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.

Doubts remain over Setanta SPL deal

Talks between the Scottish Premier League and Setanta are ongoing as a question mark remains over the broadcaster’s ability to honour their television deal.

Cash-strapped Setanta at risk of administration

Cash-strapped sports broadcaster Setanta could be forced into administration this week after failing to make payments due on television rights, according to reports yesterday.

Boxing: Klitschko 'to fight brother' as Haye goes to back of queue

Family tear-up now on the cards but Londoner's big title chance has gone

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

James Corrigan: Patron saints of punditry mingle joy with grieving

View From The Sofa: Saint and Greavsie/Setanta Sports</

Robin Scott-Elliot: Terry Venables v Joe Royle is match of the day

View From The Sofa: FA Cup Final, ITV & SETANTA

Fabregas did not spit, FA rules

Commission finds lack of evidence as Arsenal captain is cleared over attack on Hull's Brian Horton

McGeechan leaves ailing Wasps after poor season

Lions coach steps down from director or rugby role but assistant Edwards stays

'Terrific' FA helps Setanta stay in the game

Setanta Sports last night tried to allay fears it is heading for collapse by praising the governing bodies to whom it owes money for "terrific" cooperation in ongoing talks about rescheduling payments. Setanta's current portfolio of rights includes a third of live Premier League matches, plus FA Cup and England games, the Scottish Premier League and PGA Tour golf.

Liverpool ease past woeful Newcastle

Liverpool 3 Newcastle United 0

Darren Clarke: 'I'm working like a trouper. I'm far from done yet'

The Brian Viner Interview: He had to watch (from a bar) while golfers ranked above him contested the Masters, and next week he'll have to do the same during the Players Championship. But while he still enjoys a pint and cigar, Darren Clarke is determined to defy his doubters and rediscover past glories

O'Neill defends retreat from Moscow

It all happened more than six weeks ago, but it is still the talk of the Aston Villa chat forums and will probably go down as the defining moment of what could have been a momentous season. So on Friday, even with a key game at home to Everton to consider, Martin O'Neill spent much time going over the same topic again: "Moscow."

Sam Wallace: Return to boot camp will not remedy bad lessons of the academy system

Driving out of a Premier League club's training ground last week, in the opposite direction came a young player in a very expensive car. The player in question was an academy product who has played fewer than five senior games for his club. The value of the car suggested that his salary was not appearance-related.

Boxing: Froch struggles to make name for himself

The up-marketing of Carl Froch, the thinking fans' fighter, began in earnest last week when the new World Boxing Council super-middleweight champion, for so long second fiddle to Joe Calzaghe, was given the big-time treatment in the build-up to his first defence, against Jermain Taylor in the United States next month.

Sky behind IPL snub - not weather

South Africa to host India's slogfest as England miss out after satellite rights clash
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US betrayal of old ally brings limited reward

Since the accord, the Turks have only waged war on Kurds while no US bomber has used Incirlik airbase, says Patrick Cockburn
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Long-time vegetarian Holly Williams tries to recreate some of the inventive recipes in Mildreds and Vanilla Black's new cookbooks
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Blairites be warned, this could be the moment Labour turns into Syriza

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