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Velez Sarsfield win Argentine league title

Velez Sarsfield won their eighth Argentine title yesterday with a match to spare when they beat Huracan 2-0 away on the season's penultimate weekend

Lionel Messi turns attention to Copa America

Lionel Messi set his sights on the Copa America today after another glorious season with Barcelona to whom he pledged his future.

Ruck and Maul: A knight to remember if Woodward lands top RFU job

The Rugby Football Union – patron HM The Queen, vice-patron Prince Harry – take pride in having friends in high places.

Joe 'The Jet' Perry: Fast and powerful full-back who became one of American football's first black stars

Joe "The Jet" Perry was one of the greatest runners of post-war American football, and one of its first black stars.

Super Bowl winner gives his insight to the NFL draft

ESPN America’s Michael Kim speaks with Super Bowl-winning coach Jon Gruden about the upcoming NFL draft.

Manchester United fans demand ticket price cut

Manchester United supporters want the club's co-chairman Joel Glazer to match the ticket price reductions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

American Football: Buccaneers to make Wembley return

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers will host the Chicago Bears at Wembley Stadium in October if the NFL season goes ahead despite a labour dispute.

Japan perform u-turn to play in Copa America

Japan will take take part in this year's Copa America, Japan Football Association (JFA) general secretary Kozo Tashima said today.

Spain turn down Copa America invitation

World and European champions Spain have turned down an invitation to play in this year's Copa America due to their busy timetable, the Spanish soccer federation (RFEF) said today.

James Lawton: Our game must look to NFL to finally do right by black managers

The National Football League, with more than three-quarters of its players black, can point out that 22 per cent of its head coaches are from 'ethnic minorities', up from six per cent in 2003

Portfolio: Mitch Epstein

Power corrupts in the heartlands

American Football: Strike looms in dispute over NFL's £9bn spoils

Gridiron is booming, but a row between players and owners threatens the unthinkable

Referee brandishes 36 red cards in one match

A referee has set a record by showing 36 red cards in a single game, dismissing all the players, substitutes and coaches.

Tragic NFL star's last wish could shed new light on game's risks

Mired in financial and personal problems, the two-time Superbowl champion Dave Duerson turned his gun on himself in his Miami apartment last week in a suicide that, as well as a heartbreaking personal tragedy, has become another sign of a developing crisis in American football.

Sport on TV: Kay's opinion of himself is so high that he can't touch down

Vernon Kay reckons that if he had gone to high school in the States, he might have played American football in the NFL. "I feel like I missed an opportunity," he said on Vernon Kay – Under Pressure (ITV2, Wednesday). The Americans probably don't share that notion, but they ended up being lumped with him anyway as host of Skating With The Stars. At least a professional sportsman's career only lasts 10 to 15 years. The Yanks have a few decades of Family Fortunes to look forward to yet.

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