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?
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?
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.
The Scottish Championship season begins in less than an hour, as Rangers host relegated St Mirren.
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
BBC Local Radio
With the new football season weekend only one sleep away, it might be worth pointing you into the direction of where to find all of our live online commentaries.
Our list of games are listed here including Premier League, the National Leagues and the Women's Super League.
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Some times and dates for your diaries here, this time what you can expect ahead of the weekend's Premier League curtain raiser:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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The Watford players are in positive mood going into their Premier League opener.
Defender Craig Cathcart has been telling BBC Three Counties Radio that the momentum from winning Championship promotion has continued into pre-season and that he hopes it carries into the new season.
He is not concerned that pundits believe they face relegation. "I had it at Blackpool where people said we wouldn't get 10 points and we ended up with 39".
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!"
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.
"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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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."
"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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only a matter of time before England wrap this up and regain the Ashes. Question is, when will they get to lift the little urn?
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In case it passed anyone by, there was a football World Cup this summer, where England reached the semi-finals.
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.
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is still chatting... although that is now just about that. The pressers are over.
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.
More from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho...
Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho says he will go with eitherLoic RemyorRadamel Falcaoif Diego Costa is unavailable for Saturday's game.
We will soon hear what manager Jose Mourinho has to say before his side's opener against Swansea.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not a new signing but another player puts pen to paper on the ever of the new Premier League campaign...
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.
Team GB sit fourth in the medal table with 12 medals overall, but it's China who lead the way.
The Press Association are in place...
The signings keep on coming. Anyone would think the new season is about to start...
Ask a simple question...
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.
2012: Sir Chris Hoy won gold in the men's keirin, his second at London 2012 and sixth overall.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Following on from the resignation of full-back Kevin Locke in June...
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.
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.
Australia are 95-0 in their second innings, still trailing by 230-odd runs. No, not even England can throw it away from this position.
Some tasty looking matches in League Two as well on Saturday...
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.
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.
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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.
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."
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."
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."
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...
The Times are reporting a big incoming transfer deal for the Baggies...
Think you know your football? Test your expertise by playing our game and seeing how many Premier League results you can predict correctly.
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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.
And, of course, a line or two on that 6-1 end-of-season drubbing of Liverpool...
Meanwhile, some armband news...
More from Stoke manager Mark Hughes...
Brendan Rodgers is facing the cameras ahead of his side's meeting against Stoke on Sunday.
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.
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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."
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."
Mark Hughes discusses his options
Mark Hughes begins with news of injured captain Ryan Shawcross...
Mr Hughes is in the house...
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.
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.
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.
Manchester City's Sergio Aguero bids farewell to his former strike partner, who is poised to sign for Roma...
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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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Mark Hughes will soon be turning out for the cameras so in the meantime, here's Stoke chairman Peter Coates's Premier League Life.
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.
West Brom boss Tony Pulis is holding his news conference now but not before we look at a Premier League life. connected to them.
Striker Berahino was only 10 days old when the Baggies drew 1-1 at Barnsley in a First Division fixture in August 1993.
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.
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.
BBC Radio Manchester's City commentator
On reports of signing Raul Jimenez from Atletico Madrid...
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.
Mauricio Pochettino is in there, honestly, and he been talking to the media ahead of Saturday's season opener.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BBC Radio 5 live
A former world super-middleweight champion, a gold medal-winning diver and a chap we all affectionately know as 'arry are joining Ore Oduba on The Friday Sports Panel today for a bit of lunchtime chat.
That's right, BBC Radio 5 live will be gathering the thoughts of Carl Froch, Rebecca Gallantree and Harry Redknapp at 13:00 BST. You can listen via this page in the 'Live Coverage' tab or go to the website here.
Injured world number one Rory McIlroy - who missed the Open after damaging his ankle while playing football in July - has hinted at a return to action at the US PGA Championship.
The competition starts on Thursday 13 August, with coverage on the BBC Sport website and BBC Radio 5 live
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That depends how the Australians get on chasing England's declaration of 391-9 at Trent Bridge. You can follow all the action from the fourth Ashes Test here.
Should the contest be over by close of play on Friday, Mark will be presenting Saturday 5 live Sport from Bournemouth v Aston Villa.
The show is on BBC Radio 5 live from 11:00 BST
He's just signed a new deal at the Etihad, so let's see what sort of mood Manuel Pellegrini is in as he prepares for his news conference. Until then, have a gander at City legend Uwe Rosler's Premier League Life.
Manchester City have scored 3,539 goals since Rosler was born, with the German netting 69 of them between 1994 and 1998. If fans are expecting to add to the 17 trophies and promotions won in Rosler's lifetime this season, they might be in for a shock. My Premier League Life predicts City fans will have to wait until 2018 for their next piece of silverware.
A packed press conference theatre awaits Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini.
The club have, of course, announced a new deal for the Chilean in the past hour or so and that is bound to attract a number of questions, as will the £49m man Raheem Sterling.
City do not play until Monday, when they start with a potentially tricky trip to West Brom
Excellent declaration from England captain Alastair Cook, as his team make 391-9, he puts Australia back in to bat 10 minutes before tea. A tricky little period to negotiate. Could be three or four down before they get a chance to get stuck into their sarnies.
Celtic's captain has been giving his thoughts on the news that the Scottish champions will meet their Swedish counterparts in the play-off round...
2014: England's Stuart Broad took six wickets for 25 runs as India were bowled out for 152 on day one of the fourth Investec Test.
There must be something about the first week of August for that man.
A Question of Sport Teaser
Kettle on, it's time for Friday's teaser...
Watford's Quique Flores will become the fifth Spaniard to manage in the Premier League, who are the other four?
The Guardian report Crystal Palace have rejected a bid of around £3m from Bournemouth for Glenn Murray, with the Premier League new boys expected to return with an improved offer after the weekend.
Black Cats boss Dick Advocaat says new signing Yann M'Vila is unlikely to face Leicester City.
So, Southampton will face Midtjylland but who are the Danish side?
Lyle: Man United played 1472 matches in #MyPremierLeagueLife. We won 894, drew 311 & lost 267.
Lavu: In #MyPremierLeagueLife Arsenal have played 1,568 matches and won 856.
Rich Laverty: Off to a good start: Man Utd won 3-0 in the first match of #MyPremierLeagueLife.
That breaks the record set by Aberdeen when they travelled to Kazakhstan to face Almaty in the third qualifying round.
Southampton will face Midtjylland in the play-off round of the Europa League.
Ties to be played 20 and 27 August.
One for the stattos..
They told us the draw would take place at 12:00 BST, and we believed them. How foolish of us. More faffing around.
Southampton fans, still time to make a quick cuppa before finding out who your club will face.
Sunderland's news conference is next up at 12:00 BST, so to whet your appetite and segue neatly into our My Premier League Life feature, here's some facts and stats about what former keeper Jim Montgomery, 71, has experienced over the years.
During his lifetime, Sunderland have had 32 managers, the most successful of whom was Bob Stokoe, who followed up FA Cup success with the 1975 Division Two title.
When will the next piece of silverware be landing on Wearside? According to My Premier League Life, it was due in 2013...
BBC Radio Solent sports editor
Southampton's return to Europe has been a huge success, with 50,000 fans over two legs watching them ease past Vitesse Arnhem into the play-off round, whilst getting a highly competitive, confidence-building workout ahead of the new Premier League season.
New loan signing Steven Caulker has now started two games in five days, while the return of Jay Rodriguez had boosted Ronald Koeman's attacking options.
Gaining a competitive edge through these two ties ahead should help Saints against Newcastle on Sunday, albeit summer signing Jordy Clasie and striker Shane Long are doubts through injury and illness respectively.
Manager Ronald Koeman is also a doubt as he needs to have surgery in the Netherlands on his Achilles' tendon before returning to England.
Tristan Jones: Get in! #MyPremierLeagueLife supporting Liverpool was 70% worth it.
Kevin Rooney: The longest winning streak in #MyPremierLeagueLife was 9 matches. C'mon Newcastle!
Andrew Davis: The side Southampton have beaten the most in #MyPremierLeagueLife is Crystal Palace.
Get changing that Fantasy Football team if you had Norwich's summer signing Youssouf Mulumbu. The midfielder has had an operation on a fractured metatarsal and will miss the match against Crystal Palace on Saturday, PA reports.
However, new signings Andre Wisdom and Robbie Brady could both be included in the squad.