American Football: Steelers sunk by O'Donnell

NEIL O'DONNELL might be advised to steer clear of Pittsburgh for the foreseeable future. The Cincinnati Bengals quarterback led his side to an upset over his former team, the Steelers, scoring a touchdown with 20 seconds remaining to give the Bengals an unexpected 25-20 victory.

American Football: Buffalo charge over the 49ers

ONLY ONE team in the history of the sport has ever managed to avoid defeat throughout an entire season, and the unique achievements of the 1972 Miami Dolphins is unlikely to be challenged in 1998.

Handpicked to be a wise guy

Vincent Gallo, what a chap. Bolshy victim of an alienated childhood, yes. But narcissistic control freak? Never! By Liese Spencer

American football: New boys taught another lesson

LESS THAN a month ago, they were full of high hopes. Today, however, Peyton Manning and Ryan Leaf are painfully aware of how difficult life can be for young quarterbacks in the National Football League.

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American Football: Durable Elway seals victory

LESS THAN eight months after leading the Denver Broncos to a Super Bowl victory, Terrell Davis and John Elway were at it again on Monday night as they helped the defending champions to their 11th consecutive win over the New England Patriots, 27-21.

American Football: Hearst's record run seals 49ers' triumph

GARRISON HEARST opened the new American football season with a bang, breaking free for a spectacular 96-yard run in overtime to give the San Francisco 49ers a season-opening 36-30 inter-conference victory over the New York Jets.

AMERICAN FOOTBALL: Time up for old guard as gridiron enters new era

EARLIER THIS year, the National Football League concluded what is thought to be the biggest television deal in the history of sport, an eight-year contract worth slightly over $16bn (pounds 9.9bn). The gridiron game may have its problems on the international front, as evidenced by the closure in June of the England Monarchs, but at home, American football remains a national obsession.

Dolphins at play in LA Bay

Baja California is a rugged sliver of bare mountains and empty beaches. Michael Hanlon hit the highway south with one eye on the blossoming cacti, the other on the potholes, and found a little paradise in the desert

American football: Steelers reinforced by Bettis

The Pittsburgh Steelers stand in the way of the New England Patriots' possible return to the Super Bowl today when the two teams meet at Three Rivers Stadium in the American Football Conference play-offs.

American football: Defense the key for Bucs and Patriots

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New England Patriots shut down their opponents' most dangerous offensive players on Sunday to emerge victorious in their respective NFL play-off wild card games.

American Football: Vikings and Lions celebrate

The Minnesota Vikings survived a tough battle against the revitalised Indianapolis Colts on Sunday and Detroit beat the New York Jets to decide the four remaining places in the NFL play-offs.

American Football: Cowboys' era ends as Jets buck trend

The Jacksonville Jaguars went in through the front door and Tampa Bay went in through the back - but two more teams missed their chance to clinch places in the NFL play-offs at the weekend. And, in a remarkable turnaround from the recent past, the Dallas Cowboys are out and the New York Jets are still in.

American Football: Giants back in the big time

The New York Giants clinched their first NFC East title in seven years thanks to a 30-10 victory over the Washington Redskins on Saturday.
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