Fans of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers may have felt disappointed with their sides' 35-7 National Football League (NFL) loss to the New England Patriots at Wembley Stadium in London this week, but from the wreckage of defeat there was optimism to be found, for Bucs' fans and, bizarrely, those of Manchester United too.
The most lucrative match in world football took place at Wembley Stadium on Monday -- with Burnley defeating Sheffield United 1-0 to collect a prize which is estimated to be worth nearly $100 million -- more than any Superbowl or World Cup final.
Wembley's controversial pitch will be dug up and replaced before the start of next season, the English Football Association said on Monday following criticism from losing semifinal managers Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger.
If you are not careful when discussing England's crushing failure to qualify for Euro 2008, and the subsequent appointment of Fabio Capello as the national-team manager, you can appear to morph from cosmopolitan man of the world to foaming xenophobe. To demonstrate that you have nothing against foreign players or managers, it has to be picked through, step by step.
I got a call the other day from a club official who's been around a long, long time. He's the kind of person I would call every now and then to get my head straight, when the crush of NFL affairs became almost too overpowering. He saw things through a wry and caustic eye, especially the hypocrisy not only in the football world, but in big-time sports in general -- even though he was a part of that world. He used to get a special kick out of the way different clubs chose to handle, if that's really the right word, their disciplinary problems.
Prince William deftly sidestepped questions about on-again, off-again girlfriend Kate Middleton on Saturday when he and Prince Harry checked out the final preparations for the next day's Concert for Diana.
The English FA Cup final is unlikely to be played at the new Wembley stadium until at least 2008 after the construction company in charge of the project said it would not be ready to host a major event until June 2007.
Shares in Australian developer Multiplex slumped 27 percent in early trading Tuesday, as investors reacted to news of a second profit downgrade for the group over problems with its construction of Wembley Stadium in the UK.
British Prime Minister Tony Blair, England football captain David Beckham and England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson helped London celebrate the "topping out" of the new Wembley stadium in a glittering ceremony.