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By Andy Cryer, Matt Parratt and Shamoon Hafez

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Premier League kick-off

And there endeth the session.

Unfortunately, Sportsday won't be back until Monday.

Fortunately, the Premier League starts tomorrow and we will have it covered across the BBC Sport website.

Here's a reminder of the opening games. Excited?

Until then.


The Football League is back


Brighton v Nottingham Forest
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The Premier League might get under way tomorrow, but the action in the Football League starts tonight.

Brighton host Nottingham Forest in the opening game of the Championship season as 24 clubs start their marathon pursuit of a place in the top flight.

Forest won the last meeting 3-2 at the Amex Stadium in February. To find out if this evening's game is as exciting, follow our

live text commentary from 19:00 BST.

Scottish Championship season starts

Rangers v St Mirren (19:45 BST)

The Scottish Championship season begins in less than an hour, as Rangers host relegated St Mirren.

Mark Warburton

The Ibrox club, who lost in the play-offs last term, have won their opening two games of the campaign under new manager Mark Warburton, beating Hibs in the Petrofac Training Cup and Peterhead in the League Cup.

Goalkeeper Cammy Bell

remains a doubt for Rangers with a minor knee injury, while striker Calum Gallagher could make his debut for St Mirren three days after leaving Ibrox.

You can follow updates on BBC Radio Scotland and the BBC Sport website

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BBC Local Radio

With the new football season weekend only one sleep away, it might be worth pointing you into the direction of where to find all of our live online commentaries.

Our list of games are listed

here including Premier League, the National Leagues and the Women's Super League.

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BBC Radio 5 live

Some times and dates for your diaries here, this time what you can expect ahead of the weekend's Premier League curtain raiser:


  • 19:00-21:00, Premier League Football Preview


  • 12:00-12:45, Premier League build-up
  • 12:45-15:00, Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur
  • 15:00-17:00, Bournemouth v Aston Villa
  • 18:06-20:00, 606: Football phone-in


  • 13:00-13:30, Premier League build-up
  • 13:30-15:30, Newcastle v Southampton
  • 16:00-18:06, Stoke v Liverpool
  • 18:06-19:30, 606: Football phone-in

Signings to watch - Liverpool

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Brendan Rodgers spent big to bring Roberto Firmino to the Premier League. The Brazilian impressed in the Bundesliga and will be hoping to do the same in England.

Signings to watch - Stoke

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Ibrahim Afellay

Afellay did not have the best of times at Barcelona, twice being sent out on loan. Now he is looking to rebuild his career in England and the talented Dutchman will add extra spark to the Stoke midfield.

Sunday's team news

Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

Christian Benteke

Stoke will be without captain Ryan Shawcross for at least two months, with the centre-back set to undergo surgery to treat a back problem.

Bojan could make his comeback from a knee injury but Marko Arnautovic is doubtful with a thigh strain.

Liverpool are without injured trio Daniel Sturridge, Joe Allen and Jon Flanagan, but recent arrivals Christian Benteke, Nathaniel Clyne and Joe Gomez could make their debuts.

Roberto Firmino, who joined from Hoffenheim this summer, lacks match fitness following an extended break after the Copa America.

Signings to watch - Southampton

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The Netherlands international was brought in as a replacement for Morgan Schneiderlin. A tidy player in the middle of the park, Clasie will provide calmness and look the control the tempo of Saints' play.

Signings to watch - Newcastle

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The young Serbian netted 20 goals in the Belgian league last season to finish as top scorer. "Alan Shearer is a hero of mine," he said after joining Newcastle. Not a bad way to endear yourselves to the fans.

Sunday's team news

Newcastle v Southampton (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Steve McLaren

Newcastle may hand debuts to summer signings Georginio Wijnaldum, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Chancel Mbemba.

Fabricio Coloccini's Achilles problem will be assessed, while Cheick Tiote, Emanuel Riviere and Paul Dummett are unlikely to be fit.

Southampton's Jordy Clasie and Shane Long missed out in midweek through injury and illness respectively, and will be monitored.

Ryan Bertrand, Gaston Ramirez, Florin Gardos and Fraser Forster are all ruled out.

Signings to watch - West Ham

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The Hammers spent big money on bringing the France international to England. A Champions League experienced player, Payet has provided 51 goals over the past six Ligue 1 seasons.

Signings to watch - Arsenal

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Petr Cech

The Gunners have made just one major signing this summer, that of goalkeeper Petr Cech from Premier League champions Chelsea. Boss Arsene Wenger pulled off a coup by snatching the Czech stopper from their bitter rivals and it seems like a game-changer in their pursuit for the title.

Sunday's team news

Arsenal v West Ham (Sun, 13:30 BST)

Petr Cech

Petr Cech is set to make his Premier League debut for Arsenal but Jack Wilshere, Tomas Rosicky and Danny Welbeck are ruled out with injuries.

Alexis Sanchez will not feature as he regains fitness following an extended break after the Copa America, although he could return on 24 August.

West Ham strikers Enner Valencia and Andy Carroll are both unavailable because of injuries, and loanee Carl Jenkinson is ineligible to face his parent club.

Pedro Obiang, Winston Reid and Matt Jarvis returned to training this week after minor injury problems and could be involved.

Signings to watch - Swansea

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The Ghanaian comes to England after playing in France since 2006. The striker bagged 52 goals for Marseille and will be looking to fill a void left by the departure of Wilfried Bony last season.

Signings to watch - Chelsea

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Chelsea have been quiet in the transfer market, but have brought in striker Radamel Falcao. The goal machine stuttered at Manchester United last season and will be keen to rediscover his scoring form this term.

Saturday's team news

Chelsea v Swansea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

Diego Costa
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Diego Costa remains a fitness doubt for Chelsea after sitting out the Community Shield last weekend.

Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao are both vying to start if he is not available.

Jordi Amat is Swansea City's only doubt with a foot problem.

Summer signing Andre Ayew is likely to start but fellow newcomers Kristoffer Nordfeldt, Franck Tabanou and Eder are expected to be among the substitutes.

Signings to watch - Crystal Palace

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Manager Alan Pardew pulled of a transfer coup by bringing Yohan Cabaye back to the Premier League. The Frenchman's guile will provide a boost for Crystal Palace in the middle of the park.

Signings to watch - Norwich

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Robbie Brady
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Norwich spent big money on exciting winger Robbie Brady to bring him to Carrow Road. Described by manager Alex Neil as "dynamic" and "energetic", Brady will add some pace in the final third for the Canaries.

Saturday's team news

Norwich v Crystal Palace (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Youssouf Mulumbu
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Norwich are without summer signing Youssouf Mulumbu who fractured a metatarsal during pre-season.

Martin Olsson is still recovering from shoulder surgery but Robbie Brady and loanee Andre Wisdom could make their debuts.

Crystal Palace newcomers Yohan Cabaye and Connor Wickham are fit to play but Marouane Chamakh is injured.

Goalkeeper Julian Speroni has a finger injury so either Wayne Hennessey or new signing Alex McCarthy will start.

Signings to watch - Sunderland

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Yann M'Vila

The tenacious Frenchman spent part of last season on-loan at Inter Milan. Once linked with Real Madrid and Liverpool, he will add extra bite to a Sunderland midfield that already contains Lee Cattermole.

Signings to watch - Leicester City

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Leicester headed to Germany to bolster their front line with the signing of Shinji Okazaki. Japan's top scorer with 43 goals - as well as hitting 12 in the Bundesliga last season - the 29-year-old knows his way to back of the net.

Saturday's team news

Leicester v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Claudio Ranieri

Claudio Ranieri takes charge of Leicester for the first time against Sunderland and will assess the fitness of new signings N'Golo Kante and Yohan Benalouane, who only arrived this week.

Christian Fuchs and Shinji Okazaki could make their debuts.

Sunderland's latest signing Yann M'Vila is unlikely to play because he has barely trained with his new team-mates.

Summer recruits Jeremain Lens, Younes Kaboul, Sebastian Coates and Adam Matthews may feature. Steven Fletcher should be fit but Wes Brown is a major doubt.


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Watford's Cathcart in buoyant mood

Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00)

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The Watford players are in positive mood going into their Premier League opener.

Defender Craig Cathcart has been telling BBC Three Counties Radio that the momentum from winning Championship promotion has continued into pre-season and that he hopes it carries into the new season.

He is not concerned that pundits believe they face relegation. "I had it at Blackpool where people said we wouldn't get 10 points and we ended up with 39".

Bronze criticises GB Rio impasse

Women's football

Lucy Bronze

England defender Lucy Bronze has criticised the home nations for their failure to

agree to send a Great Britain women's team to Rio 2016.

The English FA was keen to send a side to Brazil,

but they were opposed by Irish, Scottish and Welsh counterparts.

In a statement on Facebook, the Manchester City players said: "For us as players, as female footballers; whether Scottish, Welsh, Irish or English, we simply want the chance to represent our nation... in our sport!"

Go figure...

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The Guardian have been number-crunching to produce

this handy visual guide to the summer's comings and goings during the transfer window, breaking them down by age, nationality, position and cost.

Raheem Sterling's £49m move from Liverpool to Manchester City is the standout switch so far, but there's still plenty of time for the chequebooks to come out between now and September 1, when the window closes.

Raheem Sterling
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Ruud gets defensive

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Ruud Gullit

"I love to see attacking football but a great defence is always the foundation for success, which is why I think Chelsea will retain their title because they have got the best defender in the world in John Terry."

The words of Match of the Day pundit Ruud Gullit there, who also extols the virtues of Mourinho's striking options and the potential still locked away inside Radamel Falcao.

You can read his thoughts in their entirety here.

Gold for Team GB

World Aquatics Championship

James Guy
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The team of Danny Wallace, Robbie Renwick, Calum Jarvis and James Guy have clinched gold for Team GB in the final of the men's 4x200m at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

It was a slow start from the Brits and the American's led up to the final 50m, but a superbly timed swim from James Guy clawed back over 1.5 seconds in the final 200m to give Team GB their seventh gold medal of the tournament.

Britain's men have never won a men's World Championship relay gold before...and this is an Olympic event too!

Signings to watch - Watford

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Valon Behrami

Behrami returns to the Premier League after a previous spell with West Ham between 2008 and 2011. The Swiss international gives the Watford side some much needed experience as they look to avoid a return to the Championship.

Signings to watch - Everton

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Everton went back to Barcelona to sign a player they were familiar with. Gerard Deulofeu returns to Merseyside following a successful loan spell at the club in 2013-14.

Saturday's team news

Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Romalu Lukaku and Roberto Martinez

Everton will assess Romelu Lukaku and summer recruit Gerard Deulofeu, who have both had hamstring injuries.

Kevin Mirallas and John Stones are expected to be fit but Steven Pienaar and Muhamed Besic are among the confirmed absentees.

Watford have made 10 new signings but are likely to be without injured pair Almen Abdi and Steven Berghuis, while Miguel Britos is suspended.

Jose Manuel Jurado is available after recovering from a muscle injury.

Decision time for Howe

Bournemouth v Aston Villa (Sat, 15:00 BST)

Kris Temple

BBC Radio Solent

Eddie Howe says he doesn't yet know his Bournemouth starting XI for the big kick off, which is not surprising given he has made eight additions.

Eddie Howe
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Big-money signing Tyrone Mings will surely start at left-back, while the absence of the injured Harry Arter in midfield hands a chance to the likes of Dan Gosling or Welshman Shaun MacDonald. It's two from three at centre-back, with last season's ever-present pair Steve Cook and Tommy Elphick now challenged by Sylvain Distin.

It remains to be seen where Howe will get the best of Ghana international Christian Atsu, and who supports Callum Wilson in attack is another big decision.

Joshua King, Lee Tomlin and Yann Kermorgant are all contenders, while Max Gradel is another costly import pushing for immediate inclusion.

Karanka signs new Boro deal


Aitor Karanka
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Head coach Aitor Karanka says his future at Middlesbrough was never in doubt after

signing a four-year contract with the Championship side.

Karanka, 41, took over in November 2013 and took Boro to the Championship play-off final last season where they lost to Norwich City at Wembley.

His previously on-going contract was expected to expire in 2016.

"It's not about money or years, it's an amazing relationship, I'm at the best club for me," Karanka told BBC Tees.

Willis misses out

World Aquatics Championship

Andrew Willis

Great Britain's Andrew Willis has narrowly missed out on a medal by four tenths of a second in the final of the men's 200m breaststroke at the Swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

Willis finished with a time of 2:08.52 in a race won by German Marco Koch, USA's Kevin Cordes came second, with Daniel Gyurta on Hungary in third.

It's Germany's first world swimming champion for six years.

Willis says: "I have mixed emotions about that, I don't feel as gutted as last time. I have progressed through the rounds whereas last time I have done my best in the semi-finals. I am happy overall."

bbc-coverageTeddy's still got it

Football Focus

"Sheringhaaam!" Who can forget the classic, instinctive commentary that accompanied Teddy Sheringham's equaliser for Manchester United in the 1999 Champions League final? His scuffed goal at the Nou Camp was more crucial than it was beautiful,

but this one shows that the Stevenage boss, 49, can still score goals worthy of the highest prizes.

Watch Football Focus on Saturday, 12:10 BST, BBC One

Teddy Sheringham

Scrum-half Fages resigns from Salford

Rugby League

Salford scrum-half Theo Fages has resigned because of an alleged breach of contract by the club, reports

BBC Radio Manchester.

The France international, 20,

asked to leave the club last month, but Salford owner Marwan Koukash said he wanted a world-record transfer fee for him.

Football gossip


Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has told the

Lancashire Telegraph he has no desire to lose captain Grant Hanley - despite reports linking him with a move to East Lancashire rivals Burnley.


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British qualifier

World Aquatics Championship

Team GB have a reason to be proud... Ben Proud! The 20 year old finished third in his semi-final for the men's 50m freestyle. He qualifies fifth fastest overall.

Speaking to Sharon Davies after he said: "It's great to get the buzz from an excited crowd. I wasn't expecting to get to the final, and if I can execute the race well tomorrow I'll hopefully get close to my personal best"

He is the fastest Brit ever in the event - and only three have swam the event under 22 seconds.

Ben Proud
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