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Spurs' game against Man Utd in January to be held at Wembley

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Tottenham's Premier League home game against Manchester United on January 13 will be played at Wembley, the London club have announced.

There have been several delays to the opening of Spurs' new stadium and the club say they are expecting an update from contractors in the week commencing January 7 2019.

A statement on the Tottenham website read: "As promised we wanted to update you, our supporters, on the status of the new stadium.

"The past few months have been spent rectifying issues with the critical safety systems. Testing is being conducted both during the day and night and our contractors will continue to work during the Christmas period. Barring no further significant issues we should then be in a position to schedule Test Events."

Spurs chairman Daniel Levy added: "We are acutely conscious that we are asking fans to go to Wembley for far longer than any of us wanted to. However we are now seeing the progress that we needed to see.

"What I don't want to do is set any firm dates until we have finally achieved a safety certificate. So many people tell me to look at other major schemes that run late and, whilst I know it happens often, we are still hugely frustrated.

"Once again I want to apologise to fans and to thank you for your ongoing support. We have a busy time ahead both on and off the pitch, particularly after last night's amazing qualification for the last 16 of the Champions League. What a memorable night."

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Adams to become president of Rugby Football League

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Former England and Arsenal captain Tony Adams has been named as the Rugby Football League's new president.

Adams, who has forged close links with the RFL through his Sporting Chance charity, will replace current president Andy Burnham next summer.

The former defender made over 500 appearances for Arsenal and won 66 caps for England. Adams founded the Sporting Chance clinic in 2000 following his own experiences with alcohol and drug addiction.

Adams, 52, feels he can help "champion" the sport's profile.

"It will be an honour to become the next president of the RFL," he said on www.rugby-league.com.

"I am passionate about working with everyone in the sport to raise the profile of mental health, wellness and resilience, for players and for everyone in Rugby League.

"I'd like to play my part in championing this brilliant sport on the national stage."

Adam is set to be become the 29th president of the RFL in 2019.

RFL chairman Brian Barwick said: "Tony Adams is known and respected throughout sport and beyond, not only for his outstanding playing career with Arsenal, but more recently for his pioneering work with Sporting Chance.

"The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players since the RFL entered into an official partnership with Sporting Chance in 2011, and Tony himself delivered seminars at Wigan and Hull earlier this year.

"The game has recognised the importance of mental health, for players and everyone else involved, and Tony's election is another significant step in that regard."

West Ham extend Noble's contract until 2021

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West Ham have taken up an option to extend the contract of captain Mark Noble - tying the midfielder to the club until 2021.

Noble, 31, came through the ranks with the Hammers and made his debut in 2004, going on to make 446 appearances for his boyhood club.

The former England Under-21 international has started the last three matches as Manuel Pellegrini's side picked up nine points from their Premier League games.

"It was an option in my contract that I signed a few years ago now, and it's an extra year, which is fantastic for me and my family," Noble told the club's official website.

"I've been at this club all my life - I've always said I wanted to be at this club and I think we're moving in the right direction, so it was the right time to do it."

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