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Former Wasps and England man Wade signs for NFL side Buffalo Bills

Former England rugby union player Christian Wade has signed for the Buffalo Bills, the NFL team has announced. Credit: PA

Former England rugby union player Christian Wade has signed for the Buffalo Bills, the NFL team has announced.

Wade quit Gallagher Premiership side Wasps in October to join the NFL's International Pathway Program, which offers players from outside of America a route into the sport.

The 27-year-old was expected to be included in the NFL Draft later this month but has instead signed for the Bills, who finished with a 6-10 record last season.

After the news was announced, Wade said on his official Twitter account that he was "lost for words right now."

The Bills will get a roster exemption from the NFL for Wade through the International Player Pathway Program, allowing them to carry 91 players instead of the typical 90-player roster.

Wade has been identified as a running back by the NFL club, after scoring 82 tries as a wing for Wasps in the Premiership.

Wade, third-highest try scorer in Premiership history in England, participated in an NFL Pro Day last week and recorded a time of 4.53 seconds in the 40-yard dash.

He follows in the footsteps of former Worcester Warriors forward Christian Scotland-Williamson, who was allocated to the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2018 before being signed to the team's practice squad.

Scotland-Williamson went on to sign a reserves contract with the Steelers at the beginning of this year.

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Wembley and Tottenham to share four NFL games in 2019

The NFL will return to England next year to host four games at two locations - with Tottenham's new ground joining Wembley Stadium as a venue. Credit: PA

The NFL will return to England next year to host four games at two locations - with Tottenham's new ground joining Wembley Stadium as a venue for the latest London Games Series fixtures.

Wembley was sold out for the past three weekends as the NFL brought American Football across the Atlantic for the 12th year in a row.

The last of those matches saw the Philadelphia Eagles beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 24-18 in front of 85,870 fans at Wembley - a record for the London Games Series.

In 2019, the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is due to host two matches, with the other two at Wembley.

Delays to Tottenham's new home led to NFL fixtures this year being shifted back to the national stadium, which is also hosting Spurs until they move into their ground.

The Eagles' victory on Sunday came just 24 hours before Tottenham hosted Manchester City in a Premier League game.

The pitch was worn with the gridiron markings for the NFL games still clearly visible as City won 1-0 courtesy of a Riyad Mahrez goal.

The fixtures for 2019 have yet to be announced but it will take the number of regular-season NFL matches played in London up to 28.

Wasps winger Wade linked with NFL switch

Wade could move to the NFL. Credit: PA

Winger Christian Wade is set to leave Wasps and attempt to make a move into the NFL, according to reports.

Wasps made no comment when contacted by Press Association Sport on Friday morning and Wade was absent from the 23-man squad later named for the Champions Cup fixture against Bath.

With some 82 Premiership tries, Wade is currently third on the league’s all-time scorer list.

Wade, 27, won his so-far only England cap during 2013. He was also part of that year’s British and Irish Lions squad on the tour of Australia.

The winger has played five times for Wasps this season, the last being against Gloucester on October 6.

During a holiday to America in June, Wade posted a video of himself on Instagram doing a NFL-style fitness workout, which he signed off with the hashtag #OnlyTheBeginning.

Wade would not be the first rugby union player to try his hand at Gridiron.

Christian Scotland-Williamson moved from Worcester to join the Pittsburgh Steelers, while last year Alex Gray left Yorkshire Carnegie to link up with the Atlanta Falcons.

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Hip-hop mogul Diddy in frame to buy Carolina Panthers

Diddy is a lifelong Carolina Panthers fan. Credit: PA

Hip-hop mogul Diddy wants to buy the Carolina Panthers - and NBA star Steph Curry is keen on getting involved.

Current owner Jerry Richardson announced on Sunday that he will sell the NFL franchise at the end of the season amid allegations made against him of workplace misconduct.

In a video posted on his Instagram account, Diddy, whose real name is Sean Coombs, suggested his first move would be to bring in free-agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers, began sitting or kneeling for the national anthem ahead of games last season, in protest at perceived racial injustice, and the movement spread throughout the league and beyond.

Diddy, 48, also posted a series of tweets confirming his interest in becoming the first majority African American NFL owner.

"I would like to buy the @Panthers. Spread the word. Retweet!" he posted, followed by: "There are no majority African American NFL owners. Let's make history."

Two-time NBA MVP Curry, who is from North Carolina and a huge Panthers fan, responded: "I want in!"

The Panthers are valued at $2.3billion by Forbes, and with Diddy said to be worth $820million, the hip-hop star would certainly need some help.

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