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With speculation bubbling that the NFL are ready to seriously consider putting a franchise in London, the focus has fallen on the possibility of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers becoming the team to up such historic sticks.

James Corrigan: Davis, the gridiron pioneer, was not fixed on making points – just amassing them

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American Football: Vick's vision to lead Philadelphia and their 'dream team' to glory

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Obama address on jobs leads to scheduling row

The stakes over President Obama's new plan to revive the economy and create jobs grew higher yesterday after a spat between the White House and Republicans over the timing of his speech to set out his proposals – a row that banishes any naive belief in an outbreak of bipartisan sweetness and light when lawmakers return next week.

Briefly: Bubba Smith

Bubba Smith, who died on 3 August aged 66, was an American footballer who went from feared defensive end to playing endearing giants in his successful second career as an actor.

Police Academy star Charles Smith dead

Charles 'Bubba' Smith has been found dead at his Los Angeles home.

#Right_to_tweet puts athlete in legal wrangle with sponsor

Baseball star goes to court after losing a lucrative contract over 9/11 views

NFL season to go ahead as players agree multibillion-dollar deal to end lockout

The National Football League (NFL) and players yesterday agreed to terms to end their four-month lockout and ensure America's most popular sport will go ahead as planned next season.

American Football: US courtroom drama stops play

Lawyers are only winners from damaging legal battles as mainstream sports hit buffers

Basketball: NBA season at risk after owners lock out players in pay dispute

A second major league US sport shut down yesterday, as National Basketball League team owners imposed a lockout on players after talks on a new labour contract broke down – making it likely that some, if not all, of the 2011-12 NBA season due to begin in October will be lost.

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.

Glenn Moore: An FA Cup final ticket: priceless

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