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Wembley return for NFL in 2015

There will be three more NFL games played at Wembley in 2015, it has been announced.

NFL UK managing director Alistair Kirkwood confirmed the move after Detroit Lions defeated Atlanta Falcons on Sunday.

NFL will return to Wembley in 2015. Credit: PA

"We are going to do three games next year, and looking at staging two games back to back in successive weeks to test this support base," Kirkwood BBC World Service.

"There are some logistic reasons around the Rugby World Cup that means we won't be going to four or five."

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Sam becomes first openly gay player in the NFL

Michael Sam has become the first openly gay player in a pro-American football team, after he was picked by the St Louis Rams during a draft.

After hearing of the news he would be playing for St Louis, he hugged, kissed and tweeted a picture of himself with his boyfriend to thousands of fans:

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Tinie Tempah, Gene Simmons perform at NFL match

Tinie Tempah and Gene Simmons were among the acts to perform in the lead up to the Minnesota Vikings' match against the Pittsburgh Steelers tonight at Wembley Stadium.

The Kiss bassist sung 'The Star-Spangled Banner' to a packed crowd prior to kick off.

Tinie Tempah accompanied by Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders before the NFL International Series match. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
Kiss bassist Gene Simmons sang the US National Anthem at the NFL International Series match. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders stand with their hands on their hearts for the US National Anthem. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Vikings fans show their support ahead of the match against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Wembley Stadium. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire
Minnesota Vikings cheerleaders perform at Wembley Stadium. Credit: Simon Cooper/PA Wire

Vikings storm Wembley amid clouds of smoke

Smoke billowing from timber doors welcomed the Minnesota Vikings to the Wembley field ahead of their clash against the Pittsburgh Steelers this evening.

The teams tweeted video and pictures of the atmosphere from the ground before kick off.

Fans arrive at Wembley for NFL International Series

Wembley Stadium will tonight host the Minnesota Vikings and Pittsburgh Steelers in the first of two NFL International Series matches to be played in London this year.

Minnesota Vikings fans who are among the 84,000 fans expected to attend tonight's match at Wembley Stadium. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Tonight's Steelers vs Vikings match is the first of two NFL International Series matches to be played in London this year. Credit: Twitter/@widianemoussa
Pittsburgh Steelers fans at the seventh international NFL game to be held in London. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire
Minnesota Vikings fans on Wembley Way prior to tonight's NFL International Series match. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

NFL agrees £493m settlement over player brain injuries

The NFL has reached a tentative settlement of $765 million (£493m) over concussion-related brain injuries among former players.

The league has agreed to compensate sufferers, pay for medical exams and underwrite research - subject to approval by a federal judge - just days before the start of the 2013 season.

Former San Diego Chargers linebacker Junior Seau killed himself in 2012. Credit: Joe Giddens/EMPICS Sport

More than 4,500 former athletes - out of a total of 18,000 retired players - have sued the NFL since 2011, claiming the long-term dangers of concussion have been concealed and that injured players have returned to action too quickly.

NFL executive vice president Jeffrey Pash said: "This agreement continues our work to make the game safer for current and future players."

The league insisted safety had always been a top priority but came under pressure to act after former player Junior Seau, who had degenerative brain damage, committed suicide last year.

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