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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

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Referees disagree and Seattle are wrongly awarded a touchdown

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

Cheltenham Borough Council seeks corporate sponsor

As sports fans across the Western world will be able to testify, selling the naming rights to a particular venue or stadium can bring in much-needed cash.

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Manchester United are the most valuable team in sports at $2.23 billion (£1.43 billion), according to Forbes magazine's annual survey.

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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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Do believe the hype: NFL draft is the craziest show in town

It is fantasy football come true. Thirty-two teams picking future superstars live on TV. By Rupert Cornwell in Washington

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It is fantasy football come true. Thirty-two teams picking future gridiron superstars live on prime-time television. What's not to like?

John Lydon told the 2012 organising committee, 'no f**** way. Don't need it, don't want it'

Sex Pistols turned down Olympics performance because organisers wanted to censor songs

The Sex Pistols turned down an invitation to perform at the Olympics’ opening ceremony because the organisers wanted to censor one of their most famous songs, John Lydon has revealed.

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Baseball: Magic Johnson set to buy Dodgers for record $2bn

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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