to retire from the race on the 33rd lap. British rookie Callum Illott had a big crash on the 69th lap, whilst Romain Grosjean suffered a similar accident at the same turn on the 106th lap. Alex Palou was forced to pit under a caution, which led him to receive a penalty.

Kiwi Scott McLaughlin had a big crash, which caused him to slide across the track, at turn three on the 150th lap. His fellow New Zealander Scott Dixon received a drive-through penalty that signalled the end of his challenge for the win, after speeding when making his final pit stop with just 24 laps remaining.

That meant that with just 10 laps remaining, Dixon’s Chip Ganassi Racing teammate Marcus Ericsson led the race, with Pato O’Ward in second. Ericsson looked to be cruising towards the win, with a three-second lead, before Jimmie Johnson suffered a dramatic crash that caused the race to be red-flagged with just five laps remaining. A two-lap shootout decided the race it went green again. O’Ward challenged Ericsson in the closing stages, with the Mexican driver managing to get side-by-side with the Swede, but Ericsson managed to hold on to win the Indy 500.

Ericsson, who has now won three IndyCar races, becomes just the second Swedish driver to win the race. Dixon broke the record for the most laps led at the Indy 500, but his race ended in heartbreak after a clumsy incident. The race, which awards double points in the championship, means Ericsson now leads the Drivers’ Championship, with O’Ward in second. Australia’s Will Power, who previously led the standings, finished the race in 15th. The next round of the season takes place in Detroit in just a week’s time.

Real Madrid vs Liverpool – UEFA Champions League Final

By Haider Manzar

Preview: Yesterday, May 28, the Champions League final was played between the Royal Whites of Spain and The Reds of England. This was the ninth meeting between these two teams in the UEFA Champions League and the previous competition European Cup.

Liverpool was not able to get any win against Real Madrid in their last five matches (D1 L4). This was also the third time these two European Giants were facing each other in the final of UCL (1st in 1981, 2nd in 2018).

Liverpool, after days of speculation, started Konate and Thiago. Diaz joined Salah and Mane on the front. Meanwhile, Real Madrid had 5 players from the lineup that won the 2018 UCL final.

The match was also delayed by 30 minutes due to a drama that happened outside the stadium as the fans climbed the gates and entered the stadium without tickets. The pepper spray was also sprayed on the fans which resulted in quite a drama before the final.

1st Half: The first half started and as expected from the Klopp boys, they started well. They did everything to get the lead in the early minutes. At minute 16, Salah’s shot was blocked by Belgium wall Courtois, who has been phenomenal for Real Madrid this season. 5 minutes later, another attempt by Mane was saved by Courtois.

The match kept going on at an incredible pace and just before the end of the first half, Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema scored after a mix-up by Liverpool defenders but to their great luck, the goal was ruled offside by VAR. The first half ended with Liverpool being the dominant side but the result was still 0-0.

2nd Half: The second half started and Salah was again leading the attack but his shot at the 58th minute was again denied by Madrid’s keeper. After the rebound, the second shot was blocked by Alaba’s hand but the penalty wasn’t awarded as it was unintentional and his hand couldn’t be moved away. At minute 59, the ever-hungry young gun of Real Madrid – Vinicius Jr scored the goal and gave Real Madrid the lead.

Liverpool didn’t let themselves down and their attack kept attacking at Real Madrid’s goal but what a guy Courtois is. After this Salah was again denied by Courtois two times. He blocked 9 shots from Liverpool’s attack and kept the clean sheet till the end of the match.

Result: Real Madrid won their record 14 UEFA Champions League, twice more than any other team in the competition. Real Madrid did it again just 3 years after they did the 3-peat UCL. Liverpool did everything in their power but the Klopp boys were not able to get the prestigious trophy. The main credit goes to Courtois because he was the man that kept Real Madrid in this final fully alive till the end. Real Madrid are the CHAMPIONS of Europe!

Penalty heartbreak for Rangers

By Shantanu Gupta

Rangers were beaten by Eintracht Frankfurt in the final of the Europa League in Seville on Wednesday night.

42,500 fans in the stadium and more than 100,000 fans in the city who could not get tickets for the game but were watching the match in fan parks dotted across the city, made for a raucous atmosphere from the first whistle to the last.

The Germans were the better team in the first half, and in left wing back Filip Kostić they had the most dangerous player on the pitch with his ability to get up and down the touchline and deliver teasing crosses into the box.

It was Eintracht who came closer to breaking the deadlock when Allan McGregor was forced to make an excellent save from Ansgar Knauff. Rangers had their moments but nothing seriously to trouble Kevin Trapp in the Frankfurt goal.

And it was also the Bundesliga side that started the second half much brighter, emerging with an intensity that had the Scottish team on the ropes.

But then, against the run of play, Rangers took the lead, although Frankfurt were very much the masters of their own downfall. Midfielder Djibril Sow and defender Tuta failed to deal with a bouncing ball, Tuta fell over, allowing Joe Aribo to stride forward and calmly slot the ball past Trapp.

The lead lasted 12 minutes, during which time Rangers twice survived penalty shouts against them. VAR ruled that there was not sufficient evidence to overturn the referee’s initial decision not to award a spot-kick.

When the equaliser did come, it was no surprise that the source of the goal was Kostić. He burst down the left and delivered a low cross to the near post.

Both the Rangers centre-halves were ball watching and failed to spot the run of Rafael Borré who stole in between them, and beat McGregor from close range.

Both teams pressed for a second goal, but it would not come and the match went to extra time. With players tiring in the heat – it had been 30 degrees at kick-off and not appreciably cooler later, – mistakes began to creep in on both sides, but still the game remained tied.

Still, with penalties looming, Rangers had the chance to snatch the win. Substitute Kemar Roofe, who had just come on as a substitute, got to the bye-line and pulled the ball back for Ryan Kent to side-foot the ball from close range.

Fortunately for the Germans, Trapp was able to move his feet in time, stuck out a right leg, and managed to divert the shot away from goal.

That meant that, for the second time in a matter of days, penalties were needed to decide a major final. The three spot kicks from each side were so accurately placed that neither keeper stood a chance.

However, Welsh international Aaron Ramsey, who had been introduced very late on specifically to take a spot kick, placed his effort down the middle and Trapp was able to keep it out. It was left to Borré to deliver the coup de grace, sending the Germans into raptures of delight, whilst the Rangers players slumped to the turf in dejection.

They need to pick themselves up to the Scottish Cup Final against Hearts in nine days’ time, whilst Eintracht Frankfurt can look forward to playing in the Champions League next season.

Major change at ABC with Dancing with the Stars heading off to Disney + in order to make way for Monday Night Football

The world of sports broadcasting is ever-changing. With several new platforms in Amazon Prime, Peacock, and the like all trying to get their foot in the NFL streaming door, overtaking traditional means of broadcasting from the likes of NBC and ABC.

ESPN+ has done its best to keep up with the trend and has completely revamped its commentary booth, snagging FOX Sports duo Joe Buck and Cowboys Hall of Famer Troy Aikman. Together, the pair is one of the best commentary duos of the last decade and it is a major coup for ESPN to nab the pair.

Another move that shows the power of streaming services, Dancing with the Stars, after being on ABC since 2005, will be moving to the streaming platform, Disney+. The move by the ABC was driven by the corporation’s decision to simulcast multiple games on ESPN’s Monday Night Football.

Only several games will be shown in the 8-10 pm timeslot and ABC will have one exclusive game throughout the 2022 NFL season. Dancing with the Stars was moved off the ABC to showcase the several NFL games with the corporation’s contract due to begin in 2022.

With the NFL’s broadcasting rights worth a truckload of money, every media organization is doing its best to not get left behind. The ABC is hoping to get a foothold in the industry of streaming as over the next decade or so, more and more streaming services will be wanting in on the action, with Amazon Prime thought to be the biggest player of all.

When the NFL season is in full swing, many eyeballs around the world are glued. It is one of the most-watched sports on the planet. With streaming being the “in thing” now, companies do not want to get left behind and the ABC is starting on its journey and looking to the future.

2022 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Review: Charles Leclerc too good to pull off with the win for Ferrari at Albert Park

After a long absence of 1100 days in the F1 calendar due to Covid 19 reasons, Albert Park was back in the action with much-crowded pavilions. Albert Park, Melbourne remodeled its layout by having more DRS zones for overtaking. It is a total action-filled weekend even from the pre-practice sessions & qualifying. Many drivers were unable to keep their cars on the newly remodeled track. Spectators were lucky to see a two-wheel ride from Four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel. But he was slapped with a fine from FIA for his scooter ride without permission. As same as in Bahrain & Saudi Arabia, Ferrari dominated throughout the Australian Grand Prix while increasing its lead for both the championship titles.

Finally, it was a consolatory weekend for the Mercedes F1 team & its customer teams due to much-improved performance relative to the previous two races. Charles Leclerc was in the pole position & he was followed by two red bull drivers of Max Verstappen & Sergio Perez respectively on the starting grid. During the first few laps, Leclerc was continuously threatened by Verstappen by going to a more closed wheel-to-wheel battle. This weekend was not a fortunate one for Carloz Sainz from the beginning. Sainz was 9th on the starting grid due to his poor qualifying session. He tried to charge through the midfield from the beginning, but he was dropped to P14 on lap 02 & span out resulting in to end his race in gravel. Before end his race in gravel, Sainz went through grass, losing his grip & sliding along the track to make a 3600 “mazespin”. This was safety a car session & things were difficult for Leclerc to keep his rival Verstappen at bay. Four-time world champion Vettel was the next one to visit through the gravel on lap 11 without making any major harm to his Aston Martin. Kevin Magnussen had a trip through the grass like Sainz on Lap 14 but he was capable of keeping his challenger on track without making it into the gravel. Even though he was saved on lap 11, Vettel proved he was unlucky again on lap 23 in newly remodeled Albert Park by crashing at turn 04 losing the front of his AMR 22. This was a completely unusual thing for an experienced driver like Vettel, sliding through the track when coming off the curbs & hitting on the sidewalls. Again, a full safety car session to make the track clear for racing again.

At the restart of the race, Leclerc was under huge pressure from the Verstappen, but he was unable to make use of the DRS to pass the Leclerc & he was safe. Another battle for the 3rd position between Russel & Alonso at the restart of the race proving that Renault power units are capable of challenging Mercedes power units now. But Alonso lost his position to Perez & Hamilton within the next 10 laps. Then Perez attacked Hamilton on lap 36, but it was an easy pass for Perez as Mercedes W13 has no enough pace to challenge the RB 18. Big heartbreak for Verstappen fans as he stopped the car at the side of the on lap 39 with a fire on the back of his car. Again a reliability issue for Red bull power trains as this was the second time that the Verstappen had to give up on his race after wheel to wheel racing with Leclerc for the win. In the Sakhir Grand Prix, both the RB18 were retired due to power unit issues. But later it was identified as a problem related to the Fuel pump, but there is no official statement by Red bull Powertrains regarding the issue related to Australian Grand Prix. Now Verstappen slowly losing his championship dreams as the point gap between his Rival Leclerc is 46. Ferrari is not showing any signs of reliability issues yet & it will be a very difficult task to cover this 46 point gap if no DNF for Leclerc as he is always at the front of the race if no dramas happen.

After the retirement of the Verstappen, It was a comfort zone for Leclerc & he finished the race without a challenge from any other driver. Again a championship hope is blooming for Mercedes with more improved performance relative to the previous two races. But this time hope is not for Hamilton, but for his teammate Russell. From the start of the race, Russell was the key contender for P3 having a very close battle with Perez & Alonso. But before the retirement of the reigning world champion Verstappen, he was actually P4 but Russell was capable of completing as P3 of the 2022 Australian Grand Prix with the bonus chance from the Red bull powertrain department. Even though things are not going well for the Mercedes W13 yet, George Russell is enjoying optimum results from his car by becoming the main rival for Leclerc now. He is occupying the second position in the driver’s championship with 37 points. If Mercedes is capable of solving issues in its W13, now there is hope for both the drivers’ & constructors’ championship as they are occupying second place with a totally pace reduced car compared to their rival teams. Minister of Defense, Sergio Perez defended & reduced the harm to the red bull team after the retirement of his teammate by finishing the race P2.

All eyes on the Australian during the 2022 Australian Grand Prix on their countryman Daniel Riccardo. Things went very well for honey badger & his McLaren team during this race after two very disappointing races at the beginning of the 2022 F1 season. This time, it is a point-scoring race for both the McLaren drivers by having P5 & P6 finish for Norris & homecoming teammate Riccardo respectively. Alpine driver, Ocon had a P7 finish in this race, but Alonso was very unlucky to finish as P17 even after fighting for P3 during the midway through the race. Spaniard cooked his tyres until lap 58 and fell down the order, Pitting for mediums with four laps left. This was the main cause of his poor performance during this race. Williams man, Alexander Albon was capable of scoring the first point for Williams by having a P10 finish, but Latifi was P16 as there were three DNF during this 2022 Australian Grand Prix.

Ahead of Albon, Pierre Gasly finished the race as P9 as the usual point-scoring man for Alpha Tauri & nothing from his teammate, Yuki Tsunoda after having P15 finish. White Ferrari, Haas showed poor performance during this weekend by having a non-scoring finish for both of their drivers. Kevin Magnussen was a key driver in mid-field during Bahrain & Saudi Arabia Grand Prix., but he was unable to make it into Q2 even during the qualification round. Haas will have to do many upgrades before the next race to remain in the front of the midfield.

After making 103 direct qualifications into Q3 by Valtteri Bottas, he lost that streak during the 2022 Australian Grand Prix which was started in 2017 on the same track. But he was capable of finishing as P8. But no considerable performance from his Alfa Romeo teammate Guanyu Zhou by only having P11 finish. Aston Martin man, Lance Stroll finished P12 without scoring & it was again a non- scoring race for the Aston Martin team as Vettel was crashed into sidewalls. Final drivers standing for the 2022 Australian Grand Prix as follows;

PosDriverTeamGapStops
1Charles LeclercFerrari58 laps- 1:27:46.548s1
2Sergio PerezRed Bull+20.524s1
3George RussellMercedes+25.593s1
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes+28.543s1
5Lando NorrisMcLaren+53.503s1
6Daniel RicciardoMcLaren+53.737s1
7Esteban OconAlpine+61.683s1
8Valtteri BottasAlfa Romeo+68.439s1
9Pierre GaslyAlpha Tauri+76.221s1
10Alexander AlbonWilliams+79.382s1
11Guanyu ZhouAlfa Romeo+81.6951
12Lance StrollAston Martin+88.598s3
13Mick SchumacherHaas+ 1 lap1
14Kevin MagnussenHaas+ 1 lap1
15Yuki TsunodaAlpha Tauri+ 1 lap1
16Nicholas LatifiWilliams+ 1 lap2
17Fernando AlonsoAlpine+ 1 lap2
18Max VerstappenRed BullDNF1
19Sebastian VettelAston MartinDNF0
20Carlos SainzFerrariDNF0

Scottie Scheffler holds on to Masters lead to secure his first Major championship

Scottie Scheffler holds on to Masters lead to secure his first Major championship

Scottie Scheffler showed ice cold consistency on the final day of The Masters to win his first green jacket – proving just why he’s world No.1.

The American started the day on 10- under, three shots ahead of Australia’s Cameron Smith. It was the Queenslander who got off to a promising start with a pair of birdies on the first two holes. But after sinking a spectacular chip on the third, Scheffler never really looked back.

There was a hint of a rally when Smith birdied the 11th. But a score of six on the par three 12th effectively ended his chances. In the end he was overtaken by Rory McIlroy, himself chasing a Grand Slam of Major victories. The Northern Irishman hit an astonishing round of 64, his magical bunker shot on the 18th one of the day’s highlights.

The day, though, belonged to Scheffler, whose final round of 71 – including four birdies – was pure class.

Smith finished third on 5- under, tied with Ireland’s Shane Lowry. America’s Colin Morikawa finished fourth on 4- under.

Elsewhere, Australia’s Min Woo Lee ended the weekend 14th; Marc Leishman finished 31; Cameron Davis 46th. Adam Scott, the 2013 Masters champion, tied 48th.

Tiger Woods, who dominated so many of this week’s headlines, finished on 13- over. Not quite the fairytale comeback fans hoped for, but the fact the five-time champion completed 72 holes was remarkable; just 14 months ago he underwent extensive emergency surgery to save his right leg following a car accident.

Masters 2022 Preview

Although the golf season has been in full swing for months, for many fans, the Masters is the official start of the golf season. After all, it is the first major championship in the calendar year and a “tradition like no other.” One cannot think of the Masters without fondly recalling 1986 when Jack Nicklaus stormed from behind on the back nine on the final day to win his 6th Masters at the age of 46. Similarly, people vividly remember Tiger Woods’ first triumph in 1997 and his unexpected win in 2019.

Last year, Justin Rose jumped to the early lead in the Masters with an opening round of 65. However, he failed to break par in any of the next three rounds and finished 7th. A third round of 65 by Hideki Matsuyama put him in great position and despite a final round of 73, walked away with his first major and first Japanese-born player to win the Masters. Will Zalatoris finished a shot back at nine-under par.

Taking a look at this year’s field and there are numerous big names are set to tee it up, including the likes of past champions Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth, Adam Scott. There is even a remote chance that Woods himself tees it up.

Oddly enough, Matsuyama is a longshot to defend at 28-to-1 odds and Zalatoris is at 35-to-1, so expect a different top end of the leaderboard this time around.

One of the hottest players on the PGA Tour and one to watch is Cameron Smith, who has two wins this season and is ranked sixth in the world. Despite being arguably the hottest player currently on the PGA Tour, Smith’s odds of winning at 16-1 are behind Jon Rahm (9-1), Jordan Spieth, Collin Morikawa, and Justin Thomas (12-1), and Rory McIlroy at 14-1. For McIlroy, a win would complete the much-coveted grand slam. However, the Masters has been a very difficult challenge for the 32-year-old, who has finished outside the top 20 in two of his last three starts at Augusta, including a missed cut last year.

Don’t be surprised if 24-year-old Viktor Hovland makes a run at the championship. He has a win and four top-ten finishes on the PGA Tour this season. Ranked 4th in the Official World Golf Ranking, Hovland has been in the top ten in three of his last five starts.

Other players who could seriously contend for the Masters title this year include Brooks Koepka, Scottie Sheffler, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, and Bryson DeChambeau.

The Augusta National course the players will face is different from past years. Changes to the first hole of “amen corner” at number 11 and the 15th will add 35 yards to the course, increasing the distance to a record 7510 yards. The dogleg on the 11th hole is slightly diminished and some trees were removed from the right side of the fairway.

In addition, there are new greens on the 3rd, 13th, and 17th holes. The 11th hole has a wider fairway giving players a nice chance of reaching the green even on balls missed to the right. Despite that fact, the trouble around the green is increased, so an already difficult hole could play even tougher this year. The dogleg left on the 13th hole that gives the big bombers a chance to cut the corner, we expected to change but has remained intact. However, a change to the length of this hole is likely to occur for future Masters tournaments.

In the end, the only real changes this year’s players must be concerned about are those to the three greens mentioned and to the 11th and 15th holes. Augusta National is difficult enough without any major changes.

It’s time to sit back and enjoy perhaps first major championship of the PGA season!

The next best Australian Tennis stars to watch following the retirement from Ash Barty

Ashleigh Barty, a three-time Grand Slam champion, has announced her retirement from tennis. Barty, the No. 1 ranked women’s player got her country most of its major tournament, made it known publicly on Wednesday that she was leaving tennis for other pursuits. This will be the third time that Barty has stepped away from professional tennis but this is her first time of announcing her retirement. But her sudden retirement announcement coming after her triumph Melbourne, is a decision she has considered a lot. She has spent 113 weeks altogether at No. 1 putting her seventh on the career list. Barty happen to be the first women’s player to retire while on top of the single rankings since the Belgian star Justine Henin suddenly announced her retirement in May 2008.

Presently, and probably for eternity, Barty has ended her career $23.8 million prize money plus 15 career singles titles, including three at Grand Slam tournaments. In 2019, she won the French Open, in 2021 she won Wimbledon, and Australia Open this year, which means that she has won major singles titles on all three of tennis’ primary surfaces (clay, grass and hard court). Her triumph in the Australia Open gave her a great ending. She withdrew from the BNP Paribas Open making her Melbourne triumph her last match.

To conclude with, her unexpected retirement is obviously a blow to the sport. Barty is extremely popular in Australia with her humble personality. She is also a very important figure of Indigenous Austrailan descent.

After Barty’s retirement, there are few Aussie women’s players to watch: There are just two Australian women sitting in the world’s top 100 and they are Ajla Tomljanovic and Astra Sharma.

Ajla Tomljanovic has recorded eight singles wins in her career best Grand Slam season. She reached the Wimbledon quarter finals and US open third round. Ajla played a major role in the Fed Cup final in November 2019, making her first win for the country.

Astra Sharma won her first WTA singles title in April. She won her second WTA doubles title in Guadalajara. She was named twice in the Fed Cup team in 2019.

A 19 year old Olivier Gadecki. She is one of the fastest risers on the WTA the previous year. She moved from no ranking to mid-200s.

Charlotte Kempenaers and Tayla Preston are the two highest ranked juniors at the moment. They are both ranked in the top 40 – 50 in the world. Both of them will be competing at the upcoming junior grand slams.

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At 23, Alex de Minaur is one of Australia’s brilliant tennis prospect. He has continued to arise heads and he is still a player to keep close eye on moving forward.

De Minaur will be in action at the Miami Open on the 29th of March to face Stefanos Tsitsipas in the round of 32. Alex De Minaur has kept Australia’s hopes alive with a victory in the Davis Cup qualifier over Marton Fucsovics. In a relentless display, De Manaur defeated Fusovic, who is is ranked No. 35 in the world and 5 places below De Minaur.

James Duckworth is an Australia professional tennis player. He has a high rank in Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) singles ranking of the world No. 47 who he achieved on November 8 2021 and No. 185 doubles achieved on February 10 2020. Duckworth has won three titles and reached the semifinals of the 2010 French Open.

Thanasi Kokkinakis has made another chapter in his stunning 2022 comeback story with a victory over Hungary in the Davis Cup qualifier. It was his first match win in the world team event since 2015. That was the last time he represented Australia against Great Britain in the World Group semifinals.

Reflecting NFL’s big changes last week involving the return of Tom Brady & the change of broadcast teams over at FOX & ESPN/ABC

By Ryan Shah, 4th Down Report

For 41 days, the NFL thought it was safe. People were trying to accept the fact that Tom Brady was retired, trying to live with the fact that they wouldn’t see Brady dominate on their screens next season.

Saints, Falcons, and Panthers fans rejoiced and retained hope for the next season. But at the end of those 41 days, Tom opened up Twitter and let us all know that he’d be back. “I’ve realized my place is still on the field” he said, “I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa.” The news spurred many different reactions from fans and players. Unsurprised, relieved, amused.

The only player not on the Bucs that was happy Tom Brady unretired was Jalen Ramsey. He tweeted, “THANK YOU! Throw that last touchdown on somebody else” of course referring to the NFC divisional round in which Tom Brady launched his “final” touchdown to Mike Evans late in the game, with Ramsey in coverage.

This past offseason has been crazy in terms of quarterbacks moving to new places. So many teams are QB needy, and the Bucs were one of them. With Tom Brady returning to the Bucs, that leaves one less hole to fill, making free agency a little less hectic. Because Tom Brady is back, many Bucs players have shown interest in returning to the team. Even Gronk, who was also expected to retire, is now expected to come back for another season to join Brady. The league was shaken up when Brady retired, and shaken once more when he returned.

Was Brady just playing around when he retired, knowing he’d be back? Or did he really spend time with his family for 40 days and say, forget this, I’m going back to doing what I love? Maybe he’ll let us be privy to that information when he retires for real. COVID has had a larger impact on the finances of the league than many people think. Because stadiums were closed, ticket and concession sales were nearly 0. The NFL revenue was low because of this, meaning the salary cap was also low. With ever-increasing contracts, teams were drowning with no financial breathing room. The league became desperate for new revenue streams to save the league.

One way to get revenue was through new TV deals. Broadcasting NFL games on new networks allows for the league to get paid more, by a greater number of networks. Amazon was a great example of this. Thursday night football is soon to be exclusively on Amazon Prime, something that Amazon is paying the NFL 1 billion dollars a year to do.

One huge thing that happened was Troy Aikman leaving FOX for ESPN. Aikman, who is especially well known in recent years for always being on Fox on Sundays, is leaving to join Peyton and Eli at ESPN. Joe Buck, his long time partner, soon followed him to ESPN. Other well known FOX TV personality Erin Andrews got emotional talking about the two leaving, saying “they became [her] family”. Many people are waiting to hear who the next big broadcasters for FOX will be. Kevin Burkhardt seems to be one of the favorites for the new job. Others want to see Gus Johnson and Aquib Talib take over as the main guys for FOX. Many candidates, but large shoes to fill.

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The NFL has also made deals with ABC again. ABC has been added back into the Super Bowl rotation, as they’ll air the 2027 and 2031 Super Bowls. They will also air one Monday Night Football game as a part of a Monday night doubleheader next year. In 2023, that number is set to rise from 1 to 3. The NFL seems to be slowly working ABC back into the mix as an experiment of sorts, seeing how viewership will change with ABC.

Will ABC eventually become as big to the NFL as FOX is? Will Erin Andrews leave FOX to join Aikman and Buck at ESPN? Will Tom Brady still be playing football at the age of 100? Only time will tell.