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Battered New Orleans welcomes back the Super Bowl and two teams who have their own stories to tell

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American football: Controversial Ray Lewis seeks to bow out as Super Bowl XLVII champion

Quit at the top, they say. But in sport, it's the hardest thing. Bobby Jones did it. So did Rocky Marciano, while in 1973 Jackie Stewart retired from Formula One, having won his third drivers' championship, and in 2002 Pete Sampras bowed out as US Open champion. But who else? Now Ray Lewis has a chance to do likewise.

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Culliver was talking in the build-up to this weekend's showpiece event

Running back Frank Gore #21 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates with head coach Jim Harbaugh

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Brothers Jim and John will make history when they lead out respective teams at the Super Bowl

Manti Te'o broke American hearts with the sad story of how his girlfriend died - but it turns out she never existed

American Football: The linebacker and the fantasy girl

One of the brightest young talents in American sport, Manti Te'o broke fans' hearts with the sad tale of his girlfriend's death. There's one problem: she never really existed

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American football: Colin Kaepernick is king as San Francisco 49ers shine on NFL's weekend of wonders

San Francisco have quarterback to thank while Atlanta succeed in dying seconds

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

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau suffered from chronic traumatic encephalopathy

American Football: Junior Seau suffered brain disease

Former NFL linebacker Junior Seau, who committed suicide in May, had a debilitating brain disease, likely from 20 years of hits to the head, researchers claim.

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West Ham committed to Olympic Stadium bid despite huge financial implications

West Ham remain committed to their bid to relocate to the Olympic Stadium despite the massive financial obligations that would ensue if they were to be successful.

The St Louis Rams players make their entrance at Wembley on Sunday

American Football: NFL looks to Stratford

The Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has held "encouraging" talks with the National Football League over the prospect of staging games at the Olympic Stadium.

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

Up for grabs: Chicago and Tampa Bay battle for possession at Wembley last year

American Football: Touchdown London

As the NFL return for a guest appearance at Wembley, the prospect of a franchise based in the capital is increasing

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.

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