Hull's Jason Crookes has recovered in time to play

Challenge Cup: Hull fired up to fuel dreams of 1985 repeat

The Hull coach, Peter Gentle, will rely on a couple of Crook(e)s to help him lift the Challenge Cup today, though neither Ben Crooks nor Jason Crookes were expected to be on the Wembley team-sheet a few weeks ago.

The Sport Matrix: Thursday 22 August 2013

Anderson brushes aside Lehmann’s attack on Broad

The Sport Matrix: Wednesday 21 August 2013

Wenger defends record ahead of crucial tie

Andre Schurrle is brought on from the bench by Jose Mourinho in Chelsea's 2-0 win over Hull

How new Chelsea signings, including £18m Andre Schurrle, fared against Hull at Stamford Bridge

How the new signings got on for Jose Mourinho and Steve Bruce

Ricky van Wolfswinkel celevrates scoring Norwich's equaliser

Norwich City 2 Everton 2 match report: Ricky van Wolfswinkel scores on his debut to give Canaries a share of the points after Ross Barkley stunner

Steven Whittaker had put Norwich ahead but goals from Barkley and Seamus Coleman had looked to give Roberto Martinez a winning start before van Wolfswinkel header

The sporting week ahead (18/08/13)

Today

David Moyes greets Marouane Fellaini’s goal against Arsenal

Transfer news: David Moyes 'confident' of signing the Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini after pulling out of Willian and Mesut Ozil chase

United will focus their transfer attempts on Belgian striker after Toffees boss Roberto Martinez admits they will look at suitable offers made for the Belgian

Roberto Martinez

Roberto Martinez asks for Everton fans to be patient on eve of new Premier League season

The Spaniard replaced David Moyes over the summer, and begins his tenure with a match against Norwich

Gary Bowyer

Gary Bowyer eager for Blackburn to claim first victory of the season

Rovers have only one point to show from their first two matches

Marouane Fellaini is valued at £20m

Transfer news: Everton relief after Marouane Fellaini buy-out clause expires with no bid from Manchester United or Arsenal

The Belgian has been strongly linked with a move away from Goodison Park this summer

Franco Di Santo

Former Wigan striker Franco Di Santo moves to Werder Bremen

The Argentina international was a free agent

Hiroshi Kiyotake (L) of Nuernberg tries to score during the Bundesliga match between 1899 Hoffenheim and 1. FC Nuernberg

Franz Beckenbauer calls for goal-line technology to be introduced in Bundesliga

The honorary president of Bayern Munich wants to see Germany follow the lead set by the Premier League

Roy Hodgson watches on as Wayne Rooney trains with the England squad

Roy Hodgson claims Wayne Rooney has no 'physical injury' after striker trained with England earlier today

Hodgson also confirms he would prefer Rooney's future to be made clearer sooner rather than later

Wayne Rooney and Nemanja Vidic

Transfer news: Nemanja Vidic questions why Wayne Rooney would want to leave Manchester United

United captain has backed up his manager David Moyes after he reiterated the England striker would not be sold

Manchester United may offer competition to Real Madrid in the pursuit of Gareth Bale

Manchester United are ready to enter race for Gareth Bale

Spurs ace could provide David Moyes with marquee signing as prospect of Real Madrid deal recedes

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