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There is a strange cacophony outside the offices of i in Manhattan today. Beyond the whistling of the -10 degree wind through the ill-fitting windows, there is the non-stop beep-beep of countless construction vehicles warning Times Square pedestrians to watch out.

Robert Griffin III played on last week with a serious knee injury

American Football: Robert Griffin III falls foul of the macho culture infecting the NFL

Injury to promising Redskins quarterback even raises questions in the White House

Video: Kickass 9-year-old girl takes American football by storm

A 9-year-old girl from Salt Lake City has become an internet star after footage of her stunning season in a local pee wee American football team went viral, bodychecking all number of macho stereotypes in the process.

Olympic Stadium to remain shut until 2015

The Olympic Stadium will not reopen until August 2015 at the earliest, it was revealed today.

Brady and his Patriots getting well-aquainted with Wembley

The annual invasion of linebackers and cheerleaders is as popular as ever. And, Nick Szczepanik writes, there will be even more next year
St.Louis Rams run out on the field prior to the NFL International Series match against the New England Patriots

American Football: If it's late October... it must be NFL at Wembley

Another sell-out spectacular shows gridiron is here to stay – and expand, says Nick Szczepanik

American Football at Wembley and other sports in strange places

This weekend, the NFL comes to London for the sixth year running as Wembley hosts the St Louis Rams and New England Patriots.

Drinks are on you: Olley Barkley's Bath team-mates say farewell

American Football: NFL's referee crisis resolved with new deal

America's latest existential crisis is over.

Referees disagree and Seattle are wrongly awarded a touchdown

Nickel-and-dime pay row that turned a $9bn sport into a world laughing stock

As top referees are locked out in a pensions dispute with team owners, their unqualified replacements are wrecking games with comically incorrect calls, writes Rupert Cornwell

Referees disagree and Seattle are wrongly awarded a touchdown

NFL: Nickel-and-dime pay row turns a $9bn sport into a laughing stock

Top referees are locked out and replacements are wrecking games with comically incorrect calls

RFU outline plans to help combat concussion

English rugby's top doctor believes it is unlikely the sport will in the future face a large American football-style lawsuit over concussion.

Sex abuse college loses its victories

The governing body of US college sports took unprecedented action against Penn State University's revered football programme yesterday in response to a child sex abuse scandal, fining the school $60m (£39m) and voiding the team's victories for the past 14 seasons.

Alabama shooting suspect Desmonte Leonard surrenders

A man accused of killing three people at a party near a US university turned himself after a three-day manhunt that included a tense but fruitless search of a home by police tactical units.

Junior Seau, who retired in 2010, shot himself in May. Several other former players have committed suicide

American Football: Former gridiron stars sue over claims NFL concealed dangers of powerful painkiller

The $9bn National Football League, flagship of America's richest and most popular sport, is facing an avalanche of lawsuits from former players over concussions and head injuries – an issue that poses a growing threat to the long-term survival of the game in its present form.

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Junior Seau: American footballer beset by inner demons

The news that Junior Seau, for 20 seasons a star linebacker in the National Football League, had killed himself at the age of 42 with a gunshot to the chest, shocked America. Few played the game with such high-energy enthusiasm, and few played it with such physicality for so long.

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