NFLTwo games per year at Tottenham's stadium
The NFL will stage at least two regular-season games each season at Premier League club Tottenham's new London stadium over a 10-year period under a deal announced yesterday. Tottenham is hoping to move into a new 61,000-seat venue adjacent to its current White Hart Lane stadium in 2018. It will feature a retractable grass field with an artificial surface underneath that would be used for American football. The NFL has two years remaining on its deal with Wembley Stadium, the 90,000-seat north London venue where 11 regular-season games have been played since 2007. England's national soccer stadium will host three more NFL games this year. The NFL said it was "optimistic" the relationship with Wembley would be extended beyond 2016, with the 10-year Tottenham deal not preventing games being played elsewhere in Britain.
Jets official Graves leaving for NFL job
Jets senior director of football administration Rod Graves is leaving the team to take a job with the NFL. The league announced that Graves has been named senior vice president of football administration and club services. Graves, a long-time Arizona Cardinals executive and general manager, spent the past two seasons with the Jets. Graves worked under former general manager John Idzik and stayed on when current GM Mike Maccagnan was hired in January. TOUR DE FRANCEGreipel wins Stage 5 in the rain
Andre Greipel won a rain-drenched fifth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish at Amiens, while fellow German Tony Martin kept the yellow jersey and the main Tour contenders stayed safe as others tumbled around them. Greipel attacked some 100 meters from the line and held on to beat Slovakian Peter Sagan. British sprinter Mark Cavendish finished third. The day's seventh and biggest crash happened at the back of the peloton with 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) to go. While not as brutal as Monday's huge crash in Stage 3, it was spectacular and took down about 30 riders. Three went off the road to the right, tumbling into crash barriers. Behind them, others fell in a domino effect. Frenchman Thibaut Pinot, third on last year's Tour, was among those to fall in his second crash of the day. Greipel clinched his second stage win of the race so far -- and eighth of his Tour career -- punching the air in delight before even crossing the line. It was the third win overall in five stages for German riders after Martin's success in Tuesday's fourth stage.
mediaOlbermann leaving ESPN
Sportscaster Keith Olbermann is leaving ESPN after less than two years hosting his namesake show "Olbermann," according to a statement from the network. "While the show's content was distinctive and extremely high quality, we ultimately made a business decision to move in another direction," Walt Disney Co.'s sports network said in an e-mailed statement.