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Spurs to play Champions League opener at Wembley

Spurs will continue to play at Wembley until their new stadium is ready. Credit: PA

Tottenham will play their opening Champions League group game at Wembley as the waits goes on for the move into their new stadium.

Spurs have announced an agreement with UEFA to host their first home Champions League match - in either the week of September 17 or October 1 - at Wembley.

Tottenham have already switched their Premier League games against Liverpool on September 15 and Cardiff on October 15 to Wembley.

"We have agreed with UEFA that the first home match day of this season's Champions League group stage, scheduled on either match day one (week commencing September 17) or match day two (week commencing October 1), will be staged at Wembley Stadium," read a Tottenham statement.

"Both match days are due to take place between our two Premier League home fixtures against Liverpool (Saturday 15 September) and Cardiff City (Saturday 6 October), which we confirmed last week had been switched to Wembley."

Spurs have delayed the opening of their new ground at White Hart Lane due to "issues with the critical safety systems".

Tottenham had been due to host Liverpool at the new ground on September 15.

The English Football League (EFL) and Spurs have also confirmed the north London club will have the option to move their Carabao Cup third-round tie, if drawn at home.

Spurs could reverse the fixture, or opt to host at a neutral venue, with Wembley unavailable in the week commencing September 24.

Spurs' statement continued: "As a further update, should we be drawn at home in round three of the Carabao Cup (week commencing 24 September), then we can apply for special dispensation from the EFL board to reverse the fixture or play at a neutral venue as both our new stadium and Wembley are unavailable during this week."

Wembley to host seven Euro 2020 games including Final

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London will host seven games during Euro 2020 after UEFA handed the four fixtures scheduled for Brussels to Wembley on Thursday.

UEFA decided to reallocate the three group-stage games and one last-16 game originally given to the Belgian capital because of delays in the project to build a new 60,000-capacity Eurostadium on the site of Heysel.

Cardiff's Principality Stadium and Stockholm's Friends Arena - the venues for last season's finals of the Champions League and Europa League, respectively - had hoped to pick up Brussels' games.

However, UEFA opted for Wembley, which has already been chosen as the venue for the semi-finals and final.

Glasgow's Hampden Park had been hoping to stage the tournament's opening game but that honour has gone to Rome's Stadio Olimpico.


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.

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."

Eminem 'first rapper to perform at Wembley Stadium'

The last time Eminem performed in London was in 2001. Credit: Reuters

Eminem has become the first rapper to perform a headline show at London's Wembley Stadium.

His two-date set on Thursday and Friday nights is the first time the Lose Yourself star has played a gig in London since 2001.

The 41-year-old, whose hits include Stan and Real Slim Shady, scheduled the shows after an outdoor performance at Hyde Park this year fell through.

Dortmund receive 500,000 applications for Wembley tickets

Dortmund are known for their passionate 'Yellow Wall' of supporters. Credit: DPA

Borussia Dortmund have received more than half a million ticket applications for the Champions League final against Bayern Munich, the Bundesliga club said.

Dortmund, who have an average home attendance of around 80,000, said 502,567 fans had applied for tickets online before Sunday's deadline.

"It's absolutely crazy," said the club, adding that a draw would be made to determine who would get the 24,042 tickets the club has been allocated for the match on May 25.

The two finalists have been allocated a total of nearly 50,000 tickets for the final at London's Wembley Stadium, even though the total capacity will be 86,000.