Sport BT Sports presenter Jake Humphreys

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.

Nationwide not renewing England sponsorship

Nationwide Building Society have confirmed they will not be renewing their sponsorship of the England team.

BT seals deal with Sky to show Premier League football

BT is pushing ahead with plans to bring Premier League football to its customers after signing a wholesale deal with BSkyB for Sky Sports 1 and 2. Yet the telecoms giant is still keeping its pricing plans under wraps.

BT signs sports channels contract with BSkyB

BT will offer more live Premier League football next season after it signed a contract with BSkyB for the supply of two Sky Sports channels.

Frank quits as European head of ESPN to return to US

ESPN has kicked off the search for a new European boss after Lynne Frank unexpectedly quit the Disney-owned broadcaster to return to America, citing personal reasons.

ESPN wins rights to football highlights on mobiles from Sky

ESPN has secured an exclusive package to show highlights of Premier League highlights on mobile phones from Sky, prompting its rival to shut down its 24/7 Football service.

The IPL: Cricket's unexpected smash hit

It has surpassed all expectations with half a million British viewers. So who's watching?

Sky ordered to cut sports prices – so will players pay the penalty?

Days of huge Premier League wages could be numbered after regulator tells Murdoch to charge his rivals less

ECB concerned by Ofcom ruling

England cricket chiefs today criticised a ruling by Ofcom ordering Sky to cut the cost of selling their sports channels to rival broadcasters.

Howzat: ITV secures rights deal to show IPL Twenty20 cricket

The razzmatazz of Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket is coming to a television set near you next week, after ITV picked up the rights out of the ashes of the collapse of Setanta Sports.

Small Talk: Falkland Oil and Gas to drill in disputed South Atlantic waters

Falkland Oil and Gas is expected to announce later this week that it has signed a deal for the use of a rig that will allow it to start drilling for oil and gas in the seas around the islands from which it takes its name.

Daniel McDonnell: Restless Keane hits the road again

For Robbie Keane, any transfer is possible. There are few footballers who get to join the club of their boyhood dreams on two separate occasions within the space of 18 months. Managers love him, and then they love him not.

Tom Bennie: All set to lead viewers to the web

The Business Interview: Forget the set-top box, catch-up TV's future is online, Arqiva boss tells Nick Clark. And that's only part of what he has on his plate

Boxing: Haye top dog as sport punches above its weight

Mark Twain enjoyed fisticuffs back in the bare-knuckle days – both as a fan and occasional street-fighter – so the modern game can empathise with his renowned reaction when told of his published obituary. Reports of its death have been greatly exaggerated.

Tales of the City 2009

That was the year that, well, wasn't the start of another Great Depression...Sean O'Grady looks back at some stories that resembled the plot of a novel

Ruck and Maul: 'You can't trick God' says Jones, who knows what day it is

The news that Northampton's devoutly Christian prop Euan Murray will sit out Scotland's first match of the 2010 Six Nations Championship against France in Paris due to it being on a Sunday caused quite a stir. However, there have been similar acts of faith, including by athletes Jonathan Edwards and Barrington Williams, cricketer David Sheppard and rugby's own All Black flanker Michael Jones, who missed the 1991 World Cup semi-final defeat by Australia and was omitted from the 1995 tournament to avoid any repeat. The 1991 match was in Dublin and it was pointed out in some desperation to Jones that Sunday afternoon in Ireland was Monday morning at home in New Zealand. "You can't trick God," Jones said. "It is where you are at the time, and Sunday wherever you are is the day that has been put aside for church and fellowship." Most famously, Eric Liddell's withdrawal from the 100 yards in the 1924 Olympic Games was depicted in the film 'Chariots of Fire'. Fortunately for Liddell, who played rugby for Edinburgh University, his international debut as a 19-year-old winger for Scotland – against France in Paris on 2 January 1922 – was on a Monday. According to John Keddie's biography, 'Running the Race', Liddell refused to organise sports on the Lord's Day even in the Second World War internment camp in China where he was to meet his death, apart from refereeing kids' hockey games which would otherwise have degenerated into all-out scraps.

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