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Washington is a city of sporting champions. Just don’t tell its woeful NFL team

The capital has enjoyed success in baseball, hockey and basketball recently. The football team, however, are terrible and show few signs of improvementJust 37 miles but light years away from the stadium at which Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jacks…

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‘The guys I’ve tried failed miserably’: could Harry Kane really make the NFL?

The Tottenham striker says he wants to end his sporting career in the NFL. But soccer skills don’t necessarily translate to American footballWhen the veteran NFL special-teams coach Mike Westhoff was told that the Tottenham striker Harry Kane was inter…

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‘The guys I’ve tried failed miserably’: could Harry Kane really make the NFL?

The Tottenham striker says he wants to end his sporting career in the NFL. But soccer skills don’t necessarily translate to American footballWhen the veteran NFL special-teams coach Mike Westhoff was told that the Tottenham striker Harry Kane was inter…

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The Thompson brothers on abuse, glory and Native American pride in lacrosse

Lyle, Miles and Jerome Thompson have helped the Georgia Swarm to the NLL playoffs. They have faced huge highs and lows along the wayJohn Arlotta decided to move his indoor lacrosse team from an NHL arena in St Paul, Minnesota, to a minor-league hockey …

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Chattanooga FC: the US club with 2,000 owners around the world

The Tennessee club sold more than $500,000 in shares in a month. They believe they have tapped into a market for fans who want a stake in their teamStefan Szymanski is a professor of sport management at the University of Michigan, the author of the muc…

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Could the government shutdown make this the most chaotic Super Bowl ever?

Atlanta is host to this year’s Super Bowl … and the world’s busiest airport. Will the shutdown turn the whole affair upside down?Three and a half years ago, as Americans were still figuring out which presidential candidate to vote for in the 2016 ele…

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Rise of the TV rules analysts shows the NFL has a problem

Former officials were picking over controversial decisions on Championship Sunday, a sign that things had gone badly awry for the leagueHere is one statistic you won’t find in the official game book from Sunday’s AFC Championship Game: it took 59 minut…

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How Matt Nagy rescued the Chicago Bears from years in the undertow

The Bears have reached the playoffs just once in the last 11 seasons. But their new head coach has sparked their offense to new heightsOn Sunday, only minutes after Chicago Bears fans invaded Twitter after an unsavory loss to criticize first-year head …

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The slow death of US greyhound racing

Florida has become the latest state to pass legislation that will phase out the sport. It marks a victory for animal rights campaignersWay back in 1919, the Blue Star Amusement Company built an oval track in Emeryville, California, so a mechanical lure…

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The Giants are a dumpster fire but they appear to have a long-term plan

Eli Manning is showing his age and his team are set for another lost season. But drafting a running back earlier this year could prove to be an inspired moveThe New York Jets invited players from their first (and still only) Super Bowl team to MetLife …

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The Giants are a dumpster fire but they appear to have a long-term plan

Eli Manning is showing his age and his team are set for another lost season. But drafting a running back earlier this year could prove to be an inspired moveThe New York Jets invited players from their first (and still only) Super Bowl team to MetLife …

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‘You’re like a rock star’: Does the Little League World Series dazzle players?

This summer ESPN will broadcast 231 Little League games. But professional players say international exposure is not harmful to its pre-teen athletesThe championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series – rather, the Little League Baseball Wo…

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‘Authenticity is not about accents’: Kyle Martino on NBC’s Premier League success

The US may have failed to qualify for this summer’s World Cup but interest in the Premier League is as strong as ever as the new season approachesAs a midfielder at Staples High School in Westport, Connecticut, Kyle Martino was named the top high schoo…

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How England’s Kelly Smith became one of the faces of the World Cup in the US

The former England and Arsenal striker had a brilliant playing career. And now she is forging a reputation as an insightful analyst in AmericaTwo decades before Kelly Smith became a studio analyst on Fox’s World Cup coverage, she was a star on the pitc…

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How MLS tries to exploit the World Cup, even with the US absent

The US men’s national team didn’t make it to Russia 2018, but there are still ways to promote the growth of soccer in the StatesA crowd of soccer fans gathered at Avaya Stadium on 17 June – nothing unusual as it is the home of MLS’s San Jose Earthquake…

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‘We want authentic’: how NBC’s British commentators won the US audience

For the British natives enlisted for NBC’s Premier League play-by-play duties, tailoring a style to fit an American audience has come quite naturallyMore than 30 years have passed since Arlo White, then a teenager, traveled from England to Chicago to v…

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Aaron Judge: how the Yankees slugger could become baseball’s richest player

The outfielder combines huge power with modesty and charisma. He could stand to make hundreds of millions if he continues to dominate pitchers

Prior to the night of 10 July, Aaron Judge, the New York Yankees’ 6ft 7in, 282lbs rookie right fielder, had already hammered out a reputation as a prodigious young slugger, having blasted 32 home runs, at an average of 416 feet, in the Yankees’ first 89 games.

But then came the annual Home Run Derby in Miami, which Judge won by bashing 47 dingers. Those 47 home runs covered a distance of four miles – and caused yet another sizable aftershock in the already impressive, and still growing, Aaron Judge marketing earthquake.

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How Rebecca Lowe went from England to become the US’s face of football

The TV presenter, who fronts NBC’s Premier League coverage, tells Dave Caldwell about the challenges and rewards of her move across the Atlantic

As a girl in west London, Rebecca Lowe simply aspired to be like her mother, Judith, and become an actor. So how in the world did Lowe end up as a sports broadcaster on a US television network, with a weekly commute across America?

“I have loved football since I was very, very small, and my dad used to take me to games,” she told the Guardian recently. “That’s what comes from my dad.”

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NFL divisional round: the teams best placed to score an upset

The four games this weekend look like home bankers, but history suggests at least one visiting team will win – and the Steelers perhaps have the best chance

Welcome to what the NFL calls the divisional round of the playoffs, where four teams that won a wildcard playoff game hit the road to tangle with a team that posted a better record during the regular season and thereby got a weekend off. Decks appear stacked.

Related: Odell Beckham Jr’s real mistake was not making himself invisible

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Will Ben McAdoo’s laid-back approach help the Giants top Green Bay?

New York’s rookie head coach isn’t concerned about Odell Beckham’s pre-game jaunt to Miami. What matters is what his players do at work – and it’s succeeding

Ben McAdoo, the son of a western Pennsylvania coal miner and now the head coach of the surging New York Giants, launched his coaching career two decades ago by joining the staff as an assistant at Homer-Center high school, where he had graduated only a year earlier.

Related: The AFC’s weak wildcard round could provide the underdog QB we need

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