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Bradley Beal. Photo: Ned Dishman/NBAE via Getty Images

USA Basketball announced Thursday that Bradley Beal will miss the Tokyo Olympics after being placed under coronavirus health and safety protocols.

Why it matters: Though the team has time to replace Beal, it's not necessarily an easy task. The Olympic players have been conditioning for the games and working on team building, complicating the search for a last-minute addition, according to the Washington Post.

  • “ [I]f somebody's coming in kind of blind and if they're out of shape, you're not sure how much they can help,” Coach Gregg Popovich said, per the Post. “It's going to take a certain individual that we think can pick it all up quickly.”
  • Team USA is scheduled to travel to Tokyo on Monday.

The big picture: Beal entered health and safety protocols Wednesday at a training camp in Las Vegas.

  • USA Basketball also confirmed that teammate Jerami Grant has also been placed under coronavirus safety protocols "out of an abundance of caution," though he has not tested positive for COVID-19, according to The Athletic.
  • Popovich "expressed optimism" that Grant would be able to remain on the team, ESPN reports.

Of note: ESPN reported Thursday that the team's Friday exhibition game against Australia might be cancelled.

  • "Our goal overall is we're trying to get everybody safely to Tokyo and at the same time prepare a basketball team to be successful," Popovich said, per ESPN.

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Brazil's health minister tests positive for COVID during UN summit in N.Y.

President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro (L) and Health Minister Marcelo Queiroga in Brasilia, Brazil, in May. Photo: Andressa Anholete/Getty Images

Brazil's Health Minister Marcelo Queirog has tested positive for COVID-19 while in New York City for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), he confirmed Tuesday night.

Why it matters: Hours earlier, Queirog had accompanied Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro to the UNGA. The Biden administration expressed concern last week that the gathering of world leaders could become a coronavirus "superspreader event."

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Trump sues New York Times and his niece over tax report

Former President Trump hosting a boxing match in Hollywood, Florida on Sept. 11. Photo: Chandan Khanna/AFP via Getty Images

Former President Trump filed a $100 million lawsuit against the New York Times and his niece Mary Trump on Tuesday over the news outlet's 2018 reporting on his tax records, the Daily Beast first reported.

Details: The suit, filed in New York's Dutchess County, alleges NYT journalists "engaged in an insidious plot to obtain confidential and highly-sensitive records" and that they "convinced" Mary Trump to "smuggle records out of her attorney's office and turn them over to The Times."