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Sport in brief: Newton fills Brady’s shoes as Patriots start with a win

Rush to impress: Newton PICTURE: AP

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Cam Newton proved there is life after Tom Brady in New England with two rushing touchdowns on debut as the Patriots beat the Miami Dolphins 21-11. In their first game since six-time Super Bowl winner Brady, 43, left for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Newton rushed for 75 yards and two scores, and also threw for 155 yards, with 16 completions from 19 attempts. Brady tossed two touchdowns but also two interceptions — one returned for a touchdown — as the Bucs lost 34-23 at the New Orleans Saints.

Horsfield out of US Open after positive Covid test

GOLF; Sam Horsfield is the latest player to have been ruled out of this week’s US Open after testing positive for Covid. The 24-year-old Englishman tested negative in a pre-arrival test last week but then tested positive after arriving in New York for the tournament. American Scottie Scheffler, 24, has also withdrawn after testing positive. Horsfield and Scheffler, who are both asymptomatic, have been replaced by Rory Sabbatini and Branden Grace. Grace missed last month’s US PGA after his own positive coronavirus test.

Stage set for British riders after Yates secures victory

Tri-umphant: Yates celebrates with his trophy yesterday after winning the ‘Race of the Two Seas’ PICTURE: AP

CYCLING: Simon Yates secured overall victory at the prestigious Tirreno-Adriatico stage race as Geraint Thomas moved up to second place in the closing time trial. In a further boost to British hopes ahead of next month’s Giro d’Italia, Deceuninck-QuickStep’s James Knox was seventh in the eight-stage race. Thomas’ form revives the debate as to whether the Ineos Grenadiers should have taken him to the Tour de France after Egan Bernal’s collapse on Sunday but his focus is now on the Italian Grand Tour from October 3.

Woolford’s Giants exit confirmed

RUGBY LEAGUE: Coach Simon Woolford will leave Huddersfield Giants at the end of the season. The 45-year-old Australian, who took charge in 2018, had hinted recently the current Super League campaign was likely to be his last with the Giants. Woolford has been linked with an assistant coach’s role with NRL side Penrith.

Olympia horse show reined in

EQUESTRIAN: The Olympia horse show, which was scheduled to take place in December, has been cancelled. Organisers said that it was not possible to stage the event ‘given social distancing guidelines and Covid-19 safety requirements.’