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Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals tie in NFL showpiece at Wembley

Neither NFL side found a way to win at Wembley. Credit: PA

London's NFL fans were treated to a rare spectacle on Sunday as the Washington Redskins and Cincinnati Bengals played to a tie.

Dustin Hopkins missed a 34-yard field goal attempt which would have won the game with 2:09 left in the extra period and the game finished 27-27 - only the fifth tie in the NFL since 2012 but the second in the space of as many weeks.

After Hopkins missed, the Bengals turned the ball over as quarterback Andy Dalton fumbled, but Washington could not take advantage as the clock ran out on the first overtime period to be played in London.

Hopkins was not the only kicker with a costly miss in the game, however, as Cincinnati's Mike Nugent missed a routine point after touchdown kick in the third quarter which would have changed everything.

It was Hopkins who forced overtime at Wembley with a 40-yard field goal late in regulation after Jeremy Hill's one-yard touchdown run put Cincinnati on top, 27-24, with 6:58 to go.

Last weekend, the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks both missed field goals in overtime as they played to a 6-6 tie, but it remains a highly unusual result in the NFL.

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Peyton Manning retires from NFL

Peyton Manning. Credit: PA

Peyton Manning has announced the end of his 18-year National Football League career.

The 39-year-old quarterback, a five-time winner of the league's Most Valuable Player award, guided the Denver Broncos to victory in Super Bowl 50 last month when they beat the Carolina Panthers 24-10.

"When you look at everything Peyton has accomplished as a player and person, it's easy to see how fortunate we've been to have him on our team," Broncos executive vice-president of football operations and general manager John Elway told the team's website.

British NFL franchise 'realistic' in the future - Goodell

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has said it is a "realistic possibility" that there will be a UK-based franchise if the sport continues to grow in Britain.

Could a British-based NFL team one day compete in the Super Bowl? Credit: PA

For the third successive year, the 2016 season will see three games hosted in the capital, with Twickenham joining Wembley in staging International Series fixtures outside of the United States.

Speaking at a press conference in San Francisco ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl 50, Goodell said he expects more games to be taken to London and did not rule out the possibility of a team one day being based on British soil.

"We are considering playing more games in the UK, it's a balancing act with our schedule," he said.

"As you know, we're playing in two stadiums next year and that gives us a little bit more flexibility of how to do that. I believe the future will see more games in the UK.

"As far as a franchise, let's continue to grow, to see that excitement, enthusiasm, passion and support continue to develop. If it does, I think that's a realistic possibility."

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NFL announce deal with RFU for matches to be played at Twickenham

Twickenham hosted the Rugby World Cup Final at the weekend. Credit: PA

The NFL and the Rugby Football Union have unveiled a partnership that will see Twickenham host at least three regular-season games over a three-year period.

The deal will start in October 2016, with the teams for the first International Series game at the venue to be announced later this year.

The agreement also gives the NFL the opportunity to stage two extra games over the same period.

The NFL has enjoyed great success in staging matches at Wembley and recently extended its agreement with that stadium, with a minimum of two games per year to be played there through to 2020.

Rugby League star gets NFL gig

Hayne has made the San Francisco 49ers' roster. Credit: PA

Former Australia rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has realised his dream of winning a place on the San Francisco 49ers' NFL roster.

Hayne beat out practice-squad player Kendall Gaskins for a spot in the running back rotation as the Niners cut 14 players to bring their squad down to the 53-man limit. Another back, Kendall Hunter, was placed on injured reserve.

"I am over the moon," Hayne told 49ers.com. "I'm blessed and honoured to be a part of the 49ers franchise.

"I wanted to take a risk, and I wanted to put myself out there. This whole journey, I've never felt so alive."

Regarding the wait to hear from coach Jim Tomsula, he said: "It was the most nervous I've been in a while. It was more trying to get confirmation than anything. And then it was a sigh of relief."

First openly gay NFL drafted player 'steps away' from game

Michael Sam thanked his Twitter followers for their support. Credit: Reuters

The first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team is "stepping away" from the game because of fears about his mental health.

Michael Sam, who was selected by the St. Louis Rams in 2014, made the announcement on Twitter, saying the past year had been "very difficult".

The Canadian Football League's Montreal Alouettes, with whom he signed in May, said he had left the team for personal reasons.

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