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  1. Goodbye

    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.

  2. The Football League is back


    Brighton v Nottingham Forest

    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.

  3. 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

  4. Football coverage on local radio

    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.

  5. Premier League on 5 live

    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
  6. Signings to watch - Liverpool

    Premier League kick-off


    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.

  7. Signings to watch - Stoke

    Premier League kick-off

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. Signings to watch - Southampton

    Premier League kick-off


    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.

  10. Signings to watch - Newcastle

    Premier League kick-off


    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.

  11. 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.

  12. Signings to watch - West Ham

    Premier League kick-off


    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.

  13. Signings to watch - Arsenal

    Premier League kick-off

    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.

  14. 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.

  15. Signings to watch - Swansea

    Premier League kick-off


    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.

  16. Signings to watch - Chelsea

    Premier League kick-off


    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.

  17. Saturday's team news

    Chelsea v Swansea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Diego Costa

    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.

  18. Signings to watch - Crystal Palace

    Premier League kick-off


    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.

  19. Signings to watch - Norwich

    Premier League kick-off

    Robbie Brady

    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.

  20. Saturday's team news

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

    Youssouf Mulumbu

    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.

  21. Signings to watch - Sunderland

    Premier League kick-off

    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.

  22. Signings to watch - Leicester City

    Premier League kick-off


    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.

  23. 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.

  24. #MyPremierLeagueLife

    Get Involved

    Joe Tyrell: 4 Premier Leagues, 1 Champions League, a Europa League, 5 FA Cups, 3 League Cups. Not bad for 16 years #CFC

    Andy Farrimond: Man Utd fan born in 1970 - Total attendance in my lifetime 99,486,497 that will go past 100 million this season.

    You can have a go at 'My Premier League Life' here and share the results via #MyPremierLeagueLife, text 81111 and post on BBC Sport Facebook and our Match of the Day Facebook page.

  25. Watford's Cathcart in buoyant mood

    Everton v Watford (Sat, 15:00)

    Geoff Doyle

    BBC Three Counties Radio sport

    Craig Cathcart

    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".

  26. 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!"

  27. Go figure...

    Premier League kick-off

    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
  28. Ruud gets defensive

    Premier League kick-off

    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.

  29. Gold for Team GB

    World Aquatics Championship

    James Guy

    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!

  30. Signings to watch - Watford

    Premier League kick-off

    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.

  31. Signings to watch - Everton

    Premier League kick-off


    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.

  32. 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.

  33. 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

    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.

  34. Karanka signs new Boro deal


    Aitor Karanka

    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.

  35. 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."

  36. Teddy'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
  37. 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.

  38. 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.

  39. #MyPremierLeagueLife

    Get Involved

    Sir Fred Mutai: 9 League Titles, 2 FA Cups, 2 League Cups, 2 Champions League, 1 Fifa Club World Cup, 6 Community Shields... #MUFC

    Ash: The longest winning streak in #MyPremierLeagueLife was 8 matches. C'mon Newcastle!

    You can have a go at 'My Premier League Life' here and share the results via #MyPremierLeagueLife, text 81111 and post on BBC Sport Facebook and our Match of the Day Facebook page.

  40. 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
  41. Signings to watch - Aston Villa

    Premier League kick-off

    Jordan Ayew

    Brother of Swansea's Andre, Jordan was brought in as a replacement for Christian Benteke. A Ghanaian international, he netted 12 goals in Ligue 1 last season.

  42. Signings to watch - Bournemouth

    Premier League kick-off

    Christian Atsu

    A loan spell at Everton last season did not quite work out and Chelsea's Christian Atsu has a chance to showcase his skills at Bournemouth this season. A Ghanaian international, Atsu packs lots of pace and tricker and will cause Premier League defenders plenty of problems.

  43. Saturday's team news

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

    Sylvain Distin

    New signings Max Gradel, Lee Tomlin and Sylvain Distin could start for Bournemouth on Saturday.

    Harry Arter will miss the club's top-flight debut because of injury, while loanee Christian Atsu is a doubt.

    New Aston Villa captain Micah Richards, Jordan Amavi and Idrissa Gueye are among the visitors' likely debutants.

    The game may come too soon for Jack Grealish, Carles Gil and Carlos Sanchez because of a lack of fitness, while Jores Okore is out after knee surgery.

  44. Signings to watch - Tottenham

    Premier League kick-off

    Toby Alderweireld

    The defender impressed at Southampton last season and has now been snapped up by Spurs. The Belgian calmness and assuredness will give Mauricio Pochettino's side some stability at the back.

  45. Signings to watch - Manchester United

    Premier League kick-off

    Memphis Depay

    Manchester United brought in the exciting Dutchman from PSV Eindhoven after French side PSG became interested in the player. Depay will add pace and trickery to Louis van Gaal's front line.

  46. Saturday's team news

    Man Utd v Tottenham Hotspur (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    David De Gea

    Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea will not play against Spurs amid ongoing interest from Real Madrid.

    Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo are not considered fit enough but there could be debuts for Memphis Depay, Morgan Schneiderlin and Matteo Darmian.

    Tottenham goalkeeper Hugo Lloris could start after returning from a fractured wrist in the midweek friendly win over AC Milan.

    Toby Alderweireld, Kevin Wimmer and Kieran Trippier may feature in defence. Ryan Mason, Roberto Soldado and Andros Townsend are all fitness doubts.

  47. County Championship Division 2

    Tea update

    Glamorgan 299 v Gloucestershire 219-3 at Swansea

    Essex 211-5 v Surrey at Colchester

    Derbyshire 191-6 v Leicestershire at Grace Road

    Listen to live commentary of each match here

  48. County Championship Division 1

    Tea update

    Worcestershire 250-8 v Nottinghamshire at New Road

    Hampshire 146-5 v Warwickshire at Southampton

    Middlesex 178-6 v Sussex at Lord's

    Yorkshire 162 v Durham 48-3 at Scarborough

    Listen to live commentary of each of the matches here

  49. Why it's a good time to be a female footballer

    Women's football

    BBC Newsbeat

    Radio 1 and 1Xtra

    In case it passed anyone by, there was a football World Cup this summer, where England reached the semi-finals.

    Toni Duggan

    It's safe to say the women's game is going from strength to strength, something that hasn't passed Radio 1's Newsbeat by.

    Watch their YouTube video about why now is a good time to be a female footballer.

  50. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Swansea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is still chatting... although that is now just about that. The pressers are over.

  51. Test of knowledge


    A Question of Sport Teaser


    You might recall we asked you earlier to name the four Spaniards who have managed in the Premier League.

    The answers? Rafael Benitez, Roberto Martinez, Pepe Mel and Juande Ramos.

    Get it right? Of course you did.

  52. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Swansea (Sat, 15:30 BST)

    More from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho...

  53. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Swansea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he will go with eitherLoic RemyorRadamel Falcaoif Diego Costa is unavailable for Saturday's game.

  54. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Swansea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

  55. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Swansea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    We will soon hear what manager Jose Mourinho has to say before his side's opener against Swansea.

    Frank Lampard's Premier League life

    Record goalscorer Frank Lampard was born in June 1978, Chelsea have won 25 of their 35 trophies and promotions - with 13 of them coming after the midfielder joined from West Ham in 2001.

    The Blues have scored 3,276 goals during Lampard's lifetime and the 37-year-old, now with MLS club New York City, grabbed 201 of them.

    The most successful Chelsea manager in Lampard's lifetime? No prizes for guessing that one - it's current boss Jose Mourinho.

    Take a look at his Premier League life

  56. Advance Australia Fair

    World Aquatics Championship

    It may not be going too well for Australia's cricketers but the nation's swimmers have made a blistering start to Friday's evening session in Kazan.

    Bronte Campbell and Cate Campbell

    Australia have taken three medals from the first two events, with sisters Bronte and Cate Campbell winning gold and bronze respectively in the women's 100m freestyle, while Mitchell Larkin triumphed in the men's 200m backstroke.

  57. Football Focus

    Saturday, 12:10 BST, BBC One

    So, who's ready for it? Ready for what? Two words: Football. Focus.

    It's back this Saturday at 12:10 BST on BBC One, where we'll hear the thoughts of Chelsea captain John Terry, Crystal Palace boss Alan Pardew, Stevenage manager Teddy Sheringham and Stoke striker Peter Crouch.

    Football Focus

    If that's not enough, former England cricketer Graeme Swann is giving us his predictions for the opening weekend. Fancy a sneak peak at how he reckons the weekend will unfold? Have a look here.

  58. Ashes fourth Test - Tea


    You can list to Test Match Special online and on BBC Radio 5 live Sports Extra and follow our live text commentary.

  59. Done deal


    Not a new signing but another player puts pen to paper on the ever of the new Premier League campaign...

  60. Britain in medals bid

    World Aquatics Championship

    Friday is the sixth day of the swimming World Championships in Kazan, Russia.

    There are a few British medal chances, with Andrew Willis in the men's 200m breaststroke final and also Team GB in the final of the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

    Sun Yang of China

    Team GB sit fourth in the medal table with 12 medals overall, but it's China who lead the way.

    You can watch live here

  61. Chelsea news conference

    Chelsea v Swansea (Sat, 17:30 BST)

    The Press Association are in place...

  62. Done deal


    The signings keep on coming. Anyone would think the new season is about to start...

  63. Schweinsteiger ready for Brugge


    Ask a simple question...

  64. World Aquatics Championship

    Some live coverage coming your way now in the form of the World Aquatics Championships. It's live online and on BBC Red Button from 15:30 BST, with BBC Two picking things up at 16:00 BST.

    We've put it all in one place for you, right here.

    World Swimming Championships
  65. On this day

    Olympic Sport

    2012: Sir Chris Hoy won gold in the men's keirin, his second at London 2012 and sixth overall.

    Sir Chris Hoy
  66. Either/Or Challenge


    The modern footballer. A consummate, assured professional who remains calm even at times of extreme pressure. Hesitation is a stranger to them. Ask them on the spot whether they prefer fishing or golf though, and it's a different matter.

    Thankfully that's exactly what the Premier League have done to Mssrs Terry, Jedinak and company in their Either/Or Challenge. Watch it here.

    John Terry
  67. On this day


    1999: Newcastle striker Alan Shearer was sent off for the first time in his career as Aston Villa won 1-0 at St James' Park. Referee Uriah Rennie dismissed Shearer for a 71st-minute challenge on Ian Taylor.

    Alan Shearer

    Ruud Gullit was in charge at St James' Park back then. Watch what he has to say about Chelsea and their title defence chances here.

  68. #MyPremierLeagueLife

    Alastair Smith: #MyPremierLeagueLife total attendance at #nufc in my life time 75,904,837 Don't need an app to tell me best season 09-10!

    Enyi Nnanta: #mypremierleaguelife So I share a birthday with vincent kompany and Steve claridge...not bad company.

    Oliver Gray: In #MyPremierLeagueLife West Ham have played 1,625 matches and won 627.

    You can have a go at 'My Premier League Life' here and share the results via #MyPremierLeagueLife, text 81111 and post on BBC Sport Facebook and our Match of the Day Facebook page.

  69. The big kick-off

    Football League

    Charles Runcie

    Head of Sport, BBC English Regions

    Football commentary teams from BBC Local Radio stations will be at grounds the length and breadth of the country ever Saturday throughout the season.

    BBC commentators

    They will be following their local teams to bring listeners informed and passionate commentary on their games.

    Whether it's on BBC Local Radio or listening around the world via club websites, from Premier League giants to homely non-league clubs it's a valuable lifeline for fans, especially away games many miles away that they cannot easily travel to.

    In addition, BBC Sport will be providing live text commentaries of selected Football League matches and written reports of every game in the Championship, League One and League Two.

  70. Football gossip


    Salomon Rondon

    The Birmingham Mail are the latest media outlet to report West Brom are hoping to smash their transfer record and sign striker Salomon Rondon from Zenit St Petersburg.

    The 25-year-old, rated at around £15m has scored 28 goals in 57 games for the Russian outfit and is thought to have a medical booked in with the Baggies.

  71. The opening weekend

    League Two

    Not forgetting League Two...

    In total there will be 1,671 fixtures played across the second, third and fourth tiers this term, and we've picked out some of the key stories to follow over the next 10 months. Click here.

  72. The opening weekend

    League One

    Some tasty looking matches in League Two as well on Saturday...

  73. The opening weekend


    Not long now...

    The Championship season kicks off in a few hours time with Nottingham Forest travelling to Brighton. You can follow a live text on this site.

  74. Birthdays


    Lucky lad Dominic Cork, the former England bowler, celebrates his birthday today as he turns 44. We don't think he needs any presents, though. Like most England fans, all his birthdays came at once yesterday at Trent Bridge.

    Dominic Cork
  75. Wada launch doping investigation


    Dan Roan

    BBC Sports editor

    Wada has said it was "very alarmed" after fresh allegations of suspected doping emerged in a leak of test data.

    The Sunday Times and German broadcaster ARD/WDR had obtained access to the results of 12,000 blood tests from 5,000 athletes between 2001 and 2012.

    According to the newspaper, the evidence revealed the "extraordinary extent of cheating" by athletes at the world's biggest events.

  76. Liverpool news conference


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Mario Balotelli

    Brendan Rodgers refused to be drawn on the future of Mario Balotelli when asked directly if he was part of his plans. Rodgers: "Nothing on outgoings at this stage. Every player knows exactly where they stand. It's unfair to talk about any individuals."

    He said the scrutiny and pressure that he was under was no different "This has always been a club under huge scrutiny."

  77. Liverpool news conference


    Juliette Ferrington

    BBC Sport

    Brendan Rodgers

    It was a relaxed but business like performance in front of the cameras and media at the club's training ground.

    Brendan Rodgers spoken openly about the 6-1 defeat at the Britannia Stadium last season, but was enthusiastic about an immediate return to Stoke on Sunday.

    "For me it was the perfect fixture for us first up. I was happy that came out. We will certainly be better than we were last season. We lacked in everything that day."

  78. Froch: 'Never say never'

    The Friday Sports Panel

    BBC Radio 5 Live

    Recently-retired boxer Carl Froch, when asked about a return to the ring on BBC Radio 5 live: "I’ve always said never say never, I think it would be a mistake. I don’t know how I’ll feel next year. I’m still fit. 

    "I feel capable I could do it again but mentally the desire is not there, but if I wake up one morning in a few months and I fancy competing again, I think I’d be fit enough to do it."

    Carl Froch
  79. Thumbs up from Koeman

    Newcastle v Southampton (13:30 BST)

    Southampton boss Ronald Koeman is a doubt for the Saints' Premier League opener against Newcastle on Sunday after rupturing his Achilles tendon.

    He seems happy enough with his progress though...

  80. Baggies to splash the cash?


    The Times are reporting a big incoming transfer deal for the Baggies...

  81. Premier League predictor



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  82. Advocaat in fine fettle

    Leicester City v Sunderland (Sat, 15:00 BST)

    Nick Barnes

    BBC Newcastle commentator

    Dick Advocaat

    Dick Advocaat is upbeat as Sunderland prepare to start to the season at Leicester City.

    The Sunderland head coach feels the five-week pre-season was quite adequate and just wants to get started with a squad he feels is an improvement on last season but "he still hopes at the end of the period we still have one or two players more".

    It's clear the areas he will be hoping to strengthen following the failed bid to sign QPR midfielder Leroy Fer and the sale of striker Connor Wickham to Crystal Palace.

  83. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    And, of course, a line or two on that 6-1 end-of-season drubbing of Liverpool...

  84. Liverpool news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Meanwhile, some armband news...

  85. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    More from Stoke manager Mark Hughes...

  86. Liverpool news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

  87. Liverpool news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Brendan Rodgers is facing the cameras ahead of his side's meeting against Stoke on Sunday.

    Steven Gerrard's Premier League life

    Former captain Steven Gerrard has now gone but in the 35 years since his birth, Liverpool have won 34 of their 63 trophies and promotions, going through 12 different managers, seven of whom Gerrard played for.

    The club who defeated them most often in his lifetime? Manchester United - Liverpool's all-time bogey team - having won 39% of matches between the two sides.

    Take a look at his Premier League life

  88. West Brom news conference

    West Brom v Man City (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Mike Taylor

    BBC WM 95.6 Sport

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis: "The most important thing is going to be the next three weeks. If we can bring in the players we're looking for to enhance us as a team, we'll look forward to the season. If we don't, then we'll assess it again.

    "We need to bring players in. And we need to bring good players in, that's the difference. Clubs can bring in 14 or 15 players, but you've got to buy good players. The important thing is people understand that and recognise that."

    Tony Pulis

    On the fact the transfer window stays open after the start of the season: "Absolutely ridiculous. They should close it this week. It should be all closed so nobody can do any other business. To keep it going for three weeks is ridiculous."

  89. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Mark Hughes discusses his options

  90. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Mark Hughes begins with news of injured captain Ryan Shawcross...

  91. Done deal


  92. Muniesa signs new Stoke deal


  93. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Mr Hughes is in the house...

  94. Football gossip


    The Manchester Evening News report Manchester City are poised to make a formal offer for midfielder Kevin de Bruyne but his agent has warned the Blues will have to meet Wolfsburg's asking price of £45m.

  95. #MyPremierLeagueLife

    Get Involved

    David Langham: Makes me sad because it confirms that Nigel Pearson has likely been Leicester City's best manager :(

    Jimbob Hedgehog: Massive LOLs - The side Norwich have beaten the most in #MyPremierLeagueLife is Ipswich Town.

    Timothy See: Born nine pounds and Man Utd beat Ipswich 9-0 in the league three days later... Not a coincidence.

    You can have a go at 'My Premier League Life' here and share the results via #MyPremierLeagueLife, text 81111 and post on BBC Sport Facebook and our Match of the Day Facebook page.

  96. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    While we wait for Mark Hughes to appear for his news conference, Stoke have provided a bit of context to their weekend match against Liverpool.

    • Liverpool return to the Britannia Stadium after being beaten 6-1 by Stoke on the final day of last season. No teams have played each other 'back-to-back' at the same venue in the Premier League before.
    • Right back Glen Johnson's last involvement in a Stoke and Liverpool fixture was scoring the winner for the Merseyside club in their 1-0 win at Anfield in November.
    • Peter Crouch is four goals away from scoring 100 in the Premier League. He has also netted exactly 42 for both Stoke City and Liverpool in all competitions.
    Mark Hughes
  97. Aguero salutes Dzeko


    Manchester City's Sergio Aguero bids farewell to his former strike partner, who is poised to sign for Roma...

  98. Rugby Union

    Wales v Ireland (Sat, 14:30 BST)

    BBC Radio Wales

    Shaun Edwards admits Warren Gatland's experimental Wales are going into the unknown in tomorrow's first World Cup warm-up with Ireland.

    The Six Nations champions visit Cardiff six weeks ahead of the opening weekend of the Rugby World Cup and Wales coach Gatland will trim his 46-man squad by eight or 10 players next week.

    So while Wales have an experienced half-back pair of James Hook and Mike Phillips boasting 171 caps, Gatland has picked mostly fringe players and four debutants in a team led by centre Scott Williams.

  99. Singleton remains a Rhino

    Rugby League

    Some positive news for Leeds ahead of their match against Warrington (20:00 BST). Prop Brad Singleton has signed a new four-year deal which ties him to the club until at least the end of the 2019 season.

    Brad Singleton

    The 22-year-old has scored eight tries in 24 appearances this season and is likely to step up when Jamie Peacock and Kylie Leuluai retire at the end of the season. 

    He said: "With that transition taking place, it would be silly to look elsewhere. There are some exciting roles to fill."

  100. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Maybe Mark Hughes is putting the final touches to his Fantasy Football squad, we just don't know. There's no word from Stoke at the moment, though.

    We'll bring you his thoughts as soon as they drop.

  101. County Championship Division 2

    Lunchtime update

    Glamorgan 299, Gloucestershire 75-2 at St Helen's

    Derbyshire 77-3 v Leicestershire at Grace Road.

    Essex 96-3 v Surrey at Colchester

    Listen to live commentary of each of the matcheshere.

  102. County Championship Division 1

    Lunchtime update

    Worcestershire 105-4 v Nottinghamshire at New Road

    Hampshire 61-2 v Warwickshire at Southampton

    Middlesex 83-2 v Sussex at Lord's

    Yorkshire 94-7 v Durham at Scarborough

    Listen to live commentary of each of the matches here.

  103. Lunchtime viewing

    Here's a round-up of today's best videos so far...

    MOTD pundits on the season ahead: Ian Wright, Alan Shearer, Ruud Gullit, Jermaine Jenas and Danny Murphy offer their views on Arsenal, Man Utd, Man City and Liverpool's chances of challenging reigning champions Chelsea.

    Memphis Depay's tattoos & how Stoke stand out: BBC Sport digs out a few quirky football facts before the new Premier League season kicks off on Saturday.

    Season's starting too early - Wenger: Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger says he is not a fan of the early start to this season's Premier League and he is disappointed that the clubs were not consulted.

  104. #MyPremierLeaguelife

    Fletch: Room to improve. #MyPremierLeagueLife supporting Sunderland was 39% worth it.

    Timothy: Born 9 pounds and Man Utd beat Ipswich 9-0 in the league 3 days later... Not a coincidence.

    Animashaun Bosun: 9 League Titles, 2 F.A Cups, 2 League Cups, 2 Champions League, 1 FIFA Club World Cup, 6 Community Shield... #MUFC #MyPremierLeagueLife.

    You can have a go at 'My Premier League Life' here and share the results via #MyPremierLeagueLife, text 81111 and post on BBC Sport Facebook and our Match of the Day Facebook page.

  105. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

    Mark Hughes will soon be turning out for the cameras so in the meantime, here's Stoke chairman Peter Coates's Premier League Life.

    Peter Coates' Premier League lifetime

    Stoke have scored 4,537 goals and won eight trophies or promotions since chairman Coates was born in 1938. On average, 10% of the seasons he has been following the Potters have ended with an honour.

  106. West Brom news conference

    West Brom v Man City (Mon, 20:00 BST)

  107. Stoke news conference

    Stoke v Liverpool (Sun, 16:00 BST)

  108. West Brom news conference

    West Brom v Man City (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    West Brom boss Tony Pulis is holding his news conference now but not before we look at a Premier League life. connected to them.

    Saido Berahino's Premier League life

    Striker Berahino was only 10 days old when the Baggies drew 1-1 at Barnsley in a First Division fixture in August 1993.

  109. Manchester City news conference

    West Brom v Man City (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Ben Smith

    BBC Sport

    Really interesting press conference from Manuel Pellegrini who, perhaps understandably, was in great spirits following news of his contract extension. He was unusually smiley, very relaxed and even wished every journalist in the room his good wishes for the new season.

    Manuel Pellegrini

    In terms of the subjects tackled? He was asked about the ongoing rumours around Pep Guardiola and refused to rule out the possibility of the Spaniard replacing him at some stage. He also spoke about Raheem Sterling, a player he expects to improve at a rapid rate here at City.

    He also said he expects Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and David Silva to be fit to face West Brom on Monday after the trio missed the club's awards event on Wednesday because of a sickness bug.

  110. Manchester City news conference

    West Brom v Man City (Mon, 20:00 BST)

    Ian Cheeseman

    BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator

  111. West Ham news conference

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

    On reports of signing Raul Jimenez from Atletico Madrid...

  112. #MyPremierLeaguelife

    Get involved

    Ben Locke: Liverpool's top manager in #MyPremierLeagueLife? Paisley!

    Shaun Gibbs: The side #NCFC have beaten the most in my lifetime according to the BBC #MyPremierLeagueLife is Sheffield United. Very random.

    Phil: In #MyPremierLeagueLife Sunderland won 813 and lost 808 matches.

    You can have a go at 'My Premier League Life' here and share the results via #MyPremierLeagueLife, text 81111 and post on BBC Sport Facebook and our Match of the Day Facebook page.

  113. West Ham news conference

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

  114. West Ham news conference

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

  115. Football

    West Brom v Man City (20:00 BST)

  116. Manchester City news conference

    West Brom v Man City (20:00 BST)

  117. Pochettino positive

    Man United v Tottenham (Sat, 12:45 BST)

    Jeanette Kwakye

    BBC London

    Mauricio Pochettino is in there, honestly, and he been talking to the media ahead of Saturday's season opener.

    Mauricio Pochettino

    The Tottenham manager said he knows he has to pad out his squad but insists the performances of his younger players in pre-season serve as an inspiration and prove his philosophy is working.

    The Argentine believes Spurs can achieve more this season in all competitions, that Manchester United will provide a stiff opening test, and that Harry Kane can have another outstanding season.

  118. West Ham news conference

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

  119. West Ham news conference

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

    Hammers boss Slaven Bilic is holding his news conference now, meaning we can take the opportunity to give you a glimpse of midfielder Mark Noble's Premier League Life. and a snapshot of West Ham's vital statistics.

    Mark Noble's Premier League life

    Of all the figures above, there's one other that doesn't bode well for this weekend's opener against Arsenal - they're the team who have beaten the Hammers most often in his 28 years.

  120. Manchester City news conference

    West Brom v Man City (20:00 BST)

  121. Grieving Neville to stay with England

    Netball World Cup

    Head coach Tracey Neville will stay with the England team for the rest of the Netball World Cup in Australia despite the death of her father.

    Neville Neville, 65, passed away in hospital in Sydney on Friday - the same day as England's opening match.

    Tracey Neville and the England squad

    His daughter wiped away tears as the national anthem was sung before her side beat Scotland 60-19 in Pool B.

    Tracey's brothers, former Manchester United duo Phil and Gary, are reported to have attended the game.