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Giants cut Rams’ Case Keenum down to size on NFL’s debut at rugby HQ — American football at the home of England's Rugby Football Union. The very notion would have sounded implausible not so long ago but, after a decade of regular-season NFL games at Wembley, the sight of the Los Angeles Rams and New York Giants duking it out at Twickenham seemed less like a revolutionary act than a natural evolutionary step.

NFL weekend preview: Cardinals to beat the Seahawks despite Palmer's struggles — Sometimes, you just need to punch adversity in the face. That's what Geno Smith has done, in the too-perfect words of Brandon Marshall, and it's also what participants in our Pick Six contest did, roaring back from a frustrating fortnight with some monster scores in week six.

Mauro Icardi v Inter's Ultras: an unhappy chapter in his ongoing San Siro saga — Perhaps, with hindsight, we should have paid more attention to the title of Mauro Icardi's new autobiography: Sempre Avanti - Always Ahead. For as long as he has been in the public consciousness, the striker has always carried an air of impatience, the manner of someone who is eager to skip forward to the next chapter. — The NFL is going soft. That's what Donald Trump told us, at any rate, and when did an aspiring politician ever lie before? Still, nobody could make the same claim regarding our Pick Six contest.

Gareth Southgate's brief tenure makes England an intriguing proposition — It would be interesting to climb inside Gareth Southgate's head at the moment. Not only because two weeks ago he thought he was preparing for the England U21s European Championship qualifiers and it's the senior side he's now in charge of; having been given the top job, he's in a curious state of limbo.

Southgate's England hopes could rest on Rooney and Rashford decisions — England's World Cup qualifier at home to Malta on Saturday gives interim coach Gareth Southgate his first chance to prove he is the man to replace Sam Allardyce as the permanent manager. ESPN FC has five key questions he must find an answer to ... What is Wayne Rooney's role?

NFL week five predictions: Matt Ryan and Falcons to upset unbeaten Broncos — Not one person managed to call all six games correctly in last week's edition of our Pick Six contest, but this is not the time to feel downhearted. After all, it could be worse. You could be Odell Beckham Jr, getting outshone by a ballboy on Monday Night Football.

Trending - Arsenal's Arsene Wenger not a fit for England - Robert Pires - ESPN FC — Arsene Wenger has been linked with the England manager position, but former Arsenal playmaker Robert Pires does not think the job would suit him.

Trending - England and Manchester United's Wayne Rooney feeling scrutinised - ESPN FC

Wembley win finally gives Jacksonville Jaguars something to write home about — Pitchside pyrotechnics, pillars of popcorn and a mascot descending from the roof on a zip line. The National Football League celebrated a decade of regular season games at Wembley as only it knows how. There was even a first win of this season for London's "home" team, the Jacksonville Jaguars, who survived a wild fourth-quarter rally to beat the Indianapolis Colts 30-27.
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Oct 21, 2016

(And yes, I'll probably regret that one. Even money, of course, I'm taking Juve. But the odds were just tempting enough...)

Oct 21, 2016

@andybrassell @mattgubbins I'm thinking of bringing an actual Italian Eurovision entry next week. Be warned.

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