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Summary

  1. Latest transfer news and gossip
  2. Burnley v Chelsea kicks off at 20:00 BST
  3. Mourinho out to break down defensive teams
  4. Man Utd will learn under Van Gaal - Rooney
  5. Liverpool stronger without Suarez - Sturridge
  6. GET INVOLVED: Should Chelsea pick Cech or Courtois?

Live Reporting

By Jonathan Jurejko and Jamie Lillywhite

All times stated are UK

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  1. Post update

    And that is where we leave you for today. Neil Johnston's live text for tonight's Premier League encounter at Turf Moor is underway now and Sportsday returns on Tuesday at 08:00 so please join Jonathan Jurejko then. For now, it is cheerio.

  2. 5 live Sport

    BBC Radio 5 live

    A reminder about tonight's 5 live Sport with Darren Fletcher in 25 minutes, which comes live from Turf Moor where there is commentary on Burnley's return to the Premier League against Chelsea, kick-off 20:00 BST. Ian Dennis is your commentator and alongside him will be former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson. You can air your views in a post-match phone in and there is news from the European Swimming Championships in Berlin.

    There will also be a tribute to the wonderful James Alexander Gordon, who has died today.

  3. England name one-day squad

    Cricket

    England name a squad of 15 for the five-match one-day international series with India beginning in Bristol on Monday.

    Eleven members of the squad were involved in the recent 3-1 Test series win over India with batsmen Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan and bowlers Harry Gurney and James Tredwell also included.

    Stuart Broad will miss the series and will be assessed by specialists regarding his right knee later this week.

    England one-day squad: Alastair Cook (Essex) (captain), Moeen Ali (Worcestershire), James Anderson (Lancashire), Gary Ballance (Yorkshire), Ian Bell (Warwickshire), Jos Buttler (Lancashire), Steven Finn (Middlesex), Harry Gurney (Nottinghamshire), Alex Hales (Nottinghamshire), Chris Jordan (Sussex), Eoin Morgan (Middlesex), Joe Root (Yorkshire), Ben Stokes (Durham), James Tredwell (Kent), Chris Woakes (Warwickshire).

  4. Post update

    Ashley Harrington: RIP James Alexander Gordon. You will forever be the voice of the classified football results for me and many others.

  5. Post update

    Some very sad news to bring you and the legendary James Alexander Gordon, who read the classified football results on BBC radio so memorably for 40 years before his retirement last year, died peacefully this morning at the age of 78.

  6. Foxes set to boost playing ranks

    Leicester manager Nigel Pearson is looking to sign a defender, midfielder and striker with Marseille's France international right-back Rod Fanni one of several players being considered.

    Fanni, 32, has played most of his career in Ligue 1 in France and is understood to be in Leicester. The Foxes are also still chasing Argentina midfielder Esteban Cambiasso. Pearson told BBC Radio Leicester: "We will probably have to strengthen just to make sure we have enough numbers."

  7. Kluivert plays down Huddersfield rumours

    Football

    Former Netherlands and Barcelona striker Patrick Kluivert appears to scupper speculation about him becoming manager of Huddersfield. The 38-year-old was said to be interested in the post but wrote on Twitter: "All the rumours are suggestions based on Nothing."

  8. Maigari back as Nigeria president

    Football

    Aminu Maigari has been reinstated as president of the Nigeria Football Federation for a second time since the World Cup. His first sacking by a high court in Nigeria led to the country being banned from international football.

    He was reinstated nine days later and the global sanction was lifted. The NFF executive board then passed a vote of no-confidence in Maigari over allegations of financial wrongdoing last month. But Fifa ruled that this dismissal also breached several statutes and must be reversed.

  9. Get involved

    We have had the official vote but we are continuing our debate about who should keep goal for Chelsea tonight. Still some support for Cech, who, at 32, is 10 years older than Courtois. Reports are saying Courtois has got the nod, we'll let you know when the official team is announced.

    Jack in Romford: Courtois should be playing so long as Terry is in the team so they have firm experience at the back. In cup matches where we may alter the team, Cech should be playing as he's a commanding figure over youth prospects, even if ultimately a slightly poorer keeper than Courtois.

    James in London: Burnley away on a cold Monday night is a different kettle of fish to la liga.... Petr Cech is proven, best keeper in the league last year.

  10. Ilori secures Bordeaux loan move

    Football

    Liverpool defender Tiago Ilori joins French Ligue 1 side Bordeaux on a season's loan.

    The 21-year-old centre-back has yet to play a competitive match for Brendan Rodgers' side since arriving from Sporting Lisbon in September 2013. Ilori, a Portugal Under-21 international, spent the second half of last season on loan at Spanish Primera Liga club Granada.

  11. Fan charged after pitch invasion

    Football

    A man has been charged after a fan ran on to the pitch and took a free kick during Saturday's Premier League match between West Ham United and Tottenham.

    Jordan Matthew Dunn, 22, of Dover in Kent, has been charged under Section 4 of the Football Offences Act 1991.

  12. Bronze for Wilmott

    Swimming

    Britain's Aimee Wilmott wins bronze in the 400m Individual Medley at the European Championships in Berlin. Katinka Hosszu of Hungary takes the gold in four minutes 31.03, Mireia Belmonte of Spain is second in 4:33.13 and Wilmott clocks 4:34.69.

  13. Football

    Thibaut Courtois
  14. Marin makes loan switch to Fiorentina

    Football

    Chelsea's former Germany international Marko Marin, who has failed to make at impact with the Blues since joining from Werder Bremen in April 2012 and spent last term on loan at Sevilla, joins Fiorentina on loan for the season.

  15. Get involved

    Cech or Courtois?

    Cech or Courtois? Cech or Courtois? Cech or Courtois? It is a question that Jose Mourinho will have been asking himself over and over this summer. You are struggling to separate the pair too, although Courtois is just getting the nod in the #bbcsportsday team.

    Alistair Smalley: It would be a big show of disrespect if Courtois starts over Cech, can't come straight back from loan and into the first team.

    Sami Munshi: It has to be Petr Cech as this is Premier League, the best league in the world, Chelsea need his experience and leadership!!

    James Hyde: Courtois is as good as Cech already and will only improve. Cech too good to be backup but Courtois is the future for Chelsea.

  16. Tykes maintain title challenge

    Cricket

    Yorkshire are top in the County Championship title race as they beat Sussex by nine wickets at Scarborough. A determined performance in the field saw them dismiss the visitors for 230, despite a superb 113 by Luke Wright.

    He hit 17 fours and shared a stand of 127 with Steffan Piolet (32) before both fell to seamer Tim Bresnan (3-60). Yorkshire openers Alex Lees (46) and Adam Lyth (39 not out) shared 88 to make the result a formality as they cruised to 106-1 in 20.1 overs.

  17. Olsson handed three-game ban and fine

    Football

    Norwich's Martin Olsson is suspended for three games with immediate effect and fined £3,000 by the Football Association. He was charged with misconduct after making physical contact with the referee immediately prior to being shown a red card in the Championship game with Wolves on 10 August.

  18. Bronze for Lelliott

    Swimming

    Dorset swimmer Jay Lelliott wins bronze in the 400m at the European Championships in Berlin. Velimir Stjepanovic of Serbia won in three minutes 45.66 seconds, with Italian Andrea D'Arrigo second in 3:46.91 and Lelliott recording 3:47.50.

    Briton Stephen Milne takes sixth in 3:48.55.

  19. Blast from the past

    Chelsea

    And it proved a vital victory for then-boss Carlo Ancelotti and his Chelsea players as they pipped Manchester United to the 2009-10 Premier League title by just one point.

    Brian Laws

    But it was completely different story for Burnley and their boss Brian Laws. They were left mourning an instant relegation back to the Championship, finishing 18th and five points adrift of safety.

  20. Blast from the past

    Football

    John Terry

    It has been four years since Chelsea last visited Burnley and it was John Terry who grabbed all the headlines - on the back pages this time.

    The Blues skipper, who had been on the front pages after revelations about his private life, headed in the winner as Chelsea won 2-1 to move four points clear at the top of the Premier League.

    Nicolas Anelka had opened the scoring by finishing off a flowing move before Steve Fletcher rifled in an equaliser for the Clarets.

  21. Clean sweep for Ireland Women

    Cricket

    Ireland Women's team won all six of their matches in the ICC Europe Women's Division 1 at Rugby School. In the three team, round-robin format, nations played each other three times. The Netherlands beat Scotland twice and Scotland won one match against the Netherlands.

  22. Leeds name Cup final side

    Rugby League

    Leeds have named their team for Saturday's Challenge Cup final with Castleford at Wembley. It is the same line-up that beat Warrington 24-16 in the semi-finals nine days ago, with centre Joel Moon, utility player Liam Sutcliffe and hooker Paul Aiton set to make their first Cup final appearances.

    You can see Saturday's match live on BBC One from 14:20 BST.

    Leeds: Z Hardaker; T Briscoe, K Watkins, J Moon, R Hall; K Sinfield (capt), D McGuire; K Leuluia, R Burrow, J Peacock, B Delaney, C Ablett, J Jones-Buchanan. Subs: I Kirke, R Bailey, P Aiton, L Sutcliffe.

  23. Britons bid for gold in Berlin

    Swimming

    BBC Sport's David McDaid at the European Championships in Berlin:

    "Less than an hour to the first final at these European Championships, and not one but two Brits will be in the pool for the 400m freestyle. Jay Lelliott, 19, who made his international debut at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, qualified in seventh.

    "But Stephen Milne, the 20-year-old from Perth, goes as the fastest qualifier. They both outswam the two big guns, Germany's Paul Biedermann, the world record holder at this distance, and the multiple Olympic and World Champion Yannick Agnel of France - who both failed to qualify.

    "Looking at the starting line-up there's only one man, Gergo Kis of Hungary, who's won a medal at this level. His personal best is a second faster than Milne, who has an excellent chance of a medal if he can swim as he did earlier."

  24. Cas dismiss Legia Warsaw request

    Football

    The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismisses Legia Warsaw's request to be re-admitted to the Champions League following their expulsion for fielding an ineligible player, meaning Celtic's play-off against Maribor on Wednesday will go ahead as planned.

  25. Cuellar to join Canaries?

    Football

    Former Sunderland defender Carlos Cuellar is poised to join Championship club Norwich on a free transfer, reports the Daily Mail.

    The Spanish player, 32, was released by the Black Cats when his contract expired earlier this summer.

  26. No place for Cavendish in Vuelta

    Road Cycling

    Mark Cavendish will not take part in the Vuelta a Espana despite returning to racing last week. The 29-year-old Manxman had been included in a long-list of potential participants by organisers of the Spanish Grand Tour, but was not included in the final nine-man Omega Pharma-Quick Step squad.

  27. 5 live Sport

    BBC Radio 5 live

    Tonight's 5 live Sport with Darren Fletcher from 19:00 BST comes live from Turf Moor where there is commentary on Burnley's return to the Premier League against Chelsea, kick-off 20:00 BST. Ian Dennis is your commentator and alongside him will be former Liverpool and Republic of Ireland defender Mark Lawrenson.

  28. Get involved

    We're asking if you think Chelsea should select Cech or Courtois in goal at Burnley tonight in the 5 live commentary game at Turf Moor. Please use the hashtag #bbcsportsday or text to 81111.

    Johnnie: It should be Courtois. Cech has been sensational but Courtois has the potential to be the keeper for Chelsea over the next decade (and more). Cech should however, be allowed to leave if he wants; he's deserved that.

    James in Banbury: Courtois has no Premiership experience. The Liga BBVA is totally different as we saw how De Gea first struggled coming here. Cech should play.

    Hector: As much of a legend as Cech is, Thibaut's reaction speed and shot blocking is immense and we can't lose that going into a title race.

  29. Luis who?

    Football

    Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge
  30. Somerset v Warwickshire

    Somerset 172-7 (target 404) at tea

    BBC WM's Mike Taylor: "Somerset's middle-order resisted strongly for much of the afternoon, but Warwickshire took wickets often enough to stay on course to win. Two fell quickly after lunch. James Hildreth chipped tamely to mid-on, before Nick Compton was dismissed by an extraordinary piece of fielding.

    "Recordo Gordon had already hit Compton with a bouncer; when he tried another one, Compton hooked, and Jonathan Trott, reaching for the ball right on the boundary rope, parried the ball up, ran round in a circle back into the playing area, and completed the catch."

  31. Get involved

    Cech or Courtois?

    Puneet Jandu: Courtois for me. Cech has been world class over the years but Courtois is the future. Has the potential to be the world's best.

    Wez Blackett: Courtois - simply because the name Thibaut sounds way cooler than Petr. Otherwise nothing to separate them!

    Harsh Wez. Let's hope Jose is taking a more considered approach...

  32. Cech v Courtois?

    Football

    Meanwhile, our man Robbie Savage has plumped for Thibaut Courtois in the Chelsea goalkeeping debate that is sending #bbcsportsday into Twitter meltdown.

    And the young Belgian is getting the nod from you lot as well...

  33. Davies targets double success

    Disability Sport

    Aled Davies

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudsonat the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea:

    "After the disappointment of missing out on a gold medal at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Welsh thrower Aled Davies wants to be top of the podium on home soil at these Championships.

    "The 23-year-old from Bridgend, who was beaten by GB team-mate Dan Greaves in the Para-sport discus event in Glasgow, will compete in the F42 discus and shot events this week.

    "It has been one hell of an emotional rollercoaster over the last few weeks," he tells BBC Sport.

    "But to come home and compete almost in my back yard is special and I hope I can deliver."

  34. Chelsea go to Costa

    Football

    Diego Costa and Didier Drogba of Chelsea

    Diego Costa is the missing piece in the Chelsea jigsaw. Says who? Says BBC Sport pundit Robbie Savage.

    The ex-Wales midfielder believes the physical and aggressive Costa, who joined from Spanish champions for £32m, suits the Premier League "down to the ground".

    "He can play the same role for Chelsea that Didier Drogba did during Mourinho's first spell at Chelsea," says Savage.

  35. Man Utd targeting Reus?

    Football

    Manchester United want to sign Borussia Dortmund attacking midfielder Marco Reus, according to Bayern Munich president Franz Beckenbauer.

    "I can imagine him at Bayern very well," Beckenbaeur tells German newspaper Bild. "If you can get a player of his class, you need to try it.

    "If he doesn't go to Bayern in 2015, he will probably go to another big club like Real Madrid or Manchester United."

  36. Weir out of Euros

    David Weir

    British wheelchair racer David Weir pulls out of this week's IPC Athletics European Championships with injury.

    The 35-year-old six-time Paralympic champion has tendonitis in his arm.

    "I'm absolutely devastated to have pulled out of Swansea. I've had a tendonitis problem since Glasgow and unfortunately I'm not in a position to compete," says Weir.

  37. Collison trains with Ipswich

    Football

    Wales midfielder Jack Collison is training with Championship side Ipswich Town as he continues to look for a new club.

    The 25-year-old has been with the Tractor Boys since last week after being released by West Ham in the summer.

    "He's certainly got real quality. He wanted to get himself fit," Ipswich boss Mick McCarthy tells BBC Radio Suffolk.

  38. Get involved

    Cech or Courtois?

    Malik: Thibaut Courtois was arguably the best player in a La Liga winning side last year. Time for Petr Cech to move on.

    Olayinka Omisore: Cech has been wonderful for Chelsea but Courtois my choice for the future. Young but with winning experience.

  39. Latest transfer gossip

    Leicester City manager Nigel Pearson is running the rule over Marseille's France international right-back Rod Fanni.

    Fanni, 32, has played most of his career in Ligue 1 in France and is understood to be in Leicester to discuss a possible move.

    Pearson, who is also after a midfielder and a striker, tells BBC Radio Leicester: "We will probably have to strengthen just to make sure we have enough numbers."

  40. Football

    Burnley v Chelsea
  41. Two Mourinhos, there's only two Mourinhos...

    Football

    Burnley boss Sean Dyche is nicknamed "the Ginger Mourinho" by Clarets fans after he masterminded their climb to the Premier League. Tonight, he has the chance to pit his tactical nous against the real thing when Jose brings his Chelsea boys to town.

    But Dyche has rubbished any comparisons: "It's for you all to make headlines, it doesn't interest me.

    "We'll hopefully have a chat after the game and I'll pick his brains, but that's it. It's just two blokes who want their team to win."

  42. Get involved

    Cech or Courtois?

    Chiranthan: Thibaut Courtois should play all Premier League games, and Petr Cech should play in Champions League, Carling Cup and FA Cup.

  43. Ancelotti coy on Di Maria's future

    Football

    Angel di Maria and Carlo Ancelotti of Real Madrid

    Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti says he is unsure whether Argentina winger Angel di Maria wants to stay with the European champions.

    Di Maria has been linked with a big-money move to Manchester United, but Ancelotti gave little away as he focuses on Tuesday's Spanish Super Cup tie against Atletico Madrid.

    "I don't know what Di Maria has decided," says the Italian. "But I know that he's training and that he could help us in tomorrow's match.

    "Until 31 August it will continue the same way and after that everything will be cleared up and things will return to normal."

  44. Headbutting Brandao escapes punishment

    Football

    French club Bastia say they are not punishing striker Brandao after he headbutted Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta at the end of their Ligue 1 match.

    In a statement released on Monday, Bastia added they will leave any decision up to sanction Brandao up to French Football Federation bosses.

  45. Get involved

    Cech or Courtois?

    Luka Foley: Thibaut Courtois because I think he is much younger and fitter than Cech and I was impressed by him in pre season.

  46. Latest transfer gossip

    Football

    Fiorentina head coach Vincenzo Montella is confident Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado will remain with the Serie A club this season.

    The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Manchester United or Barcelona after an impressive World Cup.

    "I have never thought of losing Juan," Montella is reported as saying in Italian newspaper La Nazione. "He's been here in the past, he is here now and he will be here in the future. I don't think about how his story might finish."

  47. Football

    Gylfi Sigurdsson celebrates for Swansea
  48. Decisions, decisions...

    Football

    Pretend for a moment that you're Jose Mourinho. You don't have to decide whether to wear the rarely-seen tracksuit top or the signature black trenchcoat - but you do have to pick either Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois. Which goalkeeper would you give the nod to at Turf Moor? Tell us - plus your reason why - by using #bbcsportsday or by text on 81111.

  49. Post update

    Gary Lineker

    BBC Sport

    Intrigued to see who will be in goal for Chelsea tonight. Petr Cech or Thibaut Courtois? And will Jose's first choice keeper be a keeper?

  50. Burnley v Chelsea (20:00 BST)

    Football

    Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was famously criticised for "parking the bus" against Liverpool last season. Now, the Portuguese boss has been teaching his side how to shift an opposition bus blocking their route to goal.

    Mourinho says his side have been practising breaking down defensive-minded teams in preparation for the Premier League season.

    "When you don't have space and time to play, you need more quality," he says. "We have worked on that in training, expecting a team to be defensive and try to close every road to goal."

  51. Discus Dan targets more gold

    Disability Sport

    Dan Greaves

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC Athletics European Championships in Swansea:

    "Final preparations are continuing in Swansea ahead of the European Championships which begin here on Tuesday.

    "Among those facing the media is British discus thrower Dan Greaves who has already had a successful summer after winning gold in his Para-sport event at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

    "The 31-year-old, known as Discus Dan, will be in action on Friday in the F44 discus final and wants another medal to add to his collection.

    "He tells BBC Sport: 'The Commonwealth Games was Part A, this is part B and I want to get the job done. The crowd really got behind us at the Commonwealth Games and appreciated what we were doing and I'm sure it will be the same here.'"

  52. Rugby League

    Challenge Cup final

    Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton and Leeds Rhinos counterpart Kevin Sinfield stand together, with the Challenge Cup trophy sandwiched in-between, ahead of Saturday's showpiece final.

    Note that neither player dared to touch the silverware - fearing they could jinx their chances of getting their hands on the most prestigious prize in rugby league at Wembley.

    Don't forget that you can watch all the action between the West Yorkshire rivals on BBC One from 14:20 BST on Saturday.

  53. New faces at Turf Moor?

    Football

    Burnley v Chelsea

    They have watched each of their Premier League rivals take to the field - now it is the turn of Burnley and Chelsea to put all their summer preparations into practice.

    Burnley could hand a start to new striker Lukas Jutkiewicz, while there could be some new (and not so new) faces lining up for Chelsea.

    The Blues may hand debuts to Cesc Fabregas, Diego Costa and Filipe Luis, while returning hero Didier Drogba faces an anxious wait on a knee injury.

  54. Get involved

    Still down in the dumps about your team's start to the season? It could be worse - these are three more of your suggestions for #myteamsworststart. Get involved on Twitter or text 81111.

    Scott Morris: The 2011/12 season. Crewe lost their opening four league games and looked Conference bound, by May we were promoted to League One!

    Aaron Hodgson: It took Bristol City 13 games to get our 1st win in League 1 last season.

    Tom Heath: On July 1st 2013, David Moyes arrived at Carrington for his first day in charge at Man Utd.

  55. Nadal statement

    Tennis

    A statement from Rafael Nadal, twice a US Open champion, following his withdrawal from this year's event: "I am very sorry to announce I won't be able to play at this year's US Open a tournament on which I've played consecutive finals in my last participations.

    "I am sure you understand that it is a very tough moment for me since it is a tournament I love and where I have great memories from fans, the night matches, so many things… Not much more I can do right now, other than accept the situation and, as always in my case, work hard in order to be able to compete at the highest level once I am back."

  56. Injured Nadal out of US Open

    Tennis

    Defending champion Rafael Nadal announces on his official Facebook page that he will miss this year's US Open because of a wrist injury.

  57. Post update

    Top of the hour = top of the pops. Here's the best content which has caught our eye today....

    Top story: Paris St-Germain midfielder Thiago Motta breaks his nose after being headbutted by Bastia striker Brandao.

    Brandao and Thiago Motta
    Image caption: Brandao and Thiago Motta clashed during the game

    Top video: What would Aaron Ramsey be doing if he wasn't a footballer? He confesses all to John Hartson.

    Top feature: Robbie Savage explains how Diego Costa gives Chelsea the finishing touch.

    Top Tweet:West Bromwich Albion: Thanks for the cupcakes Joleon Lescott, they're going down a treat!

    West Bromwich
  58. Palace fined over Cardiff spy row

    Football

    Crystal Palace are fined an undisclosed amount by the Premier League after breaching rule B.16, the maximum penalty for which is £25,000.

    It follows a complaint from Cardiff in April, which said their 3-0 defeat against the Eagles should not have stood because Palace were allegedly trying to obtain their starting line-up before the game.

  59. Hurdler Pearson cheers on Charlton

    Football

    Charlton reveal that Australia's Olympic 100m hurdles champion Sally Pearson attended Saturday's victory over Wigan at The Valley. "So Olympic champion @sallyp100h was in The Covered End on Saturday for our game against Wigan. You're welcome back any time Sally!"

    Pearson replied: "I absolutely loved it I was sitting right near the drummer it was crazy!"

  60. McEachran goes Dutch

    Football

    Josh McEachran

    A loan move from Chelsea to Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem is a well-trodden path - and now it is Josh McEachran's turn to head over the North Sea.

    The midfielder, 21, has joined the Eredivisie club, which has close links with the Blues, on a season-long loan.

    McEachran, who has previously been loaned to Swansea, Middlesbrough, Watford and Wigan, will link up with two other Chelsea players - Bertrand Traore and Wallace - in the Netherlands.

  61. Khan returns as PCB chairman

    Cricket

    Former diplomat Shaharyar Khan is the new chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board.

    Khan, 80, becomes the 30th chairman of the PCB but the only one to have a second tenure, having held the post between December 2003 and October 2006.

  62. Lunch scorecard

    Warwicks 367 & 322-7d v Somerset 286 & 83-3

    BBC West Midlands reporter Mike Taylor at Taunton:

    "Warwickshire took three wickets in the first hour this morning to strengthen their chances of an important victory, but there is much work to do yet. Oliver Hannon-Dalby's excellent game continued with two wickets in an over, after Jeetan Patel pinned Marcus Trescothick lbw.

    "The pitch is offering more help for Patel, who occasionally found sharp turn, and had concerted appeals against Nick Compton and James Hildreth declined in the last half-hour of the session."

  63. Lunch scorecard

    Lancashire 421 v Durham 340 & 129-6

    BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson at Old Trafford:

    "Lancashire look like they are about to take a huge step in their battle to avoid relegation because Durham's nerves look shot on a wicket which is offering turn and bounce to the hosts' bowlers.

    "Durham have also played into the hands of Lancashire with all of the talk of this being a spinner's paradise and Simon Kerrigan's left-arm trickery has caused their downfall.

    "He's taken 4-42 and Durham are reeling on 129-6 at lunch, just 48 ahead. At this rate, if the wickets keep tumbling, this will be over before tea and the hosts will be out of the bottom two with Durham replacing them in the relegation zone."

  64. Get involved

    Still down in the dumps about your team's start to the season? It could be worse - these are three more of your suggestions for #myteamsworststart. Get involved on Twitter or text 81111.

    Paul: QPR, 2012/2013 season. 17 games before a win. Do I need to say more?

    Aaron Timms: Seeing all these but surely nothing is as bad as starting with -30.. But that's in the past now. Luton are back.

    Arthur Blazey: Probably the most obvious for a Norwich fan, Norwich 17 Colchester. Still won the league though!

  65. Sweet success for Lincoln

    Football

    Gary Simpson using jelly babies to show tactics

    Lincoln City manager Gary Simpson has revealed how he used jelly babies to help the team win against league leaders Barnet on Saturday.

    It came after the team bus failed to turn up, leaving the players having to make their own way to London and unable to transport their tactics board, so Simpson used the sweets on one of the kit lockers to demonstrate the team's formation.

  66. Golf

    Just one change in the world top 10 rankings, Jason Day moving above Phil Mickelson to ninth. Rory McIlroy stays top from Adam Scott, while the injured Tiger Woods is 11th.

  67. Colback proud to make Magpies debut

    Football

    Jack Colback (left) in action for Newcastle against Manchester City

    Summer signing Jack Colback says his Newcastle United debut was a "proud" moment despite ending in defeat by Manchester City on Sunday.

    Midfielder Colback, 24, ended a 16-year association with the Magpies' rivals Sunderland when he moved to St James' Park in June on a free transfer. Despite his Wearside stint, Colback was a boyhood Newcastle supporter.

    "I enjoyed getting that first game out of the way and it was a proud occasion," Colback told BBC Newcastle.

  68. Hereford hopeful of survival

    Football

    Hereford United director John Edwards is confident the club has been saved from extinction.

    The Southern League outfit still face winding-up petitions from HMRC and former manager Martin Foyle and assistant Andy Porter on 1 September, but are now selling season tickets and approaching sponsors.

    "We always said we would not do that until unless we knew we had a product to sell," Edwards told BBC Sport. "After meetings with investors over the weekend, we are now 100% certain of that."

  69. Lambert slams Saints owners

    Football

    Former Southampton striker Rickie Lambert criticises the club's owners during an interview with Fox Sports and says: "A few of the players who have left have taken a bit of stick. They'll take it, that's football. It's been surprising that it has all been at the players and not on the owners.

    "There is obviously a reason why the gaffer went and I think that was the moment that I think it became clear to the players what the ambition of the club was going to be."

  70. Get involved

    Which winning Premier League team impressed you most?

    On the right hand side of your page you can now vote for the winning team that impressed you most in the Premier League on the opening day of the season.

  71. No reprieve for Tiernan-Locke

    Road Cycling

    Ex-Team Sky rider Jonathan Tiernan-Locke'stwo-year ban from cycling is upheld after UK Anti-Doping rejected his claim that irregular blood samples were the result of an alcohol binge.

  72. Transfer Gossip

    Football

    Tottenham are willing to listen to offers for Lewis Holtby, 23, as QPR and Crystal Palace line up moves for out-of-favour midfielder, the Daily Mail reports.

  73. Jadeja row helped me focus - Anderson

    Cricket

    England bowler James Anderson says his row with India's Ravindra Jadeja helped him focus. "Possibly, in the last few games, I have concentrated more on being aggressive with the ball rather than my mouth," says Anderson, who was cleared, along with Jadeja, following an International Cricket Council hearing.

    "I think I tried to be as aggressive. Whether I tried to say any less, I don't know. But I think the Jadeja incident made me more determined to perform on the field. What's helped me in the last five or six years is the fact I've been aggressive on the field and had the odd word.

    "I've tried not to cross the line. And that's why the umpires are there to monitor that."

  74. Get involved

    Still down in the dumps about your team's start to the season? It could be worse - these are three more of your suggestions for #myteamsworststart. Get involved on Twitter or text 81111.

    JB Farrell: Everton in 05/06, lost seven of eight PL games (scored once), exit CL & League Cup, humiliated in Uefa Cup. Season dead by October!

    Adrian Evans: Graham Taylor was winless in his first 11 games as Watford manager in the fourth Division. He took us to second in the top flight

    Alex Harding: When Portsmouth lost seven games in a row at the start of the Premier League season a few years ago.

  75. Sterling scoops Sportsday vote

    Football

    Liverpool's Raheem Sterling

    Liverpool's Raheem Sterling wins your vote for Player of the Weekend with 30%, Tottenham new boy Eric Dier polled 13% and Aston Villa's Ron Vlaar 10%.

  76. Football

    Social media trends

    There were more than 5.5 million tweets throughout the opening weekend of the Premier League season, with Manchester United's game against Swansea prompting more than one million.

    The three peak Premier League moments were; the full-time whistle as United lose 2-1 (32,000 per minute), Arsenal take a 2-1 lead over Crystal Palace as Aaron Ramsey scores in injury time (28,000 per minute), Wayne Rooney equalises for Man United (21,000 per minute).

  77. Federer qualifies for London event

    Tennis

    Roger Federer celebrates his title in Cincinnati

    Roger Federer qualifies for a record 13th consecutive ATP World Tour Finals after winning the Western & Southern Open triumph for a sixth time on Sunday. Last year the 33-year-old only qualified for the London event the week before the tournament.

  78. Panesar shines in Essex victory

    Cricket

    Essex maintain their promotion hopes with a 63-run win over Glamorgan in Swansea. Discarded England spinner Monty Panesar finishes with 6-118, and match figures of 11-168.

  79. Bees keen to bolster defence

    Football

    Brentford boss Mark Warburton is keen to add another defender to his squad.

    The west London club have signed a number of players since winning promotion to the Championship.

    And Warburton told BBC London 94.9: "There will be one more coming in I think. We need one more defender to make sure we have cover in place."

  80. Reid primed for IPC bid

    Disability Sport

    Stef Reid

    BBC Sport's Elizabeth Hudson at the IPC European Championships in Swansea:

    "Great Britain long jumper Stef Reid believes it is 'the best time ever to be a British Paralympian' as she speaks to BBC Sport ahead of the European Championships, which start on Tuesday. Reid set a new world record in the F44 long jump in Glasgow in July and will be hoping to win European gold on Friday."

  81. Rangers fans concerned about Ashley

    Football

    Rangers supporters have expressed concern over reports that Newcastle owner Mike Ashley has been asked to increase his stake in the Scottish Championship club as part of a £4m share issue.

    Ashley already owns about 7% of Rangers' shares and the Union of Fans, an umbrella group of Rangers supporters' representatives, has demanded assurances over dual ownership complications.

    "We would question the wisdom of approaching someone who, despite his obvious wealth, cannot significantly invest in the club without removing himself from his ownership position at Newcastle," says a Union of Fans statement.

  82. Royals will not splash cash - Madejski

    Football

    Reading chairman Sir John Madejskiplays down hopes of a sudden influx of signings under the new owners.

    The club recently announced a "partnership" with a Thai consortium led by Khunying Sasima Srivikorn.

    The Football League are yet to approve the full takeover but Madejski told BBC Berkshire discussions have gone well and the deal is close to being sealed.

    "The new consortium are not going to come here and throw their money around like drunken sailors," said Madejski

  83. Neymar set for Barca return

    Football

    Neymar in training

    Neymar has been cleared to play for Barcelona by the team's doctors after recovering from a broken vertebra in his back, suffered during last month's World Cup.

    The Brazil international forward, 22, could feature in a friendly against Mexican club Leon at the Nou Camp later on Monday.

  84. Social media trends

    Football

    Louis van Gaal

    New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was the most-discussed person on Twitter this weekend in Premier League related conversation. The three most-mentioned players on Twitter across the weekend were: Aaron Ramsey (@aaronramsey), Wayne Rooney (@WayneRooney), Ashley Young (@young18).

    All 20 Premier League clubs, more than 60% of players and two managers are now on Twitter.

  85. Four to leave Man City?

    Football

    Four Manchester City players could leave the Premier League champions as boss Manuel Pellegrini fine-tunes his squad, reports the Daily Express.

    The Chilean is looking to off-load Matija Nastasic, Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.

  86. Brothers Oriol at Blackpool

    Football

    Spanish winger Edu Oriol joins twin brother Joan Oriol at Blackpool, signing a one-year deal subject to international clearance.

    Edu Oriol, 27, also has the option of a further year and joins after playing in Cyprus with AEL Limassol last season.

    He also had spells at Barcelona, playing for their B side, and Real Zaragoza earlier in his career.

    The last time the Oriol twins appeared for the same club was during a loan spell at Spanish side Reus Deportiu in 2006.

  87. Get involved

    Still down in the dumps about your team's start to the season? It could be worse - these are three more of your suggestions for #myteamsworststart. Get involved on Twitter or text 81111.

    @THFC fans: The 2008/09 season. Took Spurs nine games to win, two points from eight games. Ramos sacked.

    Kathryn Bate: In 2011-2012 Plymouth drew their first game then lost eight in a row. We then sacked Peter Reid.

    Christian Luker: Sheffield Wednesday lost six games on the bounce a couple of years back.

  88. Outcast Kenny leaves Leeds

    Football

    Former Republic of Ireland keeper Paddy Kenny leaves Championship side Leeds United by mutual consent.

    Kenny, 36, had been forced to train away from the rest of the first-team squad since returning from the summer break.

  89. Road Cycling

    Chris Froome will lead Team Sky at the third Grand Tour of the year, the Vuelta a Espana, starting on Saturday. Peter Kennaugh and Luke Rowe are also in the team, while Britain's Adam Yates will ride for Orica GreenEdge.

  90. Latest transfer gossip

    Daily Mail

    Most Manchester United fans would say that new boss Louis van Gaal needs to sign some new faces, an assessment reinforced by Saturday's 2-1 home defeat by Swansea. The first through the Old Trafford door could be Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria - for anything up to £100m - claims the Daily Mail.

  91. Rugby Union

    England flanker James Haskell, 29, is named Wasps captain, and signs a new contract with the club.

  92. Latest football gossip

    Federico Fernandez

    Swansea's defence looked sturdy enough at Old Trafford on Saturday, but it could be further bolstered by the arrival of a World Cup finalist.

    Argentina defender Federico Fernandez, who played four times for the runners-up in Brazil, is set to sign for £8m from Italian side Napoli,reports the South Wales Evening Post.

    "Hopefully everything is agreed now and he is coming over for his medical," says Swans boss Garry Monk. "Hopefully he will sign at the start of the week."

  93. Swimming

    BBC Sport's David McDaid at the European Championships in Berlin:

    "Stephen Milne has qualified fastest for tonight's 400m freestyle final. Jay Lelliot has also made it through in seventh place.

    "Aimee Willmott will go in the 400m individual medley final after qualifying fourth fastest. But Katinka Hosszu of Hungary is looking every bit the favourite for that title, swimming five seconds faster than anyone else.

    "Adam Peaty, Ross Murdoch and Andrew Willis are all into tonight's 100m breaststroke semis. Fran Halsall is in the 50m butterfly semis, as is Chris Walker-Hebborn in the 100m backstroke."

  94. Cricket

    More reaction from Sri Lanka following Mahela Jayawardene's final day in Test cricket, this from The Nation:

    "Mahela Jayawardene retires from Test cricket at the end of the on-going second Test against Pakistan at the SSC having represented his country in the most number of Tests - 149. He has proved to be a cricketer to come out of the top drawer and throughout his 17-year career has carved a name for himself to be ranked amongst the modern greats of the game."

  95. Football

    Ronald Koeman

    New Southampton boss Ronald Koeman thinks his team were worthy of more than a 2-1 defeat at Liverpool in their opening game of the Premier League season.

    "We're very disappointed because we deserved much more than we got with the final score, but that's football," the Dutchman told Southampton's official website.

    "In the first half there was good organisation in the team, but we didn't create a lot of opportunities then, in the second half, after making it 1-1, we had two big chances to make it 2-1, but it wouldn't come.

    "That's a pity, but I'm proud of the team and how we played today. It's a big step forwards."

  96. #myteamsworststart

    Still down in the dumps about your team's start to the season? It could be worse - these are two of your suggestions for #myteamsworststart. Get involved on Twitter or text 81111.

    Alfie Wilson: Chelsea lost to Coventry City 2-1 on the opening day of 98-99. I was livid, but look how the mighty have fallen!

    Sunnynorwich: #myteamsworststart is Norwich losing 7-1 to Colchester in League One back in 2009. We stole their boss Paul Lambert. Look at him now!

  97. Athletics

    Jessica Ennis-Hill's coach Toni Minichiello: Sheffield's Don Valley Stadium as it looks now.

    Don Valley Stadium

    Don Valley Stadium, where Olympic gold medallist Ennis-Hill trained, was closed as part of cost-saving measures approved by Sheffield City Council last year. The stadium was built in 1990 to host the 1991 World Student Games at a cost of £29m and was one of the UK's leading athletics venues before it was demolished.

    Don Valley Stadium
  98. Cricket

    Plenty of reaction to Mahela Jayawardene's final day in Test cricket. Here is a nice tribute from the Sri Lankan Sunday Times: "The two boots that he is going to leave behind in the dressing room would be too huge for anyone to fit in easily. Yes, there would be someone who would bat at number four for Sri Lanka in the future and he too may score centuries just the way Mahela did.

    "But no cricketer would be able to replace that in-depth knowledge of the game that he was ever willing to share and the camaraderie that he shared with those who were there present with him for nearly two decades of international cricket."

  99. Football

    Ricky Villa scores for Spurs in the 1981 FA Cup final replay

    One man that we didn't wish a 'Happy Birthday' to earlier was Tottenham's 1981 FA Cup final hero Ricky Villa. Luckily his fellow Argentine Ossie Ardiles did not forget. "Congratulations to Ricky Villa and have a wonderful and happy birthday!" tweets the ex-Newcastle, Swindon and QPR boss.

  100. Football

    Queens Park Rangers striker Loic Remy would prefer not to return to Newcastle, according to Hoops manager Harry Redknapp.

    Remy, 27, scored 14 goals on loan with the Magpies last season and manager Alan Pardew had stated his interest in signing the Frenchman permanently.

    "He didn't want to go back to Newcastle which is a massive club, so unless it's a club in the top seven I don't think he'll go," says Redknapp.

  101. Football

    Transfer Gossip

    Manchester United remain hopeful of signing Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon.

    BBC Sport's Simon Stone says the proposed deal for the Argentina defender is 'inching' closer to completion.

    Rojo, 24, has apologised for refusing to train with the Sporting last week in an attempt to force the transfer through.

  102. Triathlon

    Triathlete Ben Dijkstra wins Great Britain's first gold medal at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing, China. Dijkstra, 15, from Leicester was outside of the medal positions after the 750m swim, but fought back into contention during the 20km cycling phase. He then secured victory in a photo finish at the end of the 5k run.

  103. Football

    Lee Cattermole
  104. Football

    Sunderland's Lee Cattermole

    Chances are that, unless you're a hardcore Middlesbrough, Wigan or Sunderland fan, you'll struggle to remember a Lee Cattermole goal.

    Until this weekend that is. The tough-tackling midfielder is not known for his attacking prowess, but shocked many - including himself - with an early thunderbolt against West Brom.

    "I was happy with that goal," Cattermole joked on Sunderland's official website. "Everybody knows I don't score many but when I do they're decent!"

    "I knew I'd struck the ball well and then I was delighted when it went in. Goals are not my game, that's not what I'm in the team to do, but when a chance falls I'll take it."

  105. Sportsday vote

    The return of the Premier League means one thing - the return of Garth Crooks's Team of the Week. The former Tottenham striker has already picked his best XI from the opening weekend and now you can decide which of these players caught the eye more than anyone else. So get clicking on your choice in our Sportsday Vote - you've got until 11:00 BST - and we will reveal the results shortly after.

  106. Golf

    Inbee Park with the LPGA trophy

    Inbee Park is celebrating her fifth major title after defending the Wegmans LPGA Championship on Sunday with a play-off victory over Brittany Lincicome in Pittsford, New York.

    The South Korean approached the final two holes trailing by two shots, but a birdie on 17 and a vital 15-foot par putt at the last gave her a two-under 70 - matching Lincicome at 11-under 276 after the American bogeyed 18 to complete a 71.

    That forced the pair to replay the 18th - the toughest hole of the course at Monroe Golf Club. Lincicome chipped six feet past and then failed with the putt, while Park, after finding the rough behind the flag with her second shot, chipped to three feet and coolly holed out.

  107. Get involved

    We are asking for your memories of your team's worst start to a season. Please keep them coming using the hashtag #myteamsworststart

    Alexis Charlton: In 11/12 when Arsenal drew 0-0 to Newcastle, lost 2-0 to Liverpool and 8-2 to United, ouch!

    Aqil Canizade: Chelsea won WBA 6-0 in 2010, but score should be 20-0 it was heart-aching start, they missed too many opportunities.

    Dave Musson: In 97/98 Villa lost the first four games so I started senior school supporting the team bottom of the league.

  108. Cricket

    Mahela Jayawardene says farewell to Test cricket

    Mahela Jayawardene bows out of Test cricket with a win as Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by 105 runs in Colombo to complete a 2-0 whitewash. Jayawardene, 37, finishes with 11,814 runs from 149 Tests at an average of 49.84, with 34 hundreds a 50 half centuries.

  109. Cricket

    Having lost three successive Tests to concede the series against England 3-1, India are also punished for a slow over-rate during their fifth Test defeat at The Oval.

    Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni loses 60% of his match fee with the other 10 players losing 30%. Dhoni will be suspended for one match should his side commit another over-rate offence in the next 12 months. India accepted the ruling without appeal.

  110. Athletics

    Great Britain athletes celebrate European Championships success

    Great Britain's athletes can be forgiven for being bleary-eyed today - because they will have been celebrating late into the night after topping the European Championships medal table.

    It is only the third time that Team GB has lead the way, after the Class of 2014 secured a record-breaking 12 gold medals.

    "We are absolutely over the moon," sprinter Jodie Williams, who helped the 4x100m team smash the British record on the way to winning gold, told BBC Breakfast.

    "It has been an amazing trip and we ended it with gold in the 4x100m relay so we're really happy. We have been targeting, and talking about, the national record all year so to do it at the European Championships and win the gold is a fantastic feeling."

  111. Football

    Champions League team news

    Per Mertesacker

    Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is considering bringing defender Per Mertesacker back from his post-World Cup break early as injury cover for Tuesday's Champions League first leg play-off against Besiktas.

    Mertesacker and his Germany team mates Mesut Ozil and Lukas Podolski were given the extended break by Wenger after the World Cup triumph last month but knocks to Laurent Koscielny and Kieran Gibbs in Saturday's last-gasp 2-1 win over Crystal Palace mean Mertesacker, 29, who last week announced his international retirement, could be drafted in to play in Turkey.

  112. Football

    Caretaker boss Keith Millen admits the new Crystal Palace manager may decide to dismantle the team built by former boss Tony Pulis.

    "This is the problem with changing managers," says Millen. "You bring in players to suit the system you play and if you are bringing in a different manager with different philosophies, then maybe they won't suit that.

    "With the window shutting at the end of this month, the appointment is important so they have a little bit of time to bring in new players."

  113. Get involved

    New Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal said his opening day of the Premier League season "could not have been worse".West Ham midfielder Mark Noble described his first-day penalty miss against Tottenham, who went on to win 1-0, as "heart-aching".

    So we want to know your memories of nightmare opening days for your team. Heavy defeat against your local rivals? Losing your new summer signing to injury? Whatever it was, we want you to tell us using #myteamsworststart on Twitter, or via text on 81111. Go, go, go!

  114. Football

    Esteban Cambiasso

    I wonder what a millionaire footballer like Esteban Cambiasso wants as a birthday present? A contract with Premier League new-boys Leicester perhaps?

    The Foxes are sniffing after the former Real Madrid and Inter Milan midfielder, although boss Nigel Pearson is keeping his cards close to his chest over a potential deal.

    "Whether we can do the deal depends on things I am not prepared to talk about," he told BBC Radio Leicester after Saturday's 2-2 draw against Everton.

  115. Birthdays

    Time for a quick sing-song..."Happy birthday to you, happy birthday to you..." You know the rest.

    Celebrating today? So are a number of sporting stars...

    Esteban Cambiasso, former Inter Milan and Argentina midfielder - 34

    Kris Boyd, Rangers and Scotland striker - 31

    Cameron White, former Australia Twenty20 captain - 31

    Robert Huth, Stoke defender - 30

    Bryan Ruiz, Fulham and Costa Rica forward - 29.

    Ross McCormack, Fulham and Scotland striker - 28

  116. Football

    Raheem Sterling - Liverpool

    Liverpool made a less-than-convincing start to their Premier League season with a narrow 2-1 win against Southampton. But winger Raheem Sterling is confident that the Reds can escape from tricky upcoming trips to Manchester City and Tottenham with maximum points.

    "If we play our normal game, we'll be fine in those two games," the England international tells Liverpool's official website. "Today we showed courage and that's what we need to show at City next week.

    "We'll go out and play our usual game, and hopefully we can get the three points. Last season we had a tough start as well but we got the wins."

  117. Golf

    While football is the focus throughout the day, we will not be neglecting the rest of the sporting world. So let's head over to golf where Scotland's Marc Warren reckons he does not have a chance of playing in next month's Ryder Cup.

    Warren claimed his first European Tour title for seven years on Sunday, but he is not expecting a call from European captain Paul McGinley.

    "That's not really in my thinking," he says. "I think that ship has sailed. I've left it a little bit too late."

  118. Football

    Arsenal

    Arsenal captain Mikel Arteta believes "on fire" midfielder Aaron Ramsey can become as instrumental for the Gunners as former skipper Cesc Fabregas.

    Wales international Ramsey scored an injury-time winner as Arsenal started their Premier League campaign with a 2-1 home win against Crystal Palace.

    "We don't really have a 30 or 40-goal scorer at the moment, so to have players who can score goals from the middle of the park is very important," says Arteta.

    "He reminds me a little bit of Fabregas when he was here. At his best, Cesc was coming off the front, making the final ball and scoring very important goals."

  119. Latest football gossip

    Andros Townsend

    So who might QPR and Harry be chasing? Spurs winger Andros Townsend, who you may remember had a loan spell at Loftus Road two seasons ago, is one name that they after, according to the Daily Express.

    But the Express reports the west London club face competition from Southampton for the England winger.

  120. Football

    Harry Redknapp is a manager known for his wheeling and dealing, and the Queens Park Rangers boss is ready to dip into the transfer market before the end of the month.

    Redknapp, who has already made four summer signings, says he wants to add two midfielders and a striker before the transfer window shuts.

    "We need to get a couple more in, we're short in some areas," he says. "I've got three central midfield players - Joey Barton, Alejandro Faurlin and Karl Henry - when you need six midfield players really at this level.

    "So we're looking to get one or two midfielders in and maybe a front man as well because we need a bit of cover there. You need four strikers in an ideal world."

  121. Post update

    Before we sink our teeth into the meat of the action, here is our best content.

    Top story: Striker Daniel Sturridge says Liverpool are stronger this season - without last year's top scorer Luis Suarez.

    Top video: Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish insists there was "never any friction" between him and ex-boss Tony Pulis.

    Top feature: 'Man Utd need three world-class players' - BBC Sport's pundits react to the opening weekend.

  122. Post update

    Hello! Whether you are celebrating a successful start to the Premier League season, moaning about the lack of quality in your team, or still undecided whether it is going to be a decent season or not, Sportsday is chewing the fat over it all.

    Over the next few hours we will be rounding up all the fall-out from the opening weekend of the top-flight, while not forgetting the post-match chat from the Football League and the Scottish leagues.

    And, with some chairmen and managers already targeting fresh blood, we are also keeping a sharp eye on any transfer news. Ready?

  123. Post update

    Ah, the opening day of the football season. Waking up on that first morning full of excitement, pulling on your favourite shirt, walking to the ground with that tingly inner feeling of excitement, fear and hope. Plenty of hope.

    Fans of 18 Premier League clubs experienced that potent mixture this weekend, while Burnley and Chelsea supporters will going through the same later today.

    Some will be going into work with an extra spring in your step, others are already fearing a long, hard season....

    Louis van Gaal