NFL to play 3 games in London
Federer’s compatriot Wawrinka advanced 7-6 (7-2), 6-4 over Canada’s Raonic, one of the hottest players this fall with back-to-back final showings in Japan and Thailand, where he won the title. The win moved Wawrinka five points ahead of Federer in the race to London. The U.S. Open semifinalist could not solidify his position further when he lost to Nadal in Friday’s quarterfinals. Also boosting their bids on Thursday were France’s Tsonga and Argentina’s del Potro. Tsonga, currently ninth in the race, defeated Florian Mayer of Germany on Friday to move into the Shanghai semifinals. Tommy Haas, Nicolas Almagro and John Isner have outside shots at making London, but all three would need to post big results this month. They trail Richard Gasquet, who is 10th, by nearly 700 points or more. Among next week’s 250-level events in Stockholm, Moscow and Vienna, only Wawrinka, Gasquet, Tsonga and Haas are entered to play the former two at Moscow and the latter two at Vienna. All the legitimate contenders will lace up the following week at 500-level events at Basel and Valencia, including Federer, who has lost to a player ranked outside the top 40 in four of his last six events. Their final shot to qualify is the Oct. 28 Paris Masters with 1,000 points to the winner. Djokovic said although Federer’s form has dropped this season, it would be a mistake to write him off. “He’s 17-time Grand Slam winner, one of the best players in the history of the game. If he says he’s going to play better, work better, it’s definitely worth listening if he says it that way,” he said.
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“Our fans in the UK have continued to demonstrate that they love football and want more,” said commissioner Roger Goodell, who has championed overseas games for years and someday believes the NFL will have a franchise based in London. “Both of this year’s games in London sold out quickly. The fan enthusiasm for our sport continues to grow. By playing two games in the UK this year, we are creating more fans. We hope that with three games in London next year we will attract even more people to our game.” The Raiders and Falcons never have played a regular-season game at Wembley. The Jaguars’ first appearance will be when they face San Francisco in 19 days. In other notes from Tuesday’s meetings: Several owners said the subject of changing the Washington Redskins ‘ nickname was not discussed in any formal way during Tuesday’s sessions. Goodell, who grew up in Washington as a fan of the team, said “by no means” was the name considered derogatory then. “But whenever you have a situation like this, you have to listen and recognize some people have different perspectives,” Goodell said of protests by American Indian groups about the nickname. The NFL approved $27 million in funding for improvements at FedEx Field. The money will be diverted from Washington’s contributions to revenue sharing. The NFL also approved $62.5 million in funding for the Cleveland Browns ‘ stadium. The league announced an agreement between USA Football and three organizations that will endorse the Heads Up Football initiative that already has been approved by more than 2,800 youth football organizations.