All that waiting, all that expectation over the summer, it is over my friends. The Premier League is back. While it is the duty of BT Sport's football anchor Jake Humphrey to inflate his own programme with hyperbole, which he duly fulfilled with his opening statements, it is the prerogative of the punter to validate the product with his or her on/off button.
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Tuesday 28 October 2008
Harry Redknapp has identified Portsmouth's full-backs Glen Johnson and the on-loan Algerian international Nadir Belhadj as his January transfer targets, as well as the midfielder Lassana Diarra, after his former club's financial plight was made clear to him last week. It is understood that Redknapp's mind was made up when he was told by the club's hierarchy that the £5m compensation paid for him to become manager of Tottenham Hotspur would "come in useful" at struggling Portsmouth.
Friday 24 October 2008
QPR are looking for their fifth manager in 12 months after Iain Dowie's brief reign came to a surprise end today.
Monday 20 October 2008
Sunday 12 October 2008
Basketball is a big sport, played by big men for big money, a game populated by larger-than-life characters, few more so than Dwyane Wade. While most mega-rich icons might buy their parents a pub or a house, the 26-year-old Miami Heat star has bought his mother a church. As Don King would say, only in America.
Wednesday 01 October 2008
BSkyB could be forced to make live Premier League football and blockbuster movies available to other pay-TV operators, depending on the outcome of a consultation ordered by Ofcom.
Friday 19 September 2008
Setanta has agreed a deal with ITV which will allow the terrestrial broadcaster to televise highlights of England's remaining away World Cup qualifiers.
Monday 15 September 2008
Channel 4 has let it be known to producers and journalists that belts are being tightened at Horseferry Road and that cuts are on the way. There's no great surprise here, everyone in the world of commercial media is feeling the pinch and pressure on budgets will be an inevitable consequence of a downturn in the advertising markets. But how hard is C4 really being hit – and how much is its "budget cutting" part of its long-running strategy to persuade the Government and regulator Ofcom that it needs access to public funds?
Sunday 14 September 2008
If Fabio Capello prefers playing away – in the trad-itional sense rather than the Sven one – because his team don't feel the pressure of the fans on their backs, then he must be delighted with Setanta. Even most of the couch potato fans can't throw their pizza slices and empty beer cans at the telly. Only 1.55 million people tuned into the digital subscription channel on Wednesday night to watch England play Croatia. Even Gordon Brown expressed his concern that there was no live coverage on terrestrial TV, and these days when the Prime Minister gets involved, you know you're in trouble.
Thursday 11 September 2008
Only 222,000 viewers tuned in to watch highlights of England's win over Croatia despite Setanta making them available for free to digital and satellite viewers.
Monday 08 September 2008
And on the bright side, Scotland have lost the opening game of a World Cup campaign before and still reached the finals. That was in the race for places at the 1978 junta-fest in Argentina. Their opening qualifier ended in a 2-0 defeat in Czechoslovakia but Ally MacLeod's men still managed to top their section and progress.
Sunday 24 August 2008
It's time for the last event in the emotional gymnastics, when you realise you're no longer feeling anxious about a whole range of obscure sports you won't think about for another four years. Apart, that is, from the few who will jump off the couch, vault on to the sideboard and execute an effortless double pike out of the back door in order to begin realising their dreams for 2012.
Monday 11 August 2008
Sunday 10 August 2008
"What we say is: 'Listen, this is the option, this is a club that's going places.' There's no need to give them any bull. So you make your case. But we don't beg."
Saturday 09 August 2008
Sunday 27 July 2008
Forty years ago it was the clenched fist and black glove which marked the first Olympic political protest, in Mexico City. Will another hand gesture become a symbol of the Beijing Games? Politically conscious competitors are being urged by the Free Tibet movement to form a T-shape with palm and fingers to demonstrate their support when receiving medals. However, the British Olympic Association chairman, Colin Moynihan, says he does not believe any of the 313 British athletes will defy IOC rules and do so, warning: "The use of the podium for political propaganda is explicitly forbidden." However, he confirms that those who have real concerns over China's human rights "will be able to speak out freely and will have the opportunity to do so in press conferences". He adds: "My own feeling is that our athletes will be too utterly focused in winning to bother about politics, as Seb Coe and I were when we defied Margaret Thatcher over Moscow in 1980." There seems a sense of mischief in the Beijing organisers' choice of place to billet some British journalists – Hotel Tibet.
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