Tottenham new stadium latest: Spurs hoping £1billion arena ‘could one day host Super Bowl’

22 Mar

Tottenham’s new stadium is the ‘permanent home for the NFL outside the United States’ and could one day host the Super Bowl, the north London club hope.

Spurs finally move into their new ground next month after an extended redevelopment period which was beset by numerous delays.

Tottenham’s stunning new stadium will open in less than a fortnight

The north Londoners had planned to officially open the £1billion structure last September, but they’ve been forced to remain at Wembley until Crystal Palace visit the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on April 3.

At the start of next season, Tottenham will share their stadium with the NFL, having agreed with the league’s governing body to share American football matches between themselves and England’s national stadium.

It will become the first Premier League stadium to host NFL matches, and the ground was designed with the agreement in place; a retractable grass pitch is placed over an artificial pitch, with the latter to be used for NFL games.

And Spurs view the stadium as not just their home – but the home of the NFL outside the United States.

Aidan Mullally, Tottenham’s head of business development, discussed the arena at a panel at Advertising Week Europe, saying: “Over the past three to four years, I think this has been, quite frankly, the most followed stadium in the world.

“When people come [to the first test event] on Sunday, I think they will be truly amazed by how magnificent the stadium is.

“It is an NFL stadium and that’s the key message. From the very start during the design phase, we have had the NFL in mind. The anchor tenant is Tottenham Hotspur, but this is designed to be a permanent home for the NFL outside the US.

“This building will provide brand exposure globally, both with the Premier League but by also pointing deep into key regions and key cities in the US as well.”

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And though Mullally refused to confirm Spurs’ desire to one day host the Super Bowl – the NFL’s flagship fixture – it is understood Tottenham wish to do just that.

As quoted by Soccerex, Mullally said on the subject of the stadium hosting high-profile events such as the Super Bowl: “It is unbelievably complicated, but this [stadium] is designed with one purpose in mind, which is to deliver unbelievably good quality events, so we don’t want our venue holding back on any decision.”

The stadium will host its first football match this weekend ahead of the scheduled opening next month.

Tottenham’s Under-18s are facing Southampton on Sunday in the first of two test events the stadium is required to host to be awarded the correct safety certificates for official use.

Five arrested for brawl in Boston after New England Patriots celebrate Super Bowl victory over Los Angeles Rams

7 Feb

Five fans have been arrested after a victory parade in Boston to celebrate the New England Patriots’ victory over the LA Rams in Atlanta.

Police Sgt. John Boyle said the majority of those arrested Tuesday during the team’s Super Bowl victory ride through downtown were youngsters, with the majority of charges fuelled by alcohol.

Five men were arrested after the brawl

The fight, which was caught on camera, happened in the afternoon at the end of the parade and saw five men arrested – with several wearing Patriots jerseys.

“It was the dumbest thing. They were all Patriots fans. It was just macho intoxication,” Colin Beatt, the man who shot the video, told the Boston Herald.

Another reported incident was Tom Brady’s daughter managing to just about avoid being hit by a stray can.

Brady won his sixth Super Bowl as the Patriots beat the Rams 13-3.

The 41-year-old superstar quarterback threw for 262 yards and engineered the game’s only touchdown drive as Sony Michel punched the ball in to give New England the lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Julian Edelman – voted MVP with 141 yards receiving – and Rob Gronkowski also shined for New England, who now tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships.

The pair had 228 of New England’s 262 receiving yards, with both nabbing key receptions in the touchdown drive.

Harry Kane: Tottenham striker attends Super Bowl and fans poke fun after he touches Vince Lombardi Trophy

4 Feb

Tottenham star Harry Kane managed to get his hands on the Vince Lombardi Trophy after the New England Patriots beat the La Rams in the Super Bowl on Sunday night.

The crocked Spurs striker, who is also a huge Patriots fan, was in America to see the NFL’s Championship game and watched in delight as his team won 13-3.

Before and after the event, Kane met the likes of Tom Brady and Julien Edelman, and shared several photos of the night on Twitter.

“I arrived last night and it’s similar to a World Cup where everyone comes together,” he told BBC Sport.

“I was a huge Tom Brady fan growing up, he was a huge inspiration for me to reach the top.”

However, one post backfired, as fans on social media latched onto an image of the England captain with the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Kane is yet to win a major trophy during his career, something Tottenham’s rivals enjoy highlighting.

And some suggested the 25-year-old had gone to extreme lengths just to get his hands on some silverware, while another pointed out it was good for him to see a completed stadium – a reference to the delay in Spurs’ redeveloped White Hart Lane.

Here are the best tweets:

The striker is currently receiving treatment on an ankle injury which was supposed to rule him out until March, however talkSPORT understands he aims to return in time for the Champions League clash with Borussia Dortmund on February 13.

Speaking on Sunday, he said: “It’s going well. I went away for some warm weather training and we’re stepping it up.

“[We will] see next week how we go, start to get the balls out and just see how the ankle reacts. It’s going well so far, but we have just got to take our time with it and make sure we get it right.

“I never put a time on any of my injuries. It is just about how it feels. The ankle feels great at the moment, so as long as the swelling stays away and we can keep progressing, that would be great.”

Super Bowl 2019 result: New England Patriots win sixth title as Los Angeles Rams are beaten 13-3 in Atlanta

4 Feb

Tom Brady won his sixth Super Bowl as New England Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.

The 41-year-old superstar quarterback threw for 262 yards and engineered the game’s only touchdown drive as Sony Michel punched the ball in to give New England the lead midway through the fourth quarter.

Tom Brady won a sixth Super Bowl

Julian Edelman – voted MVP with 141 yards receiving – and Rob Gronkowski also shined for New England, who now tie the Pittsburgh Steelers for the most Super Bowl championships.

The pair had 228 of New England’s 262 receiving yards, with both nabbing key receptions in the touchdown drive.

With the Patriots needing a score to tighten their grip on the Vince Lombardi trophy, Brady delivered.

Starting at their own 31, the veteran quarterback found Gronkowski with a short pass for 19 yards, then, out of the gun, hit Edelman for a 13-yard completion.

Now at the Rams’ 38-yard line, Brady found Rex Burkhead with a short seven-yard pass before finding 87 again as Gronkowski beat two defenders to finish two yards shy.

This was the only redzone visit of the night and Michel took advantage of good blocking to score his sixth postseason touchdown.

Plaudits should also go to the New England defence, who contained Jared Goff to just 229 yards and the Rams to just three points – having scored an average of 32.9 per game in the regular season.

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New England Patriots Super Bowl wins: six

Tom Brady Super Bowl wins: six

Bill Belichick Super Bowl wins: six

The strong Patriots defensive performance was capped off when Stephon Gilmore read Goff and secured a pick on the New England two-yard line with just over four minutes remaining.

Super Bowl LIII was the lowest-scoring championship game in the history of the NFL, and it was the Rams who has their tails up early when cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman tipped Brady’s pass and linebacker Cory Littleton slid in for an interception.

The Vince Lombardi trophy is held aloft in Atlanta

However Los Angeles were unable to capitalise going three-and-out – bringing in punter Johnny Hekker for the first of his six punts in the opening 30 minutes.

The Rams failed to convert a third-down in the first half, and finished the opening half with 57 yards on offence.

But crucially, the New England offence was unable to put anything on the board in the first quarter – Stephen Gostkowski missing a 46-yard field goal.

Gostkowski was true with the boot from 42 yards early in the second as the Patriots went into the locker room 3-0 up.

At 41 years old, Brady is the oldest player to start, and to win, a Super Bowl

The second half started in a similar vain to the first with defences prevailing and punters drafted in on three-and-outs.

Hekker grabbed himself a Super Bowl record when he sent the ball down 65 yards on a third-quarter punt – beating the old record by a solitary yard.

On their ensuing possession, the Rams drew the game level as Goff drove his side 42 yards including a deep pass to Robert Woods for 18 yards.

A vital sack on third and seven meant Los Angeles had to settle for three, with Greg Zuerlein doing the honours.

It would turn out to be the Rams’ only score all night as the Patriots found the end zone for a 10-3 lead with seven minutes left before Goff was picked off with less than five remaining.

Gostkowski made it a two-score game late in the fourth when he converted a 41-yard attempt.

For the Rams, it was do or die.

A holding penalty brought the drive back before it had even begun, but as the 24-year-old pushed the Rams down the field, so the clock ticked down.

Zuerlein was drafted in for a 48-yard field goal attempt with eight ticks remaining, which would have reduced the deficit to seven.

The attempt veered left and Brady took a knee to secure the title.

Rob Gronkowski at the Super Bowl: His girlfriend, salary, net worth and record as New England Patriots star eyes glory in Atlanta

30 Jan

Rob Gronkowski could be key to the New England Patriots’ hopes of claiming glory at Super Bowl 53 tonight.

The superstar tight end remains one of the best in the NFL despite the tweak to his game in recent seasons.

New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski

The 29-year-old showed his class as the Pats beat the Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Championship game two weeks ago.

And quarterback Tom Brady will want one his main men firing on all cylinders against the Los Angeles Rams at the Super Bowl.

New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski

What is his Super Bowl record?

Gronkowski has claimed Super Bowl glory twice in his career to date and is also a five-time Pro Bowler.

He helped the Patriots beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in 2015 and won again in 2017, beating the Atlanta Falcons 34-28.

He has also lost two Super Bowls; to the New York Giants in 2012 and to the Philadelphia Eagles last season.

Who is he married to?

Gronkowski is currently dating Camille Kostek, a former New England Patriots cheerleader.

The two got together in 2015 after Kostek, now a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit model, quit her role with the Pats.

Instagram Photo

Instagram Photo

How much does Gronkowski earn and what is his net worth?

In 2012, Gronkowski signed a six-year deal with the Patriots worth $54million [£41million], the biggest ever contract handed to an NFL tight end.

The terms included an $8million [£6million] signing bonus plus a basic salary of around $8million a year.

His net worth would far exceed that of his $54million player earnings given his wealth of endorsements.

New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski

Tom Brady at the Super Bowl: His wife, net worth, salary and everything else you must know about the New England Patriots quarterback

30 Jan

Legendary NFL quarterback Tom Brady will lead the New England Patriots at Super Bowl 53 tonight looking for his sixth ring.

Despite being written off by many this season, Brady has been superb yet again to guide his Pats to the Mercedes-Benz Stadium and a showdown with the Los Angeles Rams.

New England Patriots star Tom Brady

He rolled back the years to see off the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahones in the AFC Championship game two weeks ago.

And while the 41-year-old is coming towards the end of his illustrious career, few would bet against him adding another Super Bowl title to his incredible list of honours this weekend.

New England Patriots star Tom Brady and his wife Gisele Bundchen

What is his Super Bowl record?

Brady is a five-time Super Bowl champion and a four-time Super Bowl MVP.

Alongside his legendary coach Bill Belichick, Brady won his first Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2002 when the Patriots beat the St Louis Rams 20-17 in New Orleans.

Brady then claimed glory again in 2004, 2005, 2015 and most recently in 2017.

He has also suffered Super Bowl defeats on three occasions in 2008, 2012 and in last season’s game when the Philadelphia Eagles won 41-33.

Who is he married to?

Brady began dating Brazilian supermodel Gisele Bundchen in December 2006.

They married on February 26, 2009, in Santa Monica, California and have two children together, Benjamin Rein and Vivian Lake.

Brady has got a third child, John Edward Thomas Moynahan, whom he had with actress Bridget Moynahan before their split in December 2006.

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Instagram Photo

What does he earn and what is his net worth?

Brady signed a new $30million [£23million], two-year contract last year meaning he pockets $15million [£11.5million] a year.

He is arguably underpaid given his incredible record, being well down the list of highest-paid quarterbacks in the league.

However, he was handed a $10million [£7.5million] signing bonus after agreeing his new deal.

Given his wealth of commercial and advertisement revenue, Brady’s net worth is an estimated $180million [£137million].

Brady’s wife Gisele is also a huge earner in her industry and the couple’s net worth has been priced at somewhere around $540million [£410million].

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady
New England Patriots star Tom Brady

Don’t miss any of the action at Super Bowl 53: Find out here how to catch the big game, which is live on talkSPORT on 3 February.

WWE to stream special six-man tag team match at half-time of the NFL Super Bowl

28 Jan

The WWE’s Royal Rumble event is now in the books and wrestling fans will be happy with what they saw.

But an announcement the company made during the show will have excited WWE followers just as much.

Seth Rollins won the 2019 Royal Rumble Event

Super Bowl LIII goes down this Sunday, February 3 with Los Angeles Rams battling the New England Patriots in Atlanta.

And everyone knows the half-time adverts and entertainment are some of the most-watched segments in the world.

Instead of going for an advert slot like they famously did during the Attitude Era back in the 1990s, the WWE are instead going to stream a six-man tag team match on the WWE Network and YouTube. It seems like they may show it on Facebook and Twitter, too.

It’s a genius move from the WWE to give fans an option on so many platforms and represent their brand during one of the biggest sporting event on earth.

Their competition will be three-time Grammy Award-winning band Maroon 5 which the WWE announce teams were sure to mention should be no competition at all.

The fact that it will feature Richochet, Aleister Black and Velveteen Dream on one team and Johnny Gargano, Tomasso Ciampa and Adam Cole on the other is a huge deal in itself – it’s the best NXT has to offer.

Becky Lynch before replacing Lana in the Royal Rumble match

As for the Rumble, fan favourites Becky Lynch and Seth Rollins ended up winning the Women’s and Men’s version of the event respectively and now WrestleMania 35 is looking rather exciting.

However, the NXT brand is arguably the hottest in the world right now and the WWE has made a wise decision leading with it during the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl: New England Patriots vs Los Angeles Rams – FREE live stream, UK start time and who is playing at half-time

19 Jan

It’s Super Bowl 2019 tonight as the stars of the NFL compete for the prestigious Vince Lombardi Trophy.

This year will be the 53rd edition of the showpiece event in America as the two best teams go head-to-head in Atlanta.

Super Bowl 2019: When is it? What is the UK start time?

We will have a new champion this season after the Philadelphia Eagles lost their NFC Divisional Playoff clash to the New Orleans Saints.

So here’s everything you need to know about the all-star event.

Who is playing?

The Super Bowl pits the champions of the AFC and NFC against one another in the season finale.

Last month saw the Conference Championships games take place as the Kansas City Chiefs lost to the New England Patriots in the AFC while the Los Angeles Rams beat the New Orleans Saints in the NFC.

It means Tom Brady’s Patriots and Jared Goff’s Rams will face off at the Super Bowl this evening.

The Patriots have won the Super Bowl on five occasions, most recently in 2017, while the Rams were victorious in 2000 when they were known as the St. Louis Rams.

Super Bowl 2019 will be held at the incredible Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta
Super Bowl 2019 will be held at the incredible Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta

When is it and where?

This year’s showpiece event will take place on Sunday, February 3 and is being held at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium, home of the Atlanta Falcons.

What is the UK start time?

The kick off for the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ will be at 11:30pm UK time.

Can Tom Brady or Drew Brees win the Super Bowl this season?

Who is the half-time show?

The traditional half-time show sees the biggest artists in music take to the pitch in an extended break.

This year Maroon 5 will be headlining the performance with special guest appearances from Travis Scott and Big Boi.

Where to listen and where to watch it

The game is live on talkSPORT tonight and you can click below to listen.

On television, the BBC and Sky Sports both have the rights to the Super Bowl.

BBC One will begin their coverage at 10:45pm and it will be free to stream on their website providing you have a valid TV licence.

Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports USA will be showing the game live with viewers able to see it via Sky Go as well.

Their programme begins at 10pm on both channels.