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.

Outside the Box: Ferguson talks to the Beeb again? You're having a laugh

With Sam Allardyce and Harry Redknapp both embracing the BBC again after a two-year boycott, and Redknapp's assistant at Tottenham, Kevin Bond, understood to be prepared to forgive and forget, is it time for Sir Alex Ferguson, the one remaining refusenik, to follow suit? Don't hold your breath, or, if you are a Beeb reporter, your microphone. Since a BBC3 programme in May 2004 about his son Jason's activities as an agent, Sir Alex has spoken to the corporation only three times, showing his warmer side by contributing to special Sports Personality of the Year tributes. Consider, however, the karma that has followed Allardyce and Redknapp since letting bygones be bygones. Both were upset by allegations made in a 2006 'Panorama' programme on corruption in football and agreed a joint pact. But after Portsmouth's FA Cup tie at Ipswich last January, Redknapp suddenly asked: "Where's the BBC?" He gave their man an interview rather than a smack in the mouth, and four months later was at Wembley winning his first trophy in 25 years of management. Similarly, no sooner had Allardyce agreed to break his silence after being appointed at Blackburn than they scored three in his first half an hour back in football.

Poll hits back at Wenger

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has launched a scathing attack on Graham Poll and has described the former Premier League referee as an embarrassment following comments made this week.

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Chelsea missed the chance to top the table at Christmas when, after having captain John Terry sent off in the 34th minute, their 11-game away Premier League winning streak ended with a 0-0 draw at Everton on today.

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While the economic crisis bites, the Premier League appears immune from the turmoil and its next rights deal is likely to be even more lucrative. Nick Harris reports

Premier League planning TV channel to beat the recession

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Peter Bills: Premiership faces cull in harsh financial times

There is, according to a well placed source close, a “better than 50/50 chance” that the English Rugby Premiership will have two clubs less by the start of next season.

Boxing: Haye aims for Klitschko double with Vitali date set

It was thought David Haye would fight double world heavyweight champion Wladimir Klitschko but he will instead fight World Boxing Council champion Vitali Klitschko in London in June. Haye and his manager negotiated a deal in the hours after Wladimir defended his International Boxing Federation and World Boxing Organisation titles on Saturday in Mannheim against Hasim Rahman. They emerged at 5am with a deal to fight Vitali on Setanta in the summer.

England to face Holland ahead of crucial qualifiers

England will open what they hope will be a glorious 2009-10 campaign with a friendly against Holland in Amsterdam on 12 August next year.

Hughes unmoved by Robinho comments

Robinho will escape disciplinary action by Manchester City after claiming the club has a small-time mentality.

Outside the Box: Italian job on our hands to get Serie A back on the box

Such is the proliferation of televised football that in an average week more than two dozen matches are normally available live and in full. But there remains one glaring omission from the schedules. Anyone reading a preview of last weekend's game between the top two teams in Italy, Jose Mourinho's Internazionale and Claudio Ranieri's Juventus – the clubs being traditionally bitter rivals, the two former Chelsea managers without a good word to say for each other – would instinctively have wondered where they could watch this potential dust-up. The answer, sadly, was nowhere without trawling the internet and hoping for a decent connection to a station elsewhere in Europe. Sky Sports were showing Spanish football, Setanta went for the French League and British Eurosport opted for the glories of the Women's Under-20 World Cup; Serie A was nowhere to be found. It had been a fixture somewhere or other since Channel 4 picked up coverage 16 years ago in the wake of Paul Gascoigne's move to Lazio, even bringing back Kenneth "They think it's all over" Wolstenholme as a commentator. For several years the presenter, James Richardson, would be shown sipping cappuccino and flicking through the bright- pink pages of 'La Gazzetta dello Sport' in some delightful location or other, but in 2002 the channel dropped the programme because of the high price. British Eurosport, Bravo and Five have all had a turn subsequently, until the price demanded this season proved too much for any of them. A small consolation for any Italophiles missing their fix is that the new sports betting channel Sports-Xchange have the rights to the domestic cup competition and will be showing every round through to the final; Milan against Lazio can be seen at 7.45pm on Wednesday on Sky channel 456.

How Harry got Spurs hot again

Sam Wallace reveals the tricks of the trade that have inspired Tottenham's unlikely renaissance under Redknapp

Robin Scott-Elliot: French hits high notes in quest to save world's most pointless event

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Wimbledon to begin new chapter in FA Cup

The south London club formed by disfranchised fans are preparing to make history, Glenn Moore reports

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Manchester United chief executive David Gill is confident the Red Devils will match their current £19m-a-year sponsorship deal with AIG when they look for a replacement in 2010.

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