NFL exec: Team in London ‘clearly’ not happening soon
Humphreys converted before Steenson scored his 1000th point for Exeter with another penalty. And with prop John Yapp sin-binned for London Irish, the visitors were able to take advantage. Firs Mumm crossed and then with seven minutes remaining White sealed the victory with Steenson sending over the extras. VIEW FROM DRESSING ROOM London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith: “At the back end of the match we couldn’t defend our errors, we needed to bring our error rate down but we didn’t eliminate those errors and they came back to bite us on the backside. “We went into the contest with quite a few hiccups but we were well prepared and that showed for the first 60 minutes, but their first try was a momentum changer as we lost all our momentum after that. “Halani Aulika’s injury could be a serious one it is an Achilles which may be ruptured. We will assess it in 48 hours but potentially it was a season ending injury.” Exeter boss Rob Baxter: “I am not happy with our performance but we showed great character. “In the first half we were disappointing for our game wasn’t direct enough as we were content to try and pass the ball around the opposition. “We are stuttering along a bit, we haven’t really hit the heights that we reached a year ago but we are going well in training. “The first four or five weeks of the season are a dogfight and you just have to fight for the whole of the 80 minutes to get what you can. After the first four weeks you can draw breath and assess where you are.” SATURDAY’S LINE-UPS London Irish: Ojo; Yarde, Mulchrone, Sheridan, Fenby; Humphreys, O’Leary (capt); Parr, Paice, Aulika, Rouse, Sinclair, Danaher, Evans, Treviranus. Replacements: Stevens, Yapp, Halavatau, Nimmo, Ellis, Tagicakibau, Geraghty, Allinson. Exeter: Dollman; Whitten, Shoemark, Hill, James; Steenson, Thomas; Sturgess, Yeandle, Tui, Mumm (capt), Welch, White, Scaysbrook, Johnson.
Premiership: London Irish 23-29 Exeter
Volume was big, too, with many trapeze shapes and floor-sweeping gowns and wide-leg trousers seen at shows including Mulberry and Erdem. This being London, many designers were impossible to fit into any talk of trends. Vivienne Westwood produced a collection featuring her signature draped dresses and tailored separates, though those designs were sidelined by a modern dance performance with an environmentalist message by model Lily Cole. Christopher Kane, known for his quirky and imaginative designs, showed futuristic dresses that looked like they could be Star Trek costumes and floral prints that looked like biology text book illustrations. Bay Garnett, a stylist for British Vogue, said that Kane and Meadham Kirchhoff, which showed Tuesday, stood out as two of her highlights of the week because they were so creative.”It’s so imaginative. It’s the kind of eclecticism, the kind of spirit of Britishness, I think,” she said. Asked which looks she expected to see copied in shops in spring, she said: “I haven’t gotten that far yet. I’m just looking around and taking in the ideas.” Many in attendance must be thinking the same, as they pack up and head for two more weeks of preview shows in Milan and Paris. ADIDAS BY STELLA MCCARTNEY McCartney ditched the catwalk and took her audience to the gym instead for her new season sportswear collection for Adidas. The British designer had her models wear cropped sweatshirts, stretch bodysuits and daisy print shorts in bright yellow, aqua and tropical lime as they danced, cycled and performed aerial yoga. A team of four synchronized swimmers sporting black bathing suits with side cutouts even put on a performance in a small swimming tank. “I love it. They are amazing.
Sent! A link has been sent to your friend’s email address. 2 To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs NFL exec: Team in London ‘clearly’ not happening soon Tom Pelissero, USA TODAY Sports 4:13 p.m. EDT September 18, 2013 Ben Roethlisberger, quarterback of the Pittsburgh Steelers, poses for photographers, backdropped by the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben in central London, Tuesday, July 2, 2013. Pittsburgh Steelers will play against the Minnesota Vikings at Wembley Stadium in London, on Sunday Sept. 29, 2013. (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis, AP) The Minnesota Vikings “host” the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept. 29 in London Also at Wembley Stadium, the Jacksonville Jaguars face the San Francisco 49ers on Oct. 27 Wembley holds 84,500 for American football, and the games were virtual sellouts within two weeks SHARE 20 CONNECT 20 TWEET 2 COMMENTEMAILMORE The NFL’s British fan base has grown rapidly since the international series began at Wembley Stadium in 2007. But the league’s head of international business isn’t ready to say the NFL is close to putting a team in London full-time. “We’d like to continue to grow our fan base even more aggressively,” Chris Parsons, the NFL’s senior vice president of international, told USA TODAY Sports this week. “And whether that’s doubling it from where it is today I’m not entirely sure what the exact number is I certainly would want us to be even bigger in the UK before we made a move like that, which clearly wouldn’t be something that would happen in the near term.” For the first time, the international series will put two games in London this year, starting with the Minnesota Vikings “hosting” the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sept.