American Football: Galaxy douse Fire to win World Bowl

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Frankfurt Galaxy were crowned World Bowl champions after a crushing 35-16 victory over Rhein Fire in National Football League Europe's annual showpiece in front of 28,123 fans at Hampden Park on Saturday.

It was Frankfurt's third World Bowl - a record - while Fire lost the championship game for the second straight season. Fire were out-thought and out-fought by their German rivals and managed only one touchdown against a fierce defense.

Galaxy started the scoring with a four-point field goal, kicks greater than 50 yards earn an extra point in this league, and dominated the first half, leading at 25-6 at half time and never looked like relinquishing their advantage.

Jonas Lewis rushed for a World Bowl record 126 yards and a touchdown to earn the Most Valuable Player award. Lewis spent two years with the San Francisco 49ers, but was waived before the start of the 2002 season. "NFL Europe let me showcase my talent and show that I can still play football," he said. "And it gave me a chance to show that I can play in a big-time atmosphere.

"The league is all about guys like me getting a second chance. Now that we've won a championship, I'll see what the future holds."