Carolina Panthers tight end Ed Dickson (L) dives for a touchdown against Atlanta Falcons inside linebacker Paul Worrilow during the first half of their NFL American football game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta (Photograph: EPA/Erik S. Lesser)

The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks claimed the number one seed in the NFC playoffs with Green Bay Packers, Carolina Panthers and Pitts(...)

Seattle Seahawks  running back Marshawn Lynch dives into the end zone for a touchdown against as  the New York Giants  during the fourth quarter of the game at CenturyLink Field  in Seattle, Washington. Photograph: Steve Dykes/Getty Images

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 Minnesota Vikings running back Matt Asiata  dives past Washington Redskins outside linebacker Adam Hayward to score a touchdown on a one yard run in the second half in Minneapolis. Photograph:  Craig Lassig/EPA

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Marshawn Lynch dives over the line  to score  Seattle Seahawks’  winning touchdown in overtime against the Denver Broncos at CenturyLink Field  in Seattle, Washington. Photograph: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images

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Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning celebrates with  wide receiver Demaryius Thomas after the pair combined for   a third quarter touchdown against the Philadelphia Eagles  at the  Mile High Stadium in Denver, Colorado. Photograph: Dustin Bradford/Getty Images

Unstoppable Peyton Manning continued his electric start to the NFL season by throwing four touchdown passes as the Denver Broncos moved to 4-0 with a (...)

Ben Roethlisberger: paid a handsome tribute to Steelers’ owner Dan Rooney.

It being July 4th we are at the currently vacant US Ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park to interview Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethl(...)

 Chargé d’affaires at the US embassy John Hennessey-Niland (left) and former US ambassador to Ireland Dan Rooney (right) with  parachutists who delivered the match ball before the Fourth Annual Irish American Flag Football Classic at the 4th of July American Independence Day celebrations at the US ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park today. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

A crowd of about 2,300 people showed for the annual US Independence Day celebrations at the US ambassador’s residence in the Phoenix Park today. The t(...)