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.

Butcher takes Inverness job but will keep Scotland role

Inverness Caledonian Thistle yesterday named Terry Butcher as their new manager, with Maurice Malpas also joining the club as his assistant.

Westcarr redefines romance of Cup

Kettering Town 2 Fulham 4

Off-field blows but Moyes fights out of blue corner

Even on Merseyside and even in what is officially now a recession, the rich get richer and the poor do the other thing. In the case of Liverpool and Everton, of course, poverty may be considered relative; ask Tranmere Rovers, the region's third club, about that. Yet it was particularly galling for Evertonians to wake up on Friday morning to headlines about another potential multi-million-pound takeover of their closest rivals in a week when their own plans for progress had been hampered again.

McManaman relishes spice of bitter rivalry

True blue who turned red knows all about Mersey derby, and the pain in Spain

Poppies flower before late Fulham flurry

Kettering Town 2 Fulham 4: Last-gasp goals from Johnson and Zamora flatter illustrious visitors as Kettering cut a dash on the big stage

Redknapp reserves right to be TV's weakest link

FA Cup broadcasters ITV will react with disappointment and dismay after it emerged that tomorrow's showcase FA Cup fourth-round tie between Manchester United and Tottenham is likely to resemble a reserve team fixture.

Ossie Ardiles could make suprise return to management

Ossie Ardiles believes he is the man to save Inverness from Clydesdale Bank Premier League relegation after emerging as a surprise candidate to replace Craig Brewster.

Gueye has Blackburn trial

Metz are awaiting news from Blackburn after striker Babacar Gueye joined Rovers for a trial, according to the French club's sporting director Joel Muller.

Zenit boss expects Arshavin to move to Arsenal

Russia playmaker Andrei Arshavin is continuing to edge closer to a move to Arsenal, according to Zenit St Petersburg coach Dick Advocaat.

Transfer news and speculation, 13th January

Bruce upbeat over granting of Rodallega’s work permit

Sport: What to watch and when

Snooker: The Masters

Benitez' outburst: full text

The full text of Rafael Benitez's comments at press conference this afternoon, where he responded to Sir Alex Ferguson's observations about the Barclays Premier League fixture programme.

Clough confirmed as Derby manager

Nigel Clough has followed in his father's footsteps and become the new manager of Derby.

Clough agrees to take over at Derby

Burton manager set to follow his father Brian into East Midlands hot seat

Tale of a Scally and a quick Lerner

Gillingham chairman had stones hurled at his car by fans he labelled 'scumbags'. In contrast, Villa's chief is Mr Popular
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Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor
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Ahead of a major retrospective, Alexander Fury talks to the collaborators who helped create the late designer's notorious spectacle
New BBC series savours half a century of food in Britain, from Vesta curries to nouvelle cuisine

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A new BBC series challenged Brandon Robshaw and his family to eat their way from the 1950s to the 1990s
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Our chef was inspired by the south-east Asian cuisine he encountered as a teenager
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Harry Kane interview

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The Last Word: For the good of the game: why on earth don’t we leave Fifa?

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