Sports News Summary: Miami Open to allow limited number of fans; Crowds are returning for the Australian Open starting Thursday and beyond

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Brady wins the all-American duel to reach the semifinals

Jennifer Brady struggled through her frustrations to overtake girlfriend and US teammate Jessica Pegula 4: 6: 6: 2: 6: 1 and reach her first semifinal of the Australian Open on Wednesday. Brady, the 22nd Seed, was a picture of fear at the start of the clash on a crushing day at Rod Laver Arena, but gradually chose her power play before crushing Pegula in the last set.

Nets sign defensive magician Andre Roberson

The Brooklyn Nets signed defensive specialist Andre Roberson on Tuesday. The former Oklahoma City swingman has played in seven games since contracting a torn patellar tendon in January 2018. In those games last season he came off the bench for Thunder.

Miami Open to allow a limited number of fans

The Miami Open expects 750 fans per session on the premises for this year’s tournament, and spectators can watch the games on the showcase area, the organizers announced on Tuesday. The showcase matches take place in the grandstand with 5,000 seats. However, due to the COVID-19 protocols, seating is limited to 15 percent.

Reports: Pirates sign Tyler Anderson starter mug

The Pittsburgh Pirates signed a one-year deal with starting pitcher Tyler Anderson to bolster their rotation, multiple outlets reported Tuesday. The deal is reportedly valued at $ 2.5 million.

Crowds are returning for the Australian Open starting Thursday

The Australian Open can open its gates to fans for the final four days of the tournament after the state of Victoria announced that the coronavirus lockdown will be lifted at midnight on Wednesday. Victoria Prime Minister Dan Andrews announced the lifting of the lockdown but said the amount allowed into Melbourne Park for the semifinals and Grand Slam finals could be reduced from the originally agreed 25,000 per day.

No Ash Wednesday celebration as Barty’s offer ends in quarters

Ash Barty’s dream of becoming the first domestic Australian Open champion since 1978 was shattered on Wednesday after an extraordinary 1: 6: 6: 3: 6: 2 quarter-final defeat by Karolina Muchova. The Czech was a player who transformed after a medical break when she felt dizzy in the Melbourne heat and secured a spot in her first Grand Slam semi-final.

Olympic Games: The demand for the 2022 Winter Games to be moved to Beijing is growing

With the Beijing Winter Games less than a year away, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) are closely investigating human rights violations in China, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday as a call to postpone the 2022 Games to grow. “With regard to the Olympics, we continue to be very, very vocal about human rights around the world and calling for human rights abuses, as I have done in the past directly with the Chinese leadership, among others,” Trudeau told Reporter during his daily Press conference.

Dolphins sign K Jason Sanders until 2026

The Miami Dolphins have rewarded kicker Jason Sanders for an all-pro season by signing him through 2026. The contract is a five-year extension worth $ 22 million, with a $ 10 million guarantee, several media reported.

Djokovic displaces Zverev to reach the semi-finals

The reigning champion Novak Djokovic overcame some drops in form, beat Alexander Zverev 6: 7 (6), 6: 2, 6: 4, 7: 6 (6) and booked his place in the semi-finals of the Australian Open on Tuesday. The Serbian world number 1 struck back sharply after losing a tight opening set in a tie, but fell behind in both sets of three and four before turning around.

Report: JJ Watt is seriously considering joining Browns

Three-time Defensive Player of the Year JJ Watt is said to have “seriously considered” bringing his talents to the Cleveland Browns as teams and players use the full court press to serve the defensive end in 2021. Watt and the Houston Texans agreed to part ways late last week. Watt asked for his release and got it after 10 seasons with the club.