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America's latest existential crisis is over.

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Referees disagree and Seattle are wrongly awarded a touchdown

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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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A group spear-headed by former basketball great Earvin "Magic" Johnson agreed to buy the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team for a record $2bn, team owner Frank McCourt announced yesterday, capping a two-year drama that started with McCourt's divorce and wound its way through bankruptcy court.

New Orleans Saints players Will Smith and Jonathan Casillas leave Cam Newton of Carolina Panthers down and out during an NFL match

American Football: NFL taking no prisoners in bid to tackle 'bounty hunt' menace

Roger Goodell is serious. In a bid to reinforce the NFL's hard line on player safety, the league's commissioner has severely punished the New Orleans Saints for their "pay-for-performance" bounty system over the past three seasons. The system awarded cash to defensive players for targeting and hitting certain opponents.

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