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Adrian Peterson short of Eric Dickerson"s record as Minnesota Vikings beat Green Bay Packers

Peterson falls short of Dickerson's record after carrying Minnesota Vikings into NFL play-offs

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02:25 GMT, 31 December 2012

Touchdown: Adrian Peterson made it 10-0 in the first quarter

Touchdown: Adrian Peterson made it 10-0 in the first quarter

Adrian Peterson fell nine-yards shy of breaking Hall of Famer Eric Dickerson's all-time rushing record as the Minnesota Vikings claimed a wild-card spot with a thrilling 37-34 victory over the Green Bay Packers.

365 days after undergoing surgery for a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee, Peterson finished with 199-yards and a touchdown, becoming the seventh running back in NFL history to break the 2,000 yard barrier in a single season.

'Ultimately we got the “W”,' Peterson said after a career-high 34 carries. 'We said during the week, if it happens, it happens. Don't focus on it.'

With the clock ticking down and some excellent time management from quarterback Christian Ponder, the MVP-contender's final run of 26 yards put the Vikings within field goal range.

Up stepped metronomic rookie Blair Walsh to convert the winning field goal from 29 yards to send Mall of America field into delirium.

Outnumbered: The Green Bay Packers attempt to get to grips with Peterson

Outnumbered: The Green Bay Packers attempt to get to grips with Peterson

Peterson's 2,097 yards this season spearheaded an unlikely charge to the post-season, with the Vikings looking finished at 6-6 after a promising start.

But four straight wins against the Chicago Bears, the St Louis Rams, the Houston Texans and the NFC North winners set up another meeting between the two storied rivals at Lambeau Field next week.

NFL viagra secret: Chicago Bears star Brandon Marshall reveals on-field boost

Why are NFL stars so pumped up They take VIAGRA, claims Chicago Bears ace

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11:49 GMT, 30 November 2012

Professional sportsmen have been glugging Red Bull and popping caffeine pills for some time now in a desperate attempt for a last-minute pick-up before a match.

But it seems American footballers have taken that drive for peak performance to a new level, at least according to one player.

No wonder, he's smiling: Chicago Bears star Brandon Marshall claims NFL players take Viagra to boost their on-field performance

No wonder, he's smiling: Chicago Bears star Brandon Marshall claims NFL players take Viagra to boost their on-field performance

NFL Viagra secret revealed

Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall claims NFL stars are taking Viagra before games to boost on-field performance.

Marshall told the Mirror: ‘Some guys will do whatever they can to get an edge. I’ve heard of some crazy stories.

‘I’ve heard of guys using Viagra, seriously. Because the blood is supposedly thin, some crazy stuff.

‘It’s kind of scary with some of these chemicals that are in some of these thins, so you have to be careful.’

Up for it: Viagra is legal in the USA, provided it is prescribed by a doctor

Up for it: Viagra is legal in the USA, provided it is prescribed by a doctor

From a sports science perspective, the pills would work in a similar way as they do in the bedroom. The pills relax and widen blood vessels, in turn speeding the flow of oxygen to the muscles and boosting performance.

Viagra is legal in the USA provided it is prescribed by a doctor — it is even advertised on American television by former NFL coaches.

NFL want to beat West Ham to Olympic Stadium

West Ham could be pipped to the Olympic Stadium… by the NFL

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11:47 GMT, 31 October 2012

NFL franchises have entered the running to become the anchor tenant of the Olympic Stadium after talks with London Mayor Boris Johnson were revealed.

West Ham's bid to take on the tenancy has hit a stumbling block and Johnson – the chairman of the London Legacy Development Corporation who operate the stadium – opened talks last weekend when four NFL teams were in London playing regular-season games at Wembley.

A spokesman for the Mayor told the Daily Telegraph: 'Given the ever-growing popularity of gridiron this side of the Atlantic the mayor and his team have held a number of meetings with senior executives in the last few days to explore further opportunities for NFL in London.

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

Up in the air: The future of the Olympic Stadium remains unclear

'The talks were exploratory and we are at an early stage but the signs are encouraging.'

West Ham are also looking to take over the anchor tenancy but the Treasury’s refusal to hand over the 337 million Olympic-contingency underspend to help install retractable seating is hampering their bid.

The retractable seating is expected to cost in the region of 200 million and the Mayor will be expecting any anchor tenant to make a significant contribution.

Despite remaining favourites to take
over the tenancy of the stadium, West Ham are thought to be unwilling to
cough up funds to help convert it into a football-friendly environment,
believing that it should be the responsibility of the landlords and not
the tenants.

Touchdown: The NFL arrived in London last weekend

Touchdown: The NFL arrived in London last weekend

West Ham also believe that as several other events will be taking place at the Olympic Stadium throughout the next few years – such as the 2015 Rugby World Cup and the 2017 World Athletics Championships – they should not be the sole party asked to foot the bill.

A decision on the future of the stadium was expected to be announced by the end of October but negotiations are ongoing. Other contenders for the stadium tenancy are Leyton Orient, a football business college and a group wanting to host a Formula One race at the Olympic Park.

The NFL proposition is an attractive one as the stadium would only be required up to 10 times per year – compared to up to 25 times a year for football. This would free up time for other events such.

In talks: The Mayor's office are keen to keep bringing the sport back to the capital

In talks: The Mayor's office are keen to keep bringing the sport back to the capital

Bringing in other sports such as gridiron to the capital on a more regular basis is something that the Mayor's office are keen on exploring.

'Sunday’s game at Wembley, in front of more than 80,000 fans, further cements London’s reputation as the natural home of American football outside of the US,' the Mayor’s spokesman added.

'Only last week the mayor, in conjunction with the NFL, announced an expansion from one to two regular-season matches in London from 2013. That means in total an additional 44 million in revenue for the capital from next year.'

St Louis Rams v New England Patriots: American football fans in Wembley for NFL clash

Touchdown Wembley! Supporters (and cheerleaders) brave the cold for NFL clash

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17:25 GMT, 28 October 2012

American football fans have descended upon London as the NFL makes its annual pilgrimage to Wembley.

Supporters braved the cold snap engulfing Britain with tens of thousands of fans descending on the home of English football for the sixth consecutive year.

London calling: Thousands of NFL fans have descended on Wembley for the International Series showdown

London calling: Thousands of NFL fans have descended on Wembley for the International Series showdown

Braving the cold: Cheerleaders strut their stuff ahead of the Wembley clash

Braving the cold: Cheerleaders strut their stuff ahead of the Wembley clash

The International Series is a firm fixture on the British sporting calendar and Wembley is expecting a full house for Sunday night's eagerly-awaited game.

St Louis Rams – who prior to this season had won just 15 games in five years – will play the New England Patriots.

Game on: The Patriots and Rams are contesting the sixth NFL game at Wembley

Game on: The Patriots and Rams are contesting the sixth NFL game at Wembley

Strictly Come Dancing: The Rams' mascot dances with cheerleaders before the NFL clash

Wish you were here: The Rams' mascot dances with cheerleaders before the NFL clash

The Patriots are making their second visit to Wembley after seeing off the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2009.

But they've suffered a disappointing start to the new season, losing three of their opening four games.

Taking to the stage: Boris Johnson addresses the crowd (below) before Katherine Jenkins sings the British National Anthem

Taking to the stage: Boris Johnson addresses the crowd (below) before Katherine Jenkins sings the British National Anthem

Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson

Any advantage the Patriots might be hoping to get out of their experience of beating the Buccaneers 35-7 is dented by the turnover in their roster.

Only 13 of the 53-man roster of three years ago are still with the Pats, testament to ever-changing nature of NFL teams.

Cheer we go: The NFL clash has attracted a full-house at the home of English football

Cheer we go: The NFL clash has attracted a full-house at the home of English football

Cheer we go: The NFL clash has attracted a full-house at the home of English football

Coach Bill Belichick is still the man in charge, but earlier this weeke he acknowledged that Sunday night's experience would be new to the vast majority of his players.

'I'm not sure how many of our players now were on that trip but I would say not a whole lot,' he said.

'There's been a decent amount of turnover since then. But you know, the experience for those of us that went, you have some idea what to expect. There's something to be said for that.'

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner sells Cleveland Browns for 620million

Villa owner Lerner given green light for 620m sale of Cleveland Browns

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21:49 GMT, 16 October 2012

Browned off: Lerner has a deal in place to sell his NFL franchise

Browned off: Lerner has a deal in place to sell his NFL franchise

Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner’s sale of the Cleveland Browns NFL
franchise for a reported figure of $1billion (620million) has been formally
approved.

The sale of the team by Lerner to Jimmy Haslam, agreed back in August,
was voted through at a meeting of NFL team owners in Chicago.

'Jimmy Haslam, who agreed to purchase a controlling interest in the
Cleveland Browns in August, was approved by a unanimous vote from the
other clubs at the NFL’s Fall Owners Meetings in Chicago, the NFL
announced Tuesday morning,' said a statement on the Cleveland Browns
website.

Lerner, who completed a takeover of Villa in 2006, inherited control of the Browns in 2002 from his father Al Lerner.

Four years earlier, Al Lerner paid 329m for the
franchise, which joined the league as an expansion team and returned
American football to Cleveland following the departure of the original
Browns to Baltimore after the 1995 season.

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

Touchdown: Lerner has doubled the investment his father made in 2002

The Lerner years were never greatly successful, however, with the team
enjoying only two winning seasons in 1999 and 2007, reaching the play-offs once, and combining to go 69-146 under the family’s control.

Since Lerner took over at Villa Park, Browns fans became increasingly
frustrated by what they perceived as the owner’s preference for the
Barclays Premier League team at the expense of the Browns.

All smiles: Haslam has purchased the franchise for 620m

All smiles: Haslam has purchased the franchise for 620m

NFL"s Minnesota Vikings will play Pittsburgh Steelers in home game at Wembley in 2013

Minnesota Vikings to play Pittsburgh Steelers in NFL home game at Wembley next year

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UPDATED:

22:02 GMT, 16 October 2012

The Minnesota Vikings will play the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium next year with the NFL to announce plans to stage a second regular-season game during the 2013 season.

The Vikings, currently 4-2 and second in NFC North, will play the AFC North serial Super Bowl winners – who are 2-3 and third in their division – on September 29, 2013.

Franchise quarterback: Christian Ponder plays in Sunday's 38-26 defeat to the Washington Redskins

Franchise quarterback: Christian Ponder plays in Sunday's 38-26 defeat to the Washington Redskins

With the Vikings due to move from the Hubert H Humphrey Metrodome into a new all-purpose stadium in 2016, the franchise are ideal candidates as the NFL look to increase the sport's presence overseas.

Playing games in London would not be a financial burden as the franchise have a flexible lease at the Metrodome without contractual obligations with municipalities or stadium authorities, unlike many NFL teams.

The decision was approved by NFL owners meeting in Chicago.

'Since we started playing regular-season games in London five years ago, we have heard very clearly from our UK fans – they want more football,' said NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.

'We are excited to play two games in London and take this next step in the growth of our game. We believe that more football will lead to more fans.'

All day: All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson is grabbed by Redskins cornerback Richard Crawford

All day: All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson is grabbed by Redskins cornerback Richard Crawford

Do-it-all receiver: Percy Harvin

Do-it-all receiver: Percy Harvin

'This is a unique opportunity for the Vikings organisation to highlight our brand on an international level,' said Vikings owner and president Mark Wilf.

'We are thrilled that our players and Steelers fans around the world will be able to enjoy the atmosphere at historic Wembley Stadium,' said Steelers president Art Rooney II.
Last week, the NFL announced that the Jacksonville Jaguars will host the San Francisco 49ers on October 27 next year.

The contest will be the first of the Jaguars' four regular-season home game in the UK, to be competed in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.

And with the St Louis Rams set to face the New England Patriots next month, the news is a further boon for UK-based NFL fans.

Since 2007, nine teams have played in London since the first annual game between the Miami Dolphins and the New York Giants.

Police clash with fans during NFL season opener

Cop that! Police clash with rival fans during NFL season opener

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10:31 GMT, 11 September 2012

Police clashed with American football fans as violence marred the start of the NFL season.

Several fans were arrested after fighting broke out during the San Diego Chargers' 22-14 victory over AFC West divisional rivals the Oakland Raiders on Monday.

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Trouble: Police move in as fans fight during the second half of the NFL game

Philip Rivers avoided the turnovers that plagued his 2011 season and helped the San Diego Chargers open the new campaign with a victory over AFC West divisional rivals on Monday.

Rivers led the Chargers on drives that produced five field goals from Nate Kaeding and finished a steady day with one touchdown throw, and more importantly, no interceptions.

Rivers threw 20 interceptions last season during a disappointing 8-8 campaign for San Diego.

The Raiders too, were hoping for a new beginning as they entered the 2012 season with a new coach and general manager.

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Hand off: Sheriff officers grapple with a female fan

Alameda County Sheriff officers contain a football fan

However, they found themselves 10-6 behind at half-time before Kaeding kicked four successive field goals to leave the home team with a mountain to climb.

Carson Palmer, who joined Oakland in the middle of last season, threw for 297 yards but could only muster a consolation touchdown in the final minute.

In Baltimore, Joe Flacco passed for 299 yards and two touchdowns, while Ray Rice rumbled into the end zone twice as the Ravens ditched their traditional bruising, methodical attack in favour of a no-huddle offense that blew away the Bengals.

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Mayhem: Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden takes on Chargers' defence

Cincinnati, coming off a surprising season where they reached the playoffs with then-rookie quarterback Andy Dalton, stayed in touch at 17-13 halfway through the third quarter before Baltimore broke loose.

Flacco tossed a touchdown, Ed Reed returned an interception 34 yards for a score and the Ravens ended the game with 27 unanswered points to cap an impressive victory – especially for their quarterback.

'We know what we've got in this guy, he's won a lot of football games,' Ravens coach John Harbaugh.

'Joe Flacco is a great football player.'

NFL round-up: Robert Griffin III steals headlines

NFL round-up: Redskins debutant Griffin III steals the headlines on opening weekend

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UPDATED:

12:17 GMT, 10 September 2012

Redskins 40 New Orleans 32

Robert Griffin III began his NFL career by connecting on 19 of 26 passes for 320 yards and two touchdowns, as the Washington Redskins handed Super Bowl favourites New Orleans Saints a 40-32 defeat.

It was the Saints first game since the bounty scandal that overshadowed their off-season, and it was rookie Griffin who stole the headlines after completing his first eight passes, including an 88-yard touchdown pass to Pierre Garcon, tying for the second-longest scoring pass by a quarterback making his NFL debut.

Fellow rookie and running back Alfred Morris rushed for 96 yards and two touchdowns while Aldrick Robinson, also making his bow, had a touchdown catch among four receptions for 52 yards.

Take a bow: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was the toast of the NFL on opening weekend

Take a bow: Redskins QB Robert Griffin III was the toast of the NFL on opening weekend

Drew Brees uncharacteristically struggled with accuracy, completing only 46 per cent of his throws with two interceptions. But his 339 yards passing and three TDs kept the Saints in the game until his last desperate pass was picked off by Reed Doughty near the Redskins’ goal line.

Bears 41 Colts 21

Jay Cutler threw for 333 yards and two touchdowns and Michael Bush added a pair of scoring runs to spoil quarterback Andrew Luck’s debut for the Colts.

Brandon Marshall had nine catches for 119 yards and a touchdown in his first game since being reunited with Cutler, and Matt Forte ran for 80 yards and a score.

Luck finished his first NFL game 23 of 45 for 309 yards with a 4-yard touchdown pass to Donnie Avery early in the fourth quarter. He also was intercepted three times – twice by Tim Jennings – in an up-and-down effort as he steps in for the departed Peyton Manning.

Reggie Wayne caught nine passes for 135 yards. But it was a familiar result for a team with new management and a new coach in Chuck Pagano.

Broncos 31 Steelers 19

Peyton Manning made a successful return from a year’s sabbatical, leading the Broncos past the Steelers. The four-time MVP coming off four neck surgeries completed 19 of 26 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns.

Back in the game: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made a successful return to action

Back in the game: Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning made a successful return to action

He got a big assist from another free agent, cornerback Tracy Porter, whose 43-yard interception return of a Ben Roethlisberger pass with two minutes left sealed the win.

Manning, jettisoned by the Indianapolis Colts in March after missing all of last season with a nerve injury that weakened his throwing arm, hit Demaryius Thomas with a 71-yard touchdown toss for his first as a Bronco. It was his 400th career TD toss.

49ers 30 Packers 22

San Francisco’s defense smothered Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay offense for most of the game, then made one last stand to stop a late rally.

The Packers rallied from a 16-point deficit in the fourth quarter, and pulled within eight points when Aaron Rodgers threw a touchdown pass to James Jones with six minutes left, but the 49ers defense held the Packers in the final minute to come away with a big win to open the season.

Randall Cobb’s 75-yard punt return for a touchdown and a two-point conversion early in the fourth quarter cut the 49ers lead to 23-15. But Rodgers threw an interception to linebacker NaVorro Bowman and Frank Gore ran for a 23-yard touchdown.

David Akers tied an NFL record when he kicked a 63-yard field goal to the end the first half, with the ball bouncing off the crossbar and going through the uprights.

Making it count: Clay Harbor

Making it count: Clay Harbor

Eagles 17 Browns 16

Michael Vick overcame four interceptions by throwing a four-yard touchdown pass to Clay Harbor with one minute 18 seconds left in the nerve-racking win.

Vick led the Eagles on a 91-yard scoring drive, capping it with his short toss to Harbor on his career-high 56th pass. Before Vick rallied his team, he played poorly and showed rustiness after playing just 12 snaps during preseason because of injuries.

Vick went 29 of 56 for 317 yards and two TDs. Browns rookie quarterback Brandon Weeden threw four interceptions, the last to Kurt Coleman with a minute remaining.

Vikings 26 Jaguars 23, OT

Rookie Blair Walsh kicked four field goals, including a 55-yarder as regulation time expired and another one in overtime, and Adrian Peterson returned from a left knee injury to lift the Vikings.

Peterson ran 17 times for 84 yards and two touchdowns for the Vikings, who led for most of the second half until Blaine Gabbert’s 39-yard touchdown heave with 20 seconds left in the fourth quarter put the Jaguars back in front.

For the first time since the NFL’s new overtime scoring rule was installed last season, the first team on the board didn’t immediately run off the field a winner.

After Walsh’s 38-yard kick, the Vikings had to play defense again while the Jaguars had their chance to match. But Gabbert was hurried into a fourth-down overthrow, spoiling the debut for new Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey.

Lions 27 Rams 23

Matthew Stafford threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Kevin Smith with 10 seconds left to wrap up victory.

Stafford made up for a shaky game by leading an 80-yard, nine-play, game-winning possession that included three passes of at least 18 yards.

Sam Bradford directed a go-ahead drive that set up Greg Zuerlein’s 46-yard field goal and put the Rams ahead 23-20 with less than two minutes left. But coach Jeff Fisher’s debut ended with a loss because the Rams could not shut down Stafford in the end.

Stafford had three interceptions before halftime for the first time in his four seasons. Cortland Finnegan had a 31-yard interception return for a TD that gave the Rams a 13-7 lead late in the first half.

Jets 48 Bills 28

Mark Sanchez threw three touchdown passes, including two to rookie Stephen Hill, and the Jets eased concerns about their offense.

The Jets sprinkled in their wildcat package with Tim Tebow, who was mostly quiet but recovered a late onside kick by Buffalo, and Jeremy Kerley had a touchdown catch and a punt return for a score. Antonio Cromartie also took one of New York’s three interceptions of Ryan Fitzpatrick to the end zone.

Start as he means to go on: Stephen Hill grabbed two touchdown scores against the Buffalo Bills

Start as he means to go on: Stephen Hill grabbed two touchdown scores against the Buffalo Bills

It was the most points the Jets have scored in a season opener. That’s from a team that had many wondering what to expect after the first-team offense failed to score a TD in the first three games of the preseason.

Meanwhile, Mario Williams, the Bills’ big free agent signing, was quiet as the Jets’ offensive line protected Sanchez all game.

Texans 30 Dolphins 10

Arian Foster had two touchdown runs, Matt Schaub threw a TD pass to Andre Johnson, and Houston’s defense dominated rookie Ryan Tannehill and Miami.

Tannehill threw three interceptions in a 6-minute stretch late in the first half, and the Texans opened impressively in what they believe can be a Super Bowl season.

Schaub threw for 266 yards in his first action since fracturing his right foot in Week 10 last year, and Johnson finished with 119 yards receiving. Texans defensive end JJ Watt deflected two passes that resulted in interceptions and also had one sack.

Marcus Thigpen returned a punt 72 yards for Miami’s touchdown. The Dolphins gained only 275 total yards in coach Joe Philbin’s coaching debut.

Patriots 34 Titans 13

Tom Brady threw for 236 yards and two touchdowns, and the defending AFC champions won easily.

Brady may have suffered a broken nose when he was sacked in the second quarter by Kamerion Wimbley, but he didn’t miss a play.

Bright start: Legendary Tom Brady helped the New England Patriots to an easy win

Bright start: Legendary Tom Brady helped the New England Patriots to an easy win

The Patriots ruined Jake Locker’s debut as Tennessee’s starter, sacking him twice and forcing two turnovers. Rookie Dont’a Hightower returned Locker’s fumble six yards for a TD in his own debut, and Stevan Ridley ran for 125 yards and a TD.

Also, Locker came out of the game after hurting his left shoulder when tackling safety Patrick Chung on a fumble return. He was replaced by Matt Hasselbeck.

Falcons 40 Chiefs 24

Matt Ryan threw for 299 yards and three touchdowns, one of them to Tony Gonzalez in his return to Kansas City. Ryan also ran for a TD, while Julio Jones caught six passes for 108 yards and two scores.

Leading the charge: Matt Ryan

Leading the charge: Matt Ryan

The Falcons took advantage of a Chiefs
defense missing four starters. Pro Bowl linebacker Tamba Hali was
suspended for an unspecified violation of the league’s substance-abuse
policy, and three others were injured.

Kansas
City matched Atlanta most of the first half, trailing 20-17 at the
break. But a missed field goal by Ryan Succop early in the third quarter
proved to be the turning point.

Matt Cassel finished with 258 yards passing for Kansas City, but also threw two interceptions and lost a fumble.

Buccaneers 16 Panthers 10

Tampa Bay’s rejuvenated defense came up with two interceptions against Cam Newton and the Buccaneers won their debut under coach Greg Schiano.

Josh Freeman threw a six-yard touchdown pass to Mike Williams and Connor Barth kicked three field goals to help the Bucs stop a 10-game losing streak that prompted the firing of former coach Raheem Morris.

Schiano came the Tampa after spent the past 11 seasons transforming Rutgers from one of the losingest programs in college football into a Big East contender. Newton threw for 303 yards and one touchdown.

Cardinals 20 Seahawks 16

Kevin Kolb replaced injured John Skelton and led Arizona on the deciding touchdown drive, throwing 6 yards to Andre Roberts for a score with just under five minutes to play.

Aided by two pass interference penalties, Seattle drove to the Arizona four in the final seconds. But rookie Russell Wilson threw three straight incompletions and the Cardinals held on.

Adding to the confusion, Seattle appeared to have called a timeout when it had none remaining, but that turned out to be a mistake by the replacement officials working the game.

Dallas Cowboys beat New York Giants in NFL season opener

Cowboys ride in and spoil the party as New York Giants lose NFL opener

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07:35 GMT, 6 September 2012

The New York Giants got the defence of their Super Bowl title off to a bad start as the Dallas Cowboys claimed a 24-17 victory.

Dallas quarterback Tony Romo completed 22-of-29 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns.

Unheralded Kevin Ogletree, who had no touchdown receptions in his first three seasons in the league, caught eight passes for 114 yards and a pair of touchdowns, while DeMarco Murray rushed for 129 yards on 19 carries.

Double trouble: Kevin Ogletree celebrates his second touchdown for the Cowboys

Double trouble: Kevin Ogletree celebrates his second touchdown for the Cowboys

'This is a hostile environment, a tough place to play,' said Dallas coach Jason Garrett. 'When you play the Super Bowl champs at their place on opening night, it's a difficult task. We viewed it as a challenge.'

The opening night programme began with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell ushering in the new season and saluting the Giants to the roars of more than 80,000 fans, but before long it was the Cowboys who were dominating on the ground and in the air.

'Humble pie is basically what it is,' said Giants coach Tom Coughlin. 'Hopefully the competitive nature of our guys, they will come out swinging (next time).

'You're not going to get excuses from us. They beat us.'

Flying start: Quarterback Tony Romo (No 9) led the Dallas Cowboys to victory in New York

Flying start: Quarterback Tony Romo (No 9) led the Dallas Cowboys to victory in New York

The Cowboys built a 24-10 lead with less than six minutes to play after a leaping catch by Miles Austin turned into a 34-yard touchdown before the Giants closed in with a 79-yard scoring drive.

Dallas ran the clock out after Romo connected with Ogletree for 15 yards to convert a third-and-12 with about two minutes left in the game as the Cowboys avenged two late-season losses to New York that kept them out of the play-offs.

The visitors took a 7-3 lead into the intermission and built a 14-3 advantage following the kick-off for the second half when Ogletree, an undrafted receiver out of Virginia in his fourth season, hauled in a 40-yard touchdown pass.

Digging deep: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (No 64) calls a play

Digging deep: New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (No 64) calls a play

New York responded with a 10-yard touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw, set up by a 39-yard pass to Domenik Hixon, to make it 14-10.

A 33-yard field goal by Dan Bailey made it 17-10 for Dallas before the teams traded fourth-quarter touchdowns to complete the scoring.

Dallas outgained the Giants 433 yards to 269, and though New York's vaunted pass rush registered a pair of sacks, Cowboys quarterback Romo scrambled out of trouble to make several big completions.

Party time: Fireworks signal the start of the new NFL season as the Giants host the Cowboys

Party time: Fireworks signal the start of the new NFL season as the Giants host the Cowboys

Giants quarterback Eli Manning, the Most Valuable Player of New York's Super Bowl win over New England last season, faced heavy pressure from the Dallas rush and was sacked three times. He completed 21-of-32 passes for 213 yards and a touchdown.

Both teams lost starting players to injuries during the game, with Dallas centre Phil Costa sidelined with back spasms after his third play from scrimmage and New York having their depleted defensive secondary hit further by a hamstring injury to Michael Coe.

The game was marked by sloppy play and a slew of penalty flags thrown by the replacement officials, employed by the league during a contract dispute with the regular crews.

The rest of the NFL's Week One schedule will be played on Sunday and Monday.

Packed in: A crowd of 80,000 gathered in New York as the Super Bowl champions kicked off the new campaign

Packed in: A crowd of 80,000 gathered in New York as the Super Bowl champions kicked off the new campaign

Malcolm Glazer alive, say Manchester United after false death reports

United confirm Glazer is alive after rumours of owner's death

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13:18 GMT, 24 May 2012

Manchester United have announced that rumours circulating on the internet relating to the health of owner Malcolm Glazer are false.

It was claimed on various Twitter accounts that Glazer had been reported as dead by a reputable media source in the United States.

Rumours: Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has not died

Rumours: Manchester United owner Malcolm Glazer has not died

However, club sources have verified this is not true and the actual source of the story was also incorrect.

Glazer has not been a particularly popular figure among United fans since his takeover of the club in 2005, which lodged a huge amount of debt next to the Red Devils.

Protest: United fans have not always been supportive of Glazer's reign

Protest: United fans have not always been supportive of Glazer's reign

The day-to-day running of the Old Trafford outfit has been overseen by his sons Joel, Avi and Bryan since the American owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers NFL side suffered a stroke in April 2006.