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SPORTS NEWS Serena Williams in victorious mood


NFL plans its London Return NFL have announced 2016’s London International Series Games. On October 2nd, the Jacksonville Jaguars will face AFC South rivals the Indianapolis Colts at Wembley, whilst the famous stadium will also host the October 30th bout between Cincinatti Bengals and the Washington Redskins. For 2016, NFL also debuts at Twickenham Stadium – the home of England’s Rugby Squad. The St Louis Rams and an as yet unnamed NFC East team will go head to head on Twickenham’s fabled turf on October 23rd.


BBC Sports Personality of the Year Overseas


The BBC’s annual Sports Personal- ity of the Year Overseas award saw three Americans nominated for 2015. After an explosive rise including winning the US Open and Masters, golfer Jordan Spieth earnt his way onto the ballot, whilst Serena Williams became America’s most decorated female tennis player having won the Austral- ian and French Opens, as well as Wimbledon in 2015. 18 year old swimming sensation Katie Ledecky also gained a nomination after win- ning 5 gold medals and achieving 2 world records at the 2015 World Championships in Russia.


Beckham’s Miami Soccer David Beckham’s proposed MLS team in Miami has taken a step closer to fruition after Major League Soccer approved plans for the fran- chise’s 25,000 to 30,000 stadium, to be located in the Overtown area of the city.


More Americans Invest in Premier League


As well as US viewing figures increasing, American investment in the English Premier League is also growing. Teams including Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are already American owned, US invest- ment is also close to being secured for Crystal Palace, and AFC Bourne- mouth have recently confirmed that Chicago-based investment firm Peak6 have bought a 25% stake in the club. US investment isn’t clear cut however, as Aston Villa owner Randy Lerner’s stake in the club continues to be in doubt.


Gutierrez is Second Seat at


Haas American Formula One Team, Haas F1, has announced that Mexican Esteban Gutierrez will be their second driver for their debut campaign in 2016. Gutierrez, a protégé of the Ferrari Driver Programme, previously raced at Sauber(2011 -2014), and will return to the grid alongside Romain Gros- jean when they take to the track in Australia next March.


Premier League viewing leaps in the US


On the back of NBC renewing its rights to broadcast English Premier League (EPL) soccer matches in the States until 2022, new figures show the growing popularity of the sport in the US. The statistics show view- ing numbers for EPL matches in the States grew 150% in three years, sparking a return to discussions of a lucrative ‘39th’ Premier League sea- son game which could be played on American soil. Major League Soccer chief, Don Garber, put cold water on the idea, however, arguing that the idea would threaten the growth of MLS in the US. Talking of MLS, Los Angeles FC is gearing up to become the 22nd MLS team in 2018, headed by Henry Nguyen, a Vietnamese- American venture capitalist, Tom Penn, a former NBA exec, movie mogul Peter Guber, a star-studded group of owners and Vincent Tan, majority owner of Cardiff City FC and Ruben Gnanalingam, a co- owner of Queens Park Rangers.


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