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The Honolulu Advertiser

Associated Press

Posted on: Saturday, January 16, 2010

49ers, Broncos to play in London

 • Colts hope to show no rust against Ravens

The San Francisco 49ers will play the Denver Broncos next season at Wembley Stadium in London, the fourth straight year the NFL will stage a regular-season game in the British capital.

The 49ers will be listed as the home team for the Oct. 31 game.

"For the past three years we have seen the extraordinary passion that exists for NFL football in the U.K.," NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. "We want to continue to build on that passion by strengthening our ties to our existing U.K. fans and creating new ones."

The game between the 49ers and Broncos may not be the only one in Britain next season.

"The NFL will continue to explore the possibility of playing a second game in the UK in 2010," the NFL said.

The NFL has played games at Wembley for the past three seasons, with more than 80,000 fans at each game.



The Cincinnati Bengals say that wide receiver Chad Ochocinco has been added to the AFC's Pro Bowl team.

It's the sixth time Ochocinco has made the Pro Bowl, which will be played Jan. 31 in south Florida.

He replaces the injured Wes Welker of New England. Ochocinco was the second alternate, but first alternate Randy Moss of New England is also hurt.

Ochocinco led the Bengals with 72 receptions, 1,047 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.


Haiti relief: The NFL and the players' union are contributing $1 million toward relief efforts in Haiti. The American Red Cross and Partners In Health will receive $500,000 each. The Red Cross estimates 45,000 to 50,000 people were killed in Tuesday's earthquake.

Bears: Chicago has signed former Minnesota Vikings head coach Mike Tice to be the team's offensive line coach. Tice spent the past four years in Jacksonville as the assistant head coach.

Cowboys: Dallas running back Marion Barber (left knee) went through an entire practice yesterday and is listed as probable to play tomorrow against Minnesota.