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Sport in brief: January 17, 2022

MEN’S TENNIS: Cameron Norrie was left searching for answers after a dispiriting loss to Sebastian Korda in the first round of the Australian Open.

The young American is one of the game’s up-and-coming stars and this was a very tricky draw for the British number one, but a 6-3 6-0 6-4 scoreline left no room for finding the positives.

“I think that’s maybe my worst match in the last eight months or so,” said the 12th seed.

OLYMPICS: Limited spectators will be allowed at next month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, the International Olympic Committee has announced.

Tickets will not be sold to the general public but “groups of spectators” will be present provided they adhere to the country’s strict coronavirus measures.

Effectively this means they will be selected to enter the so-called “closed loop” system which will keep all Games personnel sealed off from Chinese society for the duration of the Games.

NFL: Tom Brady shone as his quest for an eighth Super Bowl title continued with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers easing into week two of the play-offs courtesy of a routine victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

The reigning NFL champions made light work of the challenge ahead of them, running out 31-15 winners in the wildcard round.

The 44-year-old has seven Super Bowl rings in his collection and will be aiming to fill yet another finger.

MEN’S FOOTBALL: Declan Rice has urged West Ham to stay positive despite seeing their winning run come to an end against Leeds.

The Hammers remain in fourth place even though they slipped to a 3-2 defeat at home to the Whites.

David Moyes’ side had won their previous four matches in all competitions and face a trip to Manchester United next weekend.

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