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Dominic Thiem will miss U.S. Open, rest of 2021 ATP season because of wrist injury

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Another day, another long-term injury to a prominent tennis star.

Austria’s Dominic Thiem confirms that he will not be able to participate in the upcoming U.S. Open beginning on August 30th due to a nagging wrist injury. To make matters worse, it is highly expected the ailment will keep him sidelined for the remainder of the tennis season.

“The past six months, I’ve been following the medical advice, wearing the wrist splint, doing exercise to stay in shape… but then last week I hit a ball during training and started to feel some pain again,” said Thiem.

“After some tests, they said my wrist needs more time, so we’ve all agreed on being conservative and to give my wrist some time to recover… It has been a tough decision but I know this is what I have to do.”

The 27-year old, who is currently 6th in ATP rankings, had won last year’s U.S. Open and was looking forward to defending his title.

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NFL coming to Germany?

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The NFL looks poised to expand their reach in the European market beyond the United Kingdom.

The league announced that a German city will host an NFL regular season game in the near future. They are hoping for next season, but 2023 remains a more realistic goal due to scheduling conflicts that result from the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

The biding war to host an NFL contest is down to three German cities; Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich.

“After an initial period in which expressions of interest were received from multiple cities, Dusseldorf, Frankfurt and Munich have been invited to proceed to the `candidate phase’ of the process,” the league said in a statement. “Those cities will now participate in deeper conversations about staging games in Germany.” said the NFL in the statement.

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Nets GM felt he had “no choice” but to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he is fully vaccinated

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The Brooklyn Nets have championship aspirations this season and certainly didn’t want to start off the 2021/22 campaign this way. But Kyrie Irving’s vaccine stubbornness has forced their hand.

Nets GM Sean Marks recently spoke to the media about the controversial decision to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he gets fully vaccinated. He admitted it was a tough decision, but clearly has no regrets with how he handled it.

“He has a choice to make, and he made his choice.” said Marks.

“Again, my job here is to make what we deem as the best decision and best choices for the organization moving ahead as a whole. They’re not always ones that are going to be met with open arms and a thumbs-up. These are hard decisions. Just like I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Kyrie either to have to make that [decision] to not be around his teammates.”

The Nets will open their season presumably without Irving when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks next Tuesday.

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Avalanche star Nathan McKinnon will miss season opener after testing positive for COVID-19

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The Colorado Avalanche will be without a key player to open the season.

The team announced that All-Star forward Nathan MacKinnon will be out for tonight’s season opener against the Chicago Blackhawks after testing positive for the coronavirus.

Avalanche GM Joe Sakic says MacKinnon is asymptomatic and resting at home until the virus leaves his system.

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