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Cooper Kupp rips through Cincinnati Bengals in Los Angeles Rams easy win

• Los Angeles Rams 24-10 Cincinnati Bengals• Receiver makes 220 yards and scores touchdownThe announcer asked the question as the NFL returned to its spiritual home in the UK and Wembley roared back. Whose house? Rams house. And Cooper Kupp pays the bi…

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Tom Brady ignores brickbats and glimpses Super Bowl glory once again | Paolo Bandini

The 41-year-old New England Patriot will contest Sunday’s Super Bowl for a record ninth time, against Los Angeles RamsAs usual Tom Brady had the final word. More than 35,000 fans had turned up to the pep rally hosted by the New England Patriots before …

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Stan Kroenke’s abject US teams a warning things may get worse for Arsenal

Gunners fans may well despair at their club’s woes but they should be thankful they don’t support one of his teams on the other side of the Atlantic

Arsenal supporters are rightly wondering if it can get any worse for their side. Two losses in three matches to open the Premier League season, a manager in Arsène Wenger who has seemingly lost his touch and precious little done during the transfer window to improve the talent on the pitch. But if Arsenal fans are dismayed at the way the club’s majority shareholder, Stan Kroenke, runs affairs at the Emirates, a glance at his US teams offers little hope things will improve.

The metaphor that best describes Kroenke’s sports franchises is that of a dumpster fire. But, in his case, a raging trash fire isn’t a metaphor. Two years ago, before Kroenke’s NFL Rams team took on the Pittsburgh Steelers, the turf in St Louis’ Edward Jones Dome actually caught fire, delaying kickoff by nearly 30 minutes.

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City of St Louis files lawsuit against NFL over Rams’ move to Los Angeles

  • League’s 32 teams also named as defendants in case filed on Wednesday
  • Case could attract interest of Oakland and San Diego over team losses

The city of St Louis filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the NFL over the Rams’ relocation to Los Angeles, alleging the league violated its own relocation guidelines and enriched itself at the expense of the community it left behind.

Related: NFL’s addiction to free public money fuels Raiders’ move to Las Vegas | Les Carpenter

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NFL draft 2016: all the first-round picks – live!

The Rams choose Jared Goff with the No1 pick as they relocate to Los Angeles. Follow all the action from the 2016 NFL draft with DJ Gallo

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This is all over Twitter. It will be interesting to see if any of the NFL draft rooms are on Twitter right now.

Uh Laremy Tunsil just tweeted then deleted this pic.twitter.com/N1h6JzkC9a

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Jared Goff took approximately three minutes to take advantage of the opportunity to get paid. It’s good to be free of the NCAA.

I’m so honored to be heading to the Blue & Gold. It’s time for a new era of football in LA, @TideNFL #OurColors #ad pic.twitter.com/iKbUUPY3QL

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Stan Kroenke promises LA Rams fans: ‘We’re going to have some fun’

Rams formally returned to the west coast with their first public appearance since getting NFL permission to relocate, and owner Kroenke says: ‘We made it’

Stan Kroenke stepped to the microphones at the Forum with football fans chanting “We love Stan!”

When the owner first said the words “Los Angeles Rams,” those fans erupted in wild cheers.

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Farewell St Louis Rams: from champions to the NFL’s most reliable losers

The early-2000s Rams were one of the NFL’s most exciting teams – and then Kurt Warner left. Since then, the franchise has been spiraling down the toilet

Twenty-one years after getting the Rams from Los Angeles, St Louis has lost its NFL team again. Like the Greatest Show On Turf, the Rams’ stay in St Louis was quick and ultimately disappointing.

Related: Rams to return to Los Angeles with Chargers given an option to follow

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The last thing the NFL in Los Angeles was ever about was the fans

No league uses leverage quite like the NFL, and Los Angeles has been the perfect tool for making the owners more money

The world’s most lucrative sports league has retired one of their most valuable money-making tools. For 21 years the NFL wielded a giant golden hammer over America’s cities, using the threat their local football team might move to Los Angeles to extract billions for valuable new stadiums.

No league in the US uses leverage quite like the NFL. They didn’t get to $10bn in revenue by being nice. They have played their broadcast rights brilliantly in recently decades, leading terrified networks to spend outlandish amounts of money out of the fear they might lose their tiny platter of games guaranteed to be ratings winners. But the league’s best trick has been getting cities and counties and states to spend taxpayers’ money on stadiums to be used for just eight regular-season games.

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Rams to return to Los Angeles with Chargers given an option to follow

The NFL will return to Los Angeles after owners voted overwhelmingly to allow a move for the Rams and the Chargers

Two decades after leaving the Los Angeles area, the Rams are coming back. On Tuesday night the NFL’s owners voted to let the franchise’s owner, Stan Kroenke, move the team from St. Louis to the nation’s second-largest market – a region that has been without a team since 1995.

In approving Kroenke’s request to transfer the Rams, the owners also gave the San Diego Chargers the first option to join Kroenke at the stadium he wishes to build in Inglewood, near Los Angeles International Airport. The one-year option would give Chargers owner Dean Spanos time to work out a deal with San Diego politicians for a new stadium in that city.

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Rams owner Stan Kroenke rips ‘lagging’ St Louis market as he seeks move to LA

Kroenke has proposed building a $1.8bn stadium in Inglewood and says St Louis ‘lags far behind in the economic drivers that are necessary for sustained success’

The NFL would benefit most by moving the Rams to Los Angeles, leaving behind a St Louis market that lags economically and a stadium proposal doomed for failure, the team said in their relocation application provided to the Associated Press on Wednesday.

Related: The race for NFL in LA: Chargers, Rams and Raiders apply for 2016 relocation

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The race for NFL in LA: Chargers, Rams and Raiders apply for 2016 relocation

NFL confirmed it received three official applications, and all team owners will vote in Houston next week on whether to allow any of the teams to move

The San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and St Louis Rams filed for relocation to the Los Angeles area on Monday night, trying not to be left out in the race to return the NFL to the nation’s second-largest market after a 21-year absence.

Related: Green Bay fans are worried, but Rodgers and co insist they can get it done

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After two decades, do Angelenos really care about the NFL’s return to LA?

The NFL will find that relocating a team to Los Angeles and building a new stadium is the easy part compared to convincing fans to emotionally invest

Soon the NFL might come to the corner of Century and Prairie. Mounds of dirt tilled from the remains of Hollywood Park Racetrack rise like towers above the sidewalk. A green construction fence shakes in the afternoon breeze. In a matter of weeks – if the NFL’s owners grant their blessing and allow St Louis Rams owner Stan Kroenke to move his team here – a fleet of bulldozers will grumble to life and begin the process of building the Rams new home will begin.

But on one of the last football Sundays without the NFL in Los Angeles, the Rams can’t be found on television in the sports bar that will straddle their new stadium. Inside the dreary Hollywood Park Casino televisions beam five football games over a sea of blackjack and poker tables. None involve the team that could be playing next door as soon as the stadium is built.

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Michael Sam signs two-year contract with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

  • First openly gay NFL player joins Alouettes of Canadian Football League
  • Defensive end was taken in 2014 NFL draft but couldn’t land roster spot
  • Alouettes exec says Sam ‘brings dignity, character, and heart to our team’

The Montreal Alouettes have signed Michael Sam to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

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AJ Feeley says he witnessed Tom Brady using illegal footballs in 2004

  • Former NFL quarterback says he saw Brady using broken-in balls in 2004
  • ‘That was an issue to me,’ Feeley told Philadelphia’s 97.5 The Fanatic

Et tu, AJ?

Former NFL quarterback AJ Feeley revealed Wednesday he witnessed the New England Patriots using doctored footballs more than a decade before the Deflategate scandal that culminated Monday with Tom Brady’s four-game suspension.

Related: Building the next Brady: Jimmy Garoppolo by the men who coached him

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Former NFL first-round pick Lawrence Phillips suspected of jail killing

  • Cellmate’s body found dead on Saturday
  • Was picked by No6 overall by St Louis Rams

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said on Monday.

Phillips’ cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt Marshall Denning said in a statement.

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NFL free-agency grades: Seahawks, Packers, Eagles at head of NFC class

Green Bay resisted change, Philadelphia embraced it – and then some! – while the two-time defending conference champions did a little of both

Dallas Cowboys

Related: NFL free-agency grades: New York Jets top the AFC

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Former NFL first-round pick Lawrence Phillips suspected of jail killing

  • Cellmate’s body found dead on Saturday
  • Was picked by No6 overall by St Louis Rams

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said on Monday.

Phillips’ cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt Marshall Denning said in a statement.

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Former NFL first-round pick Lawrence Phillips suspected of jail killing

  • Cellmate’s body found dead on Saturday
  • Was picked by No6 overall by St Louis Rams

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips is suspected of killing his cellmate in a Central California prison, officials said on Monday.

Phillips’ cellmate at Kern Valley State Prison was found lifeless early Saturday and later pronounced dead, prison spokesman Lt Marshall Denning said in a statement.

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Michael Sam signs two-year contract with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

  • First openly gay NFL player lands with Alouettes of Canadian Football League
  • Defensive end was chosen in the 2014 NFL draft but didn’t stick with a team

The Montreal Alouettes have signed Michael Sam to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

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Michael Sam signs two-year contract with CFL’s Montreal Alouettes

  • First openly gay NFL player lands with Alouettes of Canadian Football League
  • Defensive end was chosen in the 2014 NFL draft but didn’t stick with a team

The Montreal Alouettes have signed Michael Sam to a two-year contract, the team announced Friday.

“With the signing of Michael Sam, we have become a better organization today,” Alouettes general manager Jim Popp said in a statement. “Not only have we added an outstanding football player, we have added even a better person that brings dignity, character, and heart to our team.”

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