Kevin Garside: BT's 'matey' atmosphere quickly became tiresome

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.

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.

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.

Search on for new FA Cup sponsor

The Football Association has confirmed energy giant E.ON will not be renewing its sponsorship deal with the FA Cup at the end of this season.

ESPN to tie up with Sky over SPL rights

ESPN and BSkyB are set to launch a joint bid to screen the Scottish Premier League (SPL) from next season, with an announcement expected as early as today. The broadcasting giants are understood to be close to tabling an offer for the rights that the football authority clawed back from Setanta Sports shortly before the Irish group collapsed last month.

BSkyB to fight premium channels plan

BSkyB vowed today to "use all available legal avenues" to challenge the communications regulator's plans to force it to sell its sports and movies content to rivals at regulated prices.

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Setanta looks to backers for extra time

For a while, it looked as if Setanta Sports might be able to break Sky's stranglehold over British football. But now it is struggling to stay in the big league. Nick Clark reports